Despite not being in school on our lovely pitches, we remain positive in our approach to exercise during lockdown. The FettesFit initiative was introduced during the first lockdown and has been expanded this time around. Ms Wilcox and Miss Wood have joined Mr Mill and Mrs Fletcher to provide a broader range of opportunities to keep fit and healthy at home.
FettesFit has helped our pupils be up and ready for the start of each day of Learning from Home. Pupils can take part in three live PE lessons a week which so far have covered gymnastics and health and fitness. The sessions are designed to be challenging but fun and are always varied. They have included our own take on popular games such as snakes and ladders and Monopoly and included favourite characters, with the Harry Potter session being particularly memorable! There are also daily pre-recorded videos that pupils can access and complete at a time that suits them and their families. During half term, our pupils had access to daily virtual, live games sessions where they were able to brush up on their rugby, hockey, netball, and all-round fitness skills.
Two additional sporting initiatives have also kept us busy this term. One was inspired by Rory’s ambition to run a marathon for Child Bereavement UK’s ‘Jog On January.’ CBUK supported Rory and his family following the loss of his daddy and not only did Rory complete the marathon with time to spare, but to date he has also raised the incredible sum of £19,143.72 in the process. In support of Rory, three other pupils completed the marathon mileage in January, so congratulations also go to Angus, Archie and Simon for their tremendous efforts.
In February we launched the running, walking, and cycling ‘Class Distance Challenge’. Despite the tricky conditions, with plenty of cold, snowy, and icy weather, many of our Prep pupils have donned their trainers or have been out on their bikes and have racked up some extremely impressive mileage; the grand total currently stands at 1,132 miles.
One of our very keen athletes, Dashka, has continued her impressive form during lockdown, coming 3rd equal in Scotland U13 girls in Scottish Athletics’ ‘Lindsays Virtual Road Challenge’ IV race and ran for East District again in the same race. The East team came second overall.
We are all keeping our fingers crossed that we will be back in school again soon and having worked so hard on our fitness and skills we are looking forward to playing together.