Moving in the right direction

June 01, 2018

Jamie-Lea Lummas, 8, Michael Van Dorsser and Lennix Ponting, 7, taking part in the before-class program.

Kydan Miller plays dodgeball.

Mooroopna Cats player Nathan Turner assists students.

Ardmona Primary School students are being helped in the classroom by activities outside of the classroom in a new before-school program.

Teacher Michael Van Dorsser said students exercised before school for about 20 minutes with a warm-up, stretching and then playing a physical game.

‘‘We’re trying to get them all moving,’’ he said.

The program provides a tool for students to improve their co-ordination, teamwork and physical skills and also helps students to be more focused in class.

School social worker Ivan Howes said the school was leading the way in health promotion.

‘‘Warming up before they go into class takes the edge off,’’ he said.

‘‘They’re ready to go for their day.’’

Mr Van Dorsser agreed and said their learning had gone through the roof.

‘‘They want to keep coming back to school,’’ he said.

As well as providing the program, Mr Van Dorsser said the school had also linked up with Ardmona Football Club to create a sense of community in the area.

‘‘We’re hosting a trivia night with them on Friday, June 15, at the McLennan Centre in Mooroopna,’’ he said.

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