Velocity Sports Lab
On Thursday, the 4th May, Sizabantwana met with Kirsten Hansen from Velocity Sports Lab. Kirsten is a bio kineticist, personal trainer and life coach and came to speak to Sizabantwana about the benefits of including exercise in the school curriculum and how it can improve learning, behavioural and social issues in the classroom.
Kirsten shared with us the importance of modelling an active lifestyle and setting fitness goals for ourselves as this inspires learners to be more active. Kirsten explained how exercise is a natural way to improve mood, self-esteem, concentration, and health, highlighting studies that show that introducing regular exercise into the curriculum can reduce absenteeism, and delinquency in learners. Including just an hour a day of exercise in the classroom, especially in the form of play, has been shown to improve children’s long-term memory, their ability to problem solve and helps to calm agitation and disruptive behaviour. Kirsten explained that this is because the body was designed to learn through movement and often those children who are diagnosed with ADHD and sensory processing disorders benefit the most from ‘active’ learning. By keeping the body active and fit, the brain can function at optimal capacity.
We would like to extend a warm thank to Kirsten Hansen and the Velocity Sports Lab for sharing their important and extremely beneficial message with us at Sizabantwana, that will hopefully help to improve the health of many teachers and learners. Describing that feeling of confidence that comes with being active and healthy really uplifted and inspired the Sizabantwana ladies and we appreciate the time you took to share that message with us.
We would also like to share the proud message that one of our teachers at Sizabantwana recently graduated with her bachelor of education. WELL DONE Goodness Nompumelelo Masondo!!!
Thank you so much Uthando and Ndlalanathi for these amazing dolls. They are such a beautiful gift for the teachers at Sizabantwana