Students at Cardinal Newman Catholic Secondary School have partnered with St. Agnes Principal Rowena Daly and the Boys and Girls Club to create an after-school program for St. Agnes students focused on recreation, nutrition, mentorship and fun.
The program was spearheaded by Caleb Bresolin, Student Council President at Cardinal Newman, who is a big believer in striking a healthy balance between school and extra-curricular outlets such as exercise and sport. The “Dragons in Action” after-school program, named after the St. Agnes mascot, engages students in a variety of personal fitness and sports-related activities in the St. Agnes gymnasium on Friday afternoons from 2:55 to 4:45 p.m. The program is run by volunteers from Cardinal Newman, and is supervised by the Boys and Girls Club.
Launched on May 5th, the program focuses on nutrition, personal fitness, and teamwork, and places a big emphasis on participation. Children develop crucial teamwork and self-motivation skills – skills which are useful in high school “where they can then execute these skills to tackle group projects, make new friends, and essentially take pride in their academic achievements,” says Bresolin.
Principal Daly says the program also provides an opportunity for elementary students to ask questions about high school and high school life, “essentially bridging a gap between elementary school, and high school, to ensure a smooth transition after graduation.”
She adds the goal is to help each child develop a greater understanding of physical literacy and nutrition, and to increase self-confidence.
“I think the best part of the whole session was when the volunteers realized that the children didn’t care about the score, but helping each other learn new skills,” says Caleb.
“And that’s what sport is supposed to be about.”