Student fitness is the winner
Colyton schools are leading the charge fighting childhood obesity with a new program aimed at encouraging inter-school sports and getting students fit.
COLYTON’S educators have joined forces to fight childhood obesity.
This year, a new weekly sporting program – known as Colyton Learning Community Sports – sees public schools Bennett Road, Oxley Park, Colyton and St Marys South compete in sports every Friday morning.
From cricket to oztag and newcombe ball, there is something for everyone.
The program is so popular it has encouraged schools to compete against each other – including some who hadn’t played sport against other schools in 12 years.
The concept originated from Bennett Road Public School principal Matthew Plummer and Colyton High School’s acting principal Kurt Wawszkowicz, who noticed flaws in the previous inter-school sports program.
“There was financial difficulty getting kids to the games and they often had to travel far only to play for 20 minutes,” Mr Wawszkowicz said. “The program allows even the less sporty kids to get involved and the positive feedback from the kids and parents has been incredible.”
St Marys South Public School’s principal Harry Vassila said the school had not participated in interschool sport in over 12 years.
“We were on the hunt for a new sports program and this suited us perfectly. Financially it is difficult for small schools to be involved in competitive sport but more than 80 per cent of our students are attending,” he said.
Year 12 students from both Colyton High and St Marys Senior High are also volunteering as coaches and referees.
This sporting program is also aiming to create a stronger learning community in the area.
“We have developed a strong science program with these schools now and looking to continue with literacy and numeracy in the future,” Mr Wawszkowicz said.
Colyton High School has seen a 25 per cent increase in enrolments as a result of the program and hopes to continue to expand it.
Skye Williams, 8, has a ball playing football during the program. Picture: CARMELA ROCHE
Oxley Park Public School students try out netball during the Colyton Learning Community Sports program.