PE, Sport and Physical Activity at Stone
“To enable our pupils to be fitter, more physically active, and to reach their highest potential in PE and sport.”
Sport England Play Space Opening Ceremony
Stone C of E Combined School had a major boost in July 2014 after it was successful in gaining £26,300.00 to develop new outdoor sports facilities at its site. The funding is part of Sport England’s £18m National Lottery funded Primary School Facilities Fund which is helping more schools to provide outdoor multi-activity play areas across the country. The investment is designed to support those schools which are in greatest need of facility improvements and will benefits both pupils at the school and the local community who will have access outside school hours.
At Stone C of E Combined School the new investment has gone towards an enclosed Play Space and climbing wall, enabling a variety of sports and physical activities to be played at break, lunch, during PE lessons and in after-school clubs, too.
On Monday 3rd November 2014, the school invited the Mayor of Aylesbury, Tuffail Hussain, as well as Miss Ellen White, an international footballer who represented GB in the Summer Olympics in 2012, to the ceremony to cut the ribbon to open the Play Space for use.
Claire Mirams, the Stone C of E Combined School Headteacher, said: “This enclosure is a fantastic addition to our school and marks our ongoing commitment to our pupils’ health and well-being.”Nick Bitel, Sport England Chair, said: “Having the right space to play sport and be physically active as a child is vitally important. We are delighted to invest this funding in Stone C of E Combined School to improve the spaces that will give children the space to start enjoying PE and sport.”
The funding has enabled the school to provide a degree of enclosure, colour and innovation that is already inspiring physical activity and participation by children, enable and encourage healthy activity and develop the foundations of a sporting habit for life through a great start in PE and sport.
Since the opening ceremony the Sports Council have decided on a rota for the new Play Space and are in charge of organising activities for all year groups at lunchtimes. Each week is going to have a different sports focus including Dodgeball, Netball, Football, Tennis and Basketball.
Sports Council achieved the Silver!
The Sainsbury's School Games Mark is a Government led awards scheme launched in 2012 to reward schools for their commitment to the development of competition across their school and into the community. Schools in England are able to assess themselves across bronze, silver and gold levels of the Mark.
In the academic year 2012-2013 Stone C of E Combined School achieved the Bronze Award which was the result of lots of hard work and promoting physical activity and participation in school sport.
The Sports Council then decided in September 2013 that we were going to achieve the Silver Award! Last year children and staff worked hard to promote competitive sport in and out of school, provide a number of opportunities for children of all ages to participate in festivals and increase the amount of physical activity happening in the school day. Wake and Shake has been a real hit! This hard work paid off and we were awarded with the Silver Kitemark in October 2014. Well done Stone!
Our plans for 2014-2015…
The children have discussed at length about ways of developing sport and physical activity in school and the plan for this academic year is to continue to encourage sport and physical activity but also focus on what provision we provide at lunchtimes. Sports Council will be working closely with the School Council to find ways of developing activities at lunchtimes. Watch this space!