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    2018 - 07.03

    THE pupils of Our Lady Help of Christians Primary School make the most of the school’s basketball courts, hand tennis squares and cricket pitches, but next month they’ll also be getting fit at home.
    Nanjing Night Net

    Sam Richards and Myla Attrill, both 11, lead the way with other pupils from Our Lady Help of Christians Primary School, to prepare for the statewide Active April fitness campaign. 150318DW01 Picture: DAMIAN WHITE

    Active April is a state government campaign that aims to get Victorians of all ages to commit 30 minutes a day to physical activity throughout the month of April, with Our Lady Help of Christians (OHLC) one of the many schools taking part.

    Principal Eugene Dalton said OLHC already encouraged sport at recess and lunch and held PE once a week, but for Active April they are asking pupils to take on an extra activity at home with their families.

    “It’s important for students to be active at school, but if they can make it part of their lifestyles, it’s much more likely to stick long-term,” Mr Dalton explained.

    “We’re hoping that it will become part of what families do together. Rather than sitting and watching TV, they get out and take a walk or play a game together.”

    To motivate people, the state government has designed a new app and a website where participants can register as individuals or teams and record their daily efforts.

    Our Lady Help of Christians has signed up each of its 14 classes as an individual team on the site and today, with big smiles, bright sneakers and ponytails swinging, and yesterday pupils headed out to the quadrangle to learn about the initiative.

    Grade 5 pupil Myla Attrill said she thought April Active was a good idea to “try to get people off the couch”.

    She said she already took part in cheerleading once a week and netball twice a week, but added that this month she was also planning to walk the dog.

    Grade 6 pupil Sam Richards said he will “definitely try to get outside and run around a bit more” as he prepares for his next winter basketball season.

    Aside from the health aspect, Mr Dalton said that daily exercise also improves the children’s ability to focus.

    He said it would also help build more social time into family life.

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