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Dalby Forest Wellbeing Festival

23/06/2023 Top News

Risedale pupils have the most amazing day at the North Yorkshire Sport Wellbeing Festival.

A group of 40 pupils from Risedale School in Years 7, 8, and 9 went to Dalby Forest for the North Yorkshire Sport Wellbeing Festival on Thursday 22nd June.

The festival was enjoyed by over 400 pupils from across North Yorkshire taking part in activities such as archery, crafting, badminton, hula hooping and to top it all off taking part in a 2km forest course colour run.

The focus of the festival was promoting wellbeing and engaging pupils in activities they would not normally do to develop new skills and build confidence. The pupils were encouraged to try activities that were out of their comfort zones to build resilience and coping strategies.

Risedale School's Counsellor, Lisa Smith, was proud of her pupils saying,

"Our pupils were fantastic! They all worked together as a team and encouraged each other throughout the day."

The pupils also took part in mindfulness activities such as yoga and made badges and bracelets in the crafting tents. They rode recumbent bikes and took part in a Giant Jenga tournament – even beating the reigning Risedale Jenga Master, Miss Vizor! They also had the chance to listen to the international public speaker and former GB Olympic Swimmer James Kirton.

Head of PE at Risedale Miss Brierley said,

“The day was a huge success and our pupils did us proud! Thank you to all who took part, you were amazing!!!”

Teacher of Design and Technology, Miss Vizor, said,

“Wow!!! What an amazing day with the most fantastic group of pupils!!”


  • Mollie Thirlwell (Y9) “A really brilliant experience - it’s good for young people who just need a bit of a push in confidence!”
  • Chloe-Paige Frew-McGill (Y9) “I really enjoyed it. It was a good experience for everyone because there was no judgement - how can you when you’re covered in colours!"
  • Ava Mendham (Y7) “Whether you like sport or not, a colour run is great fun!”
  • Scarlet Thornton (Y7) “It was fun and colourful and I really enjoyed the archery.”
  • Beth Chape (Y7) “I loved being able to throw up our own colours into the air, it was fantastic!”