The schools in the Archdiocese of Hartford understand that physical activity and athletic competition are keys to every student’s well-being, and we have integrated them into every one of our programs.
We view physical activity as a catalyst for learning in all content areas. Our kindergarten classes incorporate physical activity into every day, and then beginning in first grade, we implement the physical education curriculum standards aligned with the National Standards for Physical Education published by the National Association for Sport and Physical Education (NASPE). Interested in learning more? View our entire physical education curriculum at the bottom of the page; scroll down to the “View Curriculum” button, and download the document.
The schools in the Archdiocese of Hartford understand that, much like with fine arts the acquired values, principles, and concepts associated with physical education and athletics programs surpass the boundaries of the gymnasium and playing field. In fact, studies show that students who participate in sports do better academically than their peers who do not.
Let’s look at the areas in which athletic participation is beneficial for children in the classroom and beyond:
- Makes all-important exercise fun
- Builds strength and endurance
- Develops and refines gross and fine motor skills
- Emphasizes critical thinking skills, such as decision making, innovation, risk-taking, problem solving, and organization
- Improves concentration
- Instills a love of challenge
- Builds confidence
- Teaches students how to balance academics with other commitments
- Fosters a competitive spirit
- Teaches sportsmanship and how to handle defeat
- Promotes a sense of teamwork
- Cultivates cooperation skills
- Encourages positive relationships with adults and peers
You can see that our athletic programs are consistent with the overall mission of Catholic schools to develop healthy and productive moral citizens. How have sports enhanced your child’s learning and development? Let us know on our social media pages.