Dalby State School running for innovation

ANOTHER LAP: The students of Dalby State School having a great time running laps on Thursday mornings.
ANOTHER LAP: The students of Dalby State School having a great time running laps on Thursday mornings. Sophie Volker

RUNNING: A simple initiative to get Dalby State School students active has just won a state-wide award.

The 100 Kilometre Club, a running club for students on Tuesday and Thursday mornings on the school oval, was named most Innovative Program by the Queensland branch of the Australian Council for Health and Physical Education and Recreation (ACHPER).

The award recognises the significant and innovative contribution towards promoting active and healthy lifestyles within the school community.

Dalby State School first introduced the 100 Kilometre Club in term three of 2014, as part of the "increasing activity and intelligent minds" (iAIM) initiative.

Students set a goal at the start of the year to run a total of 100km throughout the year - a tally they keep by collecting paddle-pop sticks.

The program has been growing steadily since then, and iAIM regional project officer and school kilometre club coordinator, Jocelyn Elliott, said anywhere between 30 to 80 kids can show up each morning.

"We've been working on it for the last three years and since I went on maternity leave, my co-coordinator Renae Little has been running it," Mrs Elliott said.

"Anywhere from 30 to 80 kids show up each morning.

"They have fun because it's being active with their friends," she said.

Mrs Elliott's idea for a running club has taken off, and now other schools have taken the initiative and "run with it".

"In my role as iAIM regional project officer, I thought, what's something we can start off to get kids active?," Mrs Elliott said.

"This particular idea has proven to be a great all-in, inclusive program.

"The kids have that personal goal-setting because they get points for each lap they run, and there's big kids helping the little kids and parent involvement.

"We're doing it as a school initiative, but now other schools are starting to pick up and run with it," she said.

Teachers at DSS have also commented that students who participate in the 100 kilometre club are more focused learners in class, according to Mrs Elliott.

But for the students, it's all about having fun running around and getting active with their friends.

Year 6 student Karlee Rice said she enjoys running in the 100 Kilometre Club with her friends.

"You get some exercise and you can be ready for school in the morning," Karlee said.

"My favourite part is seeing my friends," she said.

The 100 Kilometre Club runs from 8.30am-8.50am Tuesdays and Thursday mornings for DSS students.

Topics:  active dalby state school healthy iaim jocelyn elliott kilometre club running

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