Goondiwindi State School wins National Rugby Week

Posted @ 11/25/2015   
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Goondiwindi State School students are encouraged to always have a go and it’s that characteristic which helped them win National Rugby Week.

Goondiwindi’s PE teacher Stan McDonnell said the program, which sees kids learn basic rugby skills and play Viva 7s, engaged students with sport as well as their wider education.

“We have been in involved in similar things for quite a while and we always use it as a week to celebrate rugby,” he said.

“The big thing with this, is we use it to engage our year three-six students in phys ed but also in school in general.”

McDonnell said the rugby program gave children an extra reason to come to school each day.

“That’s a big attraction to get some of the kids involved to school and then the benefits flow on from that,” he said.

McDonnell said the value of sport as an outlet for children was seen through the program.

“It’s sport in general and rugby is one of those sports  which is very big in our town - we’ve got a strong  junior rugby club,” he said.

“Using sport in general to engage kids is very important. Sport is very important in a small rural town and it offers opportunities and brings people together.”

As for their winning strategy, he said it was all about having a crack.

“We just have a go at everything. When opportunities come along we jump at it,” he said.

“Being a town that is sports mad that flows through to the school and anything sports wise you (almost) have to beat them away.

“The keenness of our staff and parents to help out that’s very important as well.”

More than 126,000 students participated in National Rugby week this year, across more than 700 schools around the country.

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