Bush kids jump to it
Saturday, 28th June, 2014
School of the Air children often don’t have many group activities, but last week they were jumping at the chance to team up.
Ann Watson-Brown is a supervisor of three School of the Air children. She said over 20 children recently participated in “Jump Rope for Heart”.
The newly-established Pooncarie Outreach Children’s Service participated in the final phase of their “Jump Rope for Heart” activities on Friday, June 13.
“This was initiated by one of the group’s Year 5 students, Jemma Smith from Karoola’ Station,” she said.
The children from Pooncarie and surrounds now periodically meet at the grounds of the Pooncarie Public School and engage in classroom and playgroup activities.
“This gives the isolated children a chance to socialise and participate in group activities,” Ann said.
“All children have been practicing their skipping and even the little ones have been jumping over and running through ropes.
“Over a six-week period, it was rewarding to see how both boys and girls developed their skills and increased their fitness.”
Ann said the children raised money for the Heart Foundation and were certainly aware of the need to keep fit.
They were supported by Melissa Howarth from the Foundation and will probably all participate again next year, Ann said.
“We are looking to do other activities like AFL Auskick to help develop more skills,” she said. “The Jump Rope for Heart was a really good day.
Everyone enjoyed it and participated - even the boys.”