School in good shape

Governor-General Sir Peter Cosgrove with Guildford Primary School Year 1 students Sheena Ross and Oliver Hansen.
Picture: David Baylis        www.communitypix.com.au   d451341
Governor-General Sir Peter Cosgrove with Guildford Primary School Year 1 students Sheena Ross and Oliver Hansen. Picture: David Baylis        www.communitypix.com.au d451341

Sir Peter Cosgrove was at the school on Wednesday to speak to students about their results in a national survey run by UWA’s Garry Tester, who is an adjunct professor and CEO of Sports Challenge Australia.

Dr Tester said the results were generally tipped towards private schools which employed specialist physical education teachers.

But at Guildford PS, principal Robyn Webster has both physical education teachers and art teachers.

Dr Tester said many schools had to choose between one or the other but Guildford PS was lucky it had been able to retain both.

“This is due to the efforts of the principal who has been able to retain both as important parts of the curriculum,” he said.

The school timetables five hours of exercise a week for students.

Sir Peter told students they should keep working hard and they were lucky to attend such a special school.

“Discover for yourselves your own energy and ambition to deal with your life and optimise your potential,” he told the students at an assembly.

“Keep working hard and always think back to this school and congratulations on what you have achieved.”

Sir Peter watched the students going through their fitness paces and how they complete their activities on the school oval.

Dr Tester said Guildford PS students had scored a very high median of 111, which was much higher than average for fitness testing.

“This is by far the fittest primary school in Australia,” Dr Tester said.

Ms Webster said she was delighted to have the Governor General visit Guildford PS with his wife and they enjoyed morning tea made by the senior students.