Oakhill attended the level three Lancashire Spar school games hosted by Rock FM. This was a wonderful event and our key stage three orienteers had done very well to be the winners of our borough and to be representing the Ribble Valley. We had an early start from school in order to be in Blackpool at 9am for the opening ceremony. This was reflective of the Olympic opening ceremony and was hosted by Rock FM DJ Jordan North. We proudly paraded around the track with our area and school banner held high wearing our bright yellow t shirts to show we were part of the Ribble Valley team.
After making our sportsmanship pledges we were treated to a couple of songs by 2014 X factor finalist Jack Walton along with dance and acrobatics tricks from the street monkeys.
After a great experience it was down to the competition, and our team were eager and ready to go. We had entered 4 mixed pairs into the competition as a team of eight. Our pairs were Maisie Holme and Tom Temperley, Louis Coupe and Chloe lee, Lily Royle and Arthur Shaw, Ellis Lund and Chloe Gardiner. The teams were set off in heats and all had the challenge of finding 20 control points across the whole area of 260 acres at Stanley Park.
This challenge was made even more difficult by the 30 minute time limit and time penalties were enforced for any pair that returned late. The teams shot off quickly surveying the map as they ran, all of the teams planned a route that covered the check points that were closer together before visiting the individual points further afield.
It was a pleasure for Mrs Smith and Mrs O’Kane to sit back and watch the maturity and team work that our pupils possessed as they frequently ran past the coffee shop! All four Oakhill pairs returned within the time limit showing great timing, pacing and planning.
As the results were coming through we looked like we had done very well. The organisers had stated that all 20 check points within the given time was almost impossible so when our pairs came in with results of 17, 15 and 12 we knew that we had done well. Once all pairs had returned we ate lunch and treated ourselves to ice cream to celebrate a job done well. After what seemed like an age the results were announced! Oakhill had won the bronze medals and when our points were accumulated we had come third over all.
The team were very pleased with their performance and looked forward to being awarded their medals in the closing ceremony. Our medals were presented by The Mayor and Mayoress of Blackpool. All pupils performed fantastically well on the day however, special mentions must go to our second pair Louis Coupe and Chloe Lee who achieved the second top score out of more than 40 pairs. These were the stars of the show on the day and were competing against children a school year older than themselves.
We spent the afternoon getting involved in the many cultural experiences on offer including karaoke, judo taster sessions, dance shows, the mobile climbing wall and our teams favourite the high ropes course. We also enjoyed cheering on our borough in the many other activities: tennis, Tball, rugby, rounders and netball to mention a few. We are hoping to make this an annual event and hope to return in the summer of 2016 and represent in a variety of sports. Mrs Smith is hoping for Oakhill to represent in gymnastics, Tball and orienteering next year so watch this space!