See our achievements and sporting events that happened before the pandemic. We will be an active sports school again very soon.
To encourage children to get 30 active minutes per day in school, children in KS2 received a daily mile card.
Children take their card with them while they run. They can do their mile in the early morning play (8:15 - 8:45am), break times or Monday, Wednesday and Friday lunch.
They collect one stamp per day if they can complete 3 laps (1 mile) of the running track.
They will earn a logbook mention and entry to the cross-country squad (if they want).
Once their card is full they must see Coach D to sign off their card.
Ask your child to see if they ran a mile today!
Sandown wants to say a massive THANK YOU to everyone who has brought in stickers for Aldi’s exciting Kit for School’s competition. It’s safe to say that we’ve smashed it!
We were honoured to receive a brand-new Macron football kit and footballs from the Chris Tutt Just Giving page. His family set up the page after he sadly passed away in 2018.
Chris was a terrific footballer, one of the best that came out of Hastings in the seventies and eighties. His best position was wide on the left where he would leave many full backs tied up in knots.
Chris went to school at Sandown and represented the school football team. In the photo you can see Chris holding the Collins Cup in 1969. He captained the side to victory in the final against Hollington winning 3-0.
In memory of Chris, the Sandown Football tournament (on Saturday 19th Oct) also included a girls’ tournament. There was a shield for the winners in memory of Chris and The Chris Tutt Cup for the team that demonstrates fair play. There were 18 schools that attended the tournament.
Our Sports leaders had their third meeting with school games leader Mrs Antcliffe from The St Leonards Academy.
This session was all about planning and looking at ways to design and deliver small tournaments with the younger children in KS1. We have over 20 sports leaders from year 5 and all are improving with leadership skills and qualities every week.
Due to the programme being so successful we have ordered some brand new ‘jazzy’ bibs for them so they can really stand out on the playground and look super special.
Due to Covid-19 cases rising in England, sadly, our inter cross country event had to be cancelled. We had 20 schools confirmed to attend hundreds of parents due to come and watch.
This was anticipated to be our biggest event yet, so was an extremely difficult decision to cancel! However, all the blood, sweat and tears from weeks of training from our KS2 runners didn’t go to waste as we allowed an intra event to take place and had each class run against each other.
The atmosphere was still created from the runners’ classmates watching and we even had a professional PA system blaring out the tunes so we could all have a little dance.
Fingers crossed, we will soon be back to normal and can continue these big planned events that we love and are so proud of at Sandown.
The girls got their chance to show off their skills at the local Hastings cluster football tournament. Mrs O’Gorman has been doing a fantastic job of running a girls only football club after school at Sandown.
These training sessions and developments were clearly beneficial as Sandown won both the Yr 3/4 and Yr 5/6 football tournaments at the Hastings Academy. A truly wonderful achievement that the girls fully deserved.
Congratulations to these lads won The Albion Cup football tournament on 6 March, 2020!. It was extremely well organised by Brighton and Hove Albion FC and they got to play at the wonderful ground of Eastbourne Borough FC.
They have now qualified for the next round at The Amex Training Centre in Lancing. Date to be confirmed.
Sandown 1-1 Cradle Hill Primary
Sandown 0-0 Harbour Primary
Sandown 1-1 Heron Park Primary
Sandown 1-2 Stafford Primary
Sandown 3-0 Blackboys CE School
Sandown 3-0 Seaford Primary
Sandown 3-1 Polegate
Sandown 2-0 Cradle Hill Primary
Sandown Primary School!
As promised, Adam Page, a community cricket coach working for Sussex Cricket, came back to our school. He delivered a fun lesson of cricket to our Reception and Year 1 classes.
These sessions were completely free and aimed at trying to inspire some of the younger children to take up cricket as a sport. Adam has run an after-school club for us in the past and is something we are eager for him to do again in the summer terms.
Take a look at local All Star Cricket schemes you can sign your children up to.
Some lucky Year 5 pupils were selected to become our new Sports Leaders. They had their first training session with Mrs Antcliffe (School Games Organiser) where they learnt some skills on how to become a great leader.
They got the chance to put them to practice with each other on the playground and the results were astounding. Mrs Antcliffe said that they were one of the best group of leaders she has ever worked with! The leaders are now assigned to one lunch day a week where they will go and lead playground games and activities to Reception and Year 1.
Well done leaders, keep up the commitment and enthusiasm!
On Wednesday, 4 March 2020 our hockey after school club players went to a hockey tournament at The Hastings Academy.
They played six very competitive games in difficult (understatement) weather conditions.
As you can see, it was a very close fight for 2nd place and Sandown shared second place with Guestling and Sacred Heart B.
Well done Sandown!
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On 2 March 2020 we were lucky to be invited to a rackets festival that only a limited number of schools could attend.
Eight children were selected across year 4 because of their great attitude in PE lessons and not yet having represented the school in a sporting event this academic year.
They got to take part in three different racket sports: badminton, tennis and table tennis from qualified coaches and specialist teachers. They all had a great time and are hopefully inspired to take up one of the sports in the near future outside of school.
Well done Sandown!
Sandown 5-4 Ninfield
Sandown played their first game in the Collins Cup (26 February 2020) against a very strong Ninfield team.
Wearing the brand new kit and playing on a wonderful surface at The Hastings Academy, this was always going to keep self-esteem high going into the game. Sandown started a little slow and found themselves in losing positions three times in the game! 1-0 down, 2-1, and 4-2 down.
With pure resilience and a ‘never give up attitude’ instilled, these young lads ran their socks off and came out winners 5-4 at the final whistle. Away to St Paul’s is our next round fixture.
Thank you to all the supporting parents who attended.
Well done to these amazing Year 3 children who danced their hearts out at this year’s ‘Time 2 Dance’ production at The White Rock theatre.
Their dance had to be based on the theme ‘Poems by the Sea’. Coincidentally, their term 3 text in class was based around a poem by the sea, ‘The Steadfast Tin Soldier’ so seemed a perfect match. It’s about a soldier who is placed into a paper boat by children who want to send him out to sea. From the gutter, his journey takes him through the sewers and out into a canal where he sinks into the sea and is then swallowed by a fish. Luckily the fish was caught and found by a chef who bought it at the market.
We were all so super proud of you for the courage and excellence you showed on stage. It really was an amazing evening! Thank you all so much for your hard work in dance lessons over the last term.
A huge thank you must go to Ami Piper, our after school dance teacher, who choreographed the whole piece and taught them the dance skills required for the show in their PE lessons this term.
Adam Page, a community coach from Sussex Cricket, kindly came to coach two of our year 2 classes some cricket in term 3.
They had six brilliant fun packed sessions that incorporated learning to bowl, catch and bat the ball. They all thoroughly enjoyed the sessions where they got to learn the terminology in cricket and experience cricket in such a dynamic and creative way.
Adam loves the school and has already arranged to come back to deliver a cricket roadshow to our reception and year 1 classes next term. We can’t wait!
Sandown entered two of our top table tennis players into the Individual table tennis championships held at Falmer University in January. The boys were selected because of their outstanding performances and dedication to table tennis club at school.
17 of the best boys across Sussex went head to head in a group format. James was in group 1 and finished 4th out of 6 overall in his group so unfortunately didn’t qualify. Aiden was in group 2 and managed to win 4 of his 5 group games placing him 2nd in his group. He therefore qualified for the quarter finals where he beat a boy from St Andrews and then played the semi-final against the number 1 from St Andrews (and apparently England) where he lost 4/11 and 3/11.
We are all super proud of their achievements as have only been playing the sport recently. They have both now joined a local table tennis club from having this experience and opportunity.
Well done to our netball players who competed in the Hastings & Rother Netball cluster competition on 22 and 23 January.
Year 5/6 entered two squads due to the great interest of netball club this year with Mrs Apps and Miss White. Sandown red bibs finished 5th overall and Sandown yellows finished 2nd and only lost one game, which was a fantastic achievement. Sandown have now qualified for the Netball finals.
The Year 3/4s took to the court the following day and you could sense their nerves. However, as soon as they started playing, they were incredible. They too, only lost one game so made it all the way to the final and lost by only one goal in an end to end game with Sacred Heart.
Well done Sandown!
A squad of 29 children represented Sandown School last week at Summerfields Leisure Centre. Ten schools attended the finals, in which they had to qualify from the cluster events across Hastings and Rother areas.
The children took part in a range of track and field events where they gave it their all. The competition was of the highest level and am super proud to say our squad finished 5th overall in the competition. Well done Sandown!
We attended the Hastings & Rother Team Table Tennis Tournament at The St Leonard’s Academy. The children competed against five other schools in a group format. They got to experience playing on real tables (rather than the classroom desks that we practice on) and had the pressure of parents and family members spectating their games.
So pleased to say that the boys won the tournament in joint place with Little Common and the girls finished 1st and 2nd in the mixed competition. A wonderful experience for all of them and once again were all assets to Sandown demonstrating wonderful sporting behaviours.
Amazing work Sandown!
Our sports leaders were given their second training session from Leading Sports Coordinator Mrs Antcliffe from the St Leonards Academy.
The children this time were given ideas and games to practice for when its wet play for the KS1 children. They were then taught how to lead some throwing and catching games and relay races. The leaders are really growing in confidence and Mrs Antcliffe said that the Sandown Leaders are one of the best groups of leaders she has worked with.
Keep up the amazing work leaders, you are helping our young learners develop to become well developed sports people.
For the past few months we have been doing some early morning challenges on the KS2 playground such as jumping and throwing, which has helped us select a fantastic squad for the indoor athletics events.
The children take part in either the speed bounce, standing long jump or Chest throw and have to each complete a sprint. These events are called cluster competitions that involve all the 9 schools within our area: Sandown, All Saints, Sacred Heart, Icklesham, Guestling, St Thomas’, Castledown, Ore Vilage and The Baird.
Year 5-6 started the week off with added pressure as they knew to qualify they needed to get in to the top 2 to go the Hastings and Rother Finals in January.
With the added schools in the cluster it certainly spiced up the competition as well as the atmosphere from the amount of spectators. Sacred Heart, Sandown and Castledown were head to head in nearly all of the events so we knew it was going to be a close call.
The children waited in anticipation for the results and were ecstatic when revealed we finished second and qualified for the finals!
It was Year 3-4’s turn the following day and feeling a little more anxious than the older children they had to hold their nerves to compete and just try their best.
After their first few attempts you could see their nerves disappear and just flourish to enjoy the event. They really were superstars and made everyone even more proud when our team were witnessed approaching other schools to shake their hands after the events.
Once again, the children waited patiently for the results to be counted and were soon cheering when revealed that we had won the event!
Some of our incredible KS2 Cross Country runners qualified for the Hastings & Rother Finals at Ark Alexandra.
Most schools that attended had a handful of runners that represented their school. Sandown however, looked like they had an army as all 24 runners jumped out the minibus in burgundy and marched to the start line. We have never had so many children qualify for the finals and really embeds what we are trying to achieve at Sandown with all children taking part in a club and then representing the school as a result of it.
Over 300 finalists attended the event across the whole of East Sussex. The competition and standard of the runners on show was at an extraordinary level. We had 3 of the year 3/4 boys finish in the top 15 which was an incredible achievement.
Although none of our Year 5-6 runners qualified for the Regional finals they all did themselves super proud and will be able to improve upon their personal bests in March when we host the next Cross Country event. This one is going to be the biggest yet!