“Don’t practice until you get it right. Practice until you can’t get it wrong” – Anon
“Sport has the power to change the world”. Provocative words and perhaps a big claim if they weren’t spoken by Nelson Mandela. The legacy bequeathed by the Olympics, the competitors and participants is simple. Sport is not just about the winning it’s everything. You could say a metaphor for life itself – the challenges, the triumphs, the doubts the enlightenment. Striving to be the best we can and enjoying the journey every bit as any destination. Sport reaches higher, deeper and further than we can sometimes imagine. It gives us the vehicle to endeavour, develop a positive mind-set and learn more about ourselves. It is enormous fun regardless of level, motivation or flavour of sport. We value all sporting endeavours and recognise achievement from outside of school.
At St Mark’s we offer specialist PE teaching (along with music and computing) as part of our cover arrangements for teachers’ Planning, Preparation and Assessment release. This has been particularly successful in ensuring skill development, consistency and assessing progress across the school. Our standards in Physical Education are high and consistent.
We are fortunate enough to have a good sized playground and a large sports field – comprising 2 football pitches, a cricket strip, long jump pit and an adventure playground. We also have a heated outdoor swimming pool with separate changing facilities. All children swim from May to July each year at no cost to parents,
We have a vibrant inter-House System which encourages participation and competition. House tournaments for football, netball, hockey, rugby, swimming, athletics etc are offered for different ages throughout the year. Some are mixed teams and some are split into gender teams. We value teamwork, enjoyment and good sportsmanship.
Children represent the school in a variety of events throughout the year – some are competitive, some are participative (see how we pick teams below).
We value our reputation for favouring enjoyment and excellence above victory. We believe determination, self-improvement and teamwork can be developed without compromising our standing in the community. As a school we currently hold the Gold Kitemark Standard – external validation of our commitment to sport.