We are excited to announce that we have achieved the School Games Silver Mark Award for the 2018/19 academic year. The School Games Mark is a Government led award scheme launched in 2012, facilitated by the Youth Sport Trust to reward schools for their commitment to the development of competition across their school and in the community, and we are delighted to have been recognised for our success.
Our participation in local inter-school competitions has increased year on year from 14 events in 2016/17 up to 36 events this year giving the opportunity for many more children to compete.
We are so proud of our pupils for their dedication to all aspects of school sport, including our Year 5 Sports Council whose roles include leading playtime sports clubs, organising sporting events and intra-house competitions, reporting on matches and tournaments for the school newsletter and taking responsibility for the selecting, purchasing and upkeep of playground equipment.
As part of our application, we were asked to fulfil criteria in the areas of participation, competition, workforce and clubs, and we are pleased that the hard work of everyone at our school has been rewarded this year.
Challenger Games 2021 - Winners
Godinton Cross Country 2019 – Year 6 Boys Team Winners
Godinton Cross Country 2019 - Year 4 Girls Individual Winner
Orienteering Tournament Ashford 2019 – Team Winners
Tag Rugby Tournament (Lady Joanna School, Wye) 2019 – 2nd Place
ADPSSA Ashford and District Athletics Tournament 2019 – Small School Winners
ADPSSA Netball Small Schools Tournament Ashford 2019 – 2nd Place
Rounders Tournament Ashford Prep School Year 5/6 2019 – Winners
National Primary Cross Country Finals Leicestershire 2019 – 2 Pupils Qualified
Spring Grove Cross Country 2018 – Year 5 Boys Team Winners
Godinton House Cross Country 2018 – Year 5 Boys Team Winners
Godinton House Cross Country 2018 – Year 6 Girls Team Winners
ADPSSA Ashford and District Athletics Tournament 2018 – Small School Winners
Wingham Football Tournament 2018 – 2nd place
Mini Tennis Tournament, Ashford. Year 3/4 – 2nd place
Small Schools Football Tournament 2018 – Winners
Rapid Fire Cricket Tournament Ashford 2018 – 3rd Place
In addition to weekly PE lessons and swimming lessons for children in Key Stage 2, we also run Level 1 Intra-School Competitions including House Dodgeball, Tag Rugby, Handball and Football tournaments, Cross-Country, Hockey and Sports Day Athletics.
It has been so amazing to see the enthusiasm with which our children have embraced being able to compete with other schools again at Level 2 Inter-School Competitions.
Up until the COVID-19 pandemic, our yearly attendance at competitions had increased year on year for the previous 3 years with 36 events attended in 2018/19! We hope to get back to those high levels of attendance as quickly as possible. Our first Cross Country meet in October 2021 saw 35 of our pupils attending and competing which is over a third of the school!
We have also embraced the ‘Daily Mile’ initiative which involves children going for a brisk walk or jog around a set route in the village. The benefits of this initiative are widespread including increased physical activity, improved mental wellbeing and higher concentration levels when back in the classroom. Each class has a ‘Daily Mile Champion’ whose responsibility it is to record daily miles and encourage class activity. Classes compete to see how many ‘Daily Miles’ they can do in a term and the winning class receives a small treat!
Look out in forthcoming newsletters for information about events and clubs that the Sports Council are planning!
Our amazing Sports Council have decided to give out a weekly certificate for children attending the Year One Sports Club which takes place every Thursday and Friday playtime. The certificates are given out during Friday’s Celebration Assembly and are awarded for sporting skill, sportsmanship, enthusiasm, kindness to others and listening skills.
You should be very proud if your child brings home a certificate and trophy on a Friday! (Please note the trophy should be returned by the following Friday).
At Chilham, we strive to provide a broad range of sports and to introduce and encourage children to experience new and different activities. We have loved trying out Badminton, Orienteering and Archery in recent times and look forward to finding out what extra sports the pupils would like to try this year. We also feel it is important to give them a say in what after school clubs are provided so our Sports Council carry out a termly whole school survey to ascertain which sports are desired.
Thursday morning running club with Mrs Keir restarts in Term 2, from Thursday 4th November. Parents are required to stay for this club or arrange for their child to be taken to school by another parent. Please meet at the sports hall at 8.00am, and wait at the top gate to be let into school afterwards - do not go into school via the office.
We would love more photos of your children’s sporting achievements outside school for the achievers’ board.
Please ensure that, as well as their school PE kit, your child has named jogging bottoms and spare socks for PE.