Department of Health & Human Services
Premiers Active April

ALMOST APRIL

It’s not too late to get your school involved for a chance to win a visit from a VIS athlete.

There’s two weeks to go until the kick-off of Premier’s Active April and registered schools are gearing up for the most active year yet. School teams are a great way to activate a whole community – bringing together students, teachers, parents, guardians, and grandparents.

It’s not too late to register, and it’s definitely not too late to keep on boosting your school team numbers. New for 2020 we have divided the state into six key regions: Grampians, Loddon Mallee, Barwon South West, Gippsland, Hume and Melbourne to give everyone more opportunities to win. The schools in each region with the most participants (based on their school size) will win a visit from an inspirational VIS athlete. And, the most active schools in each region will also win a $1,200 Rebel Sport Voucher

Across Victoria, different schools are finding quirky and fun ways to get the most out of the month. At Echuca Primary, a celebrity guest (a very popular teacher) will ride an exercise bike throughout assembly while being interviewed, at regular intervals, about the benefits of active travel. Aside from the hilarity, it‘s a great way to get the students thinking about ways to up their everyday activity.

For Mount St Joseph’s Girl College in Altona, prize money won from last year’s Premier’s Active April bought them a outdoor table tennis table that’s provided hours of fierce lunchtime competition. And, for small schools like Beeac Primary, it’s not so much the activity that’s unique, but the fact that the entire school does something active each day, together. “Everyone really enjoys the team spirit of it, and it’s a break from the normal day to day routine,” says principal Andrew Rogers. Beeac Primary has actually been involved with the Premier’s Active April initiative since it began.

Beeac Primary and Mount St Joseph’s are also fans of the free passes on offer for Premier’s Active April participants. Thanks to regionalisation in 2020, students can access free activities close by. For Beeac Primary, 10 free passes to the pool at the Blue Water Fitness Centre is awesome, especially because it coincides with the school holidays – a win for parents too. And, Mount St Joseph’s find that the 10 free passes to the YMCA has their students trying activities, with their friends, that they may not have previously considered as accessible to them.

Apsley Primary, who’ve been a big advocates of Premier’s Active April for the last few years are joining with other organisations in their region – Grampians Community Health and West Wimmera Shire – to host a big community event. Students across the region will have the opportunity to have fun on AFL inflatables and learn more about Premier’s Active April.

How is your school boosting their numbers? Make sure you visit the school’s page on our website for some handy tips for promoting Premier’s Active April. Every registration counts!

Last updated: March 13, 2020 at: 3:18 pm

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