Sport Report 18 Sep 2012

Sport Report 2011-2012 by Mrs Gilbert

Gig Rowing: Twelve of our Year 6’s (2011) joined the Helford River Gig Club junior section in the summer of 2011 and they have all been through the basics and are now rowing regularly on a Thursday evening. Many were quickly chosen to represent the club at the County Championships at Hayle in July 2011 and they all did very well. The conditions weren’t the best to row in as it was full of good ol’ Cornish mizzle! However the children did us proud and achieved some fantastic results. Pleasingly they have all continued rowing this season and won 1st place in the Falmouth Sprint event in June. As our next cohort are now taller I hope to see them on the river very soon. This is now an annual invite for Year 6’s to promote this traditional Cornish Sport and also to encourage our children to keep enjoying social and competitive activities whilst keeping active as they move onto secondary schools.

I have also been doing my bit to encourage the children and had great support from our school families, staff and governors when I was sponsored to race in the Great River Race on the Thames in September 2011. A total of £2500 was raised for the Neo Natal unit at RCH Treliske by our crew for rowing a distance of 22 miles of non-stop; through hail, rain, thunder and lightening, but it was all worth it and an absolutely brilliant experience. Well worth the long training sessions. …and I want to do it all again one day J!

Sailing: At the annual HRCST Regatta our children did a fantastic job and won the whole event bringing home the trophy last year and this year. The sailing has particularly taken off in the last 2 years with parents promoting and organising lifts and the commitment from our school has been great. So a huge well done to all those who were involved.

Football Development Squad: We nominated 9 pupils from years 5 and 6 as potential players for our bigger clubs in the area. These clubs feed into Plymouth and Exeter teams for the South West area. All enjoyed the challenge of the 2 training sessions and 2 of our boys were selected to play. Well done Harrison and Kian (Kian for the 3rd year running!).

Gifted and Talented Event: 5 Year 6 pupils were identified in Sept as those with talent in all areas of PE and school sport at Constantine. They represented us at the G&T festival where 25 pupils from the partnership schools underwent a range or tasks. Those who scored in the highest 20 places became the ‘Sports Academy primary pupils for 2011-2012’. We are delighted that 3 of our children qualified for this. Kian, Keaton and Megan have attended 6 events throughout the year, testing their sporting abilities including having training in a variety of new sports, sports food and nutrition. They will end their year with a Triathlon in late July on Swanpool Beach.

Basketball League Y3 and 4:Ten pupils from Kenwyn and Helford classes represented us in this years festival held at Penryn College. As the weeks progressed the children became more skilful and drew a match then the won some matches. Overall we came 5th in the league out of 8 schools.

Swimming Gala-Area: We attended the area swimming gala for the 6th consecutive year. We were triumphant in winning the trophy for the 5th year in a row, so it is now sitting proudly in our trophy cabinet where it belongs for another year. All 16 children in our team of Y5 and 6 girls and boys swam really well. We came first in the following events: Y5 boys Freestyle, Breast stroke and Butterfly, Y5 girls Butterfly, Y6 girls Butterfly, Y5 Girls Freestyle relay, Y5 boys Freestyle relay, Y6 girls Freestyle relay. The five children who won their individual events went through to represent the partnership team at the county KS2 swimming finals in Feb 2012.

Swimming Gala-county Finals:  Our super star swimmers made up 5 of the 16 strong team who represented the partnership at the county swimming finals. This was a highly competitive event and all our children did extremely well. We were delighted to have come 4th as a partnership wth our 5 children coming 6th, 5th, 3rd, 2nd and 1st….yes we have a county champion in Y5 Freestyle-Excellent, well done Guy. This is the second time we have been proud to bring home a medal as 2 years ago one of our pupils won the Y5 girls Breast stroke. Another great year for swimmingJ

Swimming coaching this year: Swimming this year has been somewhat disrupted due to much needed work being carried out on Culdrose Pool’s roof! This meant we could not use it in the Autumn term. However, we were able to hire Penryn Junior School Pool.  We took Y3/4 due to the size and depth which would not have been conducive to Tamar’s needs. We did take Tamar for a few weeks prior to the Swimming Gala in order to prepare and pick our swim team. Because of this the usual timetable of which class we take and when altered for the year. Swimming throughout the year has been as follows: Helford Class (Y3/4) 10 weeks in Autumn @ Penryn Junior, Kenwyn (Y4/5) 10 weeks in Spring/Summer 2012 @ Culdrose. Tamar (Y5/6) ten weeks in Summer term @ Culdrose.

A analysis of the full costings of swimming took place during our Bursars late Spring visit. Due to raised pool license/hire fees and transport, an increase in the cost to parents will occur next year. Weekly sessions will go from £4 to £4.50.  It is worth noting that for a 30 minute lesson at a local swim school is between £7 and £8.50 and our children receive 90 minutes high quality tuition each week for half this price.  Our swimming fees have not risen for over 4 years and we are extremely fortunate to have 5 qualified swim teachers/qualified coaches amongst our staff. As a staff we feel strongly about continuing the tradition of producing great swimmers at Constantine School as it is such a valuable life skill, especially when our county is almost surrounded by water.

X-Country-Area: The annual local cross country event was held at Penryn Rugby Club this year and 30 children from years 3 to 6 took part (an event for Years 4 to 6 – we have some keen younger runners). All but 2 completed the gruelling course on what was quite possibly the coldest day of the year. It was minus 1 and even though the sun was shining many children found it hard to catch their breath during and after their races. We did remarkably well overall and 11 children finished in the top 8 of their races which means they went through to the next round held at Pool School a few weeks later. Two Year 5 girls received medals as they came 1st and 2nd in the Y5 girls race. Brilliant! A first for Constantine J

X-Country-District: Our 11 qualifying children from years 3 to 6 arrived at Pool School to yet another new course they were unfamiliar with and did us proud by all completing their races. Joris (Y3) did extremely well in the Y4 Boys race and came 15th which earnt him a place at the Cornwall County Finals.

X-Country County Finals: Joris ran a brilliant race at Newquay Sports Ground and came in 22nd place; which is fantastic. With another years training and running in a race corresponding with his actual year group he should do very well. His determination last year to run the Year 4 race when he was only a Year 2 clearly gave him the bug for wanting to do well at Cross Country. So until next year… Watch this space J

Netball Tournament: Our school team played 10 games and rotated to play each of the 5 positions as the afternoon progressed.All our netball club players in Y6 made up our team for the Netball Tournament this year and they came 7th overall.

KS 1&2  Inclusion Festivals: Ten pupils represented us at each Inclusion Festival and a fantastic time was had by all. The purpose of this annual event is to reach those children who would not necessarily attend sports clubs as well as those who would not put themselves forward for team selections. This event is always one of the best as many children achieve so much and let down their barriers having a go at completely new sports and activites.

Quad Kids Athletics: Two teams of 4 children from Tamar Class represented us at this event held at Carn Brea. It consisted of a sprint, jump, throwing and long distance run. Following this some young leaders from Penryn College came to our school to work with all Y5 and 6 children to give them all scores and data to transfer to their subsequent secondary schools. Penryn College sports teacher Ange Walker has already spied a lot of potential amongst those who will be transferring there after the summer J

Y4 Olympic Challenge Day Football Festival: A team of children from Year 3 and 4 represented us at this event where all schools were given a country to play as. Our school were South Africa and played brilliantly coming 4th out of 21 schools


Roller skating: This proved so popular I ran 2 consecutive, 5 week clubs in the Autumn term. The children really developed their skills, speed and style. Seeing their confidence grow as they manoeuvred on wheels was very rewarding and this is a club they would all love to repeat in future years. We have thought about purchasing our own boots, helmets and pads so we can offer this without a cost.

Netball: Maxine Hart, Alexa Seymour and Ruthanne Lyne have run this club throughout the year for us and it has been very popular and well attended. Our team have become stronger this year and this added confidence enabled them to enter in the league. This was exciting, especially when they won their first match J

Tag Rugby: Mr Hitchens has been running our Rugby Club. He had some help from Mr Bateson (a GTP trainee) in the Spring term when Aussie Rules were also taught and played for half a term. It has been brilliant having a regular rugby club throughout 2 terms as this meant the children were much more prepared for the festival and tournament. A year 2  rugby club has also been running at lunchtimes which the children involved have loved.

Cricket: Cricket has been running in the Summer term and is well attended.

KS2 Football: Football club has run all year with Dads: Cy Prynn and Jon Martin leading the coaching. Many children attend and this year we entered the league. We came 3rd overall.

X-Country: Cross Country has run throughout all three terms this year with Dave Collins being our own school coach. He also coaches the children when they move up to Penryn

College so training is consistent and the children are already familiar with Dave when they get there.

Boxercise:After a taster session with Mrs Gilbert places for this club were taken up quickly. Running for 6 weeks early in the Summer term has meant a lot of sweaty young people have been improving their fitness dramatically. A combination of boxing moves and tough circuit training is what it’s all about as well as improving strength, fitness, co-ordination and speed.

Surf Club: This club was set up by Mr Wild and has been running since just after the Easter break in conjunction with qualified instructors from Carrick Leisure/Blue Surf School. It started off with fourteen children and one member of staff and now another 4 members of staff have now joined (CG, JA, JH, GJ) with more wanting to. The club takes place wherever the surf happens to be on a Friday after school and all the children are loving the challenge of mastering this cool sport. Currently I am not sure who is more addicted: the staff or the pupils! As this club is popular we aim to continue running it right through to October half term and repeating it again annually if enough children want to continue learning. We now have our own school surf club hoodies on order. Awesome!

Professional Coaches:

Although funding has almost disappeared for all coaching opportunities we have still managed to provide our children with some professional coaches throughout the year. Some have incurred costs but we have also grabbed any that have been free opportunities. Penryn College are still very much a part of what we do and still remain very keen to work with us providing what they can in the way of taster sessions and coaching as well as advising and directing us to other providers.

Roller skating: Martin Beck (Penryn)

Cyclewise: Martin Beck (Penryn)

Boxercise: Alice Rae (Mullion)

Quad Kids: Y11 young leaders from Penryn College

Y3/4 and 5/6 sports experience day @ Penryn College: Y9 young leaders

Y 5 activity Day @ Penryn College


CG: PE conference @ Penryn College

CG: EVC update @ Porthpean education centre

ALL staff: PE update from CG on dynamic warm ups and teaching gymnastics as requested by the teaching staff.

CG updated staff on funding and local sport networks and our involvement.

CG updated staff on the guidelines and procedures for safety on educational visits including the preparation, planning, risk assessing and evaluating of visits. This will become an annual staff training agenda item to keep staff up to date as well as CG being available for visit planning when ever needed.


Olympic Torch Replica: St Breoc School had a replica Olympic torch made and it has travelled around Cornwall to every Primary School. It arrived with us on the last day of the Spring Term where it came from Mawnan Smith School with their headteacher and 3 pupils, arriving in the middle of our end of term assembly. On the first day back following this break all classes had an Olympic Day getting excited for the ‘real’ Flame arriving from Greece on the 19th May.

The Olympic Torch Relay 2012: We were most proud when it was announced that our running coach Dave Collins would be a torch bearer in the official torch relay for the 2012 Olympics. Dave carried the flame in Falmouth and many of our families went to watch him. In the week following the Olympic Relay starting in Cornwall Dave brought his valued torch into school during a running session. It was a great morning and so many children from throughout the school, as well as most of our parents congregated on the school field for photos and a close up of the torch itself. Dave is a local legend, although a very modest one. He still holds world records (for the Paris Marathon) and all our runners look up to him. What a role model. Dave was also invited to our sports day where he presented our Sports Day trophy to the winning team captain and vice captain. This year Red Team won.

Sport Relief: On Sport Relief Day 2012 all classes took part in a sponsored skip, bake and run. It was a great day with the whole school on the field for the skipping and running events where all children watch and cheered each other on…followed by eating their cookies as a reward!

Sports Day: Sports day took place on 20th July and the sun shone J

Swimathon: On 29h April 13 staff members took part in the National Swimathon in aid of Marie Curie Cancer Care.  Although the three school teams did the distance challenge for fun there was a certain level of competition amongst some swimmers! All entrants did extremely well and a total of 15,000m was achieved with each team member swimming between 20 and 80 lengths. All teams completed the challenge in the following times:

Team Squirt: (Cags, Ali C, Lynda G)

Team Dory: (Kirsty S, Anthea S, Chris W, Charlotte S)

Team Nemo: (Adrian R, Pip J, James H, Caroline B)

A total of £    was raised by our teams in aid of Marie Curie Cancer Care

Y5/6 Camp: This year we stayed at the YHA in Golant, near Fowey. We had an exciting, action packed week that included: ski lessons, tobogganing, snow tubing, surf lessons, coasteering, go-karting, sand dune jumping, tree surfing, tree jumping, archery, bush craft, zip wires, and Cornwalls Crealy. Three mini buses driven by Mrs Gilbert, Mrs Jones and Mr Wild transported the children to and fro and a great week was had by all. School Camp provides great learning opportunities for children as well as many we cannot provide in school; like outdoor and adventurous activities as well as developing independence, overcoming fears and socialising/living with others.

Y3/4 Mini camp: As we have grown in numbers and there was no room for Year 4 children on ‘big camp’ this year we decided to offer the children in Y3 and 4 a mini camp experience. Over the course of two days we took them for an adventure day at Bishops Forum where bushcraft, quarry problem solving, climbing, abseiling and Canadian canoeing was on offer for them all. That evening a BBQ dinner at the Brand’s residence, then an over night sleep over under canvas in the school field followed by a beach challenge day.

Y2 Camp: Year 2 also had a great camp where they went to Country Skittle for the day and had lunch their followed by a BBQ in the school field then a disco just for them in the hall. They also slept in the school field in tents.

The last word: We have many competent visit leaders in our school and all are willing to plan, organise and carry out the paper work that is involved in providing our children with such a variety of outdoor learning opportunities. All visits take need a lot of forward planning, authorisation from Cornwall Outdoors and many risk assessments. It’s great to work in a school where the ethos throughout is one where the importance of learning outside the classroom as well as inside the school grounds is so important.                                             Mrs G