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Healthy Living 2012

STUDENTS have been offered a taste of healthy living in a two week programme designed to challenge lifestyles.

Pupils at The King’s Academy, Coulby Newham, took part in a host of events aimed at promoting better health.

Cookery demonstrations showed how they could enjoy the taste of chicken nuggets but made from 100 per cent meat and baked in the oven rather than deep fried.

Students were encouraged to take the lifestyle messages hometo share with their families on special recipe cards.

There were also before and after-school fitness sessions, basketball matches, volleyball competitions, hockey games, a climbing wall, badminton, lunchtime healthy living stalls, hand massages and a Sixth Form first aid course.

A weekend camping trip allowed students to experience the great outdoors and there was a Zumba dance club, a football cage, smoothie stalls, quizzes and a disability cycle-athon.

Head of PE John Stewart said:

Being active and eating the right food are key elements to everyone’s future health.

But the healthy living fortnight has shown students that this can be great fun with meals every bit as tasty as convenience food.”

Student Jack Jeffery added:

I was surprised just how easy it was to make healthy food which tastes just as good but is a lot better for you.”

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King’s Students Experience Life in the Fast Lane!

On 10th October 2012, nine Year 11 GCSE Engineering students met in the reception area at 8.30am along with Mr Donnelly, Mr Weir, Mr Booth and Mr McGowan, all eager and ready to start their trip down to Norton Motorcycles at Donnington Park in the Midlands.

The group arrived at Norton Motorcycles at 12.00 noon, where they were met by Mark who was the mechanic genius and tour guide for the day. It was obvious from the start that this company was very passionate about two things; motorcycles and British manufacturing. The entire biking experience at Norton is created with these two obsessions in mind, irrespective of the cost and difficulty involved. In fact Norton Motorcycles only produce 1000 bikes a year. This company is not about the profit, it is about passion and quality, an extremely rare and refreshing quality in business.

During the day the students were introduced to the many bikes that the company design and the procedures involved in the workings of a bespoke and lower scale manufacturing system. The students saw the bikes being manufactured from concept to completion, knowledge they can use productively in their GCSE exam. The group even managed to get a chance to sit on the seat of a Commando 961 SE, much to the excitement of Mr Booth!

Mr Donnelly was very impressed with the structure of the learning experience:

The students had a really enjoyable day, not only did they learn how products are manufactured, but they also realised the importance of quality British Engineering”.

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