And then there is swimming… Over 120 students are regularly swimming over the course of a week from Year 1 – Year 11. A huge feat that could only be accomplished with the expert guidance of Miss Nyein, Mr Nay Lin and Mr Saw. To see Year 1 students competently perform a single stroke is an achievement, let alone four strokes! These skills will see them not only develop their swimming ability, but more importantly, they have the potential to save their lives!
Finally, the weekend opportunities through the Swimming Academy are further developing our students’ physical fitness and helping ensure they are competition ready, all whilst growing socially and holistically.
On that note, whilst this blog has primarily been about what we have achieved and done, this would not have been possible without the support of parents and without the drive and passion of the sportsmen and women in the Secondary School. Above all the victories and titles, it is the personal growth and development of the students that is perhaps the most inspiring and motivating outcome. Already this term, the PE department has received a number of emails from parents amazed with their child’s attitude towards PE and how they have changed from reluctant participators to inspired and committed sportspeople - often in one or more specific sports. This is a testament to our pupil mindset and the commitment of my team.
There is a wide range of evidence that supports the arguments that taking part in sport results in a longer, healthier life and also the achievement of higher academic results. These are all fantastic outcomes but they often miss the real process of participation and challenge - the development of one’s self-esteem, confidence, happiness and growth. Seeing a student take this journey is the reason why a PE Teacher’s job is so great and (in my opinion) the best job in the world!
The future of BSY students and of BSY sport is certainly looking very, very positive!!!
I look forward to working with many of your children as they participate in sports at BSY.
Director of Sport
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