SSL Certificate

Physical Education

High School

The goal of the Physical Education Department reflects the same ideal as the mission of the school: the education of the total person. With this goal in mind, our department emphasizes physical, intellectual and social development through participating in vigorous physical activities and learning the principles of physical fitness and the benefits of a healthy lifestyle (course descriptions follow).

All freshman are required to participate in a physical education course of their choice. These semester-long courses promote the development of lifelong positive attitudes and behaviors, while providing students with the knowledge to make wise decisions to aid in their personal wellness. In September 2019 the requirement will be extended to also include students in their junior year.

Beginning Swimming

Beginning Swimming–[1/4 credit]

This course will introduce students to basic swimming technique. Students will learn and practice the major swim strokes. Students will use swimming as a tool to enhance their fitness and well-being. The impact of nutrition on health and wellness will be discussed.

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (No Gi)

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (No Gi)–[1/4 credit]

This course will introduce students to one of the most popular forms of the grappling arts in the world today. Students will learn and practice positioning, escapes and submissions for both sport and self-defense. Student will wear shorts and a t-shirt as opposed to the traditional gi (kimono). Students who are new to Brazilian Jiu Jitsu as well as those who may have some experience are encouraged to enroll.

CrossFit

CrossFit–[1/4 credit]

This course will introduce students to the ten general physical skills: cardiovascular/respiratory endurance, stamina, strength, flexibility, power, speed, coordination, agility, balance, and accuracy (CrossFit Journal, 2002). Students will learn and practice proper functional exercise techniques and engage in workout of the days (WODs) as programmed by their instructor. The influence of nutrition on human performance will be discussed. No prior involvement with CrossFit is necessary to enroll in this course.

Indoor Rowing

Indoor Rowing–[1/4 credit]

This course will introduce students to proper rowing technique on the Concept2 rowing machine. Students will utilize rowing as a means to enhance their fitness. The influence of nutrition on human performance will be discussed.  Students who are new to rowing as well as those who have experience are encouraged to enroll.

Intermediate Swimming

Intermediate Swimming–[1/4 credit]

This course will allow those students who have mastered basic swimming technique to further refine their strokes and become more fit through swimming. Students who enroll in this course will be required to demonstrate proficiency in basic swimming to the instructor to remain in the course.

Introduction to Strength and Conditioning

Introduction to Strength and Conditioning–[1/4 credit]

This course will introduce students to proper exercise techniques focused on developing speed, agility, strength, power, balance, and coordination. Students will work with the instructor to design a program to meet their strength and conditioning goals. The influence of nutrition on performance will be discussed. No prior involvement in a strength and conditioning program is necessary to enroll in this course.

Judo

Judo–[1/4 credit]

This course will introduce students to the Olympic sport of judo. Students will learn and practice throws, break falls, ground positioning, escapes, and submissions for both sport and self-defense wearing the traditional gi (kimono). Students who are new to judo, as well as those who may have some experience, are encouraged to enroll.

Mountain Biking (first semester only)

Mountain Biking–[1/4 credit]

This course will introduce students to the basics of mountain biking. Students will enhance their fitness through mountain biking.  Students will ride as a group and learn effective communication and group dynamics as part of the course.  The influence of nutrition on human performance will be discussed. St. John’s will have a limited number of mountain bikes for student to use. No prior riding experience is necessary to enroll in this course.

Personal Wellness/Fitness

Personal Wellness/Fitness–[1/4 credit]

This course will introduce students to the concept of wellness. It will blend mental skills development (i.e. goal setting, meditation), nutrition education with fitness activities. Each student will work with the instructor to devise an individual wellness and fitness plan that they will implement during the course.

Row, Climb, Jog

Row, Climb, Jog–[1/4 credit]

This course will introduce students to the concept of wellness and discuss the importance of fitness to physical wellness. Students will learn and practice indoor rowing, indoor rock climbing and running techniques as a means to enhance their fitness. The influence of nutrition on fitness will be discussed. No prior experience with rowing, climbing and/or jogging is necessary to enroll.

Team Sports

Team Sports–[1/4 credit]

This course will provide an opportunity for students to learn and participate in several team sports. Sports may include basketball, soccer, ultimate disc, volleyball, team handball, floor hockey, and other new games. An emphasis on sportsmanship, what is means to be a good teammate, effective communication and leadership strategies will be introduced and emphasized.

Yoga

Yoga–[1/4 credit]

This course will introduce students to the practice of yoga. Students will learn and practice postures to enhance flexibility, strength and relaxation. Discussions about the general concept of wellness and the various dimensions of the whole person will be incorporated. This course is designed for those new to yoga as well as those who have practiced yoga before.

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