The penultimate week of the Easter term saw exciting developments at St John Fisher Catholic College, Newcastle under Lyme, as it welcomed its local Bee Active sports crew to officially launch its new outdoor gym equipment.
Local MP, Aaron Bell, visited the school on Friday, 26th March to officially open the facilities and to see for himself the positive developments that the college is taking to improve the fitness and overall wellbeing of its learners.
Year 7 and 8 classes all enjoyed a bespoke one-hour circuit training session. During this they explored each of the 16 outdoor gym stations as well as taking part in some mini competitions, generally having lots of fun.
Callum believes in exercise as a route to mental and physical wellbeing and knows first-hand the impact that exercise can have on a young person. Promoting fitness strengthens concentration, energy and focus for the rest of the day.
The outdoor gym machines, which allow 27 people to exercise at the same time, complement the school’s recent walk-a-mile track. The equipment was purchased through the Government’s Covid-19 Catch-Up funding.
Head of School, Mr Murray, said “This Government grant affords our school a unique opportunity to ensure that we can undertake a project that is creative but also with sustainable impact following the pandemic.
“This project will benefit not just the current learners in building upon our school culture of wellbeing, but also future generations.”
Being situated in Newcastle Under Lyme and with a diverse and wide-ranging catchment area, the school was eager to implement a sustainable project that would focus on health and overall wellbeing as well as bringing fun and something different to the school.
Overall fitness, wellbeing and mental health is a key priority for the school, both in terms of the learners as well as the staff.
The children certainly enjoyed using the new equipment. Bertie Evans in Year 8 said: “It will be really good having these stations to use at break and lunch as they will help with concentration as we return to lessons”, while Harry Hughes, also in Year 8, said: “They help to you get fit and it’s so good to be outside again after being in front of a screen for so long.”
Year 7 Chloe Grice said simply that she “loved it” after her Bee Active session on the new equipment.
Picture: St John Fisher Catholic College pupils with the new outdoor gym.