CO-CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES (ATHLETICS)
Stamford’s Co-Curricular Activities (CCA) Program aims to enrich and supplement the education experience at Stamford. Athletic are an integral part of CCAs as these activities develop talents that students can use later in life. Learning to play sports not only polish students' motor skills but it can also enhance confidence and instill leadership skills, teamwork and sportsmanship. Students learn how to win and at the same time learn to face failure and learn from mistakes. Stamford offers a variety of athletic CCAs for students that are suitable for both beginners with the "learn-to" activities and intermediates with the "sports team" practices.
The Basketball CCA program gives our children the opportunity to develop and perfect their dribbling, passing and shooting skills. The students will learn the importance of teamwork and the fundamentals of basketball, and they will also develop a better understanding of the game and grow their self-confidence on the basketball court. On top of all the skills and fundamentals they will learn, they will have a great time playing basketball with their friends! By the end of this CCA, we will aim to have some of our older students competing against other International Schools and local basketball teams in Hong Kong in both friendly and competitive basketball matches.
Want to join the Stamford Lions School Basketball Team? The School Basketball Team CCA will practice one day a week from 4 – 5 pm for the different age groups. The training will focus on fundamental basketball skills such as dribbling, shooting, and defense as well as working on strategies and teamwork to build a strong and cohesive School Basketball Team. The team will participate in games against other International Schools as well as against local schools in Hong Kong. Each member of the team will need to buy a basketball uniform as well as a practice jersey. Students participating in this CCA will need to sign up for the Independent study class that will be offered from 3 – 4 pm on the same day.
This comprehensive soccer CCA program aims to motivate and develop the skills of young soccer players through a unique training and education methodology led by a professional team led by MWM Sports. This CCA will introduce students to key skills of the sport including dribbling, passing, shooting as well as defense. As our students’ techniques progress, they will be trained to enjoy small sided competitive games. We also aim to have some of our older students in the program start playing both friendly and competitive games against local and International Schools in Hong Kong.
Taught by Hong Kong’s first and only two-time Olympic Fencer Coach Lau Kwok Kin, this CCA is for students who are interested in training for competitions and further developing their fencing skills. The coaches will develop not only the skills need for competing but will also develop sportsmanship and resilience.
Fencing can benefit children on many levels, both physically and mentally through enhancing their confidence, social skills, discipline and concentration for classroom success. Coach Kin holds more than 25 years of experience in competitive and professional coaching in the sport, and he is experienced in developing students’ physical, technical, and tactical skills, all the while instilling confidence and enjoyment.
Flip, twist, tumble and somersault! Who doesn't like to see their child be active, confident and healthy? Stamford’s gymnastics CCA teaches children physical literacy, a combination of fundamental movement patterns and foundational sports skills. Strength and flexibility training is included as well as hand-eye and foot-eye coordination while having as much fun as possible. With these skills, children will have a strong foundation to explore and enjoy different sports and physical activities, keeping them active and healthy for life. Gymnastics also helps develop social skills and teaches teamwork – all essential in succeeding in and out the gym.
Our Taekwondo CCA is for those new to the sport and want to learn the fundamental skills of this popular martial art. Taekwondo helps to improve strength, flexibility, and coordination. The discipline and precision of this martial art are useful skills for students to develop and carry over into all areas of life.
Established in 1998, Stanford Swim School (“Stanford”) is the largest in Hong Kong and very first to be awarded international professional recognition. Stanford also set up its branch schools in Australia (Sydney and Brisbane) starting from 2009. Currently, Stanford is managing 31 swimming pools internationally, including 24 schools in Hong Kong, seven schools in Australia (Brisbane and Sydney). Since its establishment, Stanford currently has acquired over 10,000 students per week and receives high opinions from parents. “Bringing Healthy, Happiness, and Confidence to Every Child!” Stanford strives to explore an effective swimming coaching method with an aim to inspire children to swim as a healthy sport. Stanford designed the course based on the learning needs and effectiveness for children which gained recognition both locally and internationally. Stanford was awarded the professional certification of AUSTSWIM. Stanford modified its course by including AUSTSWIM content top-up. “Stanford Path”, founded by Stanford, was awarded patent by the Intellectual Property Department of HKSAR. “Stanford Path” establishes an innovative and structured program for children swimming learning. Furthermore, Stanford is the only Hong Kong swimming school that has been awarded ISO9001:2008 international quality certification.
Our swim squad is for those looking to enhance their swimming skills and compete on the school swim team or foster more advanced skills. By the end of this CCA, we will be aiming to have some of our older students compete against other International Schools and some friendly swimming competitions.
Pre-Primary to Grade 2: This group incorporates floor work to develop strength and flexibility, the basic ballet concepts of arm and leg positions and across the floor to develop balance, rhythm, musicality, and coordination. The class also encourages freedom of expression and imagination.
Grade 3 to Grade 4: This age group is preparing for the Vaganova system. There is both floor and barre work involved. There are also a lot of stretching exercises on the floor, building muscles for the core and back. There are exercises for coordination and the ability to hear the music. Students at this level focus on growing their dance vocabulary and memory of steps, combinations and performance pieces.
Grade 5 to Grade 6: This age group studies Year One of the Vaganova Program. There is both floor and barre work involved. There are also a lot of stretching exercises on the floor, building muscles for the core and back. Students will do exercises to develop coordination and the ability to hear the beats in the music. Other program elements are the ‘face to the barre’ exercises according to the First Year of the Vaganova Program, building balance and also jumps. Students at this level focus on building their dance repertoire and memory of steps, combinations and performance pieces.
Hip Hop move is focused primarily on street dancing and is a challenging class for students who want to push themselves to new limits. The classes are high energy and will teach the basics of hip hop while allowing students to express themselves in their own way in a positive and safe environment. Students will leave this class with a new set of hip hop dance skills and increased confidence in their own dance abilities.