Lapping up good health: Sacred Heart College

Students Connor Paragalli, Matthew Kolomyjec, Anthony Matteo and Harmon McAullay and teacher Danyella Roddis with Perth Glory players Hagi Gligor and Jerrad Tyson.
Students Connor Paragalli, Matthew Kolomyjec, Anthony Matteo and Harmon McAullay and teacher Danyella Roddis with Perth Glory players Hagi Gligor and Jerrad Tyson.

SACRED Heart College students spent some of their lunchtime running laps of the school oval last term as part of a fitness program.

The five-week Step Up program run by Year 11 students Anthony Matteo, Matthew Kolomyjec and Harmon McAullay encouraged their schoolmates to complete laps of the oval during lunchtime on Friday.

Each week they were given a lap card and asked to complete a minimum of five laps, which entered them into the draw to win a Fitbit.

The program’s aim was to promote fitness and health in the Sorrento school and was open to all year levels.

Special guests attended the program, including V8 Utes driver Adam Marjoram, Perth Glory players Hagi Gligor and Jerrad Tyson, kayaker Brodie Holmes, Australian cricketer Mitchell Johnson and former karate champion Jessica Bratich-Johnson.

The program culminated in a sausage sizzle for the top 80 participants and Year 9 student Jacob Gomez won the prize for completing the most laps.

Jacob ran 110 laps over the five weeks, the equivalent of 44km.

Organiser Anthony Matteo said Step Up helped students set personal goals, which the majority met.

“The program allowed all students to be part of a program which is fun, exciting and provides people with a great sense of joy,” he said.