Physical Education is an important aspect of school life. Involvement in sport promotes a healthy lifestyle, teaches the value of teamwork, promotes competitiveness and encourages good habits at an early age. We want our girls to understand that exercise improves learning and helps to relieve stress, so we make it easy for them to take part in a wide range of sports and active pursuits regardless of their basic abilities or talents.
Girls take part in sport both during the regular school day and also in sessions after school. Our pupils are encouraged to try activities that are new to them, and we place great emphasis on leisure activities that can be pursued after leaving school.
Our Year 11 GCSE PE class of 13 girls went to Delamont to do rock climbing in January 2018. This was to fulfil part of the practical component of our PE GCSE. We left school on Wednesday and travelled by bus to Delamont Outdoor Activity Centre which was to be our home for two nights.
On the first day we had a briefing in the classroom and then we went to the indoor climbing wall at Killyleagh to practice our belaying and rope skills. before we would go to Tollymore indoor rock climbing centre, which was a bigger place with many different climbing walls. That evening we had a classroom session to learn more about the equipment and belaying (supporting someone on the wall).
On Thursday after breakfast we made our packed lunch and prepared for a day of climbing. It was a longer drive to Tollymore Mountain Centre and its indoor climbing wall, Hotrock. which was a bigger wall with many different climbs. It was very cold but we were all raring to go. We arrived and were given climbing shoes; let’s just say some were much bigger than others.
At the wall we had to use what we were taught in the classroom on Wednesday evening to prepare all our equipment and pass the safety checks to climb. Eventually we climbed many different walls that day; in fact we climbed so many that my forearms were numb afterwards. We were also able to abseil which was great fun because it really got the adrenaline racing and it was something I had never done before.
Finally on Friday we finished our rock climbing practical at the outdoor climbing wall at Delamont and also played some fun games. My time at Delamont was so much fun. I really loved learning how to rock climb. I would recommend it to other GCSE PE pupils because, not only was the experience good, but we also had amazing food and made lots of memories. Thank you Mrs Greer and Mrs Mills for organising the trip us and being able to listen to us for so long.
Meg W Year 11