Jumaat, 25 Julai 2008

SCHOOL SPORTING CULTURE: How to look out for tomorrow's athletes


PHYSICAL and Health Education (PHE) is a compulsory though not examinable subject in all secondary schools. Two teaching periods each of 40 minutes are allocated every week.

During these periods, students learn the theories of physical fitness, some health science, athletics/games rules and regulations and, of course, they also practise and play games and sports. Many look forward to these periods of "learning as you play".

One aspect of PHE that needs more attention and emphasis is "standard takings", whereby every student performs certain physical exercises and has his or her performances measured against predetermined standards.

The students have to show their prowess in running short and long distances, the high and long jump as well as discus throwing. The "standards" are set according to the students' ages and are the yardstick for students to gauge their physical fitness, prowess and agility.

"Standard takings" should be carried out every year, preferably at the beginning of a school term. Properly conceived and conducted, it contributes towards creating a lifelong awareness of physical fitness among our students. Schools can also use "standard takings" as a means to identify potential athletes.
Those not so naturally endowed, will at least enjoy the exercises, know their own levels of physical fitness and ability and then seek help from their Physical Education teachers to improve their performances.

Schools should encourage "standard takings". It is like building a school sporting culture.

The New Straits Times Online: 25 Julai 2008

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