Physical Education

At ISH our main belief in Physical Education is that students should enjoy being physically active. Our holistic and well-balanced Physical Education curriculum teaches students to appreciate the benefits of being physically active with a view to maintaining a lifetime interest in physical fitness and sports.

Course Content

Grades 6 – 8

The programme of study for students of grades 6-8 consists of 6 main areas of physical activity: (1) Gymnastic Activities; (2) Games; (3) Dance; (4) Athletic Activities (5) Swimming; and (6) Outdoor and Adventurous Activities. Students in grades 6-8 can participate in any of the following sports: Volleyball, basketball, gymnastics, trampolining, floor hockey, squash, track & field, swimming and dance. Students in grades 6 to 8 have the opportunity to take part in the annual I.S.H. Ski Trip to Austria and in an extra-curricular canoeing course on the Alster lake. Students in grade 8 participate in an annual 5-day Outdoor Education class trip to the Hartz Mountains while students in grade 7 participate in an annual 5-day sailing trip to Heiligenhafen.

Grade 9 – 10

The programme of study for students of grades 9 and 10 consists of 6 main areas of physical activity, 5 of which build upon the knowledge and skills obtained in the middle school years: (1) Gymnastic Activities; (2) Games; (3) Dance; (4) Athletic Activities (5) Health-Related Fitness; and (6) Outdoor and Adventurous Activities. Students in grades 9-10 can take part in the following sports : Volleyball, basketball, gymnastics, trampolining, floor hockey, squash, track & field and dance. Students in grades 9 and 10 have the opportunity to take part in the annual I.S.H. Ski Trip to Austria.

Our programme encourages students to become independent learners, enabling them to independently solve problems that they will encounter in the course of their physical activities. Students learn to evaluate initial attempts and decide how to modify subsequent attempts to reach success. They learn about the rewards of consolidating particular skills through practice and repetition.

We want students to have a positive attitude towards physical activity and thus stress the importance of observing the conventions of fair play, honest competition and good sporting behaviour. Students learn to understand and cope with a variety of outcomes, including success and failure. Students are encouraged to appreciate their strengths and to be aware of the weaknesses of both themselves and others in relation to different activities.

Safe practice is an integral part of enjoying physical activity at ISH. Students are taught to be concerned with their own and others' safety in all activities undertaken. This presupposes an understanding for the importance of warming up for, and recovery from, exercise, to prevent injury. A readiness to respond to instructions and signals as well as to follow relevant rules and codes is instilled in our students, as is the importance of adopting good posture, good hygiene, and the correct use of the body at all times, also when lifting, carrying and placing equipment.

The Physical Education Department offers a rich tapestry of curricula and extra curricular activities for the school community. Please consult the Physical Education Curriculum Guide available in downloaded format for a detailed description of our programme of study in the secondary school at ISH. For a comprehensive overview of the extra-curricula sporting activities offered at ISH please visit the ECAP section.