Students get outside and learn through play

June 23, 2017

Fun day: Students from Cobram, Jerilderie and Berrigan with Bluearth facilitators and Barooga Sporties staff.

Pause: Bluearth's Matt Dillon speaks to the students about resilience, team-manship and mindfulness as part of the activities day.

You're it: Bluearth's Matt Dillion speaks to students about the game they're about to play.

Local students spent a day learning in the sun and developing mindfulness and resilience at a special day hosted by the Bluearth program.

Using movement as a vehicle, the Bluearth approach assists student development in the behavioural, emotional, social, physical and academic domains.

Cobram Primary, Jerilderie and Berrigan Public Schools, Bluearth and Barooga Sporties staff spent a morning doing activities at Barooga Recreation Reserve last month to help teach them teamwork, co-operation and more.

Katamatite Primary School and St Columbus in Berrigan are also part of the program, but were not able to be present on the day.

Cobram Primary School captains and Year 6 students Isaac Crawford and Zoe O’Toole said it was great to get outside and get active.

‘‘We’ve played ‘everyone’s it’ and a few other games,’’ Zoe said.

‘‘It’s great because we’ve got to meet and work with students from other schools.’’

‘‘It’s a good way to get outside and get active and work on teamwork,’’ Isaac said.

Year 6 student from Jerilderie Public School Travis Lawton said he thought it was great the students got to learn new things.

‘‘We’ve been doing self-umpiring and you get to meet new people,’’ he said.

Berrigan Public School Year 6 student Nikita Willemsen said she enjoyed the activities that were planned.

‘‘I got really energetic and it was a lot of fun,’’ she said.

Barooga Sports Club has committed $40000 over two years from 2016-18 to the Bluearth Active School Program to support its works with local students.

The Bluearth Active School Program involves development programs for teachers and students that encourage self-awareness, self-confidence and self-responsibility through physical activity.

The program for students encompasses co-ordination and movement through participation, rather than competition.

Students learn skills and building blocks designed to enhance resilience and wellbeing.

Programs can also be used to develop the social and emotional skills of students, with a focus on leadership, resilience and peer support.

Barooga Sporties chief executive Anton Noble said they were pleased to be able to work with Bluearth.

‘‘We’re proud to be able to support a program that makes a positive impact, not only the students, but the teachers, with programs that can improve physical and emotional health and wellbeing,’’ Mr Noble said.

Bluearth regional co-ordinator Matt Dillon said partnerships such as this helped Bluearth expand its vision of a healthy active nation.

‘‘We thank the Barooga Sports Club for its commitment to Bluearth and the local community,’’ Mr Dillon said.

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