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The link between Pupil health and wellbeing and attainment:
Pupils with better health and wellbeing are more likely to achieve academically.
Effective social and emotional competencies are associated with greater health and wellbeing, and better achievement.
The culture, ethos and environment of a school influences the health and wellbeing of pupils and their readiness to learn.
A positive association exists between academic attainment and physical activity levels of pupils.
Physical activity has been linked to improved classroom behaviour across the whole school.

The Reality

Nearly a third of children aged 2 to 15 are overweight or obese.
Children from low income backgrounds are the worst affected (twice as likely to be affected by the age of 5, three times as likely by the age of 11)
Chief Medical Officer guidelines says that children should undertake at least 60 minutes and up to several hours of activity each day.
Approximately 75% of primary age children do not currently do the recommended 60 minutes of physical activity a day.
From Sept 2017 the sugar tax on soft drinks and sugary snacks will double the primary sports sports premium with more emphasis placed on what schools are doing towards the health and well being of pupils.
Whilst schools cannot possibly provide all of the solutions, they will be tasked with providing at least thirty minutes of vigorous physical activity in every school day.
A new healthy rating scheme for primary schools will be in place from September 2017

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Ribble Valley High 5 Competition


Thirteen schools attended this years High 5 competition at Clitheroe Grammar, the sun was shining and so was the talent! The teams played in a group stage first, it was evident that the standard of play by all the schools was very high. The top 2 teams from each group made it through to the semi finals, making it into the final in a very tense game was Whalley V St Marys Langho. The overall end results with a well deserved winning title was Whalley Primary. This team now qualify to represent the Ribble Valley at the Lancashire School Games. Well done to all the teams that took part!!

Girls Cricket

Four teams entered this years girls cricket competition, the event had to be held at Accrington Academy due to the weather conditions on the cricket pitches. The girls played fantastic, the winning team was Oakhill as the won all of their games. They now go through to play in the county final to represent the Ribble valley. In a close 2nd place was Benjamin Hargreaves, they will represent the Hyndburn at the county finals also. Well Done to both teams!!!

Tag Rugby

This year we held two tag rugby events the first being a festival to engage & introduce children to the sport of tag rugby. This Mega festival involved Rhyddings sports leaders delivering a circuit of activities that introduced the children to the sport, the children then got the opportunity to apply the skills learnt in some friendly tag rugby games against other teams.

The second event was also a festival but for the more experienced teams, many schools from Hyndburn and Ribble valley came along to the Clitheroe Rugby club. With the help of some Clitheroe Grammar sports leaders refereeing the games we organised friendly fixtures. The event was enjoyable displaying many a talented rugby players.

Ribble valley Year 4/5 Cricket

The Year 4/5 cricket competition had just St Michael & St John with 2 teams and Pendle with 1 team play for a county final place. Leaders from Clitheroe Grammar were fantastic at not only umpiring the cricket games but also perfecting the children cricket skills in a little mini cricket lesson. As the teams played each other it was clear from the off that Pendle had an outstanding team representing them. They then won all of their games confirming a place at the cricket county finals to represent the Ribble valley. All the children had a lovely morning playing cricket in the sun!

Animal Olympics

This years Hyndburn animal Olympics took place at Accrington Academy with the help of their sports leaders, and the Ribble Valley at Oakhill College with the help of their sports leaders also. The event was based around animal themed activity stations, the children had so much fun!! At each station the children had to do as many as possible, the scores were added up for a overall winner to be presented. Well done to the following 2 schools, St Annes & St Josephs as the winning Hyndburn school & Oakhill as the winning Ribble Valley school.


august, 2019

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