Physical activity plays a significant part in the school experience for many Australian students, including students at Toorak College.
Research tells us that regular exercise helps to improve memory, concentration and learning however we believe that a combination of structured and unstructured exercise has the greatest benefit and that the advantages of participating in structured sport programs extend well beyond the brain.
Physical Health and Strength
By participating in Sport, children become stronger, increase endurance, build healthy muscles and bones and control weight. For girls, those who participate in sport in their teenage years are more likely to develop a positive attitude to women’s health, make better lifestyle choices and develop a lifelong love for physical activity.
The number 1 reason why boys and girls play sport is because it’s fun. We know that children who play sport receive self-esteem boosts, which can help improve confidence and performance. Those who are anxious or tense can benefit from the physical activity involved with sports activities and have a positive impact on emotional wellbeing and outlook.
Children who play sport not only benefit from the physical activity of training and playing, they develop friendships with their team mates and learn how to work as a team. The socialisation that occurs within a sports environment can help a child learn effective skills for interacting and integrating with both peers and adults.
Playing sport provides your child with a variety of character-building experiences. They learn valuable lessons on how to play fairly, how to win graciously and how to cope with losing. They can also develop self-discipline and work-ethic as they strive to improve.
Breaking down Gender Bias
Many people assume that girls are not as interested in sport as boys. Research by the American Women’s Sports Foundation shows that boys and girls between the ages of 6 and 9—and their parents—are equally interested in sports participation. However, by the age of 14, girls drop out of sport at a rate that is six times greater than boys. Toorak College encourages students to participate in our sports program right through to their VCE years in an environment that is free from judgement. Many of our students have gone on to achieve success at the elite level and act as role models and ambassadors.