THIS week Salt Ash Public School were lucky enough to have two players from the Newcastle Knights visit and talk to the students about health and wellbeing.
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Jack Johns and Kalyn Ponga, along with representatives from the Mallabula Rugby League Club, talked with the students about the significance of keeping both the mind and body healthy.
Kalyn Ponga is the Newcastle Knights’ big name recruit from the North Queensland Cowboys.
The young, but very talented Ponga, will be playing fullback in the Knights’ rejuvenated backline this season.
Jack Johns, having represented Italy in last year’s Rugby League World Cup, will be learning his trade in the lower grades in the hope of one day emulating the feats of his famous father and Uncle, Matty and Andrew Johns.
During their presentation, they promoted the values of keeping active and healthy and being a role model to others.
Jack and Kalyn discussed the importance of having strong values, in particular being respectful in every situation they are in, in and outside of school.
Principal of Salt Ash Public School, Holly Deguara, told News Of The Area, “They told our students that if they are not respectful on or off the field then they may not play.”
“At Salt Ash Public School, our PBL values are Positive, Respectful and Safe Learners, so ur students could really see the link between our school values and how they are applied in everyday life, even on the sporting fields.”
“The NRL players even incorporated how our Keys to Success (Organisation, Persistence, Confidence, Resilience and Getting Along) are important even outside of school,” she said.
The players stayed around after their presentation to sign autographs for the students.
The students really enjoyed having the players visit Salt Ash Public School and got a lot out of their role models demonstrating the importance of health and wellbeing.