First, former West Coast player Bradd Dalziell, now the Eagles’ schools and community development officer, took mascot Rick ‘The Rock’ Eagle to see the years 3 and 4 students.
Together, they taught the children about the importance of their education, of thinking about the consequences of their choices, living healthy lifestyles and respecting everyone’s right to belong.
Yale acting deputy principal Russel Riley said the address was ‘excellent’.
‘This was one of the best motivational talks I’ve ever heard, excellently pitched at kids; really impressive,’ he said.
‘The kids were repeating the comments and the ideas long afterwards.’
A fortnight later, West Coast player Fraser McInnes followed up, coming to the school to present a reading session and football clinic.
‘We had the reading first, for obvious reasons,’ Riley said.
‘The kids really enjoyed the storybook and some of the classes are still using it.
‘It really reinforced what we try to teach here, it was marvellous.’
The free Eagles Rock My School program has visited more than 300,000 WA students.
To find out more, visit westcoasteagles.com.au/the-club /community/schools-and-education/eagles-rock-my- school