Com­pul­sory school sports

Myrtleford Times - - Trades & Services -

A LIB­ERAL Na­tion­als gov­ern­ment would work towards the in­tro­duc­tion of com­pul­sory school sports com­pe­ti­tions in Vic­to­ria if elected at Novem­ber’s state elec­tion.

Lib­eral leader Matthew Guy said or­gan­ised school sports com­pe­ti­tions would teach chil­dren the im­por­tance of keep­ing healthy, team­work, in­de­pen­dence, re­silience and dis­ci­pline.

“Com­pet­i­tive sport is also great for build­ing con­fi­dence, self-es­teem and chal­leng­ing kids to get out and have a go,” Mr Guy said.

He said count­less stud­ies showed that sport and ac­tiv­ity was not only great for over­all health, it’s also good for men­tal well­be­ing and aca­demic per­for­mance.

If elected the Coali­tion would in­tro­duce a pi­lot pro­gram for year 7 stu­dents in 2020 to or­gan­ise com­pul­sory in­ter­school sports com­pe­ti­tions like net­ball, Aussie Rules, soc­cer, swim­ming, cricket, ath­let­ics, rugby, ten­nis, cy­cling and bas­ket­ball in three Vic­to­rian re­gions, an ur­ban district, a re­gional city district and a ru­ral district.

In­ter­school com­pe­ti­tions will be or­gan­ised within these lo­cal di­vi­sions against neigh­bour­ing schools and in­clude pro­fes­sional su­per­vi­sion and coach­ing.

Cur­rent health and phys­i­cal ed­u­ca­tion teach­ers would be in­volved along with the pos­si­bil­ity of for­mer pro­fes­sional sports­peo­ple look­ing to es­tab­lish an­other ca­reer.

In­traschool com­pe­ti­tion, in­clud­ing in­struc­tion and coach­ing, will be held over the first four weeks of each term, in a les­son called Sport Ed­u­ca­tion.

These ses­sions are about learn­ing the rules, tech­niques and ba­sic skills of the game.

The sec­ond four weeks of each term would fo­cus on in­ter­school round robin matches.

In the ru­ral district pi­lot, because of the dis­tances between

Healthy num­bers fre­quented Myrtle­ford’s Daf­fodil Day stand out­side Coles last Fri­day which was rais­ing money for cancer re­search and aware­ness. Every day over 350 Aus­tralians are di­ag­nosed with cancer and thanks to re­search 61,000 Aus­tralian lives have been saved by im­prove­ments in cancer pre­ven­tion, screen­ing and treat­ment. Myrtle­ford vol­un­teers (left to right) Jo Bow­ers and Aimee and Sonya Kennedy were on hand on August 24 to sell daf­fodils, muffins, cakes and pins for the cause. Cancer Council was aim­ing to raise $4 mil­lion na­tion­ally through pur­chases and di­rect do­na­tions. schools, in­traschool sport will be the fo­cus for most of the term, cul­mi­nat­ing in a one day sports car­ni­val at the end of term for all schools in the ru­ral area.

This com­pe­ti­tion is ex­pected to kick off at the start of the 2020 school year and will be as­sessed af­ter the first cal­en­dar school year.

The Coali­tion would also hold a re­view into de-clut­ter­ing Vic­to­ria’s school cur­ricu­lum by Dr Jen­nifer Buck­ing­ham who will be asked to fo­cus on some core el­e­ments like lit­er­acy and nu­mer­acy, sci­ence, tech­nol­ogy, en­gi­neer­ing and maths (STEM), his­tory, and sports and phys­i­cal ac­tiv­ity.


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