Games and P.E.
Physical education plays an essential part in school life and all pupils are encouraged to pursue an active and healthy lifestyle. At St Pius X, each child from Reception to Year 6 has two hours of PE and Games in the weekly timetable. Children can further take part in sporting opportunities in after-school clubs. St Pius X is proud to say that we offer a number of teachers who have PE and sport as their specialism.
We teach the value of sport for all and have a wide variety of activities to suit all abilities and interests.
We offer a wide range of activities including gymnastics, dance, cricket, football, netball, rounders, tennis, swimming, hockey, skiing and track events, both at school and at local sports facilities.
Fixtures in a range of sports allow our pupils to develop an understanding of healthy competition and a sense of fair play. As a result, our reputation for sporting excellence is known across the North West, with our teams competing in IAPS (Independent Association of Prep Schools) and local primary school competitions. Recently we have had success in our area IAPS swimming and athletics competitions and as a result some children have gone on to the IAPS Nationals in London for swimming and Birmingham for athletics.
St Pius X organise annual sports tours to North Yorkshire. The U11 boys have a football tour in February and the U11 girls have a netball tour in March. Both tours are three days long and the children play against other independent prep schools and local village schools in North Yorkshire. The girls always participate in a huge netball tournament at a prestigious all girls independent secondary school just outside York. As well as playing sport the children experience time away from home by staying in a YHA hostel in Helmsley. The children enjoy activities such as ten pin bowling and visiting a local cinema to have a private showing of a film.
St Pius X are always keen to host big sporting tournaments and swimming galas annually, either at St Pius X or using local sporting facilities. The biggest tournament that we host is our well known U11 girls netball tournament in October, where sixteen schools participate in. The schools visit from all over the North of England and the Isle of Man.
At St Pius X the children are separated into three houses. Inter-house sport competitions are always very popular and competitive amongst the pupils. The older children get the chance to represent their house in a wide variety of sports. These events bring the pupils together and promote teamwork and house spirit.
We teach the children to appreciate success in others while recognising the importance of their own individual contribution. Everyone has a role to play on sports day and all our pupils enjoy the rewards and benefits offered by sport and physical activity.