This term Year 2 and Reception have both had the opportunity in attending a multi- skills event as part of our Holmer Green Sports Hub. The children all enjoyed participating in a variety of activities throughout the afternoon and honed their skills. Year 6 played Volleyball for their Sports Hub event and competed against local schools. It was really nice to see the children put into action what they had learnt in lessons and develop their skills further. In June, Year 3 participated in a Cricket festival and played mini games against four other schools.
Some lucky children in Years 5 and 6 also attended a multi- skills event at John Hampden Grammar School run by our local School Games Organiser. The children completed a 'round robin ' of athletics based activities and enjoyed the all inclusive nature of the afternoon.
Sadly all competitions had to be put on hold this term due to my hip having to be replaced. Mr Bailey and Mr Burnard have been holding the fort with Mrs Lenehan and Mrs Hasty filling in where needed. We had planned on attending a cricket competition at Wycombe Cricket Club but due to poor weather it had to be rearranged at short notice and we were unable to attend. We are hoping to put lots in the diary for the new academic year and intend on prioritising inter - schools competitions in Key Stage 2. The PE team are also keen to hold a different intra - school, house, sports competition each term. Watch this space for news!!
On July 17th we are attending a Swimming gala at Wycombe Leisure Centre. Twelve talented children have just been selected and will get to compete against four other schools. The standard is very high we are all looking forward to a great afternoon.
Monday - Year 1 and 2 Athletics
Girls' Fitness - Years 3-6
Tuesday - Year 3 -6 Tennis
Wednesday - Seido Karate (external)
Year 3-6 Running
Year 3 and 4 Multi skills
Thursday - Years 3-6 Athletics
Friday - Years 3-6 - Cricket
Chance to Shine Cricket Coach
In the early part of the Summer term we were lucky to have the chance to work with a Wycombe Cricket coach called Adam Dobbs. He worked with Year 3 children to develop their cricket skills and promoted a brand new Chance to Shine club based at the cricket ground. Lots of the children signed and up and it was great to see some of the more unusual children show a flare for the sport.
We had a great Sports Day last week. All children from Years 1 - 6 participated in six different activities and then selected children competed in a sprint or a long distance race. We had fabulous weather and all the children had lots of fun trying to earn points for their House group. Aylesbury Grammar School kindly offered the services of their Sports Leaders and brought along fifteen boys to help. This was greatly appreciated and we thank Mr McGill and all of the boys for helping make it a memorable day.
Early Years Sports Day
Another successful event. All the little competitors got to compete in three different races from egg and spoon, dressing up race to a traditional sprint down the line. We have some real talent - we can't wait to see what they can do in Year 1 and further ups the school.
New Kits for Girl's football
The new kits have arrived. We are looking forward to September to play some fixtures with our new team. The girls' team this year only conceded one match so they have a lot to live up to in the coming year.
We are really excited to announce that we have employed another sports coach to join our PE team. Mr Lee Hawkes will be joining us in September on a full-time basis, teaching PE and running a variety of lunch time and after school clubs.
On January 18th Year 1 participated in a Gymnastics festival. The children all got to try out different activities with lots of unusual equipment. They had lots of fun investigating travelling down the apparatus in a variety of ways and improved their ability to roll .
We are currently trying to reorganise the recently cancelled Reception festival
Year 4 Tag Rugby festival - 8th March
Year 2 Football festival - 22nd March
29th April Tri Golf Event at Hazlemere Golf Cub
10th June Cricket Competition at High Wycombe Cricket Club
20th June Athletics competition at John Hampden Grammar School
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 back in September. 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.
Update - Unfortunately as of February 2019 Active Gamerz no longer runs at the school due to the owner Richard Tweed scaling down his business to focus on other ventures.
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.
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.