Local students spent a day learning in the sun and developing mindfulness and resilience at a special day hosted by the Bluearth program.
Using movement as a vehicle, the Bluearth approach assists student development in the behavioural, emotional, social, physical and academia domains.
Cobram Primary, Jerilderie Public and Berrigan Public schools spent a morning doing activities at Barooga Recreation Reserve last month to help teach them teamwork, cooperation and more.
Katamatite Primary School and St Columba’s in Berrigan are also part of the program, but were not able to be there on the day.
Jerilderie Public Year 6 student Travis Lawton said he thought it was great the students got to learn new things.
‘‘We’ve been doing self-umpiring and you get to meet new people,’’ he said.
Berrigan Public School Year 6 student Nikita Willemsen said she enjoyed the activities that were planned.
‘‘I got really energetic and it was a lot of fun,’’ she said.
Barooga Sports Club has committed $40,000 over two years from 2016-2018 to the Bluearth Active School Program to support the program’s work with local students.
The program involves development programs for teachers and students that encourage self-awareness, self-confidence and self-responsibility through physical activity.
The program for students encompasses coordination and movement through participation, rather than competition.
Students learn skills and building blocks designed to enhance resilience and wellbeing.
Programs can also be used to develop the social and emotional skills of students, with a focus on leadership, resilience and peer support.