Autumn 2018

Mrs McDonald, 7 Feb 2019

An extremely busy autumn term here at Parish!


It has been an exciting and sport filled autumn term this year!

KS1 and their football team were the first of many sports club in the first half term of the year! Many of the children had not played football before and managed to develop their skills superbly! Phase 2 also managed to get some of their children involved in Fit Kids which has hopefully encouraged them to continue with an active lifestyle for years to come!

One of the most popular clubs this term was our Judo club! We had external coaches come in and teach us the basics of this very exciting contact sport! The children now know all about lifting, throwing and pinning which will hopefully help them to become Judo masters in the future!

The Year 5/6 football team started their league campaign with a short trip to Grange Valley in their first ever Parish football match! Each and every one of them did Parish proud and will continue to work hard to bring us glory!

We had children from year 1,2,3 & 4 travel out of school to participate in a boccia competition, competing with lots of schools across St Helens, well done to everyone involved and keep up the good work.

Traditionally one of our most popular clubs right across the whole year, Dance has continued to be one of our schools favourite after school clubs. Every Friday the children work on their routines with external dance teachers and the ever-committed Mrs Hall who has really enjoyed working on the dances with the children.

Another of our after school clubs in the autumn term, cricket has become a popular sport for years 4,5 &6. They’ve been practicing their striking and fielding skills, learning lots of new skills and techniques which will hopefully help Parish to do well in some of the upcoming competitions! Our KS2 have also been involved in a cricket competition where we managed a very impressive 3rd place! AMAZING.

As if one football team wasn’t enough for our school, Y4 have also had children from their class travel from school to compete in a tournament across St Helens. We certainly have some talented footballers in Y4 who will most definitely be ready very soon to join the league competitions in Y5/6.

Whilst it’s important for us to exercise and compete in competitions, we also know that the greatest athletes in the world like Mo Farrah, Usain Bolt and Mo Salah have to get their nutrition right to perform at the highest level! That’s why we at Parish decided to introduce chef club to both KS1 and KS2. Without good nutrition we will never be the great sportspeople we have the potential to be!

During the summer, Parish invested heavily in some brand new, sparkly athletics equipment and it has been very worthwhile at school, not only for PE lessons, but for our indoor athletics clubs. We’ve been learning to and practicing our throwing, jumping and balancing skills with lots of enthusiasm. Some of the events we are now experts in are: the standing long jump; standing triple jump, speed bounce, high steppers, high jump, javelin and shotput. We’re sure to enjoy some medals in the upcoming athletics competitions, fingers crossed.

To top an amazing autumn term off, we decided that our achievements in sport this half term deserved some recognition. Inspired by the Sports Personality of the Year awards, Mr Campbell and Mrs McDonald hosted the first ever Team Parish Sports Awards. We gave out certificates for those who attended clubs, picked teachers choice awards for achievement in sport and also celebrated some individual achievements such as fair play and top performance. We had a wonderful afternoon celebrating these fantastic achievements.

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