Education

Studying the students

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March 23, 2018

Year 5 student Amalia Perry works with physiotherapy student Lauren Krol on the fit ball.

Physiotherapy student Selicia Maistry helps Year 6 students Nate Earl and Jake Cirillo at the standing desks.

A focus on physical wellbeing has led to Grahamvale Primary School pupils receiving special treatment from physiotherapy students.

The school has invested in standing desks and fit balls to reduce the sedentary lifestyle of students.

Melbourne University physiotherapy students Lauren Krol and Selicia Maistry are completing paediatric block placements with the school.

Miss Krol and Miss Maistry are assessing the students’ use of the equipment and studying the differences and variations in gross motor skills.

‘‘Students spend 50 to 70 per cent of their day sitting down at school,’’ Miss Krol said.

‘‘We’re applying physiotherapy assessments to the standing desk and fit balls, based on recent literature.

‘‘Children need to be active and it’s important to break things up with incidental activity.’’

The university students are happy to see how active Grahamvale students are.

‘‘Grahamvale Primary School are really forward-thinking, introducing the fit balls and standing desks,’’ Miss Maistry said.

The students are delighted with the new equipment and seem to be able to concentrate better, as well as having heightened sensory input.

School principal Simone Higgins has enjoyed learning from the physiotherapy students.

‘‘We’ve all taken on so many new learnings and it’s great to get advice,’’ Mrs Higgins said.

‘‘The whole thing has been really positive and we are hoping to have more (university) students in the future.’’

Approaching the end of their time at Grahamvale, Miss Krol and Miss Maistry will soon present the findings and recommendations for future success.

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