YOUNGSTERS at a South Tyneside school have won a vital lesson in healthy living – inspired by a visit to the borough’s new multi-million-pound leisure complex.
Year 1 pupils at Hadrian Primary School in South Shields enjoyed a sneak preview of the state-of-the-art Haven Point before it opened on Monday, to boost their efforts to stay fighting fit.
Forward-thinking staff at the Baring Street school organised the trip as part of a health drive, which has also included tips on diet, exercise and the importance of rest and sleep.
Council chiefs agreed to let the enthusiastic class take a tour of the new building the week before South Tyneside swimming star Nicole Lough became the first official customer.
After being wowed by the gym and pool facilities at the £16m Haven Point in Pier Parade, South Shields, the school decided to set up its own mini leisure centre – ‘Hadrian’s Point’.
They even had their own opening ceremony, with South Tyneside Mayor, Coun Ernest Gibson and Deputy Mayor, Coun Fay Cunningham dropping by to cut the ribbon before joining the class for a celebratory picnic.
The school also had a visit from Specsavers, which discussed the dangers of looking at the sun and gave children advice on what to do when they need glasses.
Hadrian’s Point is part of a role-playing area at the school, where children can take part in timed exercise challenges, while there is also space for a ‘healthy hut’ selling fruit, and a role-playing dentist and optician to help bring their learning to life.
The initiative has ensured that parents can be safe in the knowledge that their children are happy in mind and body.
The five and six-year-old pupils had a great time at Haven Point and are now putting what they learned into practice.
Scott Brown, headteacher at Hadrian Point Primary School, thanked the council for its help to support pupils’ health.
Mr Brown said: “The building of Haven Point within our local community has really sparked the interest of our children, so it naturally became part of their work on healthy living and lifestyles.
“Being able to actually visit the site whilst under construction has been a great learning experience for our children, and the Mayor opening our own ‘Hadrian Point’ was the icing on the cake!”