The Southern Cross : December 09
www.adelaide.catholic.org.au The Southern Cross December 2009 Page 23 schools Students from Years 3, 4 and 5 from Whitefriars School at Woodville Park folded and decorated cribs which took centre stage at the annual Blessing of the Cribs on November 29. In a special "crib making" day held at the school, the students followed a template to make their crib and then decorated them with colourful paper. All families from the school received a special invitation to attend the c e r emony and blessing, which was per formed by Archbishop Philip Wilson at St Francis Xavier's Cathedral. Cribs blessed CRIB MAKING: Asia Nersterczuk and Rachael Carbone work on making their cribs at Whitefriars Primar y. Picture: Tony Lewis Two Catholic schools have been nominated for a State spor ts award of excellence which recognises the provision of "inclusive, safe and fun spor t to children". St Margaret Mar y's School at Croydon Park and St Joseph Out of School Hours Care (OSHC) at West Hindmarsh will compete against other nominated schools and after-school care centres for the award which highlights contributions to the Australian Spor ts Commission's Active After-school Communities (AASC) program. This free Government program is delivered nationally and promotes the transition of primary school children into community spor t. About 150,000 children take part and gain the oppor tunity to par ticipate in more than 70 diffe r ent sports and other structured physical activities. Squash, futsal, European handball, kor fball and frisbee are just some of the spor ts that children from the two Catholic schools have been able to experience, thanks to AASC. St Joseph OSHC Director Tanya Davis was ver y pleased by their nomination, saying the AASC program offered had gone from "strength to strength over the last few years". "Being on site and free of charge to families attending the OSHC pro g r a m , it is highly accessible and driven by students' choice. Community feedback and strong staf f suppor t has endorsed this as a wonder ful, vibrant p r ogram that we hope to continue," she said. Likewise, St Margaret Mar y's Deputy Principal Alicia Boylan said the key to their successful program was providing oppor tunities for students to try a variety of both traditional and non- traditional spor ts. Winning approach to spor t ACTIVE AFTER HOURS: St Joseph students Maeve Delaney, Chloe Veras and Lili Higham play safely during out of school hours care.