Sport has a valuable role to play in the development of our youth; it is important for both physical and emotional growth. Our goal is to maximize the participation in sport at The Rock Academy so that our children will continue to grow in confidence and ability as they mature.
Youth sport should not have its main focus on winning. The focus needs to be on learning sport FUNdamentals. As a small school we are going to have players of different ability levels in our teams and the message needs to be clear that representing The Rock Academy is about standing together and playing to the best of our ability. We want our program to be a fun and creative approach to improving athletic abilities. We want to teach the fundamentals in an exciting way that establishes a healthy attitude towards physical activity and paves the way towards a lifetime of interest and participation in sport and games.
- The Physical Education program is part of the schools weekly timetable and is designed to keep children moving so that a healthy fitness standard is maintained. The program uses games to improve flexibility, to gain coordination, to build balance, boost stamina, increase strength, maximize speed and enhance agility.
- Afternoon sport sessions continue this theme but in a more sport specific quality. The main focus is learning to work together in a team environment, to build responsibility and to test commitment. These life skills are valuable in sports and will, in turn, have a positive influence on how our youth develop socially. Winter sports focus on soccer, squash, while hockey, tag rugby, netball, cross country are part of cross training. Team sports for summer are cricket, squash, while volleyball, athletics, baseball form part of cross training. We are planning a big drive to establish the run, jump, throw activities of athletics at The Rock Academy. We hope that by 2013 we will have athletes competing in interschool events. Our neighbour school, Capella House, is making their athletic track and field areas available for practice and events.