Local VCE Students Get a Taste of Monash Sport

This month over 40 VCE students from local schools gathered in Monash Sport Peninsula's state of the art MPARC stadium hall for a unique out-of-classroom experience - led by Monash University students.

The VCE PE Enrichment Program is run in conjunction by Monash Sport and Monash's Faculty of Education and allows for over 600 local school students to experience the practical components of what is taught in the VCE PE curriculum.

"The program is a fantastic initaive," said Director of Monash Sport, Brett Lavale.  "Current Monash Students and Monash Sport Staff collaborate to deliver practical tuition for secondary students."

"The program connects prospective tertiary Students with Monash and provides invaluable real-world experience for current Monash Students." 

Students learn about GPS sports units while trying them out under the supervision of a Monash education student.

The three hour program gives Monash Education Students practical classroom experience in topics which aren't offered at placements, including conducting a V02 max test and teaching the use of sports GPS units.

D'Arcy Garton, currently studying a double degree of outdoor recreation and secondary education at Monash, has participated in the program three years in a row.

V02 Max Test led by D'Arcy Garton in progress
D'Arcy sees it as an important experience for Monash students and rare opportunity for the VCE students.

"It is a specific experience teaching a topic that the students wouldn't usually experience in school," D'Arcy said. "All the students were enthusiastic and they wanted to learn."

Tim Wallace, Team Leader at Monash Sport Caulfield and Peninsula, believes that what Monash offers is greatly valued by the surrounding Peninsula schools.

"MPARC is an integrated learning, teaching and recreation centre that allows sport theory and practice in one facility. It gives the high school students an experience which is normally only seen in textbooks and in videos."

The facilities at MPARC include a two court multi use stadium and biophysics laboratory, as well as a Health and Fitness Centre and a cycle studio.