Active Kids is a weekly programme in which senior students facilitate motor skills sports programmes with students in the Junior School. It provides students with an opportunity to mentor and encourage younger students and develop leadership skills.
All Year 9 students will have an opportunity to participate in Active Kids at some point in the year. Veivers were the first to engage with this Service Learning opportunity in Term 1. Starkey students are currently enjoying their time with the Year 1 students while Laver and Franklin will participate in Term 3 and Andrews in Term 4.
Here’s what some of our Veivers students had to say about their time participating in the Active Kids programme:
"Many generous volunteers from Year 9 Veivers house went down to the common oval on a Wednesday lunch time, to participate in the Active Kids programme. During the Active kids programme volunteers set up various activities to entertain the year ones during their lunch break. The activities which were set up were physically challenging and involved collaboration with members of their class. As a group we enjoyed getting to know the children over the term, as well as forming valuable friendships and talking to the younger generations of the Somerset community.
During the programme I enjoyed cooperating with the children playing games and getting to know many of them. Throughout the course of the term I began to look forward to the programme every lunch time and meeting up with the kids which I had formed friendships with. From the programme I learnt to collaborate with children much younger than myself, and develop friendships which I would have never had a chance to otherwise. I discovered that it wasn’t as difficult to have a conversation with young children, as I expected it to be and I enjoyed working with young kids. This came as a surprise as I didn’t expect to get along with many kids during the programme. As a whole the Active Kids programme was such a positive experience and a worthwhile activity, which provided me with many skills for the future."
Makayla Carkazis– Year 9 Veievers
"Active Kids is one of the most enjoyable service opportunities that I have participated in as part of the MYP. Throughout Active Kids, Veivers House had the job of designing activities and games for the Year 1s. In doing so, we developed new skills such as communication and cooperation as we worked in teams to design the activities. We also got real-life applications to this, we learnt how to interact with kids who were much younger than us and we learnt how to design games appropriate for kids. I thoroughly enjoyed collaborating with people that I haven’t worked with before and it was good to get an idea about the background of other people enabling us to learn more about each other.
I also enjoyed playing with the Year 1s the most - they are so full of energy and are such a loving, caring group of individuals who are so persistent with what you do with them. No matter how challenging you make your activities, they will try their hardest to tackle it and even though one might have a weakness in a part of the activity, they try their hardest. They are also quite a confident bunch, they are so excited and moving and don’t care that we are a completely different, older group of people. From this as an entirety, I developed my social skills, communication skills, cooperation skills and leadership skills. I and Veivers house had such a great experience in Active Kids which none of us are going to forget." Peter Harris – Year 9 Veivers
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