Monthly Archives: November 2014

Sainsburys and Cohens have chosen FORG

Dear Parents and Carers

Friends of Rowan Gate are delighted to announce that we have been selected as the chosen charity by Sainsbury’s (Wellingborough) AND Cohens Chemist (Mannock Medical Centre, Wellingborough).

We are very pleased to have both of these organisations supporting us over the next twelve months.

Both Sainsbury’s and Cohens Chemist have a number of fund raising initiatives planned at their premises, throughout the year, to raise funds for our school minibus.

Some children participated in the Sainsbury’s Monster Mash Fashion Show held in store in October as part of the fundraising events.

Cohens Chemist will be holding a cake sale as part of their fundraising at Mannock Medical Centre on the 11th December. Cake contributions are invited ! Please send cakes into school on the morning of the 11th and they will be delivered to Cohens Chemist.

We will keep you informed about the initiatives.

Friends of RowanGate

Rowan Gate Represents Northamptonshire at Regional Panathlon Competition

A team of 8 from Strawberries and Grapes represented Northamptonshire, in a regional Panathlon competition, at the Stoke Mandeville Sports Area in Aylesbury.

A Panathlon is a series of multi-skill based changes, which the children take turns in trying to earn points for their team. A Panathlon comprises:

  • Parachute Popcorn (shaking balls off a parachute and collecting them back as soon as possible).
  • Bean Bag (throw a bean bag at a target made up of numbers).
  • Volleybat (how many times can you hit a table tennis ball, to and from a partner).
  • Flight Path (throw sticky balls onto a large target – the nearest the bullseye, the more the points).
  • Messi Football Skills (dribbling a football around cones and scoring a goal).
  • Table Cricket (hitting a small ball into scoring zones).
  • Boccia Ball Blast (whilst sitting, knock a beach ball out of a hoop, using Boccia balls).
  • New Age Kurling (sliding stones into scoring zones).

Close to 100 children took part in the Panathlon and Rowan Gate competed against schools from Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Hertfordshire.

Congratulations to Chiltern Gate School (Buckinghamshire) who were overall winners.

All the children received a medal and certificate.



Northamptonshire Sports Awards – Rowan Gate Runner up Primary Sports School of the Year

Rowan Gate was nominated in the Primary Sport School of the Year category of the Northamptonshire Sports Award.

An independent panel then short listed Rowan Gate for the award along with Brixworth Primary School, Irthlingborough Infant School and Lings Primary School from Northampton.

The winner was announced at a celebration evening held at the Kettering Conference Centre

Congratulations to Lings Primary who won and all the other runners up.    See our nomination below.


Rowan Gate Primary School has 120 children, all of which have special education needs (Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulties, Visual and Hearing Impairment, Moderate Learning Difficulties and Autism). The children face daily personal challenges. This nomination is not for how many trophies have been won, but for a school which has provided the opportunity to take part in sport; the staff who are dedicated to delivering inclusive, challenging and fun sport and P.E.; and for the children whose enthusiasm and willingness to “give it a go” is inspirational.

Highlights from 2014:

  • Increased participation – 80% of the children took part in a lunchtime sports club. The clubs are open to all children and include traditional sports such as football and basketball and disability sports such as Boccia and New Age Kurling.
  • Sustainability – on average the attendance level at the lunchtime sports clubs was 75%. Also P.E. lessons are delivered by a specialist who works alongside the teacher and teaching assistants, to help develop their knowledge and confidence.
  • Parents P.E. – during the year parents were invited to take part in P.E. lessons. This was to show the parents what the children were capable of and provide ideas on how this activity could also be continued at home.
  • Competition – through the School Sports Partnership and Project Ability, 35% of the children have taken part in level 2 or level 3 competitions. There is discreet competition within P.E. lessons and the whole school takes part in Sports Days. Sportsmanship is encouraged and shown by the children.
  • Social interaction – P.E. lessons are designed not only to challenge the children physically but often require the children to talk to each other to plan their next activity. This helps increase the ability and confidence of children to work together and be creative – which are two of the schools core values. Children also take part in sports festivals organised by the Lions Club of Northampton and Wellingborough School. This gives the children the opportunity to see and work with other children outside of their own school.
  • Young Leaders – a group of year 6 children were trained as Young Leaders. These Young Leaders then help deliver the lunchtime sports clubs. They confidently demonstrated activities and provided one to one help for younger children. The Young Leaders became role models for others.
  • Pupil voice – through the schools council the children have the opportunity to decide which Sports activity can be added to the lunchtime sports clubs or a whole school activity.
  • Personal success – monitored progress levels, show that on average, the children are making progress in P.E. above expectation. With determination the children overcome the physical challenges that P.E. gives to them.
  • School success – the school was awarded Sainsbury’s School Games Silver Mark. The school was recently awarded Outstanding status by Ofsted with its P.E. and Sports provision and its use of Sport Premium key contributory factors.

Dads, Grandads & Male carers get together – 11 November 10 am

Come and join us for a bacon roll, tea, coffee and chat with other Dads, Grandads and Male carers on Tuesday 11 November at 10 a.m. in the Parents room at school.

We have a mini bus available so please call if you would like a lift.

You will be made very welcome and we look forward to seeing you.


Katy Ellis,   Jane Rhodes (Family Liaison Teachers)     Aldam Mills (Sports Coach)




6 a Side Football – 22 October 2014

A team of 7 boys from Pears and Cherries class competed in a 6-a-Side football competition at the Goals Centre in Northampton.

The boys first took part in a skills session, which was delivered by Northampton Town Football club.

During the skills session the boys practised their footwork, dribbling and passing.

After a short break the Rowan Gate team played its first match versus Queen Eleanor Primary and this was followed by a match versus Park Junior.

After lunch there was another skills session which this time focussed on running and looking up for space.

The final match was versus Park Junior again.

After all the results had come in, Rowan Gate finished 2nd.

All the boys worked very hard and showed great team spirit and sportsmanship.