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Character, Community and Achievement – Sport for all

24 January 2014

In a week when our secondary basketball teams were again victorious in the ACAMIS tournament it is a good time to reflect on how sport is important to all areas of the school.

Much as we are very proud of the quality and breadth of the provision of sporting activities at BISS Puxi you may not be aware of the importance of sport to our community. We have been lucky enough to see our rugby team play in front of an  international audience last year, see the swim team participate against Shanghai schools with pupils swimming personal bests, and the boys and girls football, volleyball and hockey  teams develop and compete at all age groups.

Staff at BISS Puxi are given regular feedback on results from the PE department and the coaches that come from all areas of our faculties. We publish our results to all students on our daily newsletter and we rightly celebrate our wins, but also recognise that when we are not winning we analyse what we did well and how we could develop. People often overlook the benefits of good quality sport provision at school and do not see how much it complements our high performance agenda. 

Physical literacy is the act of running, jumping, catching and throwing of which all primary school students are expected to graduate from year 6. Research has shown that at all ages where schools have good PE provision, SATs results, attendance records and behaviour tend to improve. Young people’s participation in sport improves their numeracy scores by 8% on average above non-participants. It is well known that there is the need for exercise as part of a healthy lifestyle, but our sport provision dovetails with our high performance learning values and attitudes.

Pupils are challenged to be independent and constantly practicing to improve. Students are provided with personal targets to achieve personal bests and also have to work collaboratively as part of a team. Our coaches in PE or in the sports teams ask pupils to reflect and analyse on performance. The physical and mental challenge of trying an array of sports or competing with peers and in front of crowds, builds character and helps focus students which links with our agenda for behaviour and social graces.

The flourishing nature of our PE lessons, ECAs and BISCAP programmes give students access to a range of opportunities to perform at many levels. Our sports provision helps build the idea of community amongst students, staff and parents who come to watch and support. It is great to see so many parents at so many events. We all appreciate the support and it is a great chance to interact and celebrate a student’s willingness to compete, improve and succeed.

If you are a parent and would like to help, use our facilities or even raise a team to compete against our staff in tennis, football or any other sport please get in contact. Sport is a great way to further build on our successful community and we are constantly looking for new opportunities. Just this week a parent gave us a contact for a ballroom dancing professional teacher and I look forward to bringing you more news about this in the future.

- Chris Share, Head of Secondary