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An Excellent Academy Sports Day

July 2019

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All athletes competed well on the day but the trophy was claimed by Hatfield.

Our annual Academy Sports Day was an outstanding demonstration of determination and sportsmanship as young athletes in all year groups competed in a variety of track events from sprints to relays.

Following the field events, which had taken place the day before, only 13 points lay between first and second place in the competition for the House Trophy. As usual, these points were to be added to those awarded on Sports Day in the track events, which meant that the battle for victory was set to be fierce.

On the day, as per King James’ tradition, our staff and students turned out in force with colour-coded face paint, flags and banners to support both their House and their peers. We saw excellent performances from our young athletes but at the end of a wonderful event, the mighty Hatfield managed to clinch the title ahead of Skirlaw by just one point.

Of course the day would not have been complete without the much-anticipated staff races; staff took part with enthusiasm in a sprint relay and a hilarious egg and spoon relay race, which involved a considerable amount of cheating! Students were both surprised and impressed at the sporting ability and competitive spirit of their Teachers.

The winner of the Key Stage 3 Interhouse competition was also determined on Sports Day. Throughout the year, students take part in competitive basketball, football and netball tournaments for their house, and points from these are added to those achieved on Sports Day. The winning house for 2019 was Skirlaw.

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