The enhancement of physical and mental development of children is certainly the most important contribution of sports for children. It’s also a powerful tool that breaks down all barriers and helps us feel good about ourselves both physically and mentally. Playing sport is so beneficial for our primary children, by playing sports children develop physical skills, exercise, make new friends, have fun, learn to be a team member, learn about fair play and improve self-esteem. In the five years our school has been open, the children have been given a wide variety of opportunities to develop their love for sport; at first some children were reticent, some of the sports were new and some children had not been challenged in this way before, but now we see great enthusiasm and engagement in all types of sports. Our sporting ECAs are always well attended, in particular the Tuesday afternoon football training sessions with Years 1-3, a challenging task but well worth it to see the joy and determination on the children’s faces. In addition to football this term we have also offered Karatedo, swimming, multisports, tag rugby, dance and ice skating. For those of you who were fortunate to be able to attend the Years 1-3 Sports Day on Tuesday you would have been able to enjoy and celebrate your children’s sporting achievements with us! Some of the races were quite unique, I for one would not have been able to do the hand and feet crawl but the children seemed to enjoy it. My thanks to our PE staff Mr. Brookfield, Mr. Quyen and Ms. Kaye for organizing this event and helping the children to practice their skills and to all the enthusiastic children and teachers who had made the afternoon such great fun!
On Thursday afternoon I was delighted to be able to attend the Year 4 African Play coordinated by our music teacher Ms. Emily.