In­no­va­tive school lev­els play­ing field

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS - EMMA CHADWICK

IT was a run in the park on the first day of school for a group of 15- yearolds yes­ter­day.

The eight stu­dents are the first of a new school de­signed for fit­ness, health and well­be­ing for those who have strug­gled with tra­di­tional school­ing.

The SWELL school’s direc­tor Garry Wood­ford said the pro­gram stands for Sport, Well­be­ing, Ed­u­ca­tion, Lead­er­ship and Lifeskills.

“A typ­i­cal day will see them do­ing a va­ri­ety of sport­ing skills, it is an al­ter­na­tive ed­u­ca­tion pro­gram which will al­low them to get their high school cer­tifi­cate on com­ple­tion and they will un­der­take a strength and con­di­tion­ing pro­gram tai­lor- made for them,” Mr Wood­ford said.

“We are of­fer­ing sport, cer­tifi­cates in fit­ness, busi­ness, of­fi­ci­at­ing and coach­ing with the main ele­ment be­ing on a struc­tured well­be­ing pro­gram that pro­motes real- life learn­ing, lead­er­ship and re­silience around men­tal health is­sues and sup­port net­works.

“We also have one- on- one men­tor­ing to get them re- en­gaged and fired up about their life.”

Mr Wood­ford said he had set up a pro­gram at Red­cliffe in Bris­bane and had seen an op­por­tu­nity in Towns- ville un­der the ban­ner of Tec- NQ and based at the Dou­glas cam­pus.

Mr Wood­ford said the school would even­tu­ally have 36 stu­dents.

“We also have in­cluded Be­yond Blue’s high school cur­ricu­lum pro­gram called Sen­si­bil­ity which we will use for sup­port, and Headspace have come on board.”

He said stu­dents who com­pleted the course would come out with a Cer­tifi­cate in Sports and Recre­ation, a Cer­tifi­cate 2 in coach­ing, a Cer­tifi­cate 2 in IT and Busi­ness, Cer­tifi­cate 3 and 4 in Fit­ness and First Aid.

To find out more, phone Mr Wood­ford on 0419 674 506.

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