A good PE curriculum inspires pupils to succeed and excel in competitive sport and other physically demanding activities.
We aim to:
- promote an enjoyment of physical activity
- help children to be more skilful in the ways they control their movements and develop co-ordination.
- develop positive attitudes to health, hygiene and fitness
- teach children how the body responds to activity
- contribute to children’s social and emotional development
- promote children’s confidence and self-esteem
- embed qualities such as commitment, fairness, tolerance and concern for others
- help children cope with losing and develop a sense of sportsmanship
During the Foundation Stage, children will have the opportunity to develop a range of skills that promote their own physical development.
Lessons will concentrate on:
- the development of manipulative and motor skills
- experience of spatial awareness, control and co-ordination
- playing games
- the importance of caring after our bodies
- sharing, turn taking, choosing and making decisions
Children should develop movement skills, become increasingly confident and have a broad range of opportunities to extend their agility, balance and coordination, individually and with others.
They should be able to engage in competitive and co-operative physical activities, in a range of increasingly challenging situations.
Pupils should be taught to:
- master basic movements including running, jumping, throwing and catching, as well as developing balance, agility and co-ordination, and begin to apply these in a range of activities
- participate in team games, developing simple tactics for attacking and defending
- perform dances using simple movement patterns
Children should continue to apply and develop a broader range of skills, learning how to use them in different ways and to link them to make actions and sequences of movement. They should enjoy communicating, collaborating and competing with each other. They should develop an understanding of how to improve in different activities and sports, and learn how to evaluate and recognise their own success.
Pupils should be taught to:
- use running, jumping, throwing and catching in isolation and in combination
- play competitive games, modified where appropriate and apply basic principles suitable for attacking and defending
- develop flexibility, strength, technique, control and balance
- perform dances using a range of movement patterns
- take part in outdoor and adventurous activity challenges both individually and within a team
- compare their performances with previous ones and show improvement to achieve their personal best.
- children will be given opportunities to master these skills by attending a variety of sporting after school clubs
For additional information about this subject, please contact the school office and ask to speak to the subject leader.
Sports News and Events 2018-2019
Olympic Day with Amy Smith- 1st October 2018
Sandown were thrilled to welcome Olympic superstar, Amy Smith to our school. Amy, a former Great Britain relay swimmer, lead a sponsored fitness circuit with the whole school, and concluded her morning with an inspiring talk and question and answer assembly.
The aim of the event was to inspire children to take up sport generally, but just as importantly to encourage them to discover and then pursue their passion in life.
Sandown managed to raise an astounding £5443.41 which will help support Great Britain athletes compete for our country and go towards new sports equipment for our children at Sandown. Well done everybody!
Cross-Country Cluster Competition- 10th October 2018
On the 10th October 2018, Sandown hosted the Hastings & Rother Cross Country Cluster Competition on Sandown’s playing fields.
A slightly different route taken this year, which lead the runners up a steep slope, past the new Sandown ponies (Lenny and Daisy) and through the depths of the Lorax forest.
6 schools competed in which the top ten runners from each race qualify for the Finals held in November at William Parker.
Sandown collected 4 medals across the 4 races and had a record of 14 runners qualify for the finals, more than any other school.
The biggest achievement of all was that a staggering 272 children competed in this event and 117 of those children were from Sandown!
Collins Cup Qualifying Round- 15th October 2018
Unbelievable scenes at Sandown fields this afternoon.
Sandown hosted Christchurch Primary School in the qualifying round of the Collins Cup, which was a fiery contest to say the least. Sandown were victorious in the end winning 5-4 in extra time.
Sandown 1 - 0 Christchurch
Sandown 1 - 1 Christchurch
Sandown 1 - 2 Christchurch
Sandown 2 - 2 Christchurch
Sandown 2 - 3 Christchurch
Sandown 3 - 3 Christchurch
Sandown 3 - 4 Christchurch
Sandown 4 - 4 Christchurch
Sandown 5 - 4 Christchurch
The players demonstrated amazing sportsmanship and team spirit from start to finish and did not react to the opposition or heat of the moment.
An amazing win!!
A huge thank you to all the support from parents and positive comments from the sidelines.
Sandown will play the winners in the game against Icklesham vs Sacred Heart in the next round.
Tag Rugby Festival October- 17th October 2018
There was some tremendous talent on show at the Tag Rugby Festival held at William Parker Hastings & Bexhill Rugby Club. 20 teams enjoyed a super afternoon of Tag Rugby. It was great to see teams competing in their mini groups and focusing on the School Games Value of “Teamwork”.
Each school played 3 games in their group and Sandown were undefeated winning 2 against Guestling and Playden and drawing against Catsfield.
The group showed amazing team spirit and competed for everything. Once again doing Sandown proud! There is a summer festival planned again and possibly an all girl’s event too, which we would hope to compete in.
Team Table Tennis Competition- 7th November 2018
Sandown attended the U11 team table tennis competition at The St Leonard's Academy on Wednesday 7th November. Despite never attending this event previously and only having a week’s training, Sandown once again proved what we're all about!
There were some very experienced players at the tournament; but that did not phase our Sandown team. They just kept focus and tried their best in every game winning some big points against great players!
An astonishing finish, meant that both boys and girls teams finished with a bronze medal
Congratulations for your efforts team and being an asset to Sandown!
Sandown are now doing a table tennis club at lunch times on a Friday for year 5 and 6 in Chestnut classroom.
Sandown Football Tournament: The Lindsay Cup- 17th November 2018
Sandown hosted their annual football tournament on Saturday 17th November and what an event it was. There was an astonishing 17 schools attend the tournament along with hundreds of supporters.
Sandown certainly didn't disappoint.
They topped their group with 3 wins, beating Ore Valley 4-0, King Offa 6-0 and All Saints 3-1.
The highest goal difference of the tournament!
The boys qualified for the quarter finals against St Pauls and the game was end to end with neither side able to open the scoring. Extra time still couldn't split the sides and it was decided on penalties... Sandown unfortunately lost 4-3 and were out of the cup.
However, all was not lost. For the 1st year running the tournament now has a sportsmanship / team spirit award (known as The Lindsay Cup) and Teresa Bennett (School Sports Coordinator of Hastings & Rother) awarded this to Sandown for the way they composed themselves on being knocked out and walking straight to the celebrating side with hands open and ready to congratulate them.
A big congratulations to St Mary Star of the Sea who won the tournament and will now compete in the regional finals.
A further thank you goes to our PTA who was supplying the hot drinks and food all morning to the cold parents and spectators.
Lastly, a huge thank you to the 4 East Susses College Hastings sports students who volunteered to support and help with the tournament and officiated all of the games.
Primary Cross Country Finals- 27th November 2018
On Tuesday 27th November Sandown had 13 children compete in the cross country finals at Ark William Parker. 249 children attended this prestigious event across 41 different schools. All of our runners completed the race and were extremely resilient braving such difficult weather conditions.
Any runners who finished in the top 15 for the year 5/6 races have qualified for the Sussex Games Finals in Brighton on the 28th March.
Our amazing results were as follows:
Yr 3/4 girls:
Our four runners finished: 18th, 33rd, 34th & 59th out of 61 runners
Yr 3/4 boys:
Our 1 runner finished 8th out of 64 runners
Yr 5/6 girls:
Our 4 runners finished 27th, 31st, 41st, & 54th out of 61 runners
Yr 5/6 boys:
Our 4 runners finished 13th, 26th, 51st & 52nd out of 63 runners
This means we had a runner qualify for the Sussex Finals, which is a truly outstanding achievement!
This November was all about girls’ football. After winning the regional finals in 2017/18, the interest from the girls in years 3-6 has been fantastic and made it so difficult to select only two squads.
The year 5/6 girls had their tournament first and were overwhelmed with the amount of teams that had arrived. 6 schools attended, which was the highest we had ever seen for the girls football cluster competition. The girls drew 4 of their 5 matches, losing only one. They finished 4th overall in the competition and All Saints were crowned worthy winners.
The year 3/4 girls took to the stage the following week and were up against only two schools (Baird Academy and Castledown). However, this meant they had to play them both twice. A nervous start for all but they soon turned on the magic and ended up winning all 4 games making them champions!
Mrs O’Gorman came to support the girls football and couldn’t believe the talent that was on show. So much so, that she has volunteered to run the girls’ football on Mondays after school in terms 3 & 4. Get signed up girls!
This month (December) has all been about Athletics as we prepared for the Indoor Athletic Cluster Championships. A speedy squad of 24 was picked itself from our early morning runners that meet on the Key Stage 2 playground every morning from 8:15 – 8:45am. They have been practicing their sprint techniques and improving their times each day to earn a top spot in the squad. We had over 80 children come and have a go at this and stay active in the early mornings.
A larger cluster of 8 schools this year has meant the competition and the chances of qualification to the finals will be much harder, but our children have only thrived off of this. 7 schools attended the year 5/6 and year 3/4 event and we finished 2nd in both competitions!
That means the yr 5/6 squad have qualified for the Indoor Finals at Summerfields on Thursday 10th January, in which they will face the top schools from the region!
Keep up the hard work, commitment and training Sandown!
Table Tennis Championships- 9th January 2019
Well done to our Table Tennis players who competed at the East Sussex Schools Table Tennis Championships on Wednesday 9th January 2019. There was some extremely tough competition with teams who had years of experience. Unfortunately, no one qualified but they all gave their opponents a difficult match and demonstrated exemplary attitude and sportsmanship. Brighton table tennis club were winners on the day and qualified for the National event.
Indoor Athletics Finals- 10th January 2019
27 children represented Sandown in the Indoor Athletic Finals on Thursday 10th January 2019. A total of 60 primary schools compete to try and enter these finals each year and Sandown challenged for the 3rd successive year. The top 10 schools competed at Summerfields Leisure Centre where they completed 12 different events. Sandown did not disappoint and were announced 4th place, which was a huge achievement considering the level of competition this year. Silverdale were 3rd, Blacklands 2nd and St Leonards CofE finished 1st. Well done everyone!
Buckswood Football Tournament- 19th January 2019
Sandown Primary School was crowned champions in the Buckswood Football tournament on Saturday 19th January. The 7 players made it through to the finals on a very frosty morning, where they faced Westfield Primary School. Both sides were evenly matched and it went down to the wire in a very tense penalty shoot-out. Sandown were victorious after some tremendous saves by their keeper. Well done to Joshua Bullen and his colleagues from Buckswood School who host the tournament annually.
Year 5/6 and 3/4 Netball Cluster Competition- Wednesday 23rd January 2019
Wow! Look at those grins from the Sandown netball teams! It says it all! We are very proud to say that the year 5/6 team qualified in their tournament on the 23rd January. Sandown won 2 games, drew 1 and lost 1 ensuring an amazing 2nd place victory. They have progressed to the Hastings and Rother Finals! They all played exceptionally well and demonstrated fantastic sportsmanship/sportswomanship.
Our Yr 3/4 Netball team were equally as superb a week later at the Hastings Academy. They played against Guestling, Sacred Heart and Baird Academy and were undefeated! They won the event and demonstrated outstanding teamwork and togetherness. Well done Sandowners you rock!
Collins Cup 2nd Round Vs Icklesham- Thursday 31st January 2019
Sandown were unfortunately knocked out of the Collins Cup in the second round on Thursday 31st January by Icklesham Primary School. Sandown trailed by two goals early on and were unlucky with chances of their own. In the freezing cold conditions, the boys showed great spirit to try and comeback in the second half scoring two goals. However, Icklesham stayed disciplined and strong defensively and managed to counter attack us in between our onslaught of attacks, eventually winning the game 6-2.
We wish Icklesham the very best of luck in the quarter finals.
Rackets Festival- 28th February 2019
On Thursday 28th February, Sandown took 8 children from year 4 to go and represent the school at the Rackets Festival held at Horntye Sports Complex. The children were coached and guided through a range of challenges and drills across tennis, badminton and table tennis. There was lots of smiles and fun had by all and some of the children have even started to look for local clubs to pursue the sport further.
Netball Finals- January 2019
Sandown's Netball squad qualified for the Hastings and Rother Finals back in January, this March they competed against Sacred Heart, Bodiam, Chantry and Hollington. Sandown played very well defensively against Sacred Heart and managed to keep a 0-0 draw. Up next was Bodiam, a very strong team, who sadly beat us 2-1. Undeterred, Sandown went on to win their next two matches against Chantry, with a 2-1 win and Hollington with a 1-0 win.
Overall, Sandown came second in their group stage but, with a miscount from one of the scorers they put us as third. Thankfully, the games co-ordinator realised their error and presented Sandown with their hard earned medals!
Quick Sticks Qualifiers- 6th March 2019
On Wednesday 6th March Mrs O'Gorman and Mrs Welch took a group of enthusiastic, eager year 5 and 6 pupils from Sandown to attend the Quick Sticks Hockey Cluster event at Hastings Academy.
For several of the team it was to be their first time representing the school. This being said, the nerves were kept in check and they appeared confident and well composed as they supported one another in true Sandown fashion.
Sandown were able to create two teams to play in the tournament, which saw them both play against Baird Academy and Sacred Heart. Sandown's first match was against one another, which was a nice relaxed affair and used as a warm up. Team B went on to play against The Baird and won their game 2-0. Team A also won their game against The Baird 4-0. Sacred Heart played very well and despite the best efforts of both the A and B teams from Sandown they won all of their games meaning they placed 1st in the tournament over all.
Sandown A team were awarded second place, and qualified for the next stage of the tournament! Team B were a respectable 3rd and The Baird 4th. Both teams gave it their all and the skill, teamwork and sportsmanship were visible throughout each match.
We are very proud of you! Well done!
Hopkins Cup- 15th March 2019
The boys football team played in the Hopkins Qualifying Round on Friday 15th March. With 4 teams in their group they had to be in the top two in order to qualify for the finals the following week.
The results were:
Sandown 2 vs 0 Little Common
Sandown 2 vs 0 Little Ridge
Sandown 6 vs 0 Ore Village
Sandown 4 vs Pebsham
They won all 4 games, scoring a total of 14 goals and conceding 0.
Despite the cold weather and windy conditions the boys still managed to play some very smart and intelligent football.
The following week saw tougher competition as it was the top 2 schools from a total of 4 groups meeting together for the finals.
Sandown were placed with Christchurch, Blacklands and St Pauls in their group and would need to again finish in the top two to reach the semi-finals.
The results were:
Sandown 1 vs 2 Christchurch
Sandown 1 vs 2 Blacklands
Sandown 0 vs 1 St Pauls
The games were so close and Sandown lost two of the games in the last kicks of the game, which was a hard blow to take. They were resilient and respectful losers on the day and played their last game against Westfield to compete for 7th place in which they won 2-1 in extra time.
A very enjoyable tournament and the boys will have learnt a lot from their experience.
Sandown Cross Country- Thursday 21st March 2019
Sandown hosted a spectacular event for this year’s annual cross country. Over 600 children competed across 15 local primary schools to make a fantastic atmosphere for the afternoon. Sandown had 145 children compete and represent for the school, which was the highest ever. We want this to keep rising for next year. Running practice will remain on Monday, Wednesday and Friday and lunch times.
The final results were:
1st: St Leonards (230 pts)
2nd: Silverdale (291 pts)
3rd: Sandown (374 pts)
4th: Westfield (467 pts)
5th: St Mart Star of the Sea (641 pts)
6th: St Pauls (737 pts)
7th: Sacred Heart (768 pts)
8th: St Thomas (773 pts)
9th: Castledown (850 pts)
10th: Little Ridge (859 pts)
11th: Icklesham (988 pts)
12th: The Baird (1045 pts)
13th: All Saints (1136 pts)
14th: Brede (1189 pts)
15th: Christchurch (1275 pts)
Congratulations to St Leonards on winning the overall event.
Sussex Cross Country Finals- Thursday 28th March 2019
On Thursday 28th March 2019, one of our Year 6 pupils represented Sandown and our regional area for sport in the Sussex Cross Country Finals. He completed the course in style, finishing 56th out of 156 runners! 22 different primary schools from our local area representing our region and the Hastings and Rother boys’ team got bronze for the first time ever out of 9 regional areas, a fabulous achievement. We are very proud!
The Big Pedal
After the success after last year’s Big Pedal, Sandown couldn’t resist to take part in it again. From 25th March to 5th May, children were challenged to either walk, cycle or scoot to school in order to gain a crystal for their house. We celebrated the last day in style with a Super Hero Day and raised a very respectable £140.88 for Sustrans cycle charity.
I am so proud to say that we finished 18th out of 91 regionally for East Sussex and 147th out of 784 large primary schools across the whole of the United Kingdom! That tallied an average of 76% of the school cycling, walking or scooting to school. WOW!!
On the 28th March, Mr Lindsay and Mr Davies took the Yr3/4 team to the Albion Cup football tournament in Seaford. This was the first experience for most of the team to play in a competitive tournament and they really were awesome!
15 schools entered across East Sussex and were split into 3 groups. Sandown needed to win their last group game to top the group and guarantee themselves a place in the semi-final. They did so in a stylish fashion winning 2-0.
They amazed us further, by winning their semi-final tie against Harbour Primary in a comfortable 3-0 win. They then played their socks off in the final and were unlucky losing 2-0 to a very strong Polegate Primary team. Sandown finished runners-up overall.
Parents were unfortunately not allowed to watch the tournament so I tried to film as much as I could to give you guys an insight at how well they played.
Finals (10th May):
What an incredible day and experience for this young group of players. They got to compete against the top 11schools from East Sussex, Brighton and West Sussex at one of the best elite training centres in England, that hosts the players from Premier League outfit Brighton and Hove Albion.
In a group of 6 teams they lost two and drew 3 of their 5 games despite being in leading positions in two of them. This gave them an overall position of 4th in their group, so were unlucky not to make it through to the semi-finals. A great day for Sandown, you’ve done yourselves and the school proud once again.
Girls Tag Rugby
What fun we had at the first all-girls Tag Rugby Tournament supported by the Hastings and Bexhill Rugby Club. 13 teams competed and received coaching from the clubs coaches. There was a superb atmosphere with the girls having a chance to shine in their own games and the progress made in a short time was astounding. Schools attending were Silverdale 2 teams, Icklesham CE 2 teams, Ark Little Ridge 2 teams, Ark Blacklands, Sandown, St Leonards CE, Sacred Heart, St Pauls CE, Little Common, Pebsham.
Out of four games, these amazing girls won 3 and lost only 1! This was the first time most of them had played Tag Rugby or represented the school in sport, very well done girls.
Unbelievable achievements witnessed from our hockey team. We attended the Hastings & Rother Hockey Finals where we came away as Silver medallists!
It was a superb afternoon with 10 schools battling out the finals held at Horntye Park with the support of South Saxons Hockey club. Schools in attendance were Silverdale 2 teams, Ark Little Ridge 2 teams, Ark Blacklands, Sandown, Sacred Heart, Guestling Bradhsaw, Battle Abbey, Robsack wood and the worthy winners were Silverdale who will now go on to the Sussex school games finals – Good luck!
The teamwork, behaviour and attitude was exemplary and most importantly we all had a fantastic time with lots of laughs.
Sandown 2 vs 0 Sacred Heart
Sandown 0 vs 2 Silverdale A
Sandown 2 vs 1 Blacklands
Sandown 0 vs 0 Little Ridge B
Sandown 1 vs 0 Silverdale B
Sandown 2 vs 0 Little Ridge A
Sandown 2 vs 0 Robsack
Sandown 1 vs 0 Battle Abbey
Sandown 2 vs 0 Guestling
7 wins, 1 draw and 1 loss
Incredible stuff Team Sandown!
Key Steps Gymnastics
Massive congratulations to our Gymnastics team at the Key Steps Gymnastics Competition held at St Leonards Academy in April. Our first time of entering this competition and we done exceptionally well, finishing 5th out of 12 schools. They all trained extremely hard for the event having to remember 3 routines and perform individually in front of a range of judges. They were understandably very nervous but all thrived under pressure and did themselves and Sandown extremely proud. #TeamSandown
Tri Golf Tournament- Wednesday 1st May 2019
Go Go Gadget Golfers - Sandown Superstars
A fantastic morning participating in the Multi Skills Striking Festival -Tri-Golf tournament at Cooden Beach Golf Course!!
Unfortunately we wasn’t lucky enough to progress to the finals, but the children thoroughly enjoyed the day and were coached by a professional PGA golfer.
Once again thanks to all who participated today including the help of the parents who were amazing, we wouldn’t have had the lovely pictures and kept score without our parents continued support.
We had fun, we showed resilience, and tried our best but, most of all we had FUN!
Quad Athletics- 15th May 2019
On the 15th May, selected pupils from year 3/4 attended the Quad Athletics competition held at Hastings Academy.
Two teams of boys and girls each competed against four other local schools in 4 different events - Throwing, Standing long jump,50m sprint and 400m.
An absolutely outstanding performance from both teams secured us 1st place on points overall (by an extremely large margin!)
Well done to those who took part and thank you to the parents who were able to attend for their enthusiastic support!
Next, the year 5/6 team had their turn against all 6 cluster schools in our local area. They had the opportunity to qualify for the finals if they finished in the top two. We came 2nd and were given a ticket to the finals.
The finals were on June 5th and we finished 4th overall in Hastings. What an achievement! Well done Sandown, we are super proud of you.
These were the results:
1. Ark Blacklands 1482
2. Silverdale 1453
3. St Leonards CE 1439
4. Sandown 1317
5. Ark Little Ridge 1288
6. Ark Castledown 1254
7. St Pauls CE 1200
8. St Mary star 1127
9. St Peter and St Paul CE 1118
10. Playden 999
11. Little Common 965
Girls Football – Friendly Vs Westfield
We hosted a friendly match for our girls’ football team against Westfield Primary school to give the team an opportunity to play some competitive games. We started the game very strong and took a two goal advantage. Westfield started to grow in confidence throughout the game and soon brought it back level. The second half meant both teams were evenly contested, but it was Westfield who took the lead this time. Sandown had some great chances but were denied by some good saves from the Westfield keeper. The game finished 5-3 to Westfield and the girls are excited about the prospect of future games for the school.
Tag Rugby Festival-June 2019
This June 2019, eight boys competed in a Tag Rugby tournament. Each of the boys participated to their best abilities.
Their first match was against St Leonards Academy, a particularly tough team. Sandown boys tried their hardest, making many tags but unfortunately lost 4-0. But, they were not deterred. They went on to play against Silverdale and won 4-1! In high spirits the boys played St Mary Star and drew 1-1.
Their final match was against Sacred Heart. All of the boys were giving it their all, they were 2-1 up but, Sacred Heart scored a Try in the last thirty seconds of play, so they ended with a draw.
Not only did each of them play fantastically, they exhibited great sportsmanship! Well done Sandown boys!
Sport News and Events 2017-18
Cluster Sports Hall Athletics 2018
Year 5 and 6 Sandown were invited to the indoor athletics cluster event held at Hastings Academy. Only 6 boys and 6 girls were allowed to take part and after a careful and difficult selection process, coaches Mr Davies and Miss Smith were proud to lead a triumphant team.
Children took part in one or two of the 4 track events consisting of: 1 + 1 relay, 2 + 2 relay, 6 lap parlauf and a 4 x 1 relay.
Children also took part in one of the 3 field events consisting of: speed bounce, standing long jump and chest push.
The results confirmed that Sandown were the overall winners!
The children have now qualified for the local school finals this week! A huge congratulations to all involved!
At the event we were also privileged to receive the Gold Award for competitive sport engagement for 2016 - 2017. You can see the photo of the children receiving it and winning the trophy.
Well done Sandown!
Sports Hall Athletics Final
On Friday 12th January, Sandown School took part in the Indoor Athletics Final at Summerfields Leisure Centre. The team of 12 that qualified for the finals only 4 days prior to this event had to increase its team size to 21. There were 12 events to take part in and the squad were assigned to a specific track and or field event. Miss Jenner, Mrs O'Gorman and Mr Lindsay were the three coaches on the day and were so proud of their team and individual performances. Mr Lindsay had a sore throat the next day after all of his cheering. Having finished 8th in this competition last year for the first time, Sandown were thrilled to have finished 4th in this years competition. Take a look at the results below to see how well we did in each event (1st = 20pts, 2nd = 18pts etc).
Girls' Football Cluster Tournament
On Monday 5th February, 6 girls from years 3&4 competed in a Girls Football Cluster Tournament hosted by Hastings Academy. The girls played against The Baird and Sacred Heart. The girls played extremely well finishing their games undefeated as joint 1st place winners. Well done girls.
Following on from this, the year 5&6 girls competed in a Girls Football Cluster Tournament on Thursday 8th February again at Hastings Academy. Our competitors were the Baird and Sacred Heart. All the girls worked tremendously hard considering we only had 5 players (due to unforeseen circumstances) with fantastic hat tricks from Jade and Phoebe in the first game and a second hat trick from Jade in our second game against Sacred heart. Kyla, in her debut performance for the girl's team, pulled off some great saves to keep a clean sheet throughout the entire tournament.
Bike It - 8.02.18
On Thursday 8th February, year 5 and 6 children took part in a 'Bike It' session run by Janie Burrage and they absolutely loved it! They were taught the basic skills needed to be road safety aware in a fun and dynamic session filled with challenges and games. We are hoping the sessions inspired the children to want to apply their skills learnt to start cycling or scooting to school.
Our next event with 'Bike It' will be a 'Bike It Breakfast' held at Sandown School on Thursday 15th March. Children who cycle or scooter to school on that day will be entitled to a free breakfast and have the option to have their bike serviced by Dr Bike. More information will be posted soon.
If any children would like to be part of the 'Sandown Bike Crew' to help promote this event and encourage children to cycle to school, then please come and speak to Mr Davies.
Collins Cup 1st Round
On Monday 5th March, Sandown finally got to play their 1st Collins Cup round fixture against Battle Abbey Primary School. This fixture has been put off due to bad weather since November! The weather still made for a very muddy afternoon. Sandown were the stronger side by far in the first half going 3-0 up and looking very comfortable in possession of the ball and attacking the Battle goal. Goals were scored by our year 5 trio, Theo, Max and Kenny. In the second half, Battle became more confident and found their way through our defence scoring 2 goals. Within the last minutes of the game, Battle found themselves through on goal, one on one with the keeper and their striker was able to slot home an equaliser. The game went into extra time which couldn't seal it for either side. It all came down to the penalty shoot out with each team taking 5 penalties. Despite our keeper making two fantastic saves keeping Battle out, we were unable to progress to the second round of the cup. Battle finished 3-2 winners on penalties. We wish Battle every luck in the next round.
Hopkins Cup Qualifying Round
Sandown were entered for the Hopkins Cup at Horntye on Friday 9th March. The football squad were led by Mr Davies and Mr Lindsay. They started the tournament well drawing their 1st game against a very strong Sedlescombe side. Kenny put Sandown 1 - 0 but Sedlescombe's persistence paid off and were able to score a late equaliser. Our next game was against Little Ridge and Sandown were the stronger side spending 90% of the game in the oppostions half, however could not seal the win. The game finished 0-0. With only 2 points and 3rd in the table, Sandown had the pressure of having to win their last game against West St Leonards to qualify. Sandown came out of the blocks fast and didn't give time for West St Leonards to think on the ball. The boys played their socks off and were rewarded with a 2-0 win, goals from the year 5 double Max and Theo. 5 points secured meant qualification to the final. The final will be played by the same squad on Friday (16th March). Good Luck Sandown!
Buckswood Football Tournament
Sandown were invited to take part in the Buckswood Primary Football Tournament on Saturday 10th March. There were 6 teams at the event and was a league set up with the top 4 teams going through to the semi-finals. The Sandown team had some fresh new faces representing the squad for their 1st time and did themselves and the school proud with their debut performances. Sandown had a rough start to the tournament losing their 1st game to Silverdale 3-0. We then played a very good Buckswood team and were able to clinch a point in a tough contest. That finished 0-0. Both Sedlescombe sides were our next fixtures and we were unlucky in both to not clinch a point in either fixture. Our last game meant that we had to beat Pebsham to have a chance for the semi-finals. Once again, Sandown coped well with the pressure and pulled off a secure victory. A higher goal difference than Sedlescombe's B team meant that we were through to the semi finals! Sedlescombe A team were our opponents and were deserved winners on the day. The Sandown football team should be extremely proud of themselves as gave maximum effort on what was a wet and miserable day.
Sandown Cross Country 2018
1st - Silverdale (148)
2nd - Sandown (249)
3rd - St Leonards (313)
4th - Sedlescombe (403)
5th - Sacred Heart (481)
6th - Christ Church (571)
7th - Icklesham (699)
8th - Westfield (707)
9th - West St Leonards (814)
10th - Castledown (823)
11th - All Saints (826)
Girls' Football Finals
Bexhill College hosted the Hastings and Rother Primary Schools Girls' Football Finals last Wednesday (18th April). Ten schools qualified for the finals and these included:
Sacred Heart Catholic Primary School
Ark Blacklands Primary Academy
Chantry Community Primary School
Little Common School
West St Leonards Primary Academy
Hollington Primary Academy
Robsack wood Primary Academy
Silverdale Primary Academy
Guestling Bradshw CE Primary School
The day was scorching hot with temperatures in the high 20s but this did not stop the high standard of football on display. The games were officiated by the Women’s Football Academy (which is in association with Chelsea FC Foundation) who were outstanding and acted as role models for the young generation of female footballers.
Sandown Primary School were the overall winners of the tournament and did it in style. They beat Sacred Heart 2-0 in the final and won all 6 of their games scoring 13 goals and conceding 0. Phoebe Barham was Sandown's top goal scorer with seven goals! Head teacher Mr Lindsay, was at the event and said it's the best girls' team he'd ever seen and was extremely proud of them.
It was a fantastic event, organised superbly by School Games Organiser, Teresa Bennett.
Tri Golf Tournament - Cooden Beach Golf Club
Nine of our year 3 / 4 children were selected to represent Sandown at the Hastings and Rother Tri Golf Finals on Wednesday 25th April. Parents took their child to Cooden Beach Golf Course where they were met by PGA Golf professional, Shaun Creasey. The event hosted 13 schools split across the day and involved children completing 8 different golfing challenges. The challenges were unique with chipping and putting skills that required teamwork, coordination, and accuracy to be successful. The children had a great afternoon with lots of fun and finished 11th overall on points. Well done Sandown, we could be seeing the new Tiger Woods in years to come!
Big Pedal Arts & Crafts Workshop
Due to the incredible participation
Big Pedal Results!
We have won a BMX stunt show in July for the whole school with professional BMX flatland rider and world record holder, Matti Hemmings. Take a look at the clip! We can't wait to meet him!
Year 3/4 Quad Athletics
The year 3/4 Quad Athletics was held yesterday (14th May) at The Hastings Academy. The 8 children competed in the 500m, 50m sprint, standing long jump and relay event. The children were fantastic and won many events including the boys and girls relay races. Well done Sandown!
Quad Athletics Qualifiers
Sandown competed at the Primary Quad Athletics Cluster Event yesterday (17th May) where they faced some tough competition between Sacred Heart and Ore Academy. 8 children from year 5 and 6 were chosen to represent Sandown and competed in all 4 events (75m sprint, 600m, Standing Long Jump & Howler Throw). We looked the strongest in every event and needed to be as only one team could qualify for the Hastings and Rother Finals. Sandown cruised into the finals with 110 points, which will take place on Wednesday 6th June at The St Leonards Academy (3:30 - 5:30pm).
Horntye Hockey Finals
The Hockey finals were played at the end of term 5 on a glorious sunny day. There were 15 teams qualified and Sandown were placed into a very tough group of 5 teams. The top team from each group qualified into a 3 way final tournament. Despite Sandown winning 2 of their 4 matches, it was not enough to secure top spot of the group as Blacklands had won all of their games. A little more training needed for next year and we will hopefully improve as we did this year.
Summary of scores:
Sandown (0) vs (0) Silverdale
Sandown (2) vs (0) Pebsham
Sandown (1) vs (0) Little Ridge
Sandown (0) vs (2) Blacklands
After two cancellations for this event due to poor weather, we were wondering whether the netball finals would ever be played! However, we took advantage of this extra time as Miss Jenner and Mrs O'Gorman were able to put on more training sessions for the team and really secure our tactics. After finishing 8th last year, the team really felt they had a point to prove. They did exactly that by winning all of their group games to qualify for the final in which they were matched with St Leonards. It was a thrilling and even affair with both teams giving their all. The full time whistle was blown and it finished 0-0. Nothing could split them. The umpire took the match to extra-time and Sandown lost the game 1-0. Such an achievement to reach the final and super proud of their improvement from last year! Well done Sandown.
Quad Athletics Finals
After cruising to the finals from the recent cluster competition, the Sandown athletics team were now up against the 'best of the best' from the Hastings & Rother area in the Quad Athletics Finals. The top 8 schools from the area competed in all 4 events: 75m sprint, standing long jump, 600m and vortex throw before finishing with a team mixed relay. Each event was timed and measured against all competitors in which overall scores were then tallied up. Sandown could not have tried any harder and Mr Lindsay was extremely proud of our team who were announced 4th overall. Amazing work and commitment by the whole squad, well done!
On Thursday 14th June, Sandown took part in the Orienteering Event at Horntye in which 16 schools attended! They completed 2 hours of orienteering activities including a timed event in which the team had to split up and search for the symbols that were located on their maps as quick as possible. The children were engaged from start to finish and finished in a very respectable time of under 10 minutes. Well done to the children for showing exemplary teamwork and behaviour.
Wow wow wow! I don't think there is enough words to express how super proud we all are of the 43 town sports athletes today.
They represented Sandown in superb fashion and won enough medals to open a shop.
Out of 54 events, we won:
making a total of 42 medals, a Sandown record!
We competed in the 'large school' category, despite being one of the smallest schools and finished 3rd overall for the day!
A huge thank you to all the parents who came along and showed their support, we were definitely the loudest for cheering!
A massive thank you to the parents who helped transport our children to the event.
And lastly, a huge thank you to Louise Barham and ARK Helenswood Academy for providing a minibus to allow our children to attend the event.
Sandown Gets Gold
Matti Hemmings Stunt Show