Galashiels Academy held a health and wellbeing day, which as well as having a serious theme, was hugely enjoyable.
As 2015 is the year of Food and Drink in Scotland, each team was given a name linked to local Border foods.
There were teams of 20 pupils from the cluster primary schools. Their names included Border Berries, Cheviot Lambs, Tweed Salmon and the Buccleuch Beefs, with the two winning teams being the Selkirk Bannocks and the Soor Plooms.
Workshops highlighted five key areas – friendship, teamwork, effort, resilience and fun. It was emphasised that health and wellbeing is about more than just physical wellbeing and that the social, mental and emotional aspects are just as important.
Workshops included CPR, team building, smoothie making, ‘you are what you eat’, oral health, internet safety, benchball and dance charades.
One of the highlights of the day was an inspirational speech from guest speaker and athlete Sammi Kinghorn.
Sammi was left paralysed from the waist down after a tragic accident on her parents’ farm a few years ago.
She talked openly about her reaction to this setback in her life and how she was determined to use this as motivation to achieve new goals in the future. She became involved in Para Wheelchair racing and through lots of hard work and determination she has excelled in the sport.
She competed for Scotland in last year’s Commonwealth Games and has also won a gold medal for Great Britain in the European Championships. It was fantastic to have a young female role model for all of the primary 7 pupils to aspire to.
Special thanks must go to Sammi and Gemma Scott, NHS Oral Health, Asda, Tesco, PC McIlroy, all of the pupil volunteers, all staff and Mr Rodwell who was the main organiser of the day.