IT’S THE FOUR Rs: Reading, ’riting, ’rithmetic . . . and restaurants! School tops health project
PUPILS at Park Junior School in Wellingborough are bouncing with health – and that, as the saying goes, is official!
They have been celebrating becoming the first school in Northamptonshire to be recognised as fulfilling all the assessment criteria within the Healthier Child Project – which aims to combat childhood obesity.
On their menu/curriculum are lessons in healthy eating, cooking and ‘restaurant days’ – there’s even an after-school cookery club!
And, last week, staff, pupils and special guests, including the director of Public Health, Dr Akeem Ali, and the Mayor of Wellingborough, attended a special assembly to celebrate this unique achievement.
Reacting to the Government’s focus on improving the wellbeing of young people, the Healthier Child Project was formed in September 2014 by the county council, Northamptonshire Healthcare Foundation Trust and Northamptonshire Sport.
Now in its second year, the project has 124 schools on board, all working towards a series of assessment criteria.
Park Junior School embedded healthy eating, physical activity and mental health/wellbeing across the school. Key successes include the running of themed ‘restaurant days’ throughout the school year, for which new cooking equipment was purchased. This is also used for cooking classes in school as well as a Parent and Child Cooking after-school club with links to local businesses.
Linked in with the healthy eating ethos is the Change4Life Club that the school has established in order to engage less active children each week in a range of fun activities.
Jenny May, deputy head at Park Junior School, said: “Our school is always striving to get across the message of how important a healthy lifestyle is and we have been very successful already in the exercise aspect of this. We are now encouraging children to eat healthily and produce healthy food especially through cooking skills.”
Pictured above – EATING ETHOS: Pupils and staff join the Mayor of Wellingborough Barry Graves, county councillor Matthew Golby and director of Public Health Dr Akeem Ali, plus representatives from the groups promoting healthier eating in Northamptonshire schools, to celebrate Park Juniors’ unique achievement.