The Purbeck Partnership Summer Term 2015

As usual we have had an extremely busy term, with activities ranging from swimming competitions through to dance festivals and also School Games Finals.  As always the competitions have been well attended even though Schools have had their own events to fit in with sports days and residentials in many areas.

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Term started with a Year 4 swimming gala, where the standard is continually improving, which culminated in the Purbeck area sending a team to the School Games finals and came fourth.  This is an amazing achievement as we are the smallest area that is represented at the School Games.  Geoff Lea from Swanage Primary took the pupils to the finals and this is what he said…

“On Thursday 18th June, nine pupils from across four schools (Lulworth and Winfrith, St Mark’s Swanage, Stoborough and Swanage Primary) represented the Purbeck area at the Year 4 County Swimming Gala finals at Thomas Hardye, Dorchester.

Although one of the smaller teams (in terms of amount of schools to select swimmers from) our team performed superbly on the day achieving some fantastic individual and team results.  All of the children swam brilliantly in their races displaying excellent teamwork and sportsmanship supporting their team mates throughout.  Well done to Finn W (Lulworth and Winfrith) who finished second in the 25m Breaststroke, and to the Stoborough relay teams who claimed third in the 4x25m freestyle relay and second in the 4x25m mixed stroke relay (with Finn W swimming the breaststroke leg).

Overall the team finished in joint fourth place which was an amazing achievement.  Congratulations to the whole team consisting of Finn W (Lulworth and Winfrith), Cameron, Max, Jacob S and Finn B (Stoborough) Ellen W and Leah W (St Mark’s Swanage) and Jessica S and Amy N (Swanage Primary).  Thank you Aaaron and James Rich (Lulworth and Winfrith) for their help during the event and for all the parents and supporters who came along.

Well done Team Purbeck!”

This term has also involved a number of cricket competitions for Years 5 and 6.  With the dodgy weather in May it meant that time was precious after half term to try and fit them all in, but I believe it was sorted with all three competitions being completed.

Purbeck Partnership Summer Term 2015 (2)Year 3 and 4 had a 6 tennis competition which saw a couple of our schools competing and Bovington Primary were invited to the School Games final as a result.  The Big Swing was next on the agenda with a number of primaries attending with again Year 3/4.  Luckily the weather was kind and the pupils all got thoroughly involved and enjoyed the morning enormously.  Thank you to DJ for sorting this one out.

This year we bought back the Dance Festival; 7 of our schools attended this event including students from The Purbeck School.  Each school was asked to bring along a dance of their choice and what an amazing festival it was!  We had themes ranging from Cowboys to Folk dancing with live music.  A lovely event which clearly lots of teachers and pupils had put a huge amount of effort into to make such a success.

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Quad kids was the next event for our Year 5 and 6, which again was a resounding success and resulted in Stoborough representing the area in the School Games finals.

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Some of our schools also took it upon themselves to enter the windsurfing and the sailing events from primary schools.  It is great to hear that so many schools are being supportive and allowing their pupils to gain these wonderful experiences that otherwise they might never try.

One of the final events of the year was the KS1 Mini Olympics where 80 pupils from Years 1 and 2 visited The Purbeck School to take part in a number of activities.  Again the enthusiasm from pupils and teachers was fantastic to see.  All the pupils had a thoroughly enjoyable afternoon with all of them showing their competitive sides.  Wareham St Marys were victorious in both Years 1 and 2, so well done to them.

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The year culminated in the Purbeck Sports Awards where over 70 pupils/students across the Purbeck area were rewarded for their efforts in sport and leadership over the year.  This was a truly inspiring event for all involved and a perfect end to a fantastic year.

Thank you to everyone for all your support – headteachers, teachers, parents and coaches.  I couldn’t run this without all of your help.  But I would like to say a massive thank you to all my leaders who constantly give up their time to help me organise and lead these sessions, I truly could not do this without you all.

Miss Hamblin
School Sports Coordinator

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