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Premiers Active April


St Mary MacKillop College in Swan Hill has been involved with Premier’s Active April for the past six years. Here, Chris Joyce, Sports Coordinator – St Mary MacKillop College shares why they’re involved, and some tips on how schools can engage and motivate students this April. 

“We promote and advertise heavily the benefits of physical activity and the success of our students who are being physically active during the month of April, says Mr Joyce.  

With Premier’s Active April overlapping with the Easter holidays in 2020, the college also challenges students to be active over the break and provides ideas and resources for how they might achieve their 30 minutes each day. Serving as a primary source of support, the Premier’s Active April website promotes activities that can be easily completed at home, as well as special offers for activities that can be enjoyed with friends and family. “Being both free and fun, the program is widely embraced by our students and parents alike,” continued Mr Joyce. 

This year, Premier’s Active April has further tailored communication, offers, and prizes by region, simplifying the process for students and allowing them to make the most of what’s on within their area. 

Reflecting on the most effective ways to engage and motivate all students, Mr Joyce recommends making Premier’s Active April an inter-house competition. “Over the course of the month, we track and advertise the total amount of hours of physical activity each house completes. The winning house is awarded points towards our ‘MacKillop Cup’ and individuals who achieve the highest totals of physical activity for the month are celebrated at our regular Friday assemblies.” 

The college has also benefitted its participation in Premier’s Active April, with motivational guest speakers and sports equipment vouchers just some of the prizes awarded in recognition of its commitment. 

“I wouldn’t hesitate to become involved if I were at another school. I would suggest finding a way to engage the students in a manner that is meaningful and that suits the school. For us, making it an inter-house competition has been a winner.”

To join in the run, register as a school via our website.

Last updated: March 10, 2020 at: 11:27 am

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