A decade of fun and movement at schools
WANGARATTA’S three Catholic primary schools remain strong advocates for Bluearth Active Schools, as they celebrate 10 years of involvement with the program.
St Patrick’s, St Bernard’s and Our Lady’s primary schools all say they can see the benefits for their students in participating in Bluearth.
Helen Lyons, deputy principal at St Patrick’s Primary School, said Bluearth developed a love of movement and physical activity in kids of all ages and abilities.
“But it’s so much more than a school physical education program – it uses physical activity to help students develop resilience, selfawareness, self-confidence and self-responsibility, all invaluable life skills,” she said.
“Plus, it has been the most valuable ongoing professional development program for our staff, as it’s helped them de- velop their own strategies for introducing more ‘movement breaks’ during class time.”
Research shows 80 per cent of five to 17 year old Australian children are not doing the recommended 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity each day, and two thirds of children don’t meet the sedentary behaviour guidelines of no more than two hours of screen-based entertainment each day.
“Our schools’ programs address this by developing lifelong healthy habits, with students and teachers being active together and experiencing the simple joys that running, jumping, throwing and catching can bring,” Bluearth regional coordinator Matt Dillon said.
“As someone who was born and bred in Wangaratta, I love seeing the impact our programs have had on the thousands of students we’ve worked with for more than 10 years.”