Please see the following letter in relation to this year’s sports day
After the difficult time we have all had the staff and pupils at Stepaside School would like to add a little colour to your day.
Stepaside CP school held their second annual Rainbow Run on Thursday 13th May. Organised by Mrs Blewitt, class teacher at the school, with the support of Mrs Williams, School Admin officer, the event involved the whole school community and beyond. “All staff including our cleaner and cartaker,school cook and lollypop lady joined in with governers and registered Volunteers to make this day happen for the children. Pupils had busily gathered sponsorship from their family and friends and all pulled together to raise in excess of £2600. We are so Grateful to everyone for the part they played” commented Mrs L Blewitt.
Fantastic prizes for the highest fundraisers were donated by Bluestone, Broadway Mansion Laugharne, Heatherton World of Adventures, Folly Farm, Co-op Kilgetty, 1 Formula Fitness, Kilgetty Fish Bar and Nails by Natasha and Twisted Tangles, these were added to hampers and vouchers donated by staff and parents.
The weather threatened the afternoon but and the sun didn’t show up but unperturbed, if a little chilly, runners turned out in their white t-shirts, colourful accesories and sunglasses to take part. In a slightly adjusted format due to class bubbles, the Rainbow Run kicked off at 1.30 with pupils and staff gathering in the centre of the school field for class photos under the balloon arch. After running through the colourful arch each class ran to their first station. Rainbow Runners then set off around 5 circuits of the school field, stopping at stations around the track where staff and governors scattered a rainbow of colours over the them.
Each pupil was pesented with a beautiful rainbow run medal, inscribed with the name of the School. The madals had been purchased pre the first school closure last year so they are dated 2020 as a memory of the things we all went through together as a school.
“We are overwhelmed by the support we have received to make this event possible, especially under the difficult circumsatnces we still find ourselve in as schools. From the generosity of the sponsors to the local companies for their support and even the powder supplier for their amazing help and advice. We never dreamed we would raise so much money and we are delighted to have surpassed our target. We are so grateful to the many sponsors that the children signed up and for their generosity. The aim of the run was to allow the children to have fun, be outdoors and create a lasting happy memory. The money we have raised will be so helpful as we further develop the learning experiences we can offer the children here at Stepaside CP School.” Said Mr Paul Harries, Headteacher
This year we invited families to raise money together and we were delighted to award prizes from our sponsors to the top fundraisers. Prizes went to children across all of the classes and represented our broad and diverse catchment area. Prizes were awarded to Charlie and Archie, the Scale, Sharp, Shields, Mansell, Probert and Blewitt families, Aimee, Phoenix, Madeleine, Maci, Lucy, Katie, Merryn and Summer. Their efforts along with those of every child in the school was rewarded with a fun inflatable acssault course at school the following day, in their class bubbles of course!
“It’s fantastic that the school have been able to safely organise and carry out this event. We as governors are grateful for their tireless efforts in ensuring that the pupils don’t miss out on such expereinces as well as ensuring that their learning is continuous and engaging. Events like this help to pull the community together and celebrate the fantastic efforts of all of our pupils. We would like to extend a huge thank you to staff, pupils and parents for their hard work during these most strange circumstances.” Claire Gottwaltz, Chair of Governors.
Pupils in Dosbarth Cadno have been the first in the school to enjoy the fantastic session provided by the Swansea City Community Trust. Sessions involve classroom based numeracy and literacy work followed by physical outdoor sessions. During this school year all junior pupils will get to take part in these sessions.
Pictured is the Stepaside C.P. School football team that took part in the Pembrokeshire qualifiers for the EFL Kids Cup organised by Swansea City Community Trust at Greenhill School Tenby on Tuesday 15th October.
In total, the school played seven matches across the day. They played to a high standard throughout the tournament and were supported by a large group of parents and grandparents.
In their first game, they were defeated 1-0 by a strong Tenby team in a match that could have gone either way. In their second match, they beat St Teilos with goals from Olly and Dylan. They continued to play well and next defeated Pembroke Dock with Dylan scoring twice. In their next match, they defeated Penrhyn 4- 0 with goals from Logan (2) Dylan and Kai.
The winning run was continued as they beat Hafan y Mor 3-0 with goals from Dylan and Logan (2). Another very good performance against Golden Grove was rewarded with a 3-1 victory with goals this time coming from Olly, Logan and Dylan T. The final game of the day was against St Florence – this game ended 1-1 with a goal from Olly and a fine penalty save from Theo.
After all seven games, this resulted in Stepaside finishing a very creditable second to Tenby in the league table. Mr Harries would like to thank all of the parents who helped to transport and support the team and would also like to congratulate the football team on their great performances throughout the tournament.
Pupils from Stepaside CP School have recently taken part in a number of National and Area sports competitions.
We were delighted with the performance of Kristina Ardern in the URDD National swimming gala held in Cardiff recently, where she won a bronze medal. Congratulations Kristina.
Our football team recently won through to the regional round of a national football tournament hosted by Swansea City FC. At the regional competition which was held in Llanelli we played teams from south west Wales. Our team put in a great performance on the day but were beaten by some strong competition from other schools.
Led by former pupil Aled Waters, our Year 5 and 6 pupils trained in contact rugby in readiness for a Pembrokeshire six nations tournament. We represented Italy in the matches played in Carmarthen. With only a few training sessions under our belt and only 3 club players amongst our team we put in a top performance and managed to win 4 of our 5 games. This performance was down to the great training we had and brilliant team work. We are looking forward to more sessions and working on our skills.
Pictured is the Stepaside C.P School football team that recently won the Urdd football tournament held in Tenby.
Drawn in a strong group, the team lost their first match 1-0 against an impressive Neyland team. In their second match, they recovered strongly to defeat Sageston 3-1 with goals from Kiaran, Olly and Logan. Next was another impressive performance against Gelli Aur where the team once again triumphed this time by 2 goals to 0 with Logan scoring twice. Needing to win their final group game against St Florence to progress they were successful by 4 goals to 0 with Dylan (2) Olly and Kiaran scoring. This enabled Stepaside to progress to the quarterfinals.
In the quarterfinals, they met Group A winners St Francis and triumphed 2-0 with goals from Logan and Olly after another impressive display. This meant that they progressed to the semi final where they met Hafan Y Mor. After a very tight match that ended 1-1 with Logan scoring, Stepaside progressed with a ‘Golden Goal’ winner again from Logan.
Stepaside were now through to the final where they met Tenby. Another very impressive performance resulted in a 2-0 victory with goals from Logan and Olly and victory in the tournament. Stepaside C.P School will now progress to the next stage of the tournament in March. Mr Harries would like to congratulate each player for their wonderful performances and the supporters who cheered the team on during the very successful day.