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Celebrating School Games Mark   Celebrating School Games Mark  

On Wednesday we held a special celebration evening to rejoice in the amazing successes and achievements of schools from right across our district who attained the national School Games Mark Award 2016.

We were joined by British Commonwealth Gold Medallist, Montell Douglas who kindly presented the awards.

All 54 partner schools engaged in the School Games programme during 2015-16 with 74% achieving the prestigious award.  10 schools were awarded Bronze, 18 Silver and 10 Gold.  A special mention should go to Brookside, King’s Meadow, Dr Radcliffe’s and Christopher Rawlins Primary schools who all achieved Gold status for the third year in a row!

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  Inspiration from Gold Medallist Inspiration from Gold Medallist  

Students and parents had the privilege of working with former British record holder, Olympic Games finalist and Commonwealth Gold Medallist, Montell Douglas this week, as part of our Junior Athlete Education Programme.

Montell who is an Athlete Mentor to talented young athletes when not training or competing, led a ‘Goal-setting’ workshop for our 25 JAE students, before switching her attention to the student’s parents in the evening, offering expert advice and useful tips on how to be a successful ‘Performance Parent’.

Thank you Montell you were amazing!!!

Rain unable to dampen the spirits at Rugby Final   Rain unable to dampen the spirits at Rugby Final  

Dr Radcliffe’s were crowned U11 Tag Rugby Champions 2016 at last week’s Partnership Final held at Banbury Rugby Club

Twelve teams contested the Final, following five cluster competitions involving 77 teams from 35 schools.  Hill View Primary finished in Runners Up position, losing narrowly to Dr Radcliffe’s in the well-fought final match.

Praise should be given to all finalists for providing such an entertaining and competitive afternoon of sport in less than conducive (wet!) playing conditions.

This year’s programme has involved over 700 participants, with 65 Secondary School Young Leaders trained and deployed to support the competitions.

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  United for Finals at Community Stadium United for Finals at Community Stadium  

Ninety nine Year 3 & 4 children braved the cold for the U9 Football Partnership Finals, hosted by Banbury United Football Club.

Shenington Primary School (Small Schools Competition) and Harriers Banbury Academy (Large Schools Competition) emerged victorious after two vey enthralling and entertaining tournaments and now go forward to represent North Oxfordshire in the County Finals.

Banbury United are working hard to position themselves at the heart of our community, and each player that took part in the Primary Finals has been given a free entry ticket to watch Banbury United first team play a home league match during the 2016/17 season.

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Local bragging rights at stake   Local bragging rights at stake  

In addition to the above Partnership Finals children across the district have been engaged in stern competition in their own clusters. 

44 teams from 22 schools have fought over the last two weeks to represent their cluster at the Partnership swimming final on 7th December.  Competition was so fierce in the Banbury area event that a ‘swim-off’ was required to determine the eventual qualifiers.

Year 1-6 pupils from all 5 Kidlington schools donned their running shoes last week to compete in their cluster cross-country event.  After some very close team races West Kidlington, Edward Field and St Thomas More eventually earned the right to compete at next week’s finals.

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  Grooving and Moving at Banbury Academy Grooving and Moving at Banbury Academy  

Year 4 children recently enjoyed a morning of dance at Banbury Academy courtesy of a group of Year 8 Leaders.  The Leaders taught their primary scholars a series of unique dances that they’d carefully devised and rehearsed during preceding PE lessons.

The grand finale saw the Leaders and children take to the stage to perform their newly learned routines to the rest of the group.

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The Power of an Active School   The Power of an Active School  

PE coordinators from across the Partnership gathered last week for our first Primary PE Day of the year and were tasked with exploring ways of making our schools even more active for our pupils.

We were joined by colleagues from Youth Sport Trust in the morning as we looked at a range of fun, practical and achievable ways of reducing sedentary behaviour and imbedding increased physical activity into the culture and structure of the school day.

The afternoon saw teachers participate in skip2bfit challenges, all part of the award winning skip2bfit programme which schools can adopt in their own schools to help promote regular healthy activity.

Feeling inspired, teachers departed the day determined to improve their children’s physical, social and emotional health and wellbeing, as well as attainment and achievement, through daily physical activity.

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  TeamUp TED TeamUp TED  

There has never been a better time to engage girls in PE and School Sport, between 2017 and 2019 England will be host to three consecutive women's World Cups:

ICC Women's World Cup:  26th June - 23rd July 2017

Women's Hockey World Cup: July/August 2018

Netball World Cup: 12th - 21st July 2019

The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB), England Hockey and England Netball have launched TeamUp, a three year campaign to maximise the legacy of the World Cups focusing on participation in 7 to 16 year olds, as well as building a broader fan base for women's team sports.

To raise the profile of the TeamUp campaign, and girls participation, we have been given a TeamUp chain Teddy Bear. We have named her TEDTeamwork, Enthusiasm, Determination, values we’re sure schools all instil and expect from their students when playing fixtures and during training.

TED has started her journeythis week with Warriner Y8 Hockey team, and supported the girls at their recent fixture. The girls passed her on to their opposition, and so the chain begins.

We're looking forward to following TED on her adventure!

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  Upcoming events
  15-11-2018 Banbury Area Y5/6 H5 Netball 09:45 - 12:15
  15-11-2018 Kidlington Cluster X-Country 12:15 - 14:15
  16-11-2018 NOSSP Tag Rugby Finals 12:30 - 15:00
  20-11-2018 Kidlington Cluster Swimming 09:00 - 10:30
  22-11-2018 BGN Family Year 2 Multi-skills Festival (1) 09:45 - 11:30
  22-11-2018 BGN Family Year 2 Multi-skills Festival (2) 12:45 - 14:30
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