The eight girls from Our Lady’s, all studying Health & Social Care, undertook the task as part of the annual Stepping Up project organised by Inspire! This initiative challenges students to devise and deliver a project of benefit to their local community. The Our Lady’s group chose to combine healthy eating and sport because they have to produce a health promotion campaign as part of their course and the challenge coincided with Sport Relief.
Having met the children and their teachers earlier in the week to discuss ideas, the students kicked off their activities with a quiz about healthy eating before moving on to teach the dance routine. Two or three girls led each of three classes – Moscow, Innsbruck and Barcelona.
There was a break during which the girls served fruit and water to the children before the finale. This saw all three groups come together in the playground for a mega performance of the dance and song.
“We would like them to be our teachers every day because we like to dance and do PE,” said Wahida Rahman.
Each of the Our Lady’s students was allocated a specific role for the challenge – finances, resources, activities and publicity being some of the areas of responsibility.
“We had £60 out of which to buy the fruit and the shirts we are wearing because we all wanted to be in the red of Sport Relief,” said Megan McDonagh.
“Doing the dance with the children was best bit,” said Debbie Goncalves. “I want to be a teacher when I’m older and this has been a great opportunity.”
The project concluded on Friday 21 March with the girls making a presentation to Inspire! staff and business volunteers about their experience and what they have learned on the project.