A Showcase of Skills

A showcase of skills at the Year 6 Football Festival at St Mark’s School

On Friday 10th October, St Mark’s School hosted the first of their popular sporting festivals for pupils from St Saviour’s Juniors School, Batheaston, Bathhampton and Bathford Primary schools. The event was a football inspired competition for Year 6 pupils, providing them with an opportunity to get active whilst making new friends and having fun.

Over 140 children took part in the event which is growing in popularity year on year. The festival was organised by Steve Leonard, Head of PE at St Mark’s to encourage more children to take part in sport and physical activity.

Pupils from Year 9 at St Mark’s were on hand to guide and support the young players during the event and to keep track of the all-important score board.

Over the past three years, thousands of primary aged pupils in the east of Bath have participated in a range of fun and exciting sporting festivals organised and hosted by the students and staff at St Mark’s School. This academic year is set to be the most active yet with over twenty events organised for pupils aged from 4 to 11 years old with sports ranging from football and tag rugby to cross country and tennis-cricket.

Steve Leonard, Head of PE said, “It was great to see our local primary schools at St Mark’s, enjoying our facilities and getting to know their local secondary school in a fun and informal setting. The pupils had an opportunity to showcase their football skills on our fantastic astro pitch and had a great afternoon.”

“St Mark’s is the hub of our local community. I’m sure that the sound of children playing and enjoying the event could be heard all around Larkhall and beyond! I was extremely proud of the way our Year 9 Sports Ambassadors acted as sports leaders. They represented the school brilliantly and were very supportive of the younger children.”

“An excellent day was had by pupils and teachers alike and we look forward to the continued collaboration that St Mark’s achieves with its local junior schools.”

Headteacher, Barnaby Ash, agreed and added, “St Mark’s is a great school with fabulous facilities and a real ambition to make sure that it is the school of choice for the local community. Events such as this one provide pupils with wonderful opportunities to get to know their local secondary school better whilst making new friendships ahead of them joining us in Year 7.”

“It was a pleasure to personally welcome so many to our school last Friday and we look forward to hosting many more festivals, such as this one, in the coming weeks and months.”