Swimming in the Early years Department
As part of following the National Curriculum, we introduce our students to water safety in the reception classes. Swimming is a life learning skill. Here at AIS we fully encourage all students to start learning to swim at an early age. We use fully trained staff to teach our students in intimate groups about water confidence. This provides the students with a secure introduction to the water and prepares them for learning to swim.
The safety of each child is paramount and therefore we do one to one with each child on a rotation basis. There are two qualified lifeguards (a male and a female) in the water to support each child’s development. Our aim is to ultimately ensure that all our students learn to swim and enjoy using our indoor and outdoor pools with confidence and ease.
2010 – 2011 was a highly successful year. The standard of sport and the level of competition have continued to develop. Over 120 pupils from year 3 to 13 have participated in 25 different sporting fixtures and numerous training sessions held during the week and weekends.
Links within the Community, Jordan & the Middle East
AIS hosted matches against schools from Amman and Aqaba, establishing some vital links with schools and clubs within Jordan.
Teams & their successes this Year
The U12 boys football team was particularly successful . They trained hard and competed to a high standard at the Middle East U12 Football Tournament, 11th & 12th March 2011. Following this competition, many other fixtures were set for them.
The swimming team had strong opposition in the U12 swimming tournament against swimming clubs and schools in Amman, but managed to secure three medals in Freestyle and Breaststroke and Backstroke.
Other sporting tournaments, such as basketball, have also been organized frequently with other schools.
Support of staff & parents
Parents and staff have been most supportive in helping with extra- curricular sport at the school.
House competitions have been very successful. In the Sports Day for the Primary School every child competed extremely well, with an exciting tug of war to end the proceedings. Well done to Stingray House who were the winners this year!
Looking to next year
• AIS is looking to maintain the progression in the level of competition for all of the year groups, particularly focusing on the U12 football team, the senior basketball team and the swimming team.
• AIS intend to establish more athletics in the school and provide the senior school with a formal sports day at the local sports stadium.