Dorset Newsdesk

New figures show 91% of children are not getting enough exercise

New figures from a YouGov poll released today (Monday 20 March 2017) show that less than one in 10 of the UK’s parents say their children get the recommended 60 minutes of physical activity a day.

The poll, carried out on behalf of Sustrans, UK walking and cycling charity, surveyed 1,370 parents of 5 to 16-year-olds about their children’s daily levels of physical activity.

Findings from the survey also showed that: 13% of respondents were concerned about their child’s weight; the number of children cycling the whole way to and from school is just 3%; more than 35% of parents say their children now travel to school by car.

Walking, scooting or cycling to school would help children get their recommended hour of physical activity a day and maintain a healthy weight.

The survey has been released to launch The Big Pedal 2017the UK’s biggest challenge to get more young people cycling and scooting to school.  The Big Pedal 2017, which runs from Monday 20 to Friday 31 March, will see more than 1,560 schools across the UK leave their cars at home and get on their bikes and scooters for their journeys to and from school. For more information about Sustrans visit http://www.sustrans.org.uk/our-services

 

New Library for Kingsleigh Primary School

Kingsleigh Primary School in Bournemouth have celebrated World Book Day in style, with the opening of their revamped school library. Helped by children’s TV character ‘Horrid Henry’, the two youngest and the two oldest pupils in the school assisted Head teacher Richard Gower in cutting the red ribbon to the new facility.

The revamp project was the brainchild of Assistant Head Teacher Holly Graff, who initially applied for a grant for books from Foyles. Spurred on by this, the school then rallied together to raise a further £10,000 via sponsored events and the PTA. New furniture, including tables, chairs and comfy seats, have created a fantastic new area for the children to enjoy, along with all the new books.

In addition to the main library, Kingsleigh have also created two more reading areas for their KS1 and KS2 children, again with new furniture and books.

The school is very proud of its approach to reading and literacy and sees the new library as an important space for children to develop. Holly Graff comments:

We are committed to promoting reading and literacy at Kingsleigh and we really wanted somewhere that matched our ambitions for all our children. This new library can now offer pupils a fabulous opportunity to just come and read. Seeing the children’s faces this morning when they first came in was brilliant.” 

Richard Gower, Head Teacher at Kingsleigh is thrilled with the new library, and comments:

So much hard work has gone into this project and to see it come to fruition, and the brilliant resource we now have, really does make all the effort worthwhile. Everyone, from the staff to the children and their parents, has helped to raise the money and we now look forward to them all enjoying this wonderful facility. At a time when many schools are having to close their libraries we are so proud to be able to open our new one.

Kingsleigh are also looking at the possibility of being able to open the Library during school holidays to the local community, so that children can come and borrow books out of term time.

 

New figures show 91% of children are not getting enough exercise

New figures from a YouGov poll released today (Monday 20 March 2017) show that less than one in 10 of the UK’s parents say their children get the recommended 60 minutes of physical activity a day.

The poll, carried out on behalf of Sustrans, UK walking and cycling charity, surveyed 1,370 parents of 5 to 16-year-olds about their children’s daily levels of physical activity.

Findings from the survey also showed that: 13% of respondents were concerned about their child’s weight; the number of children cycling the whole way to and from school is just 3%; more than 35% of parents say their children now travel to school by car.

Walking, scooting or cycling to school would help children get their recommended hour of physical activity a day and maintain a healthy weight.

The survey has been released to launch The Big Pedal 2017the UK’s biggest challenge to get more young people cycling and scooting to school.  The Big Pedal 2017, which runs from Monday 20 to Friday 31 March, will see more than 1,560 schools across the UK leave their cars at home and get on their bikes and scooters for their journeys to and from school. For more information about Sustrans visit http://www.sustrans.org.uk/our-services

 

Girls’ golf is rocking again in Dorset!  

Girls’ golf will be rocking again in Dorset with the successful return of the campaign to inspire new young players return in March. Girls Golf Rocks is all about attracting beginners to have fun, learn a new sport, get active and play alongside friends. Free girls’ taster sessions will be on offer at six centres across Dorset, followed by group coaching courses with PGA professionals, all supported by young ambassadors from the county squads.

This year’s taster sessions will take place at:

Bulbury Woods Golf Club on Saturday 18 March

The Wessex Golf Centre on Saturday 18 March

Sturminster Marshall Golf Club on Friday 24 March

Came Down Golf Club on Saturday 25 March 

Parkstone Golf Club on Saturday 25 March

Broadstone Golf Club on Saturday 8 April

For further information and to book your place  http://www.getintogolf.org/GGR

 

Are you wondering how the new child’s car seat rules affects you? 

As from 9 February 2017 new rules and regulations came into force which mean that manufacturers of car seats and booster cushions aren’t allowed to introduce new models of backless booster seats for children under 12 or shorter than 135cm.

Existing seats are not affected by these new rules

Parents are being encouraged to know the rules for using child’s car seats.  

Further information can be found here https://www.gov.uk/child-car-seats-the-rules

 

 

Oceanarium are offering HALF PRICE standard day tickets and 2017 Gold Memberships for local residents in March! 

Oceanarium, Bournemouth Aquarium are offering locals the opportunity to take a journey around the waters of the world.... right on their doorstep for just half the price throughout March!

From 1 to 31 March 2017, anyone living in the BH, DT, SO or SP postcode areas can take advantage and meet their aquatic neighbours including stunning sharks, mischievous otters, a cunning croc, menacing piranhas, mesmerizing jellyfish, colourful clownfish and a very cute colony of Humboldt penguins.

You will need to present proof of your BH, DT, SO or SP postcode, such as a driving licence or utility bill at Oceanarium from 1-31 March 2017,.

T&C’s apply. For further details  http://www.oceanarium.co.uk/ 

 

 

Weymouth SEA LIFE Adventure Park is on the hunt for a Captain of its brand new Caribbean Cove 

Weymouth SEA LIFE Adventure Park is on the lookout for a Captain and crew to preview its exciting new zone, Caribbean Cove. After a £500,000 investment, the world’s biggest aquarium chain has announced it is seeking applicants to spend the day enjoying Dorset’s largest outdoor adventure playground with their friends ahead of the public launch on Saturday April 8.

As Caribbean Cove’s official Playground Manager, the lucky winner will receive an annual pass and a GoPro Session, while their friends will have exclusive access to the exciting Galleon, Calypso Heights with three challenging towers and five fun slides, shark encounter, Canyon Bridge and the Oceanic Octopus Crawl Tunnel. The captain will also be tasked with return visits during the year to provide management decisions, ideas and feedback for upcoming events at Caribbean Cove. 

 According to Weymouth SEA LIFE Adventure Park, potential captains should “have a taste for adventure, a love for our underwater friends, and a passion for conservation.”

Interested children, aged between seven and 11, will have to impress Weymouth SEA LIFE Adventure Park’s own Junior Executive Board by answering four questions about why they deserve the position.  

•             Why would you like to be the Caribbean Cove Playground Manager?

•             What are you really good at?

•             How would your friends describe you?

•             Tell us why you would be the perfect candidate for the Caribbean Cove Playground Manager.

Competition entries should be sent to: slcweymouth@merlinentertainments.biz

Deadline for applications is Sunday March 12. 

There will be photos and video taken for publicity purposes and the winner will need to be accompaied by an adult or guardian. 

 

Dorset Scrapstore celebrates business success at The Factory 

Dorset Scrapstore is celebrating its first eight months of business at The Factory, its new location on Alder Hills in Poole. Dorset Scrapstore is a local charity that believes in a world where manufacturing waste doesn’t go to landfill but instead becomes a low-cost community resource for crafting and creativity.

The Scrapstore provides an ever-changing supply of clean, safe and often random making materials which have been kindly donated by local businesses.

The Dorset Scrapstore is now open from Tuesday to Friday from 11am – 5pm with extended hours until 7pm on Wednesday and Thursday. For information email vanessa@dorsetscrapstore.org.uk or call 07932 325193.

 

Have a Big Breakfast to help raise awareness of autism

Autism Wessex will be hosting their annual ‘Big Brekkie’ campaign in support of World Autism Awareness in April. ‘Big Brekkie’ is about raising awareness and funds in support of World Autism Awareness Day on 2 April by, quite simply, eating breakfast! Throughout April, the leading, regional charity is encouraging you to get involved by holding your own ‘Big Brekkie’ event. For all the latest information and to get involved visit www.bigbrekkie.org.uk

 

RHS School Gardeners of the Year 2017 

Applications are now open for the RHS School Gardeners of the Year 2017. There are three categories – Young School Gardener of the Year, School Gardening Champion of the Year and School Gardening Team of the Year. The closing date for applications is 5pm on Friday 28 April 2017. For details visit www.rhs.org.uk

 

The British Pea Industry in Nationwide Search for The UK’s Next Top Young Chef 

The Yes Peas! campaign is back for a second year and is inviting primary school children of any age up to Year Six to enter the ‘Little Pea Chef’ category. The competition aims to challenge budding young chefs to develop a healthy and delicious recipe which includes the Great British pea as star of the show. The top prize is cookery equipment worth £500 for the winning school. The competition will close for entries on 3 April 2017. Enter online at www.youngpeachef.co.uk

Save the date and put your thinking caps on! 

Wear A Hat Day is the UK’s premier brain tumour research fundraising event. Taking place on Friday 31 March 2017, which is the last day of Brain Tumour Awareness Month, schools and families across the country get involved to help raise funds for research into this devastating disease. Wear A Hat Day is a great way to show support and raise money for this research. Children and adults take part in days of hat-filled fundraising events. School children maximise their fundraising by selling exclusive hat-shaped pin badges. Register now at www.wearahatday.org and start planning your event.

Progress with Wessex Home Tuition

It’s half way through the academic year already! During this important term children make the most progress, building on what they have already learnt and discovering all kinds of new exciting topics. Keep their excitement and confidence going with support from a Tutor from Wessex Home Tuition. Understanding will be improved and progress developed with increased enjoyment and success. Visit www.wessexhometuition.co.uk and complete your details on the ‘Contact Us’ page to make arrangements for a Tutor to contact you.

Confidence is Key at the Poole Kumon Study Centre

The Poole Kumon Study Centre offers individualised, after-school maths and English study programmes, ensuring that your child studies at exactly the right level for their ability and giving them the confidence to realise their full potential. The Poole Kumon Study Centre is at Buckholme Towers School in Ashley Cross, and runs classes on Tuesday and Thursday evenings and Saturday mornings. For more information, contact Alex Gorringe on 01202 248302 or email pooleparkstone@kumoncentre.co.uk

 

Dorset Police Cyber-Crime Prevention Officer, Jake Moore writes:

Keep your child safe online and get their smartphone, tablet or gadget ready by:

  • Adding virus protection
  • Using safe search settings and tightening privacy settings on apps
  • Subscribing to your internet service provider’s broadband parental controls
  • Consider using parental controls on devices

Also, spend some time reminding them:

  • The people they speak to online may not be who they think they are
  • Never give out personal details online
  • Be careful who they add to their friends lists
  • Never send images to people they don’t know or that they wouldn’t want others to see

Get switched on to your child’s online world. Ask yourself: Do you know what your child is looking at? Who are they talking to? How long are they spending online? These are all questions that parents and carers should be asking on a regular basis.

To help keep your children safe online make sure you:

  • Talk to your children about what they do and use online
  • Allow access to the internet only from devices within the family space

If you ever have any concerns that a child is being groomed, exploited or abused, or if you suspect anyone is inappropriately contacting children online, report it immediately to the police via 101@dorset.pnn.police.uk, alternatively call 101, or call 999 in an emergency.

To find out how to keep your children safe online visit the Dorset Police website: dorset.police.uk/cybersafe

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                                                                                       

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