On Thursday 23rd January five primary schools and one hundred and eleven children from Bishop Loveday, Cropredy, Orchard Fields, St. John’s and St. John’s Primary Schools participated in the BGN Cluster Year 5/6 Sportshall Athletics competition. Participants took part in various track and field events including; relay races, speed bounce, standing long jump and triple jump, vertical jump, javelin and chest push. These events proved very popular with the young athletes who almost raised the roof of the Sportshall with enthusiastic cheering and support!
During the event, the Spirit of the Games value of teamwork was a key focus area. A boy and girl from each team was selected and presented with a special certificate to recognise the excellent teamwork skills they had shown throughout the competition.
St. Joseph’s just edged out St. John’s to take top spot and qualify for the Partnership final on the 12th February, also at BGN. Bishop Loveday came third, Cropredy fourth and Orchard Fields fifth.
Thank you to the twenty-six BGN Year 9 student sport leaders for doing a fantastic job officiating, proving guidance and encouraging the competitors throughout. They will continue their leadership pathway by also supporting Primary and Secondary Partnership and County Finals.
“Fun, well organised and friendly leaders.” (Teaching Assistant at St. John’s)
“Really fun and competitive. Young leaders very supportive. Everyone enjoyed the different the different mix of activities.” (Teacher at St. Joseph’s)
“Very well organised and incredible sports leaders.” (Teacher at Bishop Loveday)
On Thursday 6th February in glorious sunshine seven schools and sixty-three children from across Banbury took part in an In2 Hockey festival on the astro at Blessed George Napier. The schools involved included Bishop Loveday, Cropredy, William Morris, Dashwood, Harriers, Hill View and Queensway.
Teams played one another in a round robin format and as the competition progressed, players and student leaders got to grips with the In2Hockey rules and there was an improvement in both the understanding of the game and skill levels on display. Hill View came out on top, winning all of their games and Bishop Loveday took runners-up spot. Both teams have progressed to the Partnership Final on Wednesday 11th March at The Cooper School. Dashwood recorded three wins from their six games to take third place, Cropredy took fourth place, winning two and drawing two matches, Harriers were just one point behind to come in fifth place. William Morris narrowly beat Queensway 2-1 to take sixth position.
During the event, the Spirit of the Games value of ‘Self Belief’ was a focus area with many participants showing bravery and confidence in playing competitive hockey for their first time. A boy and a girl each team was presented with a special certificate to recognise their ‘Self Belief’
During the presentation, Jacob (Year 10 BGN Student leader) signposted participants to further playing opportunities at Banbury Hockey Club. Jacob is a coach for Year 5/6 age group at the club and they train on Sunday mornings at North Oxfordshire Academy.
Thank you to all participants, teachers and teaching assistants, BGN student leaders, who contributed to a successful and enjoyable competition.
“The event was well organised with lots of games.” (Teacher at Dashwood)
“It was really fun and we enjoyed the whole event.” (Children at Cropredy)
“It was really organised and central timing worked brilliantly” (PE Coordinator at Bishop Loveday)
“It was fun and I have more confidence in hockey now.” (Child at Harriers)
School Sport Coordinator