Onsite sports facilities include two gymnasia, a games hall, a large indoor heated swimming pool and rugby, football and hockey pitches. Facilities in local sports clubs are also used.
The PE department teach all classes from J1 - S6 within the department. All pupils have two or three periods of core PE per week as part of their timetable. Pupils in S3/4 can also study the subject at National 4/5 level, progressing to Higher in either S5 or S6.
The wide range of extra-curricular sporting activities in Junior School and Senior School at lunchtime, after school and at weekends provides a valued additional dimension to school life and pupils can participate in a wide range of activities including leisure activities such as skiing and golf. Competitions and fixtures take place with other schools in hockey, football, rugby, cricket, netball, badminton, athletics and cross-country running. Our teams regularly gain honours in regional and national events.
From an early stage the College was a keen supporter of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games and hopes to develop closer involvement in the intervening years.
Pupils and parents can check all sporting fixture times and cancellations by visitng Moodle . Click on PE, then Extra Curricular Activities, then click the Login as Guest button.
S1 & S2 PE
A variety of activities are covered in S1 such as rugby, gymnastics, swimming and badminton. The pupils will receive a double and single period of PE per week and they must wear appropriate school PE kit at each lesson.
In S2 we reinforce many of the activities from S1 and continue receiving a double and single period of PE each week and they must wear appropriate school PE kit at each lesson.
This year the Physical Education Department at Hamilton College is once again offering Higher Physical Education in S5 and S6 as an SQA qualification. Students will be engaged in activities which enhance their performance and develop their skills in analysis of performance. The higher course is a challenging mixture of practical and theoretical studies which is a suitable stepping stone for sports related courses in higher and further education.
Pupils aiming to be successful in this course should be practically proficient in a range of activities and at least three of the four swimming strokes over 50 metres. Studying towards Higher English preferred.
The Higher course consists of 2 mandatory integrated units: Performance and Analysis of Performance (A.O.P.) and an investigation.
1. Performance - Students will be involved in 3 activities. Students will be assessed on performance both internally and externally over the year. This aspect accounts for 40% of the overall award.
2. Analysis of performance - Sub-divided into 4 areas.
- Appreciation of Action
- Preparation of Body
- Skills and Techniques
- Structures and Strategies
3. Investigation – Students will undertake an investigation into one aspect of their performance. This ongoing project is internally assessed throughout the course.
Time is allotted to each of the practical activities named above, with the theoretical input during the practical, and also in the classroom situation throughout the course.
Students will be given regular homework on the various aspects of theory covered throughout the course. It is also expected that Students will attend extra curricular clubs where necessary.
Assessment in A.O.P takes the form of a 2½ hour examination at the end of the year and accounts for 40% of the overall award.
National 4/5 PE
This course is suitable if you have an interest in, and enthusiasm for, developing your physical and performance skills, either to pursue study and career options related to physical education or to broaden your learning experience. In this course, you will engage in activities which will enhance performance and develop the skills needed to analyse your performance and the performance of others. It is anticipated that, for some pupils, this course will serve as a stepping-stone towards the Higher course in S5.
Skills and Knowledge
A broad overview of the subject skills, knowledge and understanding that will be covered in the course includes:
- investigating and applying approaches for improving or refining your skills, fitness, performance and tactics.
- understanding and applying the principles that underpin performance.
- planning and implementing solutions in a range of performance situations through effective decision-making and problem-solving.
- examining and analysing factors impacting on performance
- examining and analysing performance in a familiar context.
Learning and Teaching Methods
Time is allocated to each of the practical activities of the course. Theory is developed in tandem with the practical work and also in a classroom situation.
Physical education has many benefits for your health and wellbeing, offers many possibilities for future leisure and recreation and has currency for entry to further and higher education. If you intend to pursue the study of PE beyond school, you are strongly advised to take this course.
Practical Performance/Core Units in PE
PHYSICAL EDUCATION: PRACTICAL PERFORMANCE UNITS
Pupils in their senior stage of school have the option to further their skill acquisition in this challenging one year Higher Performance Unit, which is best suited to high ability pupils or individuals wishing to progress from Intermediate 2. For pupils having completed the Intermediate 2 Physical Education course by the end of S4, the Higher performance unit is a natural progression. This course removes the intense theoretical sections of the Higher Physical Education course and focuses solely on individuals’ practical ability in a wide range of challenging contexts. Successfully completing the course will lead to an SQA unit award at either Intermediate 1, Intermediate 2 or Higher Performance.
Mandatory 40 Hours per unit of Activity.
The three categories of sport on offer this year will be an individual activity, team game and swimming with a degree of flexibility depending on the range of performance experience in the group.
Demonstrate an effective performance in challenging contexts.
Three performance criteria:
- Repertoire of skills and movement with good levels of fitness.
- Context and decision making within their performance.
- Qualities of the performance.
The pupil will be presented in two of their best sports and their performance will be externally moderated.
No theory; practical experience will be encouraged.
It will be expected that the pupils will strive to gain the highest achievement in performance as possible. Their performance will undoubtedly be enhanced by the participation in extra curricular sports or club membership outwith school.
PHYSICAL EDUCATION: CORE
Pupils in S5 can expect to have two periods of Core PE per week while S6 are likely to have one afternoon of sporting activities per week.
The emphasis is on providing a wide range of new and challenging experiences, some of which are covered off site. Students are offered a choice of activities each half term and are encouraged to participate in any one activity for a period of 6 – 7 weeks. Previously students participated in curling, golf and fitness sessions outside of school as well as taking part in a wide range of curricular activities. Core PE offers exciting and rewarding challenges for all abilities.