Port Fairy community rides Sporting School’s wave
While the thrill of riding a wave for the first time will never leave her students, it is the community connections established in the process that shines through for teacher, Brooke Green.
While the Sporting Schools program has enabled Port Fairy Consolidated School children to be more physically active, the connections to local clubs and programs is another benefit.
“To keep local clubs running you need to keep kids interested and build their enthusiasm,” Brooke says. “Sporting Schools gives me the opportunity to do that.”
She schedules her physical education classes to coincide with local sport programs in the area. In Term 1 it’s tennis and athletics, for example, in Term 4 it’s surfing and cricket.
Funding from the Sporting Schools program over the past two years has given the students from Port Fairy, a coastal town in south-west Victoria with a population of 3,340 people, opportunities they would never have had.
“We would have been lost without it,” Brooke says.
“Being a coastal town it’s vital that our children have an awareness of the beach, ocean and conditions. Keith [Curtain] combines with our local Surf Lifesaving Club to provide a program that is fun, engaging and connects the students with the local community.”
The students have also enjoyed tennis, athletics, gymnastics, volleyball, basketball, AFL and netball through the program.
Brooke says the Sporting Schools initiative has also enabled the school to buy equipment such as tennis racquets, footballs, gym mats and portable netball rings.
“Those big expense items I could never have afforded,” she says.
Keith and his crew put together this clip of the students from Term 4 2017. Enjoy.