In just 12 months, sport for children worldwide has changed beyond all recognition.

At our school, a standard term two would bring a packed ECA schedule, house events, overseas trips, local competition and all the incredible learning experiences and excitement that comes with such opportunities. Coaches, students and parents would be connecting, collaborating and supporting one another through various sports and activities, all whilst losing our voices cheering on KLASS Lions!

We are some way from returning to the opportunities we took for granted and for now, extracurricular sport is limited to strict SOPs, computer screens and individual skill progressions…

Key Considerations For Intent, Implementation And Impact

As the UK enters another national lockdown and schools close, some international schools have been delivering lessons virtually for almost a full calendar year.

Having ‘pivoted’ and ‘adapted’ (everyone’s new favourite words) across three different countries in varying forms of online learning since March 2020, the recent break has allowed us to reflect upon what we have learned so far. Here we identify some ideas, tips and advice that might help you deliver high-quality PE online.

Panning For Gold

Everybody is looking for that perfect online PE curriculum that demonstrates intent, implementation and impact — something that is solid gold…

24 Days of wellbeing activities for you to try over the festive period.

This year has been a rough ride. If you need a bit of time to refocus this festive period, have a go at these simple practices, one for each day of advent.

Let’s end 2020 with a smile!

  1. Go to bed one hour earlier than usual.

‘Within the brain, sleep enriches our ability to learn, memorise, and make logical decisions. It recalibrates our emotions, restocks our immune system, fine-tunes our metabolism, and regulates our appetite.’

Why We Sleep by Matthew Walker.

2. Turn off your smartphone notifications…

Tips on how to survive a 14-day hotel quarantine

I am just about to complete a 14-day hotel quarantine in Kuala Lumpur (KL), Malaysia. Here are my thoughts on my arrival and on my temporary home - 19sqm of The TUNE Airport hotel - as we creep towards freedom.

My overwhelming feeling upon landing in KL last Saturday was one of relief. The summer has been a long, drawn-out affair with so much uncertainty.

On arrival at KL International Airport (KLIA), we began our trek through the efficient, but endless maze of stations requesting temperature checks, health declarations and immigration…

Reflections On Trying To Be A Better Educator and A Better Human.

As I enter the final week of the school term with no leaving party, no speeches, no real chance to say goodbye to BSM and Manila, I found myself reflecting on what the last seven years had taught me professionally and personally.

Here in no particular order are seven lessons in leadership I have learned since 2013. Most of them I got wrong before I got right, but I think all of these have helped me to a better teacher and a better person.

It is worth noting that every single one is a work in progress.
  1. Don’t Send Long…

Practical advice to avoid distraction and prioritise your daily workout.

We all have the best intentions when it comes to working out, but many of us find it hard to stay motivated and be active, life sometimes gets in the way.

These time-creating life hacks will support you in making physical activity a daily priority.

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1. Wake Up, Get Ready

Do you have the best intentions to work out, but time just runs out?

Change into activewear in the morning, so you are ready to work out. Doing this removes the barrier of needing to ‘get ready’ before starting your exercise.

Being in your workout clothes will prepare you psychologically to burn calories and make…

Five key considerations for developing a positive and dynamic team culture, inspired by the Netflix series ‘The Last Dance’.

The Netflix documentary “The Last Dance’ is the thrilling story of the Chicago Bulls.

During the 1990’s Basketball’s ‘Greatest Of All Time’ (GOAT) Michael Jordan and legendary coach Phil Jackson led the team to six NBA titles breaking all records along the way.

In Jordan, they had the best player in the world, a competitor that knew he was the star of the team, unafraid of telling the world how unique he was:

“There is only one Michael Jordan.”

— Michael…

How post-quarantine PE and Extra-Curricular Sport might look, and why it’s not as bad as you think.

As we consider The Future of PE after Covid-19 and delve deeper into the crisis, we know PE will not return to ‘normal’ for some time, and distance learning or physical distancing (or both) may be in operation when we return to school.

Physical Education New Zealand has already issued guidelines in preparation for returning to school. Denmark and China are back at school. What can we learn from their experiences?

In a piece in the TES, Dan Worth uses the US Navy…

Corporate bull***t or a key driver in building teams?

The New Zealand All Blacks. The most successful sports team of recent times. What is it about them that makes them the best in the field? In his book Legacy, James Kerr tells the story of every All-Black wanting to leave the shirt in a better place, leaving a legacy.

Planting trees you will never see

Knowing what you would like to achieve starts with the development of an aspirational vision. Missions and visions are tools often associated with the corporate world and started taking off in the 1980s. …

Read any current ‘morning routine’ book, and the chances are, there will be a chapter on meditation.

Often it is identified as an essential part of the break of dawn ‘to-do’ list.

We should wake up from an uninterrupted eight hours of sleep, exercise, drink lots of water and have a healthy breakfast. We must then do some meditation before we try, in earnest, to articulate an answer to a problematic email or plan our 7.30 am parent meeting.

In reality, despite our best intentions, we often fall short of our eight hours of sleep. …

Lewis Keens

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