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BGN – Sporting Secondary School of the Year   BGN – Sporting Secondary School of the Year  

Congratulations to Blessed George Napier Catholic School who picked up the prestigious Sporting Secondary School of the Year Award at Friday night’s 11th annual Oxfordshire Sports Awards evening, held at the Kassam Stadium.

During 2016 BGN amassed an amazing 22 victories (team and individuals) in North Oxfordshire SSP Finals and went to win 7 county titles.  Students from BGN have regularly competed in regional competitions and a select few have also competed at a number of national and international events.

Praise should also go to Gosford Hill U15s Football team who were awarded Runners-up in the Junior Sports Team of the Year category.   Gosford Hill won the 2016 English Schools Association National Cup competition.

Also nominated for an award were Gosford All Blacks Rugby Club, in the Club of the Year category. The club has gone from strength to strength during the 2015/16 season, growing the club from Seniors right down to the Mini and Junior sections.

Another very worthy winner from our district was Robin Aston who picked up the Unsung Hero Award for his contribution over the last 37 years to local Table Tennis.  Robin has been a driving force in promoting junior participation in the Banbury area.

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  Shuttles, ‘Oars’ and Buzzing Sportshalls! Shuttles, ‘Oars’ and Buzzing Sportshalls!  

The Oxfordshire School Games finals get underway next week, with the Secondary Badminton and Rowing Finals at White Horse Leisure Centre, Abingdon. Teams from The Warriner School and Gosford Hill School will be heading down the A34 on Tuesday to take on the other district winners from across Oxfordshire – Good luck #TeamNorth

Back in North Oxfordshire, Sportshalls have been buzzing as Indoor Athletics season gets underway!

Close to 2,000 year 5 & 6 students are expected to take part in one of 12 cluster competitions happening within the partnership this term. 139 young leaders have already supported 22 schools at one of the 5 festivals that have previously taken place in January.

The children in the Banbury Academy cluster had a great morning at the Sportshall Athletics Inclusion circuit whilst the athletes in the Kidlington Cluster had PASSION in abundance as they contested their cluster School Games event.

Good luck to all the children still to take part, we hope you have lots of fun!

Pupils have their say on Physical Activity   Pupils have their say on Physical Activity  

NOSSP were invited to take part in last week’s Bicester (BLIP) KIDZ meeting at Bicester Town Council Offices, where the topic of discussion was how to raise daily physical activity levels across the school day.

The school council representatives who make up the group came up with a whole range of innovative and exciting ideas, building on the very good work that is already going on in most schools.

Ideas included The Mo Farah Sprint, Wake and Shake, The Golden Ticket, Outdoor Learning and Classroom Tobogganing!

The Council will convene again in March to discuss the implementation, success and impact of their ideas.

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  NOSSP Mentors lead the way! NOSSP Mentors lead the way!  

Our fantastic team of Primary PE Mentors are the focus of one of the new national partner case studies, looking at the sustainability, effective use and impact of the Sports Premium Funding.

The CSP Network (County Sports Partnership) has worked with Sports Coach UK, Association for Physical Education, Youth Sports Trust, Sport England and UK Active Kids to produce a range of case studies that look at the background, actions taken and impact regarding primary schools' use of the Primary PE & Sport Premium funding across a variety of areas, including curriculum, health, competition and extracurricular activities. 

Our mentors have been working with partner schools for the past three and a half years, promoting sustainable change by supporting, upskilling and developing teacher confidence in Physical Education and Physical Activity.

"The pupils across the school have made great progress under the direction of our mentors. My staff are well supported, encouraged and challenged to raise their level of knowledge and develop key skills that support their continued CPD".

Last week, the team, along with a number of Primary PE Colleagues, began their journey on the Youth Sport Trust Level 3 Award in Mentoring Practice and over the next few months will complete a number of online and practical learning tasks to complete the piloted course.

You can view the case studies here.

This Girl Can returns!   This Girl Can returns!  

The This Girl Can campaign returned to our TV screens last weekend, with a nationwide poster campaign launching later this week.

This Girl Can is all about getting women and girls active – swapping fear of judgement with a celebration of cellulite, sweat and jiggly flesh. No Photo-shopping. No lighting tricks. Just the joyous, unfettered reality of women and girls enjoying exercise.

Across the partnership schools have planned and delivered a range of programmes over the last 12 months aimed at building Girls resilience and confidence to overcome barriers to participation.  NOSSP have also been involved in a number of national research projects looking into factors affecting young girls’ participation. 

There are a number of events planned for the term ahead including a Year 5/6 Girls Inclusion festival in March targeted at less active girls who find PE difficult or have become disengaged in sport.

We encourage all schools and partner clubs to get on board with the campaign and to really empower our fantastic females.

If you’re not already a This Girl Can supporter, you can register today.

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  Change 4 Life School Zone Change 4 Life School Zone  

The Change 4 Life School Zone offers curriculum-linked resources and inspiration to help teach children about healthy eating and being active. It supports teachers and school staff to create a healthy, active school culture by developing healthier habits in kids and encouraging healthier choices throughout their school experience; through resources designed to encourage children to eat a healthy and balanced diet, and by providing examples of the easy ways to get students to move more during the school day.

We know lots of our schools are making fantastic use of the Change 4 Life programme, both during lessons, at break times, before school and linked to pupils home environments. If you haven’t yet explored the Change 4 Life School Zone, it’s definitely worth a visit!

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Farewell to Gaynor   Farewell to Gaynor  

Sadly we said goodbye to School Sport Coordinator and Primary PE Mentor Gaynor Allen at the end of last term.  Gaynor joined the partnership in September 2006 and has contributed hugely to the successes and impact of NOSSP in the interim years.

Gaynor will be remembered most fondly for her incredible organisation skills and attention to details and for the numerous outstanding competitions and festivals that she has presided over for the Cooper cluster of schools.

We wish her happiness and good health as she embarks on the next chapter of her life.

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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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