Pupils' smoothie ride to healthy living

Barry And District News: Miss Smith, Healthy Living Week coordinator, Miss Smith uses pedal power to make a smoothie with the SmoothieBike Miss Smith, Healthy Living Week coordinator, Miss Smith uses pedal power to make a smoothie with the SmoothieBike

PUPILS at a Barry school fast-tracked their route to healthy living by climbing onto a smoothiebike (CORR) recently.

Barry Comprehensive pupils pedalled their way towards a fitness lifestyle for the sixth successive year by taking part in a wide range of activities promoting healthy eating, bodies, minds, relationships and – for the second time – a healthy planet.

Porthcawl-based charity Sustainable Wales introduced the wheeled transport with Marks & Spencer and Waitrose making fruit donations allowing 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.

Student parliament members sold fresh fruit with profits going to the Sustainable Wales charity. Year 7 pupils took part in practical emergency life-saving skills using the Heartstart programme and a successful inter-form dodge ball competition.

Normal lessons were replaced with extra sports activities such as karate, break dancing, dodge ball, basketball and mini-tennis, arranged by the school’s 5×60 officer Stefan Williams, in addition to 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.

Going Public Theatre Company delivered a theatre performance to Year 9 which highlighted issues and raised awareness of alcohol misuse.

Assemblies focused on healthy relationships, communities, bodies and minds with the Performing Arts faculty putting on a short play written and performed by students on the themes of bullying and body image.

School partners Vibe Experience, the Vale Youth Service’s C-Card Scheme and Show Racism the Red Card provided interactive sessions and a dentist checked out some year 7 and 8 students’ teeth.

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