SPORTS AT BIS
“All work and lots of Play”…..
This is one area that always causes
concern to most new parents, and it is only after settling in at school do they
realize how much is packed into the sports program here. There is a team of
dedicated physical education teachers, and with their specific areas of
responsibility they can handle a range of activities. Right until the end of
middle school a physical education period is almost every other day. The ground
fronting the school is used extensively, and even though it is fairly small it
serves wonderfully well for the small number that runs across it. Over the
years the school has taken a lot of effort to set up goal-posts for soccer,
basket ball rings, and a netting right round to prevent the ball from flying on
to the road. The surface has been turned over, with fresh layers of mud, and
today the children feel almost secure in the space that has been developed
specifically for their use.
Soccer is the most popular team sport
and in spite of the limited numbers the school can boast of making in-roads for
most of the tournaments. This has been the challenge for any competitive team
sporting activity – to cull out a team of good players from the small number in
every age group, and it is a wonder that the school manages this year after
Cricket is close to every Indian’s
heart, and for BIS the same follows. There may not be active coaching for this
sport, but for a game that sees the maximum pitches set up in the by-lanes and
back-lanes in our country BIS does its enthusiastic bit too, and the inter-house
matches ensure that almost everyone handles the bat and the ball.
Swimming is undertaken as a deliberate
effort since it means traveling to a pool with arrangements for transport,
trained instructors as well as accompanying mothers. The grand swimming gala
once a year is perhaps the only time that the school realizes that a lot of
strokes have been practiced through the year, but it also indicates how many
students enjoy this sport.
Yoga has been introduced as an option to
swimming, and given the response of the students it has almost taken over in
terms of popularity. Most children go through the one hour of Yoga very sure of
the ‘asana’ they are learning, and all that it does to their bodies.
Gymnastics is handled by a dedicated
teacher whose enthusiasm produces the most wonderful cart-wheels, head-stands
and summersaults. From the youngest age group children get used to floor
exercises and other gym equipment as well.
Besides all these, the school has always
encouraged students who learn sporting skills outside school hours, and we have
a proud group of achievers in squash, badminton, athletics, chess and