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Friday, February 26, 2016

Yearly sports day celebration at Earth House

Sports day of 'Earth House Alternative School' was being waited for many weeks. There was no doubt that it may be an event full of fun, exciting, challenging and rewarding. 'Earth House' at Kashimpur was the perfect place for celebrating these kind of events.

Why sports or games day?

'Earth House' school strongly believes that sports/games should be included in school curriculum and students should be provided enough time for play/outdoor activities.
Sports and games are the ways of enhancing the children’s mental and physical growth. Sports help them in character building and provides them energy and strength. Sports also eliminate mental exhaustion of the children.

Exercise is also known to relieve stress. Some children experience as much stress, depression, and anxiety as adults do.  Even moderate physical activity has been shown to improve a child’s skill at arithmetic, reading, and memorization.

Sports Day at Earth House, Kashimpur:
so finally the day came when we all students, teachers and few guardians went there for this yearly event.

Day before, weather became windy, and showers started pouring for some time. Fortunately, on 25th February, weather was dry from the morning, not so hot or cool. We left school a bit late, but could reach the destination safely.

Exited faces of students at bus
Early years and KS1 kids ready to leave for 'Earth House Kashimpur'






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Theater place at 'Earth House'
Prize distribution ceremony and excitement of getting rewards, medals etc
 All students were wearing same sports dress and even early years and KS1 students wore a sleeveless t-shirt. Events started with games such as race, sack race, chocolate race, egg and spoon race for younger kids and same games were repeated with elder kids as well. Vast ground was distributed into various parts, so that kids could play games in rotations.

KS2 and KS3 students played more games till Zuhr salah. Lunch was provided after salah break. After lunch and and a rest of few minutes, sports events started with hula hoop race, badminton and football matches. After these games we proceed towards our small 'theater place' where early years and ks1 students performed a role play based on the story 'Three Billy goats' and recited the rhymes.

Importance of physical activities, sports or games is obvious, but unfortunately many schools are focused to engage students in educational and text based activities.

Promoting physical activity should start from the nursery room, according to Jean Zimmerman and Gil Reavill, authors of "Raising Our Athletic Daughters."

According to Theodore Hesburgh, author of "The Importance of School Sports and Education," it is imperative for school age children to have access to sports and games. Not only does it empower youth and promote higher self-esteem, it also motivates students, enables them to earn better grades, especially in schools where obtaining certain grades is a pre-requisite to staying on the team.

Numerous physical benefits include maintaining a healthy weight, preventing chronic diseases and learning the skills necessary to maintain a healthy lifestyle after graduating. Medical researchers have observed that highly active children are less likely to suffer from high blood pressure, diabetes, cancer of the colon, obesity, and coronary heart disease later in life.

  •  Education is incomplete without sports.
  • Sport develops a sense of friendliness among the children and develop their team spirit. 
  • It helps children to develop mental and physical toughness.

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