Footsteps liven up students’ everyday routine
Children meet for some exciting learning activities
FOOTSTEPS returned to Mulgildie State School this year, this time with the students joined by their peers from Abercorn State School.
The Footsteps program is a series of games and sports activities designed to aid personal development in students.
Mulgildie State School had taken part in the program two years before, using money from the Rural and Remote Education Access Program fund.
Principal Kelly Low said after the success of the previous one, they decided to do it again and get Abercorn involved.
“We just thought Abercorn had a small amount of kids this year and we had the opportunity to pay for up to 50 kids, so we could add the 15 from Abercorn to our 32 and get them all together,” Mrs Low said.
On Thursday morning, students were given tasks that forced them to learn to adapt to change.
The simple game of getting a balloon from one end of the tennis court to the other was intensified by Footsteps presenter Jessica Limmer’s constant changing instructions: “Keep it in the air, balance it between your feet, pass it back and forth.”
Later Mrs Limmer selected two boys, Dustin Goody and Beau Galloway, to shout out instructions at will, adding to the chaos.
“The idea is it’s a fun scenario where they have to quickly adapt to the game,” she said.
“At the end we sit them all down and go through some analogies about having to adapt to change in real life.”
The game of putting everyone into pairs and getting one person to close their eyes while the other changed their appearance and having to guess what was different fell under similar principles.
Abercorn principal Kellie Smith said children in rural areas didn’t get to do as many activities like this.
“It’s something exciting and also good for their emotional well-being and good sportsmanship,” she said.
UP AND AWAY: Jessica Limmer instructs the students from Mulgildie and Abercorn State Schools.
Dustin Goody and Beau Galloway are appointed Jessica’s helpers.
Hayden Galloway gets a balloon from one end to the other without his hands.
Danika Smith and Riley Pointon, from Abercorn.
The children line up in groups, ready to start.
Jemma Grubb does some dribbles with the balloon while trying to get it across the court.
Riley Blue tries to guess changes to Archie Pointon's appearance.