Oldham children saluted for staying active during lockdown

Date published: 15 July 2020

Alexandra Park has been just one of the Oldham schools whose work during lockdown was recognised through the School Games Virtual Award 2019/2020.

Throughout school closure, both children in and out of school have been encouraged to stay active through digital PE lessons, physical challenges, Beat The Teacher competitions and games to play at home.

Other schools that were recognised as having played their part were Greenacres, Richmond Academy, Littlemoor, Coppice Primary School, Higher Failsworth Primary School, Mills Hill School and Lyndhurst Primary. 

The Alexandra Park staff have been recording and sharing their success using the school Twitter page.

Key worker children in school have risen to the challenge, even setting some of their own challenges such as building an obstacle course for children to try at home. 

Mr Clarke, PE leader at the school, said: "It's not the platinum we wanted, but lovely to see that our use of Twitter and the #BeatTheTeacher_Oldham has been recognised across Oldham and Manchester and setting the path for other schools to follow.

"I'm really proud of Team Alex Park for stepping up to the challenges lockdown brought."

Overall, the school has an impressive sporting set of achievements, with Dodgeball and Football champions just the tip of the iceberg.

Every class this year has received high quality PE lessons from Oldham Athletic, as well as special sessions run by Manchester United. 

Samantha Nicholson-Hickling, PSHE leader, said: "Sport is an integral part of our life at Alexandra Park and plays a big part in keeping our children fit and healthy both in body and mind.

"We couldn't do all the amazing work we do without Mr Clarke.

"He puts it 200% for the children to make sure they get access to all the opportunities out there."

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