Sunbury State School Year 5 students Amber Davey and Emily White have been keeping track of their class’s progress.
Sunbury State School Year 5 students Amber Davey and Emily White have been keeping track of their class’s progress. Megan Pope

Lacing up for learning

RUNNING around Australia is no easy task, let alone for a class of Year 5 students.

But students from Sunbury State School are determined to make their mark on the massive running task, even though they won't leave Maryborough during the challenge.

The Race Around Australia program combines different class topics such as sports and maths to encourage students to stay healthy and work on their problem-solving skills.

Each day the Year 5 students run laps around the oval for 10 minutes.

They then calculate their individual distance and add it to the class total before moving themselves across a map of Australia.

Sunbury State School teacher Trudy van Gerrisheim said the students were researching the towns they stopped at as they travelled around the country by foot.

"The best thing is the kids are setting individual goals," Ms van Gerrisheim said.

"Their maths skills and knowledge of Australia, especially smaller towns, has improved.

"It has also helped with their computer skills."

Student Emily White said the program had been fun and tiring.

"Our first stop was Gympie and we have stopped at small towns like Towrang," she said.

"I really enjoyed stopping at Newcastle - they had a good art gallery."

The class has already travelled more than 14,000km and hopes to reach Adelaide by the end of the year.



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