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Introducing Penny Caudle, Head of Girls Games

Published Monday 12th of August 2019 03:14:52 PM

As Eltham College prepares for full co-education from 2020 a new role has been created for Head of Girls’ Games. We spoke with the successful applicant, Penny Caudle about her background and her plans for Sport at Eltham. Q. What led you into a career in teaching? A. Ultimately, I love working with young people and have a passion for providing opportunities for young people to develop and learn. I thoroughly enjoyed school and am very grateful for the opportunities I had at school and the teachers that supported me. Therefore, I feel very strongly about all young people having the best start in the life, in a supportive and safe environment where they can develop. Personal development is something I feel is very important. At my previous school, aside from teaching PE, I have been heavily involved in leading personal development opportunities, such as a World Challenge expedition to Zambia and Malawi. These types of programmes are one of the reasons I was led towards a career in teaching. Travelling is a key passion of mine and has driven me to provide these opportunities for young people, as they are incredible learning experiences where essential life skills are developed. Q. What do you hope that your students learn from you when you take lessons? A. I hope that students learn how important participating in physical activity is, not only for their health but also for the development of other key skills. I hope that they develop a passion for at least one area of sport that they will continue once their school career has ended. I hope thatmy students gain confidence in planning their own exercise sessions and the ability to set themselves realistic goals. Sports Science is fascinating so I’d love to incorporate some theory elements into my lessons so that students are able to apply their learning. Q. How do you see your role at Eltham College developing? What ideas do you have for girls’ games at the College? A. I am aiming for a broad and balanced curriculum that is accessible for all girls. I would love to include the creative disciplines such as trampolining, gymnastics, synchronised swimming and dance, to allow students to express themselves and to be challenged independently. I would also love to introduce a fitness programme whereby girls can learn to use gym equipment safely, learn how to train appropriately and be offered additional classes such as Pilates and Zumba. A lot of key social and leadership skills are learnt through team sports, therefore I would love to develop opportunities for girls in sports such as Netball, Hockey, Cricket and Rounders. Finally, sports that are performed individually allow students to develop other personal and cognitive skills, so I would like to introduce Badminton, Outdoor Adventurous Activities (i.e. rock climbing) and Athletics to girls’ games. Q. What would you like to achieve at Eltham College? A. I hope to achieve a girls’ sports programme that is accessible to all students and to ensure that PE is a subject which everyone can enjoy. I would also like for sports teams to do well in local and national tournaments and give students the opportunity to compete on a regular basis. I would also like to offer sport tours and hope that I can continue providing additional opportunities for personal development.
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