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Shepparton students get hands-on education

Shepparton high school students have been learning outside the classroom through running sports clinics at local primary schools.

SIONNIE KELLY July 28, 2014 3:13am

Prep student Ishmeet Bains with SEDA student Cody Tancred.

Running, catching, batting and having fun were timetabled for Bourchier St Primary School children who participated in sport workshops on Thursday thanks to nine Years 11 and 12 SEDA students.

SEDA is a program for Years 11 and 12 students who engage with local communities by running sports clinics in primary schools over four-week blocks every Thursday.

‘‘We’re just like any high school around, but our catch is that we’re trying to engage our students in the sport and rec sector and try and learn more hands-on rather than reading a textbook,’’ program facilitator Duane Hueston said.

Mr Hueston said his students found it challenging and rewarding to run sports clinics focused on teaching football, netball and cricket skills to primary school children.

SEDA student Brittany Tancred said she had enjoyed running sports clinics.

‘‘It’s actually pretty challenging with the preps, especially when they’re still kind of new to school,’’ Brittany said. ‘‘They just really love it, so it puts a smile on our face, too, because that’s what we’re all about, getting kids involved in sport.’’

Mr Hueston said the primary school children absolutely loved learning about sport and practising new skills.

‘‘The feedback we’ve got from Bourchier St here is that the kids as soon as they see us coming with our tops saying SEDA they’re all ‘Have we got a clinic today? Have we got a clinic today?’,’’ Mr Hueston said.

‘‘We’ve been told with our influence here the issues that they might have in recess has fallen away, so there’s not too many behavioural issues because the kids are out playing sport.’’

Prep student Abigail Vaivars , six, said her favourite part of the day was learning to play netball.

‘‘Because you get to use a ball,’’ she said.

Abigail said she had lots of fun and enjoyed getting to play different sports with her friends.

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