A number of researchers have raised concerns about the steady decline of time spent participating in physical activity at some schools. One particular concern is that removing or reducing physical activity in school may be detrimental to a child’s physical health, as well as their academic performance.
What happens on the sporting field doesn’t just stay on the sporting field. Through sport, boys are exposed to a variety of lessons that can be applied to everyday life and which will help your son to flourish. We’ve put together a list of five lessons learned through sport.
Dance dates back to prehistoric times (and probably even further back), and is a part of almost every culture. It’s an activity that transcends time and place, and is valued the world over. It makes us feel good, allows us to express ourselves and is a great form of aerobic exercise whether you dance in front of the mirror for yourself, at an event with friends, or on a stage for the enjoyment of others.
By RSM Joshua Kolesnikoff and CPL Lachlan Dock
The Trinity Grammar School Australian Army Cadet Unit BIVOUAC took place recently. Our BIVOUAC experiences were memorable, and this camp was great for all of the recruit cadets and their Senior rank members. The cadets had a bus ride down to H Range on the southern reaches of the Holsworthy Military training area. There was a walk to Charlie and Deltas night locations and this was soon followed by a Bullring exercise.
Training provided in the Australian Army Cadet Unit at Trinity develops character, leadership skills and instils a sense of service in young people.
Leadership skills and experience are highly valued in both the workplace and society generally. The Australian Army Cadets programme equips students with vital life skills and can provide some advantage in the quest for scholarships and jobs.
In an Australian first for schools, Trinity is spearheading head injury management in schools with a system that is usually reserved for professional sporting teams, ensuring that the School is at the forefront of world-best practice in relation to head injury management.
Designed in New Zealand, CSx Headguard is an automated system to manage concussion in athletes and safely return them to play. Currently being used by the AFL, NRL, and World Rugby, it is the first time the programme has been implemented by a school in this country.
Some boys discover a passion and love for a sport at a young age and can’t be held back; they pursue it with everything they have and demonstrate a true dedication to the sport. However, even these boys will have days when it doesn’t seem worth the effort. Other boys might love a good game of rugby or footy but are easily discouraged and doubt their ability. A good coach will help athletes stick at their chosen sport and improve their skills, but a great coach will inspire boys to develop physically and emotionally, as well as encouraging a love of sport and teaching life skills that can be applied off the field.
Here are five ways a coach can inspire boys:
The NSW All Schools Track and Field Championships were held recently over four days at Sydney Olympic Park Athletics Centre. Over 2000 athletes from across all NSW school sectors (government, cathothic and independent) competed to be crowned the best in the State.
Trinity Grammar School had the highest representation with 52 athletes giving it their all in an attempt to run the fastest, jump the highest and throw the furthest, and amidst some fierce competition, they managed to top the medal tally!
At the conclusion of the gripping and epic competition, Trinity Grammar School brought home an astonishing 27 medals, 13 national qualifiers and seven School records, achieving its best ever result collectively as a school.
When asked about stand-out performances, Trinity Grammar School Director of Track and Field, Andrew Murphy said, “It’s difficult to single out stand-out performances when 27 medals were won, however Alexander Kolesnikoff of Year 12 broke the State and Meet records in the Under 18 Shot Put throwing a massive 20.69 metres and Theo Kidd of Year 9 also broke a Meet record in the 200 metres Hurdles running a time of 26.9 seconds.”
Sport is important for keeping fit, team building and having fun. Whether it be playing soccer in the park with friends on the weekend or a rugby grand final against a rival school, demonstrating good sportsmanship and respect should be part of the game. If boys learn from a young age that good sportsmanship is a normal part of any sporting game, they will carry it with them throughout their adult lives. Whether facing defeat, or celebrating a win, the greatest sportsmen will show respect and humility in all sporting situations.
Here are seven ways of encouraging your son to show good sportsmanship.
By Trinity Year 8 student, Euan Germanos
At 4:45am the alarm goes off. I reluctantly get out from under the warm doona. The drive to school is in the dark. Not fully awake, I walk from the carpark to the pool. It is cold. I dive into the cool water at 5:30am. We follow the black line up and down – up to seven kilometres per training session.