Chartwells help make sports day one to remember for this Derby special school

A custom-built bike which uses pedal power to make nutritious smoothies was one of the highlights of St Giles School’s sports day.

Staff and pupils took to the school field as head teacher Clive Lawrence welcomed parents and carers into the annual event.

Youngsters from St Giles School in Derby enjoyed the Smoothie Bike, which was provided by catering company Chartwells. Penguin PR: public relations, media and communications

Youngsters took part a fancy dress race – where they had to put on various items of clothing over the 40m track - negotiated tricky hurdles and carried bean bags on a plastic tennis racket.

St Giles School, Derby’s only Special primary school, were helped by Year 8 and 9 pupils at Lees Brook Community School in Chaddesden.

The two schools have been working together for almost 20 years with St Giles providing leadership opportunities to pupils at Lees Brook from Year 7 through to their Post-16 Skills Academy.

Mr Lawrence was full of praise for staff at the school and the pupils from Lees Brook.

He said: “I am extremely proud of every child for their amazing efforts and the superb organisation from teachers Tom, Ollie, Becky, Sarah and Andy. We are also grateful to the Year 8 and 9 pupils from Lees Brook School for helping out.”

The smoothie bike provided a welcome pit stop for pupils – and staff – requiring rehydration.

The bike – which was brought into the school by catering company Chartwells – looks like any normal bike.

But, just above the front wheel, there is a gadget that holds a blender. The children fill this with fruit and juice of their choice and the blender is operated using pedal power.

Louise Tyrer, of Chartwells, said: “We regularly bring the bike into St Giles School and it’s always very popular.

“It’s a relatively new gadget for us; we’ve had it a few months now and it’s been a huge success. The Smoothie Bike is a great way to promote healthy eating.”




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