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meal options with the school's catering team.

Pupil Connor Dixon said: "We joined the club because we like gardening and this was a great opportunity to help our school. We also make the community around Roseberry aware of what we are doing.

"We hope to get them involved in our club so they can grow their own healthy produce at home."

WINNER PALLISTER PARK PRIMARY SCHOOL PALLISTER Park Primary is situated in one of the most deprived areas of Middlesbrough and has the town's highest percentage of free school dinners, an indicator of low-income families, at 65%.

Despite this, the school has achieved an "outstanding" rating from Ofsted in its last three inspections, with sport and health education described as "exemplary".

This grading was due to the wide variety of sports and activities the children are encouraged to participate in throughout the year.

The school caters for children of all abilities and encourages mass participation in sporting events, including fun runs, orienteering, athletics, cross country and triathlons.

It also promotes traditional team sports including hockey, football, netball, cricket and rugby, with a large number of children taking part in after-school clubs and school holiday programmes.

The school is also very proud of its links with sporting partners, including Middlesbrough Football Club and Grangetown Netball Club.

ROSEBERRY SPORTS AND COMMUNITY COLLEGE A TEACHER with an allotment became the inspiration for a successful horticultural project at Roseberry Sports and Community College in Chester-le-Street.

Called Roseberry Roots, the gardening club began in 2007 and has grown from strength to strength ever since. The students started with a simple plot for a few bedding plants, but due to the initiative's popularity they now have a fully-stocked shed, poly tunnel and an orchid.

The pupils grow a wide variety of fruit and vegetables, from pumpkins to parsnips and raspberries to cabbages, which are used by the kitchen staff for school dinners.

The young people have also formed the School Nutrition Action Group (SNAG), which meets once a month to plan their crop production and to discuss EDMONDSLEY PRIMARY SCHOOL A CARING and nurturing environment is encouraged throughout Edmondsley Primary School in County Durham to promote good physical, social and mental health.

The Year Six children are trained to become "Buddies" and take on responsibilities for looking out for the younger children at playtimes, to ensure no one is playing alone.

The school also runs a Wake and Shake initiative, which sees the pupils taking part in an extra hour of physical activity every week and is designed to make them alert and prepared for lessons. Teacher Pauline Ruddick said: "The school encourages a healthy attitude towards food choices. The children are made aware of Fair Trade ingredients and they are used whenever possible. The children grow fruit and vegetables from seeds.

"As an Eco School, the children understand the importance of a sustainable diet, the carbon footprints of food and why foods should be sourced locally."

In addition, Edmondsley has been awarded the National Healthy School award on two occasions.


SPORTY ETHOS Pallister Park Primary receives the Healthy School Award from Darren Thwaites, editor of the Evening Gazette CARING AND SHARING Edmondsley Primary School PLOT Roseberry Sports and Community College
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Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
Date:Jul 15, 2011
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