Winter 2012 - Department | News from the ‘Ohana
Healthy Minds and Bodies
With the first quarter of this school year in the past and the second quarter about to close, we parents have much to be proud of! Having a child meet the academic challenges of an ‘Iolani school year is rewarding in itself, but seeing him or her thrive is delightful! Here at ‘Iolani, a full curriculum gives students opportunities to participate in physical education, visual and performing arts. This approach strengthens the “whole” child.
The importance of physical education is vital to a child’s health and development as many studies show. As parents, we are fortunate that ‘Iolani requires our children to take the Physical Education course throughout the year. Physical Education helps you gain muscle and endurance, improves sportsmanship, confidence, and helps you feel comfortable with your body and your abilities. Not only does this keep our children well-rounded, it also helps parents with children who have endless energy.
However, being ‘Iolani students, many go above and beyond the call of duty by participating in various sports. In fact, 81.9% of the boys at ‘Iolani School participate in school athletics and 61.9% of the girls do the same. Many of these same students participate in multiple sports on campus. This is an important life lesson in time management, a lesson that I am still trying to master.
Physical Education helps you gain muscle and endurance, improves sportsmanship, confidence, and helps you feel comfortable with your body and your abilities.Sports, much like P.E., have an amazing upside. At times a loss can bring tears, and a win can cause smiles to dance across the faces of fans, but sports at ‘Iolani is much more than this. It is not about the wins and losses, but rather what your child learns and how sports act as the much needed fertilizer to help our children blossom into young adults. Sports nudges them just a little bit harder, to be part of a team, to sacrifice, to grow, to be humble, and to be a leader when needed.
So encourage your child to participate in a sport or physical activity on campus, whether in intramurals, dance, or cheerleading. If your child is unsure of which they would enjoy, encourage him or her to participate in a few to find their passion on the field, in the water, or on the court. The lessons they learn will last a lifetime and so will the fun they share with teammates.
We, as parents, can get some exercise and enjoyment cheering on our children and sharing the spirit of One Team!
‘Iolani ‘Ohana President 2011-12