We are delighted to announce that Herne Bay Junior School have achieved the School Games Silver Mark Award for the 2017/18 academic year.The School Games Mark is a Government led award scheme launched in 2012, facilitated by the Youth Sport Trust to reward schools for their commitment to the development of competition across their school and into the community, 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 school sport.
As part of our application, we were asked to fulfil criteria in the areas of participation, competition, workforce and clubs, and we are pleased that the hard work of everyone at our school has been rewarded this year.
On Wednesday 20th June, six children from Year 5 (Rudra, Matthew, Fraya, Keir, Maisie and Samuel) travelled to Whitstable Community College to take part in the school’s first annual Maths Challenge Morning. It was a wonderful morning of competitive mathematics where, through hard work, resilience and team work, our team came third out of the eleven teams competing.
There were five rounds which got progressively harder but the children performed wonderfully and behaved impeccably. It was a close competition throughout; only two points separated the top four teams with third place being decided by a nail-biting ‘clincher’ question – how tall is Mount Everest in centimetres? However, fortunately for us, Keir knew the exact height of Everest in metres so it was merely a simple case of multiplying that by a hundred and the team secured third place – highlighting, the power knowledge can have in changing the outcome of a given situation.
It was an enjoyable morning for all the schools, staff and children involved and we certainly look forward to returning next year to compete.
On Wednesday 13th June, Miss Pirie, Mrs Robertson and Mr Hobbs took 14 children on an over-night adventure to Sussex. After leaving the school on Wednesday, they drove to the Weald and Down Living Museum near Chichester where, in the beautiful sunshine, the children got to go back in time to experience what it would have been like to live in Britain in the past. They learnt what families in the Tudor times would have eaten and what a long and hard process it was to grow, gather or harvest much of the food. Together, the group had the opportunity to make their own bread and most decided that it was delicious! After their workshop, they spent time exploring the rest of the museum, finding out about the watermill that was used to grind the wheat into flour (the same flour they used to make the bread), discovering what ‘en suite’ bathrooms in the past would have included and feeding the museum’s ducks!
On Wednesday 12th June the Year 3 & 4 Tri-Golf team went to Herne Bay High School for the East Kent Coastal Tri- Golf competition. Eight schools entered the competition. The event consisted of eight golf stations where the players had to win points for their putting, chipping and driving skills. Our Year 3 & 4 team consisted of five boys and five girls; they listened to the rules and instructions and played with a lot of ability and skill.
On Monday 11th June, Jeanette Kwayke, a British Athletic champion, visited Herne Bay Junior School. Jeanette started off the day by telling the children all about herself and her passion in running. She told the children how determination and perseverance resulted in her competing at the Beijing Olympics and how growth mind-set helped her when an injury stopped her from doing what she loved most.
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