Pupils at St Albert the Great Primary School in Bennetts End took part in their annual Healthy Living Week – starting with a surprise visit from Hemel Hempstead Town FC captain Jordan Parkes.
The Tudors skipper took the Southern League Shield with him and spoke to the children during their launch assembly about the importance of education, fitness and demonstrating sporting values.
The 12 boys and girls at St Albert who currently play for Hemel Town Youth teams were delighted to be able to meet Jordan, ask him questions and pose for a photograph.
“They thoroughly enjoyed listening to Jordan and he was an inspiration to them” said the school’s PE subject leader, Melanie Lulham.
Other highlights of the week included coaching from Arsenal Soccer Schools, who also brought in the FA Cup trophy, which had been won the weekend before by Arsenal.
They also had badminton and Saracens cheerleading coaching and were able to watch a selection of dance performances from pupils at John F Kennedy Secondary School, who also led some dance workshops for the Year 6 children.
The children learnt about the importance of healthy eating and had opportunities to cook a variety of healthy recipes including Jamie Oliver’s Rainbow Salad. The successful week ended with a whole school sports day on the Friday.