Basketball-loving students at Neerigen Brook Primary School had a wild time on Wednesday when two Perth Wildcats visited the school to give them tips from the team at the top of the league.
Deputy Principal Trina Clayton, herself a passionate former player, said 30 eager students from Years 3 – 6 welcomed Jesse Wagstaff and TaShawn Thomas, having written a letter of application explaining why they wanted to be included.
“It was a great opportunity for them to apply the English skills they have been learning – there is nothing better than being able to show them how their learning applies to their life,” Ms Clayton said.
“We have a lot of students who love basketball and we decided that a three-on-three tournament at lunch times would be great fun.
“I emailed the Wildcats to see if they could support the student’s enthusiasm with a visit and was surprised when they replied with a yes.
“One student, Eli, was so excited by the visit he started writing his letter at home, finished it at school, put it in an envelope and hand delivered it to the office.
“In his letter he said, “I also play for the Seville Dragon’s basketball club and if I got chosen it would be great experience to get advice for my game.”
Ms Clayton – who has been involved in basketball since her teens as a player, coach, parent and Director and President of the WABL in 2010-12 – says the students had an amazing time.
“The students interviewed the Wildcats, asking questions about how much training they do and why they chose the Wildcats as their team,” Ms Clayton, who now coaches the Baldivis Venom, said.
“They loved learning new skills while having loads of fun.
“Jesse and TaShawn commented on how the students showed great listening skill, were very respectful and asked great questions.
“We can’t wait to have them visit again.”