Being a Better Player and Better Person

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meh.jpgBeing a winner is a dream many boys and girls strive to achieve. They will try their very best to win in every game they play, during an inter-school competition, PE class or even on the playground. Mentari School Jakarta students are no exception. As a result, good manners are often neglected, as the excitement of scoring a goal and the euphoria of winning takes over. They forget to “think before they act”, leading to accusations of being a ‘show-off’ and to hurt feelings.

Being IB learners, we teach our students to be balanced and well-rounded. Thus, students not just learn the physical skills of a sport, but the social skills necessary to be a true winner, on and off the court. Emotions run high during PE class, ranging from tears being shed after losing a match or getting mad at an opponent for “cheating”. Therefore, learning about the PYP attitudes plays a major role during PE classes. The attitudes of cooperation and respect, and the importance of sportsmanship are emphasized daily.

What Is Sportsmanship?

Sportsmanship is defined as:

  • playing fair
  • following the rules of the game
  • respecting the jjudgementof referees and officials
  • treating opponents with respect

Yet learning about sportsmanship begins even before PE class. The IB learner profile attribute, ‘principled’ teaches MSJ students the good habits of “playing fair” and “following the rules of the game”. Being open-minded teaches students to respect jjudgementsmade by referees and officials. The attitudes of respect and tolerance teach students even before they play a game, to be polite and kind to others.

Some people define good sportsmanship as the “golden rule” of sports. Yet good sportsmanship is a by-product of the IB learner profile and PYP attitudes. When students apply the 10 attributes and 12 attitudes daily at school and at home, good sporstmanship naturally follows. It becomes easier for students to understand once they step on the court or play during recess time. There are fewer tears and more smiles for everyone.


PE Teacher

Mentari School Jakarta


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