Classes get field time

2015-10-06 06:00
Teachers and Grade 7 pupils at Groote Schuur Primary School competed against each other on a sport fun day last week.

Teachers and Grade 7 pupils at Groote Schuur Primary School competed against each other on a sport fun day last week.

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Teachers and Grade 7 pupils of Groote Schuur­ Primary School had an opportunity to play sport against each other and learn from one another last week.

The event was the first of its kind at the school and was aimed at passing on different skills. About 35 teachers played netball and hockey against the pupils.

The two-hour long event was supported by many pupils from other grades who sat around the court and cheered on their fellow pupils and teachers.

Brent Davids, the head of sport at the school, says the day was filled with fun.

“It was a different atmosphere and they had to interact with one another on a new level different from being in class.

“It was a fun day, because they were sharing skills and the teachers had to share with them what they knew about the sport as well. They shared some advice with the pupils; it was like a coaching session and they had to learn from the teachers as they were doing it,” he says.

The day was also used to motivate other pupils to take part in sport, so that one day they will also play against their teachers. In the way they were cheering, it was clear the pupils also wanted to be in that position one day.

Davids believes sport has a major role to play.

“It makes children work much better in class. It makes them concentrate and they can learn fast. Playing sport is a very good thing. Those kids who are involved in sport perform much better at school, so days like this encourage them to want to be part of a team.

“It also grooms them to work better in a team. Sport is all about team work, so when they go back to class they can practise the team work they learnt here and it will be easy to work with others and accomplish tasks.”

With the success of the event they hope to repeat it annually.

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