Sport & Fixtures

Here at St Pius sport is a vital part of our school.  Sport offers pupils the opportunity to develop self-confidence, discipline and a positive work ethic.

All pupils take part in Games and PE as part of the curriculum.  A variety of sports are offered as extra-curricular activities, all pupils are encouraged to take part in these.

Boys and Girls teams represent St Pius in local and national fixtures every year.  Competitive sport is at the heart of our programme, but we place equal importance on enjoyment and sportsmanship.

This enriching sporting experience compliments our holistic approach to education and we believe that what happens on the sports field, in terms of attitude, behaviour and motivation, can have a positive impact on success in the classroom.

Sports tours at St Pius X are major events that take place each year.  The sports tours have been running for the last six years.   Mr Long has the pleasure of organising each sports tour to Helmsley in North Yorkshire.  Every year, 30 pupils from Year 4 to 6 are lucky enough to be chosen.  The U11 boys have a three-day football tour in February and the U11 girls have a three-day netball tour in March.   On each tour we take two school teams and three accompanying adults.

Both tours are three days long and the children play competitive sporting matches against other independent prep schools and local village schools in North Yorkshire.  The boys play four football matches in three days against Terrington Hall Prep, Helmsley Primary, Nawton Primary and Brackenfield Prep in Harrogate.

The girls play three netball matches against Cundall Manor, Terrington Prep and St Martin’s Ampleforth.  On the last day of the tour, the girls always participate in a huge U11 girls netball tournament at Queen Margaret’s, a prestigious all-girls independent secondary school just outside York.

 As well as playing sport the children experience time away from home by staying in a YHA hostel in Helmsley.  Helmsley is a picturesque and tranquil village in North Yorkshire.  The YHA hostel is a converted house and we are lucky enough to have sole occupancy each time we visit on tour.  The children enjoy sharing rooms with their friends and they love the freedom of the hostel by watching TV, playing games or quietly reading in the sitting room.  At the hostel, we have a cooked breakfast, packed lunch and a three-course meal in the evening.  All of the meals are freshly made at the hostel and the children have choice a varied choice.  In the evening, the teachers organise games and quizzes for the children to participate in.

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Away from the sporting activities, the children have time to enjoy activities such as ten pin bowling and visiting a local cinema.  On the first day of each tour, we stop in Skipton and take part in ten pin bowling.  The children love getting into teams and they bowl so competitively to become the champions of ten pin bowling.  During the tour, the children are very lucky to visit an old fashioned cinema in Thirsk.  The children have a private screening of a film and they are treated to ice-cream and refreshments.  This activity is the most popular of the tour.

Overall,  every year it an absolute pleasure to take a group of children who are so well behaved and grateful for the opportunity on going on a sports tour.

 

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