Rugby league bring schools together
NAROOMA Public School recently received the Robert Stone Team Encouragement Award for its involvement in the sport of rugby league.
The shield was awarded to the school after it competed in the recent Primary Schools Sports Association (PSSA) rugby league competition.
The award was recognition by the organisers that Narooma Public School always participates in the rugby league activities and showed great sportsmanship.
As part of the presentation at the primary school at the end of last month, the involvement of Narooma High School was also recognised.
Local National Rugby League (NRL) officer Damian Lindeberg said he would like to recognise the important link that the high school had established through the School Club Program and the work that Narooma High students had achieved in encouraging the younger students into the sport.
The students recognised were Hudson Aitkin, Adam Dixon, Warren Foster, Riley Hextell, Nathan Schaefer, Ryan Whymouth and George Campbell.
They were each presented with a polo shirt as thanks.
Principal up for national award
PRINCIPAL of Narooma Public School and supporter of Rugby League development programs, Paul Sweeney, is one of three finalists nominated for the 2013 Pullman Teacher of the Year (Primary), part of the NRL One Community Awards that will kick off the Telstra Premiership Grand Final Week.
The Award, which will be announced on Monday, September 30, at Sydney’s Town Hall, recognises a Primary School teacher who has demonstrated exceptional support of Rugby League through the provision of opportunities for students to be involved in practical Rugby League activities within their school and district.
Coach of the school’s Classic Shield Rugby League team, Sweeney uses the sport to develop a sense of pride, discipline, teamwork and sportsmanship in his students, and particularly supports safe play code practices so that all players at the school can participate.
“We aim to expose all children to the game via participation, but the main aim is for all children to have fun, learn skills and be able to participate in a way they are comfortable with,” Mr Sweeney said.
“Our school promotes a culture of team over the individual so we value our collective achievements in competitive games.
“We try to ensure we are promoting the game in a safe environment where we emphasise the importance of team work values in the process.”
The other finalists include Brook Wilson (Kirwan, QLD) and Margie Grant (Farnborough, QLD) with the winner being judged on how they engage their students by integrating league related teaching material into their programs.
“Every year we are blown away by the tireless contributions made by those in the grassroots Rugby League community,” NRL Interim Community, Culture and Diversity general manager, Mr Mark deWeerd said.
“The efforts made by the 2013 finalists continue to inspire me and I couldn’t be more proud that the NRL is able to highlight the significant role volunteers play in our Game.”
The One Community Awards has a prize pool of over $50,000 across eight award categories including the Ken Stephen Medal presented by Telstra, Holden National Volunteer of the Year, Harvey Norman Women in League Achievement Awards (Professional and Volunteer), Telstra One Community Grassroots Club of the Year, AAMI Service to Refereeing, AAMI Service to the Community Award, National Teacher of the Year (Primary and Secondary School) and the Young Indigenous Learn Earn Legend! Award. The 2013 Ken Stephen Medal finalists were announced earlier this month with club captains Michael Ennis, Terry Campese, Ben Creagh, Tim Mannah, Kurt Gidley and Nate Myles among the 15 nominated NRL players.
The public can now vote for the winner of the Ken Stephen Medal via www.NRL.com/kenstephenmedal