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Fit and Healthy for Summer

23 April 2015

The warmer weather has been welcomed by everyone, not least the children who are delighted that they can happily play outside at break and lunchtime and then enjoy their evenings of bike riding, football and free play in their gardens or compounds. It is a great time of year for us all to think about being active and healthy and throughout this term at school we have lots of sports events to keep the children busy and active. 

Images from our sports days last year

Next week is our annual sports week and the children are already very excited about taking part in these fun days. Each child will have the chance to take part in a carousel of sports activities which will challenge their skills of running, jumping and throwing.

These sports days are a great opportunity for each child to try their best and show their sporting skills, but also a great opportunity for them to learn about team work and collaboration as they will be working in House Teams. Children need to come to these days ready for action – come to school in their PE kit and house t-shirt, bring a water bottle, sun cream, light healthy snacks and a sun hat. Parents are more than welcome to come along and watch the fun and cheer on the children from the sidelines. The times for each sports day are below.

  • Early Years Cubs     Monday 27           09:00-11.30
  • Year 1/2                       Monday 27           01:00-3:00
  • Years 3/4                     Tuesday 28          09:00-12.05
  • Year 5/6                        Wednesday 29   09:00-12.50

We also have our Fobisia U11 team training hard for their big tournament in Manila in mid-May and we are delighted with the positive attitudes and determination being shown by the students in their training sessions. Special thanks also to the parents who are supporting with this training and providing yummy breakfasts to entice the children to the early morning swim sessions.

Our Primary Food Committee have also been very active working in partnership with the school and SLETO to continually look at ways of ensuring that we provide healthy meals and a positive dining hall environment for all the children. Their work over the last year has led to lots of positive changes and there are more to come over this term and into next year:

  • Children now have access to a wide range of salads from the salad bar as a main course option as an alternative to the hot meal and all children have access to a side salad selection (3 choices per day) as an accompaniment to their hot meal.
  • The bread selection is now improved for both sandwiches and packed lunches and all packed lunches now come with a pot of fresh veg salad. We also have great new cooler boxes to take on school trips and to sporting events to ensure the lunches stay fresh.
  • We continue to work with staff and students about what constitutes a balanced meal, especially trying to stop the tendency for children to have excess amounts of carbohydrates (rice/potatoes/pasta/bread). The kitchen servers are being carefully monitored to ensure that children have a balanced meal on their plates.
  • As we move into summer, the menus will be a little lighter to reflect the hotter weather and where possible, the sauces will be served separate to the meat/fish to cater to the preferences of more children. The daily soup is also more accessible to encourage children to take up this starter option.
  • The children now have to remain in the dining hall for a fixed time, even when they have finished eating, to encourage them to take the time to eat well rather than rushing out early to play.
  • Over the coming weeks, we will be replacing the juice and sweet yogurt drinks with a water only offer at lunch time in the Early Years and Primary dining halls. This is in direct response to parental feedback in the food committee questionnaire (at the end of last year) and on-going requests from parents to withdraw these sweet options.
  • The Food Committee are also launching a new initiative where we will have a rota of parent helpers who will work alongside the BISS staff at lunchtimes to encourage good eating habits amongst the students. If you are interested in supporting this initiative, please speak with Sabrina Galasso - galasso.sabrina68@gmail.com" style="font-size: 1em; line-height: 1.5;">galasso.sabrina68@gmail.com

As always, we ask that parents help their children to understand about healthy eating and lifestyles and so ask that only healthy snacks are sent to school – no sweet drinks, sweets, chocolate or large bags of crisps or biscuits. Please also be reminded that we love celebrating birthdays at school but that only a birthday cake is allowed and we ask that no birthday bags, sweets or gifts are distributed at school. Thanks for your understanding and cooperation with this.

It is a great time of year for us all to think about getting fit and active so we do encourage you to inspire your children to be involved in active play and sport and to try to be good role models yourselves! We look forward to your parental support at sports days next week – you can even show your support by coming in House colours too!

- Niki Meehan, Head of Primary