National Schools Sports Week at Southwark Park Primary School got off to an inspirational and impressive start with a visit from two outstanding GB Athletes, Ryan Raghoo para GB long jumper and Jack Andrews GB Decathlete. They started the week with an often moving but very aspirational assembly about their lives and how they became GB athletes and the adversities they had to overcome on the way. Ryan spoke frankly and honestly about his life with cerebral palsy. Staff and pupils were visibly moved to discover that Ryan’s family had been told he would never walk and yet here he was in front of us in his GB kit. Outstanding!
They spent the rest of the day delivering top quality athletics training to all year 1 – 6 classes and answering the children’s questions. Both athletes were incredibly impressed with the children and thoroughly enjoyed their day here…so much so that they plan to come back!
Sports Days were held on Tuesday for EYFS/KS1 and Thursday for KS2. Each event had ten teams made up of children from each year group and it was a pleasure to see the children working as teams and supporting one another. The children had a lot of fun while being really active proving that sport really is good for you. All staff said how impressed they were with the children’s behaviour and attitude. Thank you to parents who were able to attend KS2 sports day in the park as this means so much to the children.
On Wednesday all classes had a taster session with Goldhawks Basketball. They have been running after school clubs this year and will continue next year. We are hopeful that we will be starting a basketball team as it appears we have a lot of talent. Again Goldhawks were very impressed with the children’s behaviour and team work. On Friday all classes took part in a skipathon in the playground, reminding the children that even when they are playing the can keep fit!
A huge thank you to all the staff whose support ensured the week ran smoothly and safely for the children. Also we would like to say a very special thank you to our Sport and Play leaders from years 4, 5, and 6. They helped run every event and showed such encouragement, kindness and support to all children competing, especially the very youngest members of the school. They were an absolute credit to the school and embodied our school values of Respect, Responsibility and Excellence. Finally a huge thank you to all the children. They all participated with great sporting values, supporting one another and doing their very best. Well done!
Take a look at some pictures from the week below.