The main purpose of sport at St Teresa’s School is to provide each individual learner with the knowledge and experience to be Active for Life. Throughout the school the focus is on providing opportunities for participation, enjoyment and excellence.
Sport is divided into three areas: Physical Education (including Life Skills/Orientation), competitive sport and development/social sport. The Sports Department, headed by the Director of Sport, is responsible for the organisation and implementation of all three areas of sport. Physical Education is a curricular activity in which all grade 7 – 9 learners are required to participate. Competitive and development / social sports are co-curricular activities, in which all learners are strongly encouraged to participate and regard as an extension of the school day.
Active participation throughout school is strongly encouraged because it:
• correlates positively with improved academic performance,
• increases the likelihood of the individual becoming an active adult,
• reduces the risk factor of contracting at least four lifestyle related chronic diseases by 30 – 50%, and makes you happy
Source: Discovery Health: http://www.vitalityschools.co.za
Our curriculum focuses on age-appropriate lessons, which are based on CAPS and the philosophy of Long Term Participant Development. The FUNdamental movement and sports skills taught in the Junior Primary prepare the girls to develop their skills and training techniques in the Senior Primary, with a view to developing performance and team strategies during the course of High School.
The sports programme caters for competitive and social sportswomen by providing as many opportunities as possible for participation within the structure of the local leagues, events that are organised by the Catholic Schools Sports Council and festivals and tournaments to which we are invited by specific host schools. Inter house competitions are organised in all sports to encourage participation and enjoyment throughout the school community.
Physical education is taught by our professional full-time teachers. Together with the Director of Sport, they distribute the roles of Teacher In Charge (TIC) of the various sports amongst them and assist and support the excellent team of passionate and committed coaches that facilitate the sports programme.