LOCAL schools gathered together for a sunny day of fitness and fun at the Heathcote Sports Day.
Heathcote Primary School, Holy Rosary Primary School and Tooborac Primary School took part in the community athletics event.
With the three schools split into four mixed teams or “houses”, the event encouraged students, parents and teachers to network.
“It creates those connections which are so important in our small community,” Heathcote Primary School physical education co-ordinator Rhys Clayton said.
With Tooborac involved in the event for the first time, Mr Clayton hoped to see other local kids — such as the local home-school community — get involved.
He also hoped through the schools uniting, a substantial athletics team could be formed to take on tough competitors.
“I would love to see the kids from the McIvor district compete against Bendigo eventually,” he said.
“It can be demoralising as one school, whereas if we combined, we could take on some big schools.”
In the meantime, the Heathcote Sports Day will continue to provide a community day for our town.
“Combined school events like this show we’re all working together towards the same goal,” Mr Clayton said.
“To give local kids the best opportunities.”