News from The Kings of Wessex Academy

Sport Relief 2018 at Kings!

12th April, 2018 by Jude Owens

Students and staff at The Kings of Wessex Academy were on fine fitness form in the final week of the Spring Term for this year’s Sport Relief for the Academy’s début in this exciting sporting event.

Organised by the P.E. Department, the first event was a school-wide step challenge in which students and staff entered a league to get the most steps across the week, followed by a “Wear a Sports Top” to school day on the Wednesday.

But the last day of term (Friday 23 March 2018) was the main event when students were asked to make a donation to nominate themselves for a charity for the much-anticipated Teachers vs Students matches in Women’s Netball and Men’s Basketball. Students were very excited to take on their teachers, with teachers from across the school offering their sporting skills; including from English, Maths, Science, DT, Geography, Art, and Learning Support – as well as the obviously keen P.E. staff.

The rest of the school turned out in force to watch the matches at lunchtime on the school tennis courts, when they also had opportunity to buy homemade cakes in the student-led cake bake sale and enter a raffle full of prizes kindly donated by local businesses. The student teams were full of talented young sportsmen and women from Years 9 to 11; and the teachers were up for the challenge, even if many had not played since their own time at school.

Both the women’s and the men’s teacher teams took a while to warm into the matches; so the students took an early lead. Whilst the reply from the Teachers came in the second half, sadly for them, it was not enough to control the damage done and the Students won both the basketball and netball matches.

The raffle was then drawn and the winners of the step challenge announced as Oli Cross (Year 9), Anniaisse Scott (Year 11) and Subject Leader for ICT and Computer Science Mrs Nethercote for the Staff who between them they tallied up an impressive 220,000 steps in only four days.

Commenting on the week, Teacher of P.E. Becka Manley said:

“Sport Relief was a fantastic event enjoyed by staff and students and raised a very respectable £340! I am so grateful to all the students and staff who participated and gave so generously for these good causes to help others live happier, healthier, safer lives.”