Super coach students boost skills

Neighbouring Greystanes high school and primary school communities are collaborating in an exciting new sporting initiative in which the senior students coach the youngsters to boost their skill levels. 

Students in Year 9 from St Paul’s Catholic College, Greystanes are teaming up with Year 6 students at Our Lady Queen of Peace Primary School (OLQP) in Greystanes as part of a unique, active and fun PDHPE program.
The idea for this program was developed by Mr Daniel Nguyen and Mr Mario Ghobrial, who wanted to develop a unit of work that would provide their students with  ‘real life’ experiences as coaches whilst also meeting the curriculum outcomes.

The aim of the program is to give the Year 9 students an opportunity to engage younger students in structured, fun and challenging coaching sessions across a variety of sports including, basketball, cricket and soccer. 

Ex-OLQP school captain and St Paul’s Year 9 student Chris Rutherford said he absolutely loved the coaching sessions.

‘We are all getting along with our kids and they all love the activities that we are preparing for them,’ he said.

Year 6 student Hope Cini said even though the coaches are all boys, girls and boys are both given an equal chance to take part. 

“I like it when the coaches say the girls can do anything boys can do. Sometimes we do even better than the boys,’ she said.  

OLQP Year 6 student Mark Bou Melhem said the high school was so physically big with its own oval, basketball courts and cricket nets - making sport fun. 

‘I can’t wait to attend St Pauls next year,’ he said.

Mr Mario Ghobrial, a PDHPE teacher at St Paul’s Catholic College stated the foundation behind the program was to immerse students in a real life coaching situation,

‘As part of the coaching unit that we have developed here at St Pauls, we decided that the best way for our students to gain valuable experience in the arena of coaching was to give them the opportunity to run sessions with younger children from OLQP. 

This program that we have developed with OLQP gives our students of St Pauls the real life experience of being their own coaches” (Mr Mario Ghobrial Year 9 PDHPE teacher St Pauls.

The OLQP Year 6 students are organised into groups of approximately 10 children, and are assigned to three Year 9 coaches. 

The Year 9 students engage the Year 6 students in a variety of structured, fun and challenging experiences aimed at developing their team work skills, motor skills and spatial awareness related to a particular sport. It is the coaches’ responsibility to plan, prepare, run and evaluate the coaching sessions.

Our Lady Queen of Peace Principal Michael Hopley and St Paul’s Catholic College Principal David Bourne, have been looking forward to opportunities that further develop the partnership between the two neighbouring schools.
‘It is an exciting opportunity to connect our two schools. The students have been really enthusiastic and look forward to the coaching sessions each week,’ Michael said.

The teachers at St Paul’s Catholic College and Our Lady Queen of Peace have noted that all the students have been extremely receptive and enthusiastic during the program. 

The fact that the Year 9 students are in control of the sessions has given them a sense of empowerment and the ability to put their learning into practise.
Posted By CatholicEd Parra at 28/03/2017 11:41:06 AM Comments(1)

Comments & Responses

  • This is a great program bringing high school and primary school students together to promote fitness, cooperation and leadership. All students have rsponded really well and look forward to their lesson each week. I congratulate the teachers from St. Paul's on this wonderful initiative.
    Posted By Michael Hopley on 1/04/2017 9:44:08 AM

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