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Bourke High students take on lawn bowls

His smile says it all. Kruz Ryan (on right) with his very own bowling expert Aiden Orcher. Photo supplied

The upgrade to the Bourke Bowling Club is already paying off, with the Bourke High School introducing students to the joys of lawn bowls.

Head Teacher in Special Education at Bourke High School, Leisa Skein, said bowls was offered as a sports option to students who showed a genuine enthusiasm to give it a go.

Miss Skein said the students were keen participants and hoped the option would develop into something bigger, with Bourke High School forming a team to compete against other high schools in the region.

“When we offered bowls as an option, the students had to show an interest, we weren’t forcing it,” she said.

“The qualification to be part of it was that they attended classes, with the aim to cut back on truancy and improve school attendance.

“We capped the number able to participate at 12 and for the first two weeks we’ve been running it we have had eight students, which is great.

“We are lucky to have Aiden Orcher on staff because he is a talented at bowls and is doing the coaching, assisted by our new teacher Ben Jackson - who is also new to bowls, and I look after all the ‘duty-of-care’ side of things.

“We’ve been going for two weeks on Wednesdays and the kids are really enjoying themselves. […]

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