The new semester is in its second week. The new students are settling in, learning the ropes, finding their feet, and getting to know our students who have been with us from the beginning.
Last Friday morning, one of our English teachers went to the gym with nine students. He thinks of himself as a pretty good athlete. Some of the high school students decided to have a little competition, playing badminton, table tennis, a little football (soccer) and some three-point basketball shooting. The teacher discovered the students were all pretty good athletes too. After two hours, he was completely exhausted, a really good workout. All had fun, and it is now the intention of the English teachers to hold regular fitness and games events. It’s not only good for health, it’s also great for morale and togetherness. The students learn to work together, develop team spirit and, ultimately, bond. These activities are all conducted in English, so it’s a win-win situation.
The proposed Sports Days start with a team building ice breaker that is also used to divide the group into teams. The ice breaker is designed to divide the group up in a way that ‘cliques’ are separated and new relationships formed. These teams then go on to compete against each other in various sports related exercises. Points are awarded for each exercise and the team with the highest points at the end of the event is declared the winning team of that particular Sports Day.
Some possible outcomes of the Sports Day team building activity include teamwork, communication, leadership, cooperation, goal setting, creative thinking, decision making, problem solving, resilience, time management and trust.
These are some of the team building exercises that may be included in the Sports Day team building activity.
Penalty shootouts, Frisbee golf, badminton, table tennis, tug-of-war, basketball, and canoeing.
In the case of many of today’s youth, team sports offer a way for kids and young adults to avoid many temptations, including drugs and criminal activity. It also allows for kids and adults alike a chance to get out and socialize with friends and avoid spending too much time at home watching television and playing video games. The team work involved in these sports allows for people to become part of something of value and teaches people how to help someone on their team when they are struggling and offer them words of encouragement when they are performing either poorly or admirably. Team work can also give players a greater respect for one another and can build friendships that last a lifetime.
We look forward to planning and initiating more events during the school year.
CIA students play badminton
CIA students play basketball
CIA students play tennis
CIA students play golf