Hertfordshire School Games
The School Games now aims to provide every child with a positive experience in an environment where their motivation, competence and confidence are at the centre of the competition, removing barriers and improving access for those in greatest need.
Our aim is to ensure that PE and School Sport in Hertfordshire is of the highest possible quality and it reaches every young person and continues to drive competitive school sport, providing more young people with the opportunity to participate and achieve their personal best.
The following video has been created by the School Games Organisers in Hertfordshire to increase awareness of the School Games.
The outcomes for the School Games network to work towards in the 2021/22 academic year are:
- To maintain and grow school engagement in the School Games and their delivery of 60 active minutes.
Supporting schools to prioritise the delivery of 60 active minutes as an entitlement for every child to support improvements in their physical literacy, social, emotional and physical wellbeing.
- To create positive experiences by ensuring physical activity and competition provision is designed to reflect the motivation, competence and confidence of young people and has clear intent.
Targeting young people who need the intervention most (particularly but not exclusively those from low social economic backgrounds, minority ethnic groups, SEND, girls) to improve their physical literacy, social, emotional and physical wellbeing.
- To have a clear focus on Secondary schools and transition points (Yr.3 and Yr.7/8)
Continuing to prioritise the engagement and delivery in secondary schools but also recognising the impact in early Key Stage 2.
- To create positive experiences that support the character development of young people, capitalising on Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games by empowering young people to design, deliver and promote Physical Activity and/or Competition.
This includes opportunities across the full breadth of the School Games which incorporates the delivery of high quality, inclusive leadership and volunteering.
- To advocate to key stakeholders how the School Games makes a meaningful difference to the lives of children and young people, including supporting schools to engage and educate parents.
Participation in physical activity and competition will impact on young people’s physical, emotional and social wellbeing and influence the likelihood of continued engagement both at school and in the community, creating habits for life.
School Games in Hertfordshire Events
Hertfordshire School Games events will take place under one of the sections of the pyramid (below) to ensure all young people are able to access competitions at the right level to ensure maximum enjoyment and a positive experience.
All events will be underpinned by the School Games values and allow opportunities for young people to develop and enhance their knowledge, understanding and apply their leadership skills.
The School Games is a fun and enjoyable way of engaging all young people through school sport – either as a competitor, young leader, official, or as part of a media team, focusing on blogging and promoting sport. Hertfordshire has a broad and varied leadership programme to support all pupils.
School Games Values: The Spirit of the Games
The Spirit of the Games Values were developed by young people to identify what the experience of school sport should be built around and focus on personal excellence through participation.
There are seven values which form the ‘Spirit of the Games’: Passion, Self-Belief, Respect, Honesty, Teamwork, Determination and Eco-Friendly.
The way in which schools communicate these values and involve young people in championing this cause will help bring the Spirit of the Games to life. This will ensure that competitive school sport is a rich learning experience for young people, and an experience which develops them to be not only the best sports person they can be but the best person they can be as well.
Honesty – Be honest with others and with yourself. Have the courage to do the right thing. Be truthful and promote fairness in every situation.
Teamwork – Treat everyone equally, support each other and work together to have fun and achieve. Celebrate each good friend and a positive team player in school, sport and life.
Respect – Treating others politely and with understanding. Accepting life’s ‘ups and downs’ with grace. Respect every day, in everything you do and for everyone around you.
Self-belief – You have got to believe to achieve. Have the self-belief and confidence to succeed and reach your personal best
Passion – Giving it 100%, putting your heart and soul into whatever you are doing and never giving up. Care about what you do and the people around you and approach each opportunity with enthusiasm and positivity.
Determination – Keep going no matter what. Determination is about the journey you go on to push yourself and achieve your dreams. Have the mental strength and the self-discipline to overcome obstacles, commit to your goals and keep working every day to become the very best you can be. Do not hold back!
Eco-Friendly – Chosen by young people within the network and in partnership with Planet Earth Games, this new School Games value encourages us to think more about the everyday choices we can all make to help the planet.
2021-22 Competitions and Events
To support the advocacy work of the School Games Organisers, schools are encouraged to use the event logos on their letterheads. You can download the logos by clicking the relevant letterhead below.
School Games Organisers
School Games Organisers are funded by the Department of Health and Social Care and the National Lottery through Sport England to deliver the School Games programme for three days a week, to ensure all schools from Key Stage 2 upwards have access to positive experiences. They endeavour to ensure that the School Games programme connects with Community Sport and is linked to the work of National Governing Bodies of Sport (NGBs).
The county’s SGOs are available to assist schools with their sport and physical education programmes and offer a range of professional development opportunities for school staff. They have detailed knowledge of the local community sports infrastructure and can offer advice on how local primary and secondary schools can connect with this.
There are 12 School Games Organisers across different locations in Hertfordshire:
Claire Peet at Birchwood High School
Dawn Dexter at Haileybury Turnford
Clare McCawley at Longdean
Dan Klinger at Roundwood Park
Hertford and Ware
Sandy Edwards at Sele School
North East Herts
Beth Williamson at King James Academy Royston
Jay Livermore at Knights Templar
Tanya Angus at Oaklands College
Regan Carolan and Mary Szulikowski at Barnwell School
Watford and Hertsmere
Duessa Lipley at Queens School
Watford and Three Rivers
Matt Harrington at Rickmansworth School
Sam Cooper at Ridgeway Academy