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Health and wellbeing top of the order at Richardson Primary School

Richardson Primary School students kicking goals

Image: Richardson Primary School students kicking goals

Walk into a classroom at Richardson Primary School in Canberra and the students are focussed and keen learners. The game changer appears to be the contribution Sporting Schools is making to the school’s classrooms.

Physical activity is highly valued at Richardson Primary School where they have a specialist Health and Physical Education teacher who works from preschool – year 6 delivering a program which enhances students’ physical activity and knowledge of health and wellbeing.

Richardson Primary School is so committed to sport that it has also sought opportunities to use sport for homework!

Richardson Primary School teacher Jordan Peters says the bonus with Sporting Schools is that beyond their usual PE lessons, they’re able to give students opportunities to try different sports, especially sports they may never get to try outside of school.

“By leveraging off the benefits that sport brings to children, particularly team work and resilience, we do notice an improved focus in the classroom,” Jordan said.

“Our primary school nominated to do the Sporting Schools FFA and Hockey in semester one because our students had shown an interest in these sports previously,” he said.

“In addition, the Sporting Schools program enabled our school to use the funding to learn from specialist coaches, to use the resources provided and to purchase sport specific equipment.”

“We use our ASC Sporting Schools funding to deliver the programs across P-6 with approximately 200 students participating and it’s their responses that make it all worthwhile:

  • “It’s fun and we get real fit. It’s very active that’s for sure”.  Jayden 9 years
  • “It’s fun and we get to meet new people”.  Emily 12 years
  • “It’s fun because we get to move around”.  Hannah 8 years

One parent was thrilled because she said her child was participating in a sport that he would never think twice about and is now finding his interest in sport is expanding while at the same time, she says he’s getting fitter and healthier.

Alongside other enriching programs that promote health and wellbeing at Richardson Primary School such as their Chickens Program, Sustainable Garden and Greenhouse, Real Fit in Richardson and Bike Safety Program, Sporting Schools is set to take its place for the longer term as part of Richardson’s sporting culture.

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 program at your school? Check out all the sports on offer on the Sports page.