Ysgol Rhiwabon are celebrating after last week becoming one of just 29 schools in Wales to receive the coveted ActiveMarc Cymru in 2012. The school has been recognised for its high quality PE provision, excellent facilities – including significant playing fields, tennis courts and a multi-use games area – and, of course, the dedication of its staff.
Sport Wales and the Association for Physical Education (afPE) are championing schools which recognise the importance of PE. ActiveMarc Cymru endorses schools that are committed to developing high quality physical education and school sport and for promoting the benefits of physical activity.
Chair of Sport Wales, Professor Laura McAllister, said:
“We believe that schools play an essential role in building a Wales in which children are hooked on sport for life. It is important that young people have positive early experiences of sport and physical activity that build a foundation for lifelong involvement in sport. This award recognises those schools that are giving our children an excellent start.”
Mr. Alun Harding, Headteacher said “Our sports staff and students have excelled over time and have again shown the highest quality in numerous sports and have actively encouraged all our students to participate in a wide range of physical activities.”
A spokesperson for the Association for Physical Education said:
“There is strong evidence that children, who receive high quality physical education within curriculum time, build a firm basis for future participation and achievement; and also do better in the rest of their schooling.
“It is good to see that schools which make adequate provision for physical education also report higher achievement across the school, in other subjects, but also in behaviour, attendance and retention. The ActiveMarc award recognises this vital contribution to school life and children’s education. Physical education in schools is a great investment!”
If your school wants to apply, please visit www.sportwales.org.uk.
For more information, please contact Giles Evans, Business Manager on 01978 822 392.
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