Now in its 6th 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 second time – a healthy planet.
For the first time ever the school was lucky enough to have the use of a fantastic smoothie bike, kindly lent to us from Porthcawl based charity Sustainable Wales. Local supermarkets, Marks and Spencer and Waitrose, were extremely generous with fruit donations, which allowed the pupils to whizz up their own smoothies, while keeping fit at the same time! Martin Trew, one of the managers at Culverhouse Marks & Spencer, got involved with chopping fresh fruit and making smoothies, which the students really enjoyed.
Fresh fruit was also sold by members of the Student Parliament at break and lunch times and profits from fruit smoothie sales going to the Sustainable Wales charity. Year 7 took part in practical emergency life-saving skills using the Heartstart programme and a successful inter-form dodge ball competition took place too.
Normal lessons were replaced with extra sports activities such as karate, break dancing, dodge ball, 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.
Other activities included Wales Air Ambulance sharing the good work they provide across Wales, saving people’s lives, also Going Public Theatre Company delivered a theatre performance to Year 9 which highlighted issues and raised awareness of the misuse of alcohol.
Assemblies had a focus on healthy relationships, healthy communities, healthy bodies and healthy minds with the Faculty of Performing Arts putting on a short play 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, Vibe Experience, Vale Youth Service’s C-Card Scheme and Show Racism the Red Card. There was even a dentist on site to check some year 7 and 8 students’ teeth!
Photos by Scott Nelson