The Daily K
In 2019 we introduced The Daily K as part of our wellbeing programme. This is an adapted version of “The Daily Mile” whereby children go outside and run for 15 minutes before the start of the school day. It offers a time where all children and staff, from Preschool to Year 8, can come together to run or walk around the playgrounds. The intention is to improve wellbeing and physical fitness, and build community.
The SMILE team generously donated us a hefty boombox, which allows us to play music each day, adding to the fun atmosphere and keeping us all running!
Since we introduced The Daily K, we are seeing the spirit of St Mark’s shine through. Bigger children run with the younger ones, classes compete to run the most laps and staff get moving as they chat with their past and present students and their colleagues.
We also run themed days to build excitement and add incentives for great running.
Children receive a dot on their hand for each lap they complete. They are encouraged to improve on this as the weeks go on.
The class which completes the most laps on Monday gets to choose the music playlist for Tuesday.
Students and staff don their most ridiculous headwear for some mid-week fun.
The Daily K, not only allows us to start the day with more energy and a healthy burst of endorphins, but the opportunity for children and staff to connect each morning is truly wonderful.