Sports mentoring a hit with primary students

A new lunchtime sports mentoring program at Angle Vale Primary School is proving to be a big hit, with kids involvement, confidence, skills and friendships on the up.

The brainchild of specialist PE teacher, Keri Watson, the program sees upper primary school students mentor junior primary school students in structured physical activities and draws on what students have been learning in their sporting lessons.

Last term the focus was on ball skills and gymnastics.

“There’s definitely been a positive reaction to the program,” Keri said.

“It’s built up friendships between the students and I’m seeing younger children go up to older children in the yard now.”

Keri says the program was started to give students more options during lunchtime play and its success is due to the enthusiasm of the students and the encouragement the mentors give to their younger peers.

“When they (younger students) can have a peer show them it’s a completely different experience,” she said.

“It’s structured lunchtime play activities but it’s still play, it’s been really positive.”

Year 7 student, Rebecca Pannell, doesn’t mind giving up her lunchtimes to be a part of the program and says working with the younger students is a lot of fun.

“I like helping the little kids,” she said.

“They’re getting better and better every day.”

The program is run in the school gym three times a week, with classes working on a rotation system due to its popularity.

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