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] Open to grade 9

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.

Intermediate Swimming

Intermediate Swimming–[1/4 credit] Open to grades 9 and 11

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.

Lifeguarding

Lifeguarding [1/4 credit] Open to grade 11

In this course students will be introduced to and tested on American Red Cross Lifeguarding, CPR, AED, and First Aid techniques. The course is a blend of in water practice of rescue techniques, classroom discussion, and instructional videos. Throughout the semester students are introduced to all components of a lifeguarding course, practice techniques daily, and prepare to be tested on the material. To receive an American Red Cross certification in Lifeguarding, CPR/AED, and First aid, students must pass the in water exam and achieving an 80% or higher on written exams. The course grade will be dependent on attendance and participation.

Pre-Requisites:

  • Swim 300 yards continuously demonstrating breath control and rhythmic breathing. Candidates may swim using the front crawl, breaststroke or a combination of both but swimming on the back or side is not allowed. Swim goggles may be used.

  • Tread water for 2 minutes using only the legs. Candidates should place their hands under the armpits.

  • Complete a timed event within 1 minute, 40 seconds:

  • Starting in the water, swim 20 yards. The face may be in or out of the water. Swim goggles are not allowed.

  • Surface dive, feet-first or head-first, to a depth of 7 to 10 feet to retrieve a 10-pound object.

  • Return to the surface and swim 20 yards to return to the starting point with both hands holding the object and keeping the face at or near the surface so they are able to get a breath. Candidates should not swim the distance under water.

  • Exit the water without using a ladder or steps.


Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (Gi)

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (Gi)–[1/4 credit] Open to grades 9 and 11

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 a traditional gi (kimono). Students who are new to Brazilian Jiu Jitsu as well as those who may have some experience are encouraged to enroll.

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (No Gi)

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (No Gi)–[1/4 credit] Open to grades 9 and 11

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] Open to grade 9 and 11

This course will introduce students to the 10 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 workouts of the day (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.

CrossFit II

 CrossFit II–[1/4 credit] Open to grade 11

This course will introduce students to the 10 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 workouts of the day (WODs) as programmed by their instructor. The influence of nutrition on human performance will be discussed.


Indoor Rowing

Indoor Rowing–[1/4 credit] Open to grade 9

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.

Introduction to Strength and Conditioning

Introduction to Strength and Conditioning–[1/4 credit] Open to grade 9

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.

Strength and Conditioning II

Strength and Conditioning II-[1/4 credit] Open to grade 11

This course will promote student knowledge of 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.


Judo

Judo–[1/4 credit] Open to grades 9 and 11

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

Mountain Biking–[1/4 credit] Open to grade 9

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. This course is only offered for the first semester.

Personal Wellness/Fitness

Personal Wellness/Fitness–[1/4 credit] Open to grade 9

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] Open to grade 9

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] Open to grade 9

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.

Team Sports II

Team Sports II–[1/4 credit] Open to grade 11

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 it means to be a good teammate, effective communication and leadership strategies will be introduced and emphasized.


Yoga

Yoga–[1/4 credit] Open to grades 9 and 11

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.

Triathlon

Intro to Triathlon-[1/4 credit] Open to grade 11

Develop the ability to swim, bike, and run in this course designed to teach and apply the principles of lifetime physical fitness, utilizing the five major components of cardio-respiratory endurance, muscular strength, muscular endurance, flexibility and body composition. Proper nutrition strategies will be discussed.  Bikes available for student use, but students must supply their own helmets.  


 

Living Well in College and Beyond

Living Well in College and Beyond-[1/4 credit] Open to grade 11

This course will help students apply concepts of wellness to their everyday lives.  It will blend mental skills development, nutrition education, sleep hygiene, and physical fitness to promote healthy well-being.  Each student will work with the instructor to devise an individual wellness plan.

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