Sport at Stockham

On Friday 1st July, we took 8 children from years 5 and 6 to the Wantage swimming Gala. They all did so well even though some of the children were very nervous having never attended a gala before. They had to swim individual events, as well as working together in relay teams, and swim multiple strokes.  Well done Emma, Gwyn and the boys' team for all coming first in their individual events and the boys in the freestyle relay. Overall the boys team finished an amazing first place - they were all incredibly proud of themselves. The girls came 5th. The teachers were very proud of the confidence you all showed when trying something new. You were all willing to have a go and gave it your all. Well done!

On Wednesday 8th June, we had our summer tennis taster festival with Andy Aitkin from Wantage Lawn Tennis Club. All the children in the school got learn and practice using their tennis skills in a fun and social way and everybody had lots of fun. All the children all received an invitation to an open day which is happening on Saturday 11th June and Sunday 12th June at Wantage Tennis Club – it would be great for Andy to see some faces there.

On Wednesday 25th May, we took two teams of year 5 and 6 children to Challow Cricket Club for a tournament. The children were all very excited to put their cricket skills to the test. They worked brilliantly in their teams and were very keen to share advice with each other. One team came 5th place and our second team came out on top spot - 1st! Thank you to our staff and parent helpers who made the event possible.

On Friday 20th May, the Stockham A netball team finally had their opportunity to have a final play off against other schools who had succeeded in their league. Four teams arrived at Stockham to play each other in a round robin and all the children had fantastic energy – especially in the wet weather. They had really grown as a team after practicing together during the school day and overall out of all the Wantage schools finished in an amazing second place! Everyone should be so proud and what an amazing achievement!


On Wednesday 18th May, two teams from year 6 took part in a rounders competition against other Wantage schools. For some children it was their first experience of rounders – especially with all the competitive rules. They all enjoyed themselves and had of fun, showing great team spirit. It was also fantastic to see everyone applying their new skills to a game situation and growing more confident in the tactics as we went along. Great job everyone!

On Tuesday 17th May, all who wanted to in Key stage 2 took part in the cross-country trials ready for the Wantage schools finals in the summer! It was great to see so many children in key stage 2 willing and determined to have a go! Year 3/4 had to run 1.5km and year 5/6 had to run 2km round a track. We will be entering 4 teams into the final. Thank you to all the year 6 children who helped to marshal the event!

On Wednesday 4th May 9 children from Year 3 took part in a goal ball competition. The aim of the game was to score a goal by hitting the other team's benches - but you were blindfolded. The ball had a bell inside and the children had to listen really carefully to stop it getting past. The children all enjoyed playing this new sport and had lots of fun. We ended up coming 1st, 3rd and 4th overall. Well done everyone!
On Wednesday 9th February, we took 2 teams from year 5 and 6 to the local schools' netball competition at St James School. All the children were bubbling with excitement to attend and, when we were there, represented the school brilliantly - both in terms of behaviour and sporting attitude. After a long break from competitions, they really worked well in their teams and, after only a few practices, applied their skills of the game brilliantly. We even had a very Stockham versus Stockham game where the B team came out victorious in a close 1-0 score. Overall, our A team came second out of 6 teams and our B team finished joint 3rd. Well done everyone!
On Wednesday 10th November, Stockham hosted the Wantage schools tag rugby competition. The children were very excited to be able to take part in a sporting competition and we took 3 teams - more than any other school. On the day, all the children were so enthusiastic and it was great to see them all having lots of fun and taking part. They were all excellent team players, supporting each other and never giving up - our usual Stockham style. There were many exciting and close matches including a year 6 vs year 5 game - which ended in a draw. Eventually, our Stockham A team ended up in the final to St James and after a close game lost 2-0. A great start back to competitions! 

On Friday 1st October, we held our sponsored fitness circuit and motivational assembly with athlete Nerys Pearce who was very engaging and inspiring for the children. It was a really fun day and all the children were full of energy and enthusiasm. As a school, we managed to raise the enormous amount of £2, 024.67! This is absolutely incredible and we want to say a huge thank you to our children for taking part and to all the parents and carers in the local community who supported the children through sponsorship. This money both supports the charity, who are able to keep running and supporting Olympic and Paralympic athletes to compete at the highest level, and our school where we now have a large amount of money to dedicate to PE equipment in school. The children have been celebrating through receiving their sponsorship rewards. Well done everyone!