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Nov 25 2013

Prestigious Sports Awards for Harrow Schools

harrow_council_logoTwelve primary schools in Harrow were awarded the School Games Kitemark award, a national award which recognises schools commitments to providing exciting and inclusive PE and sport for all pupils.

Three of the twelve schools successfully achieved a prestigious Gold Award which demands high numbers of pupils being involved in targeted extra curricular clubs, sports leadership, and links to the local community. Schools that achieved gold were St John Fisher Catholic School, St Bernadette’s Catholic School, and West Lodge Primary School.

The award is part of the Government’s School Games programme which aims to get all young people active by running competitions for the most gifted and programmes to encourage non-sporty children to get involved in physical activity.

Cabinet member for children and schools, Cllr Janet Mote said: “It is fantastic news that our schools have been awarded the School Games Kitemark award with three of the twelve receiving gold. We are committed to providing sports for all pupils and to help keep youngsters active, involved and live a healthier lifestyle. The award reinforces our commitment with the excellent work being done in offering sporting opportunities for children. It is also pleasing to see youngsters enjoy and engage in sports.”

Sports activities are specific to each school with a mix of traditional sports (football, rugby, athletics, hockey) and non traditional sports (Gaelic football, boccia, korfball and handball) offered to pupils across the borough.

Specialised lunchtime activities are also offered to pupils who are non sporty to get them involved in physical activity. These are non competitive yet exciting and are part of the national Change 4 Life programme which include activities such as dance, and martial arts. Harrow School Improvement Partnership also runs events for all schools in the borough aiming to engage more pupils in sport including tennis, golf and Paralympic competitions.

Head Teacher at St John Fisher Catholic School, Anne Lyons said: “We have seen a marked increase in the number of sports clubs we run at the school because of the demand from our pupils since the Olympics. Teachers go out of their way to identify and encourage pupils to attend everything from dance to Gaelic football and our young sports leaders help other children get involved in sports at play times. The Gold Kitemark pennant will be hung in our foyer to show parents how much we value the importance of physical activity across the school.”

Dan Wilson, PE Consultant from the Harrow School Improvement Partnership said: “So many of Harrow’s schools are seizing the excitement generated by the London 2012 Olympics and are using sport to motivate their pupils, not just in PE but across the whole curriculum. The Kitemarks show that there is a legacy from the Games and our schools are doing great things to ensure young people understand the importance of leading a healthy lifestyle and playing sport.”

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  1. sonoo malkani

    WELL DONE HARROW!It’s no mean feat for a DOZEN schools to receive these awards and to have three win GOLD AWARDS for Sports.What a wonderful legacy from the Olympics.This will have fantastic consequences on the Health and well-being of Harrow’s youths.I bet Cllr Janet Mote is over the moon.How rewarding!So proud of our schools.Keep up the good work.

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