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Healthy school award is down to playground mile

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WALKING a mile a day around the playground is one of the initiatives that has helped Hautes Capelles Primary School achieve its Guernsey Healthy Schools Award.

Lady Corder, on the left of the photograph, the wife of Lt-Governor Vice-Admiral Sir Ian Corder, joined one of Hautes Capelles Primary School’s mile playground walks when she went to present it with the Guernsey Healthy Schools Award. (Picture by Adrian Miller, 20351159)

The school is only the second to get the award, which recognises practices that support young people’s health and wellbeing.

Head teacher Sue Coughlin said the school had looked at healthy eating and had introduced the idea of pupils walking a mile each morning in the playground, as well as setting up support groups for children with anxieties and encouraging young people to have more of a voice about what happens at the school.

‘It is a very holistic approach to health and wellbeing,’ she said.

The one-mile walk around the playground started this term, with the Year 6s trialling the idea last week and the whole school starting this week.

The mile is made up of four circuits of the junior playground or eight circuits of the infants’ one.

Mrs Coughlin said she had noticed real benefits in the children doing the walk.

Full story in today's Guernsey Press

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