Academics

Courses | Physical Education

Physical Education must be taken in any season a sport is not taken. Physical Education and Athletics may be taken concurrently. Physical Education courses meet twice weekly for 66 minutes in the 6th period for two credits per term. Health courses meet 4 times per week for half a term for 2 credits.

Girls PE Courses
Boys PE Courses
Physical Education† Physical Education†

Badminton and Tennis - Badminton and tennis are popular sports that can be played throughout one’s lifetime. Students will learn the basic strokes, strategies, and rules for successful participation and enjoyment.

Yoga - Yoga is an ancient art based on a harmonizing system of development for the body, mind, and spirit. The practice of yoga makes the body strong and flexible, it also improves the functioning of the respiratory, circulatory, digestive, and hormonal systems. Yoga can bring about emotional stability and clarity of mind and can help to realign and re-balance your body on a regular basis. When possible, guest instructors will also be invited in to lead students in their practice.

Strength Training - The Strength Training unit employs the technique of progressive resistance training applied to the muscles. This in turn, builds strength, anaerobic endurance, and functionality. By challenging the muscles with resistance using weights and cable machines, the goal is to increase strength, as well as improve the overall functional ability of the joints and muscles.

Running - Students will learn how to train to increase their cardio-vascular fitness through running.  As we build endurance, we will increase running distance.  Students have the opportunity to train for a specific race or specific distance, which could include a 5 K race (3 .1 miles), a 10K race (6.2 miles) or for the Broad Street Run (10 miles.)

Ball Sports: A survey of a range of outdoor ball sports which will cover fundamental skills and emphasize games play.

Pilates: Pilates builds strength and flexibility through a series of exercises, designed to work the whole body. Pilates cultivates mindfulness and each class will include dynamic strength work and deep relaxation.

Self Defense: Principles and practice of self-defense; knowledge and empowerment on how to use your voice, your face, your body and your mind to remain safe in a range of environments, domestic, social, work place, street, etc.

Zumba: Zumba is a Latin-inspired fitness class incorporating Latin and international music and dance movements.

Strength Training:  Strength Training is the use of resistance to produce muscular contraction to build the strength, anaerobic endurance, and size of skeletal muscles. Variable resistance exercises, using weights and fitness machines, will be used for strength gains.

Circuit and Mass Games: Circuit training is a program to improve muscular strength, endurance, and flexibility along with improving cardiovascular capabilities.  A "circuit" consists of carefully selected and consecutively numbered exercises which are performed in order.  Various mass games are played following the circuit workouts in the time remaining in class.

One-wall Handball and Team Handball: One-wall Handball is a game played by two, three, or four players in which the object is to alternate in striking the ball with the hand so that it hits the front wall before hitting the floor.  Team Handball was developed as an indoor training sport for soccer players.  It combines dribbling, passing, and shooting a ball in order to try to score into a goal.  Proper play requires seven players per side.

Badminton and Golf: Badminton can be played with two or four players (singles and doubles).  The object of the game is to hit the shuttlecock (birdie) legally with the racquet back and forth over a net without permitting it to hit the floor.  Golf is a game where players try to complete a course of eighteen holes using the fewest number of strokes possible.

Tennis: This course will provide the basic skills and strategies of tennis . This is an introductory course teaching fundamentals which includes: basic strokes, strategy, rules, scoring, etiquette, practice drills, singles and doubles play. The more experienced students will receive instruction on use of spin, court positioning, footwork, and advanced strategies.

Flag Football: This course will focus not only on the basic skills of flag football, but also on the knowledge of basic football gameplay by developing, refining, and mastering the key concepts and strategies as they relate to flag football: Basic offense and defense, line of scrimmage, down & distance, player positions, as well as skill progressions such as throwing/passing, catching, kicking/punting, ball carrying, and route running defense.

Volleyball: This course is designed to give the student the basic knowledge and skills to enjoy the game of volleyball. Students will learn skills such as serving, passing, setting, side outs, rally scoring, hitting, blocking, and digging. All skill levels are welcome.

Intensfit: This course is the ultimate workout to challenge both the hardcore athlete and novice exerciser. It is a high intensity interval-training format that takes concepts from a “CrossFit” or “P90X” routine and incorporates them into a physical education class setting. Basic weight lifting concepts and movement skills will be covered and incorporated into a circuit-like training routine that is one of the most effective workouts to simultaneously burn body fat, improve cardiovascular/muscular fitness, and increase metabolic rate.

Ultimate Frisbee: This course is designed to give students the basic knowledge of and skills in, the exciting, lifetime leisure game of Ultimate Frisbee. Basic throwing and catching skills of the “disc” are covered as well as the rules and strategies of the game. Physical conditioning, a major part in the success of players, will also play a part in the daily developmental routines.

 



Health 1 – Grade 9 Health 1 – Grade 9

In this course, we will focus on physical health and wellness. We will look at the various factors that contribute to physical health.  The specific topics covered will include nutrition, exercise, sleep, and stress. There will be a variety of different exercise options introduced, as well as stress management techniques. There will also be a lot of discussion and students will be expected to journal about the various topics discussed, as well as demonstrate their knowledge on tests and in the form of a final project. All the material will be approached from a New Church perspective.

This class focuses on three components involved in a Healthy Lifestyle: physical fitness, stress management, and nutritional balance. Students are exposed to basic fitness principles and learn why choosing a physically active lifestyle is important. In stress management students learn how various physical and psychological demands effect their bodies. Positive coping skills are emphasized. Students also learn about the negative effects of using drugs and alcohol as coping devices so they do not resort to these techniques. The study of nutritional balance includes resting metabolic rates, macronutrients, food selection, diet fads, and eating disorders.
Health 2 – Grade 10 Health 2 – Grade 10

In this course, we will focus on mental and emotional health. We will look at the various factors that contribute to emotional and mental health. The specific topics covered will include drugs, alcohol, disease, and body image. There will be a variety of guest speakers who will share their stories and experiences with these issues. There will also be a lot of discussion and students will be expected to journal about the various topics discussed, as well as demonstrate their knowledge on test and in the form of a final project. All the material will be approached from a New Church perspective.

This course is divided into two units. In the first phase the physical fitness component of Healthy Lifestyles will be studied in greater depth. Sophomores will learn the practical aspects of designing, implementing, and monitoring their own fitness programs. During the second part students take a CPR course where they learn how to administer cardiopulmonary resuscitation and use an Automated External Defibrillator. Tobacco’s negative effects on the body and the prevention of heart disease and strokes are also emphasized.
Health 3 – Grade 11 Health 3 – Grade 11
In this course, we will focus on sexual health and relationships. We will look at the various factors that contribute to healthy and unhealthy relationships, both sexual and platonic. The specific topics covered will include reproduction, contraception, premarital sex, and abuse. There will be a variety of guest speakers who will share their stories or experiences with these issues. There will also be a lot of discussion and students will be expected to journal about the various topics discussed, as well as demonstrate their knowledge on tests and in the form of a final project. All the material will be approached from a New Church perspective. This course introduces boys to a wide variety of health topics, from dietary health to physical fitness
†Required. A student can opt out of PE during in any term in which he or she is enrolled in a sport, but may not drop down from a sport into P.E. after the first week.

267-502-2539 | admissions@ancss.org

Academy of the New Church Secondary Schools

2815 Benade Circle, PO Box 707, Bryn Athyn, PA 19009

© Academy of the New Church 2017 | Privacy Policy