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July 4, 2011

Monday 3rd July 2011 – Maple Class attend Winchester’s Personal Best Event

Filed under: English,Year 3-4,Year 4 @ 10:33 am

Today was a special day for members of Maple Class.  Whilst the rest of the Lower School were having lessons as usual, this class had a special day trip to Winchester for the finale of the Personal Best scheme celebrating the forthcoming Olympic Games in 2012.

The event was held at Winchester Stadium and much to the excitement of the children, we travelled there by double-decker bus.  This was the first time that many of the children had been upstairs on a double-decker and I’m sure the experience will be cited by many as their highlight!  It was particularly interesting travelling down some of the smaller tree-lined roads to pick up the children from Curdridge and there were screams of delight as the branches scraped and rattled against the windows.  It was still only 8:15am!

Upon arrival at the stadium, we were all in awe of the professional running track and large sports grounds.  It soon became clear just how much organisation had gone into this event as we passed all the equipment set up for the activities, plus the Hydration Station and festival-like portaloos!  In all, approximately 1000 children from schools in and around Winchester and the Meon Valley showed up to see if they could beat their PERSONAL BEST in a range of challenging sports activities.

The day started with all 1000 children (and their accompanying adults!) joining in with a warm up led by a lady on a high platform.  Once everybody’s muscles were warm, each school team started off on their circuit of challenges.  Activities ranged from circuits style ‘how many in a minute?’ type activities such as the Speed Bounce and Hop and Run to ‘how far?’ activities such as the Standing Long Jump and the Chest Throw.  There were also activities testing the children’s accuracy (e.g. throwing into hoops).  At the end of the day, children met Steph Twell, 1500m Bronze Medallist in the Commonwealth Games in 2011.  She gave the children an inspirational talk about her commitment to running and her hopes for the Olympics.  The children wrote on an Inspiration Wall about their feelings about sport, and even got to hold the Winchester District Olympic torch!

What a fun-packed day.  All the children returned to school at about 4:15 absolutely exhausted but happy.  Many children bettered their time/distance/score in activities today and should feel very proud of themselves.  What a shame Miss Pearmain wasn’t there to see her class shine – she did send a text saying she was cheering them on!  Thanks to Mr Broadway from Swanmore College of Technology who organised attendance for our Pyramid and to Mrs Harris who joined in with abandon!

(Report by Mrs Milne)


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  1. I am very proud of Maple Class! It sounded like a wonderful experience and I am so pleased that many of you got your Personal Bests, well done! I’m also pleased that Mrs Milne and Mrs Harris had fun too!

      Miss Pearmain — July 4, 2011 @ 8:58 pm

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