Bogeys, pars, birdies and — if they’re lucky — even a few eagles will form an integral part of the curriculum at Lockleys Primary School from next year.
Working in partnership with neighbouring Kooyonga Golf Club, Lockleys will become the only primary school in South Australia to run a golf school as part of its health and physical education program.
The driving force behind the initiative is the school’s principal, Maureen Davidson.
“I’m really excited, as are many of the parents and the kids,” she says.
“We’re a small school but we’ve got this great resource right next door. I believe in tapping into the community, so we’ve connected with Kooyonga.”
From 2019 all students at the school will have a 50-minute golf lesson with accredited PGA coaches from Kooyonga.
The lessons will run for eight weeks during Term 1,
Students will also take part in the national ‘mygolf’ school program, with in-class input from a PE teacher.
Then a select talent group of about 10 pupils will be invited into the Kooyonga junior clinic program to be run in Terms 2, 3 and 4. The process will be repeated every year.
Golf SA development coach Allan Telford will be taking teachers at Lockleys primary through a course so that every member of staff can become an approved community golf instructor.
Kooyonga Golf Club general manager Brett Lewis believes the partnership with the nearby Lockleys school “makes complete sense”.
“The exciting thing about this program is that it’s not a one-off but an attempt to develop a partnership that is sustainable,” he says.
“It gives the school a point of difference and gives us at Kooyonga a whole range of kids from different areas to get involved in the club.”
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