I must say that I have been overwhelmed by the sporting level of all pupils I have had the privilege to teach at Stoborough Primary School, all pupils should be very proud of themselves. I think you will all agree that the sporting reputation at Stoborough is on the up and the school has flourished this year. In lessons Mr Logan and I have taught pupils from Key Stage Two and they have had two hours of PE on Thursday (Year 5 and 6) and Friday (Year 3 and 4) afternoons. The pupils are getting used to the demands and have worked very hard in all lessons.
I am proud to share with you some of the sporting successes that we have had this academic year against other schools.
First we have joined the Poole and East Dorset Schools Sports Association and this has enabled us to enter competitions beyond the Purbecks. The sport that has had the most impact, being cross-
country. We have entered competitions at Canford Park Arena, Baiter Park, St Aldhelms Academy and Ferndown. What has astounded me is the level of enthusiasm and desire from the pupils to better their previous best and this has usually been achieved. With cross-country the pupils have put themselves forward for these races as there has not been a squad selected and we have regularly turned up with about 30 pupils to race in races for years 5 and 6.
As you can imagine this is a massive amount of pupils and we are clearly the most represented school at these events. In fact 39 out of 52 pupils in years 5 and 6 have represented the school in cross country. We entered the local Purbeck Pyramid cross-country event at Purbeck School and this time Year 4 pupils were allowed to join years 5 and 6 and again we had the largest turn out of over 40 pupils attending. We had some successes too. Phoebe and Henry won their respective races for year 5 and Chloe and Max finished second in their Year 4 races. We have one more cross-country to look forward to and that is in the final week of term at Canford School for years 5 and 6.
We have entered events for the Dorset School Games and before Christmas we had the pyramid qualifiers for year 6 indoor athletics (ably assisted by some year 5 pupils). This event was again hosted at Purbeck and the standard of pupils’ performance was first rate. Events from sprints, soft javelin and triple jump really tested the pupils to the limit. I am pleased to say that we won this event and went through to our sports partnership final from Purbeck and Christchurch. Unfortunately we didn’t win the final but we must not lose sight of the fact that we went on to compete against schools beyond the Purbecks. I could not have asked anymore from the pupils.
Our Year 6 Tag Rugby team entered the Dorset School Games qualifiers at Swanage and Wareham Rugby Club. This was a competition from 8 primary schools from the Purbecks. We were split into 2 groups of 4 and I am pleased to say we won our first two matches and lost our final group match which meant we qualified for the semi-finals. We won a tense semi-final and final and as a result our team have progressed to represent Purbeck in the Dorset School Games Finals at David English, Bournemouth on Monday 31st March. The level of rugby was excellent but the determination and teamwork really impressed me and to see the pupils so proud was one of my finest sporting moments in teaching.
The success seems to be infectious as our Year 5 and 6 girls won their Purbeck Qualifier in the indoor cricket. We won both of our games and went to the Dorset Cricket Centre to contest in the finals. We lost all three games but our first match was lost by just 10 runs and the second even closer by 1 run. The experience of competing on a county level is invaluable and I am sure the girls gained lots from it. It is even more satisfying that the girls were learning to bowl and bat before school to prepare for this and to reach the county finals and finish 4th is a great result. My thanks goes to Rob Newton (Dorset Cricket) for helping transport the girls over to Christchurch for the day.
Our Year 4 netballers went over to Purbeck School for a training afternoon and some matches against other schools. The pupils learnt some skills and put these into good practice in their matches where they won all three. This just shows the talent we have in our school and the pupils really stepped up on the day. I have to thank Shelley Hamblin and Purbeck School for hosting and organising these events.
Not forgetting football and The Purbeck Cup. Our Year 6 team have an important match coming up that will hopefully secure a spot in the semi-finals of this competition. Some of the results have been
astonishing, where we have scored a vast amount of goals, let’s just hope that we have enough fire power to qualify for the semi-finals and give us the chance for potential success. There has been a
Year 3 and 4 equivalent but due to weather and time I guess it has not kicked off as intended.
However we played our group matches on one afternoon, a mini competition if you like. We won two and drew one, which meant that we finished the day on top. This team has the potential to go far and I will look forward to hearing about continued success. I have to thank Jol Mitchell, who organises the Purbeck Cup, where he collates and chases results. This is a thankless task and he has created a football legacy that I am sure will continue in the future.
We have also created some Young Sports Leaders from Year 5. Along with Mrs Derrick, these pupils attended a training day at the Purbeck School and as a result the have become Bronze Leaders. It is hoped that they will lead some events under supervision but these pupils have a passion for sport and who knows, PE teachers of the future.
I have enjoyed running extra-curricular clubs before school in athletics, girls’ cricket and hockey, as well as girls’ football, boys’ football and tag rugby at lunchtimes. I am so proud of the enthusiasm for sport and I truly hope this continues. We have Sports Relief and a hockey competition to look forward to and that will wrap up my sporting contribution for my time at Stoborough. The support from the parents has been sensational and I thank you sincerely for all the lifts and support you have given me and the pupils. Without you, these experiences would not have happened.
I have thoroughly loved teaching pupils sport from this school and will always keep a close eye on their sporting successes and there are plenty to get involved in during the summer term. Finally I
would like to thank the children for their efforts, enthusiasm, determination, courage, skill level and humour, you are all brilliant people. Remember it is all about inspiring a generation.
Yours in sport
Mr S Higgins