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Enhanced Schools Dance Festival

Mon, 07 Nov 2016 10:08

On Friday 4th November 2016, six Enhanced Schools participated in the Year 3/4 Dance Festival at Dexterity Dance School (Estha Jones School of Dance). Highly trained and experienced Dance Teachers from Dexterity Dance School led the sessions; each group were allocated a different genre of dance.

The effort, enthusiasm and determination to achieve throughout this session was displayed by all the participants, and the sheer joy and excitement oozed out of them all.

Each school was tasked with performing their dance back in their own school during an assembly or celebration event. Teachers were fully engaged in the session as well learning the dance to enable them to support their pupils once they returned to school and to help them prepare to showcase their performance.

We are hugely grateful to Dexterity Dance School who hosted the event for us and allowed the participants to learn from the very best of teachers!

We established a link with a Dance School to enable pupils to persue their interests in Dance should they so wish.

Website: www.dexteritydance.com

E-mail: dexteritydance@gmail.com

Tel: 01604 877577

Secondary Sports Leadership Conference

Fri, 04 Nov 2016 11:15

On Friday 21st October, Malcolm Arnold Academy hosted the first Secondary Sports Leaders Conference of the year. Over 30 young leaders attended the conference and the students had the choice of 2 out of the 3 different workshops on offer.

The conference was designed to be very practical, with the delegates gaining skills in emergency first aid, delivering an inclusive session and effective communication to lead. All attendees were fully engaged, enthusiastic and motivated for all sessions and their behaviour was a real credit to their schools.

We hope that these students can now take these skills learnt from the conference back to their schools and make a real difference in supporting their leadership programmes

Following the success of this event, a second conference will be planned for the spring.

Sportshall Athletics...update

Wed, 02 Nov 2016 14:44

The Sportshall Awards Scheme is an ideal personal best challenge within and between schools. It provides an ideal opportunity for SGOs to advocate an established programme which has proved successful across many partnerships around the Country.

With an increased emphasis on providing personal best challenges in curriculum time the Sportshall Awards Scheme is an enjoyable programme with many PE and cross curricular benefits:

• Provides individuals with personal self-improvement goals

• Fully inclusive with adapted activities provided

• All the resources are available online for free - Awards Resources

• The programme can actively engage every child in KS2

• Can be used as induction tests at KS3 and to identify the gifted and talented

• Ideal opportunity for pupils to plan and deliver their own sessions

• Links directly to preparing for Sportshall Athletics School Games competitions

• Enables house/intra-school and inter-school competition

• Results help monitor progress within schools

• Badges & certificates can be used to reward individual progress

• A centrally managed National Virtual League is provided for schools across the Country to chart their progress

• Most schools already have equipment to deliver the programme themselves

• Children ENJOY the activities

We hope you see the value and benefits and your advocacy of the programme as a solution to introducing personal best challenges to your schools would be valued.

If there is interest to initiate area wide delivery programmes even more benefits can be derived:

- We can manage and run local virtual leagues for you

- Area wide progress monitoring programmes can be undertaken

- Grant and Local Pilot funding has previously been secured for the delivery of local projects

'We have been using the Sportshall Awards programme extensively for a number of years across Nottingham and it has proved to be the ideal programme to engage students in a personal best challenge. The activities that it incorporates are ideal to assess the students fundamental movement and athletic skills, and it provides the ideal vehicle to engage students in a meaningful leadership and officiating capacity as well.'

Nick Robb, Ellis Guilford, PE and School Sport Manager

We believe that Athletics is in a unique position to provide a well balanced personal best challenge.

The programme & resources already exist and most schools already have Sportshall equipment! If we can introduce local programmes / encourage them to use the kit in a standardised format then locally, regionally and nationally we could have some really important and valuable information about relative progress in our schools. Please find attached a Case Study from an extensive programme of delivery in Ontario, Canada.

There is no cost associated in engaging in the programme (certificates and badges are additional/supplementary). We would actively encourage anyone to use the standardised format to secure your own local funding but would appreciate any results to be fed back into the National Virtual League so we can grow and demonstrate programme growth.

Level 2 - Year 7 Boys & Girls 5-a-side Football Competition

Wed, 02 Nov 2016 14:34

On Thursday 6th October 2016, The Goals Centre hosted the Year 7 Girls and Boys 5-a-side Football. The competition was a good quality, as schools had everything to play for if they wanted to represent the Partnership at the ESFA Regional U12 Indoor competition early in 2017.

Thanks to all the Teachers who refereed the games.

The results;

Year 7 - Boys

1st - Abbeyfield School

2nd - NSB

3rd - Malcolm Arnold Academy

Year 7 - Girls

1st - The Duston School

2nd - NSG

3rd - Malcolm Arnold Academy

School Games Mark Awardees 2015/2016

Wed, 02 Nov 2016 14:20

Northampton School Sports Partnership has seen a phenomenal improvement in the number of schools achieving School Games Mark awards and the number of Gold, Silver and Bronze standards achieved for the academic year 2015/2016...it was our best ever haul of awards, so many thanks for all your efforts.

To recognise and reward theses schools for their achievements the Northampton School Sports Partnership will be hosting an achievements assembly - further details about this event will be sent shortly.

Gold Schools

Abington Vale Primary School
Boothville Primary School
Briar Hill Primary School
Bridgewater Primary School
Earl Spencer Primary School
Ecton Brook Primary School
Kings Heath Primary Academy
Lings Primary School
Weston Favell CofE Primary School

Silver Schools

All Saints CofE VA Primary School
Delapre Primary School
Headlands Primary School
Malcolm Arnold Academy
Northampton School for Boys
Parklands Primary School
Queen Eleanor Primary Academy
The Arbours Primary Academy

Bronze Schools

Barry Primary School
Blackthorn Primary School
Castle Academy
Hunsbury Park Primary School
Kingsthorpe Grove Primary School
Kingsthorpe Village Primary School
Millway Primary School
Rectory Farm Primary School
Simon de Senlis Primary School
Spring Lane Primary School
St Mary's Catholic Primary School
Standens Barn Primary School
The Good Shepherd Catholic Primary School
Vernon Terrace Primary School

NPAT Cluster update - Term 1

Wed, 02 Nov 2016 14:13

The first half term is always a busy one for the NPAT cluster, with each school keen to get their young leaders trained up ready for action. We finished the term with every schools training complete and 150 students across the cluster ready to lead lunchtime/club activities for the rest of the year. I look forward to my drop ins next half term to see them all in action!!

This half term also saw the first of our Multisport Festivals (Year 6) with fantastic attendance and the Academy leaders commenting on the fantastic effort and behaviour of the students.

The final highlight has been the Year 5/6 pre-level 2 Tag rugby practice, which took place at Northampton Saints, led by their expert team of coaches. It was fantastic to see so many children honing their skills, working on their team performance and enjoying the opportunity to practise before the big competition- this translated into some fantastic performances at the competition the following day- well done all!

Northampton Academy Cluster update - Term 1

Wed, 02 Nov 2016 14:09

Wow I don't know about you, but this term has really flown by. It has been a busy exciting term for the Northampton Academy cluster. Over the past few weeks I have been delivering the first part of the young leaders training which has been an amazing experience and something that I have really enjoyed delivering. A special mention must go to the children at Rectory Farm, they were brilliant and demonstrated many of the school games qualities including, teamwork, passion, respect, determination and self-belief. They were eager to become good young leaders and were very motivated with all the activities that I gave them to do. I have also had the pleasure of completing Rectory Farm's second part of their leadership training, again what an amazing afternoon. The children actually led to a class of Year 2's, they actually planned and delivered a Multiskill Festival. It was fantastic to witness so many children leading in a positive way. They were clearly demonstrating leadership qualities including, good organisation, cooperation, communication, enjoyment and responsibility. The young leaders were a real credit to Rectory Farm. I can't wait to see the progress that they make over the year with their leadership roles at lunchtimes.

The Northampton Academy leadership students held a fantastic Multisport Festival for year 6 pupils in our cluster. The leaders planned and delivered some exciting activities which included Athletics, Football, Tag Rugby, Rounders and Multiskills. The Year 6 pupils were mixed with other schools which gave them an opportunity to develop their confidence and to make new friends. The pupils thoroughly enjoyed the activities and it was such a pleasure to see so many smiley, happy and excited children taking part in physical activity. The teachers were full of praise and commented that they were so impressed with some of their pupils who they thought would not engage in the activities, they did however prove them wrong and left saying, 'This was the best day ever'.

Some of our schools went to Northampton Saints RFC for the pre-level 2 Tag Rugby practice session, this was led by several Saints coaches. The feedback I have received was very positive, the children had an amazing time and thoroughly enjoyed the session, it gave schools the chance to prepare for the competition the following day.

We have more exciting events taking place next term including a Year 5 Multisport Festival which will again be delivered by the amazing young leaders at Northampton Academy. We also have a New Age Kurling level 2 practice session at Northampton Academy this will help children to prepare for the level 2 competition. I will be completing the second part of the young leaders training to all schools and very much look forward to seeing them delivering activities to the younger children.

Hannah Henry, SSCo

Kingsthorpe College Cluster update - Term 1

Wed, 02 Nov 2016 14:04

This term has been a busy one right from the word go. Year 5 pupils from four of our primary schools have undergone their Young Leaders training. This has been run either as a full day or two half day training sessions. The pupils have all been outstanding and a real credit to their schools. At the end of the training the pupils worked in small groups to organise and run activities for KS1 children. I was really proud of how well they all did and I look forward to visiting them later in the year to see how they are getting on.

At the start of October Kingsthorpe College hosted a Tag Rugby practice event for Year 5/6 pupils. The aim of the event was to prepare the pupils in preparation for an upcoming Level 2 Tag Rugby competition. The event started with a variety of coaching drills that focussed on developing their rugby skills and techniques. All the teams then went on to take part in a mini tournament, competing against each other and getting experience of a real game. We were really lucky to have a Northampton Saints Rugby Coach attend the event to give some brilliant tips and advice to the teams. Two Year 13 students worked alongside the coach to referee the matches and support throughout the event.

Year 8 and 9 students from Kingsthorpe College put together a range of activities for our first multi-sport festival of the year. 75 Year 6 children from our cluster primary schools came for the event and moved around a rotation of activities that the young leaders had prepared. These included hockey, benchball, races and teambuilding games. It was great to see the Year 6 children from all the schools mixing together and having a great time.

In preparation for the Year 5/6 Gymnastics competition after half term, I have been going into some of the primaries to help their teams prepare. It is brilliant to see the dedication of the pupils who are giving up lots of their lunchtimes to practice their routines and skills. Best of luck to all the pupils competing!

Alex Bennett, SSCo

Bowl your way to success...

Wed, 02 Nov 2016 13:50

Sportivate is a nationwide campaign that aims to capture the enjoyment of sport, providing opportunities for teenagers and young adults (including disability sport) to receive 6 weeks of coaching or led sessions.

Sportivate is a £32 million National Lottery funded programme and is part of the Play strand of Sport England's London 2012 mass participation legacy programme 'Places People Play'. The overall aim of this project is for 300,000 participants aged 11-25 years to complete weekly coaching sessions over four years with 120,000 (2 in 5), carrying on playing sport regularly. Sportivate will try to change habits and get more young people doing activity regularly.

Northampton Leisure Trust have teamed up with Northampton Indoor Bowls Association to run some Sportivate sessions for young people aged between 11 and 18 years old, starting on Friday 11th November 2016.

When: Fridays

Where: Northampton & District Indoor Bowls Association,Harborough Road, NN2 8DH

Time: 4:30 - 6:30pm

Cost:£5 for all 6 sessions

For more information or to book on please contact Tony Warren

Phone: 01604 467434 or email: tony.warren4@ntlworld.com

Lings tee-off at The British Masters

Wed, 02 Nov 2016 13:44

A Golf Foundation project to get more kids playing the game has been a huge success with one Northamptonshire school.

Lings Primary had a dozen pupils aged between four and seven years of age sign up to a series of lessons.

A year later they are all on the brink of becoming junior members at Overstone Park Golf Club.

PE co-ordinator Anne Davies is thrilled with the commitment from pupils and parents.

And she's been backed all the way by Overstone head PGA Professional Brian Mudge who has kept all the youngsters inspired.

Highlight of the course was trip to the British Masters at The Grove in Hertfordshire to see tour pros like Luke Donald and Lee Westwood in action on Wednesday.

To read more about this project visit www.pga.info/news/industry-news/2016/10/foundation-for-success.aspx


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