The Autumn term saw 42 different fixtures or tournaments completed by our young student athletes, these ranged from friendlies right through to international Nord Anglia competitions. Parents, students and staff all recognised the need for more competitive opportunities and in order to generate these, last term we entered our basketball squads into the local district competitions. Competition against local schools has been fierce but hugely rewarding with several different age groups winning their district competitions and progressing to the citywide Warsaw competition. Recently our U13 boys finished 6th in the city which is a fantastic achievement. The success of this model is one that we will look to roll out across other sports in the future, providing more opportunities for students to compete regularly, representing the school and applying the skills learnt in training.
As the sports programme continues to grow our facilities become our limiting factor. In order to expand the programme, we need to look at other alternatives to provide more time and space. We are approaching this challenge in two ways. Firstly we are exploring the use of local, external facilities that could be used to add extra capacity and secondly we are looking at the viability of introducing a season-based approach to our sports. This could mean that individual sports would be given greater priority in the lead up to major competitions. A season-based model is common place in most UK and many international schools and would be an effective method of ensuring better use of our facilities at different points throughout the year whilst also allowing students to focus their efforts on different sports during each ‘season’. As these plans evolve and develop, updates will be provided.
Developing our sporting identity
School sport is an excellent opportunity to unite the student body, giving them a common identity whilst allowing them to live healthy lives in both a leisure and competitive sporting environment. Since arriving in Warsaw, I have been keen to develop our sporting identity both within our sports facilities and also in the appearance of our students both in PE lessons and when competing. Whilst this will take time to fully embed I strongly believe that a strong sporting identity will encourage greater student engagement in sport.
We currently have a “PE kit expectation” but unfortunately, what the students wear for PE lessons is often unsuitable for the lesson or the weather. From September, we are introducing a new PE kit that can be purchased through our current school uniform provider. For competitive team kits: we will be unifying these team kits as we gradually replace them with a revised Navy blue and white colour scheme which will become our ‘school colours’. I have included 3 attachments with visuals which include the compulsory items for Primary and Secondary students and also some optional items. The aim alongside improving the appearance of students in lessons is to also ensure that there are suitable cold weather items for when required and that students at all times have kit to wear for PE lessons which is appropriate to the activity they are taking part in. The kits will be viewable on the school uniform website from 1st March 2019 with a full price list and available for purchase from 15th April 2019. Nearer the time, information will be shared and opportunity for size samples to be seen.