South Shields pupils on track for a healthier lifestyle

Happy youngsters cut the ribbon.
Happy youngsters cut the ribbon.

Youngsters at a South Tyneside school are putting their best feet forward for fitness.

Children at Monkton Infants School now have a new purple running track to get each day off to a flying start.

Celebrations at Monkton Infants School.

Celebrations at Monkton Infants School.

The pupils are celebrating the installation of the track, which was the brainchild of the School Council.

After collecting the views of the everyone in the school, it was decided to go ahead with the track, which is helping the South Shields school be part of the national ‘Daily Mile’ challenge.

Two school members from each class collected data from surveys and questionnaires regarding the design and implementation of the running track.

They decided to allocate a specific time each day for each class to complete their daily run.

All the children are thrilled and the school is looking forward to using this new facility for many years

Chrissy Hardy

Youngsters are being allowed to run at their own pace and being encouraged to complete one mile over the course of the school week.

The aim of the running track is not just to support the children’s physical fitness, but to improve concentration levels, mood, behaviour and general wellbeing of the pupils.

Monkton Infants is recognised as a Healthy School and is part of the South Tyneside Council Healthy Schools programme. The new running track will be one of the ways healthy living is promoted within the school.

Chrissy Hardy, from South Tyneside Council’s Public Health Team, which runs the Health Schools programme, said: “The running track project was initiated by members of the School Council, composed of representatives from each class.

Pupils on track to getting fit at Monkton Infant School.

Pupils on track to getting fit at Monkton Infant School.

“They worked hard to canvas pupils’ opinions as to colour and design of the track. The School Council members also performed the official opening ceremony.”

The running track was funded by the Sports and PE Premium and is able to be used in all weathers.

Ms Hardy added: “All of the children are thrilled and the school is looking forward to using this new facility for many years.”