In Loreto College Foxrock, the physical development of each student is considered to be an integral part of her full education and growth as a person which continues for the whole of her life.
The college promotes the physical development and well-being of its students through systematic involvement in structured classes of Physical Education taught by fully qualified PE teachers in the purpose built PE/Sports Hall.
In addition to the promotion of an individual's physical development, involvement in PE classes allows the student to experience co-responsibility, teamwork and good health. It also fosters self-esteem, confidence and develops good posture.
Participation in games and sports, in addition to promoting physical well-being, assists in the development of personal qualities and values which are the foundation of good character.
These include: team spirit, generosity, responsibility, self-discipline, honesty, a sense of honour, modesty and graciousness in both victory and defeat. These are values and attributes which are at the heart of the Loreto tradition.
Loreto's foundress, Mary Ward, believed in the balanced development of the intellectual, physical and spiritual person – fully alive. Physical development is part of life-long learning. One of the objectives of the physical education programme in Loreto College Foxrock is that the students will carry on the pursuit and enjoyment of physical activity into the rest of their lives.
Each student is encouraged to reach her own personal potential. Thus her own personal improvement is her success and a matter for team celebration. The goal of physical activity and games can be summed up as 'having fun, improving skills, being with friends and becoming physically fit'. Involvement in games enhances mental well-being and self-worth and is a proven enhancer of performance in academic studies.
To encourage a high level of participation in games and sports, the Board employs a full-time Sports Co-ordinator to oversee, organise and manage the coaching and development of a wide range of sports. The primary emphasis is on participation and enjoyment, within the parameters of good sporting practice, and entry to competitions.
In Physical Education, as in Sports/Games, high standards of skills, team-work, self-discipline and effort are encouraged. To compete, to share enjoyment with the opposing team in the playing of the game to high personal and team standards is the aim. Winning, then, is only part of the experience.
The Board welcomes the support of parents in promoting the above values inherent in its sports policy.