Sport in St. Gerard’s School plays a major role in the holistic development of each pupil. Participation during games time is seen to be of the utmost importance, and it is expected of every pupil that during their time in the St. Gerard’s School, they play sport, and that they are part of a squad.
Sport offers a balanced approach to each school day where it is hoped that each pupil will explore and find enjoyment in the social recognition of experience, encouragement, competence, excitement, competition and challenge. The two main sports in the school are rugby for boys and hockey for girls, and run from September to March.
- All pupils involved in the many squads experience a full spectrum of their sport which encapsulates all facets of their respective sport ranging from social involvement to a more competitive involvement. Away from the two main sports, pupils can also be involved in a number of activities that run concurrently with the rugby and hockey programmes. These involve tennis, cross country and fitness.
- St. Patrick’s Day usually sees the end of all rugby and hockey commitments, and marks the commencement of the Summer Sports Programme. It is again expected that all pupils would take part in sport at this time where there is a wide range of social activities, as well as squad participation. Pupils can choose from soccer, recreational tennis, touch rugby, cricket, tennis and athletics.
- Maximum participation here through the term allows for the continual development of mind and body and offers each pupil a break from the constraints of the classroom and exam stress. The social aspect to sport is very important, and pupils can compile their own weekly games timetable. At the same time, the programme allows the pupils the opportunity to represent their school at a wider range of sports.