The physical education program at Norfolk Collegiate School includes a full range of activities designed to foster healthy lifestyles. Upper school health courses allow students to garner first-aid, driver's education and health and family life training.
Health and Physical Education 9 (Required Course) Grade 9 Health and Physical Education consists of two quarters of structured Physical Education centered on the development of a long term healthy lifestyle. In addition, each student will complete one quarter of First Aid, CPR and AED training along with weight training. A fourth quarter of Family Life and Nutrition will complete the 9th grade curriculum.
Personal Fitness This quarter-long course provides a hands-on approach to personal fitness, exercise, and body image. Students will be able to assess their individual needs, understand how the body uses food for nutrition, and develop a complete individualized wellness plan for a healthier lifestyle. A variety of units will be covered to encompass the total well-being of each student including: Personal Assessment/Goal Setting, Body Composition/Weight Control/Food Usage, Cardiovascular Fitness, Muscular Strength/Endurance Fitness, Flexibility Exercises, and a Culminating Personal Plan Project.
First Aid, CPR, and Weight Training This course is taught in three week increments. The First Aid and CPR unit follows American Red Cross standards. Students will learn the proper techniques to identify emergencies and respond to them. Students will work with rescue manikins to practice proper technique and form. Students will become familiar with what signs to look for and how to become the critical link between the injured/ill and the emergency medical response that could be the difference in the person’s survival. The second three weeks includes an introduction to weight training. Using the weight room at school, students will be taught weight lifting philosophies, safety and programs that help build muscle flexibility, strength and endurance. The final three weeks is a recreational unit devoted to the game of pickle ball. Pickle ball is a hybrid game that incorporates tennis and ping pong skills. Students will be taught the skills that will help them enjoy this game, in school and beyond.
Family Life and Nutrition This course will focus on multiple aspects of healthy living for the teen years and beyond. In a nine week period, the students will study how self-esteem and values impact decision making. They will discuss the physical changes of adolescence and reproductive anatomy. Sexually transmitted diseases and pregnancy will also be covered with an emphasis on abstinence. Additionally, students will have discussions about making appropriate nutritional choices, nutritional requirements for different age groups, body image and deciphering nutritional labels. There will be several tests and projects to evaluate understanding of the concepts.
Health and Physical Education 10 (Required Course) Grade 10 Health and Physical Education consists of three separate trimesters (12 weeks each) instead of the traditional 4 quarters. Within each trimester, students will be offered a series of electives to choose from in order to earn Health and Physical Education credit. Driver’s Education will be offered in each of the 12 week periods along with other electives. Any 10th grade student participating on a varsity team may enroll in a proctored study hall during the school day in lieu of a Health/PE class during one of the three trimesters.
Possible electives include but are not limited to: Driver’s Education, Weight Training, Fitness/Nutrition, Recreational Games, Team Sports, Bowling, Fishing, Sports Medicine, Yoga