Derbyshire School Games Quad Kids Final - Trent College - 7.7.15
Long Eaton’s Trent College was the host to a sizzling Derbyshire School Games. A Team from Parkside Junior School consisted of ten talented young athletes (five girls and five boys) all raring to win!
A gruelling six and a half hours of sport was endured and each child successfully completed in the Quad kids format: the 600m run, 75m sprint, long jump and javelin. Year six athlete Isaac said, “My favourite event was the 600m run because I train for long distance with school’s running club.” He also said it was incredible competing against the best.
The impressive team showed the opposition how our school can perform, winning the ‘Spirit of the Games’ award, displaying motivation, passion, sportsmanship, respect and honesty. Oliwia was the highest scoring girl in the whole competition (winning a gold medal) and the school couldn’t be more proud of her.
The opening ceremony lit up the sunless sky before the games began, where there were many professional athletes such as, Paralympian Johnny Peacock and British Olympic sprinter Harry Aikins-Areetyie. Both were available to give advice during the nerve-wracking day. The Derbyshire School Games was a fantastic opportunity for budding young future Olympians to compete against other County Schools. Lukas (Y6) told us, “I felt proud to be representing our school and everyone did their best.” Nerves sprouted into confidence as the minutes passed by, and each athlete exercised their well-trained abilities.
"I am so proud of our athletes and I hope they continue to develop their outstanding abilities," is what Mr. Peach (Parkside Sport coordinator) told us. Congratulations to every child who took part in such an amazing event; you should be extremely proud, just as we at Parkside all are!
Amelia (year 6)
Dove Valley Sports 2015 - QEGS - 26.6.15
Without the sun of last year's event, temperatures remained cool on the QEGS field. This was until our Parkside athletes took to the turf with some scorching performances! Some members of the team even set Dove Valley records! We hope that the records will stand for a very long time.
Congratulations to all of the children who took part, especially those who were competing for the school for the first time. We encourage all of our pupils to take part in exercise and sport - Who knows? You may be the next Jessica Ennis-Hill!
Thank you to Mrs Bailey and Mrs Richmond for their continued efforts to support sporting provision throughout the school.
Below are the results of our athletes, complete with a photo of the proud team members.
C. Peach & K. Durose
Rural Derbyshire Quad Kids Athletics Final
Highfields School, Matlock 19.6.15
High winds and low pressure didn’t put a dampener on Team Parkside’s hopes of glory in the Rural Derbyshire Quad Kids Athletics final. Contested at Highfields School, Matlock, against teams from the Wirksworth, Bakewell and Matlock areas, the team of ten budding young potential Olympians took to the arena with a superb positive attitude.
The Quad Kids format consists of four events designed to test an athlete’s all round fitness. With a huge talent pool to pick from, Parkside were represented by: Zack, Noah, Jessica, Oliwia from Year 5; Sophie, Olexa, Aggie, Lukas, Isaac and Jolyon from Year 6.
Knowing competition would be tight at such a high level, all of the athletes displayed an abundance of praise aims, with victories in the sprint, throw, long jump and an action packed distance race.
After such a close event, we are pleased to announce that our team was victorious by the slim margin of just eight points! Consequently, Team Parkside will be representing ‘Rural Derbyshire’ at the Derby School Games Quad Kids final at Trent College. This final is a marquee event and we are proud to send such eager budding athletes to represent Parkside and Rural Derbyshire.
It was superb to see our pupils enjoy what was a tough and gruelling event. We endeavour to put on an equally good showing at the County Final in July.
Thank you to Mrs Bailey for accompanying the children; helping motivate and temper nerves on the day.
QUAD Kids athletics at QEGS 11.6.15
In the blazing hot sun, Parkside scorched the QEGS athletics track with some hot performances. The QUAD kids event – as the name suggests – takes place over four testing athletic events.
On arrival, the children were split into competition pools, alongside six other competing schools. With twenty eight children competing for Parkside, all of our teams had strength in depth and each competitor gave their all in each of the four events. Running in rotation, the four events were: a testing 600m, the 75m sprint, a standing long jump and the vortex howler throw.
Over the course of the afternoon, many jaw dropping performances were set, with some especially pleasing results in the 600m. Children who currently attend the Friday morning running club did especially well; even surprising themselves with their respective victories. It was pleasing to hear many of the children comparing times and congratulations, with their Parkside peers and members representing other schools as well.
It is a testament to our children showing the Parkside ‘Praise’ values and we should all be very proud of their achievements. Below are some pictures of the action.
Rural Derbyshire Kwik Cricket Final
Darley Dale CC 10.6.15
The sun shone and so did our Kwik Cricket team. Having eased to victory in the QEGS cluster tournament the previous week, we expected tougher opposition. This was exactly the case but it didn’t stop our team from bringing home a medal!
In a hotly contested final, four teams from the Derbyshire Dales area played each other to determine who would represent ‘Rural Derbyshire’ in the county final. The boots were big to fill, following last year’s Parkside team victory. Three closely fought matches of an innings each ended up with a third place and bronze medal finish for Parkside.
We’re extremely proud of our team showing. Below are some pictures of the action.
Dove Valley Swimming Gala
Friday 5th June
Fourteen fabulous swimmers contested the Dove Valley swimming gala, organised by Kniveton Primary School and held at Ashbourne Leisure Centre. Miss Durose – Our own champion swimmer – coached the children to a wave of success. Five swimmers qualified for their respective finals, hauling four podium places between them, while Zack came agonisingly close to a third.
With a skeleton male squad, some boys swam extra races so that Parkside were strongly represented throughout the competition. Great behaviour and team spirit – a common theme for Parkside! – made the whole squad winners.
Lily – 1 length freestyle (2nd)
Amelia – 1 length breaststroke (1st)
Ellie – 2 lengths freestyle (2nd)
Jessica S – 1 length freestyle (2nd)
Zack – 1 length freestyle (a close 4th)
Congratulations to our swimming squad, you have made Parkside proud.
QEGS cluster Kwik Cricket tournament 3.6.15
Alistair Cook would’ve been proud of the talent Parkside had to offer at the QEGS cluster cricket tournament. Twelve teams, representing schools from around the cluster, competed for a place in the rural Derbyshire final. The twelve teams were spread over four pitches, each contesting 2 games.
We sent three willing and able teams to bat, catch and bowl in the glorious sunshine at Clifton Cricket club. Despite the slanting pitch, our ‘C’ team managed to win their group and the competition overall with some huge runs scored and many boundaries.
In the final game of the Group D, our ‘B’ and ‘C’ teams faced each other. Both teams gave their all in a tremendous display of sportsmanship.
We hope to do as well in the Rural Derbyshire final.
A special thanks to Mrs Powling and Mrs Dawson who helpfully managed their respective teams.
Sport without Barriers
Sports students from Buxton & Leek College helped many youngsters discover fun new ways to keep fit at the fifth annual ‘Sport Without Barriers’ event held in Buxton’s Dome.
Pupils from 20 primary schools and two secondary schools in the Derbyshire Dales and High Peak areas came together for the event which showcased opportunities for disabled youngsters in the area. Parkside sent three children to experience the Dome and try the sports on offer. Below are some pictures from the event.
Year 5/6 Dove Valley football tournament – QEGS 23rd April 2015
On a boiling hot April afternoon, Three Parkside teams embarked on a hunt for glory in the Dove Valley 7-a-side football competition at QEGS. Numbers were high, with nearly 40 teams from the QEGS cluster competing. Contesting 5/6 minute games, the children found the pressure was on to score early in each match. Parkside C joined with Ilam to form ‘Parlam’. This, like the Year 3/4 the previous day, enabled a smaller school to access the competition – A big thank you to the children involved.
Parkside B didn’t quite manage to qualify for the A finals but did win the ‘runners up’ pool without conceding a single goal. This was a fabulous achievement considering some of the team were representing the school for the very first time.
Qualifying for the A final, our A team won their preliminary group. They then ventured on an unbeaten run until the very last game. This was always going to be tough, as the opposition was the Derby County studded Clifton Team – also undefeated. Having played for over an hour, fatigue sat in and it was a momentary lapse in concentration that cost Parkside A the trophy, finishing second overall.
All of the teams tried their very best and it was great to see some new faces appearing in Parkside colours! Thank you to Miss Lambert and Mr. Dell for managing their respective teams.
Year 3/4 Football Festival
QEGS 22nd April 2015
On Wednesday 2nd April, we sent three teams to a 7-a-side football competition at QEGS. The standard was exceptionally high but that didn’t deter our athletes. Parkside A showed a tremendous spirit to be able to win two of their matches, draw one and lose just on. A special mention must go to the children who joined up with members of other schools to form the ‘Unicorn’ team – this enabled children from other smaller schools to take part, who would otherwise not had the opportunity. Thanks also to Mrs Wilson for accompanying the children.
Derbyshire County Sports Hall Final 24.3.15
Run like the wind! Just like some of our Year 5s and 6s did at the Derbyshire County Sportshall Final at Moorways, Derby. Teams from as far north as Bolsover and as far south as Melbourne, as well as Derby City took to the arena in what turned out to be a gruelling final.
Having received a by from the last round, the Parkside team lacked the early round experience. Falter, they did not and it was tremendous to see some great individual performances. Olexa and Sophie cruised to a runaway victory in the 1+1 lap relay for our sole victory on the day. The girls' 4x1 lap relay squad narrowly missed out on another win and can be safe in the knowledge that on any other day, victory would've been theirs.
Special praise goes to: Emily, Maisy, Lily and Isaac, who stepped in at various points to fill events - thanks guys!
Both Miss Durose and I were proud to accompany Parkside (representing 'Rural Derbyshire) in the finals.
A huge congratulations to all!
Year 3&4/Year 5&6 Netball 3/4th March 2015 - QEGS
Proud and enthusiastic are two adjectives which spring to mind when describing the Years 3&4 and Years 5&6 netball teams. The teams participated in a 'round robin' tournament at QEGS on 3rd and 4th March respectively. It was amazing to have so many names to put into teams for the competition. This amounted to two teams representing Y3&4 and an amazing three teams representing Y5&6. All of the players showed tremendous resolve and grit in their matches. A special mention must go to Olexa for gaining the 'star player' award - receiving a special certificate, metal trophy and her own netball to take away.
I look forward to other Parkside athletes volunteering to represent the school.
Sports Hall Athletics Competition 12.2.15
On Thursday 12th February, four teams competed in the QEGS cluster Sports Hall Athletics competition. Although the competition was for small schools, Parkside were invited to attend. All of our four teams did extremely well. A special mention must go to our A and B teams who came 1st and 2nd respectively. Thanks also to Mrs Richmond and Mrs Costello for their help organising and accompanying the children.
As the only large school in the area, Parkside should go through to the next round at the ARC in Matlock.
We wish them Good Luck!