Mapplewells Primary & Nursery School recognised with double schools’ games awards
Mapplewells Primary & Nursery School in Sutton in Ashfield has been recognised with two awards for its commitment to sport.
Glynn Hall is Ashfield School Games Organiser and explained that because of the Covid-19 pandemic, the traditional approach to the school games had to be adapted. "The School Games Organisers in Nottinghamshire felt that schools deserved recognition for the work and support they had put in place for their pupils across this academic year, so we created our own criteria and application process for a School Games Recognition Award and School Games Virtual Award.”
Glynn said that Mapplewells showed their strength in both categories. "Mapplewells Primary & Nursery School engaged in all aspects of the district School Games programme prior to lockdown and since have provided their pupils with a fantastic virtual programme; including supporting the district’s School Games activities and taking part in their Flying High Trust Virtual Sports Day.
Mapplewells teacher, Tom Darby (PE Specialist and Trust PE Lead) said the award recognises the hard work of staff, pupils and of their families. "Prior to lockdown we attended every sports event we could and this created lots of opportunities for our pupils to represent their school. But we were faced with the prospect that during the period of lockdown, our pupils and parents’ enthusiasm for sport could have stalled; but if anything, it spurred them on even more!
"During the first few weeks of lockdown we had so many pupils taking part in virtual challenges, -and the engagement we had was incredible. This has continued through the past few months and offering the pupils and parents various virtual challenges has kept up both the participation and the enjoyment.
"This double award is deserved by all of our Mapplewellian family and I would like to thank Glynn for all his hard work over the past year. His dedication and organisation is second to none and he provides so many opportunities for the children of Mapplewells, and Ashfield, to not only be competitive but to enjoy being active.”
Taking part throughout was pupil, Ellis Senior, (Yr6) who said. "I have represented school at football, swimming and rowing. It meant a lot to me to be a part of these teams. We did really well as we always try and try.” Oliver Hardwick (Yr6) agreed. "I enjoyed representing school at rowing too because we had a great team!” Owen Fincha (Yr6) said, "It was really nice to be part of the rowing and athletics team as I like doing sport.”
Vice Chair of Governors at the school is Mrs Nicola Middleton who said, "As a parent of a child at Mapplewells, I have been really pleased with the amount of sporting activities my son has been involved with. As a governor, I am pleased that all children are given the opportunity to try something new and compete. Physical activity is so important for their mental and physical health, as well as being a great opportunity for children to participate and mix with others.”
Grant Worthington is Mapplewells Primary & Nursery School Head Teacher and he said "Receiving the double school games award makes me an immensely proud Head Teacher and Mapplewellian! Staff have worked extremely hard to support our School Games opportunities this year, delivering a range of after school activities as well as attending competitions and festivals with our children. Alongside this, the support we have received from parents has been phenomenal. We always have lots of parents supporting with these events, and this certainly helps to motivate our children to try their best! To have offered so many children the chance to represent our school has been brilliant and I know it is something they will remember for many years to come!”
Grant said that the sense of community became particularly evident once the Coronavirus pandemic started. "During lockdown our families have been so engaged and have embraced the range of Home Learning opportunities offered. This has included many initiatives and challenges formulated by Mr Darby, our PE Specialist. He has done a fantastic job of driving PE and School sport across the school and I am extremely proud that our collective achievements this year have been recognised with this award.”
Pupil Isaac Holt (Yr6) said that the opportunities to play sport in the last year never wavered despite the onset of lockdown. "I represented school for Futsal and it made me feel good especially when we won. I think we did really well this year because we did everything and tried really hard.” Fellow pupil Thomas Williams (Yr6) is an avid sports fan and got involved in many of the activities on offer. "I have done football, table tennis, basketball, athletics, rowing and cross country this year. It felt good because I was doing something for my school. We worked and trained hard to do our best!”