Teachers buddy up to be role models

Laura Southworth, Deb Hamblin, Margaret Beard, Melinda Papadopoff, Carolyn Banfield and Therese Gorton. d405700
Laura Southworth, Deb Hamblin, Margaret Beard, Melinda Papadopoff, Carolyn Banfield and Therese Gorton. d405700

Most members of the school team, named the Butler Buddies, will be walking 12km this Sunday, August 25, although some will run 12km or the marathon.

Teacher Carolyn Banfield said teachers decided to participate as positive role models for students.

‘We want to showcase to the students that anyone can participate whether you run, walk or crawl ” it’s all about giving it a go and being a part of a team,’ Mrs Banfield said.

With children’s health continuing to be a prevailing issue in the community, Mrs Banfield said the Butler Buddies urged students to engage in regular physical activity.

‘We want to instil the message into our students that sport and other physical activity doesn’t have to be competitive and that anyone can take part no matter what your ability is ” it is all about having fun,’ she said.

Mrs Banfield said the Butler Buddies also had some friendly north-of-the-river rivalry with Connolly Primary School.

‘We will be catching up with the Connolly primary team after the race to celebrate our finish and hand out some humorous awards,’ she said.

‘The (Butler) team will be wearing all black on the day with bright pink and purple accessories.’