Sports Blog: October 2013

Last month, the department hosted a hugely successful rugby coaching event which had a key focus on Year 4 pupils. Gary Townsend, the National Development Manager for the Rugby Football Union, delivered a workshop for teachers and coaches outlining the new rules of play. Pupils from the eight schools present then took part in some coached games and had specific coaching for the tackle. The Cornwall Rugby Football Union staff led this section of the event. All of the schools returned on 23 October to take part in a festival of rugby. Mrs Barnett and the sports leadership group organised and ran the event. We are hoping that this will be the start of a possible increased fixture list with local schools for the future.


Angela Barnett will be tutoring the High Five Netball course at the school next month. Staff from local primary schools have been invited and again it will be linked into a Netball Festival at our school.


There has been a real buzz about the new Sir Ben Ainslie Sports Centre. Our senior activities programme now includes indoor tennis in the new centre, football on the astro pitch, golf at Truro Golf Club, textiles, sailing/kayaking/rowing at Stithians and Sports Leadership.


Sports Leadership is generating lots of enthusiastic leaders from both Years 5 and 6. These children are having fun, and are already leading warm ups with other children in extra-curricular clubs. They have taken the opportunity to work with Mrs Thorning in Pre-Prep sessions, designing some new creative story sacks. All of these activities are being recorded in their new Play Maker leadership portfolios. They will also be involved with running sports events and festivals.


Our school teams have started so well, with our U11A hockey team winning their recent matches against Truro School and Plymouth College. We are looking forward to taking them up to Millfield School next week for the West IAPS Girls’ Hockey tournament. Our U9A hockey team were delighted to draw with Kelly Prep and St. Petroc’s School. They are now looking forward to their matches with Truro High School next week.


William, Rosie and Elinor have all been selected to attend the Junior Hockey Development Centre training at Truro School, which is the first stage of identifying potential County hockey players. Our U9 rugby teams are looking good, and were unbeaten in their matches with Kelly Prep and St. Petroc’s School. Our U11 teams enjoyed some close matches with Plymouth College this week. Selected pupils were also recently involved with the pre-match coaching session at Exeter Chiefs, before getting the opportunity to stay and watch their match against Leicester Tigers.


Sally Luxton

Head of PE