Be active challenge pays for Virginia PS

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Two local school children from Virginia Primary School joined other South Australian students who received a Premier’s Be Active Challenge Award in November.

VPS teacher Voula Pounendis and Year 7 students Grace  Nicol and Mihali Pounendis, pictured, accepted the award from South Australian premier Jay Weatherill.

Virginia Primary School was awarded with a $1,000 grant to promote physical activity within the school after being named as one of the 50 highest achieving schools in the state.

To participate, students across the school completed at least 60 minutes of physical activity a day over five days for 10 weeks.

In conjunction with their regular twice-weekly PE sessions, some of the activities the students took part in included team games such as cricket, netball and basketball, special lunchtime activities, dance sessions and riding scooters and bikes.

“It was a great way to broaden their ideas about being active,” Year 6/7 teacher Voula Pounendis said.

“There was some amazing sharing of skills like dancing and karate (and) there’s been more involvement of the students and understanding that there are a variety of sports that they can be involved in.”

After 10 weeks of daily physical activity all students who participated received a medal of achievement.

Member for Taylor, Leesa Vlahos said it was great to see the school recognised for its commitment to developing and furthering the health and fitness of its students.

“They have a motivated school community that is passionate about a healthy lifestyle,” Mrs Vlahos said.

The school hopes to use the funds to conduct a Gymnastics SA program for its students in 2014.

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