Students offer boot camp

BOOT CAMP: Maciej Jankowski, Mitchell Alchin, Jake Walsh and Josiah Mitchell.
BOOT CAMP: Maciej Jankowski, Mitchell Alchin, Jake Walsh and Josiah Mitchell.

It was an initiative which started as an assessment for their health class, but now ten Year 12 students are putting John Pirie Secondary School staff and students through their daily fitness paces with a three-week boot camp.

Jake Walsh, Josiah Mitchell and Mitchell Alchin and their classmates have recruited about 15 staff members and students to join their daily boot camp, in a bid to help people have a better start to their days.

Each day, the exercises differ providing a variety in training and benefits for each participant.

Josiah Mitchell, one of the trainers, explains that what they have throughout the week consists of 'all components of exercise'.

"On a Monday we have core and stability, Tuesday is speed and agility, Wednesday is weight lifting and strength, Thursday is cross fit and Friday is yoga.

"The main idea for this is to get kids waking up early, feeling better and if they are feeling better they are going to accomplish a lot more in school," he said.

Previously, the health class had been completing a first aid course as their practical component, but Jake explains that not only does this benefit them in the classroom, but it is also beneficial to others.

"It is a nice way for some of us to take a break from some school work and work out, have some fun before the day starts. I think we have all improved since week one and have smashed it, so hopefully next week is going to be even better than this week," Jake said.

With the boot camp a popular option, the class have not shied away from possibly running this after their assessment is completed. Mitchell says that what they are doing now is helping people to create positive habits.

"It is getting kids out and getting active. What they can take out of this is doing some exercise at home so they stay fit, healthy and have a clear mind," he said.

The school's deputy principal Maciej Jankowski says that there is a demand for the boot camp and there is a possibility for it to continue.

"We will have to look at what kind of exercises we run to tailor to our staff and students moving forward. I wouldn't be surprised if down the track this experience helps them get a job or set up a small business," he said.

Feedback for the camp has been incredibly positive and Mr Jankowski says he is glad that the students are able to take their learning outside of the classroom.

"I think we often get stuck in the classroom and just work on the stuff that is in the books or online. This way they are able to share the knowledge that they are spending so much time researching with the rest of the school. I think it really is a positive experience for them to share what they are really good at and what they are passionate about," he said.

The boot camp has been sponsored by Intersport who will provide a boy and a girl with a new pair of shoes that demonstrates school qualities.

"We appreciate the business support and what we have discussed is getting in touch with other businesses like a fruit and veg shop to getting some donated to teach students about the nutrition side of exercise. That is probably feedback for next year," Mr Jankowski said.

It is getting kids out and getting active. What they can take out of this is doing some exercise at home so they stay fit, healthy and have a clear mind.

Mitchell Alchin