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Picture Book Award winner
 Bishop’s Stortford College has announced the winner of the ninth Bishop’s Stortford Picture Book Award.
Following the voting in which
16 local schools took part: 3rd place; Dogger (the 40th anniversary edition) by Shirley Hughes. 2nd place; Kevin by Rob Biddulph. And the winner, voted favourite by 12 schools, Bathroom Boogie by Clare Foges and Al Murphy.
This is a second win for this partnership. Their previous book Kitchen Disco also won the Picture Book Award two years ago.
Martin Brown, illustrator of Horrible Histories announced
the winner after an hour in the company of the shortlisted authors and illustrators who introduced a cast of pigs, wolves, grannies, cats, frogs and a rather dim dog. The audience learned to draw Kevin, an imaginary friend and boogied on down to the Bathroom Boogie. Everyone had a whale of a time and are eagerly anticipating the 10th anniversary event.
Sixteen local schools in Hertfordshire and Essex took part and over three and a half thousand votes were cast. Any other local schools who wish to take part next year are invited to get in touch.
Maggie Garrett, Senior School Librarian said, “It was lovely
to meet local primary schools involved for the  rst time this year as well as the stalwarts who have been with us since day one. This event just keeps on growing, and the picture book choice just gets better and better too. We have some of the best illustrators and writers in the country coming to this event and it was great to see three previous winners returning.”
  Cruella lives
Cumnor House, Sussex, celebrated World Book Day when the whole school participated, both pupils and staff – with many dressing the part!
Getting more kids active and maximising potential in those who have talent
There are currently 7 million children aged between  ve and 15 years in England – and nearly four out of  ve of those children are not doing the recommended 60 minutes of daily exercise. Whilst others are showing real potential in their sporting achievements and could bene t from extra support to enable them to achieve their full potential in the future.
 Public Health England and ukactive are supporting a major exhibition and conference
aimed at physical activity and healthcare professionals to offer free advice on how to get more kids active and how to recognise and support grass roots sporting stars of the future. Elevate 2018 is completely free-to-attend and will be held at ExCeL London on Wednesday 9th and Thursday 10th May.
The conference sessions and seminars are aimed at physical activity providers, sports coaches and  tness experts in order to increase activity levels in children and teenagers, create more inclusive activities from grass roots and to help identify and support talented athletes.
There are over 200 speakers including BBC’s Dr Michael Mosley, Sport Relief coach Greg Whyte
OBE, ukactive Kids chairman Dean Horridge, Dr Mike Loosemore, Martine Verweij from Kids Run
Free and Dan Edwardes from Parkour Generations. Subjects covered include getting kids active at school, keeping teens active, driving participation for those with disabilities and maximising potential.
Maximising Potential
When you hear the word ‘performance’, the natural reaction is to think of elite athletes –
but everyone can bene t from enhanced performance, both in amateur sporting endeavours and everyday lives. Performance doesn’t just mean intense training designed
to shave milliseconds off a sprint time, or to boost endurance so you stay at the peak of your game throughout the entire 80 minutes of a rugby match. Of course, that’s part of it – but it’s also about reducing stress, helping students stay focused at their studies and fuelling day-to-day life through informed nutrition.
In a two-day programme of free- to-attend seminars the full range of performance will be covered -from the role of psychology and nutrition among elite athletes, through new innovations in personalised programming for maximum results; to the vital importance of sleep, meditation, nutrition and recovery in optimising everyone’s performance in their day-to-day lives.
A wide range of equipment and facility products will also be available within the international exhibition, from the latest gym equipment with new product launches from suppliers such as Matrix, Watt Bike and Concept 2, to play equipment, climbing walls and swimming pool anti- drowning technology. For those looking to invest in new gym facilities or renovations there
are also a wide range of facility providers from  ooring and acoustics to full range solutions from Willmott Dixon.
  Find out more and register for your free pass to attend online now at
Dr Michael Mosley
Prof Greg Whyte OBE
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