Rich tapestry of difference – Focus on diversity in MHS Sport program

[Photo by¬†pasukaru76] found in Jesse Stommel’s article on Hybrid Pedagogy

Melbourne High School teachers are more than just subject teachers – which is the same for teachers everywhere. Sometimes we forget that teachers not only teach in their area of expertise but are also people whose beliefs and values ‘teach’ students in a very different way, shaping them and their understanding of life and their role as citizens of the world.

In this post I’m highlighting the first paragraph of the report written for the Unicorn magazine by our Director of Sport, Olivia Doherty.

We are so fortunate at Melbourne High School to be surrounded by an abundance of diversity. Our staff and students share different cultures, religions, beliefs, values, perspectives, visions, needs and interests. It is my duty to understand this rich tapestry of difference and piece together a Sport program that inspires maximum participation.

At Melbourne High School we strive to make sport safe and enjoyable so that all students can reap the rewards that sport can provide. Through sport we can improve our cardiovascular health, muscular strength, flexibility, coordination and kinesthetic awareness. We can learn discipline, communication, organisation, leadership, goal setting and achievement. We can expand our social connectedness with peers and mentors. Sport can alleviate emotional stress and anxiety. It has the capacity to develop self-confidence, self-respect and an understanding of personal and social responsibility. Finally, research shows that physical activity and physical fitness can improve learning and academic success.

 

Olivia Doherty, Director of Sport (Melbourne High School)

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