SCHOOLS in Bass Coast will receive a funding boost to help get kids moving as they return to school for term two.

Bass MP Jordan Crugnale recently congratulated Bass Coast Specialist School and Wonthaggi North Primary School, who were among 96 schools to receive a $30,000 funding boost under the Active Schools initiative to help introduce a whole-school approach to physical activity.

Ms Crugnale said the grants would fund an expansion of the bike track at Bass Coast Specialist School to support the bike education program and, at Wonthaggi North Primary School, the installation of a Ninja course, and engagement with the Bass Coast Skate Program for students to participate in before and after school.

Ms Crugnale said sport and recreation were central to our way of life.

“These grants will help make sure more young people in Bass Coast can get the best start in life with an education linked to active and healthy lifestyles,” Ms Crugnale said.

Sparking students’ imaginations

FOURTEEN schools across the state will participate in the state government’s Creative Learning Partnerships program, including Wonthaggi North Primary School.

The program pairs artists and other creative professionals and organisations with schools to work on a project that takes a creative approach to the curriculum.

At Wonthaggi North, students will join with creative duo Lucy Parkinson and Gonzalo Varela to explore ancient ecosystems as well as changes in their local ecology and in their own lives.

“Using fieldwork and fossils as inspiration, students will create interactive, moving theatrical scenery and a large-scale puppet based on the Cape Paterson Claw to tell their stories,” a government spokesperson said.

Education Minister James Merlino said the program was a great way for schools to enrich the curriculum while sparking the imaginations of students.