School gets physical
CURRUMBIN State School held their first Physical Education Week this week to encourage students to get active. Physical Education teacher Therese Penfold said the whole school was involved in the week which was held to try to get kids involved in physical education and other sports. At a time when childhood obesity is rising and many children head for the PlayStation rather than the backyard when they come home from school, Currumbin State School is trying to buck the trend. "We wanted to introduce kids to activities they may not have tried before and get them up and having a go," Mrs Penfold said. "Grades one to seven were involved in activities throughout the week which included: synchronised swimming, circus tricks, league tag, junior gymnastics, outrigger canoeing and many more," she said. "We had a 'come dressed as your favourite sports star' day and had sportspeople like Ben Ikin and Olympic gold medallist Debbie Bowman-Sullivan visit." Mrs Penfold said they were hoping to hold the week as an annual event. "It's a priority here at Currumbin to encourage kids to get active and try different things," she said.