Theydon Bois Primary School

Orchard Drive, Epping, Essex, CM16 7DH

01992 813083

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Healthy Living Afternoon

On the afternoon of Tuesday 18th September the school hosted a Healthy Living Afternoon. We were joined by Aves Opticians from Epping, Upper Clapton Rugby Club, Epping Sports Centre, Essex Pharmacy Services and School Nurses. Children from year 1 to 6 visited the hall to find out how they can make their lives healthy. Everyone found out something new and there was great excitement and enthusiasm in the school hall. We were pleased to have parents joining us during the afternoon and after school to find out more about the services in the local area. We are very grateful for the support given by Aves, Ash Pandya from Essex Pharmaceutical Committee and our school nurses Maddie Poole and Tracy Sims in helping the school promote its healthy living afternoon.

The children found it fascinating to find out how the eye works. Several enjoyed trying to place a contact lens on a dummy eye whilst others tried out tests to find out how good their sight is. Awareness was raised in the importance of having regular eye checks to ensure that everyone can see properly.

Many pupils were interested in the training sessions held by Upper Clapton Rugby Club. They cater for boys and girls from the age of 5 and help develop skills and team work. Games are played to develop skills including hand-eye co-ordination. Initially they learn tag rugby where the aim is to pull coloured tags off a belt worn by the opposing team.

Epping Sports Centre held a competition to win an Everyone Active bag. The feely boxes were a great hit and several children correctly identified the fruits contained inside the boxes. The representatives explained about the different activities that adults and children can join in and their presentation proved very popular.

Ash Pandya from Essex Pharmaceutical Committee highlighted the dangers of mistaking tablets for sweets. The children quickly identified smarties and jelly beans but thought many brightly coloured tablets were sweets. Ash was also able to explain that Essex pharmacies now offer a wide range of services previously only offered by GPs.

Two of our school nurses, Maddie Poole and Tracy Sims, showed us how to prevent headlice. The magnified picture of an adult louse proved to be fascinating to young and adults alike. Information sheets were available to assist parents in how to treat cases of headlice.

Altogether we had an enjoyable and informative afternoon.