Hills Grammar News

New Student Think Tank in the Hills

The last day of term saw the very first Hills District Think Tank workshop ‘kick off ’ at Hills Grammar; Sports Science-Behind the Scenes of Our Elite Athletes.

The Hills District ‘Think Tank’ network is a collaboration of seven local independent schools (Australian International Academy, Hills Adventist College, Hills Grammar, Pacific Hills Christian School, Rouse Hill Anglican College, Tangara, William Clarke College), working together to broaden opportunities for high ability students to engage in enriched learning across a wide-range of subject areas.

This workshop was led by Hills Grammar Junior School teacher, Alyssa McMurray, an elite sportswoman in Netball, European Handball and Touch Football.

Twenty-eight talented sports students in years 5 and 6 from across the seven member schools gathered at Hills Grammar where they were randomly grouped and examined the components which optimise the performance of an elite athlete; diet, strength and conditioning, fitness, technique and skill. The workshop mixed practical sessions and theory with the students using the Hudl app to compare their technique with the elite athlete of their choice.

They logged their results on ipads and created a training regime to follow as they work on improving technique and fitness in their chosen sport.

Deborah Wightley, Hills Grammar Gifted and Talented Coordinator K-6 is very excited about the fledgling organisation and the opportunities that this new network brings for students in The Hills District.

Mr Mark Yeowell, Head of Junior School at Hills Grammar commented, ‘The establishment of this network highlights our commitment to foster a love of learning in our students and provide additional challenge and enrichment in their area of strength and ability. We are enthusiastically working with the other independent schools on this initiative’.

For further information please feel free to contact Mrs Wightley at [email protected]

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