22APR20 - Virtual Sussex School Games
Wednesday 22nd April 2020
Dear Parents\Carers and Children
I hope you are all keeping well during these unique times. A big part of our school ethos is staying active but also maintaining a competitive element to our PE and Sport.
So far this year, we have competed in numerous inter-school competitions and we were due to continue this trend over the summer term. Thankfully, the people at ‘Active Sussex’ have been working really hard to still make this possible. I’m delighted to share that ‘The Sussex Games’ will be going ahead! Through ‘virtual’ challenges, every primary school child across Sussex will have the opportunity to compete individually, for their school and for their town.
I wholeheartedly encourage as many of you to take part as is humanly possible. It’d be great to see Bewbush near the top of the leader board. Not only that, but all the points achieved by our pupils will contribute to the Crawley score. Here’s our chance to show that Crawley really is the best town in Sussex!
What follows are all the details you’ll need to take part.
Mr David Leake
On your marks, get set...
At 9.15am on Monday 27 April, the ‘Virtual’ Opening Ceremony will take place on social media for the Specsavers ‘Virtual’ Sussex School Games, kicking off a term of sporting challenges giving children across Sussex the chance to represent their schools alongside their friends and classmates, and compete to be Sussex champions.
In this letter, you will find all of the information about how the competition will work, the prizes up for grabs, and how to get involved.
How Does It Work?
Every week throughout the summer term, a different sport will take place, made up of four personal sporting challenges which can be completed from home; in the living room, kitchen or garden, or at school.
Scores for each challenge will be submitted online, and will contribute towards the school’s average score, so it doesn’t matter whether you are a big school or small school.
Gold, silver and bronze medals will be awarded to the best scoring schools in each sport, with separate Primary and Secondary competitions. There will also be an Active Adults category with trophies up for grabs, so parents, teachers and carers can get involved and represent the school too.
As well as medals in individual sports, overall leader boards will be kept, and overall Sussex Champions crowned at the end of the summer term.
A new sport, and it’s four challenges, will be published at 9.30am on a Monday morning, on www.sussexschoolgames.co.uk, on social media, and on the school Google Classroom boards.
Participants have until midday on Friday to submit their scores, and leader boards will be published later that day.
Adaptations for Space, Equipment and Inclusivity
Participants will have differing space and equipment available, and each challenge comes with some example adaptations which can be made where necessary. Creativity and problem solving is encouraged throughout, to make sure that as many people can get involved in the competition as possible.
There are also some example adaptations for people with disabilities, to ensure that sports are inclusive and accessible for everybody.
It all kicks off at 9.15am on Monday 27 April with the ‘Virtual’ Opening Ceremony on social media, and the launch of the first sport.
Anybody can take part, and whilst there is no ‘official’ sign-up required, we would encourage you to follow us on social media to get updates, challenges and results
Facebook: Specsavers Sussex School Games
There are lots of ways to win with the Specsavers ‘Virtual’ Sussex School Games. We have overall leader boards for Primary Schools, Secondary Schools and Active Adults running throughout the Summer Term, as well as weekly leader boards for each individual sport.
In addition, there is also the overall School Games Area leader board, so as well as representing your school, you’ll be representing your local area team.
Spirit of the Games
Ultimately, the objective of the Specsavers ‘Virtual’ Sussex School Games is to keep as many children as possible active during this period, and to help them benefit from the physical, mental and social positives that representing your school team can bring.
We need the help of schools and parents to get as many children engaged as possible, and will be awarding special ‘Spirit of the Games’ awards to the schools who are getting the most people up and active.
Practice makes perfect, so participants are encouraged to train and improve each week to be the best that they can be.
As a bit of extra-motivation, each Monday we’ll be setting a new training challenge alongside the sporting competition, with the chance to win a £50 Amazon voucher as a prize.
Participants simply need to upload their training videos and pictures to Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and TikTok, and include the hashtag #SussexSchGames, and a weekly winner will be selected at random. These should be posted from a parent’s or school’s account.
Children Without Internet Access
Not all children have access to the internet, so there will be a printable pack available for each sport which teachers/carers can pass on. There will be a hardcopy of a scorecard in these packs to record scores, which can be transferred to the online form by somebody with internet access before the 12pm Friday deadline.