Little Ilford School works hard to instil the benefits of health and wellbeing into their students. Healthy Schools Week takes place once a year in January and then we have three additional Healthy Highlights feature days spread over the remainder of the year. As a result we have been accredited under the TFL Stars scheme at gold level for our promotion of more walking, cycling and use of public transport for school travel.
Healthy Schools Week 2020
This year the focus of Healthy Schools Week was to promote cycling and walking to school and to fundraise for new bikes for the girls’ Cycle Club. Throughout the week staff and students were encouraged to donate and participate in a range of lunchtime activities such as Guess the Fruit, Fruit and Veg Sampling, Staff v Staff and Staff v Students sports competitions, in order to raise some money towards the £300 target.
The catering team from Juniper worked hard throughout the week providing a special Healthy Schools Week Menu, a range of exotic fruit and some tasty vegan burgers and falafals for everyone to sample. The smoothie bike as always went down a treat, with our students putting in maximum pedal power to produce the delicious Hidden Veg and Tutti Frutti Smoothies. The Girls Only structured activities court set up on the MUGA by Miss Clark was a huge hit. KS3 girls had the opportunity to take part in a range of fun games and sports during lunchtime, burning energy, keeping active and having fun as well.
Highlights of the week were the cycling initiatives - Confident Cycle training delivered by Jeremy from Sustrans and Mr Broadbent in the playground. Attendance was amazing with both boys and girls enthusiastically completing the LIS Basic Cycle Proficiency Course and all participants will be awarded certificates.
The final activity was the the Sponsored Ride to Little Ilford Park on Friday, again led by Jeremy and Mr Broadbent which was a great success. As many as 16 students took to their bikes to complete sponsored laps of the park in order to raise funds. Students braved the cold and muddy conditions with some completing as many as 20 laps for the cause. We are currently half-way towards achieving our target of £300 with some sponsorship money still to be collected. The popularity of the Cycle Club here at Little Ilford is rapidly increasing and as we know, cycling can provide numerous benefits to health and wellbeing for all. Our campaign to raise funds for new bikes will continue.
Thank you to all who participated, contributed and supported Healthy Schools Week 2020.
Brooklyn in 8.7 was the winner of the design a "How to Keep Healthy" leaflet, pictured below:
Sustrans is a sustainable transport charity which promotes active travel and in particular cycling to school throughout the year. Some of the initiatives undertaken so far include:
- Girls Bike Club – Promoting more activity amongst teenage girls
- Bike Kit Sales – giving students and staff the opportunity to purchase essential equipment for their bikes at reasonable prices
- Dr Bike Sessions – Mechanics come into school offering free safety checks on student and staff bikes
- Ride to school – a healthy travel card is given to all students who ride to school which includes a free healthy breakfast
- Sponsored bike rides to Little Ilford Park
- BMX Bike ride – Trip to Olympic Park – reward trip for Youth Travel Ambassadors