NEWARK Primary has yet another string to its bow - as archery goes on the menu at lunchtime.

Pupils at the Port Glasgow school are queuing up to take aim in the gym hall as part of a busy timetable of activities throughout the school week.

It is part of a determined effort to offer physical activity before, during and after school.

And now Newark has almost all of its pupils signing up for practice.

Principal teacher Joe Blyth, who co-ordinates PE, said: "We have had a huge increase in the numbers taking part.

"We have 420 pupils and we manage to get 80 per cent of them signing up.

"We notice a real difference in those who come along to the breakfast club and go into the gym hall.

"It sets them up for the day.

"It helps them with concentration and gets them ready for the day ahead."

The range of activities throughout the year and a partnership with Active Schools co-ordinator Ross Stewart is paying dividends.

They offer football, athletics and other favourites as well as introducing the primary school children to the likes of archery.

Mr Blyth added: "Archery was very popular and they picked it up well.

"We can't thank Ross enough for all the work he does with us."

Newark Primary is one of three local schools celebrating their Gold Sports Award.

Principal teacher Joe said: "This is a massive achievement for Newark Primary.

"We are committed to increasing physical activity for all our pupils."