Sport at Stockham

Thank you to everyone for all the sponsored circuit fundraising! As a school we raised over £1000 and it is excellent to be able to not only give a generous amount to the charity but also be left with £500 for ourselves to be spent on play equipment for the children outside. The signed wrist bands and certificates are on their way!

On Tuesday 6th November, we took 23 children (3 teams) to the tag rugby tournament at grove rugby club.

It was a great competition with all the children trying their best and enjoying themselves. It was fantastic to see some children being brave and trying out the new sport even though they felt nervous!

We didn't advance to the quarter finals but there were some close games and the children demonstrated lots of super skills. Well done everyone!

On Wednesday 17th October,  we had our very special assembly with paralympian Alistair Patrick- Heselton. The assembly was very inspirational and it was lovely to see so many enthusiastic children with questions to ask him.
The children also took part in a sponsored circuit. It was very loud, energetic and busy and everyone had a great time. The children were very determined to try their best in each activity. Our year 6 head leaders also need a huge thank you for supporting all the key stage 1 children to take part. 
As a school, we were raising money both for sporting equipment for ourselves and to support athletes train for and compete in their events. Thank you to everyone for helping to raise money for these good causes! More information will follow about how much we raised in total!

On Wednesday 10th October, we attended the Vale round of the cross country, 

The children were all fantastic and I am really proud of them all. The boys came 4th this time - which is amazing considering they were up against finalists from other schools. They narrowly missed out on 3rd place by 3 points only! 

An extra special congratulations needs to be made to Dylan who has made it through to the county round as an individual runner this time! A huge thank you from me again to all the parents and grand parents who came to support the children at the cross country event!

Year 4 have kicked off our intra school competitions for the year with a hockey tournament! Well done to the greens who were the over all champions and won 20 points for the totaliser!
All the children were very impressive in their teams and there was a lot of determination to try and use the new hockey skills learnt in prior lessons!
We kicked off our sporting events calendar brilliantly this year with cross country on Friday 28th September.
A record number 41 children from key stage 2 took part. The children were absolutely amazing and so determined to try their best throughout - especially the year fives and sixes who discovered when we arrived that course was extended to twice around the park not once!
Everyone gave it their all and it paid off with amazing results. One team of year 3 and 4 girls came third whilst a team of year 3 and 4 boys won. Both teams will advance to the next round and a huge congratulations to them both. We also discovered that this year both the 5 and 6 girls and boys teams came 4th - narrowly missing out on also attending the next stage of the competition! 
There were also a lot of individual achievements with a large number of children placing in the top ten of the race:
Zak - year 5  - 7th
Summer - year 4  - 7th
Ava - year 4 - 9th
Evie - year 5 - 4th
Dylan - year 4  - 1st
Oscar - year 4  - 2nd
Fabian - year 3 - 7th
Alfie  - year 4 - 8th
A big well done to you all!
Thank you to all the parents and staff who supported children at this event or were able to help with transport.  
Congratulations to our new sport committee - known as the 'Head Leaders'. They have been dedicated all year 5 - giving up a lunch time a week (sometimes more) to lead games for younger children and run competitions for them. You will now see them at different sporting school events next year helping staff and sometimes running them! Well done!
On Wednesday 7th June, we took a team to the Wantage cricket tournament. In the first round we won 2 out of 3 of our games making it through to the 3rd/4th play off. We finished 4th over all.
It was great to see some new faces at a school competition and have children trying out new skills. Everyone was very supportive of each other - doing Stockham proud for sporting attitude and even persevering in the rain!
During the final week of term 5, we took children from key stage 2 to the quad kids athletic events. They were all so impressive in the events - particularly the 400m and 600m where all the adults were impressed with their determination to keep going and try their best. Well done to all the children for their individual successes and congratulations to Ronnie Bowell for coming second out of all the boys at the year 5 and 6 event. Thank you to all the adults who came and supported the children.
On Wednesday 23rd May, years 4, 5 and 6 enjoyed the sun and took part in a rounders house competition. Well done to the red house for being the over all champions and congratulations to all the individual children who won stars for the totaliser for showing fantastic team spirit during the event.
On Friday 18th May, Stockham hosted the Wantage schools rounders tournament. We entered 2 teams of year 5/6 children into the event and they had a lot of fun in the sunny weather showing off their batting and fielding skills. Well done to one of our teams who came 4th in the event. It was also fantastic to see some new faces at the competition - well done to those children for being brave and trying something new!
On Tuesday 1st May we took 4 girls and 4 boys from year 4 to play in the Wantage tennis tournament. It was fantastic to see how exited all the children were to take part and they all tried their very best. Well done everyone and thank you to the adults who supported the event.

On Friday 20th April, we took 7 boys to play in the year 5/6 Wantage schools football tournament against 11 other teams. The whole team played fantastically, showing great sportsmanship and winning every single game - becoming the tournament champions!  This is impressive news for Stockham! A big thank you to all the parents who came and supported the children and thank you to Matt Turner for managing the team so well on the day!

Year 6 have been trying out a new curriculum sport at Stockham - yoga. They have really enjoyed their first session and have a lot more to learn over the next few weeks. Yoga is also an after school sport for all children to have a go at this term.

On Wednesday 18th April, 8 children attended the Wantage partnership swimming Gala. They worked well as a team and showed great determination with their swimming – even the trickier strokes! There was some very good competition - with a lot of club swimmers - but our children remained determined and tried their very best setting an excellent example for the school. Well done!

We did lots of activities on sports relief day - starting with a whole school daily mile!
At lunch time the netball team payed the teachers.....and the teachers lost 5-4! Lots of sportsmanship from the children.....its a shame the teachers weren't so sporting about losing!! After lunch, the head leaders ran an obstacle course for everyone to have a go at and enjoy. Thank you to all the adults for taking part and the children for leading it!
Netball update
The netball team entered the Vale Tournament on Tuesday 21st March with 9 other Vale of the White Horse teams who all won or came runner up in the first stages. We sailed through the first round comfortably, winning all 4 of our matches. In the semi finals, we lost out on a place in the final (to the team who eventually won) only by a golden goal in the 3rd minute of extra time. Despite this set back, the children still played excellently in the final play off for 3rd and 4th position - finishing 3rd. The whole team was fantastic and have represented our school brilliantly - their teamwork was a driving factor in their success as they were so brilliant at knowing each other's strengths and how to support each other. Well done everyone and thank you to all the adults who came and supported us at the event. 
On Friday 9th March, 3 teams attended the Wantage netball tournament. All the children had lots of fun and we were impressed with their teamwork and the confidence of the children who had never attended a tournament before! One team reached the final - coming second out of 14 teams - we will now be attended the Vale round in a few weeks time. 

On Wednesday 10th January, we took 11 children to the Boccia event at Wantage Leisure Centre. For some children this was a brand new sport and they were determined to try it. It's a bit like 'bowls' where you have to throw a ball to get closest to the 'jack'. All the children had lots of fun and said they would definitely play it again! Well done everyone!

Well done to all the children who performed their special ‘gifted and talented’ Christmas dance in the assembly on Friday 8th December. You all practiced so hard and were brilliant so we just had to share it with your parents! The videos can now be seen on the Stockham news page.