New Year, New Team, New Attitude… Bring on the Practical Learning by Blair Cumming

1 05 2017

Teacher Blair

To all friends, family, past Champions, and sponsors, I would like to formally thank you for all your support during our time here in Antigua. My name is Blair Cumming, I enter the 2017 Antigua Champions for Health Promoting Schools team as a 2nd year Champion, and this years Unity Games Coordinator. Today marked our first “professional day” as a team; after hiking up Mount Obama in the early hours of the morning, the team was put through a grueling Unity Games practice day where they took turns teaching their assigned game to the rest of the Champions. The results from the practice were very positive, and makes me extremely excited to see the Champs in action come Friday.

Being appointed as the Unity games coordinator brings me a great deal of pride and honour. For those of you who are new to following the program, Unity Games is this program’s version of a sports day where we bring all the Champions together every Friday and organize small-sided games for the kids with an emphasis on teaching important life skills through these various games. Lots of hard work and organization goes into these events, and although it is my job to lead the way, it truly is a full team effort to run these events effectively.

As we reflect and celebrate the progress made today, the rest of the evening will be spent preparing for tomorrow’s endeavours. For me personally, this trip is truly a new experience. I appreciated my time spent in T.N. Kirnon last year, however, I look forward to working at Potters Primary with teaching partner Robyn Kempers as we seek guidance and mentoring from a practicing P.E. specialist. Potters Primary was one of the original schools in this program, it is an exciting year to have them back involved in this professional collaboration. This program has developed dramatically since the last time they were involved, my hope is that Robyn and I can represent the program in a professional manner that encourages their future involvement.

This program has brought a great deal of meaning and purpose to my undergraduate degree, it is what I believe sets UFV Kinesiology and Physical Education apart from other University programs. To have the opportunity to collaborate with passionate students and passionate mentors/professors is where the real learning has taken place for me over my time at UFV. My experiences with this program will be a major influence in my readiness to take the next step in becoming a certified teacher. I have high expectations for myself, and all other Champions during our time here in Antigua. Bring on the challenges and experiential learning opportunities… we’re ready for ya!

Blair Cumming
Potters Primary


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4 responses

1 05 2017
Faune

It’s appreciated how your blog outlines the amount of work and dedication it takes to not only construct, but execute Unity Games. Having experienced it several times, it is apparent that it’s the strength of the team that makes it such a success and a prominent trademark of the Champions program. Wishing you all the best on your journey Blair!

1 05 2017
Jenelle Atkinson

Well said Blair! I’m excited to see your hard work that you put into planning the Unity Games pay off in the schools. It is so great to hear about the impact this program is having on your professional development as an educator. Your passion for PE is inspiring! “You do you!” Looks like it was a great day for everyone!

2 05 2017
Hamish Cumming

Hi Blair, very excited to read your beautifully crafted note which details forcefully the impact of the journey on you and your colleagues. No doubt, the entire group is discovering the pleasure and privilege of serving others and certainly will be energized by the challenges and very unique experiences yet to come …. a great collegial undertaking ….
The Parents

3 05 2017
Kevin Ruggles

Blair,
It’s good to see you all back at it in Antigua for another year of work. Furthermore, it is great to see you at the helm of such an important part of the program. Your professionalism and dedication to this project is very evident when reading this article and I know you and the rest of the team will find success.
P.S. Don’t forget about macaroni Tuesdays!
Kevin

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