Au­bin Grove teach­ers take the plunge


Cockburn Gazette - - FRONT PAGE - Belinda Cipri­ano

A GROUP of Au­bin Grove Pri­mary School teach­ers are get­ting in deep for a good cause this week­end.

Two teams of six teach­ers will swim the Port to Pub Rot­tnest Chal­lenge to raise money for Cock­burn or­gan­i­sa­tion As­sist­ing Your Life to Achieve (AYLA).

Deputy prin­ci­pal and par­tic­i­pant Me­sha Steel said teach­ers set them­selves the chal­lenge in Septem­ber.

“Our aim was to do some­thing proac­tive and pos­i­tive for our staff to ad­dress men­tal health and well­be­ing,” she said.

“They wanted to be role mod­els and also raise aware­ness that good men­tal health can come from do­ing some­thing pos­i­tive for oth­ers in the com­mu­nity.

“We have never taken on a chal­lenge like this be­fore, which was the rea­son why we took on the 20km open wa­ter chal­lenge be­cause we wanted to take on some­thing that would be quite big for us all.

“So with only a few more sleeps to go we are all very ner­vous, ex­cited and just hop­ing the sharks don’t get in the way so we can make it the full 20km.”

They have been tTrain­ing since Oc­to­ber at the Cock­burn Arc and Coogee Beach and Ms Steel said it had pro­duced ca­ma­raderie and friend­ship among all the teach­ers. They are hop­ing to raise more than $3000 for their cho­sen char­ity.

“Our com­rade­ship and friend­ship has re­ally de­vel­oped be­cause of this team goal, which is im­por­tant when you are work­ing with such a large staff,” Ms Steel said.

“We chose to sup­port AYLA not only be­cause they are in our com­mu­nity and sup­port our cit­i­zens in a va­ri­ety of ways, they are also a rel­a­tively new or­gan­i­sa­tion, like us, and we are look­ing to de­velop a long-term part­ner­ship with ALYA in an ef­fort to give back to our com­mu­nity, who have been so amaz­ing in sup­port­ing our school over that last eight years, while we have been es­tab­lish­ing our­selves.”

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Pic­ture: Martin Ken­nealey­mu­ni­ d480161

Teach­ing by do­ing: Au­bin Grove Pri­mary school teach­ers are rais­ing money for char­ity by swim­ming the Port to Pub event.

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