Mar 15 in Bovington Primary School, Corfe Castle Primary School, Lulworth & Winfrith Primary School, News, St George’s Primary School Langton, St Mary and Joseph's Catholic Primary School Wool, St Mary’s Primary School Swanage, Stoborough Primary School, Swanage Primary School, Swanage St Mark’s Primary School, The Purbeck School, Wareham St Mary Primary School, Wool Primary School Written by: Nicky Marsh
Well its been a busy half term with competitions in all directions. Festivals, finals and schools games qualifiers to name a few.
We ended last half term with a year 3/4 tag rugby festival which was attended by a number of our primary schools. Each school as invited to bring 10 year 3 or 4 pupils to take part in a festival which consisted of an hours coaching followed by an hour of games.
As usual the festival was well received with approximately 80 pupils from across the partnership taking part. The coaching session was led by the Purbeck School leaders who each took charge of a school and led them through a number of drills to develop their skills to enable them to participate in a game situation. It was evident from the start that we had pupils that had played a lot of tag rugby and also a number of pupils who had had limited experience. Considering this the leaders did an outstanding job of making sure everyone had adequate attention for each of them to improve.
After the initial coaching the session all the pupils were then involved in a round robin of games where they were able to put their new found skills into play. The atmosphere was fabulous and it great to see so many smiling faces of children that were having fun whilst playing a sport they may or may not have had any experience in an hour before. Each of the pupils were a credit to their schools as usual it was a fantastic event to have organised. I shall look forward to next years.
Some feedback from the Rugby Festival:
“I am writing to congratulate your Sports Leaders and PE Department for the successful Year 3/4 Rugby Festival which was held on Thursday 11th February…….. I have always been impressed with the quantity and quality of the sporting events provided for the younger children within the Purbeck Community but the current provision has surpassed previous years. Your Sports Leaders under the guidance of Miss Hamblin should be congratulated for their knowledgeable and mature approach. I suppose I have grown accustomed to seeing these pupils assisting with organising events but I recently attended the rugby festival with my husband as our 8 year old son was participating. When we arrived my husband asked where all the teachers were. I pointed out Miss Hamblin and explained that the warm up and skills sessions would be organised by the Sports Leaders and that they would also referee the games. My husband was not convinced this would result in a great experience for our son- he was soon to ‘eat his words!’ He was astonished at how skilled the leaders were and how smoothly the event ran. The standard of refereeing in his words was ‘fantastic’ but the confident and clear communication skills possessed by these young adults is a real credit to all involved. Please pass on our congratulations to all those concerned with organising this event and also the previous events this academic year which my husband didn’t attend but were equally as impressive.”
Yr 5/6 Athletics Final
At the beginning of half term it was time to host the School Games Qualifier Final to be held between the top two Christchurch schools and the top two Purbeck Schools. The winner would go to the School Games Final at the end of March.
As always it would be a hectic event having to fit in both track and field events running parallel in the sports hall. This year was no different and as always it was loud, exciting and very competitive. The four schools had clearly been practicing for the event and there were excellent performances across the board, and as usual pupils from opposing schools were quick to spot rule infringements to try and further their chances of qualifying.
At the end of the event I was as always just that little bit more deaf due to all the shouting and cheering, but this year our victors were Christchurch juniors who will represent the area in the finals.
Year 5/6 Tag Rugby School Games Qualifier
This year 6 schools entered the competition with 8 teams which made for a good competition. The top two schools from the Purbeck pyramid would go forward to represent the area in the finals in March.
The competition was held down at Swans rugby club which is a fantastic venue as they give us access to the club house and refreshments which are always greatly received at this competition as it is always freezing. This one was to be no different. Whilst approx 70 pupils were getting actively involved in a number of matches, an equal number of staff and parents were getting actively involved in freezing on the sidelines. The joys of rugby. Still the competition didn’t disappoint and the standard of the competition was fabulous – I am sure it improves every year. The tries that were being scored were outstanding with pupils managing to sprint and dodge past defence from one end of the pitch to the other; it certainly gave some of the leaders a fitness test having to keep up with play. Overall a great competition and the two lucky schools that will be representing the Purbeck area in the finals are Stoborough Primary and St Marys Swanage. Well done to everyone that took part.
Miss Hamblin, School Sports Coordinator