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AIMS AND OBJECTIVES

The philosophy of holistic education at Anglo-Chinese Junior College (ACJC) is one that involves an education programme. Students will be prepared for life after college through a curriculum aimed at achieving academic excellence and physical well-being.

ACJC’s Physical Education (PE) programme is built on the college’s philosophy and the national education policies stipulated by the Ministry of Education.

The ACJC PE programme is structured to prepare students for a lifetime of fit and healthy living. It aims to inculcate an active awareness of the benefits of physical fitness programmes. The PE programme is also geared to provide students with a framework upon which they may plan and pursue sports and recreational activities hereafter.

The aims and objectives of the programme are for students:
(i) to develop a healthy level of physical fitness including aerobic efficiency, muscular strength, endurance, flexibility and agility.
(ii) to acquire knowledge and understanding about the need to adopt a lifestyle which is healthy, in relation to exercise and dietary habits.
(iii) to learn and develop the ability/skill of swimming in at least one recognised stroke, as part of ensuring water-survival and open up opportunities to other water sports.
(iv) to participate in both competitive and recreational sports, and
(v) to nurture socially approved patterns of personal and interpersonal behaviour such as sportsmanship, leadership and team spirit.

TEACHING PROGRAMME

The following is an outline of the PE Programme, its rationale and its implementation.

GAMES MODULES

Games are essential in the PE Curriculum as they offer a variety of activities that students, having experienced them in PE, may continue to pursue after leaving College. Games are excellent for the development of physical fitness and motor skills. Games also help nurture socially approved patterns of personal and inter-personal behaviour.

Land based games are conducted for periods of five weeks. These games are divided into the following categories:

Invasion GamesDivided Court GamesStriking and Fielding Games
BasketballBadmintonSoftball
HockeyTable-TennisCricket
 Netball Tennis Rounders
 Rugby Volleyball 
 Soccer  
 Ultimate Frisbee  
Floorball   
 Handball  

The specific games taught in PE take into account the physical facilities and resources available, staff availability as well as the needs and interests of the students.

Assessment of skills acquired, as well as understanding of concepts taught will allow students to have structured feedback regarding their performance. Details for assessment in PE will be made known to students through their respective teachers teaching the modules.

Track and Field

Track and Field is taught in blocks of 5 weeks. The basic fundamentals of the various disciplines are taught. In track, the activities covered include, sprinting, hurdling, middle and long-distance running, the steeplechase and the relays. In the field component, activities include the jumps (high jump, long jump and triple jump) and the throws (javelin, shot put and discus).

Swimming and Water Survival

Our water-based curriculum includes swimming, water survival and water-based games. Within the swimming component of the curriculum, students are grouped and taught according to their ability level. Basic water survival is taught in the second year. Students also get to experience games like water polo.

Educational Gymnastics, Rhythm and Movement

Activities in Educational Gymnastics include Rolls, Jumps, Vaulting and Balances. Students are taught to link and sequence their movements so that body control and awareness are developed.

Rhythm and Movement is integrated within the gymnastics curriculum. Emphasis is placed on awareness of body movement in relation to rhythm. Hip Hop Dancing has also been introduced recently.

All the above components will be taught to students in blocks of 5 weeks and will cover the range of diverse activities as fully as possible.

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Physical Conditioning
This is structured to prepare students for the requirements of the annual NAPFA test. It is essential for students to recognise the benefits of physical fitness and its importance in daily living. This component is conducted during the single PE periods.

Health Education

Health Education is aimed at educating students in the field of personal health and fitness. Amongst the topics covered include the designing of a personal fitness programme, nutrition, weight control, smoking and drug abuse and stress management.

Administration and Policies

a. Attendance for PE lessons is compulsory. Absentees without valid reasons will face disciplinary action.
b. Request for exemption for all PE lessons on medical grounds is to be accompanied by a valid medical certificate, which is to be submitted to the HOD (PE) annually.
c. The standard college PE attire must be worn. Attire can be purchased at the ACJC Sports Complex. Alternatives to the PE attire are strictly not allowed.
d. The annual NAPFA Test is conducted in May. This is a compulsory assessment, conducted under the guidelines of the Ministry of Education. Students will have their results recorded in their report card. All students are encouraged to achieve a minimum Silver Award.