Term 4 Sports Newsletter

Once again, we are celebrating a fantastic year of sport at Glamorgan School!  Many of our students have been involved in team sports, as an individual or in an organised sports tournament! As a school, we are excited about the sporting opportunities we have to offer our students. Sport is a great way for families to be involved with their children and this involvement takes many varying forms. As always, we would like to take this opportunity to thank all the children, parents, and teachers who so actively support our teams in either coaching, managing or a spectator capacity. Without the on-going support of teachers and parents who put their hand up in these roles, we would be unable to offer these after school and inter-school tournament sports teams. We look forward to working with you and your children again next year in 2020!

What is current research saying? (Ministry of Health Website)

Physical activity can help people live longer, healthier lives. The New Zealand Physical Activity Guidelines outline the minimum levels of physical activity required to gain health benefits and ways to incorporate incidental physical activity into everyday life.

Children and young people (5–17 years)
‘Sit less, move more, sleep well’
For school-aged children and young people (aged 5 to 17 years) high levels of physical activity, low levels of sedentary behaviour, and sufficient sleep each day achieves greater health benefits.

A healthy 24-hours includes:

  • a quality uninterrupted sleep of 9 to 11 hours per night for those aged 5 to 13 years and 8 to 10 hours per night for those aged 14 to 17 years, with consistent bed and wake-up times
  • an accumulation of at least 1 hour a day of moderate to vigorous physical activity (incorporate vigorous physical activities and activities that strengthen muscles and bones, at least 3 days a week)
  • no more than 2 hours per day of recreational screen time
  • For the remainder of the day:
  • sitting less and moving more – break up sitting time
  • participating in structured and unstructured light physical activities.

Preserving sleep, trading indoor time for outdoor time, and replacing sedentary behaviours and light physical activity with additional moderate to vigorous physical activity can provide greater health benefits.

For more information on these recommendations, download:

https://www.health.govt.nz/system/files/documents/pages/physical-activity-guidelines-for-children-and-young-people-may17.pdf

A Big Thank You Glamorgan School Teachers

Glamorgan School encourages students to become involved in sports. We offer to our students a number of different sporting opportunities outside of school hours. We have a team of enthusiastic teachers who coordinate and organise students into teams or act as year level teacher representatives for junior and senior teams. I would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge and thank you for all the extra hours you put into organising extracurricular sport for Glamorgan School children.

Junior Athletics

On a gloriously sunny day we held our Junior Athletics Day. The students keenly participated in the range of events to showcase the fundamental running, throwing and jumping skills they had been learning. The gumboot throw was popular this year and continued through lunchtime! All of the children can be very proud of themselves for the way they challenged themselves and supported their peers. Thank you also to those parents who came to encourage and support the children.

We were lucky enough to have some Year 12 and 13 Sports Prefects from Long Bay College support us this year. They showed dedication to the community, volunteering their own time as they were on study leave. These college students enthusiastically and capably involved themselves in aspects of the organisation and coaching and were greatly appreciated by our Junior students and Teachers. Congratulations to all our athletes.

Steph Masefield (Junior School coordinator)

Senior School Athletics Day

This term our focus for P.E. has been on developing fundamental athletic skills in run, jump and throw. This, in turn, prepared our students for our Senior School Athletics Day. Students participated in a range of track and field events. It was a fantastic day with enthusiastic participants and many keen parent supporters. I would especially like to thank our wonderful Long Bay College students who volunteered their time and supported the teaching staff with the smooth running of the sprint races and field events. (Results were published in the Glamorgan School Newsletter Term 4 Week 6 21.11.2019)

Northern Bays Super Cluster Athletics Day

Following on from our school athletics, a team of our top-performing nine, ten and eleven-year-olds went to the Northern Bays Cluster Super Athletics Day held at Kristin School. Competing against the best athletes from eleven other schools, our team members were really able to test their performance. The children were excellent ambassadors for Glamorgan School and we are very proud of our athletes. Many thanks also to all the parents who supervised children on the day! Your support was most appreciated!

Outstanding performances came from:

Long Jump

Lucia Sanna 3rd

Shotput

Harmony Naeata 1st

Chloe Dawson 2nd

Karora Andrell 2nd

Discus

Harmony Naeata 1st

Mads Siegemund 2nd

High Jump

Onyx Rameka 1st

Elvin Aghdassi 2nd

Harmony Naeata 2nd

100 Metre Sprints

Lucia Sanna 2nd

Jaimie North 2nd

Ariana Paver 3rd

800m Open Girls

Harmony Naeata 3rd

Michaela Nicol (Teacher in Charge of School Sports Events)

Touch Rugby

This year has again been a fantastic year for touch rugby in our school. Glamorgan has had a record breaking 12 teams entered into the Local Touch competition across all grades. We have had a great number of returning players as well as lots of players new to the game who worked hard to learn the rules as well as improving their skills.

While at times the weather was against us this term all of our teams should be very proud of how well they have done – they have had a fantastic season. Two of our teams finished 1st place in their division and remain unbeaten; congratulations to the year 1-2 Mixed- Fire Dragons and year 3-4 Mixed- TOUCHdowns
Year 3-4 Girls Superstars finished in 2nd and the 5-6 Boys Warriors came 3rd.

We would like to say a big thank you to all Coaches and Managers who stepped up this year to give up your time, both through trainings and games. Without you none of this would be possible.

Keep an eye out in Term 3 next year for information on the next season

Candice Durant (School Co-ordinator)

Skillz4life Swimming Lessons for Years 2 and 3 2020

In Term 1 2020, Glamorgan School will once again be taking part in the Skillz4Life swimming programme, which will be held in the school pool during school hours. Only year 2 and 3 will be taught in term 1 of 2020, doing 8 consecutive lessons over 2 weeks. This is an optional activity and the cost is $50 for 8 half-hour lessons.

Years 4 and 5 children will have the option to have lessons in term 4 2020. Details will come home with children who will be in years 2 and 3 in 2020 inside your child’s school report on 12th December. Your child’s new classroom number for 2020 is used as a reference and payment needs to be made between 12th and 20th December, which is the cut-off date.

Looking Ahead to 2020

Coaching or managing a team

Primary school sports are heavily reliant on supportive parents and whanau, and we are always looking for enthusiastic mums and dads to coach or manage our teams.  If managers and coaches are not available, we are unable to enter teams. It is a very rewarding experience to be involved in the start of your child’s sporting pathways. We have after school and weekend teams playing netball, hockey and miniball (junior basketball). If you are interested in one of these roles, please contact the school office and they will give you the name of the teacher in charge of facilitating the organisation of the team in 2020.

What a fantastic year of sport we have had at Glamorgan School! Once again a huge thank you to all the staff, parents, and coaches who volunteer their time to give our students so many wonderful sporting opportunities. Your support is greatly appreciated! It is also important to thank and recognize our students for their participation and commitment to their chosen sports. We are always so proud of the way you conduct yourselves and represent Glamorgan School on the sports field/court! Have a safe and Merry Christmas and we look forward to another successful sporting year in 2020.

Michaela Nicol

Teacher in Charge of School Sports Events