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Shortlisted for YST Awards Dinner – Outstanding Secondary School

Shortlisted for YST Awards Dinner – Outstanding Secondary School

The Youth Sports Trust have their annual dinner on February 27th. Awards are given to schools who have introduced initiatives that have significantly improved the involvement of young people in sport. We are pleased to announce that GMS have been shortlisted for Outstanding Secondary School 2018.
Involvement in sport is a life-long affair. Fostering a love of sport and sporting activities is crucial at school level. There is a potential for schools to become ‘exam factories’ It is true that being on or above target academically improves students’ choices. However, success in the world beyond school relies as much on having qualities such as being resilient, responsible, respectful, resourceful, reflective and ready to take up challenges. These ideas have been rolled out during form time, assemblies and in lessons through achievement stickers and SIMS points.
The website has featured write-ups about the Girls’ Active initiative. The main aim of this is to develop girls’ confidence when taking part in sport and physical activity. Students who lead the initiative have the grand title of Girls Active Leaders (GLAMS). The popular Takeover Club that runs every Wednesday is their idea. Chloe Brownbill, won the National Committed Learner award at the Girls’ Active awards 2017.
Great Marlow School are working collaboratively with the Youth Sport Trust for Buckinghamshire secondary schools to further enhance physical education’s role in supporting the wellbeing of all students. Having a PE catalyst in the department has also helped to share good practice in improving the lives of young people through the power of sport.
My Personal Best is a PE initiative that has been rolled out to other departments and has proved beneficial: it encourages students to strive for their best in a myriad of small ways, so that success is celebrated every time it occurs.
PE students led a whole school inset, perhaps a daunting prospect for 15 year olds! But not for the GMS students: for they are very capable of engaging staff and gaining their support. Since then we have seen first-hand how the My Personal Best initiative can work effectively both in PE and across the wider school community.
Congratulations, go to GMS for being shortlisted by the Youth Sport Trust. Now, we wait to hear whether GMS has scooped a prize from the panel of experts at the glittering Awards Evening Dinner on 27th February 2018
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