Year 3&4 Kwik Sticks Tournament
Pupils from our seven Cluster schools took part in our Kwik Sticks Tournament at The Factory on Thursday afternoon. We had teams from St James, St Columbas, St Brigid's, St Peter's, Our Lady & St Rose, St John Fisher and St Pauls.
Eight pupils from Year three and four were chosen to represent their schools in the competition.
Each event is becoming increasingly competitive, as teachers and pupils are becoming confident with each sport and high level coaching and training is taking place in schools prior to the competition. It is really exciting to see high level competition developing in new sports both within schools and between our Cluster of schools. As well as physical development, pupils are also starting to show increased tactical awareness and understanding,
A big thank you to the Newman PE Students and Liz Plummer and Laura Healy their Course Leaders, for their tremendous support and organisation. They enabled the event to run incredibly smoothly.
Once again, a big thank you to all of the amazing teachers from each of your schools, who are driving our PE, School Sport and Physical activity initiative. It was also fantastic to have the support of so many parents.
It was our closest event to date, with four schools tied on 14 points at the end of the tournament. The positions eventually had to be decided by goal difference. Congratulations to our overall winners St Brigid's, who claimed the trophy just ahead of St John Fisher in second place and Our Lady & St Rose and St James in third place. A big well done must however go to all the pupils who took part, for an excellent competition. It was fantastic to see from the results that every school won at least one match. All games were played with the ethos and good spirit which we have come to expect from our Cluster Tournaments.
Year 3&4 Cluster Bench ball Tournament
Pupils from our Cluster schools took part in our Benchball Tournament at The Factory on Thursday afternoon.
Ten pupils from Year three and four were chosen to represent their schools in the competition.
As always it was incredibly competitive event, with schools showing both a high standard of physical ability and an excellent tactical awareness and understanding.
A big thank you to the Newman PE Students and Liz Plummer their Course Leader, for their tremendous support and organisation. They enabled the event to run incredibly smoothly.
Once again, a big thank you to all of the amazing teachers from each of your schools, who are driving our initiative to get pupils involved in as much high level sport as possible. As always, they were a highly competitive bunch!
As part of the Government's £150million per year funding, we have received money to spend on physical education and school sport.
The desired outcomes for this money are:
1. Improving the quality and breadth of PE and sport provision.
2. Increasing participation in PE and Sport so that all pupils develop healthy lifestyles and reach the performance levels they are capable of.
3. Extensive range of activities available for extra-curricular opportunities
Here at St. Columba's, we plan to use a portion the funding to employ a Sports Coordinator (0.5 day/week) who will work collaboratively with Mrs Southerton and PE Coordinators across five local schools to:
1. Increase participation and success in competitive school sports and a variety of fun physical activities
2. Create awareness amongst pupils about the dangers of obesity, smoking and other health related issues
3. Compliment and enhance current PE and sport provision to ensure they are at the heart of school life to raise achievement
Sarah Lay has been employed as our Cluster Sports Coordinator. She is a qualified physical education teacher with 15 years teaching experience. Sarah has an extensive school leadership background and has been heavily involved in playing and coaching in a variety of sports. In addition to her Sports Coordinator role, she is also working with Newman University lecturing and mentoring student undertaking teacher training.
A detailed plan for use of the sports premium funding is being developed and will be published on the site in the new year.