The PE Department is a large, vibrant Department that offers a wide and diverse range of activities. We place great emphasis on the atmosphere created regarding attitudes and values, and this ethos underlies both class time and the broad range of extra-curricular activities that are available to pupils who wish to take part.
The extensive range of extra-curricular opportunities is supported by the Department’s highly committed staff, whose dedication is crucial to our many sporting successes. It is important to note, however, that competitive achievement is not the only driving factor, and the involvement of the broader Watson’s community with The Galleon is another defining feature of sport at the School.
The thriving Physical Education culture is facilitated by designated space within the School’s single campus. Generous playing fields and astroturf provide an ideal environment for rugby, hockey, cricket, tennis and athletics. In the new Centre for Sport the facilities provided are as follows; a swimming pool, two sports halls, weights and conditioning room, three gymnasia, two classrooms and a medical room.
Physical Education is taught throughout the Senior School, as an integral part of the timetable for S1 to S5, and as an optional subject for pupils in S6.
During the course of S1 and S2, Physical Education pupils will experience the following activities, including swimming and gymnastics, together with dedicated games lessons, during which single-sex classes take part in rugby, hockey, cricket, tennis and athletics. In S3 and S4 pupils are all taught in single-sex classes and continue to follow a timetable of core activities which includes a variety of team games as well as fitness, athletics and racquet sports. The timetable for pupils who wish to continue Physical Education in S5 and S6 is more flexible, as S5 choose their activities from a selection offered by staff, and S6 may opt to join S5 classes or to use facilities on a purely recreational basis.
In addition to its role in developing commitment to physical activity as part of a healthy lifestyle, Physical Education has been available as a certificate subject since 1990. National 5 Physical Education is now available to pupils entering S3. Pupils can go on to do Higher Physical Education in S5 or S6 and Advanced Higher in S6, or the IB Diploma in Sports, Exercise and Health Science across S5 and S6. Particularly in the case of certificated courses, it is important to be aware of the theoretical, as well as the practical, content of Physical Education.