A week dedicated to cooperation and sports

Summer sports week of class 5a at the lake "Millstätter See"

The highest aim within the subject physical education is to make students experience sports as a meaningful leisure time activity and that students possess the necessary skills for all kinds of motor tasks. The sports week of the 5a class in cooperation with the sports camp Salcher – from 30th May to 4th June – in Seeboden at the Millstätter See offered many opportunities in this respect:

Students chose 2 sports from a selection of no less than 10 sports typical for the region (Sailing, Surfing, Kajak, Golf, Horseback riding, Tennis, Beachvolleyball, Inline-Skating, Dancing) and then had a go at them in very intense two hour-sessions. In this endeavour one can prioritise individual students‘ interest as well as the opportunity to offer certain sports that can not be offered in the physical education class in Kufstein in this extensive form and on this level. Just think of the variety of water sports, horseback riding or the trend sport Golf. Furthermore, it was not a superficial insight into these sports but due to the structure of these intensive sport courses one could enroll into certified education programs in certain sports. Several students earned a certificate for beginners in sailing or respectively surfing, for instance.

In addition to the great contribution the sports week made to the physical education of the young people, this excursion was centered around the acquisition and development of social skills within the class and also in unfamiliar situations with many different people. Moreover, this week should strengthen the cooperation within the class or respectively offer an opportunity to get to know better one’s class mate in a context outside of class. Additionally the teachers were not seen as commanding assessors but were – like the students – participants in most activities and this brought about many possibilities for relaxed communication and exchange. „Team Building“ was in the focus in activities that took place with the whole class after the sports courses (Minigolf tournament, table tennis tournament, Stand-up Paddling, Hiking up to the castle Sommeregg and eventually a modern treasure hunt with a subsequent feedback session).

One can best witness the numerous joyful and enriching experiences of the students in many photos. A selection of these can be found on this website. I really hope that the positive class spirit during the week can be transferred to everyday life in school, to other subjects and that it can even be kept until the beginning of the next school year.

Andreas Schwab, PE teacher