Silver School Games Award
We are so proud to be able to display our Silver School Games Award, which finally arrived just before Christmas. The Silver Award was for the year 2015/16 and reflects all of the handwork of our children and staff; it is displayed beside our Bronze Award for 2014/15.
At a recent Key Stage assembly to celebrate our award, we decided that we would love to work towards achieving the Gold Award! We discussed the benefits of keeping active and it was lovely to hear about the wide range of sporting activities that our children enjoy, outside of school.
It would be nice to hear more about our children’s out of school sporting activities and achievements - look out for further details of how we hope to do this, next term.
Well done and thank you to all of the children and staff for their continued commitment to high quality PE in our school.
Hunts School Sports Partnership at Great Staughton Primary Academy
Do take a look at the following links to the Hunts School Sports Partnership website, which gives a flavour of the activities that they delivered in our school, last term.
PE Specialists from HSSP regularly visit our school to work alongside staff, to deliver excellence in sport. Our children always enjoy their sessions and improve their skills.
We look forward to welcoming them back after half term, when they will be delivering a unit of Outdoor Adventurous Activities with some of our children.
Cross Country Club - December
I was cold at the beginning of Cross Country Club today, but we soon warmed up!
Well Done Jade
This half term, we have been very fortunate to have had SJ fro SJ School of Dance, teaching Saturn and Mars classes. SJ decided that she would like to award a scholarship to one pupil in our school who has shown the most progression in her lessons. A huge CONGRATULATIONS to Jade from Saturn Class - Jade will now receive a term of dance lessons at SJ School of Dance in St Neots.
Year 5/6 Sports Event at Winhills Primary Academy
Well what a sporty week the year 5/6 children of Saturn class have had - yesterday the Tag Rugby Tournament and today the Diamond Learning Partnership Trust sports event as Winhills Primary Academy. The children competed against Roundhouse, Winhills and Middlefield schools. I think that it would be fair to say that Dodge Ball was their favourite event - we think it should become an Olympic event! Well done everyone.
Tag Rugby Tournament
Year 5 and 6 travelled to Huntingdon Rugby Club this morning to compete in the Hunts Schools Sports Partnership Level 2 Tag Rugby Tournament for small schools. Despite the rain, the children played well and showed super teamwork and sportmanship; they were supportive, not only of their own team mates, but also of other teams. For most of the children, this was the first time that they had played in a competitive Tag Rugby match and it was very noticeable how quickly they built upon the the skills that they had learnt and practised in school. The team was awarded the School Games Values certificate for Self Belief.
A MASSIVE well done to everyone.
Yr 3/4 Sports Event at Winhills Primary Academy
A huge well done to our year 3 and 4 children who attended a Diamond Learning Partnership Trust sports event as Winhills Primary Academy on Tuesday. The children competed in Netball, Football and Dodge Ball. For many of the children, this was the first time that they had competed in such an event - it was lovely to see the children take part in new games such as Dodge Ball, learning new skills and of course having fun. The children were excites to be placed in 3rd position overall. We now look forward to the year 5/6 event which is being held next week. A very big thank you also, to the parents who gave their time to help with transporting the children.
Rio Paralympics - 2016
To mark the start of the Paralympics, Saturn class have been exploring what it would be like to be a disabled athlete. They experienced what it may feel like to be an athlete with a visual impairment and how games can be adapted to overcome this. Most of all, they discovered that it was not an obstacle to participation or enjoyment.
We had a great time at our recent Sports Day. The event started with a parade of all of our children in their house colours - each house had it's own banner! To celebrate this Olympic year, lots of children were waving flags which they had made themselves. Mrs Naylor and Mrs Paddick led the whole school in an Olympic themed song with lots of actions! The children then enjoyed a carousel of sporting activities followed by more traditional races. The event ended with a whole school relay in which every child ran in their house team, carrying a baton. All children scored points for their houses in each activity, and in addition to this, children were awarded extra points for demonstrating the Olympic values. Well done to Pearson house who had the highest total of points this year.
Table Tennis Morning at St Neots Table Tennis Club
Today, eight children from Saturn and Jupiter spent the morning at St Neots Table Tennis Club. This was organised by Mrs Di Gutteridge following 6 weeks of coaching our KS2 children, earlier this term. The children were able to play on full sized table tennis tables and practice what they had learnt in school as well as learning new skills in a fun environment.
A highlight of the morning was meeting Daniel Bullen, who is a currently ranked 2nd in England disability Table Tennis and recently won a gold medal in a National School Games event. Daniel has also benefitted from attending the GB Para training camp in Slovenia and now has his sights firmly set on being selected to represent the UK at the 2020 Paralympics which are to be held in Tokyo. The children were able to experience what it is like to be a disabled table tennis player - they played with Daniel on the “Olympic Table” which was used for the quarter finals at the London 2012 Olympics!
We are looking to arrange further taster sessions at the club next year. If you would like to know more about the club, please click the link below.
Quad Kids Level 2 Event
Report by Alex:
On 14th June 2016, Saturn class year 6 went to St. Ives athletics track for the HSSP Quad Kids sporting event. Quad Kids is an inter schools event where each child competes in four sporting events: howler throw, standing long jump, 75m sprint and 600m run. There are four boys and for girls on each team.
We were nervous at first but after the first event, which was howler throw, our nerves decreased. Our next event was standing long jump and that is our coach’s favourite sport, so we were determined to do well. Our best jump was 1.89m by Daniel. The next event was the 600m and the girls went first. They were very successful and got good scores. The boys did equally well and beat many schools. The final event was the 75m sprint. We were lined up and it was very tense as the race started.
Our team did very well and we enjoyed the competition. Overall, it was an amazing event because we competed on an actual athletic track.
Kwik Cricket Tournament
Our Year 3, 4, and 5 children had a great time at the Mixed Kwik Cricket Tournament held at Eaton Socon Cricket club. Last half term, a coach from Huntingdonshire Cricket Board worked with our children, teaching them the skills needed to play Kwik Cricket. The tournament provided an ideal opportunity for the children to use their newly acquired skills in a fun, competitive environment. We had a lovely morning and despite a poor weather forecast, the sun shone for us!
Saturn and Jupiter Table Tennis
Mrs. Gutteridge of St Neots Table Tennis Club/HSSP has been coaching our children over the last few weeks. Children from Saturn and Jupiter have enjoyed learning new game skills including backhand/forehand passes and umpiring/scoring. This week was our last session with Mrs. G and we practised our target skills using fun apparatus including targets, mini basketball nets and cricket wickets! The afterschool club have also enjoyed their time and have had the chance to play full games, as well as developing their skills in a fun environment. We hope to organise a taster session at St Neots Table Tennis Club, so that the children can experience playing on a full sized table tennis table.
Tag Rugby Triumph!
Wow, what and exciting and successful end to the Spring term!
Great Staughton Primary Academy Tag Rugby team are now the Cambridgeshire Small Schools Tag Rugby CHAMPIONS.
Our journey began back in October 2015 when we won the Hunts Schools Sports Partnership (HSSP) Small Schools Tag Ruby Tournament which qualified us to represent the HSSP at the School Games Level 3 Spring Festival.
It was such an exciting day, which began with an opening ceremony at the One Leisure Indoor Centre, which was opened by Sporting Champion and England Netball player, Lindsay Keable. We then transferred to the One Leisure Outdoor Centre and set up our “Team GSPA Camp”.
Our team competed against 9 other teams who had qualified from Hunts., Cambridge, South Cambridgeshire, Witchford and Peterborough SSP’s. They stormed through the heats and met Spaldwick School in a challenging semi-final. Our final was against St Albans School – again, a challenging match, but superb teamwork and determination paid off and secured our title! Then the celebrations could begin! The next day, the team’s success was shared with the rest of the school, in celebration assembly.
The staff and parents who came with us gave us, played their part too - one of the young officials said that if he could have given an award to the best supporters, then it would have been to GSPA for sheer enthusiasm and vocal encouragement!
We are now preparing for more competitions next term, including Hi 5’s netball and cross country.
was a privilege and a pleasure to accompany the team and watch them secure their very well deserved victory. A huge thank you
Hi 5 Netball Tournament - Match Report
Before the match, we felt nervous but excited for what was ahead. As it was a really hot day, we were struggling to focus on the match and what to expect. On the journey to Longsands, we were discussing team tactics but as we had no idea which teams we were playing, it was a challenge to come up with our own.
During the game, we started to get worried because we noticed all the teams played very well (this was our first EVER netball game!). Unfortunately, we lost the first game 0/2. Each game was six minutes long and each and every one was intense. We got more confident when we drew our first match.
As the tournament progressed, our confidence grew and we worked together to win our FIRST game! We continued to score more and more goals and are very proud to have won three matches in total. As we battled on through the afternoon, we at last found our own tactics to win.
When the tournament was over, it was revealed who had won. Sadly we didn’t win, but were happy to have taken part and we felt very proud of ourselves. We left with a feeling of accomplishment and happiness. We are grateful for the opportunity to be able to compete.
Report by Trudy and Charlie