Now in its 5th year, the annual Healthy Living Week at Barry Comprehensive School has become established as a focal point of the spring term calendar with students and staff taking part in a wide range of activities promoting healthy eating, healthy bodies, healthy minds, healthy relationships and – for the first time this year – a healthy planet.
Fresh fruit was sold by members of the Student Parliament at break and lunch times and over 200 students took part in a marathon dodgeball competition with entry fee and profits from fruit sales going to the British Heart Foundation. This charity was chosen as they provide the training and resources which help our team deliver practical emergency life-saving skills to the whole of year 7 each year through our on-going commitment to the Heartstart programme.
Normal lessons were replaced with extra sports activities such as karate, dodgeball, basketball and mini-tennis, all arranged by the school’s 5×60 officer Stefan Williams, in addition to the full schedule of extra-curricular sporting activities at break and lunchtime.
Assemblies had a focus on healthy relationships, healthy communities, healthy bodies and healthy minds with the Faculty of Performing arts putting on short plays written and performed by students on the themes of bullying and body image. Continuing these topics were interactive and exciting sessions provided by our partners at Communities First, Vibe Experience, Vale Catering, Vale Youth Service’s C-Card Scheme and Show Racism the Red Card. There was even a dentist on site to check year 7 students’ teeth!
As well as these extra activities, lessons in subjects across the whole curriculum had a healthy living flavour, whether it was learning about the Roman diet in History, giving a speech on healthy living in English or finding out about the benefits of Buddhist meditation in RS. The canteen staff got involved too, using the week to promote their new even healthier menu which complies with the government’s Appetite for Life scheme.
Students have also been keeping Healthy Living Logbooks to make sure their healthy choices continued on into half term. The two students from each form who have made the most effort to improve their lifestyle can now look forward to a reward trip to Cardiff Pool later in the term. Many thanks to staff, students and all our visitors for helping to make the week such an overwhelming success.