On Wednesday 19th July students and staff from The Avon Valley School and Performing Arts College took part in the school’s annual sport day.
All the students and every member of staff at the school belong to one of four houses, which are: Apollo, Fortune, Garrick and Phoenix. These houses are named after famous West End theatres reflecting the school’s specialist Performing Arts status.
In the morning athletes from Year 7, Year 8, Year 9 and Year 10 competed against their peers from the other houses in individual field events including javelin, discus and long jump. In the afternoon, the whole school, led by the house achievement leaders descended onto the school field to watch and cheer on the athletes as they competed in the track event finals. As is tradition at the school the day’s sporting activities were finished off with the staff relay race which was won by staff belonging to Phoenix House. Following the events the scores were added up and Apollo House were crowned overall winners.
To encourage a competitive spirit all students and staff were invited to wear non-uniform which included a top in their house’s colour. Many students painted their faces and made banners and flags to show their support for their house. Each house also ran a tuck shop selling snacks and drinks. Profits from the tuck shop sales and money raised through non-uniform donations totalled almost £1000. This money will be split between the house charities, Apollo – Zoe’s Place, Fortune – Warwickshire Air Ambulance, Garrick – Myton Hospice and Phoenix – Teenage Cancer Trust.
During the day several of the school’s long standing Sports Day records were broken, including the Year 7 girls 300m which was broken by Millie Challenger, the Year 9 boys javelin record was beat by Reuel Igbokwe with a throw measuring 30 metres. Year 10 student, Emily Gyles smashed three records: hurdles, high jump and the 200m sprint event. Year 8 student Jevayed Linton now holds the boys long jump record and the 100m record having run the race in 12.4 seconds. Speedy Year 10 student Rafa Cruz now holds the school’s fastest ever record for the 100m which he completed in an impressive 11.75 seconds.
Alison Davies, Headteacher, commented:
“It is always nice to see the school’s houses come together and supporting each other. It was great to see a large number of students taking part and see numerous records broken. The atmosphere during sports day was excellent, as always, and we were pleased the weather was on our side!”
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