Run To Rio
We are delighted to announce that our school will be participating in a county wide initiative called ‘Run to Rio’. Throughout the summer term, our pupils, along with many others across Surrey, will be challenging themselves to collectively walk or run the distance from Surrey to Rio to mark the 2016 Olympic Games.
Every pupil can choose to run, jog or simply walk around a track on the school grounds for 15 minutes each day. Collectively the school hopes to cover the 5700 miles to Rio. Each child’s distance will be recorded on the Golden Mile website at the end of each week so we can track the distance the school has covered as well as to monitor the progress that each individual child has made over the 12 week period.
Getting children moving an extra 15 minutes per day is proven to reduce obesity, improve pupil behaviour and well-being and increase concentration levels in the classroom. We hope that Run to Rio will prove a very beneficial initiative for the pupils of our school.
Pupils will receive certificates when they have reached certain milestones - 10 Miles (Bronze), 25 Miles (Silver) and 50 Miles (Gold).
We have measured out a 200 metre course around the playground and will be challenging children to complete as many laps as possible in their daily 15 minute slot. The children will not be changing into their PE kits for this but will be change into trainers or suitable PE shoes so please ensure your child has these in school every day.
Olympic Flame Relay - North Downs School Partnership
The whole school enjoyed a very exciting visit when 14 of our friends from Tadworth Primary School, 5 members of staff and the school dog delivered the North Downs School Partnership Olympic Torch. We lined the entrance way to cheer the runners in as they arrived and then congregated in the hall for the official handover. After a short discussion about the Olympic values and what the torch signifies we took over the stewardship of the torch for the following week. Tadworth School then shared a few words about the great spirit of friendship that exists between our two schools then finished the visit with a rousing rendition of Something Inside So Strong – a song which we felt reflected the Olympic Values of determination and courage and the resilience that we are trying to foster in all our pupils.
It was a lovely morning and we are all now really excited about the prospect of Rio 2016. Thoughout this term we are ‘Running to Rio’ with every child running a mile everyday to attempt to cover the total distance from Walton on the Hill Primary School to Rio - 5749.3799 miles / 9252.73 kilometres
Written by our Year 6 School Council Representatives