Departments – Physical Education

St Constantine’s is at the forefront of Physical Education in Tanzania. Staff are passionate about their subject and all strive to deliver the very best to their students. This applies to all students: we believe very strongly in Physical Education for all – and not just those students who have a natural talent or affinity for sport.

Facilities

We are fortunate to have some of the finest facilities in East Africa: a fitness suite, grass football and rugby pitches, outdoor 25m swimming pool, 10m training pool, outdoor tennis courts, basketball courts, netball courts, beach volleyball pitch, an indoor badminton court, 400m grass Athletics track and an orienteering course. A set of mountain bikes with qualified instructor and outdoor education equipment such as tents, compasses and so forth.

Curriculum

Years 7 – 9

Students have the opportunity to experience a variety of activities. They take part in two timetabled PE lessons per week, and have further opportunities to be active and have fun in the PE electives programme. In PE lessons, students cover: team games such as basketball, rugby, football and netball; swimming, including personal survival and lifesaving; dance, cheerleading and gymnastics; athletics; outdoor and adventurous activities; and personal health and fitness. Students are assessed in a variety of ways, including their ability to perform specific skills related to the sport, evaluate their own and others performance, make and apply decisions, their physical and mental capacity and their understanding of health. In addition, they have a number of leadership opportunities.

Years 10 – 11

Students continue to have compulsory PE lessons once per week. They cover similar sports to those in Years 7 – 9, but with a greater emphasis on leadership and personal fitness. They have elements of choice within the PE programme and can choose between a competitive sport pathway and a creative or leadership pathway. This ensures they are equipped with the knowledge to continue with a healthy active lifestyle, as they become an adult.

Years 12 – 13

Students can still participate in both competitive and non-competitive sport through the elective programme. All students are expected to take at least one sporting elective per week with a variety of options available, from yoga, badminton, softball and use of the fitness suite, to team training representing the school in a number of sports.

Examination Classes

IGCSE Physical Education is offered at St Constantine’s. This subject enables students to gain in-depth knowledge about the anatomy and physiology of the human body. Students will also cover sports psychology, how to train for specific sports and the effects of training on the body. As well as the theory aspect, students will need to be proficient at four different sports, though many more will be taught.

Co-curricular

Students have a variety of options for participation in sport outside of lesson time. The school is part of the Northern Tanzania Athletics Association (NTAA) and, as such, is one of six schools that regularly compete in rugby, netball, basketball, swimming, cross-country running, athletics, tennis and, of course, football. In addition, students have multiple opportunities to attend sports tours where they play a wider variety of sports such as frisbee, volleyball, softball and badminton, in addition to those previously mentioned.  Students access team training and other sporting clubs, such as dance, rounders and use of the fitness suite, through the elective programme on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday afternoons.