Texas State School has been named the Sports Darling Downs (DD) Primary School of the Year.
Annually, the awards are designed to recognise a primary and secondary school that has achieved outstanding sporting results from individuals and teams.
Up against The Glennie School and Mary McKillop, Texas State School staff and students were over the moon to be announced this year’s award recipients.
Teacher Jaime Scott said although there are limited opportunities to engage in a wide range of team sport, the school has been heavily involved in numerous events.
“On 66 occasions, our students have represented our school in MAC Zone teams. We’ve had 11 athletes attend DD trials for swimming and cross country.
Six athletes have attended DD trials for basketball, five for rugby league, seven for netball, nine for athletics, seven for girls rugby league and two for soccer.
“On 14 occasions our students have represented DD for swimming, both boys and girls rugby league, aquathon and more,” she said.
One student has qualified for the QLD team for track and field. That athlete then went on to win gold in the combined event at the Pan Pacific School Games and created a new Pan Pacific combined record.
As a coach for MAC Zone touch and girls rugby league, and an official for Mac Zone cross country, swimming and track and field as well as an official for DD swimming and cross country, Scott accepted the award on behalf of the school.
A 15-minute physical fitness regime run at Texas State School called ‘smash up’ was an interesting initiative highlighted in their award application.
“Our daily smash up program runs daily from prep to Year 10 and contains a variety of sports, skill sessions and training opportunities based around upcoming sporting carnivals, trials and competitions.”
Each day students participate in their ‘smash up’ activity and rotate through the activities on a weekly basis.
The program has been recognised through an IAIMS grant process. The school was even awarded $1000 towards sporting equipment.
On Fridays a 60-minute sport program works in conjunction with ‘smash up’ to use skills learned in the morning and apply them in game situations.
“These two programs have improved our students’ skills, increased overall fitness levels and increased the number of students representing our school at zone and state trials,” Scott said.