School fit­ness pro­gram a suc­cess

Central and North Burnett Times - - SPORT -

RUN­NING: IT HAS been more than a year since Monto State School be­gan spon­sor­ing a “Go ‘N’ Run” fit­ness pro­gram for stu­dents, and the re­sults are re­mark­able.

A hand­ful of dili­gent stu­dents have man­aged to ac­cu­mu­late 175 kilo­me­tres of run­ning, with many more close be­hind.

Since July last year, teach­ers have been tak­ing stu­dents out to run laps around the school oval for 10 min­utes be­fore class be­gins.

For a each lap, a stu­dent is awarded a pad­dle pop stick, sym­bol­is­ing com­ple­tion of 330 me­tres (a lap of the oval), which is tal­lied up.

Prin­ci­pal Lisa Roach said she was proud of what the stu­dents had ac­com­plished.

“If you con­sider how lit­tle time there is in those 10 min­utes, the fact that some have done so well re­flects on their ded­i­ca­tion,” Mrs Roach said. “I think hav­ing it in the morn­ing be­fore class is good be­cause it gets them en­er­gised.”

More than 100 stu­dents are in­volved with the pro­gram, which ini­tially be­gan with Mrs Roach’s Year 5/6 classes, but has grown to the point where all classes can get in­volved.

For some stu­dents, it was ac­tu­ally the act of earn­ing the pad­dle pop sticks each lap that mo­ti­vated them.

“As you can imag­ine, for young kids, there’s that tac­tile sense of get­ting more sticks ev­ery time they fin­ish a lap,” Mrs Roach said.

As a re­ward for hit­ting cer­tain mile­stones, the school pur­chases badges from the Go ‘N’ Run or­gan­i­sa­tion, with pro­ceeds go­ing to­ward the Needy Youth Ltd or­gan­i­sa­tion.

These mile­stones start at 10km, then 25km and the up­wards in in­cre­ments of 25, with the po­ten­tial for ded­i­cated stu­dents to reach as high as 500km.

Of course, the achieve­ment of break­ing a mile­stone is not lost on them; some have said they would ask per­mis­sion to run laps at lunch time when they were close to earn­ing a badge.

Mrs Roach said she hoped the pro­gram would con­tinue in­def­i­nitely, as it had al­ready be­come a part of the school’s cul­ture.

PHOTO: JACK LAWRIE

GO 'N' RUN: Monto kids run for fit­ness.

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