As the blistering sun shines through the window in Renfrew High School as I write this, it appears that summer is finally here. It didn’t seem so long ago that I was standing in the pouring rain at the Renfrewshire Primary and Secondary Cross Country Events in February. The horrific weather certainly didn’t put the pupils off, a record of 777 pupils from 34 primaries completed the primary race and 230 pupils from the 11 Secondary Schools completed the course.
February also saw our Indoor Sportshall Athletics event organised with West College Scotland Students, with Newmains and St James Primary Schools competing in, Javelin, Shot Putt, Long Jump, Triple Jump and various relay races. To say the 120 Primary 7 children enjoyed it would be an understatement as they nearly took the roof off Renfrew Sports Centre with the noise!!
March is always a busy time at Kirklandneuk Primary School with it being declared “Health Month “, amongst many activities we had P1-P3 bustling around outside doing Orienteering with yours truly trying their very best to find Clue 4 which I sneakily hid up a tree in hope that the child with X-Man style vision could be the hero.......sadly he was absent that day!!
Our Primary Games Renfrew / Erskine Qualifiers also took place in March for Basketball, Tennis and Rugby with around 300 pupils taking part in hope that they would qualify for the Renfrewshire Active Schools Primary Games that will be taking place at the ON-X in June. Sadly not everyone can qualify with only the top 4 spots from each event available to the Renfrew Erskine Area but everyone thoroughly enjoyed their chance to represent their school and try their very best.
The Primary Games is a competition that all Renfrewshire Schools are heavily involved in split into 3 areas Renfrew/ Erskine, Paisley and Johnston/ Villages , active schools will signpost pupils from extracurricular clubs based in every primary school ( hockey , badminton, rugby, tennis, basketball and netball ) to area festivals then onwards to the main event organised by our 60 Renfrewshire School Sport of Education Students as a swansong to their twenty weeks of training that started back in September.
The holidays flew by with various programmes taking place during Spring Break, every coordinator was involved in the Families First initiative, a very successful outdoor programme as well as young athletes training at the athletics camps looking to become the next Usain Bolt.
In the Renfrew Area we had over 600 pupils P5-P7 from all the local schools taking part in our first ever Go Run for Fun event in April. A fun run around the King George V Playing Fields which was under Olympian Laura Muir’s starters orders. Every child who took part completed the course and they’re already looking forward to it next year............ as are the many classroom teachers that joined in the fun.
Having already successfully achieved a Gold School Sport Award for Kirklandneuk Primary School last year work is well underway in submitting Arkleston and Inchinnan’s application form which closes in the next few weeks ..............hoping for more gold to follow.
Playmakers is a 6-8 week leadership programme that ties in with the School Sport Award that I have been delivering this term to Inchinnan, Arkleston and Kirklandneuk Primary School pupils in primary 6 . Playmakers is an introduction to sports leadership with each child given the opportunity to deliver a sports session to their peers with the aim to then deliver playground games to the infants during break time and lunchtime. Some of the work that has been done by the young people has been truly inspirational. This leadership award is also delivered throughout the local authority by other coordinators.
This term there has been too much going on to blog about it all, but hopefully this will give you an insight to what active school coordinators get up to ....................till next time