The Prep School students were very excited to return to sport training this week and we were thankful that the rain held off to allow the first session to run through to its finish. Although all interschool competition has been postponed for the near future, much has been planned for forthcoming training sessions for the various sports.
As well as a strong focus on skill development, each training session will include discussion on the core values of ‘commitment, unity and growth mindset’, which link to Pulteney Grammar’s vision for Sport: ‘Better Never Stops’. Following on from this, coaches will work with our students to help them to recognise the behaviours associated with each value and to understand the ways in which they can model these values within a team setting, both on and off the field.
It is our aim to encourage as many students as possible to train, play sport, and stay active to benefit their physical and mental health and wellbeing, as well as a way to develop their physical literacy.
The Prep School recently held an ‘Open Mic Forum’ in Music classes. We had an amazing variety of performances, from solo instrumentalists to singing duets, and some very clever drama skits like the one pictured about football with Hamish Ruff and Kai Dalby from Year 6. The boys wrote and created their witty performance themselves which they called ‘Sitting on the Bench’.
A highlight for the Year 3 and 4 classes during their open mic forum was a visit from Leo, a guest ‘beatboxer’ from Year 8. Leo performed a fabulous beat boxing demonstration followed by a Q and A session with the children before then joining classes to make music with some of our Prep students. The students were very inspired by Leo’s visit. This experience was an excellent example of the way in which our Peer Support Program encourages students across the School to mix with children from other year levels as they benefit from the cross-age curriculum based learning activities that the initiative provides. Our Prep School Music specialist teacher, Sally Oxenberry, is currently planning further collaboration and mentoring experiences, for Semester 2.
Head of Prep School