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Indoor climbing wall added to wellness curriculum
Indoor climbing wall added to wellness curriculum

The Haverford School recently installed a state-of-the-art indoor climbing wall. The physical education, health and wellness, and leadership program faculty and staff completed a seven-hour certification and are ready to unveil the climbing wall to our boys. The wall will host physical education classes, clubs, sports teams, and others looking for cooperative, camaraderie-building experiences. "Climbing is an experience like none other," says Jeff Potter, head of the physical education department. "It requires physical strength, endurance, problem solving, trust, teamwork, and responsibility."

Bill Brady, the School's Director of Leadership, believes that the climbing wall offers the boys and staff a tremendous opportunity to step outside their comfort zone and explore new challenges. "Through the training exercises, I experienced first-hand the benefits of taking risks, failing, and developing new strategies to overcome obstacles. Further, I developed a great trust in my teammates when they guided me to success on the wall. The ability to use the wall to help develop Haverford boys into men of character is a natural fit into the mission of our school."

Health and wellness is an integral part of the overall development of each student at The Haverford School. The students participate in a diverse, inclusive, and differentiated program that fosters their mental, physical, and social health. This is what has become known as the mind, body, and spirit approach. Through exposure to a wide variety of sports, activities, lessons, and readings, students gain the necessary knowledge to understand the importance of health, physical activity, character, teamwork, and lifelong fitness. The Latin saying MENS SANA IN CORPORE SANO (a sound mind in a sound boy) is inscribed above the entry into the Field House. This is our mantra; we truly believe that overall wellness equates to better performance in life.