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Entertainment in the Byron Shire for the week beginning 6 July, 2022

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Principal of Byron Bay High Janine Marcus with kids on the agility course. Photo Ross Kendall

Story by Ross Kendall

Byron Bay High School’s new agility course recognises the importance of play for learning and has students from all years actively playing during breaks and PDHPE lessons, according to Byron Bay High’s Principal, Janine Marcus.

‘Research from the Gonski Institute for Education, Australian Symposium on Play, made me think about the place of play for our students,’ she said. ‘The innovative course is specifically designed to increase student fitness, creative play, and fun.’

Janine collaborated with designers from Urban Play to specially have an outdoor playground that would entice high school students to move and have fun during break times.

Ninja Warrior style

The agility course can be used as a Ninja Warrior type activity, to build strength, or just enjoy.

‘The more fun students have at school the more they are ready to take risks with their learning, challenge themselves inside and outside of the classroom,’ she said.

The BBHS agility course is unique and has sparked interest from other secondary schools in the area, she said.


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