Australia is a nation that’s very proud and committed to its sports and sporting endeavours. In almost all independent schools, sport is a mandatory part of school life, whether played on week days or weekends.
I remember playing basketball and volleyball during my high school days. Yes, it must be challenging for you to imagine someone as small as me being selected to play basketball for my school! I trained and competed against the associated schools. The sense of pride in representing my school, as well as the joy of playing with my teammates were some of the highlights of my high school days in addition to my extra-curricular activity of being a girl guide. The friendships and comradery established some 40 years ago are still kept alive. Last December, I met with those dear friends of mine and reminisced about those wonderful, glorious and carefree days. Our girl guides and boy scouts’ teachers, now in their 70s, joined us at the reunion despite having already retired from active teaching.
Last week, I had the pleasure of watching our sporting teams competing against their APS counter parts on Thursday and Friday. I also enjoyed catching up with rowers and their parents at the first regatta of the season at Coomera River. It was affirming to see our 2015 graduates, Louis North (2015 Vice Captain and Rowing Captain) and Brandon Hue, who came back to support, assist and cheer on our rowers. As I watched the newest Trinity alumni mentor the younger rowers, I could easily see the wonderful mateship and tradition these past students have brought to the rowing fraternity. Trinity rowing families, not just the rowers and their parents, but also their grandparents, siblings and friends, attended to cheer on the rowers in their competitive efforts.
At Trinity we make APS sports compulsory for our students, not just for the benefits of physical fitness and to develop mental toughness, resilience and character; but also for them to develop strong connections with their fellow students and learn the values of support, shared disappointment, success and joy, sportsmanship and a great sense of team. Team work skills are highly valued in the workforce and in leadership development.
So, parents, encourage your children to talk about their sports training, fixture outcomes – winning or losing, their team mates and team spirit. You can use your children’s reflections about their sporting participation to teach them many important life skills.
Mrs Tsae Wong