With the holidays fast approaching, you may have started planning some trips to the beach, where your children will be able to enjoy the open water for a swim or paddle, especially as our swimming pools all remain closed for the time being. The Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) would usually visit schools at this time, and also patrol the areas you are likely to visit, however the opportunities for both are fewer this year because of Covid-19. So instead they have sent us some excellent resources which we are sharing with you here https://rnli.org/youth-education/water-safety-from-home.
The most important thing you can teach your child is how to FLOAT – this will help save their life if they should fall into open water, or get into trouble while playing in the water. A video showing children how to float is here https://rnli.org/pages/beach2020. You will shortly find age-appropriate resources to reinforce the message on the KS1 and KS2 Sport pages. We hope these resources will help keep our children safe while they are enjoying their well-deserved summer holidays.
Inspired by the work of the NHS and fundraising stories in the news, we are sharing a fitness based project across all three schools to try and raise some money for Medway Hospital to support their Covid-19 response.
Our aim is that, on the 9th May, in their own home or garden, or as part of their permitted daily exercise, our community runs, jogs or walks at least 500 miles in total to raise at least £500 for Medway Hospital.
Click here to see how you can get involved.
Mrs Allen, Mrs Bailey, Mrs Bass, Mrs Byrne, Mrs Cobley, Mrs Davies, Mrs Flain, Mr Fright, Mrs Grogan, Mrs Hambelton, Mrs Hayward, Miss Hetterley, Mrs Hofer, Mrs Ivory, Mrs Johnson, Miss Joughin, Mrs Kelly, Mrs Kirby, Mr & Mrs Lewis, Mrs Liddle, Miss Lynch, Mr Macdonald, Mrs Marie, Mrs Mason, Miss Millard, Mrs Millward, Miss Orr, Mr Presneill, Mrs Price, Mrs Pugsley, Miss Ralph, Miss Staples, Ms Stewart, Miss Thomas, Mrs Tindall, Mr Waghorne, Mrs Waterman, Miss White and Mrs White are taking part.
Some are walking, some are running, to complete a variety of distances from 5k to 10k or perhaps more.
Thank you to all our wonderful families and friends who took part in this challenge on Saturday. We contributed 431 miles towards the Trust total and together have raised over £4000. Fantastic!
A word about PE
Whilst the debate might rage about whether 'PE with Joe' is really PE, there is no doubt that keeping physically active is the vital foundation for healthy living and staying mentally strong in these challenging times.
Daily exercise is one of the few things we are permitted to do, and it's a great way for households to bond.
On the next two pages, you'll see that we have pointed you to different resources suitable for your Key Stage.
In time, we will post about PE and School Sport - but for now, use these ideas to stay physically active and 'fit for life'.
Stay home, stay safe and take your daily exercise respecting the social distancing rules - we'll see you back at school soon.