College Physical Education Students put Theory into Practice

September 25, 2014 at 11:27 AM

Our Year 12 NCEA Level 2 Physical Education students have recently travelled to National Park to put their academic studies into practice. The three day trip involved skiing and rock climbing as part of three possible NCEA Achievement Standards that included risk management, physical skill performance and social responsibility.

The students were incredibly lucky with blue skies and fresh powder for their day out on the ski slopes where theory was put to the test. The students excelled in the open environment, helping those who were new to the sport to learn the basics whilst, for others, it was an opportunity to improve their practical grades with impressive skills in either skiing, boarding or rock climbing.

Mr Paul Bennett, teacher in charge of Level Two PE, said ‘This is an amazing opportunity to extend all of our students, not just with their physical skills but in their knowledge of safety procedures in the outdoors and how their actions affect both themselves and others.’

Saint Kentigern College has a long history of giving students the opportunity to be challenged in many settings away from College. There is much to be gained from these experiences beyond the College gates where classroom learning is put into a real life context. Alongside their studies, trips such as these encourage our students to further develop confidence and self-awareness, enhancing both personal growth and interpersonal relationships.

NCEA Levels 1-3 Physical Education is a classroom based academic course of study aimed at increasing understanding of the medium of movement. It looks in detail at structure and function of the human body in relation to the performance of physical activity and then analyses actions and strategies to improve that performance. The study takes into account sport science, leadership strategies and risk and safety management.

Our students are fortunate to be able take advantage of an extensive sports complex that includes two gymnasiums, squash courts, a weights room and multiple classroom teaching spaces, supplemented by outdoor facilities that include extensive playing fields and a heated swimming pool.

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