Outdoor Education and Sport
Concord School is a Health Promoting School. We believe in teaching and learning through, in, and about physical activity and its benefits to each of us. Physical Education as well as healthy eating and living a healthy life style leading to life long learning is a priority.
We are very lucky to have our Sport Activator visit us to take lessons with the whole school. We often make use of the expert coaches from Sport Otago and other sporting organisations to come and take lessons. Concord School offers a variety of sports teams that students can be involved in after school or in the weekend.
Cross CountryCross country runners.
We hold our school cross country in Term 3 every year. We are lucky enough to have a running track that we use to train on before the event. The whole school takes part, and the Years 5 and 6 children who finish in the top two of their races go on to compete in the Greater Green Island Schools Event, usually at the Brighton Domain.
Every year the Year 6 boy and girl who come first in their race are awarded the Concord School Cross Country Trophies.
Big Day Out
At the start of the year the whole school is involved in the Big Day Out. In the past we have gone to a variety of places, which include walking the Pineapple Track, visiting the Dunedin Botanical Gardens and the SPCA, walking to Corstorphine Park and swimming and sandcastle building at Karitane.
It is great way for the children and the teachers to get to know each other and have fun together. We often play team games and have competitions once we have arrived at our destination. It can also be challenging like walking the Pineapple Track although we all encourage each other to get to the end.
In February every year we hold our school Duathlon. The race consists of a bike and a run in and around our school grounds.
The whole school takes part in the event. Most of the students are part of a team although some senior students completed the whole course by themselves.
Competition is fierce and a large group of parents turn out to cheer and support the competitors. It is great to see children pushing themselves while competing and encouraging others as spectators.It is an excellent build up to the Greater Green Island Triathlon, which is held at Memorial Park, Mosgiel every year. The Year 5 and 6 students compete at this event.
Near the beginning of every year the Year 6 students go for a week long camp. For the last few years we have gone to Camp Sutton near Middlemarch. It is a very busy week where the children get the opportunity to complete a variety of new and challenging activities. These involve:
- Rifle Shooting
- Rock Climbing
- Search and Rescue
- Team Building
- Confidence Course
- Biking on the Rail Trail
- • Sutton Salt Lake visit
It is great to see the students achieving activities that are challenging to them. The students also learn skills related to living with each other and completing important duties around the camp.
Before going to camp the students and their families complete fundraising tasks that reduce the overall cost of the camp.
Some of the student’s reflections from camp are:
- “My favourite camp activity was archery because I have always wanted to do it”.
- “I felt the Rail Trail challenging because I’m not that confident on my bike. I felt proud and happy when I had finished”.
- “My best camp activity was everything”.
- “I like camp because I loved all the activities. I enjoyed doing them with my friends”.
- “I enjoyed rock climbing because I like challenging things. It was also a great view when you got to the top”.
The Year 5 children also go for a two-night camp, often to Waiora near Mosgiel.
Here we get involved in the following activities:
- Hut building
- Team building
The Year 4 students also go on an overnight experience at the Otago Museum.
NetballThe Concord Flyers, the school Netball team.
Concord School has been involved in after-school Netball each week during Terms 2 & 3 at the Edgar Centre for a number of years now. Years 1 & 2 and 3 & 4 children play on Monday while Years 5 and 6 play on Tuesdays. We are fortunate to have members of our community helping with coaching and refereeing. We consistently have the support of family members at games. The ‘Player of the Day’ is chosen each week. They receive a certificate and a trophy at the next school assembly.
PALs (Physical Activity Leaders)PALs children running games and activities at lunch.
We are fortunate enough to have the PALs programme running in the school. PALs involves many Year 6 students. They plan and run lunchtime games and activities for other students. The PALs are involved in training from teachers and also at courses run by Sport Otago. It is a great way for the Year 6 Students to be involved with younger children and gain important leadership skills. It is also a good way to keep the students active.
Our Sport Activator visits Concord every two weeks to take Physical Education lessons with each class. The Sport Activator is involved with many of the schools in the Greater Green Island Cluster.
The Activator focuses on teaching the skills of various sports. Some of the sports we have focused on in the past are golf, miniball, gymnastics, cricket, athletics, volleyball, netball and football.
In Terms 1 and 4 we have teams competing in the weekly futsal competition at the Edgar Centre. This took place every Wednesday afternoon. Parents have helped to manage the teams and practices are held during lunchtime at school.
We often have a miniball (basketball) team competing in Terms 2 and 3. This takes place at the Edgar Centre on Thursday afternoons.
Students enjoying Beach Education activities.
Every two years the classes go out to the beach to participate in the Beach Education activities run by the local surf lifesaving club. This is a hands-on, fun day out where the children learn about safety in and near the water.