Box­ing champ at health week in St Colum­bkille’s

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Mur­ray Spooner

An am­a­teur Scottish box­ing cham­pion vis­ited a Ruther­glen school to kick start their health week.

Shahz­man Parnez re­turned to his for­mer school to host a se­ries of box­ing classes for pri­maries one to seven at St Colum­bkille’s on Mon­day, June 19.

The 12-year-old, who now at­tends Trin­ity High, joined coach Archie Durie to teach the pupils about their re­spec­tive sport.

Pupils were also able to take part in other ac­tive ses­sions in­clud­ing gym­nas­tics, vol­ley­ball and shinty.

But as well as try­ing their hand at phys­i­cal ex­er­cises, a men­tal health nurse taught pupils about the im­por­tance of telling some­one about the dis­or­der.

Class teacher and health and well­be­ing co-or­di­na­tor at the school, Chloe Toal, ex­plained:“It was great to have Shahz­man back at the school.

“He is a good role model and it was good for the chil­dren to see what he has achieved so far.

“It gave the chil­dren the op­por­tu­nity to try dif­fer­ent sports that they may not have got the op­por­tu­nity to do out­side of school.

“And it helped en­cour­age them to maybe take them on out­side the school.

“When we think of health when we’re younger we im­me­di­ately think of fit­ness but it’s also about men­tal health as well.

“We had a men­tal health nurse in to talk to the older kids about how to spot it and we had a nurse who taught the chil­dren how to do mas­sages.

“The health week was ben­e­fi­cial for the chil­dren who got to try the dif­fer­ent sports.

“But it was also teach­ing them about a healthy diet, re­spect­ing their body and oth­ers.”

Ms Toal added:“We had a sports day last week, or­gan­ised by teacher Michael Mur­phy. Liz Ar­buckle from Asda To­ry­glen pro­vided every child with a fresh fruit af­ter the event.

“Karen from Tesco Burn­side also brought in dif­fer­ent types of fruit for the chil­dren to try as part of their five-a-day.”

Sports day Pupils over­came some hur­dles in what was a suc­cess­ful day of ac­tiv­i­ties

Na­cho cheese Chil­dren tuck into to some healthy snacks

Great ef­fort A P7 pupil was the win­ner of the sports mas­cot de­sign com­pe­ti­tion

Good job The sports day win­ning team and their cer­tifi­cates

Healthy lunch Pupils en­joyed a visit from War­b­u­ton’s

Fast feet The sprint chal­lenge win­ners

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