Image: A junior student 'beaming" with delight at St Thomas More Catholic school
Teachers at St Thomas More Catholic Primary School in Queensland have seen a remarkable change in their students’ coordination and attention since they brought in a gymnastics programme with their Sporting Schools funding.
More than 300 students from the school have been doing the programme and plenty have now gone on to join their local club to keep their coordination and artistic skills going.
Head coach and administrator at the Noosa Gymnastics Club, Meryl Elphinston says the Sporting Schools programme is a great initiative and helped tremendously to get the school in a financial position to run the programme.
Mick Winmill, a PE Teacher at St Thomas More Catholic Primary School is very enthusiastic about the success and impact of the Sporting Schools initiative.
“Sporting Schools is a great opportunity to get children involved in sport, from sailing to more traditional sports such as football and netball,” Mick said.
“We very much value the programme in our school,” he said.
“We’re now discussing the possibility of extending programmes for longer in the term,” Mick said.
St Thomas More Primary School is looking to conduct tennis next term, and have already negotiated free weekend memberships with their local club for both their students and parents to encourage participation.
Sporting Schools is a $100 million Australian Government initiative to get more children playing more sport, before, during and after school. Want to run a gymnastics programme at your school? Check out all the details on the Gymnastics Australia page.