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ST JOSEPH'S GLOUCESTER TAKES OUT
Being from a small regional town can
sometimes preclude students being given
oppor tunities enjoyed by their city cousins,
but when a little school comes together and
connects with its community, you just never
know. From little things, big things grow.
St Joseph's Gloucester is a small school of
around 40 students located on the mid
nor th coast nestled into the Bucketts Range.
Early in the year the school par ticipated for
the fir st time in a 7s Rugby Tour nament in
Taree organised by the ARU. The students
had a great day and even managed to win
a few games. So the seed for rugby was
In August, students and teacher s from St
Joseph's decided to take up the challenge
and par ticipate in the National Rugby Week
competition. The competition was open to
both primary and secondar y schools across
Australia . Students took par t in a r ange of
cr eative Rugby activities and r allied together
to suppor t the Qantas Wallabies ahead
of their Bledisloe Cup Test against the All
Blacks in Sydney. This competition saw over
120,000 students (56% boys and 44% girls)
from 726 schools par ticipate in classroom,
field and carnival-based Rugby activities .
For the week, member s of the school
community dressed in Wallaby Gold,
organised a skills day with the local r ugby
team and the students took par t in a
colouring competition. They watched the
Ode to Wallaby, a video presentation from
cur rent Wallaby player s, and after wards,
students from Year 5 & 6 wrote their own
It was impor tant for the school to focus
on community, a way for us all to come
together. This is why we engaged with the
local r ugby team, the Gloucester Cockies,
for an afternoon. The kids had a ball as they
tackled the bags, passed the ball and engaged
in tr y-scoring activities, kick ball and finally a
game of Non-Contact 7s. The oppor tunity
to mix with the community was a wonder ful
experience and highlighted its impor tance
for a small regional town. The students also
witnessed both men and women player s ,
providing the insight for the girls to learn that
rugby is not just a male-dominated spor t.
A presentation was prepared and sent to
the Australian Rugby Union judges' panel
with samples of the students' work and
photos. The outcome shocked and delighted
St Joey's as we were named winning school.
The outcome wa s that Head Coach (until
recently) of the National Rugby Union
(NRU), Ewen McKenzie, visited the school.
On the big day the school was attended by
the Mayor and many community member s.
Students presented to Ewen samples of their
work and escor ted him around the school.
He then spent the after noon at the local
r ugby fields taking the students through a
series of games. It tr uly was a great day.
Having the Head Coach of the NRU team
visit was ama zing. He spent time signing
autographs, having photos taken and talking
to the students. It was a moment in time the
students of St Joseph's Gloucester will never
The most defining outcome of the day,
however, is the sense of achievement it
promoted in a small regional community.
Lee Sullivan is a teacher at St Joseph's
St Joseph's students with Ewen McKenzie.
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