PUPILS have been as happy as hippos in mud as they embarked on an inspirational project.
Youngsters at St Luke’s CE Primary School, in Lowton, made hippos as part of the SUMO4Schools (Stop, Understand and Move On) programme which aims to raise aspirations and improve the emotional life of the children of Wigan.
The project, which started in schools across the borough last June, helps children and staff to deal with problems, overcome issues and look at life more positively.
The programme focused on the ethos – Hippo Time is OK – which helps children understand how setbacks affect them and how to recover from them, using the analogy of hippos wallowing in mud.
Steve Hardacre, deputy headteacher, said: “The principles have enabled our pupils to deal with problems in a much more effective manner, as they stop and reflect before they make hasty decisions.
“The children and staff have enjoyed the workshops and we would certainly recommend it to all schools.”
Gill Hodgkinson, a primary school teacher who set up the SUMO4Schools scheme, said: “Children start to believe that they can change their lives and be the best that they can be, relating better to people around them and dealing with obstacles in a positive way.”