Term 1 Magazine December 2018

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NEW ACADEMIES AND THE LONG TERM VISION Cindy Adair, Cross Campus Assistant Principal Extra-curricular Activities and Sports


angkok Patana School has a proud sporting tradition, the heart of which is our year-long academy programmes. Our Swimming, Gymnastics and Tennis Academies pride themselves on creating an environment where success is inevitable. Highly qualified coaching staff with a passion for their sport, a comprehensive year-round schedule of age-appropriate competitive exposure and fun, engaging training sessions are the hallmarks of these year-round programmes. This systematic approach has resulted in consistently high results at BISAC, SEASAC and FOBISIA over the past 10 years. The standard of training and performance from these students is on a par with high performance club programmes in many of their home countries. In 2018/19 we have added two further programmes to our suite of Academies – Football and Dance and Drama. The extracurricular programmes we have had in place for both Football and


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Dance and Drama in the past had reached a tipping point in terms of participation numbers and our data showed great demand for a programme which offered year-long provision for both recreational participation, but also a pathway to high performance. Over the coming months and years, we plan to build strong and robust year-long programmes with the following features: - Recreational groups which introduce young learners to Dance, Drama and Football. - Selective groups which allow students to train and develop their skills alongside peers of a similar standard. - A comprehensive schedule of age-appropriate competitions and performance opportunities. - Fun and engaging holiday camps with visiting coaches and artists in residence to inspire our students.