2017 - 18 Summary of Sporting Achievements
Yet again, St Mary’s have achieved above and beyond in PE and sport, for the third year running, our efforts were recognised by Basingstoke Sports Council when we were awarded ‘Sporting School of the Year’ at the annual Basingstoke Sports Award. We also entered the Sainsbury’s School Games mark, where we were proud to achieve the Gold Mark, a fantastic improvement from last year’s Silver.
Yet again, we have taken part in a huge number of competitive sports in and around Basingstoke. We qualified for County Finals in Football, Individual Table Tennis, Team Table Tennis, Indoor Athletics, Cross Country, Girl’s Cricket and Boy’s Cricket, and progressed to the regional finals in both the Individual Table Tennis and Girl’s Cricket as a result of being County Champions in both, a fantastic achievement! In the Hampshire County School Games, we had teams representing Basingstoke in Quad Kids, Tennis and Basketball. Thank you to all the additional adults who have volunteered to run sporting clubs, supported us with training and helped provide transport to and from competitions.
In addition to all the great things that have been happening outside of school, Mrs Hillyard has also organised a range of opportunities for children to participate in sports within school, in inter-class competitions, including the Skipping Challenge, the Chest Push Challenge, Cross Country and year 6 also had a javelin throwing competition in which all children took part and every child had the opportunity to take part in an inter class football competition. We have also continued with providing a range of break and lunchtime activities, providing all children with an opportunity to participate without the competitive element, and we have also trained 20 play leaders who have also been organising a range of activities during lunchtimes. We have also continued to take part in ‘The Daily Mile’ whereby each class walks, jogs or runs for 15 minutes each day and we have started to use pedometers so the children can set themselves personal targets to achieve steps each time they participate. Parents were also invited to take part in ‘The Daily Mile’ alongside their children to help raise money for Sport Relief during our Health and Fitness Day. On this day, we also invited the School Nurse Team to help promote healthy eating to the children as well as the adults. Year 6 children also took part in a Bootcamp organised by a local fitness instructor, year 5 were introduced to Yoga and Year 4 had a visit from National League Tennis Table star Amy Blagborough. We have also introduced a wider range of sports within our curriculum this year, such as Badminton, as well as more inclusive sports involved in the Paralympic games including Sitting Volleyball and Goalball.
As always, there have been numerous sporting after school clubs on offer and over the course of the year 212 children have attended. The children’s enthusiasm for sport continues outside of school hours and 252 children currently attend some form of external sporting club with 66 competing at a much higher level; a few representing Basingstoke, Hampshire and even the South of England in their chosen field. We’ve even had some children representing England (street dance) and GB (Biathlon and Triathlon) who we are very proud of.
In the summer term, Mr Gibbs, Mr Whincup, Mrs Hillyard and 17 children from year 6 travelled to our twin town Euskirchen, Germany and stayed with host families as part of Basingstoke’s annual Festival of Sport, and England won for the first time in a number of years!
During a blistering hot heatwave, St Mary’s took part in our annual Sports Day week, however the children coped remarkably well with the hot weather. It was a close competition which saw red team come third with 1870 points, yellow team come second with 1940 and congratulations to blue team who took the trophy from yellow team with a total of 1960 points! The children demonstrated fantastic sportsmanship throughout the day and we witnessed excellent performances, particularly in the track and throwing events. Thank you to all the pupils who helped run these events.