Sport rules at country school

A small school uses sport and its stars to highlight excellence.

24 February 2020
Benji Marshall, Luke Brooks and Scott Osborne holding a signed football jersey.
Image: West Tigers rugby league stars Benji Marshall, left, and Luke Brooks came to Tallong Public School bearing gifts for Principal Scott Osborne, middle.

Tallong Public School may be a small school, but it punches above its weight in sport.

Principal Scott Osborne said the school "thrives in the sporting arena" despite being a small rural school of 65 students.

"In 2019 we had students represent at district, regional and state level in a variety of sports," he said.

As a result, the school this year is inaugurating three new sporting houses named after three local sporting identities from the Goulburn/Southern Highlands area: Jarrod Croker (Canberra Raiders), Glenn Turner (former Hockeyroos and Olympian) and Ellen Ryan (international lawn bowler).

"Our three sporting ambassadors have visited the school and hope to continue to participate in school activities in the future," Mr Osborne said.

"Tallong will hold sport competitions to increase participation in all areas of sport with children able to earn house points for participation and achievement.

"The community support has been tremendous as we look to continue to build not only in sport but all areas of school life at Tallong Public School."

Tallong's healthy appetite for sport was further satisfied with a visit from West Tigers rugby league stars, Benji Marshall and Luke Brooks, who delivered a presentation on 'respect'.

"The presentation included videos from other Wests Tigers players discussing how they respect themselves and other people," Mr Osborne said.

"The students then had opportunities to discuss their own ways of showing respect and were able to interact with the players in some fun activities where they had to show respect and demonstrate collaboration and communication.

"The players also took the time to sign memorabilia that the students had received as prizes throughout the presentation or what they had brought in from home."

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