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  Sit Less, Move More! Sit Less, Move More!  

As I’m sure you are aware yesterday was World Physical Activity Day.  This coincides with more and more of our partner schools adopting the mantra of Sit Less, Move More! in a drive to reduce sedentary behaviour and increase physical activity levels amongst all pupils.

Over recent weeks children from many of our schools have been counting their steps in support of the BBC Radio Oxford Move It! campaign.  Pupils from Finmere, Glory Farm and Dr Radcliffe’s primary schools all feature in a specially choreographed ‘Move your Hair’ dance montage released online yesterday.  The video captures the fun and enjoyment that can be had simply by fitting more movement into our days.

St John’s Catholic Primary School have discovered their own way of staying active.  Pupils from Early Years through to Year 6 last week participated in the online Joe Wickes Body Coach Primary School Workout (photograph).  It proved so popular that they now plan to use it alongside other resources on a regular basis to help children achieve the recommended 60 minutes physical activity per day.

At the recent Bicester Healthy New Town school launch, several schools pledged to introduce The Daily Mile.  Some are planning to introduce a 20 minute run for all every day of the week, whilst others are beginning more gradually by introducing a run on one or two set days per week. Either way it is widely anticipated that the move will significantly boost the overall health and wellbeing of students as well as raise attainment and achievement.

Finally, many schools have already registered for this year’s Walk to School Week, 15-19th May 2017, attempting to reverse the decline in the number of children who currently walk to school and celebrating the benefits that walking brings.  If your school has not yet signed up the good news is that it’s not too late, you can still register and access promotional materials and school resource packs.

#TeamNorth Shine at Oxfordshire School Games   #TeamNorth Shine at Oxfordshire School Games  

We’re super proud of all the individuals, teams and schools that have represented #TeamNorth at the Oxfordshire School Games Spring Finals over the past week, including the fantastic young leaders from The Cooper School, North Oxfordshire Academy and Blessed George Napier School who between them umpired the Hockey and Netball, and delivered the Sports Hall Athletics.

In total #TeamNorth collected 12 GOLD, 10 SILVER and 11 BRONZE medals!

Well done to every member of #TeamNorth! Qualifying for the Oxfordshire School Games finals is a fantastic achievement – we’re looking forward to seeing more teams’ progress through to the Summer Finals!

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  Multiskills on Mass! Multiskills on Mass!  

During the last two weeks over 1,200 Key Stage 1 pupils have participated in one of eight multiskills festivals held at different venues across the Partnership.

Children have been treated to a wide range of fun and exciting skills challenges, relays, parachute games and much, much more.  Each event was designed to be fully inclusive allowing all participants to practise and development key fundamental movement skills.  Pupils were rewarded for displaying important School Games Values.

All of the festivals were delivered by teams of Young Leaders, with the Banbury Academy and Blessed George Napier events planned and delivered by a new Transition Leadership Academy team.

Motivation from UK Champion Mike Mullen   Motivation from UK Champion Mike Mullen  

UK BMX Champion Mike Mullen visited The Grange Community Primary School this week to talk to the children about how learning an extreme sport and taking risks can improve one’s mindset. Following his inspirational talk Mike performed a tricks display for the whole school before going on to lead a series of engaging practical workshops for different groups of children.

PE Coordinator Lucie Smith-Childs later said ‘Mike encouraged the children to never let an opportunity pass them by and never to be scared to take a risk.  All the Year 6 children took part in practical workshops where they were encouraged to try new skills and stunts. What an incredible experience!’

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  Primary Change4Life Clubs Primary Change4Life Clubs  

We now have an amazing 23 Primary Change4Life Clubs happening across North Oxfordshire, and since September 2016 these clubs have attracted 504 participants. Every club is different - running at different times of the day, offering different types of activities and focusing on different groups of children. At the heart of each one is engagement of the least active children and boosting their self-esteem and confidence.

Schools have hosted 26 level one festivals themselves, and 65 children from 7 schools came together earlier this term to experience an intra-school festival environment with fun games and activities.

42 young leaders, and previous club members, have also been trained as Change4Life Champions. They have been supporting the clubs, and sharing health and well-being messages with the whole school. Champions at Cropredy Primary School recently delivered a whole school assembly, sharing information with their peers about making healthy food choices and using the new sugar swap resources.

  Upcoming events
  15-11-2018 Banbury Area Y5/6 H5 Netball 09:45 - 12:15
  15-11-2018 Kidlington Cluster X-Country 12:15 - 14:15
  16-11-2018 NOSSP Tag Rugby Finals 12:30 - 15:00
  20-11-2018 Kidlington Cluster Swimming 09:00 - 10:30
  22-11-2018 BGN Family Year 2 Multi-skills Festival (1) 09:45 - 11:30
  22-11-2018 BGN Family Year 2 Multi-skills Festival (2) 12:45 - 14:30
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