Newsletter – 17 June 2019

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Last week I saw a great saying on the bus; ‘Keep your kids out of court get them to playing sport’. A rule in our house was my children had to play a winter and summer sport until they left school in Year 13. This required commitment from them and us as we supported them with transport and side line encouragement etc. We still had our share of teenage moments, but I am convinced it would have been significantly harder if they were not busy with sport. It also got them out of bed, off their devices and active on the weekend. 

The Novak Djokovic Foundation published the following article. 

There are several benefits of playing sports for kids, such as having a healthier life, gaining more academic integrity, improving medical fitness, etc.

Allowing children to participate in outdoor extracurricular activities, such as sports, helps them explore and develop skills which are considered beneficial throughout their lives. By participating in sports, children are exposed to various mental, social, emotional, physical and educational benefits. Some of these benefits are: 

Developing Self-Esteem

Several studies have suggested that taking part in a sport can help in the development of your child’s self-esteem and confidence. Gestures such as a high-five from a teammate, a pat on the back, or a handshake, when a match is over, helps build confidence. Also, words of praise or of encouragement from the coach or players help build self-esteem. This also helps them learn to trust their own abilities and push themselves in their pursuits. However, one thing that should be remembered is that their self-esteem should not be distinguished based on winning or losing. Constructive criticism should be a major part in helping children learn about accepting their weaknesses and working on them to improve themselves. To do this you could encourage your child to play sports, and always ask them whether they enjoyed it or not, rather than whether they won or lost. 

Social Skills

Playing a sport helps children develop social skills which would benefit them even when they grow older. Playing sports teaches them about teamwork and cooperating with others. They learn to interact with people from different ages. Also, joining a sports team helps give children a sense of belonging and gives them an opportunity to make friends. With more friendship circles it would help improve their communication skills, which will help them in their future careers and relationships. 

Accept Defeat at Times

In most of the things you do in life, there will be a winner and a loser. Through sports your child can learn sportsmanship. They can learn how to accept and cope with losses rather than feeling completely defeated. You cannot win them all, and through sports, your child can understand that sometimes it’s okay if you lose. The important part is to get back up and try again. There’s no harm in being competitive, but if you lose you should show good sportsmanship and accept defeat. No one likes to be around a sore loser who doesn’t respect the rules, and this brings us to the next point. 

Maintain Discipline

Any sport requires the athletes to maintain discipline. This discipline could be mental, physical, or tactical. To become better in any sport you require discipline. Without self-restraint it would be hard to succeed in any sport. Discipline helps the player achieve their goals and also reach their fullest potential. In sports your child would need to follow a set of rules, take orders and accept decisions made by the coach. Good discipline is appreciated in sports, as there are penalizations for bad discipline. By listening to the coach and peers, your child would learn an important life skill which would help him throughout their career and life. 

There’s no ‘I’ in Team

Teamwork is a necessary skill to learn from an early age. A team cannot succeed unless they work together. Sports provide children with the important lesson of learning how to work in a team. Everyone has to come together to achieve the goal. By working together they will learn each other’s strengths and weaknesses and will be better able to decide and strategize the best plan for the team. This will without a doubt help them in their future lives and careers as well. There are various benefits of sports for your child. This list is not exhaustive. There are several other benefits such as a healthier living, more academic integrity, medical fitness, etc. All of these benefits just goes to show how much a child can learn outside the classroom as well. However, to get your child to play a sport you may need to encourage them.
You can help your child become active in sports in several ways: 

  • You could be physically active in sports yourself. This would help them as you are leading by example.
  • Support your child’s efforts in sports. Try to be there for every match that your child plays, for encouragement.
  • Try to limit the time spent on sedentary activities such as watching television or playing computer games.
  • Play a sport along with your child.

So why wait any longer? Get your child enrolled in a sport which they want to learn.     

Lost Uniform 

Please ask your child to check cloak bays, the field, classroom and lost property box. Generally uniforms are not stolen but rather left somewhere and forgotten.    

Education Review Office Report

Last week our Board of Trustees sent out our confirmed report. The staff and Board are extremely happy with the outcome as it not only clearly validates the strategic direction of the school but acknowledges our dedicated, hard-working staff and Board of Trustees. If you did not receive a copy of the report please let the office know and they will get one to you.   

 Miss Chelsey Waters in Room 14 who is now engaged. We’re so excited for you both. Wishing you both a great future together. Congratulations! 

Fire Classroom Replacement and Donations

We are waiting for the council to give permission for the siting of the classrooms, so hopefully soon. They will then need to be refitted with new wall linings, carpets and be painted. 

We have been humbled by the donations from businesses and schools in the aftermath of the fire. The latest from Wakaaranga Primary School Students who raised $915.20. The students of Room 23 will decide how they will spend this money under the guidance of their teacher Mr Jack Hopkinson

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