NSW launches public-schools Invictus Games Education Project

Years 5 to 12 NSW public-school students will learn about military service, veterans’ health and what it means to live with a disability as part of an initiative helping to share the spirit of the Invictus Games.

FILE PHOTOAustralian Invictus Games 2017 team member Peter Arbuckle contests the ball during the wheelchair rugby bronze-medal play-off match against the United Stags during the Invictus Games in Toronto, Canada. The US team won. Photo by Leading Seaman Jason Tufrey.

NSW Minister for Veterans Affairs David Elliott today launched the Invictus Games Sydney 2018 Education Project at Baulkham Hills High School, along with Invictus Games Sydney 2018 CEO Patrick Kidd and 2018 Australian Invictus Games Team member Peter Arbuckle.

Mr Elliott said the Invictus Games was a unique opportunity to help students learn about inclusivity, mental and physical health and resilience.

“The games promote community service and encourage students to think deeply about the sacrifice that defence personnel make every day,” Mr Elliott said.

“This project is the first of its kind in Australia and it will give teachers an opportunity to offer a unique learning experience as we commemorate the Centenary of Anzac.”

The initiative will promote NSW syllabus outcomes, complementing the curriculum in various areas of study including PDHPE, English and history.

It also includes a new history resource aimed at deepening student appreciation of Australia’s military service.

Mr Kidd said he was looking forward to welcoming children from across the State to Invictus Games 2018 and he was thrilled this education project would live on beyond the games.

“The teaching materials talk to the nature of service within our community, the importance of being resilient and showcase the role which sport can play in supporting the recovery and rehabilitation of those who have been injured or become sick,” Mr Kidd said.

NSW Education Secretary Mark Scott said he was delighted to support the Invictus Games, which symbolise the courage and commitment of defence personnel.

“This initiative is an opportunity for students to access real-world, connected learning materials that will be available online for all schools across Australia and around the world,” Mr Scott said.

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