Waimea Country School students from left, Blake Kirkpatrick, Kaze Mullen, and Iki Lincoln, mirror the yoga moves of instructor Kathryn Wiese of There’s No Place Like OM Yoga Studio during a physical education session. (PHOTO COURTESY OF WCS FOR NHN)
Michal Carrillo, of Lavaroots Performing Arts, front, leads second through sixth grade students in an impromptu dance at Waimea Country School while Master Drummer Fara Tolno (not shown) provides a beat. PHOTO COURTESY OF WCS FOR NHN
Rugby coach Derek Stuart runs drills with Waimea Country School student Xander Lai during a rugby unit in physical education. (PHOTO COURTESY OF WCS FOR NHN)
Waimea Country School is working with community partners to enhance their physical education program.
This fall, the school had help from rugby referee Derek Stuart, who assisted the second through fifth graders’ during their fall rugby unit. Kindergarten and first graders participated in “PedEd” sponsored by PATH and taught by John Simmerman. The 4 to 7 year olds learned important life skills involving street safety rules and traffic signs.
All of the students got to spend one of their physical education classes in the neighboring There’s No Place Like Om yoga studio with Kathryn Wiese trying out some basic yoga moves. Every student also had an opportunity to participate in an hour long West African dance session with Michal Carrillo, of Lavaroots Performing Arts, and master drummer Fara Tolno in the school’s backyard.
Last week, WCS students benefited from a health and nutrition class taught by Angela Wolfenberger. Nanci Mahoney, WCS physical education teacher, is planning additional physical education units with local coaches. If you would like to volunteer, contact Waimea Country School at 885-0067.