They Shoot, They Score!

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Students at Hartington C of E Primary School have enjoyed an afternoon of netball and finding out about African cultures as two Loughborough Lighting Super League players visited the village.

Peace Proscovia from Arua in Uganda and Phumza Maweni from Khayelitsha in South Africa were welcomed to the school on Wednesday 15th April for lunch with pupils followed by some netball games and activities in the playground.

Goal shooter, Peace, 25, said: “We are looking forward to interacting with the children and lifting them spiritually, physically and socially. We want to show them the skills and rules of netball and have some fun.”

Goal keeper, Phumza, 30, said: “We have enjoyed playing netball with the children and teaching them new skills.”

Pupil, Maddie Wager, 9, was keen to find out more about Peace’s culture and her love for netball during lunch – the pair chatted about their siblings, favourite sports and hobbies.

Josh Wright, 9, said: “I am looking forward to asking questions about Peace and Phumza’s cultures and their life at home.”

Sam Wright, 7, and Isaac Blackwell, 5, both agreed: “We are excited to play netball with Peace and Phumza and learn some new skills and tricks.”

The visit was arranged by Vice Chairman of the School Governors, Liz Broomhead MBE, who is heavily involved in the international netballing scene and received her MBE in the 2011 New Year’s Honours List for voluntary service to the sport.

The School is working towards gaining the next level of its British Council International School Award.

Head Teacher, Tracy Blackwell explained: “We already have our Intermediate Award for developing internationalism throughout the school and we want to achieve the Accreditation level. To do this, we need to complete at least seven international curricular activities and Peace and Phumza’s visit helps us to work towards this goal. It allows pupils to immerse themselves into the diversity and cultures of people from a different part of the world. They loved asking questions to find out more – the question and answer session with the children was outstanding.”




Mon 12th – Lent Afternoon in Church
Tues 13th – Pancake Day Lunch
Fri 16th – Break for Half Term
Mon 26th – Spring Term 2 begins
Tue 27th – Rachel Wilkes from Music Partnership delivering the music curriculum within the school on Tuesdays for 5 weeks. This includes the launch of the Interactive Music Scheme Charanga.

Fri 1st – MAST ~ “Jesus Calms the Storm”
Thur 7th – World Book Day – come to school dressed as your favorite book character.        Challenge – please could you take a photo of your child reading in an unusual place (they don’t have to be in their costume doing this), and send it into school?  

Tues 12th – MAST Hannah Wills ~Easter
Wed 13th – Parents Evening – further information will be provided for this. 
Fri 15th – Red Nose day – Dress in your own clothes with one item of red for a £1 donation per child please. 
Thur 21st – Schools Together – 11am at St Giles Church in Hartington with Biggin Primary School.
Mon 25th – Easter Service 09.30am – location in School unless otherwise advised.
Thu 28th – Break for Easter

Mon 15th – Summer Term 1 begins