Mangaluru, September 14: Lourdes Central School hosted the CBSE Health and Physical Education Teacher Training Program on September 13 in the Audiovisual Room. Sixty-four teachers from various CBSE and ICSE schools in Dakshina Kannada and Udupi districts participated in the workshop.
The program began by invoking God’s blessings with a prayer song sung by the school choir. Fr. Robert DSouza, the Principal, welcomed the assembly. This was followed by the lighting of the lamp by Dr. John Baptist Saldanha, the director; Fr. Robert DSouza, the principal; Dr Reshma Ganesh, the resource person and Veerendra Alva, the physical education teacher.
Dr John Baptist Saldanha, in his keynote address, said Covid 19 had rendered students inactive. Currently, physical activities at school have made them enthusiastic and energetic. He said that physical education teachers are the school’s ambassadors and invite them to be role models for students in terms of cleanliness and hygiene.
Harshitha Shetty introduced resource person Dr Reshma Ganesh, Principal, Sri Sri Ravishankar Vidya Mandir, Bengaluru, East who was congratulated by the dignitaries.
Dr. Reshma Ganesh, the resource person, gave him valuable input, lessons and help on health and physical education. She has carried out many activities integrating health and physical education. She pointed out that students should undertake activities categorized into four strands namely Games, Health and Fitness, SEWA and Health and Activity Card. She said the overall goal of physical education programs is to give students the confidence, skill, understanding and enjoyment of being active and a healthy lifestyle that takes into account good hygiene, d healthy eating and social and emotional well-being. The activities are classified according to the similarity of their results, namely athletics, adventure, games, individual sports, health and fitness. She spoke about the SEWA philosophy which takes learning beyond classroom walls and sometimes even beyond school boundaries, building bridges with the authentic and real world in meaningful and positive ways. She urged all students in classes IX to XII to participate in SEWA programs throughout the year.
Anitha Pinto, physical education teacher proposed the vote of thanks. Harshitha Shetty participated in the program.