There is an old saying "All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy". Learners are not machines, they can lose focus and concentration if extracurricular activities are not incorporated. Academics may agree that covering a rigorous academic curriculum is important for students to achieve their academic pursuits, but they can also agree that concentrating on class work alone may leave some learner talents unfulfilled. So while students are focused during the school year on doing the hard work of learning, reading, and preparing for end-of-term and end-of-year tests, we also recognize that even the great footballers of our country discovered their talents while they were at school during extracurricular activities. And they have excelled, become heroes and survived on their talents.
It is against this background that Impact Network is nurturing the learners to not only excel academically but also in their social wellbeing. During week 7 of this school term, we held activities that revitalized our students and teachers, and re-committed their minds to carry on with the rest of the term’s school programs. These activities were aimed at promoting the physical, social and emotional wellbeing of our incredible students, and included activities such as football, netball, debate and quiz. They have energized and helped our students relax their minds and rejuvenate their brains. With this, students will refocus their energy towards the academic goals and tasks ahead. It is our belief that a balance between schemes of work and recreation is the proper way to keep the mind and body in trim shape. Just as B.K.S Iyengar said “Health is a state of complete harmony of the body, mind and spirit”.
Across our Katete West schools, a well-organized tournament was conducted and students across all schools participated in both football and netball. The knock-out games were conducted on Thursday and the final games were hosted at Joel. It was a great opportunity for the learners and teachers to showcase their sports talent. The tournament saw Zatose School emerging netball winner and Mkale emerged as football champions. Congratulations to our incredible students!