Indoor Primary Rowing Festival
Article Created on Tuesday, 15 November 2011
Roars of non-stop cheering filled the gym at Treviglas Community College last Wednesday (Nov. 9) where students from seven local primary schools gathered to compete in a fun-filled indoor rowing tournament.
The action-packed sports festival was hosted by Treviglas and saw Year 5 and 6 students from St. Columb Minor Academy, St. Columb Major, Perranporth, Newquay Junior, Trevisker, Cubert, and Bishops primary schools come together to compete in both individual and team-relay rowing races.
The festival was part of the newly formed Newquay Sports Partnership, a collaborative initiative between secondary and primary schools to encourage active participation in sport, games and team-based activities.
The day was run by both Treviglas PE staff and student sports leaders–older students ranging from Years 10 to 11 who are interested in developing active leadership roles in the field of sport.
Treviglas PE teacher James Fallow, who helped organise the event, said the day was not only about having fun but also served as a valuable learning experience. “Sports festivals such as these are a great way of teaching primary students the concept of healthy competition and team work,” Mr. Fallow said. “It also allows for some of our secondary students to learn about being good leaders and positive role models.”
Many of the staff from the participating primary schools commented on how the day also provided their young students with a preview of things to come.
“These sports festivals are fun way of allowing our students to get a taste of the secondary school experience,” said Lisa Halling, a teaching assistant at Bishops Primary School. “Not only do they get to socialise with their peers but they also get to work directly with the older secondary school students, which helps with the transition to secondary later on.”
In the end, students from Cubert walked away with both the boys and the girls individual races, rowing the furthest distances in two minutes. Cubert also took first prize in the team competition, which is decided on overall points. It was Trevisker, however, who took the crown for the team relay race. This particular competition involved 22 teams of five rowers, each team-member rowing for two minutes.
Results aside, participating students and staff agreed that the day was an enjoyable and enriching experience for everyone.
“Sure, it’s a competitive day, but it’s also a fun day,” said Treviglas sports leader Hayden Turner, Year 10. “The students get to come test themselves in a fun, positive environment where no matter what, everyone wins because everyone’s having a great time.”
The Newquay Sports Festivals are hosted by Treviglas Community College on several occasions throughout the year and are open to local primary schools as a personal development learning day.