A unique program to give school students the opportunity to design their own activity programs has celebrated its first anniversary.
Developed by Bellarine Community Health (BCH) the ‘Active OUR Way’ program is a partnership project with St Leonards, Leopold and Portarlington Primary Schools.
More than 430 students from across the three schools were involved in designing their own fun, active living activities and programs. The BCH Healthy and Connected Communities team (HCCT) ran energy-filled student design workshops, and students from St Leonards Primary School were supported to become ‘Active OUR Way’ student champions.
More than 300 students attended learn to snorkel and learn to skate programs with most of the students having never tried those activities before.
“I enjoyed snorkelling a lot,” said one St Leonards Primary student.
“I saw lots of different sea creatures and it was a great experience for me. It was my first time.”
“It was amazing, getting to breathe while my head was underwater and seeing a banjo shark,” another student said.
As part of the snorkel program students received a free snorkel set.
St Leonards Primary School principal Jenny Cowburn said the students enjoyed the activities throughout the first year of the program and their end of year celebrations.
“The Active OUR Way student leadership team worked hard to make the various activities a success and they received really enthusiastic and proactive support from the team at Bellarine Community Health,” she said.
“BCH nurtured the students’ leadership skills, and we really appreciate the support the team has given us to focus on creating an active and healthy lifestyle for students at St Leonards Primary.”