Timber Creek School
Please accept our thanks for the wonderful people we have had here for the last two days. Megan,Greg, Luke, and James.
What great ambassadors for Sports Challenge, and what nice young people. They are to be congratulated on the way they conducted themselves here, they way they fitted in with the staff and students, and the professional manner in which they did their job.
They all worked hard, paricularly today, when school was a bit unsettled before the holidays, and with a shortage of staff, and several interuptions. They put the needs of the school and staff first, and yet made it all fun for the students.
It was a pleasure to have them here, and we would love to see them again.
Timber Creek School
Australind Primary School
Ms A. Carozzi
Cnr Johnson and Helena St
I am writing on behalf of the staff and students to sincerely thank you for the recent gymnastics coaching sessions at our school. It was fabulous to see the kids being fully involved in the activities that you presented, with the able assistance of Lisa Brown, over the two days.
The sessions were highly organised, fun and educational for everyone involved, staff and students alike. I believe that, as a result of the shared expertise and enthusiasm from you both, our staff is now confident to provide gymnastics activities as part of a balanced physical education program. In particular, your enthusiasm, which was consistently infectious over the entire two days, was a highlight. How you were able to talk at the end was a mystery to me!
Finally, a special thank-you to you (and Lisa as well) for your professional approach and your flexibility when faced with an error from my end. You helped make adjustments to repair the problem and ensured that the timetable continued as it did.
Busselton Senior High School
Mr Garry Tester
Cnr Johnson & Helena Street
GUILDFORD WA 6055
On behalf of the school and its students, I would like to thank those involved in Sports Challenge during 2002 for providing a service of the highest quality. This has involved the testing and the speed of the return of the results, to the mentoring of our Year 8s and Year 9s in the school visiting process. I would particularly like to thank the four visiting mentors, Cory Hugo, Scott Hood, Kym Leaver and Jo Morton for their excellent efforts over the four full days of the visits.
As you may be aware, as an Associate Principal, I have many demands on my time and therefore it was a great relief for me to be able to show your mentors the “ropes” and have them carry out the program and run the barbecue for students largely by themselves. This was particularly important on the final day of the program when the school had suffered from the death of one of its staff members and I was very occupied with other things.
I should also comment on the efficient and very pleasant contact that I have had with Camilla Milburn. This too, made my job of organisation very easy.
Once again, please pass on the thanks of the school to those concerned and may we wish you all the compliments of the season and a safe a happy New Year.
Ms Sara Donovan
Nollamara Primary School
Hon. Alan Carpenter
Minister for Education
12th Floor, Dumas House
2 Havelock Street
West Perth, WA 6005
Dear Mr Carpenter
RE: SPORTS CHALLENGE PROGAMS
I would like to comment on the role of Sports Challenge at Nollamara Primary School. I was aware of their work at a time when staff were keen to promote fitness and healthier lifestyles among our students.
I initially engaged them early in 2000 in response to staff concern at our students’ performances at interschool sporting events. Sports Challenge’s brief was to determine student fitness and skill levels from Yrs 1-7. From the results, we would then be able to identify specific areas for improvement, implement suitable strategies then plan for follow-up assessments.
Following the implementation of our strategies, Sports Challenge conducted the assessments in 2001 and again in 2002, on each occasion providing valid, comprehensive, standards-based data with a full analysis of school, age group (boys and girls) and individual results.
I found Sports Challenge to be a professional organisation at both the managerial and mentor level. Their staff who attended on site were well organised, flexible and were able to quickly establish rapport with the students in order to best get a true performance.
The data in fitness and skills they have provided has become an important part of our MIS data for annual reviews and has given us clear directions for developing programs of improvement. In addition, this year they have generated individual score cards for each student for reporting to parents.
This is valuable information in a learning area where there are a few if any comparable assessment programs. They have played a valuable role in assisting our school to promote fitness and healthier lifestyles at Nollamara.
I support Sports Challenge’s role in providing to schools a quality assessment service (plus follow up programs and teacher PD if required) and plan to engage them again for further review assessments.