Safe Return to PE – Message for Parents – September 2020

Physical Education

Physical education is an integral part of the curriculum at Our Lady’s Bower. It is an essential component in the development of our students. As the saying goes, a healthy body is a healthy mind.

Research shows that regular physical activity results in improved muscular and cardio respiratory fitness, improved bone and functional health, as well as reducing the risk of heart disease and diabetes. Physical activity also improves mood, promotes better sleep and provides an opportunity for students to make friends and have fun!

Students are provided with a double class of PE each week.  As part of the PE programme, students take part in a broad and balanced range of activities including Athletics, Gymnastics, Dance, Adventure Activities, Orienteering, Badminton, Volleyball, Rounders, Ultimate Frisbee, Netball, Olympic Handball and many more.  In Transition Year students go on an Outdoor Adventure trip and enjoy activities such as kayaking, surfing, hiking and windsurfing.

As part of the new Wellbeing programme, Physical Activity for Health and Wellbeing is a vital part of the PE programme. Students develop an awareness of their own health and wellbeing by participating in a variety of health and skill related tests, which in turn help them to understand the importance of regular physical activity as part of a healthy lifestyle.

Recent Irish research shows that girls who play sport report increased energy levels, confidence and mental wellbeing.  In Our Lady’s Bower there is a vast range of extra curricular opportunities available for our students.  We are proud to be a prominent competitor in inter schools competitions in hockey, basketball, gaelic football, athletics, cross-country running, equestrian events, golf, rowing and swimming, and have an impressive record of success in these sports. All students are welcome and encouraged to join our school sports teams.

Our Lady’s Bower has excellent on-site sports facilities which include a state of the art sports hall and fitness suite, all weather pitch and new equipment.  We look forward to additional facilities in the near future as work has commenced on the upgrading and development of additional external sporting facilities.

Click on any of the sporting activities below to find out more…