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Widney Manor earns its 'healthy award'

ORGANIC lettuce, carrots and strawberries are some of the fruit and veg that helped gain Widney Manor Junior School its Healthy Schools Status award.

ORGANIC lettuce, carrots and strawberries are some of the fruit and veg that helped gain Widney Manor Junior School its Healthy Schools Status award.

The National Healthy Schools Programme is a long-term initiative which supports the links between health, behaviour and achievement

The school in Clifton Crescent met all the criteria for the award, which includes physical activity, healthy eating, and emotional well being.

From cooks to teachers, the whole school community has been involved in the scheme which has seen vegetables being grown by pupils, to be used for school dinners.

Nothing goes to waste as all fruit and vegetable peelings are put into a composter.

As well as the growing area, parents, governors and teachers gave a makeover to an abandoned conservation area.

Also, the school worked on making playtimes more exciting using children as "playleaders" to lead activities including skipping, imagination games and football.

Deputy Head teacher Leon Chamberlain said: "We are extremely pleased to receive this award in recognition of all the hard work from our whole school community.

"The children love planting and harvesting food from the growing area and next year we are planning to extend our growing area."

 

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