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… at a glance
Physical Education and Sports are key elements of our educational programme. Our goal is to convey to children the love for an active and healthy lifestyle and for this lifestyle to become a lifelong habit. Participation in sporting activities provides additional practice opportunities for students seeking specialisation and / or competitive participation in selected individual and team sports. Our School provides sports opportunities, not only as part of our basic programme through the Physical Education classes, but also through the Afternoon Sports programme and as part of ASED, the Doukas School Athletic Association, where students participate with a sports pass.
The Purpose of Physical Education
Our aim is to create a positive attitude towards an active and healthy lifestyle, to develop motor, physical and social skills and to acquire knowledge about sports and health issues. This is achieved by our multidimensional curriculum, contemporary teaching approaches, extra sports opportunities, collaboration with universities and involvement in research projects and the administration of reliable tests to monitor motor coordination and physical fitness.
An important factor for the implementation of physical education programmes are our sports facilities. These consist of indoor and outdoor courts, a swimming pool, track and field, gymnastics and dance studios, a doctor’s office, an ergometric center, sporting equipment and technological support.
Physical Education in Kindergarten and Primary School encompasses swimming and diverse athletic activities.
Physical Education in Jr. High School includes Football, Basketball, Handball, Volleyball, Traditional dances, Health Day and Sports Options.
Physical Education in Sr. High School (Lyceum) and IB focuses on enhancing the biomechanics of students through a variety of sports.
Intramural championships are held in Soccer, Basketball, Volleyball, Handball and Classical Athletics. Through these events, students acquire experience in competitions, learn about basic rules and strategies for the development of team spirit.
The Sports Clubs exist as part of the Clubs that operate in the Primary School within the core curriculum. They give children the opportunity to learn about lesser-known
sports which are not included in the school programme, sports such as Fencing, Shooting, Baseball and Tennis, for example.
Performance Evaluation Testing
All students participate in an organised programme that monitors timed trials incorporating phsyiological data, fitness testing, calculation of BMI (body mass index) and statistics.
Motor Coordination Assessment - ABC Movement Test
The ABC Movement Test is an innovative physical education programme used in our Kindergarten. It is performed by trained staff members. The test is a valid and reliable means of detecting weaknesses in motor skills. The potential difficulties some children have with movement are identified and the children are assisted in their development and integration within the group. In cases where difficulties are identified, the trainers complete individual performance charts, inform parents about the problem, and show them ways they can help children strengthen the specific motor skill in which they need support.
The purpose of school sports is to develop basic sports skills and gain experience so as to achieve a high standard of performance both personally and at the group level. The teams from our School are composed of students from the Primary School, Jr. High and Sr. High Schools (Lyceum). They are tested in the sports of their choice. Ultimately, they try out for the school teams that compete in the A.S.I.S. matches (Athletic Meets of Private Schools), in the Ministry of Education championships and in other national and international competitions. The successes of our teams have enabled a substantial number of our students to gain entrance into Greek universities.
Healthy Body-Healthy Living
With the cooperation of specialists, the Healthy Body-Healthy Living programme maps out our strategy on health-related issues. It aims to improve the eating habits of children, to increase opportunities for physical activity and to provide support to overweight students by helping them lose weight. The programme extends to the canteens and school cafeteria, to training teachers about the P.E. curriculum, to time management during the breaks, to additional opportunities for physical activity/sports and to the involvement of families, especially for those whose children are in kindergarten and primary school.
Health Education - Don’t Smoke, Work Out
The programme is aimed at Grade 7 students in Jr. High School with the purpose of raising awareness of this contemporary problem. Each student is informed about the harmful effects of smoking and participates in discussions, exercises and actions.
See the World… Differently
This programme aims to sensitise students to issues of diversity, volunteerism and solidarity through charitable sporting activities.
Afternoon Sports is a programme that begins after the end of the regular school day. Children are able to spend more time exercising while discovering the sport they like best, in a fun and non-competitive environment. The activities offered include: Tennis, Basketball, Karate, Swimming, Volleyball, 5x5 Football, Rhythmics, Gymnastics, Track, Handball, ISTD Dancing and General Gymnastics.
Adventure Tours: in these activities that take place every Saturday, the children become familiar with different sports than those offered in school, sports such as Sailing, Horseback riding, Climbing, Go Karts, Hiking, Cycling and Skiing.
Summer Camp: after the end of the school year, children 3-17 years old can participate in summer sports and creative activities and have fun hanging out with friends in a safe environment.