31/03/2017

On top of the game(s)

Nigel Owens
Nigel Owens
Nigel Owens

Well, it more than lived up to the billing. Last week's 'Evening with Nigel Owens', superbly compèred by BBC Scrum V presenter Sean Holley had absolutely everything: irreverent humour, insight, reflection... even some wonderful singing! And we raised nearly £2000 for rugby development at the school, for which I'm especially grateful to our great new friends at The Events Room...

Diolch, Nigel. Diolch, Sean. Diolch, Matt.

It was wholly appropriate that the week should have started in the company of rugby's - perhaps sport's - greatest official. Because just two days later many of our students were playing an absolutely pivotal role officiating, organising and leading at the 2017 Berkshire Winter School Games at Bisham Abbey; acting as outstanding role models for over 1000 young people from across the County's primary and secondary schools.

The School Games, an Olympic and Paralympic-style multi-sports festival bringing together winning teams from district competitions in a variety of different sports have been running since 2012. I still enjoy the grandiose title of Headteacher Chair of the Local Organising Committee! Quite frankly, I now do absolutely nothing; all credit for these truly inspirational winter and summer sports events goes to the amazing team of School Games Organisers and staff from the County Sports Partnership, Get Berkshire Active....

However, one key stand of such original vision I helped to shape for the Games back in still remains...

We always wanted these to be 'a games for young people, led by young people'. And last Wednesday it was Park House students who stood out as the true heirs of that first generation of young leaders and officials we first trained for their responsibilities back in 2012.

2012 Games Makers

Firstly, our Year 10 Hockey Leaders, who ran the entire tournament and received fabulous feedback from teachers, officials and parents for co-ordinating 46 games in an afternoon! As the Head of the Berkshire Hockey Association concluded:

I was privileged to have the help of Park House School Young leaders. The 14 Year 10 pupils who came to help are a real credit to Park House School. They were co-operative, friendly, willing to learn and did absolutely everything asked of them... I have nothing but praise for these young leaders.

School Games

Secondly, our Student Leaders brilliantly ran the Athletes' 'Cultural Village', another distinctive - and innovative - feature of our original vision for the Games in which competitors have the opportunity to try new sporting challenges, listen to an inspirational speaker or enjoy a musical or artistic learning experience in between their events...

School Games

Finally, the event always attracts in the region of fifty VIPs; local dignitaries including the County's various mayors, business leaders, other Headteachers and, this year, even Berkshire's Lord Lieutenant... And guess who hosted their reception and led their tour...

School Games 

Young people who are, in every sense, on top of the game.

 

 

 

 

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