The whole College took part in an Inter House Games Day on Friday based upon the World Cup. This was no ordinary sports day, the emphasis was definitely on everyone taking part and choosing both a curriculum-based activity and a sport. Students competed in their Houses (Lords, Twickenham, Wembley and Wimbledon) for the House Cup.
The day kicked off with an opening ceremony and our Year 9 band, The Outlaws, belted out a great rendition of ‘Seven Nation Army’. Students Jessica Lonnen and Megan Holland talked about the ethos of the day and declared the games open.
There was a wide range of exciting sporting activities on offer and students competed well in tennis, table tennis, tag rugby and football, despite the heat. Mrs Barker led the aerobics teams and others rivalled in Speed Stacking, Extreme Golf and the Team Challenge. We would like to thank Peacock Archery for attending the day and instructing our students about Archery, they were very enthusiastic about hitting the target.
The English department challenged students to create their own sports product for the World Cup. They produced posters, adverts, scripts and storyboards. Art teams built a giant car and then competed in a race; DT students designed a trophy using 3D software. Food Technology teams produced some mouth-watering Russian foods based around football and Science students investigated ‘Who stole the World Cup?’ using forensics. History students learnt about the History of Russian Dance culminating in a performance whilst Drama students created an opening ceremony.
Our Principal, Mr Baxby, had arranged for a local ice cream van to visit the College at lunchtime and this proved to be a very popular decision as queues snaked their way across the playground in the heat.
The closing ceremony commenced with a re-mix of Prokofiev’s ‘Romeo and Juliet’ produced by Music students. The Dance teams had been instructed by Sara Ford and performed their learnt routine to the Houses. Following on from this the Aerobics group led the whole College (including staff) with their routine. Lords were announced as winners and two students collected the House Cup on the team’s behalf. Our canteen staff had made fantastic shortbread medals strung from strawberry boot laces for the winning team.
It was a fantastic day and great to see all students involved in new and different activities and rising to and completing some excellent challenges. Special mention must go to Mrs Emmess, Head of PE who organised the day with the support of all staff.