Sainsbury’s School Games Mark
We’ve done it! For the third year in a row, we have been awarded the Gold Sainsbury’s School Games Mark. This is a Government led awards scheme, launched in 2012 to reward schools for their commitment to the development of competition across their school and into the community. Schools in England are able to assess themselves across bronze, silver and gold levels of the Mark. The gold award has been awarded to congratulate us on the wide variety and participation in after school clubs, participation in level 1, 2 and 3 competitions as well as making links with local clubs.
U11S PREMIER LEAGUE STARS TOURNAMENT
On Friday the ‘A’ team took part in the regional finals of the Premier League Stars football tournament. The boys did extremely well, winning the competition without losing a game.
They will now represent not only our school but also Liverpool FC at the national finals, which will be held at Leicester City’s King Power Stadium on Wednesday 23rd May. Here they will take on twenty other schools from across the country, each representing a Premier League team.
As well as this fantastic honour, they have also won six training sessions with Liverpool academy coaches and will also be flag bearers for the Liverpool v Bayern Munich ‘Legends’ game on Saturday 24th March.
We are extremely proud of each and everyone of them, not just for their fantastic footballing ability, but also for the impeccable way they represented Our Lady of Lourdes. Well done boys! The boys who played were: Joel Baggaley, Harry Cliffe, William Collins, Alfie Greenwood, Sean Hampson, Alex Farrelly, William O’Donnell and Sammy Pickerill.
As you may be aware, the Sports Premium money given to schools has doubled this year. The aim of this extra money, which has been raised by the tax on sugary soft drinks, is to combat childhood obesity by encouraging children to be more physically active and educate them in nutrition.
As part of our spending, each class will take part in a ‘Health Day’ delivered by Sports Skills Academy. During the Active Educational Visit, the children take part in an age appropriate nutrition workshop that develops numeracy skills, body awareness, health and wellbeing knowledge in a fun and engaging way.
This is paired with a sport which is selected by the school from an extensive list and includes coaching of skills and techniques in that specific sport as well as games in a ‘round robin’ format. The children score points during all parts of the day in teams and this creates a competitive and engaging day that we believe is important in developing social skills and team spirit with peers.
New Age Kurling
On Friday 17th November, we took eight children to a New Age Kurling competition. The afternoon started with the children having a practice and familiarising themselves with the rules. After this, the three teams competed against other schools from Southport. This resulted in two of our teams becoming joint winners of the event! Well done to all involved and thank you to Mr Smethurst and the Year 9 Stanley High students who ran the afternoon.
Our Year 3’s had their first football tournament this week; a 5-a-side tournament at Stanley High. Competing against other schools in the area, the boys got off to a solid start with a 0-0 draw against Norwood. This was followed by two comprehensive 3-0 victories over Scarisbrick and Linaker respectively. This put the boys through to the semi-finals, where they faced Kingsmeadow. A hard fought 1-0 victory put the boys through the final, where a similarly hard fought 1-0 victory over Kew Wood A meant they returned from their first tournament as champions! Congratulations to all the boys who played and represented the school impeccably, both on and off the pitch.
Team: Jack Cooper, Ted Benford, Mason Kershaw, Alex Pearson, Alex Roberts, Aiden Mathew, Kuba Olechowska