“It is especially when the school is closed and they are doing homeschooling, we see that where they had activities that they normally do at school, now they are looking for that activity and the health and wellness outdoors, ”Ms. Tarran said.
St Scholastica’s in Glebe wrote to families to let them know that they had received several emails from parents stating their daughters were not moving enough and reminding them that this is a mandatory part of personal development, health classes. and physical education for students to complete weekly exercise journals.
Waverley College has written to families to encourage them to make sure their sons spend “regular time outside in the sun and connecting with nature” while following COVID-19 protocols, suggesting a field trip to a local park, a walk on the beach or in the bush, or a bike ride with the family as an option. The email said that if parents chose their battles, it was the most important at the moment and would only become more important as the lockdown continued.
Newtown High School of Performing Arts has hired a personal trainer to provide compulsory sports lessons to all students in Grades 7-10 through Zoom during regular lessons, supervised by a teacher.
“With the lockdown extended, we felt it was important to provide students with live interaction to increase their social, mental and physical well-being,” the school wrote in an email to parents.
Manly’s Heather Kennedy pays for weekly private tennis lessons and occasional private skateboarding lessons for her sons, ages 10 and 12, and also arranges personal training for the older one.
Ms Kennedy said she encouraged the boys to jump on the trampoline, ride bikes and skateboards, and go surfing, but found they needed the added motivation of a structured activity.
“They both, but especially the little one who has never worked at computers before, have developed a screen addiction,” Ms. Kennedy said.
“They tend to go into video games with their friends rather than going out – we really have to push them and I’m talking about very active kids who absolutely love their sport.”
She was especially concerned about the mental health benefits of exercise, as her younger son needed exercise to calm him down and allow him to concentrate, while her older son could relax a bit if he was inactive.
Ms Kennedy said that with the cancellation of her own gym membership and the cancellation of other regular activities such as art classes, there was no additional expense.
Keeley Pope from the eastern suburbs organized five private football training sessions a week for her son Henry, 10, who normally plays for an NPL team.
“He hasn’t played a game in months and he mentions every day how much he misses playing games,” said Ms Pope. “It’s a big expense but the only option.”
Henry finances part of the training with his own savings and his British grandfather also contributes.
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