Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldog's stars Raymond Faitala-Mariner and Christian Crichton were present to share messages of perseverance during a visit to St Mary's Catholic Primary School, Georges Hall.
Each term the primary school embraces a specific focus to help students learn and carry life long skills into their future. Next term’s focus is on having grit towards their learning and approach to life.
Every athlete needs to show grit in order to succeed and the Bulldogs are certainly a club that shows grit and determination in all that they do.
St Mary's Catholic Primary teacher Kate Kennedy was grateful to have Bulldog's pair Faitala-Mariner and Crichton in attendance to engage with the school's pupils.
"The Bulldogs are a perfect example of perseverance, and being able to try, even when things get tough," Kennedy said.
"We thought that them coming down today would be a great example of that for our school."
There was anticipation amongst the school playground, she added.
"The kids were very excited, they have driven us crazy all week knowing that they were coming."
The literacy coordinator said the physical presence of Faitala-Mariner and Crichton made a difference to their mental attitude and their approach to persevering through challenges.
St Mary's Catholic Primary student James showed plenty of excitement during the Bulldog's visit.
"My wish was to get a signature, see them and talk to them. I'm really happy that I can finally see them at my school," he said.