Sports Con­cen­tra­tion Pro­motes Aca­demic Success

Stanstead Journal - - FORUM - Robert Fisk, Sher­brooke, Len­noxville

In­hopes of in­creas­ing its stu­dent en­roll­ment and im­prov­ing its ath­letic pro­grams Alexan­der Galt High School has com­mit­ted to its third year of a Sports Con­cen­tra­tion Pro­gram. The pro­gram has gained a great deal of pop­u­lar­ity in the last two years as in­di­cated by the in­creas­ing en­roll­ment of stu­dents into the pro­gram.

Galt has evolved and im­proved its aca­demic and ath­letic pro­grams so that the stu­dents have a wide va­ri­ety of choices de­pend­ing on their in­ter­est level and the Sports Con­cen­tra­tion Pro­gram is no ex­cep­tion. This has all been made pos­si­ble thanks to the in­tu­itive think­ing of its ded­i­cated teach­ing staff and ad­min­is­tra­tion. An in­creased pres­ence in the ele­men­tary schools to help pro­mote the pro­gram and the tran­si­tion to high school has been suc­cess­ful and will con­tinue.

The rea­sons stu­dents and par­ents are choos­ing the pro­gram is be­cause they get to prac­tice and train on spe­cific sports with their friends and miss no classes while do­ing it. The stu­dents en­joy train­ing for their sports so much that they make sure to com­plete their school­work and main­tain a good av­er­age. Upon en­ter­ing and stay­ing in the pro­gram the stu­dents must demon­strate a good aca­demic stand­ing, be­hav­iour and work ethic. The stu­dents in the pro­gram do not com­pete against other schools, but only amongst them­selves to per­fect their skills.

The stu­dents in lev­els 1, 2 and 3 have the choice of train­ing on a dif­fer­ent sport each term such as soc­cer, hockey, bas­ket­ball and bad­minton or they can choose to train on the same sport multi times de­pend­ing on their level of in­ter­est. The aca­demic choices within the pro­gram are also very ap­peal­ing for par­ents as well as the stu­dents have the choice of tak­ing the Bilin­gual Pro­gram in which 50% of their day is taught in French or the Core Plus Pro­gram in which 35% of their day is taught in French at the cy­cle one level.

Tanya Grapes Lit­tle­john has sent her son Matthew in the pro­gram for two years and said,

“The sports pro­gram far ex­ceeded our ex­pec­ta­tions, Mathew has had the chance to learn new skills in the sports that he chose in the pro­gram but more im­por­tant than that, he has ex­celled in his aca­demic work with the en­cour­age­ment of his teach­ers. He looks for­ward to school ev­ery day and has al­ready signed up for the sports con­cen­tra­tion pro­gram again next year.” Re­gard­less of what they choose, stu­dents can leave Galt with a bilin­gual ed­u­ca­tion while per­fect­ing their ath­letic skills in as many sports as they want and be­come well-rounded good ci­ti­zens for so­ci­ety. En­rick Ju­tras Plante is in his first year of the pro­gram and was un­cer­tain about the pro­gram when he ar­rived, but he said, “the pro­gram is fun be­cause you get to choose many dif­fer­ent sports if you want and I get to learn two

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Stu­dents get to try out dif­fer­ent sports in Galt’s Sports Con­cen­tra­tion Pro­gram.

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