On Friday 27 September Mr Andrew Stephen, MP for Pendle, came to St. Joseph’s Primary School in Barnoldswick to officially open the school’s new ‘Mile a Day’ track. The whole school gathered together and Parish Priest, Canon Kevin Firth, blessed the track and read a prayer. Then all the children and staff joined hands around the track, before Mr Stephenson officially cut the red tape and announced the track as open. Then in celebration, everyone enjoyed completing a few circuits. The track has been funded from a variety of sources, including the ‘Friend’s of St. Josephs’, and Rolls Old Boys and also using some of the school’s sports funding. The new track is going to be used daily and aims to improve children’s health and well being. The children at St Joseph’s are really enjoying it and already showing increased stamina at running.
The school is extremely grateful to its local community and everyone who has helped raise the money to allow this track to be added to its facilities. Headteacher Mrs Wood said, “The ‘Mile a Day’ initiative is one I totally agree with and want to help all our pupils to understand the importance of looking after our bodies, both physically and mentally”.