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First Bellevue Olympics takes place at Skippers Hill School

Posted on: 25 Jun 2013

Following the 2012 Olympics, three Bellevue schools came together this week, to take part in the “Bellevue Olympics” hosted by Skippers Hill Manor Preparatory School.

The pupils aged 10-11, competed in a range of sporting activities.  The morning’s events included swimming in the school’s heated swimming pool, where the children took part in freestyle, butterfly, breaststroke, backstroke and diving competitions.

This was followed with a number of games of Stoolball, a sport originating in Sussex and dating back to the 15th century, which proved very popular with the children.

After a barbeque lunch, the afternoon brought a range of target skill activities including football goal shooting, golf putting and Petanque boules, followed by athletics, with competitions in 100, 200 and 800 metres, 400 metre Relay, Long jump, Hurdles and Shot.

The final activity of the day was Tug-o-War, including a challenge between children and teachers.

Travelling from far and wide, the visiting schools also enjoyed camping for two nights in Skippers Hill’s 32 acre grounds.

Sam Halcroft, Year 6 pupil at Edenhurst Preparatory School in Newcastle-under-Lyme, said: “My favourite thing about today was the Stoolball. I really liked it because it was similar to Cricket, only easier!”

Chris Barnes, Edenhurst’s Deputy Head, said: “The aim of this event was about getting the schools together to enjoy and celebrate sports and good sportsmanship.  The attitude of everyone there was fantastic.  Everyone tried something new and gave it their best.  There was no 'strongest team' or no approach of 'we have to win'.  It was for the pleasure of taking part and enjoying sport together, and given how much competitive sports all three schools do we all enjoyed a different sort of day.” 

Tim Lewis, Headmaster at Skippers Hill, said: “Having three schools come together in a friendly yet competitive spirit was marvellous.  All the children interacted so well and loved camping overnight, singing around the camp fire and tucking into marshmallows on toasting sticks that they whittled themselves. Outdoor education in its best form!” 

Following a successful Bellevue Olympics, everyone looks forward to next year's event.

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