Activity. Grade 3/4 students from state schools across Circular Head combined on Monday to challenge themselves in a variety of sports at the Smithton Recreation Ground.
Organised by Circular Head State Schools Sports Association, students tried their hand at volleyball, cricket, soccer, basketball and touch football throughout the day, with modified games providing a focus on teamwork and participation.
With local high school students helping to run each station, CHSSSA representative Sarah Cuthbertson said the event not only encouraged outdoor activity for younger pupils, but also gave senior students the chance to step up.
“It’s great for their leadership development, and to build relationships with younger kids,” she said.
“All the sports are modified. We just try and provide the kids with lots of opportunities, experience with lots of different sports.”
Windy conditions didn’t stop the students from enjoying some time outside of the classroom, with north-west development representatives from Cricket Tasmania and Football Federation Tasmania assisting in the program.
Ms Cuthbertson said the day was also an ideal opportunity for students to meet new friends from other schools, many of whom they might follow into high school.
“It helps build relationships between schools,” she said. “The more opportunity they get to interact, the better it is for them when they head into high school.”
Forest Primary School student Mia Reeve takes a kick while playing soccer.
Smithton Primary School student Amali Cox holds onto the ball during volleyball practice as classmate Channelle Randall watches on.
Ben Edwards (SPS) carries the ball as teammates Chloe Horton (FPS), Zoe Whish-Wilson (SPS), Paige Stokes (SPS) and Taya Schuuring (SPS) watch on.
Kayne Mills (SPS) sends a ball down the pitch as Piper Stokes (FPS) waits at the other end.