SUMMER SPORTING SUCCESSES ABOUND AT MANORFIELD
First Manorfield Sports Day in Mile End Stadium sees two world champions stop by for inspiration, while both girls and boys football teams place at local competition
Manorfield Primary School held its first Sports Day at Mile End Stadium on the 7th June, where a day’s worth of challenging activities and sporting prowess, topped off by a visit from two track-and-field world champions, ensured the event to be a roaring success.
The morning saw Key Stage 1 students engaging in a myriad of sporting challenges such as the 50m race, the dextrous speedbounce challenge and the essential eggand- spoon run, while Key Stage 2 students ran, sprang and skipped their way through the afternoon taking on events including the 100m, 200m, javelin, shot put and long jump. All ages and year groups stuck around to support each other, giving the day a communal and celebratory air.
The event was sprinkled with star dust when Christine Ohuruogu, the Olympic, World and Commonwealth 400m champion, and Perri Shakes-Drayton, 400m World Champion, both arrived at the stadium to meet and talk to Manorfield students, lending top tips and inspiration to our budding athletes and future Olympians. Both Ohuruogu and Shakes-Drayton come from East London and it was fantastic for the pupils at Manorfield to meet and be motivated by these once local and now world-class legends.
The day fostered plenty of tangential skills, too, with Year 6 children helping out at the S1 events to aid their communication skills and Mr Eastick’s class later honing their maths by calculating the results of the day to find the winning team: congratulations to Yellow Team, who came out top of the scoreboard, and to Green, Red and Blue Teams for their dazzling and tireless performances throughout the day.
Our first sports day proved a great example of how Manorfield holds physical education as a key and integral part of our pupils’ wellbeing, helping to develop self-confidence, ambition and motivation whilst fostering awareness of the importance of teamwork, empathy and the support of ones peers. Sport education helps develop a healthy and ongoing positive relationship with physical exercise hat is, of course, closely linked to academic performance and mental health.
We were proud to see team efforts rewarded and team spirits raised too when both the girls and boys Manorfield football teams placed 3rd respectively in the Canary Wharf College competition, after competing against a number of other local schools. Both teams did excellently, displaying fantastic camaraderie and technical prowess to represent Manorfield and ensure that sport here continues to be pursued both ambitiously and joyously.
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