Well West Park, what a year it has been!! We have achieved so much and in such a short amount of time. Way back in April the vision at the academy was to elevate the PE and Sport provision so that the pupils here were given the opportunity to access physical activity on a regular basis along with giving our pupils the enjoyment and pride to represent our brilliant school.
Over the past 7 months we have achieved the School Games Bronze Award, an award that ideally should take a school year but we smashed it in just 10 weeks through our SELF-BELIEF and DETERMINATION!!
We have become the 5th highest attending primary school in Ashfield at the school games, previously we were in the bottom 5-10. In the past term alone we have had over 20 different teams competing which has enabled 60 pupils (40% 0f Key Stage 2) to experience the thrill of competing against other schools at level 3 competition. The pupils in these events have shown brilliant TEAMWORK and PASSION to achieve their best. Through this we have won GOLD at handball, SILVER in Golf and Tennis along with BRONZE at handball and cross country. At all of these events it has been really pleasing to hear such positive feedback from other schools and Glynn Hall, the SGO for Ashfield. Our children have always demonstrated the school games values and we incorporate these into our lessons and school life.
Over the past 3 months alone we have worked with local clubs to open our pupils eyes to the fantastic world of sport which they have right on their doorstep. A big thank you to Mansfield Junior Hockey Club, Notts Cricket Club, Nottingham Forest, Advanced Squash Coaching, Karate Zone, Mini Tennis, Sutton-In-Ashfield Harriers and The Lammas Centre for providing our pupils with excellent coaching sessions, the pupils showed upmost RESPECT for these visitors and it was clear to see the enjoyment they received from participating in these sessions. We have now see a rise in our pupils’ activity levels away from school which is very pleasing for us, we will continue to work with local clubs in an attempt for these numbers to rise.
We offer an extensive extra-curricular programme for our Key Stage 2 which has seen over 100 pupils attend clubs on a weekly basis. This number is set to grow in 2019.
Exciting news for 2019
Looking ahead to next year:
We are pleased to announce that Mr Green has created a link between ourselves and Ravenshead Girls FC, this had already seen pupils attend training session and we know that even more girls will be attending after Christmas.
A netball World Cup festival – talks are in place with local venues to attend a Netball festival which will be supported by the local Netball Development Officer which will tie in with the World Cup taking place in July
A Forge Trust sports day at Harvey Hadden
A visit to the National Ice Centre (possibly to meet The Panthers!)
Round 2 of the The Forge Girls Football Tournament
Pop Lacrosse and Tennis Forge events
An extensive Ashfield School Games Competition Calendar which will see at least another 10 teams represent The West Park
The School Games Gold Award
Mr Darby would like to thank all the staff, parents and pupils for their support over the past term.