Friends of Harlands Primary School who organised a fund-raising boot camp are, from the left, Julia Jones, Victoria Holmgren, Aimee Payne, Robyn Dunford, Wendy Lawrence, Sam Beard and Becky Gillet.

Harlands Primary School children sail through boot camp

Harlands Primary School and Ducklings Nursery children took part in a boot camp yesterday but this was all about fun rather than harsh discipline and they thoroughly enjoyed themselves.

They dribbled around obstacles using hockey sticks and pucks, hurled themselves around on a bouncy castle, tested their throwing and balancing skills and did exercises too.


Ready to show their dexterity with a hockey stick are some Year 5 pupils at Harlands Primary School.

Each activity lasted three minutes and the person most tested must have been Julia Jones who ran the boot camp style exercise corner. She worked out with the children each time.

All the helpers were members of the Friends of Harlands who organised the event as their first fund-raising activity of the school year 2016-17.


Boot camp exercise sessions lasted three minutes, so the person most tested was Julia Jones pictured here, who exercised with each class during the morning. She had a break during the afternoon.

The children, from nursery and reception through to Year 6, took part at different times during the day and sponsorship money raised will go towards new outdoor learning areas for the whole school.

Some classes already have outdoor learning areas and those will be revamped while new ones will be provided for those that don’t.


This group of Harlands Year 5s are ready to test their balancing skills.

Other fund-raising events coming up include the green token box at Waitrose during November, a Christmas party for children and an outdoor fair for adults on Friday, December 9, a quiz night at Ridgewood Village Hall on Saturday, March 4 and a summer fair next year too.


The bean bags being held by these Harlands Year 5 fund-raisers are to be thrown into hoops. With the children is Sam Beard, one of the Friends of Harlands, who helped organise a boot camp yesterday.

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