Pupils sponsored ‘Pounding’ creates cacophony

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Castlehill pupils raised the roof with an ear-splitting sponsored fitness routine.

Last Thursday, Wee Toon Warrior, fitness trainer Fiona Irwin, introduced every child to the latest fitness fad which has swept America – ‘Pounding’.

Each primary year group was given a 20-minute session – to raise money for the PTA – in the school’s hall using ‘Pounding’ drumsticks, which are a super-sized green plastic version of the traditionally wooden item.

First up were the primary ones who soon learned to follow Mrs Irwin’s movements, including standing drumming the sticks together and sitting smashing them on the floor in rhythm.

The energetic actions were completed to a loud soundtrack which was soon drowned out by the enthusiastic children – unusually – creating as much noise as possible.

Mrs Irwin said: ‘I think Castlehill is the first school in Argyll and Bute to embrace ‘Pounding’.

‘The fitness regime was developed by two girls in the US who had started at the gym but found it boring.

‘The children find it attractive because they are allowed to vent out. We were told on the training day that often autistic children enjoy it because of the rhythms.’