Kids enjoy the great out­doors

Cathkin pupils get fit and have fun

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Strat­ton Wil­liams

School pupils en­joyed some out­door learn­ing, get­ting fit and hav­ing fun – all at the same time.

For four weeks, from early Oc­to­ber, seven pupils from Cathkin High’s Ad­di­tional Sup­port Needs ( ASN) unit took part in a new health walk­ing project set up by Friends of Holmhills Wood Com­mu­nity Park.

The scheme was sup­ported by Get Walk­ing La­nark­shire and Paths for All.

The aim was to ed­u­cate pupils about the ben­e­fits of walk­ing, get­ting fit­ter and health­ier while learn­ing what the park has to of­fer.

They en­joyed the bug ho­tel, pond life, the for­est school wood­land area and pick­ing and en­joy­ing ap­ples, rasp­ber­ries and black­ber­ries.

Teacher Mr McGowan of Cathkin High said: “We mea­sured the dis­tance walked, and over the four-week pe­riod, the pupils cov­ered seven miles, which pro­duced many ben­e­fits, in­clud­ing an in­crease in their fit­ness lev­els.

“The pupils thor­oughly en­joyed the ex­pe­ri­ence.”

To keep en­ergy lev­els up with all the ex­er­cise and fresh air, pupils were pro­vided with snacks by Friends of Holmhills Wood Com­mu­nity Park.

The pupils were ac­com­pa­nied by Jo­hann Duffy from Get Walk­ing La­nark­shire; and Paths for All kindly do­nated walk­ing waist­bags with wa­ter bot­tles and ‘I love walk­ing’ badges and pens.

Michelle Farmer, chair of Friends of Holmhills Wood Com­mu­nity Park who ini­ti­ated the project and ac­com­pa­nied the walks, said: “This is a great ex­am­ple of how we can get more ap­pre­ci­a­tion of what Holmhills Wood Com­mu­nity Park has to of­fer.

“We hope that the Health Walks project can be de­vel­oped fur­ther within the school to en­cour­age far more pupils into walk­ing to school and around their lo­cal area.

“The pupils from the ASN unit will de­velop their learn­ing in the spring term in an Out­door Learn­ing Ini­tia­tive.”

Out and about

Cathkin High School ASN pupils took part in a new health walk­ing project

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