Climbing, a body-strengthening and mind-sharpening activity
Climbing is one of the ECAs (extra-curricular activities) offered at King’s College International School Bangkok. We have a 7-metre high climbing wall in our Sports Hall. The class is led by Kru Raj Ladva, our Deputy Head of Pre-prep, and he is assisted by Coach Fern (Varisa Tantivess), captain of the FOBISIA-winning team in 2019. Both Kru Raj and Coach Fern hold a Climbing Wall Instructor certificate. Because we always put safety first, our teachers are selected for their commitment to safe practices, in addition to their excellent knowledge of climbing.
Further to the fun and excitement of this challenging activity, King’s Bangkok believes climbing is an interesting choice of ECA, as this activity helps learners to focus more on the things they are doing because whilst climbing, particularly the next moves they should make and the movement of their bodies. Each time the students climb up, they meet obstacles they need to go through, such as overcoming the limits of their bodies, and achieve the goals they have set themselves. This is one of the ways learners can improve their decision-making and problem-solving skills during this activity.
Climbing is an individual sport which teaches students the mental strength needed to determine and achieve a goal. It is also an activity where learners can become more reflective, both gaining an awareness of their abilities and moving forward to achieve their desired outcomes. As Kru Raj says, “It is you versus the climb. Only you know how far you can push yourself and what you can achieve, which is what is in the appeal”.
That is why King’s Bangkok supports and invests in this activity like all of our other sports, as students benefit greatly: they strengthen their bodies, develop balance, sharpen their minds and improve essential life skills.