We are very proud to announce that Stocksbridge Junior School are the winners of the Sheffield School Games Get Active Award 2020. Unfortunately, we have not been able to accept the award in a formal setting but today we received our trophy and certificate to be displayed in our school display cabinet.

SJS has traditionally engaged in School Games since its creation in 2010, but ramped up its focus by the employment of two Secondary School trained physical education teachers in 2015. The aim was to provide as many children as possible with the opportunity to actively participate in sports and physical activity, whether that is a festival, a whole school fun run or elite level competition. We value the work Links School Sports Partnership do in providing a vast range of opportunities, for example the local boccia/curling cluster competition, the community fun run and elite events such as gymnastics, where this year, we had four successful teams progress to the level 3 South Yorkshire Games.

As well as taking part in Links led festivals, fun runs and competitions, we also recognise and promote the ‘Spirit of the Games’ values during our PE lessons and events such as our School Games Sports Day. We also have Change4Life clubs where carefully selected children can develop their knowledge and understanding of what living healthy looks like, whether that is cooking, health or food education. In addition, our Links run Mini-mermaids club, has been hugely successful over the last two years in encouraging cohorts of girls to improve their health, fitness and wellbeing. Our Y6 Sports Leaders are fundamental to running lunchtime activities and gain leadership skills in the process.

At our school, blended learning opportunities have had a huge success in these recent challenging times and the inclusion of the Sheffield Virtual School Games 2020 has been extremely popular. This platform provided our school with virtual competitive physical activity and fundamental skill development for our children to enjoy. We have also achieved the Gold Sportsmark award for our contribution to school sport and competitions.