Partnerships Newsletter for Schools


January 2018 Newsletter from Hertsmere Borough Council

What is happening in your schools borough?

The Partnerships and Community Engagement team want to let you, your colleagues, families and pupils know more about what is happening in the local area and how you can get involved.

If you want to know more about anything in this newsletter, then make sure to contact us at


Community news

Free CPR Awareness Session

Borehamwood Fire station now offer free CPR sessions for those who are looking to learn life-saving skills.

The sessions are delivered by the fire service and open to all those aged 13 years and above (children under 16 years old must be accompanied by an adult.)

The available dates are as follows:

  • Friday 11th Jan 14:30-16:00                    
  • Monday 21st Jan 19:00-20:30         

Future dates will be released soon for February, March and April. To keep-up-to-date with when these next sessions take place, email

Focus on

ParksHerts App

ParksHerts Picture

With over a hundred flagship parks in the county, there is so much more to see in Hertfordshire.

The ParksHerts website provides a single point of access for information about Hertfordshire’s parks and open spaces. The project aims to encourage residents to make more of their valuable local space and visit parks they may not have previously explored, whilst also supporting people to make getting outdoors part of their daily lives by finding places to enjoy and share with others.

ParksHerts users are able to filter parks by a number of categories – including who is going to the park, what activities you would like to do and the facilities offered. You will be encouraged to get active by using the wide range of walking, cycling, running and activity trails that exist across the county.

To find out more, visit the ParksHerts website. You can also like us on Facebook: facebook/ParksHerts, or follow us on twitter: @ParksHerts and Instagram: ParksHerts


Just Talk is back in 2019. Just Talk is a Hertfordshire Public Health campaign to encourage students to talk to a friend, family member or trusted adult if they are experiencing issues with their mental health.

Students can get involved with a film competition again for this campaign. If you would like to share this within your school then below is more about the competition details for the Just Talk film.

The campaign date for 2019 is 4th February to 10th February. Public Health have created a toolkit for schools and colleges for Years five -13:

It contains case studies and resources to help schools incorporate Just Talk into their curriculum and engage positive conversations about mental health.

Further details of Just Talk can also be found on


Take on The Daily Mile

Hertsmere Borough Council are supporting the Herts Sports Partnership to help every school have access to the daily mile. So what is the daily mile? it’s free, it does not need setting up or packing away and no training is required.  All children run or walk for 15 minutes every day in their uniform, so no changing is needed.  It’s social and fun, improves fitness and the children return to class ready to learn. 

To find out more about the benefits to your school and how to go about started, please contact Alex Varran: 

What's on

junior parkrun

Over 60 children between the ages of four-14 years old, plus their family members, come together and take part in a 2km run, jog or walk every Sunday at King George Recreation Ground in Bushey.

The event is free every week and could not be possible without the 22 volunteers that help set up, marshal the course and cheer on the children.

Parkrun are always looking to welcome more children to take part or any volunteers that want to help out. If you would like to find out more about the parkrun or how to get involved email: or visit:

junior parkrun volunteers

We Move She Moves

Our women and girls programme offers a range of activities for anyone 16+ years old to get involved with locally.

Whether it’s Yoga, trampolining, Aqua Zumba, learning to run or dancing, make sure to visit our website and find a class that could help you to get moving:


Inclusive Multi-Sports Club

A New Inclusive Multi-Sports Club has started in Borehamwood every Saturday Morning at Maxwell Park Community Centre.

This session is supported by Herts Disability Sports Foundation and welcomes children from ages 7-16 to come along and give a variety of sports a go! From 10.30am-11.30am they will be able to try archery, dancing, tennis and many more each week.

If you want to book your child a place, visit the Herts DSF website. Or contact to find out more about this club.

Muti-Sports Inclusive Club

Health tips

RED January

We are supporting our mental health this January by doing something active every single day. Do you want to take on the challenge too?

The mental health charity MIND is raising awareness of the benefits of physical activity on mental health. If you want to be part of the challenge and encourage yourself, students or family to get involved then make sure to sign up here to receive free resources to help you get started:

You could even incorporate this challenge with getting your school to take part in the Daily Mile every day.

RED January poster

Change 4 Life

From mid-January, most state-funded primary schools will receive free ‘sugar smart world’ packs for children to take home in their book bags. The packs feature a fun game and stickers to encourage children to spot higher-sugar food and drink and choose healthier everyday swaps.

There will also be new maths and literacy activities available to download on the School Zone. These exciting activities will get pupils counting and comparing how many sugar cubes are in some of their everyday foods as well as sharing stories and persuading others about healthier swaps with their new found sugar smart knowledge.

Subscribe to stay up-to-date with new teaching resources and the Change 4 Life expanding schools programme, which now covers secondary schools.

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