All schools make games compulsory for
their students for several reasons.
First of all, games provide healthy exercise out in the open where the
air is fresh and invigorating. This is
essential especially after hours of sitting in a crowded classroom. Students
welcome this as it is a welcome change from classroom activities.
Secondly, games help students to mix around and teach them to co-operate
with their teams whether it be netball, football or basketball. This team
spirit is vital as it encourages loyalty and discipline.
Furthermore, games teach students to take losses in the right spirit as
they learn one cannot win all the time. By losing a match, students learn to
accept failure or defeat and strive for a better performance in the next
match. At the same time, they learn to give credit to the wining team and
display good sportsmanship, thus strengthening a good relationship whether
it is at school, district, national or international level.
Games help students to relax and forget the worries and problems they may
have encountered in their school work. As the saying goes, 'All work and no
play makes Jack a dull boy'. To sum up,
a healthy mind in a healthy body is what we need.