P.E, School Sport & Physical Activity (PESSPA)
Eastleigh Sports Awards 2022 Winners
On Monday 9th May, Mr Wright - P.E Leader - attended the Eastleigh Sports Awards at The Hilton at The Ageas Bowl where Hiltingbury Junior School had been nominated for School of the Year alongside Merdon Junior School and Toynbee. Little did he anticipate that later that evening, we, as a school, would be victorious!
This award recognised the huge journey we have gone on as a school in ensuring as many children as possible are given opportunities to participate, and enjoy, sport and physical activity at their level. As he said in the acceptance speech, it is a huge team effort and relies largely on the children’s enthusiasm for these projects and innovations.
He was very humbled to be nominated for this award, let alone to win it. We as a school are passionate in using sport to support children’s wellbeing. Listening to the likes of Francis Benali MBE and Lou Gittens during the evening, he was inspired to provide more opportunities to our children next year and beyond.
Hiltingbury Junior School achieves the School Games Gold Mark Award 2021-2022
We are delighted to announce that we, Hiltingbury Junior School, have achieved the School Games 'Gold' Mark Award for the 2021/22 academic year.
The School Games Mark is a Government-led award scheme launched in
2012, facilitated by the Youth Sport Trust to reward and recognise school's engagement (provision and uptake) in the School Games against a national benchmark and to celebrate keeping young people active, and we are delighted to have been recognised for our success.
We are extremely proud of our pupils for their dedication to all aspects of physical activity and school sport, including those young volunteers, leaders and officials who made our events possible. We are committed to using the School Games to try and engage those young people who haven't previously been active or represented our school and to try and ensure that all our students have a positive experience and want to try out new activities beyond school too in our community. We believe in the power of physical activity and school sport as a school and give opportunities to those young people that need it most either as a participant, leader, official or volunteer.
As part of our application, we were asked to fulfil criteria in the areas linked to the five School Games outcomes and we are pleased that the hard work of everyone at our school has been rewarded this year.
A special thanks to everyone who has contributed to this: children, parents, staff.
We look forward to applying once again in 2023!
At Hiltingbury, we have an enthusiastic group of Sports Leaders from across the school who are keen to improve P.E, School Sport and Physical Activity (PESSPA) across the school. Sports Leaders apply at the start of each academic year by writing a letter of application stating why they think they would make an excellent candidate for the job and most importantly, why they want to be one!
Sports Leaders help to organise and lead events such as Sports Day, Inter-house Sports and give opinions on what they would like our PE and sport provision at Hiltingbury to offer in the future.
In addition, our Sports Leaders lead playground games and activities each lunchtime for children to enjoy, increasing the amount of physical activity they are doing. They lead games and also look after the P.E equipment. This role develops important values such as friendship, respect and kindness as well as building their confidence and communication skills throughout the year.
The children play an invaluable role in promoting a healthy lifestyle amongst their peers and are keen to support their peers in getting enough physical activity.
Our Sports Leaders are:
What our Sports Leaders say about the role:
“I enjoy spreading my love of sport with other children.”
“We love finding new, creative games for children to play and enjoy.”
“The role has helped give me more confidence.
Winchester Inter School Football League Success (2021-2022)
In the inaugural season of this league, Hiltingbury Junior School entered a Year 6 Boys team and Year 6 Girls Team respectively - both of whom had very successful seasons. The girl's team lost just one match throughout the year while the boys won every single match finishing top of their league. Well done to all of the children who took part in either team across the whole season.
Hampshire County Finals - Girls Football, February 2022
Earlier this term, the Y5/6 Girls’ Football Team played in the North Eastleigh and Winchester Girls’ Football tournament. Despite only playing a few league matches beforehand, the girls did tremendously well, winning their qualifying group comfortably without losing a match. As a result, they qualified for the final, where they played against Weeke Primary School, unfortunately losing 1-0. However, as a result of reaching the final, they qualified for the Hampshire County Finals at Stoneham Lane. Here, they competed against teams from across the county: from Southampton to Andover, New Forest to Basingstoke.
Again, they did fantastically well, qualifying out of their group and reaching the latter stages of the competition, eventually finishing 7th out of the top 18 teams from the county. This is the first time in many years that Hiltingbury has had a girls’ football team and even longer since we had a team as successful as this one. Well done girls!
Year 6 Bikeability - Summer 2022
Our year 6 cohort took part in their Bikeability training this term. Most of the year group completed their Level 1 and Level 2 training, while 30 lucky year sixes also completed their Level 3 Bikeability training. All of the training began on the school playground, building confidence on the bikes, before venturing out onto local roads near school where the children learnt how to safely perform specific manoeuvres, such as turning into a new road and u-turns.
For the Level 3 training, these 30 year 6 children learnt how to safely manoeuvre traffic lights, roundabouts and busier roads. Well done to all of the children who completed their training with such enthusiasm and receptivity to learn. It has been great seeing many more year 6 children cycle to school since the training.
How Can Parents Support at Home?
- Ensure your child is always present with the correct PE kit (Hiltingbury shirt, shorts, jumper and trousers are allowed in the winter). Regardless of the timetabled day, kit should come in on a Monday and go home (to be washed) on a Friday. Having a kit in all week allows greater flexibility with weather and other aspects that could lead to a change in timetable.
- Encourage your child to be physically active outside of school. Whether that is through joining a sporting club, running or some other form of physical exercise. Establishing this good practice early will help them to make physical activity part of their daily/weekly routine and help them to live healthier lifestyles.
- Always share any sporting successes outside of school so we can celebrate them in school too e.g. scoring a hat-trick in a weekend football match or achieving a belt in karate or moving up a lane in swimming. We love to hear about these sporting successes and will celebrate them in Friday's Celebration Assembly.
How we can support you at home
Below is a range of online resources suggested by Energise Me (a partner in the Hampshire School Games) that include ideas and guidance on how to be fit and healthy in and around the home.
- www.thedailymile.co.uk A social activity that all the family can get involved with, either walking, running or jogging for 15 minutes
- www.nhs.uk/change4life offers free resources to help families eat well and move more
- www.gov.uk/government/publications/my-activity-passport is a free resource that families can use to create their own active adventures
- www.nhs.uk/live-well/exercise/get-active-your-way offers many ways to build physical activity into family life
- www.plprimarystars.com/for-families offers free family activities
- www.activekidsdobetter.co.uk/active-home provides fun ways of getting active
- www.imoves.com/imovement-signup is a free online platform that provides 2-minute, 10-minute and longer length activities to support parents getting children active
Other useful links for keeping active
Youth Sports Trust virtual-after school sports club (every Tuesday and Thursday 5pm on Youtube) with the link: After School Sport Club | Youth Sport Trust