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St Paul’s Primary School bowls a winner

Students at St Paul’s Primary School in Gateshead, New South Wales, have spent five weeks learning how to bowl, thanks to the great Junior Jack Attack (JJA) Bowls program offered through Sporting Schools. Having been involved with Sporting Schools before, previously participating in a cricket program, St Paul’s were eager to try a different sport to challenge the students.

In a true community effort, Peter Kibble, Bowls Coordinator at the local Kahibah Sports Club, worked with Bowls Australia to get his JJA coach accreditation through the online learning hub to deliver the program.

St Paul’s chose a package that was a little different to the usual program offered. Rather than running the program over ten weeks, St Paul’s chose to run the program over five weeks, with five 40 minute sessions each day. Each group of students participated in warm up activities, three target rinks and a fun group game at the end of the session.

Peter Kibble said that students arrived buzzing with excitement.

“Once we went through the introductions and talked about bowls, the students took to the activities with enthusiasm, genuine interest and had plenty of fun,” Peter said.

“But it wasn’t just the students that enjoyed the sessions, the feedback from each of the attending teachers was rewarding,” he said.

Meg Smith, Assistant Principal at St Paul’s was both thrilled and surprised at how interested and engaged it got the students.

“All the students that took part in the program really looked forward to it each week,” Meg said.

Once the five week program finished at the school, the students then attended Kahibah Sports Club for three weeks of further fun and activities on the green. Two students have already registered with the clubs existing weekly junior program as a result of these sessions.