Sports School of the Year
St Gabriel’s named ‘Sports School of the Year’ – September 2014. Awarded last week, this is our citation for why the award was given. We are proud of our PE staff and pupils. What an achievement! Please take a look at our images here.
St Gabriel’s has recognised the need to increase sporting provision for their pupils. This has an obvious positive impact on the student’s health and wellbeing but also adds value to and enhances the education curriculum. The school have participated in Satellite clubs project, IWIYW initiatives and also commissioned external organizations to deliver sport and physical activity to all age groups and included single gender sessions.
They now have an after school club 5 days a week. They have broadened opportunities to include dance, cheerleading, boxing and aerobics thus evidencing their desire to ensure more students get involved by widening range and choice of session available.
The school has taken advantage of funding and training available through their partner’s street shakers and signposted students to port leadership and mentoring courses. They also have hosted a Dance leadership Level 1 course on behalf of all the satellite clubs. They support students who want to volunteer by facilitating lunch time or class time lessons for young leaders to practice develop and demonstrate their new found leadership skills. They also liaise closely with partners to find external placements for those who want to progress and had develop exit strategy’s with Street Shakers to ensure a long term opportunity is made available for students beyond term time or after GCSE.
St Gabriel’s host talent shows and competitions in a variety of sports to encourage and motivate individuals to participate and stay involved. Beyond this, they entered their students in community events such as bury Lions Carnival, Dance till you drop Dance spectacular in the Met Theatre and the cheer leading group were allowed time out lesson to be at the launch of IWIYW and were commended by the Minister as a “very positive and enthusiastic group” They also work with local clubs to have representatives participate in charity events and causes
The school have never turned down an opportunity to get involved in any new initiative and are more than accommodating when asked to help host or promote wider community enterprises. Miss Rhind, Head of Physical Education, is to be commended for her proactive and open minded approach and St Gabriel’s is an example of how sport and dance can empower young people to achieve and inspire them to lead active lives reaching their full sporting potential.
Form Representative Elections
Following the Form Representative election that took place mid-September, several pupils put themselves forward as Year Representatives. Each candidate delivered a speech explaining how they would represent the voice of their year group effectively and be a dedicated member of Central Council. After listening intently, voters filled in their ballot papers selecting the boy and girl they thought should represent their voice.
The hustings process proved the level of maturity and enthusiasm of our pupils as both candidates and voters gave up their time for the better of the school. View our images here.
Duke of Edinburgh
The award scheme has been runing at St Gabriel’s for a number of years. One of our D of E students has written her account of a summer expedition to the Yorkshire Dales…
Our group is called Wildcats and we did our Bronze in the Yorkshire Dales. Our purpose was to investigate the different types of flowers in the area. We did it during a weekend in July.
Some memorable moments…
When me and Hannah went to look what was over the gate and it was the campsite. We didn’t expect it and we were overwhelmed with joy!
The teachers’ faces when ours was the second group back. They didn’t expect us to be because of our past expeditions
When we arrived at the car park on the second day and then went to get some sweets from the sweet shop
When our group realised that we were in front of the time and the second group back!
Admiring the beautiful range of flowers that the Yorkshire Dales hold
When Jordan explained that his Boost bar was ‘all you ever wanted in a chocolaty delight!’
What my team and I got out of it…
I think that the expedition has made me stronger as a person. It has made me more determined and I now believe in myself more. I now believe that anything is possible and I should reach out for what I want in life. Before the expedition I hadn’t camped in my life, therefore I was unaware what to expect. I think that I have developed some great camp craft skills and my relationship with nature has improved drastically!
Concerning the walk, I have developed some new navigational skills and can read a map and use a compass effectively. I can also handle stressful and tricky situations better without panicking. If someone got hurt I could calmly adjust to the situation and use my common sense and new first aid skills to handle the situation. I have become more sensible and aware of how to act in the outdoors!
School contacts – Mr Faulkner