Muswellbrook Public School students participate in Sport in Schools Australia gymnastics program

THANK YOU: Muswellbrook Public School principal Joan Stephens, Bengalla's Debbie Day, and teacher Katie Andrews.
THANK YOU: Muswellbrook Public School principal Joan Stephens, Bengalla's Debbie Day, and teacher Katie Andrews.

MUSWELLBROOK Public School students were jumping for joy on Monday.

During Term 3, children in all grades will be treated to a Sport in Schools Australia gymnastics program.

Classroom teacher Katie Andrews said the school was looking through its PDHPE curriculum last year and noticed a gap with gymnastics.

The nature of the sport requires facilitators to be trained, so the local teachers looked into the Sports in Schools program.

“They were more than happy to come out here,” she said.

“And, thankfully Bengalla sponsored the program for us so we were able to lower the price for all of our families to access the program.”

Ms Andrews said it had been fantastic for the students.

“The kids are playing with equipment they’ve never been able to play with before and learning skills that, unless they had the money to go and get private lessons, they wouldn’t be able to learn.

“It’s just something different for them and the kids here are so active they just love it.

The program is altered to suit different age groups and teaches a range of skills.

“They do uneven bars, they do handstands, cartwheels, they work on their jump positions,” Ms Andrews said.

“They have trampolines some weeks and balance beams, or they work on their somersaults.

“It’s all with trained professionals so they don’t have any risk of getting hurt.”

Bengalla community relations coordinator Debbie Day said Bengalla was pleased to partner with Muswellbrook Public School for a second year to support the program.

“Last year I saw how much the students enjoyed the program and it is great to see them involved in such a fun-filled active learning experience again this year,” she said.