PE & Sport: Information & Monthly Update – by Nadeen PE Department
The first half-term has drawn to a close and we have thoroughly enjoyed all of the opportunities this has provided. It has been fantastic to make full use of the sports facilities and we have enjoyed watching the students develop their basketball, hockey and futsal skills in PE lessons, not to mention the plethora of sports opportunities provided in our ECA programmes. As we progress into the second half of Term 1, we are very much looking forward to beginning our swimming lessons and moving outside onto the pitch now that the weather has cooled.
Community Sports Festival
On Saturday 4th November, we hosted the inaugural Nadeen Community Sports Festival. It was hugely successful and was action packed from start to finish. Our community had the opportunity to try their hand at a number of different Basketball activities, as well as some badminton challenges. On our astro-turf pitch, academy partner 24N hosted mini football matches on their inflatable football pitches. We also had the first Staff vs Parents Basketball match. A hugely competitive game finished 20-18 to the parents, following a beat the buzzer point! It was a great way to finish off an exciting morning. Thank you to everyone who attended.
We hosted an ultra-competitive House Sports Week at the end of Term 1.1. It was a great week with our students displaying their skills and sportsmanship whilst trying their best to earn house points! Our Year 3-5 students participated in a Futsal tournament, and our Year 6-9 students took part in a Basketball tournament. There was an array of fantastic skills on show, as well as exemplary levels of sportsmanship and teamwork. Well done to everyone who participated.
We are now into Term 1.2 and have started our Athletics unit across the school. Our Athletics leads us into Sports Day which is coming up in December, please see upcoming sports events below. The students are mainly focusing on track and field events. Our students in Year 1-6 have also started their swimming lessons. Our main focus for this swimming block is to increase the students water confidence, outline the importance of water safety and have a deeper look into the front crawl stroke. This is a hugely exciting time for our students. Early Years have also started a Athletics unit, with a specific focus on teamwork and sportsmanship.
In Secondary PE, our students completed their end of unit assessments. I am delighted to announce that 94% of our Secondary students are working at grades C-A. This is a fantastic achievement and demonstrates the fantastic start our students have made. Well done everyone!
Swimming Academy – 24N Active
We are delighted to announce that we have partnered with 24N Active to provide after school and weekend swimming programs at our new state-of-the-art pool. Sessions have already begun, but there are still spaces available to sign up.
Initially two programs will be available: a Learn to Swim Program (in partnership with Swim England) and a Skills Development Program.
Classes will run Sunday to Thursday from 2:45-6pm and on Saturday from 8am to 12pm. Precise class timings will be confirmed in due course.
Slots will be allocated on a first come, first served basis. To register your interest please book in for an assessment session by contacting 24N Active. For more information or questions about the after school/weekend swimming programs please contact 24N directly through: WhatsApp 24N Enquiries at +973 33628667 or visit @24N_Active on Instagram.
November will see the first of our competitive sports fixtures for our U14 volleyball squads and our U13 netball squad.
On Friday 10th November, our girls netball squad will be travelling to Abu Dhabi to compete in the much anticipated U13 girls BSME netball tournament. The girls have been practising incredibly hard over the past few weeks and we are confident that they will do themselves proud in their first competitive tournament of the year. We wish them all the best!
Both of the upcoming U14 volleyball fixtures will be hosted by Nadeen. On the 15th November, the girls will be competing again, this time in their first volleyball tournament, followed by the boys on the 29th November. If you would like to come along and support the teams, you are more than welcome to do so.
Upcoming Sports Events
Saturday 11th November – U13 Girls BSME Netball in Abu Dhabi
Wednesday 15th November – U14 Girls Volleyball (after school)
Sunday 26th November – EYFS Splash Day
Wednesday 29th November – U14 Boys Volleyball (after school)
Monday 4th December – Year 1 & 2 Sports Day
Monday 4th December – U11 Boys PSL Football (after school)
Tuesday 5th December – Year 3 & 4 Sports Day
Tuesday 5th December – U11 Girls PSL Football (after school)
Wednesday 6th December – Year 5-9 Sports Day