Glamorgan School Sports Newsletter Term 1

Glamorgan School recognises the importance of sport and physical exercise. We take pride in our sports teams and encourage a ‘can do’ and ‘let’s try to win’ attitude. Last year was such a tricky year with the COVID-19 pandemic having a major effect on all our sports teams and being able to organise school-wide sporting events! We are delighted that so many of our teams are preparing and training for their Term 2 competitions and upcoming interschool tournaments. 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 a coaching, managing or a spectator capacity.

Interesting Information for Parents
Helping children build physical activity into their daily routine can create a pattern that may stay with them for the rest of their lives. Research suggests that physical activity enhances brain function, the learning process and kids’ academic performance across all curriculum areas.

Current Research:
Children and young people can derive great value from participating regularly in sport and recreation activities. Not only is participation important for their health and wellbeing but ongoing participation can contribute to:

  • Development of social skills and moral and ethical behaviour.
  • Development of personal skills such as problem solving, communication, decision-making and leadership.
  • Understanding and feelings of inclusiveness and empathy with the needs of others.
  • Transmission of cultural norms and values.
  • Opportunities for the development of personal and group identity.
  • Improvement and maintenance of physical, mental and emotional health.
  • Productive use of leisure time.
  • Helping individuals, groups and communities of people realise their full potential.

COVID-19 Messages
Remember it is important to stay active if you are in lockdown. Exercise is important to both physical and mental wellbeing. It can help you de-stress and sleep better. The world health organisation recommends that all healthy adults do 30 minutes per day of physical activity and children should be physically active for 1 hour a day. If you are in lockdown, you can try home workouts, walk, cycle or run. Just stay local and keep it low risk.
Some key messages and alert level information to keep in mind

Sport New Zealand

Glamorgan School Sports Philosophy
The sports philosophy clearly defines three areas:
• Expectations of students
• Expectations of coaches, managers and supporters
• The role of the school

These are based on our aim of children at Glamorgan School taking pride in an inclusive sports programme that provides coaching and playing experience for all children in a supportive learning environment. All children representing Glamorgan School in either an individual or team sport receive a copy of the Glamorgan School Sports Philosophy. All children, coaches, managers, and parents are expected to uphold all expectations. This can be located on our school website
If your child is considering or is currently involved in one of our sports teams, we strongly encourage you to read this and share it with your child.

Inter-School Swimming Event
With the Covid-19 disruptions and other school commitments that took place earlier in the year, the swim team had little more than three weeks to prepare for the inter-school swim meets. However, the children embraced the before-school and lunchtime training sessions to develop their skills. Rain or shine, the squad members turned up to training in large numbers and it was pleasing to witness the noticeable improvement in the children’s technique and stamina. Then, in the final week of Term 1, the swim meet events had arrived. On the Tuesday, our 34-member swim team went to the North Shore Swimming Primary School Competition, where they splashed it out with 24 other schools. Our girls finished the event in 12th place and the boys in 10th. Overall, Glamorgan finished in 12th place – a wonderful result. The following day, a slightly tired swim team competed in the local cluster event with Torbay, Long Bay, and Oteha Valley schools. While we finished fourth overall in a very close competition, every member stepped up and tried their best for the team.
It was a pleasure taking the swim team out of school to these events. It is a great opportunity for them to experience and compete in these sporting competitions. The children displayed teamwork, sportsmanship, perseverance, and pride, and they were well behaved and respectful. Congratulations to everyone who took part. We are proud of you.

Glenn Sheers, Ann Morris, Michaela Nicol (School coaches & co-ordinator)

Term 2 Events
Year 4-6 Endzone American Football Programme (Term 2 Week 1-6)
Year 1-3 Small Sticks Hockey Programme (Term 2 Week 7-10)
School Cross Country for Junior and Seniors – Thursday 10 June Save Day-Friday 11 June
Northern Bays Cross Country Event – Wednesday 30 June, Save Day – Thursday 8 July
Mini Ball
Junior and Senior Netball
Year 6 Netball Tournament- Wednesday 23 June

On behalf of the staff and students at Glamorgan a huge thank you for your on-going support and participation with sport at our school, without your help many of these sporting opportunities could not be offered. I also wish the very best to our teams and athletes with their future games and events.
Michaela Nicol (Teacher in Charge of School Wide Sports Events)