SIS Introduces Fitness Training

SIS Introduces Fitness TrainingIn Elementary PE next year we will introduce Fitness Testing. This article will explain why we believe fitness is important and what are the benefits of testing fitness levels.

Before we take a closer look at fitness testing let’s try to answer the question, what is fitness? Everyone at some point has heard this word, yet if we are asked to define it there will be multiple responses.  There are many definitions, and some of them are either obscure or don’t make any sense.

Therefore, I would like to bring one which seems to be quite understandable, yet covers the most important aspects. This definition states that, “in general, fitness is defined as the peak functioning or performance of muscles, including the lungs and heart of a person.”

There are 9 identified areas of fitness called “components”, which enable us to diagnose personal fitness. For us the most relevant components are: cardiovascular endurance, body composition, flexibility, muscular endurance and muscular strength. Once we have a better understanding of a term fitness, we can then ask ourselves why it is so important and why students’ fitness should be assessed.

The whole idea of testing fitness at schools was conceived in the late 1960’s in USA. It was a response to the gradual decline in health condition across the nation. It became obvious that obesity and numerous diseases such as coronary disease, diabetes type 2, and certain types of cancer can be attributed to sedentary life style. Educating youth about their own fitness, teaching them how they can monitor their own fitness, and showing them the benefit were stated to be the main goals of the fitness testing.

Changes in life style over last 30 years have been dramatic. Computer games and the Internet   became major ways of spending free time. It has resulted in many youth reducing the amount of time that they spend being physically active.  This has resulted in  tripling of the percentage of youth who are overweight. One can only imagine what impact it will have on their adult lives.

The most effective tool for preventing a further decline in the health levels of our youth is education. Therefore, educating students about the importance of an active lifestyle and personal fitness are the key. Through the introduction of fitness in PE next year we believe that we can educate our students about the importance of being fit, and encourage them to be physically active.

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Shekou International School was established in 1988. It is dedicated to meeting the diverse educational needs of the expatriate community. SIS is an international school with an American- based curriculum. The school is governed by International Schools Services (ISS) of Princeton, New Jersey.

We offer a rigorous academic program to meet parents' high expectations. We have state-of-the-art facilities and cater to learners from nursery through high school. A rich mix of academics, athletics, and activities delivered by a world-class faculty ensure maximum learning for students.

The Elementary School and Nursery campuses are located in our Mountainside and Parkside buildings, in the beautiful Jing Shan residential area. Middle and high school classes are housed in our Bayside campus, which is adjacent to the Coastal Rose Garden residential complex.

Our high school offers a rigorous college preparatory program. SIS is an International Baccalaureate World School currently offering the IB diploma program to grade 11 students. The program will begin for grade 12 students in August 2011.

The language of instruction is English for all classes, with the exception of proficiency- leveled Mandarin classes. Additionally, SIS offers the French National Curriculum in grades K-5 in which the language of instruction in academic subjects is French.

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