At Hillstone Primary school we believe that a child, who is physically active, is a happier child. The early years of a child's life builds the paving blocks to fundamental skills for future activity, developing agility, balance, coordination and sport specific skills. Sport and Physical Education promotes health and exercise and means our children will be more likely to be active adults. Not only does sport have physical benefits but it also develops their social attributes, improving their confidence, teamwork and communication skills. Sport helps to install a 'growth mind set' in children, helping them to deal with failure and mistakes and to understand that these are needed to improve and should be celebrated. Sport gives children a practical way of experiencing this.
During the week commencing 1st April, our children competed in four School Games Finals. To qualify for a School Games Finals, you need to win a qualifying tournament within your partnership. This academic year has been our most successful to date, with our children qualifying for every competition we've competed in. This in itself is a brilliant achievement for our children as to qualify for so many different finals is an extremely difficult thing to do.
The finals we competed in last week were in; indoor athletics, para athletics, basketball and hockey. If our children were to get up on the winners podium for any of these events we knew we would have to play our very best in all events as we would be up against the best primary school teams in the whole of Birmingham. We had some brilliant successes last week to add to some of our achievements already this academic year. Below are the results of these events, as well as the other school games finals we have competed in this half term.
Basketball - 5th
Gymnastics - 4th
Hockey - Bronze
Dance - Bronze
Indoor Athletics- Silver
Para Athletics- Gold
Well done to our children for doing so well. This has been are most successful Winter Games Finals to date.
To add to these achievements our cross country teams also had their last race of the season this half term. Our boys retained their title for the 6th year in a row. Our girls were up against it after consistently finishing second to a strong Blakenhale team, our girls fought tooth and nail to win the last two races of the season bringing it to a nail biting finale. Unfortunately our girls were just pipped to 1st place by Blakenhale. Nevertheless our girls showed amazing grit and a great mindset, never giving up, and giving their all when their backs were against the wall.
A special mention to Maryam Hadi in year 3 who won girl runner of the season for the whole of league. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first time a year 3 has ever been named best girl runner of the season by the league organisers. To top this off Adnaan Hadi in year 5, Maryam's brother, won boy of the season!! Again to the best of our knowledge this is the first time a brother, sister combination have been named boy and girl runners of the season.
Well done to all of our children who have competed of late. They have achieved some amazing things, due to their hard work and never give up approach.