Schoolkids in Johnstone jingled all the way round their community as part of a festive walk.

Together with parents, teachers and Active Schools Co-ordinators Scott Graham and Senga McLeod, the pupils at St David’s Primary took part in their first Jingle Bell Mile – a festive version of the School Daily Mile.

Passers-by were treated to Christmas songs as the merry group made their way around the local streets.

Pupils have been tallying up the miles they walk since August, with the class that walks the longest distance receiving a special prize each month.

The whole school is aiming to walk the same distance from their school in Johnstone to another St David’s in Canada – a total distance of 2,100 miles.

Headteacher Linda Berry told The Gazette: “We invited all of our family members to join us for a festive walk around our local community, stopping a couple of times during the mile to sing Christmas songs and spread some cheer to people who were passing by.

“Our Jingle Bell Walk was a fundraiser for our school funds, as well as an opportunity for our wider community to join us in the Daily Mile.

“At St David’s, we take part in the Daily Mile as part of our focus on health and wellbeing. It is a great opportunity to promote a healthy lifestyle to all of our pupils.”

The School Daily Mile has been shown to improve interest in health and wellbeing as children grow up and even increase concentration and attainment levels in primary school.

Councillor Jim Paterson, Renfrewshire’s convener of education and children’s services, said: “Health and wellbeing is an important part of school life.”