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Tapton School Sports day 2012

One of the wettest summers on record.

A brand new venue to host the event. Including an extra year group for the first time. Would Tapton School Sports day raise the bar or be for the high jump?

Our intrepid Y10 reporters, Itab El-Ghariani and Joanna Haigh caught up with Mr Davis, subject leader for PE and asked him to reflect upon Tapton Sports Day 2012.

One of the wettest summers on record.

A brand new venue to host the event. Including an extra year group for the first time. Would Tapton School Sports day raise the bar or be for the high jump?

Our intrepid Y10 reporters, Itab El-Ghariani and Joanna Haigh caught up with Mr Davis, subject leader for PE and asked him to reflect upon Tapton Sports Day 2012.

Yes, this was something that gave us some worries as we hadn't had the year 10s involved for many years due to their work placement programmes that always took place in the final two weeks. It is fair to say there were some plans to keep them in school to complete some extra study preparation for year 11 GCSE examinations. We were also worried that pupils may not turn up on the day and let us all down. However, we also realised that sports day is a big day for the whole school and should include every student. For this reason I decided that we should include the year 10s in the competition to demonstrate the value and inclusiveness of this traditional annual event. As with all years some pupils will always let their forms and friends down by not coming but to be fair the attendance was very encouraging, but more importantly the contribution they made to the day was fabulous. And my own form were runners up, just beaten by Miss Ellison's form, obviously she had them all on a high carb diet for the weeks before the competition! The day started with a fair bit of rain that looked like it was in for the day but, thankfully, the rain abated, the students turned up and conducted themselves superbly and Don Valley Stadium proved to be a superb venue for us.

Did the 2012 Olympics have any influence on your preparation for Sports day?

Not really, sports day is always an important day for the whole school and it is really valued by the Tapton community, including pupils, staff and parents. However, it being an Olympic year and London hosting the event, gave us all that extra incentive to rise to the challenge.

Do you see any potential Olympians in our current Tapton students?

Tapton has some great students who have real sporting and athletic ability. To be an Olympian takes incredible talent, commitment and dedication to their sport and a phenomenal level of physical and mental capacity. I have been fortunate to teach a number of Olympians. In my first teaching post in Rotherham I taught Paul Goodison, who was a great sportsman in a variety of activities. He went on to win gold medals in sailing, this had nothing to do with me, but he had a great attitude to learn and it never surprised me that he had so much success. Then Kim Daybell and Husayn Rowsowsky both represented team GB at London 2012 in fencing and table tennis, two excellent sportsmen. I hope another Tapton pupil will represent team GB in the future Olympics, time will tell.

In what ways do you think Sports Day inspires students and why?

Many pupils are inspired by any sporting competition. They love all sports and enjoy competing against other pupils. Other pupils are inspired by seeing their friends and peers succeed in physically demanding events. They become role models for others and inspire them to achieve and set goals to improve. For many students they recognise that sports day is an opportunity to shine in a different way than normal lessons in a classroom and it can boost their personal confidence and self esteem. Finally, all pupils see the importance of team work and working together to achieve a common goal, the form and tutor groups can inspire them to achieve together and share success and failure together, but at the same time enjoy the day and event.

There was some controversy this year with the scoring and final result – what was your take on this? How big was the score difference, who were eventual winners etc?

Due to the new venue and the rain delayed start gathering results became very busy and there was a slight technical glitch right at the end when we having to rush to get the results out to the pupils. Mr Haydn has a fantastic team of scorers and he does a remarkable job every year. He knew the importance of getting the results out on time and did a marvellous job to achieve this. It was only afterwards we realised there had been a slight mistake which affected the final positions, in fact the winning position so we had to do what was right and correct the mistake. I wasn't the most popular person when Mr Neath's form found out they had been beaten and had their trophy taken away, but I give them great praise as they accepted this with great sporting dignity and applauded Miss Sharman's form for their deserved victory. Hopefully this will spur the year 10s on to achieve even better performances next year and I have no doubt Mr Neath's form will be out training and planning for next year already. I can't wait to see what happens next year. Maybe we ought to use the big scoreboard!!!

Magic Moments: can you pick any moments that stood out for you at this year’s Sports Day.

In sport there are always many magic moments. Individuals shine in events and others watch remarkable human performance. Then there are the triers who give absolutely everything to get the one or two points for their form despite finishing miles behind the others, these are really special members of our school. Then there are the staff who make the day run so smoothly, by organising teams, officiating events, supervising the grounds and preparing for the day behind the scenes. These are the magic moments for me, it is a whole school event that adds so much value to the year and is undertaken by everybody with great enthusiasm. No one person stands above this, everybody deserves the credit for their contributions to a successful day.

What were your overall feelings on Sports day 2012

It was great to host the event in such a marvellous venue and we will return next year. The whole school deserve credit for their efforts. Pupils were well behaved as usual and all participants gave their best. I hope everyone enjoyed the day and I look forward to seeing Tapton developing their sporting programme even further throughout the year so all our pupils can enjoy the great benefits PE and School Sport can offer. May I thank you for inviting me to share my thoughts with you. You never know we may get Seb Coe to come and join us in the future.

Thank you for your time and congratulations for making Sports day 2012 such a success.