A decade of fun and move­ment at schools

Wangaratta Chronicle - - News -

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.”

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