Physical Education is taught from Reception to the Sixth Form by enthusiastic practitioners.
Girls will experience a wide-variety of activities and have the opportunity to develop physical and analytical skills either individually, in small groups or in team situations.
The Physical Education curriculum aims not just to develop skills, but also to encourage continued participation in exercise as part of a healthy lifestyle. A number of extra-curricular clubs are provided to complement the timetableas well asto compete in teams against other London schools.
The Department is led by Mrs Natasha Hogg, and assisted by Miss Georgina Newsome, Miss Alexandra Allen and Miss Elizabeth Holley. There are also specialist coaches employed for specific sports. The department is highly qualified in all areas of the curriculum and have coaching and sporting representative honours from county to international level.
We aim to apply and extend existing skills within a variety of activities and develop leadership within game play. There is an additional emphasis on physical fitness and its role in a healthy lifestyle.
Our focus is to promote healthy living through general fitness sessions and to introduce the girls to new activities, such as yoga, softball, aerobics, football and volleyball. This develops links with local agencies and encourages the girls to maintain their interest outside curriculum time.
This was introduced in 2005 and has been received with great success. It is a two-year course which involves theory and practical elements. The theory components explore diet and health, principles of training and safety aspects of physical exercise. Girls are assessed in three practical activities which can include those in which they participate externally, such as dance, skiing or horse-riding.
The girls participate in a weekly games afternoon which is designed to encourage choice and not necessarily direction. The girls at Francis Holland are able to choose from a variety of activities, such as Trampolining, Rowing, Gym, Gym Bootcamp, Willpower and Grace, Pilates, Zumba, Golf, Spinning and Tennis. The PE department also encourages competitive sport for many of the girls who wish to engage in weekly matches against many London schools. The Autumn term focusses on Netball, the Spring term on Hockey and the girls enjoy competing in Rounders fixtures throughout the Summer months. The games players receive weekly training, games and match play which aims to enhance skill, fitness and tactical implementation.
Throughout the year, girls participate in inter-house competitions in hockey, netball, rounders and tennis, culminating with the swimming galas and sports days. These are fantastic whole-school events which encourage a sense of identity within the houses, competing against girls in different year groups.
Sports do not build character. They reveal it.