Ysgol Tregib from Llandeilo in Camarthenshire are the winners of Design My Break 2011. An integral part of the winning entry was to create a points system which rewards students depending on how healthy their lunch choice is and what activities they take part in. Their design is a simple way to ensure that all students could participate and sustain their enthusiasm for healthy eating outside of school as well as during the mid-day break. They fully demonstrated the Olympic and Paralympic values and ensured their idea also incorporated emotional wellbeing as well as improving health through eating well and physical activity.
The team from Northern Ireland called themselves the Wynners. Amongst other ideas they plan to move the mid-day assembly to the start of school to give them more time for activities in the middle of they day and they want to create a quiet room where people can chill.
Called DSHS - Do Something Healthy at School - the school from the Midland's design included an outdoor adventure course including a trim trail along with a creative corner made up of a massive white canvas covering one wall and a rota for different groups to draw on it.
Pick and Activity and a Sport (PAAS) is the creation of this Scottish school. The main themes are high levels of enjoyment, promoting healthy eating and increasing activity levels. Part of their project is to create a vegetable orchestra which combines working with tools to make the instruments and being introduced to new fruit and vegetables.
Based in Southall in West London this group found that not many people enjoy their mid-day break. They are very keen to improve their playground with more colour, both in the playground and their menus, they also want to introduce more benches, more bins, more hoops and more activities.
The Green and Growing team from Cornwall included a Greenhouse Biome in their proposal and learned a lot from the Eden Project. The Biome would be run by students and it would not only be an extra activity but also promote healthy eating by providing fresh vegetables to the school canteen.
The Meridian Team from Greenwich found out that for some pupils at their school the mid-day break could be quite lonely and many couldn't wait for it to be over, they also felt the menu was boring and wanted to see more varied â€œstreet foodâ€ reflecting the multi ethnic ethos of the school.
The Tech-Eds from Shuttleworth College in Lancashire came up with their ideas at an after school club which was set up specifically to think creatively and enter any design competitions. They came up with an activity that 84% of Year 7 said they would like to be involved in and which works for everyone including the visually impaired and those in wheelchairs.