Welcome Back - Mr Baird's Sports blog
While the New Year may have only just begun, here at Belmont Grosvenor we’ve already managed to fit a lot in to the time that we dedicate to sport.
The effort and commitment of the children towards their sporting pursuits has been so impressive already this term, it really whets the appetite for what lays ahead during the rest of the academic year!
The atmosphere around the school last Friday would have really told a visitor that something exciting was going on. For some, the idea of taking part in a House Cross Country might seem quite daunting and bring on a sense of dread but this was not the case for many of our children.
They embraced the idea of representing their house teams and this made for a hugely enjoyable afternoon where there were some exciting races to the finish line that were followed by handshakes and congratulations from one competitor to another. Although it was a team event that saw Team Greenwood reign supreme, special congratulations must go to Harry (1st), Francesca (2nd) and Patrick (3rd) for their top 3 finishes on the Y4-6 race and to Alfie (1st), Jamie (2nd) and Emma (3rd) for their placings in the Y3 race. Well done to all the competitors for making it such an enjoyable event.
Continuing in the Cross Country spirit, some of our children competed at Giggleswick Junior School’s annual Catteral Shield event and did so with a fair amount of determination, spirit and pride. The Under 11 Girls’ team finished 5th out 19 teams, with notable finishes from Frankie (17th) and Lottie (22nd). There were over 90 girls competing, which really highlights what a pleasing achievement those finishes are on an undulating course that measures over 2km in distance. Similarly, the Under 11 boys’ team showed some excellent promise, finishing in 11th place overall with some promising performances from Patrick (31st) and a collection of year 4 and 5 boys competing in a Under 11 event with over 80 runners. Well done all, we are very, very proud of you!
Friday’s assembly saw Maisie speak to us, through her Passion Presentation, about her love of hockey. She spoke honestly about the aspects of the game that she loves and what someone who was interested in playing more Hockey could do to get involved. Given that we have some extremely passionate sports fans at the school, it may be that this has inspired others to speak about their sporting passions in a similar way. Please do encourage anyone who is thinking about it to come and have a chat about it with Mrs Ashworth Jones or myself.
Since we have returned to school after the holidays, the children right up from Year 1 to Year 6 have begun looking at gymnastics in their PE lessons, much to the excitement of many! To start with, we have spoken mainly about safety while doing gymnastics as well as the importance of stretching and warming up. Those in the Prep department of the school will be looking at developing their gymnastic control, fluency and precision before beginning to work together after half term to build their class routines for our summer term gymnastic competition. I have no doubt that some are already thinking about some of the details for their routines and may have been for some time!
Now that we have completed our second week back, our clubs and activities have all started up again with lots of our sporting activities being well attended. The range of extra sports clubs that we offer include cricket, football, gymnastics, hockey, pop lacrosse, running, swimming, tennis and water polo as well as dance. Children are always welcome to come along so if anybody would like to come along and try an activity, they are more than welcome.
It would be slightly remiss of me to finish the sports’ blog after the Christmas holidays, without mentioning the ski trip to Madonna di Campiglio that took place after the last week of term. While I do not want to say too much as the Year 6 children will be doing an assembly about the trip in a few weeks’ time, it was marvellous success with our children comporting themselves admirably throughout the week. As a group of staff, one of the things that pleased us greatly was how encouraging and helpful they were to each other, both on and off the slopes. They showed a great desire to learn and improve while on the slopes, demonstrating excellent progress in proficiency levels as the week went on and an appreciation for this wonderful opportunity.
As ever, if there is anything that parents would like to share with me regarding the children’s sporting pursuits outside of school, please do contact me via email. firstname.lastname@example.org