The senior school Physical Education program is founded upon the idea that each student will be given the opportunity to develop physically, mentally, emotionally and socially. It is our belief that a good Physical Education program helps prepare students for life. Dealing with success, responsibility and disappointment on the field or court can provide valuable lessons for handling real life experiences. Through a spectrum of physical activities, we emphasize the attainment of new physical skills and strive to stimulate the growth of self-discipline, confidence and self-esteem. We believe that it is important for each student to participate in an environment where success is possible for everyone.
Students are required to have the proper gym strip: York House School shirts, shorts, tracksuit, white socks, and all-court running shoes. Uniforms must be labeled with the student's name. Students who are injured are required to wear their physical education uniform to class. Their participation will be modified accordingly.
Requests to be excused from Physical Education activities for medical reasons must be accompanied with a note from parents. Students who are to be excused are expected to attend class. For students with chronic medical problems, a letter from the attending physician is required. A special program will be arranged for these students whenever possible.
(1) Affective 30-60%. The qualities of sportsmanship, appreciation for performance, co-operation, personal hygiene, and adherence to Physical Education regulations and commitment to learning are assessed here.
(2) Cognitive 15-30%. Students earn this mark through traditional testing methods. Knowledge of rules, techniques and strategies are assessed.
(3) Psychomotor 40-70%. Actual skill development is tested and rated according to the standard of performance and its application to the game situation. If this testing is incomplete (due to medical reasons), a pass/fail grade will be assessed. Some courses will weigh more on the cognitive and affective mark rather than the psychomotor skills.
(4) Fitness Level 10%. This mark is based on the performance in the Fitness Endurance Test.
Physical Education 8
Skill development in team sports presented in Grade 7 is continued. Yoga, square dance, badminton, European handball, tennis, and field hockey are introduced and a unit on active health is emphasized.
Physical Education 9
Prerequisite: Physical Education 8
Volleyball, basketball, badminton, gymnastics, active health, weight training, and netball are continued. Touch football, soccer, lacrosse, social dance, and sport psychology are introduced. The fundamentals of fitness are emphasized.
Physical Education 10
Prerequisite: Physical Education 9
The emphasis is on participation. Ethnic dance, ultimate frisbee, urban pole walking, and aerobics are introduced. The sports taught in Grade 9 continue, with the focus shifting to team play. Students are given a course in women’s wellness and continue with sport psychology.
Physical Education 11
Prerequisite: Physical Education 10
This is structured as a community recreation course. Students are exposed to the many activities that are available to them in the community. Lifetime sports are stressed. The St. John Ambulance First Aid Course is taught. Community activities include: tennis, biking, aerobic classes, cross country skiing, bowling, racquetball, skating, yoga, curling, rowing, kayaking, and golf.
Physical Education 12
Prerequisite: Physical Education 10 and permission of instructor
The main objective of this course is to provide the students with the opportunity to pursue an individualized fitness program. This course is designed for students who wish to sustain an active lifestyle, particularly in an academically busy Grade 12 year. It includes the whole spectrum from recreation to elite athletic performance activities. All activities take place on YHS athletic facilities.