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Setting students on the right track for learning

By Howrah Primary School

ON Friday 11 November more than 150 enthusiastic Howrah Primary School students participated in our school triathlon event.

Grade three to six students have the opportunity to participate and the event has become a highly anticipated and popular event on the school’s sporting calendar.

Organised by PE teacher Scott Broadby, the event is held in the school’s beautiful surroundings.

The participants complete a beach wade/swim on Howrah Beach, a bike ride along the bike track in front of the school and then a run along the beach.

The focus of the event is all about participation and fun.

Participants can enter as an individual and complete all three legs, or as a member of a team.

Spot prizes are handed out on the day and the event is always well supported by the school’s parent community which comes along to cheer and support the participants.

The event is also great preparation for the upcoming interschool triathlon event in which Howrah Primary will be sending 120 students to this year.

PE teacher Scott Broadby said the triathlon was a great opportunity for our school to encourage and promote a healthy lifestyle.

“The event provides new experiences for many of our students,” he said.

“In the lead up to the event, teaching programs focus on preparation and water and bike safety.

“On the day students have to be organised, well prepared and work as a member of a team.

“The sense of achievement they receive at the end of the event makes it a very worthwhile learning experience for the students.”

Grade three student Alex Nichols, who participated in the event for the first time this year, said it was “a little bit tricky.”

“Running in the sand and wading through the water made my legs so tired,” he said.

“I was worried because I had not done a triathlon before but because I went in it with my friends it made me not worry as much.”

Grade five student Leah Felsch said she “loved” participating in the team event.

“You have to work well together as a team and support and encourage each other – it is not a competition so it is all about having fun,” she said.

Grade five student Chelsea Millhouse said it was “a great way to get people moving and to encourage others.”

Caption: Max Geappen and Chelsea Millhouse participating in the Howrah Primary School triathlon event.

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