Last year transporting students to venues and inviting traveling road shows into schools came to an abrupt halt.

Naomi Lindermeyer, Company Director at Kimberlin Education, says this has raised some big questions for teachers.

‘How has student engagement and connection to real-life learning been affected? How have abstract concepts (and even concrete ones for that matter) been brought to life? What opportunities do students have to consolidate their learning and ask questions of experts?’

The savvy teacher has jumped on the virtual classroom phenomenon. As a result, we've seen a significant rise in the number of teachers actively searching for curriculum linked, live streamed sessions that can support teaching and learning from the classroom.

The Be Your Greatest virtual classroom series for primary school students offers participants a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to interact with their athlete heroes while being inspired to stay active and eat well.

Created by teachers for teachers, these curriculum linked virtual classes are interactive and feature a live Q&A function whereby students can ask questions to their sporting heroes in real time!

Be Your Greatest presenter and teacher Katey Street says the sessions are great for encouraging active participation:

‘There is a constant stream of communication between the kitchen and the classroom, allowing students to be part of the action by discussing their ideas and experiences. Having their questions answered and setting challenges to be continued post-session keeps them constantly engaged.’

In the upcoming Term 2 series, Australian Paralympic and Olympic athletes will join Chef Matt Sinclair (MasterChef alumni) in the kitchen. Together, Matt and the athlete will whip up the athletes favourite pre or post event meal. Students will learn how elite athletes fuel their bodies and minds while learning how to prepare a delicious dish for their families at home.

With the Tokyo 2020 Games almost upon us, it’s the perfect time to inspire the next generation to Be Their Greatest.

In Term 1 Matt Sinclair teamed up with Olympian Emily Chalker and Paralympian’s Eliza Ault-Connell and Scott Reardon to create some delicious, easy-to-prepare and nutritious Beef meals.

‘I enjoyed being part of the VC as I got to share my approach to nutrition and cooking! As an elite athlete, I eat to fuel my body properly for each training session and it was great to answer the kid’s questions on this!’

Emily Chalker, Hockeyroo, 2020 Olympic Team

‘The virtual classroom is great fun to be a part of. I love how we can take this program to all of Australia, not just the kids in metro areas. As a country kid, we often missed out on programs like this but doing it virtually makes it accessible for almost all of Australia.’

Scott Reardon, Para-athlete, 2020 Paralympic Team

This term, the Be Your Greatest Virtual Classrooms series is back. Book now and inspire your students to Be Their Greatest!

Term 2, 2021 Sessions

11am and 2pm session each day (AEST)

  • 19th & 20th May
  • 16th & 17th June

Held live on Zoom - register here

Each virtual classroom is supported by downloadable, curriculum-linked resources that can be used pre or post session in the classroom. There are also plenty of student-friendly meals on the Australian Beef website that kids can make at home with their families...or at school if you’re feeling brave!

So let’s inspire every student to Be Their Greatest, come and join us in the kitchen and cheer on our athletes as they prepare for the Tokyo Games and one of the biggest challenges of their lives!

This virtual classroom series is sponsored by Australian Beef as the Official Team Partner of Australia’s 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Teams.