Platinum Award 2022/23
We are delighted to announce that Handcross Primary School have achieved the School Games Platinum Mark Award for the 2022/23 academic year.
The School Games Mark is a Government-led award scheme launched in 2012, facilitated by the Youth Sport Trust to reward and recognise school’s engagement (provision and uptake) in the School Games against a national benchmark and to celebrate keeping young people active, and we are delighted to have been recognised for our success.
We are extremely proud of our pupils for their dedication to all aspects of physical activity and school sport, including our Year 6 Sports Leaders, staff and parents who made our events possible. We are committed to using the School Games to try and engage those young people who haven’t previously been active or represented our school and to try and ensure that all our children have a positive experience and want to try out new activities beyond school too in our community. We believe in the power of physical activity and school sport as a school and give opportunities to those young people that need it most.
As part of our application, we were asked to fulfil criteria in the areas linked to the five School Games outcomes and we are pleased that the hard work of everyone at our school has been rewarded this year. A special thanks to Miss Bloomfield, Mrs Aylett, Mrs Cribb and Steve who have helped us achieve this fantastic award this year. We are very proud!
Handcross Sports Day
On Wednesday 13th July, Handcross hosted their Sports Day. It was lovely to have families join us for the first time in three years - thank you to everyone who was able to attend.
All of the children completed a series of skill-based events, such as hurdles, standing long jump, vortex throwing, egg and spoon race and skipping. This was followed by the running races - sprints (50 or 75 metres) and the long distance race (400 metres). Throughout the morning, lots of house points were earned for coming 1st and 2nd place, as well as stickers, certificates and medals for the running races. Everyone showed fantastic sportsmanship and were trying their best with their events. A big well done to everyone for their effort!
Once all of the house points were totalled, it was announced that Red House had the most points. Well done Reds! They did a celebratory lap of the track.
Women's EURO Match - July 2022
Thirty of our Year 5 and 6 girls and boys had the amazing opportunity to go to one of the Women's EURO matches at the Amex Stadium, Brighton. What made it even more exciting was that it was England Vs. Norway. The children loved the atmosphere - cheering, chanting, clapping, waving their flags and doing the Mexican Wave around the stadium - all the while, watching the match. England just kept on scoring, resulting in a final score of 8 v 0 to England. What a victory! The children continued their celebratory cheering all the way home on the minibus, despite it being a late night for them. Go England's women's team!
NEARS Sports Day - July 2022
On Monday 11th July, Handcross hosted the NEARS Sports Day on Handcross Park grounds – the first one since 2019. Six other schools from the NEARS locality took part. Selected children from KS2 competed in different field and track events including vortex throwing, standing long jump, bean bag shuttle run, sprints, long distance run and relay. All of the children from all schools showed fantastic sportsmanship throughout the morning, cheering on members from their school. Despite the hot weather, the children all tried so hard with their events. We congratulate Balcombe for winning the Sportsmanship Cup! Points were awarded along the way for the 1st, 2nd and 3rd winners for each event. Overall, St. Peter’s came 3rd, Balcombe came 2nd and Handcross came 1st. We are so proud! Well done Handcross for an amazing achievement – we all did a celebratory lap around the track.
Thank you to the following schools for being part of this wonderful sporting event – Balcombe, Bolney, St. Giles, St. Mark’s, St. Peter’s, Twineham, Woodgate - and to the families who came and supported it.
Year 3/4 Stoolball - July 2022
Some of our Year 3 and 4 children experienced a taster of stoolball, a sport that originated in Sussex in the 15th century. With the help of the Sport Leaders at Downlands Community School, the children did lots of different activities to develop their skills - throwing, catching, bowling and batting - before playing some stoolball games. The children all had lots of fun and made so much progress throughout their afternoon. A big well done to Emmie, Havana, Harry, Dexter, Kai, Amelia, Elin, Zoe, Livvy and Ronnie.
Year 6 Inclusion Festival - June 2022
On Monday 27th June, nine of our Year 6s went to Twineham for an Inclusion Festival. They different ten different activities which linked to sports that are part of the Commonwealth Games. It was lovely to see the children all working together and making new friends before moving to secondary school.
Year 3/4 Inclusion Festival - June 2022
Some of our Year 3 and 4s went to Twineham Primary School for an Inclusion Festival. The event was Commonwealth themed where each team represented a different country. The children completed a carousel of activities linking to sports in the Commonwealth Games, such as tennis, throwing and basketball. Well done to George, Vinnie, Sophia, Briony, Elise, George, Issac, Sonny, Kayla and Robyn, and to team Barbados for winning!
Year 4/5 Kwik Cricket - May 2022
Ten of our Year 4 and 5 children went to Ansty Cricket Club for a fun afternoon of playing cricket. As part of a tournament, they played three competitive matches. Everyone got to bat, bowl and field; some learnt how to keep score. It was evident how their skills and confidence grew each games and they would all now to play more cricket now. Well done to Freddie, Kairo, Bay, Ethan, Tyler, Alexander, Hannah, Niamh and Erin.
Year 5/6 Girls' Football - May 2022
On the 18th May at Ardingly College, some of our Year 5 and 6 girls played in a friendly football tournament. The team were a true credit to themselves individually and in their team work. A big well done girls - Ella, Michelle, Amina, Frankie, Lily-Mae, Isla and Tilly - for coming 4th out of the 12 schools competing. Thank you to the parents who watched and supported too!
Year 6 Basketball Tournament - April 2022
Some of our year 6 children went to Haywards Heath College for a basketball on Friday 1st April. They competitively played against other local schools in the tournament, putting their recently developed skills from PE lessons to practise. Well done to Isla Ja, Ethan, Wilf, Michelle, Willow, Ibby, Eva, Josh and Ellie. You played fantastically!
Kiera (year 4) has been doing fantastically with Judo outside of school. She has been doing the martial arts for several years now and has now achieved her yellow belt. She recently attended a competition in Kidderminster and won a bronze medal. Kiera is very excited about being selected to represent Sussex at the inter counties competition in May. We are very proud of Kiera's Judo success!
Year 3/4 Handball Festival - March 2022
On Monday 14th March, nine of our year 3 and 4 children went to Warden Park for a handball festival. Through a series of activities, the children practised and developed their skills. This will help them in their PE lessons as their current topic is handball. Well done to Tyler, Ashur, Charlie, Erin, Tiffany, Ella, Elizabeth, Rigby and Luke.
Year 5/6 Girls Football Festival - March 2022
On Wednesday 9th March 2022, eight of our year 5 and 6 girls went to Ardingly College for a football festival. They developed their football skills through a series of activities before playing some ‘friendly’ matches. The event was part of #LetGirlsPlay in order to promote more girls playing sports, including football. BBC News attended to get some footage of the girls playing which was aired on the news that day! Well done to the following girls who had a great morning playing – Hannah, Eva, Emma, Scarlett, Natalie, Niamh, Jessica and Kaitlyn.
Sussex Cross Country Finals - March 2022
Following the brilliant success of the Mid Sussex Active cross country event, Willow and Natalie took part in the Sussex cross country finals on Thursday 3rd March 2022. Along with Mrs Aylett, the children travelled to Waterhall, Brighton to run a track of 2km against hundreds of other children. A massive well done to the girls for competing in this huge event! We are all so proud of you!
Year 5/6 Cricket Tournament - February 2022
On Monday 28th February 2022, Mrs Aylett and Mrs Powell accompanied eight of our year 5 and 6 children to The Triangle for a cricket tournament, run by Sussex Cricket Foundation. Having not played cricket since the summer, the children showed that they remembered the rules and used their skills to compete in several ‘friendly’ matches against other local schools. The children are really enthused to play more cricket in the future! Well done to Teddy, James, Fletcher, Zach M, Hannah, Abigail, Louise and Scarlett for competing.
Year 3/4 Badminton Festival - February 2022
Ten of our year 3 and 4 children attended a badminton festival on Wednesday 16th February 2022. In Haywards Heath sports hall, the children did a round robin of eleven different activities based around badminton in order to develop their skills. The children particularly enjoyed using the badminton rackets and the ‘fluffy balls’ that were used instead of shuttlecocks. Despite there being some nerves before the event having never played badminton before, the children all really enjoyed themselves and would like to play badminton again in the future. Well done to the following children for brilliantly representing our school and partaking with lots of enthusiasm – Riley, Ana, Hannah, Ella, Theo, Aston, Tilly, Ethan, Thomas and Curtis.
NEARS Netball Tournament and Festival - February 2022
Monday 14th February was a busy day of netball with both the NEARS tournament and festival. At Warden Park, our team of 6 girls competed in several matches against other NEARS schools. Well done to Isla Ja, Ellie, Willow, Jessie, Ibby and two others, and to Amy who was our photographer for the event! Handcross won the tournament and have made it through to the Mid Sussex Active finals next month! What a huge success, and thank you to Mrs Aylett and Miss Greany for all of the fantastic coaching and support.
Meanwhile on the hard courts, some of children got to develop their netball skills through four different activities which were organised by the Warden Park Sports Leaders. Well done to Joey, Abigail, Sofia, Matisse, Charlie, Kiera, Oliver, Richard and Rowan. They had torrential rain, hail and even a rainbow however, despite getting soaked, the children still tried very hard and had fun!
Year 5/6 Sports Hall Athletics - February 2022
On Friday 11th February 2022, lots of our year 5 and 6 children went to Haywards Heath College for a sports hall athletics event. The children were chosen based on their athletics abilities whereby they competed in a range of track and field events, including relays, an obstacle relay, chest push, long jump, triple jump, speed bounce, vertical jump and soft javelin. Miss Bloomfield even had to compete in a soft javelin throw off with some other teachers! The children had a fun morning, showed fantastic sportsmanship cheering each other on, and with our overall points earned, came 4th out of the five competing schools.
Year 3/4 Quickstick Hockey - February 2022
Ten of our year 3 and 4 children went to Downloads School on Wednesday 2nd February 2022 for a quickstick hockey festival. With lots of other schools present, the children played lots of different activities to practise and develop their hockey skills. The children enjoyed going to a different school, playing on their hardcourts and of course had fun! Well done to the Downlands Sports Leaders for organising the great activities and to the children for taking part – Finn, Cody, Timur, Matisse, Max, Ezri, Dexter, Honor, Harriet and Amelia.
Mid Sussex Active Cross Country - January 2022
On Wednesday 19th January 2022, some of our year 5 and 6 children attended the cross country race at East Grinstead. Despite the cold weather, the children tried fantastically hard to run around the course with other local schools. A big well done to everyone who competed – Willow, Ethan, Gray, Natalie, Diasy and Darcey – and especially to Willow (year 6), Daisy (year 6) and Natalie (year 5) who all made it through to the Sussex Finals.
Sports Day - July 2021
All of the classes took part in Sports Day within their Key Stage bubbles this year. Each class was put into four groups where the children competed against 7/8 other boys or girls in their class. The children did a range of athletic activities, which they had practised in PE in lessons in the previous weeks. The activities included track, sprint, hurdles, javelin, beanbag throwing, ring throwing, 3-spring jump. Throughout the session, the children all showed the School Games values of passion, belief, respect, honesty, determination and teamwork. The children earned lots of house points for their team, as well as stickers, certificates and medals. It was great to see all of the children so enthusiastically supporting their peers and having fun! A big well done to all staff, who went to great efforts to make this a fantastic sporting event. The overall winners of the Sports Cup was announced in whole school assembly: the Yellow house team! The Sports Captains for Yellow House led the all members of their team on a lap of honour during our outdoor assembly – Well done, yellows!
Women in Sport
On the 3rd March 2020, we went to Ardingly College and we met famous gold medalists. The first medalist we met was Tasmin Greenway, who ran a netball session. The second person was Sally Gunnell who ran the athletics and hurdling event. When she was younger, she did the 100 metre hurdles and wanted to give herself a challenge so she went on and did the 400 metre hurdles. Next there was Karen Pickering, who did swimming but we did not get a chance to see her swim or do it ourselves. Chloe Brown is an Irish international hockey played and Mike Gardner is a ladies football coach for Crawley Wasps. There were six girls who got picked for this opportunity. Their names were Willow, Natty, Vanessa, Lexi, Erykah and Fatim.
We learnt things like different tricks in football and athletics. If Mrs Aylett hadn’t taken us, we wouldn’t of had the best time at this event.
Written by Natty and Willow (Year 5)
Mid Sussex Basketball Tournament
On the 3rd March 2020, Oscar, Sam, Bobby, Leon, Jasmine, Noah D and Lewis went to St Paul’s Secondary School to compete in a basketball tournament. We played six matches and we won 2, lost 3 and drew 1. Overall, we came in 7th place out of the 12 teams. The top two teams progressed to the next round. Even though we came 7th, we all enjoyed ourselves and learnt a lot about how to play basketball better.
Written by Oscar, Bobby and Sam (Year 5)
NEARS Netball Tournament
On the 25th February 2020, Avni, Eddie, Leon, Jasmine, Flo and Finnley played in the NEARS netball tournament at The Triangle, Burgess Hill. Our fantastic team played 8 matches, with all players taking on the challenges of competitive sport with fantastic enthusiasm and team work.
On the 26th February 2020, some children went to a quicksticks hockey tournament. These children were Erykah, Tilly, Hubert, Finn, Lewis and Noah D. We played against St Wilfred’s (2 v 1 to us), Blackthorns (1 v 1), Harlands (3 v 0 to them), Windmills (1 v 0 to us), St. Joseph’s (1 v 2 to them) and Manor Field (2 v 0 to us). We had lots of fun! We came 9th out of 19 schools.
Written by Tilly and Erykah (Year 5)
KS1 Sportshall Athletics
On the 11th February, some of our Year 1 and Year 2 pupils got to go to Oathall Secondary school for an indoor Sportshall Athletic event. George, Ned, Alexander, Kai, Dexter, Cody, Kayla, Hannah, Ayah, Erin, Olivia got to go. It was a bit scary at first but we still had lots of fun!
On January the 29th, Hubert, Olivia, Ibby, Josh, Tilly, Oscar and Erykah went to a hockey festival at Downlands Secondary School. We were supervised by the double act Mrs A and Mrs Cribb. Surprisingly, there were 18 other schools. We worked hard with six sports leaders who all worked our socks off. At the end of the session, we were awarded ‘Spirit of the Game’ for our determination, team work and good listening to the sports leaders. When we got back, we were exhausted.
Written by Ibby (Year 4)
On the 23rd January, we went to Ilfield Community College (ICC) for a netball festival. Finnley, Avni, Florence, Eddie, Ellie, Leon and Jasmine all went. We played games against lots of other schools like Maidenbower, Three Bridges and St Margaret’s. We did some warm ups on their netball courts. When we weren’t playing a game or watching, we would practise netball passes and marking.
Written by Avni and Finnley (Year 5)
On the 22nd January, AJ and Alice did a cross country run of 2 kilometres at East Court in East Grinstead. It was extremely hard and muddy. We had to have numbers – AJ was 34 and Alice was 44. It was fun but difficult. We would do it again but with less hills. There was a hill that was either Heroic Hill or Horrendous Hill. We both came back to school very muddy.
Written by AJ and Alice (Year 6)