On the 28th June, all Year 5 and 6 pupils from Prince Regent Street Trust’s schools participated in a trust-wide sporting event at Middlesbrough Sports Village; the Prince Regent Street Trust Games. With children at the heart of the trust’s vision, the event provided pupils with the ‘opportunity’ (one of the trust’s core values) to take part in a range of sporting events across the day, earning points for achievement and effort. Pupils from Ingleby Manor Free School did a wonderful job of overseeing and scoring the events.

Eight teams, each made up of a mix of pupils from the trust’s four schools (Barley Fields Primary, Hartburn Primary, Village Primary and Wolviston Primary) and named after local landmarks, competed for the Prince Regent Street Trust Games Cup. As well as striving for ‘excellence’ (another of the trust’s core values), pupils formed new friendships; supported, encouraged and worked in partnership with their teammates; and most importantly, had fun!

All pupils were rewarded with a medal, with headteachers and members of the trust’s central team awarding trophies to pupils who, throughout the day, demonstrated the core School Games Values of passion, self-belief, respect, honesty, determination and teamwork.

One recipient commented, “I felt proud to get the headteacher award and the medal and trophy are now in my bedroom.”

The day culminated with the presentation of the Prince Regent Street Games Cup to team ‘Stockton Flyer’ who topped the scoreboard after the eight events. Pupils from the four schools were keen to share their positive experiences of the day:

It was the best day I’ve ever had because I made new friends with children from other schools that I had never met before and they encouraged me to do my best!” (pupil from Wolviston Primary)

“I made some new mates and we worked hard to come up with a celebratory dance if we won and we did! It was so much fun!” (pupil from Village Primary)

“We have never been to the Sports Village and done anything like this before and we enjoyed it so much- we can’t wait to go again next year!” (pupil from Hartburn Primary)

“I felt nervous at first but by the end of the day I had made lots of new friends.” (pupil from Barley Fields Primary)

The event, organised by members of the Prince Regent Street Trust’s P.E. Working Party, was a great success, with positive feedback received from staff and from the many parents and carers who attended.

Trust Sports Leaders commented that, “It was lovely to see the children mixing and making new friendships rather than competing against another school.  There was a great atmosphere between all the children!”.

Nicola Nixon, P.E. Lead at Village Primary stated, “The whole day was a huge success. Seeing the smiles on the children’s faces and hearing all of the cheering made the hard work worthwhile. Every School Games Value was on display and fun was had by all.”

Due to its success, the Prince Regent Street Games will become an annual feature of the trust’s calendar.

Julia Armstrong, CEO, said, “We all thoroughly enjoyed the day. It was great to see all of our children together and competing in mixed teams. There was a buzz of excitement and we will definitely arrange more of these types of events in the future linking to a range of curriculum areas.”

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