SCHOOL IN LEAGUE WITH COMMUNITY
|MOUNTAIN Creek High School takes the old “you are a product of your environment” saying seriously.
Mountain Creek High School coach Nathan McGuire is overseeing the unique school program to make students better people and not follow in the footsteps of league bad boys. Brett Wortman
Story & Photo By : Mark Bode SUNSHINE COAST DAILY
In an age where rugby league players, and professional sportsmen and women in general, make headlines for all the wrong reasons, the school has followed the lead of professional sporting clubs by making community service an integral part of its league education program.
At a school where league is a subject, players from Years 8 to 12 will for the first time this year have to complete a community service component to get a pass mark from teachers.
That will involve taking part in two events, Clean Up Australia Day tomorrow and the Mooloolaba Triathlon later this month, where players will work in the baggage area.
The community service comes on top of the established skills and curriculum components of the program.
Year 11 and 12 players have also been asked to donate blood. Nathan McGuire, who coaches the Year 12 first team and the Year 8 side, is the man behind the program.
He was given the idea by his dad Danny, the Wide Bay Rugby League president. He said it was designed to create better players and better people.
“The players are encouraged to do more (community work) in their own time and think about the community that they live in and not be self-centred,” Mr McGuire said.
“He (his father) wants, like us, players to evolve as complete individuals, not just the rugby league side of things.”
Another facet of the program is social responsibility, which targets Year 12 players, teaching them how to act sensibly in a social setting.
Responsible alcohol consumption is the cornerstone of that laudable schooling endeavour.
Alexandra Headland Rotary Club is also involved with the program in a bid to get the players even more involved in the community.
Year 12 first team players Nathan Perez and Brett Doherty said the program had lots of merit.