College jumps at program offer

Stawell Secondary College has accepted an offer from Basketball Victoria to work with Skene Street in a mentoring program.

Stawell Secondary College has welcomed a new JUMP program.

Stawell Secondary College has welcomed a new JUMP program.

The Junior United Mentoring Program (J.U.M.P.) is an exciting new integrated basketball program endorsed by School Sport Victoria.

Stawell Secondary College principal, Colin Axup said the program combines specialist school students and mainstream school students in a basketball environment.

"This is a seven week program and I am looking forward to seeing the positive results," he said.

Over the course of the term students complete either a Level 1 or Level 0 Coaching Course, a short course in refereeing and several joint training sessions where all students train together.

At the conclusion of the term both schools come together to play a round robin day run entirely by the students, including coaching, refereeing, scoring and playing.

The J.U.M.P. program aims to integrate students with intellectual disabilities with mainstream students on the basketball court.

The mainstream students take on a mentoring role, thus demonstrating and strengthening their leadership skills.

The program also aims to develop the confidence to work with people with disabilities and have a better understanding and awareness of disabilities.

It is expected that the specialist school students gain a feeling of importance and acceptance from integrating with mainstream students, develop their social skills, build self-esteem and increase their levels of physical activity.

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