I hope that you have had a relaxing and a celebratory Christmas break. Thank you to those who completed the parent survey last term. We found that ‘encouraging healthy lifestyles’ gained the lowest ranking in terms of how many felt that provision for this was good or better at Alderman White. As a result, I would like to explain a little bit more about everything that we do in school around healthy living and some new initiatives that we have planned.
Healthy Lifestyles encompasses physical fitness, mental health, emotional and social well-being and healthy eating. All these areas are covered in detail in assemblies and by the Personal, Social, Health and Education team, who deliver a comprehensive programme across all year groups. They regularly involve outside providers to ensure that we have up-to-date information for our students. Please see the long term plan overleaf that outlines the areas covered in every year group. In addition, the Science and Technology Faculties also teach topics around healthy living.
In December I invited Mrs Spiers, our canteen manager, to a meeting to discuss your concerns around food choices on offer at school. Please see this flyer which demonstrates what we have to offer on a three-weekly cycle. Mrs Spiers wishes to stress that the lunch time menu offers a balanced meal and there are lots of healthy choices. We are going to make some changes to our break time provision in school. Mrs Spiers has brought all the fruit and healthy snacks to the front of the counter and is making extra fruit pots with melon, strawberries, etc. She will buy fewer juices, milk shakes, and offer more bottled water. Water can also be accessed free from the fountains. We are looking at buying an extra fridge that will be stationed where the students queue, this will hold healthy options and so encourage healthy choices.
It would be very much appreciated if you could talk to your child/ren about the choices they make in terms of breakfast before they come to school – breakfast can be purchased in the hall from 8.15am every morning (some students are not eating any breakfast). Please also discuss with your child the food they choose at the canteen at break and lunch. You can see what your child/ren are purchasing from their on-line account. I personally had a good chat to my 14 year old son about this, as I found he was only eating a panini every day - he has since adjusted his diet!
As Mr Ault has now left us, we have appointed a new PE teacher, Mr Dier and our new Head of PE is Mr Warner. The team are now looking at provision and will be offering more extra-curricular activities, including a number of new sports and exercise opportunities over the coming months, including more competition between tutor groups, inter-school and county competitive sports. Please see social media, the newsletter and our website for up-dates. We recently installed a basketball net, which is being well used; Student Services hire out footballs at break and lunch and they have plans to install table tennis tables in the quad for use by all students, as well as utilise our garden for outdoor projects.
I would like to take this opportunity to say thank you for your continued support. Our students are a credit to our school – this is a result of your support and encouragement in the background. Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any more suggestions on living healthy lifestyles. Happy New Year!
Head of School