Golf at­tracts stu­dents

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - PENINSULA SNAPSHOT. - Jaime Shurmer

THE re-badged Rivervale Pri­mary School has ex­pe­ri­enced a 15 per cent in­crease in en­rol­ments thanks to its new look, new name and new golf pro­gram.

School prin­ci­pal Mark Burns said few peo­ple iden­ti­fied with the for­mer Tranby name and the school had a rep­u­ta­tion for be­ing chal­leng­ing.

Its makeover kicked off at the be­gin­ning of the year with a new-look web­site.

Fund­ing from Golf WA, which is keen to see peo­ple ac­tive and play­ing golf, meant the school could bring in a golf­ing pro­fes­sional and buy equip­ment and T-shirts for par­tic­i­pat­ing stu­dents in years 4 to 6.

Mr Burns said a sta­ble staff and vi­brant cur­ricu­lum plus the name change had brought pos­i­tive change for the school.

“We chose golf be­cause it is some­thing a lit­tle dif­fer­ent,” Mr Burns said.

The school of­fers ju­nior golf sets for chil­dren iden­ti­fied as hav­ing golf­ing skills, and SNAG (So You’re New At Golf) kits for chil­dren new to golf.

The school held an Open Day re­cently for Year 3 stu­dents who will start the pro­gram as part of their phys­i­cal ed­u­ca­tion cur­ricu­lum next year.

Pic­ture: Jon Hew­son­mu­ni­ d461334

Safa Zal­ghaneh, Nan­tha Thing and Dhana Bas­deo try golf.

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