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Last Thursday, 50 Year 10 Level 1 Sports Leaders planned and delivered an exceptional festival to over 100 of our local Primary School Students.
The theme was “Winter Wonderland” and each group of sports leaders were given a different component of fitness to integrate into a fun and interactive activity.
They chose from agility, balance, coordination, power, reaction time or speed. The ideas flew around the classrooms during the planning phase and I was instantly impressed by their creativity and enthusiasm. I did not need to change any of their ideas, instead they challenged their own perceptions of how the activity might play out.
The leaders considered the environment they would be working in, the time available, equipment, resources and how to differentiate their activity in order to challenge the Primary Students as well as ensure the whole activity was safe, fun and of course, Christmas themed!
The Year 10’s were advised to set their equipment up at lunchtime so they didn’t have to rush after school. I walked into the tennis and netball dome at 3.33pm and every activity was set up and all leaders were patiently waiting. I was blown away! This level of organisation as a whole group is very rare, they made the dome look engaging and exciting.
As the Primary Students turned up, their faces were beaming as they were looking around; they were eager to get going!
Connor Vanstone and Ashton Laidler opened up the festival with loud, clear voices and jeered the students up with encouraging them to yell “HoHoHo!” This was followed up by the leaders attempting their HoHoHo and it is fair to say that the Primary Students clearly had the loudest voices. The activities began and ran extremely smoothly. Fortunately, we did not need to make use of our “elf and safety” station! The Christmas music that was selected and coordinated by the students provided an amazing atmosphere.
I was particularly impressed to see the leaders make subtle changes as a result of their on going assessment and evaluation. This demonstrated natural leadership.
At the end of the festival, we thanked the students and within 5 minutes the dome was cleared and empty!
The leaders ensured all equipment was put away in the right place; highlighting their knowledge that a job is never complete until everything has been packed away. I brought up level 3 leaders for two reasons; one so they could support the primary students and secondly so they could help the Level 1 leaders if they ran into any problems.
Not one level 3 leader had to step in, they all spoke very highly of the Year 10’s and I quote “I don’t think we were anyway near as good at this when we were in Year 10!”
Very well done to all and Happy Christmas!
Mrs K Hilton Head of PE & Sport Science