Year One and Two students at Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Primary School in Palmyra were excited to participate in the Fremantle Fundamentals program during Term One, run by the Fremantle Dockers Football Club and the University of Notre Dame Australia.
The program consisted of four sessions, the last of which was a gala day at Cockburn Aquatic and Recreation Centre (where the Dockers HQ is located) that included skills clinic stations and opportunities to interact with AFL representatives as well as men’s and women’s players.
Our Lady of Fatima CPS Education Assistant, Mrs Young, said “the program delivered activities that were able to fit in nicely with outdoor play sessions that promoted fundamental motor, communication, and social skills,”
Year 2 Teacher, Mrs Lionti, said “the Fremantle Fundamentals content matched the needs of young students and developed their competency in fundamental play skills within the Western Australian Curriculum: Health and Physical Education Strands”.
Being involved in the program was a highlight in the Term for the students, who said:
“I learnt how to handball and kick straight!”
“I liked meeting the Freo Dockers players and going to Cockburn ARC,”
“I had fun with my friends and liked the ball games!”
Another of the school’s EAs, Mrs Szefczyk, said the sessions went extremely well.
“The children were engaged and there was a strong emphasis on fun and enjoyment,” she said.
The school have enjoyed being involved in ongoing programs with the football club, and Year 5 and 6 students will have the opportunity this year to be involved in a footy clinic with AFL and AFLW players, as well as an interactive classroom session.