Program success

FLIPS PROGRAM: Cloe, Kira, Rebecca, Nakiya, Makenzie, Emma, Kelly, Mel, Leanne, Kirra, Amber, Tatiana, Tarnee and Emily with items purchased for the program thanks to a Clubs SA grant.
FLIPS PROGRAM: Cloe, Kira, Rebecca, Nakiya, Makenzie, Emma, Kelly, Mel, Leanne, Kirra, Amber, Tatiana, Tarnee and Emily with items purchased for the program thanks to a Clubs SA grant.

A partnership between John Pirie Secondary School and the Port Pirie Regional Gymnastics Academy is building up fundamental skills for students by learning the basics of the sport.

The FLIPS program has been working with the academy since last year with numbers growing for its second year.

The successful program has been further boosted by funding received from Clubs SA which has helped with the purchase of equipment and merchandise.

School counsellor, Emma Pendry, said they had approached the organisation about the initiative that helps middle school children.

"We are building connections with the community and each other," she said.

"The girls are really engaged.

"I was lucky because Kelly Wauchope and Mel Maywald [from the academy] were keen to work with us."

Mrs Pendry said the program had many benefits for the students, including supporting their social and emotional wellbeing.

"They're a really positive group," she said.

"They're all having a go."

She said the initiative helps to build the students' confidence and resilience while also teaching them lifelong skills.

While building those skills, the students are also keeping fit and learning the basics of gymnastics.

"It's really positive," Mrs Pendry said of their program.