Pen­rhos gets prize, runs with it

Pen­rhos Col­lege ju­nior school’s phys­i­cal health pro­gram has been given a big tick.

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - FRONT PAGE -

PEN­RHOS Col­lege ju­nior school is the in­au­gu­ral win­ner of the Best Phys­i­cal Health pro­gram for pri­mary chil­dren in Aus­tralia.

The award was given by Sports Chal­lenge Aus­tralia last week, an ev­i­dence based or­gan­i­sa­tion, which has a data­base of more than 55,000 stu­dents’ fit­ness and skill lev­els.

Sports Chal­lenge Aus­tralia chief ex­ec­u­tive Garry Tester said the min­i­mum score for ad­e­quate fit­ness skill was 85 and Pen­rhos Col­lege was the top ju­nior school with a score of 126.14.

“Ev­ery year, there’s been in­cre­men­tal rise and the great thing about the data this year, there was only 3 per cent of the girls who were be­low 85 points, which was about 7 girls,” Dr Tester said.

Pen­rhos Col­lege ju­nior school phys­i­cal ed­u­ca­tion co-or­di­na­tor Ken­rick Ar­mitage said the staff im­ple­mented lit­tle tweaks to the pro­gram to im­prove on spe­cific ar­eas while mak­ing sure the kids have fun.

“I think this is our fourth year of test­ing; we’ve no­ticed the ar­eas that we were lack­ing were our flex­i­bil­ity and our up­per body strength,” he said.

“That just means we have a lit­tle bit more fo­cus on stretches, be­fore and af­ter phys­i­cal ac­tiv­ity, and in­cor­po­rat­ing lit­tle warmup games that im­prove the girls’ up­per body strength like wheel­bar­row races and hand­stand com­pe­ti­tions.”

Other high-scor­ing pri­mary schools in Perth to reach the top five were Floreat Park with 121.6, Guild­ford with 118.45 and Melville with 100.2.

Dr Tester said the cli­mate and life­style in WA re­flected the fact four of the top five schools were in West­ern Aus­tralia.

“It’s the life­style we have here, we very much have an out­doors life­style,” he said.

“I think pri­vate schools are a lit­tle bit bet­ter off than the gov­ern­ment schools too be­cause only one in nine pri­mary schools has a trained physed teacher.”

Pic­ture: David Baylis www.com­mu­ni­typix.com.au d489042

Phys­i­cal ed­u­ca­tion co-or­di­na­tor Ken­rick Ar­mitage with Eva Dou­glas, Lara Jor­dan, Eve Sar­gent and Garry Tester with (front) Mya Richards and Han­nah Slyth.

www.com­mu­ni­typix.com.au d489042

Phys­i­cal ed­u­ca­tion co-or­di­na­tor Ken­rick Ar­mitage with Eva Dou­glas, Lara Jor­dan, Eve Sar­gent and Garry Tester with (front) Mya Richards and Han­nah Slyth.

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