GURU TEGH BAHADUR INTERNATIONAL CULTIVATES ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE THROUGH PHYSICAL EXERCISE
BRAMPTON – Guru Tegh Bahadur International School is a renowned academic institution firmly committed to the principle that a vigorous body is a guest-chamber for an active mind. In effect, the school has integrated a dynamic physical curriculum into its daily academic life. “Providing students with a healthy dose of physical exercise,” Principal Dhawan insists, “is proven to stimulate cognitive activity, help concentration, and even cultivate a love of learning.” In accordance with this conviction, Dhawan has created a comprehensive physical education program for his students, which goes hand in hand with the school’s rigorous academic curriculum.
Guru Tegh Bahadur International School is committed to actively engaging its students in versatile physical activities, both during school hours and after school hours. The administration provides its students with daily exercise, devised and directed by capable physical education teachers and assistants. These exercises are of a wide scope and both satisfy different students’ exercise preferences and engage different muscle groups equally. Phys-ed teachers prompt the students to play the group sports of basketball, soccer, and volleyball, the pair sports table tennis and badminton, and individual sports like track and field. This diversity of sports activities enables students to exercise their bodies in both collective and individual settings, which develops both teamwork skills and individual concentration. During school hours, students enjoy the privilege of 80 minutes each day for four days per week of various physical fitness activities, both indoor and outdoor as well as on and off school property. Ultimately, this greater commitment to a healthy active lifestyle leads to greater academic success in students. It further sparks the inspiration into each student to be an active and healthy individual for the rest of his or her life.
The added benefit of increased self-confidence produced by regular physical exercise also motivates students to excel in their academic work and strive for excellence. Guru Tegh Bahadur International School regularly takes its students to a large outdoor playing field located next to the school. There, in the warm months of the year, students enjoy playing outdoor soccer, running 100 and 200m races, and going through various obstacle courses.
After these vigorous exercises, they re-enter the classroom with refreshed minds and a newly marshalled energy to learn about English, Mathematics, and Science. In addition to these daily physical exercises, Guru Tegh Bahadur also provides its students with regular trips to the Brampton YMCA where they spend full days participating in coordinated physical programs like indoor basketball, aerobics, swimming, yoga, martial arts, cardio workout groups, weightlifting and others. Not only do the students visit the YMCA with their school, but they also enjoy the privilege of a free membership which they can use in their free time.
In the spirit of enhancing the excellence of its academic curriculum with physical activity, Guru Tegh Bahadur conducts an Annual Sports Competition for its students. At this year’s competition, the students devoted a full day to participating in a number of exciting and fulfilling physical competitions. Among them were a spoon race, a hula hoop obstacle course, indoor soccer, swimming races, a relay race, basketball, and badminton. The event was a marked success and it received highly positive reviews from students and parents alike. It was carefully timed to take place shortly before final exams for the purpose of invigorating and oxidizing students’ minds right before this crucial time of the school year.
In addition to the Annual Sports Competition, GTB proudly participated in a 5K/Marathon earlier this Spring, where not only the students but also their teachers and the principal himself completed the challenge successfully. The event was enjoyed by students, parents, and teachers alike. It’s important to note that Guru Tegh Bahadur International does not restrict its athletic events to the warm months of the year. This year, as is the school’s tradition, all students (Kindergarten to Grade 12) participated in a day devoted to winter sports at Blue Mountain. There students enjoyed individual and group skiing lessons, snowboarding lessons, and an all-around invigorating day in the winter sun.
But for Guru Tegh Bahadur International School physical fitness does not solely consist of sports activities. Its students enjoy much more, as they routinely participate in diverse dance programs. The array of extra-curricular dance classes offered by the school is both impressively wide and culturally diverse. The students are continuously encouraged to partake in both Bollywood dance and various western dances such as Hip Hot, Jazz, Salsa, Contemporary dance, and Interpretive dance. The students are also for tunate to have access to various regional Indian dance styles like Bhangra, Garba, traditional folk dances like Dandiya, and classical Indian dances.
Not only do students engage in these dances recreationally, but they also perform at important cultural events attended by hundreds, and sometimes thousands, of community members. Ultimately, Guru Tegh Bahadur International School does not shy away from exerting its students both mentally and physically because, the administration maintains, “the vigor of the body and the high functionality of the mind are inextricably connected.”