Denman Public School welcomes Bengalla Community Development Fund assistance for Swimming and Water Safety, Gym Matrix programs

Bengalla Mining Company representatives Penny Walker and Chris Sandell-Hay with principal Megan Druitt

Bengalla Mining Company representatives Penny Walker and Chris Sandell-Hay with principal Megan Druitt

DENMAN Public School is delighted to be the recipient of funding from Bengalla Mining Company as part of the organisation's Community Development Fund.

Money from Bengalla will be used to provide a gymnastics initiative in Term 3 for all students and the School Swimming and Water Safety Program in Term 4.

This funding will ensure all youngsters can participate with no cost to families.

The School Swimming and Water Safety Program is designed for primary school pupils in Years Kindergarten to 6 who are unable to swim 25m confidently in deep water.

It is an annual syllabus, which aims to teach children water safety and survival skills so that they can safely enjoy aquatic activities.

Gym Matrix is a mobile service providing gymnastics programs in schools.

They have a comprehensive range of equipment, which they bring to the school to support its implementation.

Each week, students learn new gymnastics skills and refine those learnt.

The kids work on fitness, flexibility, coordination and technique.

The school-based program also ensures all pupils have the opportunity within school hours to access this physical activity, which is fantastic as there are no gymnastics programs available out of school hours within the Denman community for students to access.

"After a fantastic response from the children and families to both programs in 2018, we are delighted to be able to continue these opportunities for DPS students in 2019 thanks to the generosity of the Bengalla Mining Company," principal Megan Druitt said.

The Bengalla Community Development Fund has been established to support local areas to build community capacity, address development challenges and to take advantage of emerging prospects.

"Denman Public School is extremely appreciative of the generous donations, which will support Semester 2 sports programs for all students," Ms Druitt said.