Strengthening School Connections: St Patrick's and Assumption College Unite Through Gaga Pit

Grade six students at St Patrick’s and Vocational Major, VM, students from Assumption College joined forces to construct a Gaga pit, showcasing the strong bond between the two schools. Learn how this collaborative project brought students together and created a fun and engaging space for children to enjoy. Explore the journey of how the idea for the pit came about and how it was brought to life through the dedication and hard work of the students. Discover the impact of this initiative on the unity and relationship between St Patrick's Primary School and Assumption College.

Building Bonds Through Gaga: A Collaborative Project

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Grade six students at St Patrick’s and Vocational Major, VM, students from Assumption College joined forces to construct a Gaga pit, showcasing the strong bond between the two schools.

The idea for the pit was first proposed by St Pats physical education teacher Nick McDermott, which was then put into motion by the VCAL students using leftover woodworking resources under the supervision of Assumption deputy principal and woodworking teacher Peter Augustin.

Working together on this collaborative project allowed the students to learn valuable teamwork and problem-solving skills, while also fostering a sense of unity and camaraderie between the two schools.

Gaga: A Game for All

Gaga is a variant of dodgeball that is played in an octagonal pit, with simple rules and fast-paced action creating a game that is easy for children to pick up and enjoy.

Unlike traditional dodgeball, Gaga promotes inclusivity as players can only hit the ball below the waist, ensuring a level playing field for participants of all ages and abilities.

By introducing Gaga to St Patrick's Primary School, the students now have a fun and engaging activity that promotes physical fitness, social interaction, and teamwork.

Taking Ownership: Year 11 Students Step Up

Started by now-departed Assumption students who undertook a Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning, VCAL, course and finished by current year 11 VM students, the Gaga pit was officially opened on November 28 and signalled a further strengthening of relationships between the two schools.

Assumption teacher Helen Perez, who was involved with the VM program to construct the pit, said she was proud to see the year 11 students finish what the previous year 12s had started.

By taking ownership of the project, the year 11 students not only showcased their skills and abilities but also demonstrated their commitment to their coursework and the betterment of their school community.

Building Relationships Through Collaboration

The project to build the Gaga pit served as a recognition of unity and journey between the two schools, St Patrick's Primary School and Assumption College.

While they are separate institutions, both schools share a Marist background, and this collaborative effort further strengthened their relationship by working together towards a common goal.

The success of the Gaga pit project showcases the power of collaboration and highlights the positive impact it can have on fostering connections within school communities.

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