SPORtY students have rounded off another busy year of activities at Highfields School in Matlock.
Not surprisingly, many of these activities have been Olympic-themed.
The school was one of the locations chosen to play host to the Olympic torch during its triumphant parade through the area in late June.
The Highfields sportsleaders have been busy gaining coaching qualifications ready for officiating in events at the start of the new term .
Coaches including Paul Hartley (netball) paid a visit to see students and to train 28 leaders.
Meanwhile, students have been involved in the BBC World Class Olympic Dream project.
Highfields took part in a live email debate on excellence and also ‘what is it like to have the Olympic torch come to your school’ as schools around the world asked – and answered – the questions.
70 key stage one pupils from four local primary schools (All Saints, St Giles, Winster and Elton, came to Highfields to be put through their paces by Years Seven, Eight and 12 coaches.
The Olympic Milestone Project has seen students from all year groups have the opportunity to work with the Derbyshire Poet Laureate, Matt Black, on poetry.
Matt is the commissioned poet to write with pupils on the Olympic milestones which will be erected in Derbyshire. As the torch came to Highfields, the school will have a milestone erected, one of only 11 in the county, due to be put up in early September.
Finally, students went on two Olympic-themed visits.
The first involved Highfields students (and county swimmers) Sarah Cross and Kieran Wheeldon travelling to the Manchester Aquatics Centre to see the Australian swim squad and meet Emily Seebohm, the athlete twinned with the school for the Olympic Dream Project.
Secondly, six students accompanied Australian teacher John Riddle to Etwall to see a badminton exhibition match between the Australian and Canadian Olympic teams.
we visited masnchester aquatic centre today for our invited viewing of some of the australian swim team. Our swimmers were sarah cross and kieran wheeldon