Thursday, 19 March 2009

My colleague Shelagh Dixon, our Active Schools Development Officer, sent me this...

"Hi Chris, In your daily life of high level meeting and serious matters I suspect you value some moments of light relief. I know you enjoy watching / joining in with Wake Up and Shake Up, but to maintain interest, things have to move on.............. so, here are a couple of 'new' focus activities I am introducing in our primary schools. Through Leeds Time to Play and other input, some primary schools now have a Boogie Box; a portable music centre, and prompt cards for Hand Jiving and Cheer Leading. Also, to support 'Be Healthy Stay Safe Challenges' in the summer term, the focus training for staff this year is Circus Skills. These 4 twilight sessions will be run in April by Peanut the Clown, who I think you met very recently in a school and promise to be fun. Hopefully, you will see more of these creative and skilful activities engaging our pupils out in the playground . So, be prepared to re-live your youth and join in with hand jiving and maybe impress pupils and staff with long forgotten juggling skills ! The challenge is out there !! Kind regards, Shelagh."

It's great to hear about the developments Shelagh and her colleagues are bringing to schools. I can 'Wake Up and Shake Up', failed miserably with the hoola hooping but look forward to hand jiving and juggling.


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