healthy-children-playingHello and welcome to a new school year! At Houghton, the physical and mental health and wellbeing of every member of our school (staff, pupils and parents) is incredibly important to us. Last year was a very successful year for physical fitness and health at Houghton.

We are incredibly proud to have been  awarded the ‘School Games Mark Gold Award’ for the second year in a row in recognition of our delivery of school sports and competition, the number of children who participate and the opportunities that we afford all children in the school. We were the first school in Carlisle to be awarded Gold level and we are delighted to have maintained it.

The School Games Mark is a Government led awards scheme launched in 2012 to reward schools for their commitment to the development of competition across their school and into the community.

The ‘Activate Healthy Schools’ programme was delivered to all children across both Key Stages by Carlisle SPAAF (whose website is available opposite for more information) alongside our class teachers. The programme was designed to ensure that all children have the knowledge and understanding to lead a life-long healthy, active lifestyle. The programme was a huge success and the feedback from the children (and parents) really positive. The children learned to read food labels accurately, about the importance of hydration, all about hidden salts, sugars and fats, and what a healthy balanced diet contains.


sports-shoesThanks to the staff and coaches, we were able to offer a wide range of active after school clubs over the year, including: Rounders, Netball, Multi-skills, Gymnastics, Athletics, Year 2/3 Football, Year 4/5/6 Football, Tag-Rugby, Tri-Golf and fencing! Hopefully, the children all found something they could enjoy! We are proud to say that last year nearly every child participated at least once in a sporting event outside of school and we participated in a record number of sporting competitions. These included a large percentage of the Carlisle School Games competitions, which can lead to regional and national competitions. We were incredibly proud of our Year 3/4 Hockey team, who progressed through to the county School Games finals! Some of the competitions and sports the children participated in outside of school included: High-Five Netball; Cross-country Running; Sport’s Hall Athletics; In-door Cricket; Rock-Climbing; Sands Centre 5-a-side; Boys 6-aside; Yr 3/4 Bob-Simmonds Football 7 a-side; Quick-Sticks Hockey; Tri-Golf; Orienteering; Girls and boys Kwik Cricket; and Tennis!

During this academic year, our main priority across the school will be to promote and encourage everyone to understand and recognise the importance of good mental health. It is crucial that the whole school community understands how fundamental good mental health is towards leading a quality, healthy life. To help the children learn about mental health, particularly in recognising their own feelings and emotions, along with strategies to deal with different situations, we will be delivering a programme called the ‘My-Way-Code’.The programme will be delivered to all children across the school over the course of 2016/17. More information, and a report from some Year 6 children, can be found on this and Rowan Class page.

We now have a qualified Mental Health First-Aider in school, Mr Stewart. The primary role of a Mental Health First-Aider is to support and guide the school community in seeking professional support when needed.

If you have any suggestions on how we can improve the health and wellbeing of Houghton School, or any suggestions for an active after school club we may be able to offer (or if you are interested in running one yourself!), please do come and see me.


Mr Johnston

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