After so much rain overnight there was some anxious, early morning checking of the athletics track to make sure we could still go ahead today. But thank goodness we did. What a great morning of sporting celebration! A competitive element was added this year, along with some changes to the events themselves to ensure that we had an inclusive, challenging Sports Day for all the children at St. Margaret’s. The children all gave 100% and there was a great atmosphere of sportsmanship and team support. Despite the rising heat, the athletes continued to push themselves right up until the final relay event securing their last few points for their house teams.
At the end of the morning the winners were Sapphire for the Infants and Ruby for the Juniors. Well done St. Margaret’s
After a great deal of training in PE lessons, the team were selected and began preparing to compete at Withdean Sports Complex. The weather hadn’t looked great on the lead up to the event but, on the day, we escaped the rain. Mr Jones, Miss Sinclair and Mrs Yates took 28 pupils to compete in Track and Field events against 22 other schools across Brighton and Hove. The athletes all performed brilliantly and even with a couple of dropped batons in the relay events we secured 3rd place in our group of 8 schools which is a fantastic result when up against some much larger schools in each year group. Special mentions go to Sisi for her gold medal in both the 75 and 600m races, Josh and Leonardo for golds in the 75m sprints, Josh and Morgan for gold and silver in the throwing event and a final gold for Amabel in the long jump. Silver medals were taken by Leonardo and Sienna in the long jump, Morgan in the throwing, Lilijah, Lottie, Sienna and Morgan in the sprints and the Year 6 girls relay squad also took silver in their event. One bronze medal was also bagged by Amabel in a fantastic 600m run. It was an absolute pleasure to organise the team and take them to the event too and I’m really proud of all their achievements. Go St. Margaret’s!
The sun was shining and the children were all ready for a lovely afternoon of tennis. They all played really well and with one or two different results we would have been amongst the medals. Unfortunately, despite some convincing wins on each court, particularly from Morgan and Sienna, the overall tables put us in 3rd or 4th position out of five schools on each court.
Court one - Zac and Amabel 4th
Court two - Morgan and Sienna 3rd
Court three - Poppy and Albert 3rd
Court four - Lilly and Vaughan 4th
Court five - Zandah and Ceilidh 3rd
All our players enjoyed the afternoon and improved a great deal with the experience. They particularly learnt the importance of playing every point, even when the game isn't going their way as every point counts in the world of sport!
On Tuesday 21st May, 16 children from Year 4 and 5 were selected to represent the school at the Rottingdean Cricket Festival. The children played matches against other schools in the Deans cluster and had an opportunity to use the Sussex Cricket Roadshow equipment too. The sunny weather made for an excellent day of cricket with the teams playing well and winning many of their matches. It was great to see so many children progress so much over the course of the day too and their behaviour, sportsmanship and attitude to other teams were a credit to the school.
Year 6 Netball
On Tuesday 19th March, a team of St. Margaret's pupils met with other schools in the Deans Sports Partnership to compete in a netball tournament. Our team played fantastically and secured second place for us in the competition. Well done team!