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Physical Education (P.E.)

 In St. Patrick’s Secondary School leaving certificate students have 1 hour and 30 minutes of P.E. a week. The P.E. programme that is in place aligns with many aspects of the LCPE syllabus such as promoting physical activity in students, communicating with others, implementing a training programme, performance related fitness, inclusion, ethics and fair play, performance analysis and general well-being.

In 2023 Leaving Cert Exam PE was introduced as an exam subject. This is a timetabled option subject and offers students the opportunity to study the Physical Education to a more in depth level.


Leaving Cert Exam PE

Physical activity project  20% Higher and Ordinary
Performance assessment  30% Common level
Written examination 50%  Higher and Ordinary

The objectives of Leaving Certificate Physical Education are to develop the learner’s

  • performance in physical activity
  • ability to reflect on performance in physical activity
  • knowledge and understanding of the factors which influence performance and participation in physical activity
  • appreciation of the benefits of physical activity for lifelong health and wellbeing
  • capacity to undertake different roles in physical activities
  • understanding of the principles underlying ethical participation in physical activity
  • understanding of the role of physical activity and sport in the social and cultural life of Ireland.



What do students do in P.E

All students engage in a range of activities and sport during P.E. The school has a strong tradition of sporting excellence and students develop their ability and awareness of different sports in a fun and engaging manner. Students work on cooperative games to develop teamwork and communication throughout the year also. The sports that are played in the school are as follows:

  • Football
  • Soccer
  • Basketball
  • Rugby
  • Athletics

We also have access to a range of sporting facilities that are within the town. These include Castleisland Community Centre, An Ríocht AC track and gym, Castleisland Rugby Club and Castleisland Desmonds GAA pitches.