Independent Schools Association Athletics
A most beautiful day at the Thames Valley Athletics Track saw our children compete for the very first time at this regional athletics event. It was also their first time enjoying the full experience of electronic timing with officials from UK Athletics.
Events included 60m sprint, 600m, long jump and ball throw in addition to the relay.
With over 850 children taking part it was quite the experience and a critical step on the athletics learning curve. The plan is very much to increase the team size next year and to prepare the children for the additional events that will include high jump and triple jump.
Daniel Lewis GB Athlete Visit
Rather appropriately we enjoyed a visit from GB triple jumper Daniel Lewis last week. He helped the children complete various activities and circuits before then taking time to talk to us about his training, diet and (without prompting) resilience.
He very kindly took additional time to study various slow motion videos of some of the children in action. To have such input from someone so qualified proved insightful and incredibly helpful.
You will have received a sponsorship form following his visit. The children took part in a variety of activities during the afternoon with the intention being that you may wish to sponsor your child for having completed the circuits. Further information can be found on the forms should you wish to contribute.
Lulworth Cove Residential
The week prior to half term saw the Year 3 and Year 4 children head to the south coast for a two night trip away to Dorset. Staying at the Lulworth Cove Youth Hostel, the children took part in a variety of activities including art, science, geography, STEM and, probably the highlight of the trip, coasteering.
Those of you not familiar with this activity it is essentially a combination of climbing, scrambling, caving and throwing oneself off rocks into deep water...
Enormous fun and superbly led and managed by our friends at Lulworth Adventures it was a real hit with everyone (especially Mrs Patel who clearly enjoyed herself!)
Perhaps most encouraging, in addition to our own team performance, was the approach of the organisers. A child from another school struggled in the pool having swallowed water. The officials stepped in, helped him out of the pool and allowed him to walk the remainder of the swim distance before then completing the bike and run sections of the course. The attitude of 'lighting the spark' and encouraging children to enjoy being physically active, the camaraderie and making new friends is what sport is about and how wonderful it was to see it in action at a national event.
Without meaning to stray into potential hyperbole, it was frankly inspiring to witness and to be a part of.
Again, judging by the look of resolve in the eyes of the children in the assembly this week, we will take more children next year and light more fires....
In Science this week Years 3/4 were investigating the properties of materials with a focus on electrical properties. The children Recapped what conductors and insulators are and tested various materials in their own circuits.
As well as making predictions about similar materials, the children have decided that more materials are needed to prove their hypothesises and so the investigation continues...
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Please help us maintain the very best relationships with our neighbours by not blocking or parking in their drives when dropping off or collecting your children.
Please do not park on the yellow chevrons directly in front of the school or across driveways for the safety of all of our children.
Could I ask that you ensure that waterproof trousers, Wellington boots and coats are brought into school on the relevant day (regardless of the forecast) so that we maximise our use of Richmond Park.