National Sport Week at the academy06.07.2012
Day 1 The Triathlon
This was a fantastic opportunity for individuals and teams to shine in non- traditional events of Swimming, Cycling and Long distance running.
Basically for individuals the hardest activity they would ever have to do! The year 7 and 8 students proved they were equal to this task, but 9 and 10 were far ‘too old’ to put themselves through the individual competition!! Well done to Dylan Tandy, Katherine Holland, Karl Lyon and Leah Tarbuck for being the tough guys in the school.
The team event had a lot of flexibility built in and it was good to see groups of friends get together to compete, well done to all who took part it was a great atmosphere full of encouragement and good will and illustrates exactly what we were trying to achieve with the Olympic Ideal.
Day 2 Sports Day
The weather was kind to us in the morning but year 7 and 8 got drenched in the afternoon field events, as did the staff and sixth form. A surprise visit from local celebrity Andy Cowley was great as he carried the Olympic Torch around the track and kindly posed for pictures, gave out medals and signed autographs.
Andy was a past student who was nominated by the PE Department and supported by lots of staff to carry the Olympic Flame and deserved his moment for his contribution to sport in his community.
But lots of our students deserve a mention… Paisley Whittaker for showing us true sportsmanship in running to the finish alongside a fellow student. Ste Sherwood too showed the hand of sportsmanship in congratulating new boy Josh Neal when Josh beat him in 2 events. Of course there are winners and losers; Gold Silver and Bronze medals for first second and third place, but all those who take part are winners and well done to everyone who joined in the festival.
Day 3 Paralympic Sports Day
This gave students the opportunity to have a go at modified sports to experience the challenges of the Paralympians. Boccia, Goal Ball, Seated Table Tennis, Sitdown Volleyball and New Age Kurling. Students who had signed up experienced all the different sports, winning was not important on this day but the experience was and we have used these sports in class since as they were so popular on the day.
Day 4 Super Learning Day
A group of students went orienteering in Delemere Forest, which meant that everyone got lost and then found each other again in time to get the coach back!
The winning group or rather those who got least lost were…………….. and they received a trophy.
Several lessons within school involved Olympic events/activities where the focus was on the Olympic Ideals. Every activity/event students participated in counts as one entry into our draw for Olympic Tickets. We have 5 pairs of tickets for Football at Old Trafford on 31st July 2012.
In terms of active sports activities on these four days we had over a thousand participants, many other events were held within lessons taking place on these days and once again The Sutton Academy triumphed in the Lloyds TSB National Sports Week and it was a fantastic effort by the whole community to ensure it was successful.