They ventured south to Engadine, west to Illawong, north to Taren Point, down to Kurnell and pretty much everywhere in between, with the Sharks visiting 16 local Sutherland Shire schools in all as a part of the NRL’s Community Carnival.
The entire Sharks NRL squad, including the likes of Paul Gallen, Todd Carney, Andrew Fifita and Luke Lewis, were joined by NRL Development officers in spreading the word and passing on important anti-bullying messages.
First stop was Cronulla High School, with Wade Graham and Sam Tagataese two of the players dropping by, while Como West Public School was the last destination on the schedule, with the small primary school enjoying a visit by new Sharks Daniel Holdsworth and Blake Ayshford later in the afternoon.
In between the Sharks managed to get to 14 other schools, 14 primary and two high schools, as they presented a specially-produced ‘Tackle Bullying’ program as designed by the NRL.
The response was overwhelming at all the schools visited. The Sharks were appreciative of the time and attention given to their appearances, with the students, as well as the teachers and schools, seemingly impressed by the content of the presentations.
Those schools who may have missed the Sharks and their Anti-Bullying presentation this time around can still arrange a visit sometime during the year by contacting Matt Tope at NRLD by emailing [email protected].
The Sharks will now visit more schools next week, this time in the Christchurch area when they venture to New Zealand ahead of the NRL Nines event in Auckland.
The Sharks thank the following schools for allowing them to visit and to present the ‘Tackle Bullying’ initiative.
Cronulla High School
Gymea High School
Como Public School
Taren Point Public School
Burraneer Bay Public School
Grays Point Public School
Illawong Public School
Engadine West Public School
St Catherine’s Laboure Primary School
Sutherland Public School
Oyster Bay Public School
Marton Public School
Kurnell Public School
Como West Public School