We are Pembury School Association (PSA) - a team of parents and teachers who love our school and want to make it even better! We work together to raise money to buy the things for our children that the school budget just can’t stretch to and make school days even more fun, healthy and enriching.
Our vision is to encourage Pembury School children to walk (or run, jog or skip!) a total of ½ million miles with their school friends, during their primary school journey - The Pembury School 1/2 Million Mile Challenge
If we are lucky enough to be awarded funding, we would use the money to:
- create an all-weather 'daily mile' fitness track, and
- a daily mile 'passport' for children to record their activity.
The all-weather fitness track would go around the school playing field and be accessible to all children (and teachers) all year round and will be used by all children to clock up a ‘daily mile’ of activity at different points during the day - this could include walking or running the track with a carer before and after school. The track will incorporate colour and distance markings to allow children to keep track of how far they have run.
Importantly the track will be available for use by children and their families before and after school - seeking to boost the health and wellbeing of our wider school community.
Each child’s miles will be logged in a digital passport, with the number of miles walked/run corresponding to a geographic equivalent and contributing to personal, class and school-wide targets.
The project will not only encourage a love of physical activity and increase the amount of exercise children are getting but have the added effect of exercise boosting their mental health and wellbeing and improving concentration. As part of their digital passport and using the daily mile track, children will be able to explore the mathematic concepts of distance, measurement and addition as well as exploring the parts of the world and geographic features they are ‘virtually’ travelling to.