Golf attracts students
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.
Safa Zalghaneh, Nantha Thing and Dhana Basdeo try golf.