Running club has been a real success in the three years it has been running. with up to 20 boys regularly running our 3km course along the banks of the River Thames. I will shortly be creating some Strava links for those of you who wish to challenge yourselves against our boys, or just see where they run.
The boys strive to set new Personal Bests and even to beat the course record. last years record held by Theo Williams, an impressive 13.06, has already been beaten 3 times this year with Tristan Brown setting a staggering course record of 12.20.
Equally impressively is that almost every single pupils has set a new personal best.
We finished last term with the annual Christmas run and this year it was bigger than ever, we had pupils from year 3 join us and even some reception girls. there was strong cluster of mums enjoying some early morning exercise too. many thanks to the parents who sent in their photos to be used in this blog.
Many thanks to Adam Buckingham, Charlotte Oakley and Matt Oakley who are regular runners and without whom there would be no running club. many thanks to the boys because seeing the effort they put in and the progress that they make really starts Tuesdays on a positive note.
as promised here are the Stava links to our segments
Today the prep had an under 9 and an under 11 team competing in the Novice gymnastics competition at LEH school in Hampton. It was a wonderful morning of gymnastics with all of the boys showing focus and skill throughout all areas of the competition.
For most of these boys this was their first ever gymnastics competition and they performed extremely well under the pressure of the judges and the audience. The under 9 team finished in 5th place overall but took home the smiley prize for being happy and smiley to all judges throughout the day! The under 11 boys showed their experience and came through well to take the silver medal and finish in 2nd place.
It was a fantastic day of gymnastics and a lot of fun was had by all. A big well done to all of the gymnasts and a massive thank you to all of the parents for your support.
The under 11s had a fantastic afternoon in the sun. Mr Hopkins coached the hockey squads, whilst everyone else enjoyed football.
A few of the boys were lucky enough to receive some instruction from professional footballer Matt Oakley. They followed this up with a Q & A session, the boys asked some great and interesting questions.
Jamie’s great account of the day’s contest at the Southbank Centre…
The first story was about Krusty the clown from the Simpsons who was trying not to get hit by a falling missile and used unusual weapons and deflected the missile with an umbrella. The second story was a pirate adventure, were a captain was attempting to find the indigo pearl although it was nowhere to be seen and a cat called storm who loves sardines which help her think found it just when the crew had left her and set off. The third story was about a spy fighting a robber who had stolen some files and the spy was named 009, similar to 007 which you all should know who is.
Now for the important one – Tristan Robinson’s story from the Boys’ Prep school. This story was about a boy called Joe who wants to destroy Doctor Decay’s factory and he makes the sweet with the most sugar than any other. The problem for Joe is that his teeth were falling out fast and if this was for everyone it would cause a silent world.
The fifth story was about a child writing a diary about the sirens the moving and most war themed experiences. The sixth story was about a poor child, which lived in a house made of broken wood which had a giant hobby of football which he was exceptional at therefore he was in the England academy for football where they won against lots of teams but the last team was Germany therefore the last line was “did they win?” The seventh story was in the eyes of a duck which was on a walk and got interrupted by a big jawed creature and got saved by a old lady. The eighth story was the finalist from the Junior Girls’ school which was about a tree being aged 151 years old which is grown in a great spot because of the view, although in a normal day, a boy walks along and picks an apple of her mother’s tree and the child smacked the branch onto him. Because this happened the boy now owns the tree. The ninth story was an ice cream man making an ice cream although it was described as a god making a world. Finally the tenth story was about the future where half the people in world are robots and, a boy works in a factory where unfortunately he did something wrong and by the end he gets turned into a robot like all the others.
Happily, Tristan got the best line award which was, “but he thought there was more to Doctor Decay than meets the mouth”. Now he gets 2 tickets to a festival at the Southbank Centre.
Well done to all the super story writers!
Below you can click and read the two fantastic stories from Tristan and Jamie too that made it through to the School final: