One week into our marathon kids challenge and a challenging week it has been with the weather. Despite losing the opportunity to run on a couple of days the children have really stepped up to the plate. To date as a school we have run an astonishing 2705 kilometres in one week. This is the equivalent to sixty four marathons as a school. This is not in PE lessons but the children adding to their daily exercise by running and walking in their lunchtimes. Several of the children have also added to their totals by taking part in the local park run at the weekend. It would be amazing if we can match this fantastic achievement by fundraising with our sponsorship forms that you should all now have at home.
Thank you for all the support you have been giving to the children.
We are always proud to highlight the success of our pupils at Hill View but we are also pleased to recognise some recent successes by our staff and parents.
Congratulations to Mrs West for her amazing achievement in recently completing the London Marathon in an excellent time of four hours thirteen minutes. She has also raised £2,520 for the charity Stickler Syndrome UK.
A mountainous effort was made by Mrs Mayfield from Key Stage One with her recent ascent of Mount Snowdon in Wales. She made the ascent up the tough Pyg Trail and then down the Llanberis Pass.
Dancing success for Mrs.Cronin who competed in Strictly Banbury scooping a third, second, two first places and the people’s choice award in addition to helping raise almost £12,000 for three charities. Mrs Cronin has also recently qualified as an Athletics official at Banbury Harriers.
Congratulations to staff members Mrs Dee, Mrs Morgan, Mrs McHale, Mrs Baughan, Mrs Paynton and Beth and Lauren former Hill View students who took part in the Lets Walk in the Dark 10k sponsored walk on the evening of Saturday 13th May for the Lets Play project in Banbury. The Let’s Play Project specialises in the provision of play and leisure opportunities for disabled young people age 5 – 25 years old. They completed the walk in 1hr 50mins and as a team raised £128 for the charity.
It is important for us to highlight to the children that a healthy active lifestyle is not just about school time but also about taking an active part in the wider community now and throughout their lifetime.
If you have any similar family sporting success that you would be happy for us to celebrate then please let us know.
The sessions have been led by their Chief Instructor Mr. Manning ably assisted by Mr. Whyman and they have delivered a half hour introduction to martial arts and a few of the skills involved. All of the children have been very attentive and have enjoyed all of the sessions.
Freestyle Martial Arts are also offering Hill View School pupils an exclusive offer to visit the club free of charge. They will be running the free taster sessions on Friday 19th, Monday 22nd and Tuesday 23rd May 2017 between 6.00pm and 6.40 pm. Each child will bring home a leaflet that includes all of the details and a discount voucher for a 1 month free trial plus a free uniform for £25.
This is a great opportunity to try a new sporting activity and all the children will benefit from improved confidence, discipline, respect, coordination and self- control. One of our children who took up this opportunity two years ago is now a fully qualified black belt.
On Monday 15th May 2017 we launched our Hill View Marathon Kids Project with an assembly to all KS1 and KS2 children led by a marathon kids leader.
The Marathon Kids Project is an initiative brought forward from the charity Kids Run Free.
The concept is simple – pupils are given the opportunity to complete a full marathon (42.2km/26.2 miles) over the duration of the school year by running laps of a measured course during their lunch break. The idea is that we are giving your children the chance to become healthy by choosing to run and participate in extra physical activity to that provided during normal PE lessons. All pupils that run the Marathon Kids programme will receive a certificate stating the distance achieved at the end of the programme.
After the assembly we held running sessions on the school field and were blessed by the weather with the rain stopping just in time. The children were very enthusiastic and ran with fun and great pleasure.
Marathon Kids will be taking place every day ‘weather permitting’ on the school field. As such, if your child wishes to take part in the challenge of running a marathon they will need suitable running shoes with them on each day.
Please encourage your children to take part and to make that healthy choice to run.
For further information regarding the Marathon Kids Project and the charity Kids Run Free please visit www.kidsrunfree.co.uk
On Thursday 11th May 2017 our year three and four tennis team attending the Banbury Area tennis competition held at Banbury Academy. Our team of Joshua B, David G, Joe B, Alfie B, Keeley M, Hadiqah K, Javaria H and Maja M were all seeded one to eight and then played against the same seeded player from the other five schools present.
The children all took part in a warm up with the student leaders from Banbury Academy and then the matches got under way. The games were played on a half tennis court and using the red dot development tennis balls. The standard of tennis on display was a credit to all the children and the games were all played in a fun and sporting atmosphere.
The scoring for the competition was based on how many points each player won so closely contested games were all important even if you lost in the end.
None of our children have played competitive tennis outside of school and to see how they have developed in their skills over the last couple of years was very pleasing to see.
Following the completion of all the matches the children got into their own groups of mixed schools and just played their own fun games. This was great to see and the children were quickly making new friends.
The scores were then announced and Team Hill View achieved an amazing third place. Congratulations to all the children who took part and thank you to the staff and student leaders at Banbury Academy for an excellent event.
On Wednesday 3rd May, a squad of 8 netballers played St John’s Priory School in an extremely nail-biting match! The game started and the teams were very well matched. It looked like it was going to be close! St John’s scored the first goal which was closely followed by Hill View making it 1 – 1 after the first quarter. St John’s came back fighting and managed another goal giving them a 2 – 1 lead. However, Hill View did not let that stop them. With great defending from Ted P and Brittany the ball was back to the attackers, and Harley I scored again! As Hill View’s confidence and determination grew, the match got particularly interesting. Hill View kept attacking and working exceptionally well as a team, meaning they took the final score to 4 – 2!
Well done to Ted P, Nia P, Nicole C, Louisa T, Grace B, Harley I, Sophie D and Brittany. Very well played by all! Miss Wythe.
On Thursday 27th April 2017 Team Hill View had two new firsts. Our first game with Frank Wise School and our first game of sitting volleyball.
Our team of Alfie B, Aisha K, Keeley M, Andy A, Grayson L, Nicholas S, Lana S and Lucie W greeted the children from Frank Wise as they arrived in their minibus and made them welcome.
We played the game in the lower hall using a gym bench as a net, a light volleyball and five players on each team. Sitting on the ground is a great leveller and makes a difficult game like volleyball even more challenging.
The game was played in a great spirit and was fun for everyone involved. There were lots of smiles and laughter and a good bit of skilful play on show by everyone.
After the game the children went outside and played games together with the ball and forged new friendships.
This was a great experience for everyone involved and hopefully the start of a good sporting relationship with Frank Wise School.