PE and School Sports Vision Statement
‘At Henley our vision is to create a culture that encourages all our children to be active and have positive attitudes towards physical activity and healthy lifestyles. PE and school sport promote teamwork, fair play and health and fitness in a fun, safe and encouraging environment where all children are motivated to achieve.’
Joseph Webb (Year 4) in action practising Cardio Tennis at Henley in Arden Tennis Club. Joseph is a keen tennis player who practises 4-5 times a week and competes at weekends. His latest achievement was playing at the Aegon Classics in Birmingham where they came 2nd in their group and 4th overall.
Joseph has been inspired by many famous tennis players including local star, Marcus Willis who made his debut at Wimbledon this year.
Good Luck Joseph in your tennis career !
Many thanks to Mr Cossey (Samuel and Peter’s dad) for his time, expertise and generosity in running an after school hockey club earlier this year. He inspired all those who took part and we are really grateful.
We took part in the swimming gala held at Studley Swimming Pool in April. Unfortunately there is to be no Grand Final as in previous years due to the refurbishment works taking place at Stratford Swimming Pool. Our squad of 16 children from years 5 and 6 competed with real determination.
Quad athletics at Studley High School provided children with the opportunity to compete in running, jumping and throwing events. Teams of children from years 3 and 4 and from years 5 and 6 competed and demonstrated great athletic ability. This event clashed with a tag rugby competition and unfortunately we were unable to send a team to this – hopefully next year!
About 40 children from years 3 to 6 took part in the Henley area athletics competition at Henley (High) School in June with 10 children progressing to the South Warwickshire finals representing Henley area on 6th July. Henley area came a close second with Stratford area the winners.
Mini red tennis competition was held at Henley Tennis club in June. We took 8 children from years 3 to 6. This event is aimed at children who do not play competitive tennis. All children enjoyed the event and hopefully this will have inspired them to play more tennis. They got to the semi finals in this level 2 School Games competition.
Another level 2 School Games competition ( intra school) was the rounders competition held at Henley School at the beginning of June. A team of year 6 girls and boys competed and achieved runners up, (just missing out on going through to the level 3 competition), they were so proud receiving their medals!
Mr Lindsay (our Sports Apprentice) in collaboration with St Mary’s, organised a football tournament for years 2 and 3 for our cluster. The children really enjoyed the opportunity to compete and learned a lot. They showed real team spirit and passion.
We also played a football match against Wootton Wawen fielding a year 4 and 5 boys and a girls team. Both teams won well and the level of skill was truly amazing. They should be so proud of themselves.
During July we are holding intra house football competitions during lunchtimes which will mean that all children in years 5 and 6 will have the opportunity to compete.
In preparation for the cricket competition at Wellesbourne during the last week of term, Mr Harris (Oliver and Louis’ dad) has run a cricket club (after school on Fridays) for which we very much appreciate. The children are thoroughly enjoying this which is great to see. Thank you to Mr Harris for giving up his time and expertise- he is a real inspiration.
Our lunchtime sports clubs are keeping going despite the field being out of bounds for much of the time. Mr Linzey our Sports Coach and our sports leaders are finding ways and space to ensure as many children as possible are given the opportunity to be active. Take a look at our ‘Extra Curricular Activities’ timetable to see what’s on each day. Our lunchtime supervisors play a valuable role in promoting healthy lifestyles. They encourage children to be physically active and ensure that playground equipment is readily available. They are also on hand to give children ideas for games. If outside playtimes and lunchtimes are rained off there’s always ‘Exercise to music’ indoors.
After half term we are starting a new Change for Life club (a national initiative) created to increase physical activity levels in less active seven – to nine-year-olds, through multi-sport themes. The club will strive to create an exciting and inspirational environment for children to engage in school sport and encourage children to take part in lifelong sport and physical activity, reducing the risk of chronic disease in later life.
Mr Lindsay will be starting a 10 minute ‘shake up zone’ during playtimes.
After school clubs:
After school clubs are going well. In addition to those currently taking place, we will be starting a Quicksticks hockey club on Fridays after half term for children in years 5 and 6.
Our competition calendar is looking healthy this term.
All of Year 6 took part in a school games indoor athletics (sports hall) competition in January at Alcester Grammar school. Although the children were disappointed not to win they all enjoyed being involved in the team and taking part, they had lots of fun too!
We are holding an intra- house school games competition on Thursday 12th February whereby all Key stage 2 will take part. Our sports crew have chosen to try a new sport called Goalball which will take place in the hall. KS1 will be taking part in individual challenges. We will be learning about the sporting values: respect, passion, honesty, team work, self-belief and determination and spotting children demonstrating these.
We can look forward to netball, football, rugby and hockey competitions and tournaments during the next half term. (see timetable below)
We entered a number of sports competitions during the Autumn term;
We started with great enthusiasm with the cross country race at Charlecote Park on Saturday 18th October. It was a beautiful morning and the event was heavily attended.
We had 5 year 3 and 4 boys, 3 year 5 boys and 4 year 6 girls take part and Ellen winning the Year 6 girls race in tremendous style. We had lots of smiling faces that day which was fantastic to see. A massive well done to all!
Then it was the indoor rowing festival on 5th November followed by the competition on 26th November. This involved teams of 4 girls and 4 boys rowing in both team relays and individual races. Henley boys team managed to row a distance of 1,875m and the girls team a distance of 1,884m! Super team work!
The 8th December was a cold and wet morning at the Croft School in Stratford for the next cross country race but it was all worth it with our Year 6 girls team winning their race event (Ellen, Ella and Molly), Ellen winning the girls race and Charlie Richards in Year 5 being the only boy to take part.
On Friday 14th November we had a netball match against Wolverton. We played 2 matches as we had enough good players to field both a year 5 and a year 6 team. Both matches were very close which was great match practice for us and the girls learnt a lot. They had great fun and it was clear to see that they have a lot of potential and thrive on competition.
We then entered the ESFA football tournament at the Croft school in Stratford on Saturday 15th November. Unfortunately this clashed with local club competitions which meant our team that day had not practiced much as a team. Nevertheless we had some very close matches with 2 draws and 3 losses (2-0, 2-0 and 2-1). The team played with great sporting spirit and supported each other throughout. They should be proud of their positive attitude and perseverance.