Banksia Grove: Joseph Banks Secondary College students build up tricks with Freestyle Now Skate

Dylan Reece (Freestyle Now) and Lachy Berg (y8). Photo: Martin Kennealey
Dylan Reece (Freestyle Now) and Lachy Berg (y8). Photo: Martin Kennealey

HIGH school students have been getting out of their classrooms to build up their skills at the Banksia Grove Skate Park, which opened in October.

Joseph Banks Secondary College youth support worker Lisa Te Aho said the school started a Freestyle Now Skate program this term.

Miss Te Aho initiated the skate, scooter and BMX program for years 7 to 9 after meeting Freestyle Now’s Shaun Jarvis at the City of Wanneroo youth working group sessions.

Photo: Martin Kennealey

“The students not only get to work on their skate, scooter or BMX skills, but they are also exposed to skills that are transferable to the classroom, such as seeking feedback and implementing it,” she said.

Shaun Jarvis (CEO-Freestyle Now) with students. Photo: Martin Kennealey

“This skill can be applied to nailing a new trick at the skate park and then in the classroom, to seeking assistance and feedback with class work.

“The students also widen their network of friends and connections at school.

Joseph Banks Secondary College students. Photo: Martin Kennealey

“We also talk with the students about skate park etiquette and encourage them to be positive role models at the skate park.”