Pupils at Ellon’s Meiklemill Primary and Nursery schools enjoyed a ‘Health Week’ last week, which saw the pupils engage in a wide range of activities designed to help promote healthy lifestyles.
On Friday, pupils and staff came dressed as their favourite pop stars, as the school rocked to the sound of local band ‘Overload’. Earlier in the week, things were a little more sedate if no less energetic, as children had the chance to do jump rope skipping, fitness to music including Jai Ho and Zumba classes and an egg run technology challenge.
Throughout the week, children were encouraged to walk to school. There was also a big emphasis on healthy eating, with older pupils enjoying an ‘Eat Well’ plate game, healthy snacks being offered all week and nursery pupils harvesting crops and produce which they had grown over the summer.
Primary School Head Teacher Marlene Johnston said that the week had been a very enjoyable one for everybody, while carrying a valuable underlying lesson for the children about the importance of leading a healthy lifestyle.
“It’s been absolutely great fun this week for everyone at the school”, she said.
“One of the things we try to get across is that mental health is as important as physical health. Music has played a big part in our week for that reason, as it can help make you happy as well as encouraging you to get active, whether through exercise or dance.”