Over 180 children from local primary schools attended a Wellbeing Day at the Elizabethan Academy as part of National World Health Day. The children enjoyed a wide range of activities throughout the day all linked to health and mindfulness.
The event, organised by Bev Fullwood (Extended Learning Coordinator for the Family of Schools), saw the children involved in a variety of activities, with topics ranging from self-esteem to the health dangers of sugary snacks. Pupils learnt how to combat stress through yoga and relaxation, and worked with England Basketball Coach James Oliver in the Change for Life Challenge Zone.
Although the activities were led by outside providers, a team of Year 10 Academy Leaders were on hand to help with the smooth running of the day. As always, their confidence and communication skills helped make Wellbeing Day a complete success.
In preparation for the day, pupils were asked to write a slogan to promote healthy lifestyles, with the lucky winners being presented with brand new bikes by Focus on Young People in Bassetlaw. The winning slogans "Be Healthy for Your Selfie" and "Don't be a Couch Potato, Be a Runner Bean" were created by Megan Dunlop from Carr Hill Primary School and Joseph Greensmith from Ranby Primary School. There were so many excellent entries that an additional ten runner up prizes were handed out at the event.
Bev Fullwood said “The Elizabethan Academy works closely with feeder primaries to support transition from primary to secondary.
"We have covered many different themes including community cohesion, equality and diversity. The Wellbeing Day was a great way to bring local services into learning environments and to reinforce the education already taking place in the primary schools. We were grateful to Focus on Young People in Bassetlaw for providing the bikes - they certainly motivated children to create some great health slogans."
Vice Principal at the Elizabethan, Jason White, who leads on transition from primary to secondary, said that the links with the feeder schools were particularly well developed. “Our students come to us from around 30 different primaries each year. Some of our feeders are very small, so coming to a school the size of the Elizabethan can be a bit daunting. Anything we can do to help students settle quickly is really important to us.”
The Elizabethan Academy Trust is an exempt charity and a company limited by guarantee, registered in England with Company Number 7964360 and has a registered office at Hallcroft Road, Retford, Notts. DN22 7PY