Research shows that extensive physical activity at younger ages can have a significant positive impact on brain development. Through physical activity, the brain receives more oxygen, which promotes brain cell growth. Physical activity has also been found to improve children’s concentration, self-esteem, stress management and memory. However, children and young people are not getting enough exercise, which means that the risk of welfare-related diseases is becoming more prevalent as they get older.
We therefore believe that health and sport should be central to young people’s lives for a number of reasons, including general well-being and good academic performance.
In our schools, we create good conditions for different types of activities that stimulate movement both at school and during leisure time.
- The school playgrounds are perfect for different types of physical challenges.
- Our teachers lead mini exercise sessions both during lessons and during breaks.
- The leisure part of the school day includes many teacher-led physical activities.
- In our preschools, teacher-led physical activities are carried out at least a couple of times a day.
- In our compulsory schools, we apply the “Fun Leader” concept, which means that a couple of pupils in each class receive leadership training and then lead different types of physical activities during school breaks.
- Step by step, we are developing cooperation with local clubs and associations to integrate the school day as much as possible with leisure time sports activities.
- Through our own kitchen – Raoul’s Restaurant – we ensure that our pupils receive tasty, nutritious food.