Physical Education



Departmental Staff


Head of Department: Mr J Rafferty

  • Mrs A Hollywood
  • Ms C Murphy
  • Mrs P O’Hare-Armstrong
  • Mr M O’Rourke
  • Mr B Shannon
  • Mr M Rafferty
  • Miss M Downey


Participation in a wide variety of sporting activities is central to life at St Paul’s and students are taught a diverse range of physical skills which can be used in a constructive manner at school and in their communities. Students are taught that frequent physical activity will benefit both their quality of life and general health.

All students in Years 8 – 12 are expected to take part in Physical Education classes. There are also opportunities for the students to take part in extra-curricular activities many of which are sports orientated.

The benefits gained by students through their involvement is immense. The programme of study for students aged 14 – 18 has been supplemented with GCSE and A Level Physical Education, as well as BTEC Sport: Performance & Excellence.

Students are encouraged to develop their creative and expressive talents through individual activities such as athletics, dance, outdoor pursuits, gymnastics and swimming.

The appreciation of the traditional Irish games of Camogie, Hurling, Handball and Gaelic Football is one of the cornerstones upon which the Physical Education programme is founded. These traditional activities are complemented by activities such as Netball, Basketball and Dance and teams representing the school in these activities have brought local, provincial and national success to St Paul’s.