With the approach of the Olympic Games pupils at South Crosland C of E Junior School have been trying more sports. HAZEL ETTIENNE reports.
FORGET 2012 – the Olympics have come early to a village school!
South Crosland C of E Junior School is keen on keeping its pupils happy and healthy and staged a whole week of activities aimed at promoting that message.
The Fitness for Life Week at the Netherton school included a range of activities.
In the spirit of the Olympics each class took on the identity of a country including the USA, France, Greece, Japan, Mexico, Poland, Russia and Spain
And an Amazing Athlete Award recognised pupils with outstanding ability.
Head teacher Carolyn Booth said: “After receiving the Kirklees Health School Award we were keen at school to promote healthy minds and healthy bodies.
“Every academic year we have two off-timetable weeks, one with a more academic and one with an active theme.
“Our strong community links mean we have invited lots of people into school from a variety of sports organisations and we hope that many of our children will continue these activities outside the school timetable.”
As part of the school’s healthy ethos it has also devised a travel plan to encourage more children to walk to school with their parents.
An attractive and ornate wooden shelter has been created in the school grounds to offer shelter during the unpredictable Netherton weather before children go into school.
Planned activities during Fitness for Life Week included cricket, circus skills, orienteering, judo, bowling at nearby Netherton Conservative Bowling Club, swimming, badminton, football and planning a wheelchair walk route round the school area.
There was also cheerleading, smoothie making, dip tasting and workshops about keeping healthy and eating a balanced diet.
There was also a traditional race day with sack racing, egg and spoon and wheel-barrow racing.
The school has strong links with its local school community as well and for more than a year children from Castle Hill School at Newsome have been visiting and children from South Crosland making a weekly visit.
There are also links with Newsome High School and Sports College which benefit children in Year 6 who are moving on.
The week culminated with an Olympic parade, with each class carrying the flag of their country, along with a rendition of their national anthem.
Ms Booth added: “Our most recent Ofsted report praised our school for the outstanding personal development which is central to our success.
“We nurture our children and ensure that not only do they achieve good academic standards but they become complete citizens. Our aim is to educate the whole child.”