The first half of the Spring Term has been a busy one with no less than five swimming galas.
Our first gala was the IAPS swimming regional round with Plymouth College. The top 16 fastest swimmers for each event and age group nationally have the opportunity to swim at the finals in May in Crawley, Sussex. Last year, Sam Norton became national champion in the 25m breaststroke. We wait to see if any of our swimmers have qualified once all the results from across the country are collated around Easter time.
Truro School pool was the venue for the first round of the Peninsula Sport Partnership Gala, Richard Lander Cluster. All 18 of our swimmers and all four relay teams made it to the final heats. We achieved eight individual Gold medals and one relay Gold medal. Truro Prep was the overall winner retaining their trophy from last year.
All our teams went on to the next regional Peninsula Sport Partnership gala at Carn Brea. On the day the girls’ teams were depleted by sickness, but we secured two team places in the Cornwall School Games final: the Year 6 and Year 5 boys’ teams.
The first of our School’s galas was the Year 3 Gala. The swimmers impressed us with their excellent technique for such young competitors. The Victor Ludorum was Jamie Beaman, Victrix Ludorum Emily Gordon-Brown.
The Year 5 and Year 6 gala was held at Truro School pool. For some in Year 5 this was their first opportunity to swim in this 25m pool with a deep end. At the end of a full programme, the Victor Ludorum was Sam Norton and the Victrix Ludorum was Rosie Bartlett. Sam and Rosie also won the Morgan Cup and Goddard Cup respectively, as well as securing a new school record , Sam in the breaststroke and Rosie in the butterfly.
There has also been plenty of swimming during school lessons. In Pre- Prep the children have been working on their flotation, balance and breathing skills. In Reception and Year 1 especially we have been perfecting balance, glide and streamline, before adding gentle propulsive actions. We work both on the front and on the back and experiment with all the strokes, developing smooth unhurried actions, mostly without floats.
In the Prep School, Year 5 started the term with tumble turns and followed with a programme of lengths.
Year 4 have been working towards making their strokes more efficient and less splashy, taking time to watch each other swim and provide feedback.
Year 3 enjoyed their post gala session, with the challenge of crossing the pool without getting wet with just a large float and a rope. They displayed excellent teamwork and co-operation in calmly getting everyone across the pool.
In the second half of the Spring Term we have the Year 4 gala to look forward to.