January news from the Sports Partnership

A quiet start to the month competition wise, but we started with a bang with training opportunities for teachers. Tag rugby was on offer on the first week back, closely followed by an active numeracy course aimed at KS1 and 2 which was delivered by Denise May MBE. This was really well attended and the following day we were lucky enough to have Denise deliver another course, this time to our PE leads in school. An excellent first two weeks providing lots of opportunities for our primary staff to develop their knowledge and understanding and hopefully take it back into schools and disseminate across the rest of the staff.

Sports partnership January news 1Our first competition was a newly introduced festival which was based around handball. With the massive success we as The Purbeck School have had over the last year, including getting our Year 10 boys team to the National School Games final and having a number of students being selected for the county team, culminating this week in finding out that one of these boys (Mikey Davies) has been selected to play in the national development squad, we felt it would be a great idea to introduce it into the competition calendar with the help of one of the local development officers help.

Sports partnership January news 2This year we are delivering a new course to Year 12 where students have to organise a competition or festival from scratch and deliver it to the younger pupils. The handball festival was the first of those festivals and this time it was the turn of Sasha Altham and Tom Berry. Luckily both these students are highly skilled in organisation and delivery and they did a fantastic job of sorting out all areas of the festival including training up peers to lead sessions.

Each school was assigned a leader and they led them through about an hour of skills using a variety of drills to develop the pupil’s knowledge and understanding of the game. As always these leaders did a fabulous job, and this time I really did feel a little redundant as everything had been arranged for me. Luckily I didn’t have to worry about my reputation plummeting as they did me proud.

Sports partnership January news 3Next the schools played a round robin of games putting those new found skills into practice. A thoroughly enjoyable afternoon was had by all and hopefully we have sparked a new interest for some in a developing sport. Anyone that is interested in developing these skills further please contact Pheonix handball club in Poole.

The final competition of January was the Cross Country. With the potential of having 400 Year 4-6 pupils competing there’s always a niggle in my mind that something will go disastrously wrong; after all it only takes one child to go the wrong way or start a race without anyone knowing and everyone follows them and causes a catastrophe. You think I am joking…

Sports partnership January news 4Anyway this year was no different; it was great to see so many Year 4, 5 and 6 students competing, and they were so enthusiastic to do it. The weather didn’t disappoint as usual, and it was freezing – two hours standing out on a cold astro is never anyone’s idea of fun!

Fortunately all 3 races went off well, no false starts and no extra races this year. All pupils performed outstandingly well with the following people being the winners of their race

Sports partnership January news 5Year 4 Boys – Oliver from St Marys and St Josephs.

Year 4 Girls – Matilda from Winfrith/Lulworth

Year 5 Boys – Rowan from Wareham St Marys

Year 5 Girls – Emma from Swanage Primary

Year 6 Boys – Finn from Lulworth/Winfrith

Year 6 Girls – Emily from St Marys Swanage

Our overall winning team this year was St Marys School Swanage, so a big congratulations to them. Swanage Primary were second and it was great to see one of our smaller schools Winfrith and Lulworth coming third. A fantastic achievement.

An excellent start to the term, the rest of the term is extremely busy with a different event taking place every week until Easter so watch this space for more news.

As usual a massive thank you to all my leaders, especially the 20 that stood out in the freezing cold marshalling for the cross country. I couldn’t do it without you.

Miss Hamblin

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