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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

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 


Friday 1st to Monday 4th February
Y5 Nile Cruise Trip 1

Sunday 3rd February
Term 2 ASAs Begin

Sunday 3rd to Thursday 7th February
 IEP Mid-Year Reviews

Sunday 3rd to Monday 11th February
DP11 Mid-Year Assessments


Monday 4th to Thursday 7th February
 Y8 Global Perspectives Trip


Wednesday 6th February

 Y9-10 IG DT Fab Lab Visit


Friday 8th to Saturday 9th February

IA Practice Exhibition


Friday 8th to Monday 11th February

Y5 Nile Cruise Trip 2


Sunday 10th February

Peri Showcase – 1.30pm

Wednesday 13th February

Y/G 7-8 Spring Social, Y8 Global Perspectives Enterprise Event


Thursday 14th February

Y10-12/DP12 Term 2 Reports Issued


Sunday 17th February

Y7-9 Focus Week, Y10-12/DP12 Student Progress Mtgs (Parents)


Sunday 17th February

FS2 Production Technical Rehearsal


Monday 18th February

Y1/Y2 Sports Days, FS2 Production Dress Rehearsal


Tuesday 19th February

Y3/Y4 Sports Days


Wednesday 20th February

Y5/Y6 Sports Days, FS2 Production -12.30pm


Thursday 21st February

Graduation Gown Fitting


Sunday 24th to Thursday 28th February

G7-8 Week Without Walls  


Monday 25th February

All US Section Course Selections Due


Wednesday 27th to Sunday 3rd March

Senior Trip


Thursday 28th February

FS2/FS1 Sports Days


Thursday 28th to Tuesday 5th March

IA Expedition to Cyprus