Category Archives: Physical Education

An Action-packed April in P.E.!

 

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The Spring term has been very busy in the PE and Sports Department at MBTS, with lots of action and activity over the past several weeks.
In class this month, the children finished up their Invasion Games unit (football, field hockey, tag rugby, basketball and netball) and began their Net and Wall unit. They have been focusing on their hand-eye coordination and the skills needed for badminton, tennis, volleyball, Irish GAA handball (not to be confused with the handball you see in the Olympics, which is an invasion game). I am eagerly anticipating accompanying the Grade Five students to the squash club later this month, where they’ll be taking part in some introductory sessions of squash.
March was a particularly active month, as students from Grades Two to Four (the Grade Five students were away on their school trip to Little Cayman) represented MBTS at the Inter Primary two-day track meet. I am so proud of how well they all did, not only in the their athleticism but as ambassadors for the school. They tried hard, and showed wonderful sportsmanship and patience over the two-day meet. Well done to  students Tessa, Imogen, Sierra, Alli, Quinn, Sarah, Harper N., Kaitlin, Roman, Mikey, Liam, Ethan C., Jagger, Vin, Kaz and Oisin!
We also celebrated Sports Days just before the Easter holiday break. Students from Casa up through Grade Seven had the opportunity to take part in events that brought together fun and fitness. A big thank you to the Casa parents, who helped out as group leaders on Casa’s Sports Day, as well to all of the parents who came out to support and cheer on the students during these days.

 

Athleticism and Empathy in Upper Elementary

Physical Education at MBTS offers many rich opportunities to not only strengthen the body but to also nurture the spirit, through leadership, camaraderie and care for others. 

January brought Upper Elementary students a wonderful opportunity to sharpen their football skills, as we welcomed special guest Coach Peter to the school for several forty-minute instruction sessions. Coach Peter, who hails from the Netherlands, coaches Total Soccer and brings a wealth of experience from playing with one of Belgium’s top youth clubs, KAA Gent. He livened up the children’s game with fun and fast-paced games, and some very nifty tricks.

Some unexpected changes in the Specialty schedule this month brought about some amazing opportunities for the Grade Five students to exercise leadership and compassion for their younger friends. They were very excited to take on the role of mentors and helpers during a few Toddler PE sessions, and they fulfilled this responsibility with flying colours! They did an amazing job setting up safe and stimulating obstacle courses for our young Toddler friends, animatedly sang and led circle time, and demonstrated genuine joy and delight as they helped the little ones carefully play with balls and hoops, and navigate balance beams.

This experience was such a success with both the Toddlers and the Upper Elementary students that, with the support of their classroom teachers, we are now creating a schedule that will enable the Upper Elementary children to volunteer their time to help out with the Toddler PE class on a regular basis.

This was a heartwarming way to bring the truest goals of physical education and sport to the forefront: to celebrate the awesome capabilities of the body and the infinite capacity of the heart.

 

A Spectacular and Sporty December

Photo credit: Neil Martin
Photo credit: Neil Martin

Throughout the month of December, the Elementary and MYP students of MBTS proudly represented their school community in three different sporting events: the Sailing Regatta, the PSA Track and Field Meet, and the Inter-Primary Swim Meet. In all three events, our students displayed steadfast and stellar sportsmanship by always trying their very best, cheering loudly for their teammates, and showing grace and courtesy to others in the community.

The willingness of these young athletes to go into a highly competitive setting and challenge themselves to reach and surpass their personal limits – while always remaining grounded and team-minded – was truly inspiring.

Please scroll down to learn a bit more about each team that competed in the three events, and go all the way to the bottom to see the photo gallery!

Sailing Regatta:

  • Isabelle (Upper Elementary)
  • Lyndon (Upper Elementary)
  • Sophia (Upper Elementary)
  • Vin (Upper Elementary)

Upper Elementary students from MBTS displayed excellent sailing skills and tactics during the recently-held Sailing Regatta, and even applied some of their knowledge in Mathematics to the sport by figuring out the shortest distance and the best angles for the competition. Our masterful MBTS team did an exceptional job putting forth their best efforts and proudly sailed into second place!

Special thanks go to our parent volunteer for this event, Annie Briggs.

PSA Track and Field Meet:

  • Abiu (Upper Elementary)
  • Dante (Upper Elementary)
  • Harper B. (Upper Elementary)
  • Harvey (Upper Elementary)
  • Kai (MYP)
  • Seanne (MYP)

All of the students who participated in the PSA Track and Field Meet held December 7th put their best foot forward, and every single participant beat their own personal best scores! Many of them beat their best times during practices at school by a significant margin, and Grade Six student Abiu earned a Gold medal in Long Jump, while MYP student Seane earned Silver medals in the 200 m and 800 m races. Our fantastic MBTS team dashed into third place overall, and never wavered in their commitment to doing their best!

Special thanks go to our parent volunteers for this event, Terri Barrowman and Simone Bilchuris.

Inter-Primary Swim Meet:

  • Amber (Lower Elementary)
  • Brayden (Lower Elementary)
  • Emma (Lower Elementary)
  • Imogen (Lower Elementary)
  • Roman (Lower Elementary)
  • Sierra (Lower Elementary)
  • Tessa (Lower Elementary)
  • Xavier (Lower Elementary)
  • Allison (Lower Elementary)
  • Flinn (Lower Elementary)
  • Qinn (Lower Elementary)
  • Riannon (Lower Elementary)
  • Harper N. (Upper Elementary)
  • Kaitlin (Upper Elementary)
  • Keanna (Upper Elementary)
  • Madison (Upper Elementary)
  • Sarah (Upper Elementary)
  • Sebastian (Upper Elementary)
  • Emma (Upper Elementary)
  • Gabriella Lulu (Upper Elementary)
  • Sophia (Upper Elementary)

The students of MBTS showed some stupendous school spirit during the Inter-Primary Swim Meet held December 8th. Many of the children were first-time participants in the event, with several of them never having competed before. They showed tremendous heart and bravery, and learned how to overcome feelings of nervousness by remembering to try their best and have lots of fun! Some of our younger children even fearlessly volunteered when it turned out that there weren’t enough participants in some of the relays, displaying terrific and true sportsmanship!

MBTS proudly placed fourth overall, with Grade Two student Tessa earning first place for her efforts in the 25 m breaststroke, and Grade Four student Harper placing first in the 25 m freestyle, and placing second in the 25 m breast and backstroke races. Grade Four student Sarah placed second in the 25 m freestyle and breaststroke, and Gabriella placed second in the 25 m breaststroke.

Special thanks go to parent Neil Martin, who shared some of the fantastic photos he took during the event.