Edgbaston school inspires pupils to get active
Pupils at a school in Edgbaston, on the Calthorpe Estate, have been inspired by British athlete, Amy Hillyard, as part of an innovative approach to promote an active lifestyle.
Norfolk House School, on Norfolk Road, invited the British Universities and Colleges Sport (BUCS) silver medalist to talk to pupils about her sporting journey. Discussing mindfulness, and the impact it can have on success, Amy also inspired the children to run for four miles along the Harborne Walkway.
The visit was organised by Inspired Through Sport, a charity that provides athletes with funding through their #givingback athlete support programme, and continues the school’s recent push to encourage its families to be active.
Norfolk House School recently launched ‘Walking Bus’, an initiative that aims to reduce congestion during the school run and promote exercise. Partnering with The Garden House on Hagley Road, parents can drop their children in the car park where Norfolk House staff will walk the pupils to school, teaching them about road safety.
Susannah Palmer, Headmistress at Norfolk House School, said: “We are thrilled to have launched our ‘Walking Bus’ initiative as we want to encourage our pupils to be active both inside and outside school. The scheme has been really popular – we have already seen less traffic around the school, and have heard great feedback from the children taking part.
“We also welcomed BUCS athlete Amy Hillyard to the school and learned about both her inspirational journey and the importance of mindfulness. Both the talk and the Walking Bus scheme are very important to our school as they link to our core values of encouraging a healthy mindset, resilience and determination.”
Nicki Gibberson, Head of Marketing at Calthorpe Estates added: “We are delighted to see Norfolk House School undertaking innovative initiatives, such as the ‘Walking Bus’. Not only does it encourage more of a healthy lifestyle, it also helps to build confidence, with Amy Hillyard there to encourage the school children it was certainly a day to remember.”
For more information on Norfolk House School, please visit: www.norfolkhouseschool.co.uk.