Since September, over 26 children have been involved in a number of sporting events. So far events have only been for Year 5/6 pupils, although the plan is to enter teams for one off events and within tournaments further down the school as they arise, in order to build skills, confidence, resilience and enjoyment. We have developed teams which have attended a year 5/6 ‘local school’ tournament for football, entered a team for mixed football, are currently within a netball fixture tournament for High 5 netball with local schools and competed in a Quicksticks tournament. Two pupils attended a Primary Performance Academy during half-term. Two pupils attended a Primary Skills Academy during half term. Both academies focus on developing mental agility, team work and stamina as well as specific sporting skills. Three children will be attending a Boccia tournament for children with disabilities. All Year 6 are now trained as Physkids to encourage collaborative and fun activities during playtimes. We have four children and a mid-day assistant trained to lead Change for Life throughout the school focusing on healthier lifestyles and encouraging the least active within the school. There are three Year 6 Sport Representatives who applied for the role of sports leaders.
There has been an audit on Health and Safety in PE, as well as an audit of staff skills and resources to support PE lessons.
All these opportunities have been secured through strengthening the partnership with both Hartford High School and Vale Royal School Sport Partnership.
We also have widened after-school physical education opportunities through wider opportunities across the school, including dance, gymnastics, multi-skills, dodgeball and football. These will be offered year groups throughout the year.
I have been offered 6 free tickets for the National Track Championships taking place at The National Cycling Centre, Manchester on Friday 27th January 2017. I drew the names, of children interested in going, out of a hat. I shall be accompanying them. It is an exciting opportunity for the children and another way in which the profile of sport, of all kinds, is being raised at Whitegate C/E Primary.
We can expect to see some big names in cycling, such as Dame Sarah Storey, Elinor Barker and Jody Cundy, taking part in the races when we visit. Paralympic medal winner, Pete Mitchell, who visited our school earlier this year, will also be racing. Details of the event and venue can be seen by visiting https://www.britishcycling.org.uk/britishtrackchampionships
It will be quite a long day, finishing after school time. Transport is being supplied by Holmeswood Travel/Walkers Coaches who are supplying several buses for the day, for all schools involved with Vale Royal School Partnership.