The children competing in the long jump event.
To celebrate the Commonwealth Games taking place in England this year, we held our very first school commonwealth games.
The children took part in sprinting, long jump, high jump, sprint and basketball after which each class selected their own representations for a relay race. We all demonstrated the Commonwealth Games focus on teamwork and friendliness and all of the children had a brilliant day, showing determination, self-belief and passion – our school sport values.
The children in a sprint race.
As the Commonwealth Games are known as the friendly games, there was also friendly competition to win medals and trophies, while teachers also awarded children with best attitude medals.
“The high jump was my favourite. I won a medal and then my class were the winners of the trophy too.”
Special mention to the Year 5 Sports Leaders and the Year 4 helpers who supported the scoring and timing of the events. Also, a great big thank you to Melanie Nichols who opened our games and also helped out during the events. Good luck to Melanie who is the baton bearer in Sunderland on 14th July.
“I liked the high jump because I kept getting higher.”
The children receive their medals.
It was a wonderful day for everyone with huge thanks to our wonderful Mr Spoors for all he did to organise and lead a day filled with special memories for us all 🙂
The boys football team.
Football. A team of boys represented the school in a football festival at the Sunderland Beacon of Light this week. They performed very well, scoring some great goals and showing determination. Well done all! Special mentions to Arafaat for being selected as the player who showed the best attitude from all the schools taking part and to Lucas, who was identified as a player with talent and was invited to attend the Foundation of Light’s development programme.
Cricket. Some of Year 4 took part in a cricket festival at Eppleton Cricket Club this week, developing their skills in bowling, batting and fielding. They focused on technique and also learned about the role of wicket keeper. It was a great morning during which we spotted some cricket talent for next year’s tournaments. Who knows, we may well have the next Ben Stokes in the making!
The year 4 children at the cricket festival.
Quadkids. Well done to the Year 5/6 Quadkids Athletics Team who finished 6th out of 19 schools in this week’s competition. They completed in: long jump, howler throw, 75m sprint and a 600m run. Huge well done to Mehreen, who was the overall girls winner from 76 girls in the long jump competition!
The Year 5/6 Athletics Team.
A group of 35 year 5 and 6 children have just returned from a fantastic week at Derwent Hill in the beautiful English Lake District
The children on top of Barrow in the Lake District.
The children had an action packed week with some great outdoor activities including: canoeing, mountain walking, gorge walking and of course the infamous “big swing.” Because the children were completing their John Muir award, they also had the opportunity to visit Blackwood Farm and meet the award-winning farmer, Paul Barnes . This session allowed the children to see what Paul is doing to improve biodiversity and they got involved in a number of conservation tasks to learn about the importance of respecting the natural environment.
The children getting ready to go out onto the lake.
It was great to see how our children have pushed themselves to achieve some great things during their visit and have made memories that will stay with them for a long time to come. All children have returned with a new set of skills in confidence, teamwork, communication and a healthy respect for their wider environment.
You can view our Google Photos Album to see loads of photos and videos taken from the week.
Derwent Hill is open to children in year 6 each year and letters will be going out for our June 2023 visit in early September. Any remaining places will then be open to year 5 children.
The Year 5/6 swimming team took part in the Sunderland School Swimming Finals. Well done to all of our children who swam brilliantly and showed great determination. Special mention to the boys who made the grand final of the medley relay race. Our children were superb ambassadors for our school with thanks to Mr Spoors for all he did to organise the children.
The Year 5/6 Swimming Team.
Thank you Mr Spoors!
Be part of the event on Sunday 8th May 2022, at Keel Square, Sunderland. Experience the thrill and buzzing atmosphere of a large running event with your family or as a beginner.
The Active Sunderland BIG 3K Run is the perfect introduction to running events with the course taking place on closed roads, making it a safe and enjoyable experience for all participants. With plenty of encouragement from the crowds you will experience the excitement of running on part of the same route as the Sunderland City 10km and ½ Marathon, held later on the same day.
Under 16s are just £5 and group tickets are available at a discounted rate.
Entry includes chip timing and a bespoke event t shirt and medal.
For more information and to enter visit Active Sunderland BIG 3K Run
A group of Year 4 children went to AAA Sports to learn some new gymnastics skills.
They were able to try out the trampolines, rings, bars, vaulting horse and the balancing beams. The children felt nervous trying out the apparatus they had never experienced before, however, they were determined to keep trying and they were soon showing off their new skills, and having lots of fun too.
The children on the trampolines.
The children with the players including Jermain Defoe.
Due to their sporting achievements and attitudes in PE last term, 12 children were selected for a special visit to watch the Sunderland vs Doncaster Rovers football match at the Stadium of Light.
Along with Mr Spoors and Miss Scott, the children had a visit around the stadium, played football in the Beacon of Light and even got a photo with some players, including Jermain Defoe.
The children had the amazing opportunity to go onto the pitch and wave the flags for when the players entered onto the pitch to start the game, in front of 38,000 people.
The children waving the pre-match flags.
We had a wonderful match day experience, despite the result, and the staff at the Stadium praised their fantastic behaviour.
Please read the Newsletter for December 2021. We have information about a school sculpture project, sorts visits restarting, money raised for Children in Need, and more!