Highworth have signed up to the the Holmer Green Sports Partnership again this year and as part of the package we are given the opportunity of participating in a variety of different sports. Each year group is offered two different festivals to attend across the year. The format of the afternoons vary and they sometimes involve mini - games and other times the children perform a multi skills type activity where they rotate around the different groups. Sports leaders from Holmer Green Upper school oversee the activities and referee the matches to give them experience of leading a small group.
This half term we have attended three different festivals. Year 5 participated in Football, Y6 played Tag Rugby and Year 3 competed in Basketball. The children all had great fun and competed against a variety of different schools in the group.
Upcoming festivals in the New Year
- Year 1 and Reception - Gymnastics
We continue to employ a specialist games teacher who encourages children to play co-operatively with one another, whilst in a safe inclusive environment. Mr Burnard and his team will be working with different year groups to work towards our festivals this term.
We are really pleased to introduce Karl Bailey as our new Sports Coach, who further encourages active lunchtimes and participation in after school clubs. Mr Bailey focuses on Reception on Monday, Year 1 on Tuesday and Wednesday and Year 4 on Thursday and Friday.
After Christmas we have arranged for half of Year 6 to go swimming during PE lessons. The other half of the year group will attend in the Summer term. We hope that this will enable more children to meet the national criteria of 25 metres by the time they leave for secondary school. Year 4M are continuing their lessons until February half term and 4S will follow until the end of the year.
Multi - skills
Mr Bailey is presently working with a selection of children in Years 3 and 4 on a Friday after school. They play a variety of fun games and activities to improve their basic sporting skills. Some weeks the children do invasive games, athletics activities or play mini games.
On 31st October we competed in a match against Downley School. Sadly we conceded a defeat but lessons were learnt and we put into action a new plan. We played another match against Kingswood at the beginning of November and the team was much better at staying in position and working together. The boys won 4-2 and played brilliantly. They can't wait to play again on December the 10th against The Hamilton school.
Our new Sports Coach Karl Bailey has introduced a new Girl's Football club to Years 5 and 6. The girls have been lucky enough to play two friendlies against Kingswood and Ash Hill. They won their first and second match and showed great sportsmanship and respect toward the opposition. We have organised one more match and we are hoping their luck will continue.
Years 1 and 2 are working with Mr Burnard on Thursday to develop their throwing, catching, batting and fielding skills.
We are presently running a club for children in Years 5-6. The children participate in a selection of drills and generally end the session with matches.
The club has proven very popular with the girls. We presently have the maximum number of 12 children on the register and a waiting list for next term.
The club are continuing to practise on a Thursday after school and the girls have enjoyed playing matches against each other. We have entered a team into the local netball league and can’t wait to compete in some matches.
Boxing/ Fitness Club
Mr Bailey presently works with Years 3 and 4 on a Tuesday after school. The club aims to teach the children the basic concepts of Boxing and Fitness. The children have had the opportunity to carry out some pad work with Mr Bailey, do some shadow boxing whilst improve on their punching techniques.
This club started again this term. It is a fun filled active club where children combine their sports ability with their love of gaming. They compete against each other in teams to improve their skills in different sports and this may lead to competing against other schools nationally.
Certain children in Years 3 - 6 are enjoying the hands on nature of our Seido Karate club. This is run by an external instructor called Sensai Suzie and she has taught the children how to count to 20 in Japanese and various other skills. It is a great way to focus the children's minds and teaches them discipline in a controlled environment.
At he beginning of November a selection of children attended a Panathlon disability competition. The children competed against other schools in Bucks and were able to paticipate in various events. Boccia, Polybat Table cricket and Kurling were some of the activities. It enabled all the children to compete at their level in a safe, all inclusive environment. The children all won medals and overall we were runners up which was a fantastic result after a thoroughly enjoyable day.
New Kits for Girls's football
I have managed to secure a brand new kit for the girl's football team. Unfortunately it is not due to arrive until April 2019 but it will be very appreciated when it does.
Silver Quality Mark - We are also pleased to announce that this year we have achieved a Silver Quality Mark from the Youth Sport Trust. It rewards schools for their commitment to and development of competition in school sport.