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Olympic Park Swimming Panathlon
The day began at 07:00 when the pupils were picked up by the school mini bus. We had a 2.5 hour trip to Stratford in London to the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. There we competed in the Aquatics Centre. Walking onto poolside the pupils were in awe at the size of the building and also how big the pool was, standing looking at a 50m Olympic pool is a major sight.
The events started at 11:15 with Callum taking 1st place in convincing style in the 25m front crawl.
Next up was Adam in the 25m Backstroke battling hard with the other schools and after a close race Adam achieved 2nd place.
Then it was Lewis in the 25m Breaststroke with a strong field and up against competitors almost twice his size. He worked very hard gaining a very close 3rd place.
Next up was Connor and David in the 2 x 25m relay. The first 25m was close with Connor holding on to 2nd place then a strong swimmer from the other school in 3rd battled hard with David to take 2nd and put David in 3rd.
Then it was down to Mia in the 12m assisted race, a quick splash and dash saw Mia take 2nd place.
Riley was then in for a tight battle as the swimmers all stood way above him, but after a very determined swim and a close finish Riley came joint 3rd.
Then came the relays;
Treasure Hunt was a fast a furious race to get as much treasure on their mat, Callum, Cerys, Connor and Riley, all underwater specialists gained a 1st place but it was very close.
Mia, Lewis, David and Adam then followed in the ball shuttle race. Bonus points were available if you scored a hit on the mat with the ball. From the start we were battling for 3rd place and with Lewis on the end of the ball and with a hard throw and he scored bonus points which secured 3rd place.
The last relay was a long event with each swimmer having to swim 100m in the pool. Adam, Cerys, Connor and Callum worked well as a team to gain 3rd just missing out on 2nd by 4 seconds.
After all the hard work was done they all decided to do “Tom Daleys” jumping into the pool.
The whole day was a brilliant team effort, gaining an overall 2nd place in the East region and then to our surprise we also gained 2nd place in the whole event which included the South and London Borough’s.
The whole team was then treated to a tour of the Olympic Park and they saw all the major venues and the London skyline. After an ice cream we headed home with a well-deserved stop at Burger King in Ipswich!
The day finished with everyone all done and home by 8.35pm.
The next day we received the following message from Tony Waymouth organiser of the Swimming Panathlon
“I just wanted to thank you and your staff on allowing your children to attend the Swim Panathlon at the Aquatic Centre in Stratford yesterday.
Your children were brilliant both in and out of the pool and were a credit to your school.
The effort for them to attend was immense and I hope that they had a brilliant day at the competition and also sightseeing in the park”.
Neil Godbold (Swimming Instructor)
A full report and details of all particpants in the event can be found by following this link - http://www.panathlon.com/priory-school-swim-to-olympic-park-success/
Parents and Carers Get Together
Just to remind you that the last parents / carers get together for this term is this week on Thursday 9th July at 1.30pm.
If you have not been before, then what’s stopping you dropping in for a cuppa and a chat? Maybe, meeting other parents or carers at the group would enable you to make some plans to meet up with the children in the school holidays.
We have also invited parents/carers of children new to our school. Could you offer advice or information about what it’s really like being a parent at our school?
When we return to school in September we may trial a more flexible approach to the dates for Get together. The first meeting of the new term will be at 1pm- 2.30pm (as requested) on Thursday 24th September 2015. Please meet in the main school reception area just before 1pm. For further information please contact Sam Bover at school on 01502 565439. We look forward to seeing lots of you soon.
ATHLETICS: Ashley takes clean sweep!
The Ashley School Academy Trust recently travelled the UEA Sports Park, Norwich to take part in the annual East Anglian Special Schools Athletics (EASS) competition competing against schools from Norwich, Dereham and Cromer. There were 2 parallel competitions comprising of the main events and the special events.
There were 21 special events and our pupils did well achieving four 1st places and five 2nd places.
In the main points scoring competition there were 13 field events with The Ashley School winning four and coming 2nd in five. However, it was on the track where they got most of their points, predominantly from the relays. There were 17 individual races and Ashley took 1st place in 4 but with some solid 2nd places in 10 of the other races. In the relays, of which there were 5, Ashley stormed home in 1st place in four of them and finished a very tight 2nd place in the 5th one.
At the end of the morning the points were added up and The Ashley School had made a clean sweep winning the Girls, Boys and Overall trophies. Athlete of the day for The Ashley School was Callum M who did the maximum number of events with a 1st in the Long Jump, 100m and 4x100m relay along with a 2nd place in the 400m.
Mrs Milton, Head of PE at The Ashley School said, “All of the pupil athletes competed well giving their best in a truly sporting manner. I was equally proud to see some of our less able pupils engaged in athletic competition as I was to see our relay teams put into practice the baton changeover practices and winning the relays in style. Once again my thanks to Sue Hawkes and her staff from Parkside School (Norwich) for organising another terrific event.”
Artwork Displays in memory of WW1 fishermen
One of our pupils, Lauren, has had her art work selected to be on public display outside the Lowestoft branch of ASDA. The artwork is in memory of WW1 fishermen who risked their lives by locating mines and despite the danger of being caught if one of the mine exploded, continued to fish and provide supplies to the local area.
Lauren, and others, artwork was one of a number of pieces which were recently unveiled at various locations across Lowestoft.
'Unique' Church Club
Please see link below for details of 'Unique', a monthly church club for children with additional needs. It is the only church club of this nature in the local area and meets at the London Road Baptist Church in Kirkley Park Road, Lowestoft.
Full details and contacts can be found here
Short Guides for Parents
We are pleased to be able to provide for you information from Family Action and the NAHT to help you prepare children so that they are "Ready to Learn Every Day!"
Leaflet No. 9 - Praise and Reward - click here
Leaflet No. 10 - Self-Worth - Click here
Family Action is a charity committed to building stronger families by delivering innovative and effective services and support that reaches out to many of the UK's most vulnerable pepole. We seek to empower people and communities to address their issues and challenges through practical, financial and emotional help.
NAHT is a professional association and trades union with members in all phases of education. We represent 28,500 school leaders in their quest to develop great schools and improve the lives of children.
Waveney Disability Forum
Please see attached leaflet for more information on Transport, Housing, Access to services, Sport and Leisure and Where to go for help along with contact details for the Waveney Disability Forum.
Click here to open the leaflet in a new page.
New Strengthening Families Programme 10-14 years being held at Habour PRU in September, 2015
To see the Poster click here
For the Booking Form please click here
For more information please contact:
18.5 hours - Parent Group Facilitator with the Lowestoft & Waveney Parenting Team
18.5 hours - Family Support Practitioner with the Waveney & Blyth Early Help Team
Lowestoft & Waveney Early Help Service
Children & Young People’s Service
Suffolk County Council, Riverside, 4 Canning Road, Lowestoft, Suffolk, NR33 0EQ
Tel: 01502 674747
For more advice and information for parents and carers, including parenting programmes see www.suffolk.gov.uk/theparenthub
Parents and Carers "Get Together"
Just to remind you that the parents and carers get together is this week on Thursday afternoon at 1.30pm. If you have not been before, then what’s stopping you dropping in for a cuppa and a chat? We are a friendly, informal group and everyone is welcome. We have Bev Patnell, Manager from INVOLVE joining us to tell us about her new venture she has opened in Lowestoft.
INVOLVE is a new resource which offers a growing number of activities for children and young people with additional needs. The activities are available during school holidays and after school. Why not come along and find out more about this new resource, there may be something new for your child to get involved in. Or just pop in for a chat and a cuppa.
Also on the 18th June from 11am onwards you are invited to come into school and meet with our assessor from Families First and share your experiences of our school. Then why not stop for a spot of lunch with us if you have time before the Get Together. (Please let me know 01502 565439 if you plan to join us for lunch so that we can order the correct number). Sam Bover – Pupil and Family Support Team