Avon Valley students go for gold at sports day in Rugby

Sports day fun.

Sports day fun.

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Hundreds of students at Avon Valley School battled it out in a day full of track and field events.

The school’s recent inaugural House Sports Day involved 300 pupils and helped raise money for Zoe’s Place, Warwickshire Air Ambulance, Myton Hospice and Team Joel.

A House system was introduced last year by incoming headteacher Alison Davies. The Houses: Apollo, Fortune, Garrick and Phoenix, are named after famous West End theatres reflecting the school’s specialist Performing Arts status.

She said: “It was wonderful to see our students embrace the spirit of sports day, whether they were competing in the games or cheering their friends on.

“I wish particularly to thank the PE department who organised the events; the whole day had a great atmosphere, and was enjoyed by everyone.”

Athletes from Year 7, Year 8 and Year 9 competed against their peers from the other Houses in field events including javelin, discus and shot putt. Heats were also held for track events including 1500m, 800m, 400m, 100m and 70m hurdles.

Several sports day records were smashed, including the Year 7 girls long jump record broken by Oliwia Dragon, the Year 8 1500m records were broken by Myles Martin and Rachel Rettalick, and the Year 9 boys 100m sprint was jointly broken by James Sheaf and Thomas Dall who ran the distance in 12.37 seconds.

Dan Payne, PE Faculty Leader said: “It was a superb day showcasing the students’ athletic talents in the sunshine with lots of school records broken.”

Students all enjoyed the day.