Our aim is to provide an all-weather path to optimise the space and land available around our school grounds to ensure that all pupils and members of the local community are able to participate in their Daily Mile Challenge. The project is costed at £13,000. We have applied for a grant from the Aviva Community Fund for £10,000 and are seeking extra funds to extend the path further for a 200 meter track.
The Parent Council at Newmains Primary School is passionate about supporting and enhancing our children’s education, their health and wellbeing. Part of our focus is to fundraise to help provide for goods and services that cannot be afforded through the school budget.
Newmains Primary School is located in Renfrew, Scotland. We have 373 pupils attending our school. The school has recently been awarded a 'Sport Scotland Gold School Sport Award'. This is in recognition of the school's achievement in putting sport at the heart of the school, increasing children's opportunities and engagement in physical education and to provide a life-long participation in sport.
The Daily Mile is a physical activity programme made popular by a school in Stirling in 2012 and is promoted by the Scottish government. The aim is that every pupil within class time will run/walk outside for 15 minutes (~ 1 mile). Newmains children have been participating for over a year, and its one of their favourite parts of the day, as the fresh air and exercise allows them to socialise and return to the class more focused. Unfortunately, we are up against the Scottish weather and water-logged grass areas within our school grounds making it slippy and unsafe. As a result children have to run on concrete which results in more accidents, a shorter / uninspiring daily mile run and wet feet from numerous puddles!
The impact of The Daily Mile/15 minutes of daily exercise will improve the health and well-being of our children. Research has shown that the Daily Mile challenge reduces anxiety and stress levels resulting in happier children. Greater concentrations is evident in class and children are invigorated, more focused and ready to learn! Teachers have also noted an improvement in concentration and behaviour on returning to class.
With the increasing rates of childhood obesity in Scotland improving daily fitness and energy levels will help reduce this risk of obesity. This will also improve the longer health term outcomes reducing the risk of developing adverse medical conditions during childhood and beyond into adulthood.
The school has a weekly running club which benefits the children physically, socially and mentally. We want to hold a parent and child run/walk session around our path at least every term to encourage parental participation.
This path will also be accessible to any other community running group extending the opportunities to improve the health and well being of our wider community. The school has a large community involvement with YMCA Play Makers (who work with children after school to develop outdoor play), After School Club (would access the track for running and games) and Active School Club (would be able to access for warm up and cool down during training sessions).
The school has close intergenerational links with Renfrew Care Home and with residents of Monkdyke House sheltered housing . This helps to challenge the negative stereotyping surrounding age and enables older residents to get involved within their local community. This path will be used to extend this intergenerational work within the older community and take this outdoors. Socialising with our children whilst walking around our path will help keep our elderly community fit whilst reducing their feelings of loneliness
As parents we want to improve the health and well being of our children and the wider community in Renfrew for this and many years to come. What ever the weather this simple path will reach out to our pupils and so many communities leading to a healthier and happy life style for many people. Please get behind us firstly by voting for our project and secondly donating to our project, any donation no matter how small will be appreciated.