No lounging in lockdown! Pupils rise to PE department’s challenge

No lounging in lockdown! Pupils rise to PE department’s challenge

Pupils have been taking on the sporting tasks set by their teachers – and sending in the evidence to prove it!

The PE & Games department has been filling the special lockdown pages created on the School’s eQE remote learning portal with a range of activities designed to cater for all sporting tastes, from specialist coaching videos for cricketers and rugby players through to quizzes for any occasional ‘armchair athletes’.

Challenges set for the boys have included the plank challenge (exercises designed to strengthen the core and build up endurance), football ‘keepy uppy’ and trick-shots.

Director of Sport Jonathan Hart said: “It’s a unique challenge and responsibility to keep pupils active and fit in the current circumstances, particularly bearing in mind that boys’ domestic situations can vary widely. We have aimed therefore to be creative in our provision in the hope that everyone can take part and still feel part of the QE community.

“We are really pleased with how the boys have responded; we have received an inspiring collection of photos and video clips of them in action, some of which can be seen on QE’s Instagram.”

The web pages are divided into age-appropriate Lower School and Upper School sections.

In addition to the weekly quizzes, there are workouts, diet and nutritional advice, and specific activities including:

  • Couch to 5k
  • 5k to 10k
  • Yoga splits
  • Juggling

Further challenges, quizzes and workouts will be added in the coming weeks.

Pictured here are: Om Chakrapani, of Year 10, and Akaash Gill of Year 8, tackling the ‘keepy uppy’ challenge, while Simi Bloom, of Year 7, takes on the plank challenge.