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The school offers PE at GCSE, AS and A2 levels along with a strong support for Extra Curricular activities.

Staff

Mr Eamonn Burns is his third year as Head of PE having been at the school since 1998. He has particular expertise in both gaelic football and soccer. In gaelic, he has represented Derry at all levels, winning minor and senior All-Irelands in 1989 and 1993. He has played Irish league soccer at senior, intermediate and junior levels.

Mr Paul McGarry specialises in Athletics and is a former champion with Duncairn Olympic and Sparta A.C.. He represented N.Ireland in the European half-marathon championships in Portugal. He takes the school cross-country and athletics teams.

Mr Ciaran Stevenson is the newest member of the department and brings a wealth of coaching experience in both basketball and soccer. As a player in basketball, Ciaran won 3 University Championships with UUJ and represented N.Ireland at the British University championships. In 2007, he was a premier league all-star with North Star. Ciaran is also an accomplished soccer player.

Mr M McLaughlin

Sports

Soccer and Gaelic football are the two main team sports offered at St.Columb’s.

Basketball is very much an emerging team game in the school, whilst the school also takes part in the Ulster High school’s Rugby Union competitions. The school has a rich tradition in Athletics and Cross Country.

Hurling, cricket, tennis, badminton, volleyball, table tennis, trampolining, gymnastics, judo and swimming are also taught as part of the PE curriculum and/or offered as extra-curricular activties. (See the extra-curricular sports schedule).

Facilities

The PE department makes use of the following facilities on site:-

  • a new state of the art 3G facility
  • 3 full size grass soccer pitches, 2 full size all-weather soccer pitches
  • 1 full size grass gaelic pitch, 4 mini grass gaelic pitches, 2 all-weather gaelic pitches
  • 1 full size grass rugby pitch
  • 4 all-weather tennis courts
  • 1 all-weather basketball court
  • 1 large sports hall (All sports)
  • Upper assembly hall (basketball, indoor soccer, volleyball, judo)
  • Lower Assembly hall (badminton and table tennis)
  • Newly equipped multi-gym

 

Examination PE

The school offers PE at GCSE, AS and A2 levels.

GCSE PE consists of the following :-

50 % Practical Assessment in four disciplines, fitness training and 3 other chosen activities. 20% Oral exam based on a personal training programme. 30% Written exam on PE theory.

AS/A2 PE consists of:-

60%

Two written 2 hour exams, one in June AS year, one in June A2 year based on sport science areas like appied exercise physiology, skill acquisition, leisure opportunities for participation, sport psychology, human anatomy, contemporary and historical issues in sport.

40%

Practical performance and analysis of performance in one chosen sporting activity.

application of knowledge of training methods, fitness testing and teaching styles.

Performance as a sports leader/coach.