Wellbeing Matters 2022

Physical Wellbeing The College is proud to have developed an innovative Physical Wellbeing programme of study that identifies, unlocks and develops the pupils’ physical attributes. This underpins the intention to nurture in every pupil an enjoyment of being physically active, leading to the desire to engage in long-term and indeed life-long physical activity. We look to challenge pupils to make decisions based on morals as well as for goal orientated motivation; we aim to develop a culture of ‘do what is right, not what is right for me’.

Dulwich College has an outstanding culture of participation in a range of physical activities, most notably traditional games. Provision for these is outstanding. It has a new, and genuinely innovative, PE programme. – Neil Rollings (ICE Coach Education) From Year 3 onward, all pupils take part in termly physical testing. This is used to track and support their health and fitness progress during their time at the College. This allows physical education in Years 10 and 11 to be tailored to individual needs. Pupils will either work on developing their aerobic fitness, their anaerobic power and speed or their strength. For pupils who join us, or remain non or weak swimmers, we also offer the opportunity to develop in this area. There are strong cross-curricular links between our Physical Education programme and that of the College’s Wellbeing curriculum. There is a shared ethos that physical activity has a direct, positive impact on the pupils’ sense of wellbeing, whether it is running a mile or representing their country. The link between positive, resilient mind-sets and physical activity cannot be ignored. Physical activity also offers opportunities to develop socially, creates a sense of community, as well as providing pupils with an encouraging programme that can co-exist with their academic endeavours.

In the Junior School, in line with the Long Term Athletic Development Plan, we introduce pupils to an active start. This is achieved through structured units of work designed to develop essential fundamental movement skills and overall movement skills. This is delivered alongside dedicated weekly swimming lessons in Years 3 and 4 and two half termly blocks of swimming in Years 5 and 6. During Years 7 to 9 pupils are introduced to the theory as well as the practical ability to train as individuals and teams. This is initiated in Years 7 and 8 with units of work on Stability, Cardio Vascular Endurance, Muscular Endurance, and Reaction Times. In Year 9, we progress this with units of work on Core Lifts and Training Methods. Throughout these year groups, all our pupils again enjoy and benefit from a half term of swimming and water safety lessons.


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