Chess is one of the most powerful educational tools available to strengthen a child’s mind.Most 6–7-year-olds can follow the basic rules and some children as young as 4 or 5 can play. Whatever a child’s age, chess can enhance concentration, patience, and perseverance, as well as develop creativity, intuition, and memory. Most importantly, children can develop the ability to analyse and deduce from a set of general principles, to make tough decisions and to solve problems flexibly.
Doncaster Primary offers chess lessons every Wednesday at lunch time in the DPS gymnasium.
The coach, Nick Speck tied for first place in the 2002 Australian Championships and has been teaching chess in schools across Melbourne for the past 24 years. The chess classes will take the children through a structured chess course with the dual aim of achieving the maximal educational benefits the game offers and providing an enjoyable learning environment.