26 September 2023

New digital resources for schoolkids

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The Department of Education has launched new digital resources to engage students in fun physical activity while learning at home.

Deputy Secretary, School Operations and Performance at the Department, Murat Dizdar said the GetActive@Home initiative provided physical activity and exercises to keep primary school students active and stimulate their minds while learning at home during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“The new online resource aligns with the NSW curriculum and will make it easier for teachers and parents to keep students physically active,” Mr Dizdar said.

“Staying active is vital for everyone and with social distancing requirements the usual physical activity and organised school sport for students has been severely restricted by the pandemic,” he said.

“The new resources provide families with a series of structured and engaging physical activity lessons that can be completed using everyday objects found around the home.”

Mr Dizdar said the initiative was developed in partnership with industry experts and experienced classroom practitioners.

He said GetActive@home was presented by skilled and passionate NSW public school primary teachers.

He said the teacher presenters were Samantha Williams from Rosemeadow Public School; Victor Musgrave of Macquarie Fields Public School; Michelle Jarmaine, Avoca Beach Public School; Elissa Dorrian, Shellharbour Public School; Teresa Polias, McCallums Hill Public School; Lauren Arthur, Loftus Public School; and Adam Parker, Parkes High School.

“Video demonstrations provide clear instructions showing children how to complete a range of movement activities in a safe and fun way.”

“Special guest appearances from well-known sports stars are set to encourage students to tune in to new episodes each week,” Mr Dizdar said.

GetActive@Home episodes and guides can be accessed at this PS News link.

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