Limerick schools among first in country to offer PE for Leaving Cert

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Limerick schools among first in country to offer PE for Leaving Cert

Students at Gaelcholáiste Luimnigh.

SEVEN Limerick schools are among the first 80 secondary schools to offer PE as a Leaving Cert subject. 

Castletroy College, Gaelcholáiste Luimnigh, Villiers Secondary School, John The Baptist Community School, Scoil Pól, Colaiste Mhuire and Coláiste Íde agus Iosaef have been selected as part of a nationwide pilot scheme that allows students study PE for the senior cycle. 

Fine Gael Senator and chairperson of the board of management at Gaelcholáiste Luimnigh Maria Byrne congratulated the schools on their successful bids.

“This means Limerick students could be among the first in the country to take the Leaving Cert exam in PE.” 

“As Chairperson of the Board of Management of Gaelcolaiste Luimnigh, it is a great honour for the school and a very exciting time for our students and teachers to be included in this pilot programme we are very passionate about sport in our school.” 

Students taking the new Leaving Certificate subject from September 2018 will sit the first exam in 2020. 

The assessment process will have 20% going to a physical activity project; 30% to performance assessment and 50% to a written examination. 

The subject can also be taken at both higher and ordinary levels.