Enhancing learning through Sport at Boundary Oak School

Physical activity is essential for the balanced development of young people, fostering their physical, social and emotional health. The benefits of sport reach beyond the impact on physical well-being and the value of the educational benefits of sport should not be under-estimated.

Academic learning and sports education are the complements of each other. They resemble the two sides of the same coin. Through participation in sport and physical education, young people learn about the importance of key values such as: honesty, teamwork, fair play, respect for themselves and others, and adherence to the rules.

It also provides a forum for young people to learn how to deal with competition and how to cope with both winning and losing. The world of sport mirrors how one can play the game of life. Good athletes stay in the game and play their best even when they are losing. They know they will win some and lose some. Children must learn that winning and losing are both temporary, and that they can’t give up or quit. Education, life achievements, contributions to the arts, sciences, business, and government involve comparable determination and self-discipline.

To achieve broader goals in education and development, the Boundary Oak Sports Programme focuses on the development of the individual and not only on the development of technical sports skills.

Some children are natural athletes while others have lesser physical coordination. Sport and athletic activities are good for building confidence for both types of child. For the well coordinated, the discipline of developing skills gives a sense of improvement and accomplishment. Winning games and moving to higher levels of competition enable these children to sense their personal progress.

Children with lesser coordination begin involvement in less competitive sports at first or in activities in which they can achieve improvement compared to their past personal best.

Physical Education naturally builds healthy habits that encourage life-long participation in sport. This extends the impact of physical education beyond the schoolyard and highlights the potential impact of physical education on health in later life. At Boundary Oak School we believe that ‘a sound mind dwells only in a sound body’.

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