SPLISH SPLASH: Tierney Burke, Isobel Wieting, Wally Latcham and Ethan MacKenzie improve their fitness in the Calliope State School pool.
SPLISH SPLASH: Tierney Burke, Isobel Wieting, Wally Latcham and Ethan MacKenzie improve their fitness in the Calliope State School pool. CONTRIBUTED

Calliope students get brains going with exercise

CALLIOPE State School is a big believer in a healthy body resulting in a healthy mind.

Students at the school participate in a 25-minute morning fitness routine before school, four mornings per week.

On Monday, students do free form aerobics or circuit training using skipping ropes, hoola hoops, shuttle runs, and throwing and catching.

On Tuesday, the program focuses on strength and balance through yoga.

The aim is to improve concentration levels and develop self-control.

On Thursday, students "run around Australia" in a house team competition.

Each lap of the oval earns one kilometre around the map of Australia, with the first house to make it all the way around earning a house party.

On Friday morning, students participate in a dance session, with favourites YMCA, the Macarena and many more smooth moves.

Morning fitness at Calliope State School is based on developing core skills to improve and help learning.

Two of the teachers, Donnella Smith-Ashton and Alexandra Heron, run the morning fitness program, starting with the basics of building balance and co-ordination and moving on to develop core strength.

Without core strength, balance and cross lateral moves are affected.

Morning fitness helps to stimulate and improve blood flow to students' brains and prepare for the day's learning.

Swimming is also an integral part of the curriculum at Calliope School during Term 4.

All classes from Prep to Year 7 participate in the swimming program, utilising the school pool. 



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