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Secondary Physical Education

At MES Cairo, Secondary Physical Education runs from Grade/Year Seven through to Grade/Year Twelve. Students take Physical Education with their entire year group, be it part of the British or American section. Physical Education lessons are staffed with a ratio of roughly 1 teacher to 20 students. Although we assess our British Section students slightly differently than we do our American Section students, all Physical Education lessons are taught in the same manner.

The underlying focus of Physical Education is developing a sense of the importance of sustaining a healthy, active lifestyle into adulthood. In order to do this successfully, all students must gain an appreciation and enjoyment of at least one type of physical activity. In order to facilitate this discovery, the MES Cairo Secondary physical education curriculum offers an extremely diverse range of sports and activities to broaden student exposure.

The activities offered through PE include, but are not limited to; Volleyball, Badminton, Football (Soccer), Touch Rugby, Aussie Rule Football, Field Lacrosse, Basketball, Floor Hockey, Field Hockey, Handball, Athletics (track and field), Dance, Gymnastics, Trampolining, Resistance Training, Boxercise, and Swimming. The facilities at the avail of the Physical Education department are a football pitch, an outdoor court, a 300m all-weather track, a sports hall, a 25m swimming pool, a dance studio, a fitness centre and several multi-purpose halls.

Within each unit of physical education, a main focus is to develop an understanding of connections that exist between games of the same classification. Students will explore theoretical concepts about each game classification and the use of tactics and skill. The reasoning for this focus is that whether or not a student has mastered sport specific skills, if they possess a tactical understanding of, for example, invasion games, they will be set up for successful participation in all games within that classification. Students are also given the opportunity to experience different roles in a sporting, physical context. Along with ample practice opportunities for physical practice in lessons, students are guided to take on leadership and officiating roles regularly, both formally and informally.

An underlying theme that is present in all units taught is that of the understanding, development, monitoring and improvement of personal fitness. Theory surrounding skill and health based elements of fitness is taught, as are several body systems. Students draw connections between what types of activities will help to improve which elements of fitness and have many opportunities to reflect on and evaluate their own fitness levels. Students are constantly encouraged to seek to improve their fitness levels.

The use of Information Communication Technology (ICT) within the PE curriculum continues to grow. As well as communicating with students via Moodle, class sets of iPads are being used with an increasing frequency in PE lessons. Applications such as Ubersense and Dartfish allow our students to self-assess, peer assess and peer teach using video analysis of closed skills and tactical play.
Mr Andrew Koene – Secondary Head of Physical Education/Athletics Director


Upcoming Events

Monday 7th January
Coptic Christmas

Tuesday 8th January
First Day of Term Two

Tuesday 8th to Monday 21st January
DP12 Exams
Tuesday 8th to Tuesday 22nd January
Y10-12 Exams

Wednesday 9th to Monday 14th January
MUN - Prague

Sunday 13th to Thursday 24th January
US Secondary Elective Exams

Tuesday 15th January
Primary Student Progress Meetings with Parents

Wednesday 16th January
Y7 Global Perspectives Orienteering Trip 1

Thursday 17th January
Y7 Global Perspectives Orienteering Trip 2

Sunday 20th January
Y5 Trip Parents’ Meeting
Sunday 20th January
G8-10 IGP Assembly

Sunday 20th January
G9-12 Exam Assembly

Monday 21st to Thursday 31st January
G8-11 IGP Meetings

Wednesday 23rd January
Y/G8 Secondary Pioneers Service Trip – 10.00am

Wednesday 23rd January
G7-8 Transition Assembly for Parents – 1.45-3.00pm

Thursday 24th January
Y/G7 Secondary Pioneers Service Trip – 10.00am

Sunday 27th January
G9-12 Study Day

Sunday 27th January
Whole School e-Safety Focus Fortnight

Monday 28th January
Y7 Global Perspectives Carousel Day 1

Tuesday 29th January
Y7 Global Perspectives Carousel Day 2

Monday 28th January to Sunday 3rd February
G9-12 Mid-Year Exams

Tuesday 29th January
Y5 Concert Technical Rehearsal – 9.30am

Wednesday 30th January
Y5 Concert Dress Rehearsal – 9.30am

Thursday 31st January
Y9 Target Setting Day