For the last three years Brighouse High has held a sports day with a difference and last Tuesday was the third annual inclusive sports day.
Once again it was a great success, with every student and staff memeber involved in sporting and competitive activities rather than the traditional
format of pupils and staff spectating whilst a group of elite athletes compete.
This year events ranged from climbing relays on the climbing wall, to problem solving using a system of drain pies and tennis balls, a mountain biking course, archery and games of ultimate frisby.
There are more traditional events too including volleyball, golf and rounders and tag rugby was a firm favourite with Year 8 students.
The idea behind the event is that there is something for everyone to get involved in. Each pupil participates in two events during the sports morning and staff teams are responsible for learning the rules for their activity and supervising the participants.
For the third year running the weather was kind and over 800 pupils and staff took part.
All students participated on the day, which is so popular that around 50 year 11 and 13 students who left school a few weeks before came back to join them, many to help organise events and some just to watch the spectacle.
The elite sports events still form part of the sports calendar, however.
A separate more traditional afternoon of sport is scheduled with the usual range of competitive races and field events for competitors only.
House points can be gained from both the traditional and alternative competition and the results of the house competition are announced at the final assembly of the year which the whole school attends.
Liz Cresswell, head teacher, said: “When the organisation of the event was first described to me I was somewhat sceptical that it could work. I’m now convinced and thrilled that every single student is able to take part and does so with enthusiasm.
“The organisers include games such as goal ball so that visually impaired students can take part alongside sighted peers. Thanks go to Katy Green andthe PE team but also to our excellent maintenance team who work so hard to prepare the grounds for the event.
“I am absolutely sure that our new approach to sports day is here to stay.”
Trip to the Lakes
A group of 190 year 7 students, staff and volunteers from Brighouse High set off for another week long adventure in the Lake District recently.
They arrived at tea time in very wet weather, but the weather changed and was kind for the rest of the week.
They stayed in a number of hostels around the Keswick area and everyone took part in activities such as climb the mine, ghyll scrambling, climbing and swimming. Ghyll scrambling once again seemed to be the favourite.
This year saw a new activity added, which was the day long canoe trip, with those taking part setting off across Derwent Water in canoes, stopping at various islands to build shelters and fires, toast marshmallows and learn survival skills.
In the hostels students played sports, decorated cupcakes and took part in talent shows.
The group returned after another successful year with many new friendships forged and lasting memories made.
In June I embarked on an adventure of a life-time; the year 7 ‘Blencathra’ trip. We took part in exciting activities like ghyll scrambling and climbing a slate mine. Many fears were conquered and many friendships were made. I will never forget this amazing trip.
Daisy Gelder 7G
The Lake District trip was the best adventure. The view from the top of Cat Bells was incredible and throwing yourself in the stream doing the ghyll scramble was amazing. The ghyll scramble looked and felt nerve wracking but it was great fun. The man who did the mine tour was hilarious and very factual. The climb the mine was scary as well, but I have small feet so I could climb the thin rope easily. Thank you to everyone for your time.
Kieden Wedbsdale 7G
My hostel was great. We had nice teachers who woke us up by either singing or playing the trombone. The activities were amazing. My favourite activity has to be ghyll scrambling, because it is a new experience and great fun, even though you were literally jumping into a stream. I have to say though that every activity was amazing! The food was better than I thought it would be. Altogether it was the best trip I’ve been on.
Holly Mason 7B
The lakes trip was an amazing trip filled with so many fun filled activities. The food is really nice and you get to make new friends. The staff were all really helpful. Overall it was really fun and I’ll remember it for a lifetime.
Eloise Morrisroe 7B
In the Lakes I was in Isthmus Cottage. I liked it because I was with all the boys and we played sports in the evening. We sat and watched the Euros together, which was great to be able to watch with all my friends. The activities were great. Waking up every morning knowing you were going to conquer something was great. We all came back having had such a great time. I don’t think any of us would hesitate to go again. But maybe the teachers would like to be there for another week without us to recover!
Joshua Harrison 7U
I really enjoyed the lakes trip this year. There were so many wonderful and fun things to do. I enjoyed all the activities, but my favourite ones were the ghyll scramble and climb the mine. I also enjoyed staying in the hostel because you get to bond with people and make new friends.
Bea Badilla 7U