Head of Department:
Mrs M McCullough
Mr P Byrne
Ms J Wilson
Mr E McCloskey
We have wonderful facilities at Loreto College, both indoors and outdoors. School Facilities include: Sports Hall with fitness suite, gymnasium, three all-weather pitches, six tennis courts (out of use at the moment), one soccer and one Gaelic pitch.
We are also fortunate to have the use of the Leisure Centre, University of Ulster facilities, CCG council facilities (Swimming pool, Gymnasium, Astroturf pitch, cross-country course, pitches, courts, etc.), and local private fitness centres for organised classes such as spinning.
Loreto pupils participate in a wide range of sports and activities – have a look at this short video of Sport at Loreto.
The Physical Education Programme aims to contribute to the physical, mental and social education of the students through the provision of a carefully structured scheme which reflects the aims of the College. It promotes healthy attitudes towards competition and team spirit, purposeful use of leisure time, an enjoyment of physical activity and an appreciation of its benefits both in maintaining lifelong health and fitness and in coping with stress related problems. Pupils develop a variety of skills and competence in a broad range of physical activities.
In years 8-10 (KS3) the pupils follow the NI Curriculum which includes Games, Athletics, Dance, Gymnastics, and Swimming (Y8 only) In KS4 Pupils are introduced to ‘new’ games e.g. Volleyball and Badminton as well as Trampolining and Adventure Activities.
At GCSE, we offer GCSEs in PE and Sport and Leadership and BTEC Sports at A level.
As part of their enrichment program Sixth Form students are introduced to a range of community-based activities such as Zumba, Kettlebells, archery, Fitness Suites, spinning, badminton, Heartstart and First aid, Association Football, self-defence, squash, swimming, etc.; this sometimes involves the use of facilities outside school such as the local Leisure Centre and private fitness clubs. We hope that when pupils leave they will be aware of the opportunities to join clubs and leisure centres in the area and will have been encouraged to continue physical activities into adult life.
Pupils take part in intra-school events (swimming gala,Y8 cross country, sports day, basketball, hockey, netball and football competitions) as well as entering local and regional league and cup competitions in a wide variety of activities including Gaelic Games - football, hurling, camogie, soccer, hockey, netball, tennis, swimming, basketball, rounders, badminton, dance and athletics.
Over the years Loreto College has enjoyed considerable success in local and national competition in a variety of disciplines. These are celebrated in school and in the local press and social media. We are very proud of our achievements and links with outside agencies/schools.
Currently we are Champions in Gaelic Football, including Ladies Gaelic, Hurling, Camogie, Cheerleading, Association Football, Netball and Cross Country.
As a department we encourage participation, enjoyment, healthy lifestyle and fair competition. A Healthy Body and a Healthy Mind.