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One of our Pembury Pupils Tilly Angus took part in the children’s parliament event.

“I would like to thank the hundreds of Child MP’s that participated in the Children’s Parliament event in May. We were so pleased with its success and thoroughly enjoyed hearing the opinions of the next generation, who will indeed be making the future decisions for our country.”Peter Spencer-Lane M.Ed. B.Sc. C.Ed (Champion and Headmaster – Saint Pierre School)

Please see the following link for the executive summary of all the discussions that took place:

We have plans to arrange our next event in October 2022, which is possibly going to be held live in the Houses of Parliament. 

Kind regards,

Over the summer holidays we had a running track fitted which all the children are using throughout the school day. 

Physical activity has been associated with a wide range of physical health, mental health and learning benefits in children and young people and is central to developing positive health outcomes from birth such as:

  • increased health and fitness
  • increased muscle and bone strength
  • healthy weight maintenance
  • improved sleep
  • improved psychological and mental wellbeing (including positive self-esteem and lower levels of anxiety and stress)
  • enhanced confidence and social skills
  • enhanced co-ordination
  • improved concentration and learning 

(Department of Health. Start Active, Stay Active: A report on physical activity from the four home countries’ Chief Medical Officers [Internet]. London; 2011. Available from: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/start-active-stay-active-a-report-on-physicalactivity-from-the-four-home-countries-chief-medical-officers)

Evidence suggests that many of the benefits of physical activity are likely to track or carry forward into adulthood (1), thus the school years represent an important period of preparation for a lifetime of health and wellbeing.

There is also a rapidly growing evidence base to support the co-benefits of physical activity to education, such as the beneficial effect of physical activity on maths performance (2) as well as contributing to children’s ability to benefit from good quality teaching and achieving their full academic potential. (3)

References

  1. Telama R, Yang X, Leskinen E, Kankaanpaa A, Hirvensalo M, Tammelin T, et al.
    Tracking of Physical Activity from Early Childhood through Youth into Adulthood. Med Sci
    Sport Exerc [Internet]. 2014 May [cited 2015 May 14];46(5):955–62. Available from: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24121247
  2. Singh AS, Saliasi E, van den Berg V, Uijtdewilligen L, de Groot RHM, Jolles J, et al.
    Effects of physical activity interventions on cognitive and academic performance in children and adolescents: a novel combination of a systematic review and recommendations from an expert panel. Br J Sports Med [Internet]. 2019
  3. Public Health England. What Works in Schools and Colleges to Increase Physical Activity?? A briefing for head teachers,college principals, staff working in education settings ,directors of public health and wider partners About Public Health England.
    2015;(October). Available from: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/what-worksin-schools-to-increase-physical-activity-briefing
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