In early August, sixteen SGCS students and four adults embarked on an epic 1000 km round trip through Kelso, Cowra, Parkes, Dubbo and Bathurst.
Why the trip, you may ask? Well our students are an official demonstration team for the Heart Foundation. One of their roles is to visit schools to promote the ‘Jump Rope for Heart’ campaign which is currently running in schools around Australia.
‘Jump Rope for Heart’ promotes fun, fitness and healthy lifestyles while raising vital funds for heart disease research and education.
Our students created a 15-minute routine where they enthused their audiences with coordinated routines, individual brilliance, small group double-dutch expertise, triangular skipping prowess and a multiple rope group finale. Many of our students combined acrobatic skills while jumping – skills that wowed their audiences.
Along with their jump rope performances, students learnt about the heritage of the areas they visited including the Prisoner of War Campsite at Cowra. The 5 August 2019 marked the 75th Anniversary of the Cowra Prisoner of War Breakout. The students felt very fortunate to be in Cowra to witness some of the commemorations.
Whilst in Parkes, the students visited the Parkes “Dish’ which had also been part of monumental commemorations due to the 50th Anniversary of the moon landing. The students were again, thrilled to share in this momentous occasion.
The trip also highlighted the extent of the drought in the region to our students. The land was very dry, with little vegetation. It was of concern to all those we spoke to.
We would like to extend a big thank you to Mrs Binns and Mrs McDougall for driving the bus and coordinating the road trip.