Educationists have been talking about multiple intelligences, arguing that languages, science and Maths are not the only indicator of ability. This has changed professional life as well as job adverts mention communication skills and working in teams as job requirements. One of these new ‘intelligences’, however, has not attracted as much attention as it deserves, namely sports.
At Namaste Academy, sports are seen as essential to the all-round development of a child. For this reason, the School includes a large play area, a basketball court and a covered football/cricket pitch as well as a swimming pool. We believe that health depends on physical activity and that childhood habits may continue throughout adult life, keeping us fit and strong.
For young children, sports are also important to help them develop hand-eye coordination and to refine their motor skills.
But sport also promotes other qualities: competitivity; cooperation with other team members; perseverance; and the development of friendships based on working with others, not sitting in front of a screen day after day.
Namaste Academy puts academics first but gives students the opportunity to play games, to enjoy the School’s facilities outside the classroom and to compete against other schools. We offer football and cricket, volleyball, basketball, table tennis and swimming as well as karate – so important these days for girls to be able to protect themselves from attack!