Monthly Archives: November 2015

Rowan Gate Make New Sport Link with White Spire School, Milton Keynes


A team of 6 boys from Cherries, Pears and Pineapples played in Rowan Gates first football match versus White Spire School, Milton Keynes.

In wet conditions both teams showed a great spirit, worked hard and displayed some fantastic skill. There were plenty of shots on goal and both goalkeepers made some tremendous saves. In the end Rowan Gate won the match 4-1.

Afterwards both teams sat down and enjoyed lunch together.

This new sport link will see more matches and festivals between the two schools take place over the coming months.


Rowan Gate represent Italy and the U.S.A at the Rugby World Cup

Two teams from Cherries and Pears class competed in the Rugby World Cup, Tag Rugby competition, at Wellingborough Rugby Club.

The Rowan Gate teams were chosen to represent to Italy and the U.S.A., whilst all the other schools in the competition represented all the other countries who were competing in the Rugby World Cup.

Tag Rugby is the non-contact version of rugby and encourages the players to run, evade and pass in order to score. Rowan Gate (Italy and U.S.A. played a number of games and finished 2nd and 3rd in the competition.

Congratulations to the winners – Croyland Primary School.

One of the Rowan Gate children was awarded player of the tournament for not only playing well but helping other children and showing respect to the officials.

During one of the breaks between games the children from Rowan Gate met the Mayor and Mayoress of Wellingborough.


We celebrate Gold Mark with GB Athlete

Rowan Gate has been awarded the coveted School Games Gold Mark for 2014 / 2015 and to celebrate GB Athlete Laura Sugar visited the school.

Before the official ceremony, Laura first spent some time with the Rowan Gate Sports Crew.  Laura Sugar is a 100m and 200m sprinter and she led a sprinting session sharing her training ideas and practices. When the session had finished Laura showed the Sports Crew some of the medals she has won when competing in the major athletics championships. Laura then visited every class and joined in the class activities – literacy, numeracy, cooking and snack time.

Laura said “It was brilliant to meet so many young people with such enthusiasm for sport and see the impact of the School Games at Rowan Gate. The wide range of opportunities in PE and school sport available to Primary Schools now with dedicated staff are far better than when I was at Primary School.”

Hannah Hore, School Sport Manager for Northamptonshire Sport said “It was the perfect opportunity to celebrate the achievements of Rowan Gate by arranging an athlete appearance with Laura, before the IPC World Championships and less than a year before Rio 2016. It is always amazing to see the impact of a GB athlete meeting young people. Laura truly reflects the legacy of the London 2012 Games to ‘inspire a generation’ and the School Games has been a huge boost locally to increasing participation. Rowan Gate is a brilliant examples of the huge impact of high quality PE, school sport and competition across the School thanks to a team of very committed staff.”


Forthcoming FORG Events

Family Bingo and Fish & Chip Supper – Friday 22nd January 2016

Easter Disco – Friday 11th March 2016 at Rowan Gate East

Summer Fete – date to be arranged

There are many other exciting ventures in the pipeline – watch this space!

Rowan Gate Visit the Home of Rugby Union

A group of children from Cherries and Pears took part in a Rugby World Cup Experience. In a full day the children visited the Fan Zone and, to begin with, watched a short film explaining the history of Rugby Union.

The children were then divided into two teams and learnt how to play Tag Rugby. Tag Rugby is the non-contact version of rugby and encourages the players to run, evade and pass in order to score.

This was followed by a visit to the Rugby Museum and after a brief tour, the children heard how rugby balls were made and they then had the opportunity to make their own rugby ball. This involved stuffing a small rugby ball with cotton wool; making sure the ball was the right shape and then they used their sewing skills to finish making the ball. Finally the children got the chance to wear some traditional rugby playing kit whilst showing off their throwing and catching skills.


Rowan Gate Gets Gold

Rowan Gate has been awarded the coveted School Games Gold Mark for 2014 / 2015, one of only 24 Schools (Primary and Secondary) in the County. The award is testament to the hard work of all the staff and the commitment Rowan Gate has demonstrated in the development of competition, school sport and physical education. 4

Highlights of the year include 61% of students engaged in extracurricular sports clubs; a wide range of sports teams taking part in Sainsbury’s School Games level 2 and Level 3 competitions which totalled 10 different sports last year; the new Sports Crew helping decide upon and delivering sport in the school.

The Mark was created by the Department of Culture, Media and Sport and launched in June 2012. The criteria are set by Sport England and the Youth Sports Trust to assess criteria across participation, competition, workforce and clubs. The School Games Mark is an annual award and must be reapplied for each year. School Sport Manager Hannah Hore said: “Rowan Gate Primary provides excellent opportunities for students across physical education, school sport and competition all year round. The School Games has a really high profile across the School, which is great to see.”