Monthly Archives: February 2014
Rowan Gate at the Sainsbury’s Winter School Games – 24th and 25th February
The Sainsbury’s Winter School Games were held over four days at the Kettering Leisure Village.
At the Winter Games teams from across Northamptonshire compete in a variety of sports, having qualified through local events. Rowan Gate qualified for the Sportshall Athletics, Boccia and New Age Kurling finals and was representing Wellingborough and East Northants.
First to compete was the Sportshall Athletics team made of up of boys and girls from Pears and Cherries class.
The children first of all practiced all the events – Standing Long Jump, Speed Bounce (side jumps), Chest Push (throwing a heavy ball), Shuttle Run and Javelin Throw. After the practise the children each had scoring attempts at each event. Points were awarded for distance or number or time. All the individual points were then added together to decide the competition winner. When all the results had been calculated, the competing teams were separated by only 7 points. On this occasion Rowan Gate finished 2nd.
Then it was the turn of a team of 4 children from Grapes class to compete in the Boccia finals. Boccia players sit and try to get a ball as close to the jack (white ball) as possible. Points are awarded for the nearest ball. It was a very close competition with four of the top five teams finishing on the same number of points, so the final placing’s were decided on goal difference. On this occasion Rowan Gate finished 4th.
Finally a team of 3 children from Strawberry’s class competed in the New Age Kurling competition. The children used a specially made ramp to roll the stones into a target. Just like all the other competitions, scoring was high with some fantastic Kurling on show. The final result was not decided until the final end of the final match. When all the scores were added up Rowan Gate finished 3rd.
Lunch Time Sports Clubs
Every day children can choose to attend a Lunch Time Sport Club. So far this year the children have chosen to try a range of sports – Football, Athletics, Cricket, Golf, Boccia and Basketball. In the summer we plan to run Archery, Tennis and Rounders clubs. Every child who attends a club will try to:
- Be at every session and be on time
- Be kind and help the other children
- Listen really well and always do my best
So far this year, 92 (76%) children have signed up to attend a Lunch Time Sports Club.
The Key Stage 1 children have been helped by our Young Leaders who have set up the equipment, checked the register, led the way to the playing area, given demonstrations and helped children one to one.
Our school is part of a Comenius Project ‘Smart Through Art’ which aims to develop knowledge and understanding among young people of the diversity of European cultures and languages.
A very small number of our children have been selected to represent the school at an event in Dublin, Ireland in March 2014.
These dates have been specifically chosen to coincide with the St Patrick’s Day celebrations in Dublin. The trip will also include visits to local landmarks and time spent in two local schools who are also involved in the project.