London 2012 - 20/02/12
The London 2012 Olympic Games are just a few months away and already they are having a massive impact on the school community at Ganton. Our focus on developing outstanding sports provision has seen us become one of only 50 Project Ability Schools across the country and this work entails outreach to other mainstream and special schools across the Humberside region, bringing top quality sports coaching into these schools with a particular emphasis on the pupils with special needs enrolled there. Our pupils, along with many others in the region are taking part in qualifying events for the School Games which will be held in the summer and for one Sixth Form student, Nathan, the chance to attend a residential Step - into - Sport Camp in Loughborough during the Easter holidays.
We have made a successful bid to launch a Netball initiative and been awarded £4, 250 by the London Organising Committee to put on netball coaching and celebration days for local special and mainstream schools during the summer and it is hoped that the local community will become involved in this activity.
Each class across the school has chosen an Olympic country on which to focus their learning throughout the year and we aim to participate fully in other cultural events such as the Special School Orchestra and a possible involvement in a musical event to celebrate the Olypmpics and Charles Dicken's 200th anniversary through the Humber Mouth Literature Festival. The winning entries in the Sixth Form 'Design an Olympic Stamp' competition are shown alongside.
The greatest opportunity fell on the school quite by chance as a visiting member of the Youth Sports Trust was entering Sirius trying to find three last schools to participate in an International Inspiration programme with a school in Ethiopia. Sirius said yes and suggested that we and St Marys College, as like - minded schools may also be interested. Of course, we said yes too and now we look forward to the arrival of our visitors from Bishoftu Secondary School in early March and a trip to Ethiopia, paid for by the British Council, for two of our staff in late April. The partnership lasts for three years and is intended to bring a deeper understanding of Rights and Responsibilities to our pupils, something which features in our current school improvement plan, and gives us an opportunity to find out about provision for disabled young people in Ethiopia and make a real difference to their lives by training young people as Sports Leaders.
Finally on an Olympic theme, as members of the Get Set Netwok ( the education arm of the Olympic Organising Committee) we have been allocated a minimum of six tickets for a real Olympic event during the summer. The exact details of this will be released to us in March and then we will plan how to use the tickets fairly, to their greatest potential.