Physical Education (Grades 6, 7, & 8)
The Physical Education Program at Briarcliff School focuses upon the development of the entire student whether or not they are athletically inclined individuals. We meet FIVE (5) days per week for approximately 40 minutes of contact time. All students are required to wear a class uniform that promotes esprit de corps. The class motto is “Pay It Forward” which essentially means to do something selfless for someone else. The framework of the class is based on encouraging the development of: Character, Integrity, Honesty, and Sportsmanship through activities. All of these qualities are woven into the fabric of each unit.
After establishing this framework, the students embark upon a journey through a plethora of sport, dance and lifetime activities. The secondary goals of personal fitness, sport specific fitness, individual skills and team development are met through daily mini-fitness circuits (that encompass all areas of physical fitness); sport specific skill drills; and varying forms of game play.
Tertiary goals in the areas of leadership and fair play are also addressed. All students are required to take the role of “peer captain” of at least one team per year. Their leadership includes, but is not limited to: ranking and choosing players via secret draft during a skills combine; organizing teammates for game play; taking on added responsibility for their team’s actions during game play. Empowering each student as a knowledgeable game official enhances fair play. Student officials help enforce and regulate safe and nonpartisan contests during class as well.
Finally, all students are tested daily on performance, knowledge, and application of concepts learned in class. Students are also fitness tested twice yearly: pre-testing in September and post-testing in May to track their improvement over the course of the school year.