“I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life and that is why I succeed.” Michael Jordan.
This week our students are enjoying their Sports Days in addition to the CCAs that run each day and the numerous competitive games that take place on a weekly basis at school. This week for example, we have hosted sports days for all ages, U12, U14 and U16 Rugby, U15 and U13 Girls football, U11 and U9 Netball, U9 and U11 boys Football and U13 Cricket. We have hosted the ADISSA Junior and Senior Swim Gala on Sunday and Monday (congratulations Seniors on taking 1st place) and are hosting the ADISSA U9 and U11 Multi Sports Competition this weekend. There are so many opportunities we are able to provide thanks to our skilled and dedicated staff, there can be no excuse for students not to take advantage of these opportunities.
The importance of sports and games in school encompasses more than just the benefits of physical activity. Sports stimulate the physical and mental growth of a student developing body strength, coordination, prevention of chronic diseases and encourages maintenance of a healthy lifestyle. Participating in sport also teaches the importance of team spirit and gives students the experience of working with different kinds of people, in different situations. Sport encourages friendships and encourages a competition that drives them to give extra effort.
Through sports, students learn to respect authority and rules, something that can sometimes be lacking in modern society. Sport increases self-esteem, mental alertness and is proven to reduce stress and anxiety so maybe when students are studying for those important exams, physical activity time should be retained rather than the first thing to go in order to claw back more revision time. Good sportsmanship provides guidelines that can be applied within the classroom and the workplace as well as recognising that challenges can be overcome with determination and hard work. No sporting achievement ever happens without a degree of dedication and hard work, there is no such thing as a right to win, its earned. Similarities to the workplace are again obvious.
As long as our students are involved in sports, they will learn how to overcome obstacles and challenges that may come their way. Isn’t that what we all want for our children?
Head of Primary