Physical Education is a core subject at both Junior Cycle and Senior Cycle in St. Joseph of Cluny and is a compulsory part of the programme here. All students have 80 minutes of Physical Education a week, where efforts are made to ensure that the student is exposed to a comprehensive and balanced range of activities.
Our Physical Education facilities include a modern sports hall which contains markings for a full size basketball court, four badminton courts, a volleyball court as well as an indoor tennis court. It contains three changing rooms with shower facilities and an upstairs viewing area which also acts as a minigym. This area holds four treadmills, four cross trainers and two exercise bikes as well as floor equipment such as inflatable balls and resistance bands. Development is also underway for an astroturf hockey pitch.
As part of our Physical Education programme, students take part in a range of activities including Athletics, Dance, Games, Gymnastics, Health Related Activities and Outdoor Education. Transition Year students spend three nights at an Outdoor Education Centre in the West of Ireland where they take part in activities such as Hill walking, Rock-climbing, Abseiling, Canoeing and Surfing.
Other features of the programme include the following modules which take place in Transition Year: Self-Defence, Cardio Kick-Boxing and Dance, with experts in those areas coming to the school to teach the students. Transition Year students also travel to the gym in Westwood for a fitness module.
While it is obligatory that all students take part in Physical Education, there is also a comprehensive extra curricular sports programme for those students interested in competitive sport. Teams are entered in Leinster League competitions in Badminton, Basketball, Hockey and Tennis. Our athletes enter the East Leinster and Leinster Competitions and Soccer is also catered for in local leagues. Swimming is a recent addition to our extracurricular programme.
Some of our notable successes to date include two All-Ireland victories in Basketball, Leinster Senior Cup Winners in Hockey, Leinster Champions in Badminton, while some of our students have represented Ireland in Athletics, Badminton, Basketball Hockey and Soccer.