Banbury Area Year 5 and 6 Swimming Gala

The Banbury Area Schools’ Swimming Gala took place at Spiceball Leisure Centre, Banbury on Tuesday 6th November 2018. Fifty-five children in Year 5 and 6 participated in the competition from six primary schools including Bishop Loveday, Hanwell Fields, Harriers, Hill View, St. John’s and St. Mary’s.

Teams took to the water to compete in 6 events over 25m displaying amazing ability and technique throughout.  The events included Individual Freestyle, Backstroke, Breaststroke and Butterfly, followed by Freestyle and Medley Relays,

During the gala, the games value of passion was a focus area and the young swimmers strove to succeed, enthusiastically cheered on by their team mates.  A swimmer from each school was presented with a special certificate to recognise the high level of passion they had shown.

The Gala was well delivered by year 8, 9 and 10 student leaders from Blessed George Napier Catholic School who organised swimmers, collated results and had a tough job on the finish line with some very close races. The standard of competition was again high. 

In the girls’ competition Bishop Loveday won five out of their six races, including both relays to take first place.  Hanwell Fields narrowly edged out St. John’s to take runners-up spot by a single point.  Harriers came fourth, followed by Hill View fifth and St. Mary’s sixth.  Bishop Loveday also dominated the boys’ competition by winning five out of their six races, including both relays to come first.  Hanwell fields recorded one first place and four second places to take runners-up spot.  Hill View performed consistely well to come third.  Harriers came fourth, followed by St. John’s fifth and St. Mary’s sixth. 

Well done to all competitions, teachers, teaching assistants, coaches and spectators who all contributed to an enjoyable and exciting swimming gala.  Congratulations to Bishop Loveday and Hanwell Fields  Girls’ and boys’ teams who have now qualified for the North Oxfordshire School Sport Partnership Final in February 2019, also at Spiceball Leisure Centre.

Very well organised.  Format of the races/morning was really clear.” (Teacher –St. Mary’s)

“Well organised.” (Teaching Assistant –St. John’s)

“Best swimming gala, want to come back again!”

“The Best.”

“Very fun.” (Children – St. John’s)

“Excellent organisation.  Well done!” (PE Coordinator –Hanwell Fields)

“Student leaders were mature and were very good.” (PE Coordinator- Hill View)

“Everything went well, thank you.” (Teaching Assistant at Bishop Loveday)

“It was fun.”

I want to do it again.”


“Great to be part of a team.”  (Children-Harriers)

R. Mawn

School Sport Coordinator

Blessed George Napier Catholic School


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