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Thanet Passport Update - 4

Dear Colleagues

By sending this Update out now, rather than wait until the last week of term, it should give you plenty of time to sign up for the various events listed below.


Attached is a flyer for the Sports Stacking Tournament on Thursday 7th November, 4-5.30pm. Please note that this event will now be held at St George's Primary School and will be run for us by students from Broadstairs College. There are 8 spaces available for each age group and places will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis from 7.30am on Friday 11th October. Please e-mail me, gary.rees@tinyonline.co.uk indicating whether you wish to enter a Y3/4 team, a Y5/6 team or both.


Details are attached for the first football festival for Years 3/4, which will take place at Margate FC on Tuesday 12th November, 3.45-5.15pm. This event will be run for us by students from Broadstairs College. There is no limit on entries but only one team per school. Entries should be sent to me, gary.rees@tinyonline.co.uk , no later than Friday 18th October.


Thank you to those schools that have completed their Les Riggs Cup 1st and 2nd Round ties. If you have not yet played, please ensure that you do so before the end of this term. If you are having difficulties arranging your game then please let me know immediately, so that other schools are not kept waiting to find out their next opponents and so I can arrange the 1st Round of the Consolation Cup.


The first Year 2 Dodgeball Festival will take place at Ramsgate Leisure Centre on Tuesday 19th November, 4pm - 5.20pm. Schools can bring a squad of up to 9 children but only 7 children are permitted to play in each game. All teams must have at least 1 boy and 1 girl but a good mix is always promoted. Rules are adapted to suit Year 2 children and are attached to this email. The emphasis is on the children having fun. Event guidelines will be sent out with fixtures to schools who are entered into the festival. Teachers will be expected to referee games (it's not difficult).

Due to space, we are limited to 8 teams and entries will be accepted on a first-come-first-served basis (one team per school).

If you wish to enter, please e-mail Steve Holmes on sholmes@priory.kent.sch.uk with the following information NO EARLIER than 7.30am on Friday 11th October:

  1. School name
  2. Contact name
  3. Contact email
  4. Contact mobile number


The first of our PE Staff Networking Meetings will be held at Haddon Dene School on Tuesday 5th November, 1.30-4.00pm. Not only is this an opportunity for you to meet and exchange ideas with other PE staff, but we also have guest speakers who often have offers of free resources or training for schools, as well as updates about national initiatives, not to mention the occasional sports specific training. Not only that, but release cover counts as eligible expenditure from your school's Sports Premium. This CPD opportunity is provided for FREE as part of your membership of Passport - so there is no reason why you shouldn't make every effort to be there! Although there is no actual cut off date for notifying attendance, it does help if I know a week or so beforehand so that I can arrange refreshments. Please put the date in your diaries and confirm your attendance with me as soon as you can.


Also attached is a flyer and application form for a 'Swim England - Support Teacher and Teacher of Schools Swimming (Primary K.S.1/2)' course in February at Rochester, which may be of interest.


Finally, I have been asked to pass on the following information from Colin Rouse:-

We all have mental health, just as we all have physical health. Mental ill health can strike at any time and can affect people from all walks of life. Although things are improving, stigma still exists around mental ill health. As a society, we don't tend to know how to take care of our mental health like we do our physical health. This means that people may not know how to support a friend, family member or colleague experiencing a mental health issue, or where to go for support with their own mental health.

Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) is a training course which teaches people how to identify, understand and help someone who may be experiencing a mental health issue.

Young people especially go through many challenges in their lifetime, added to this the pressure of exams and settling into new school environment can potentially trigger anxiety amongst young people. MHFA won't teach you to be a therapist, but it will teach you to listen, reassure and respond, even in a crisis - and even potentially stop a crisis from happening. You'll learn to recognise warning signs of mental ill health, and develop the skills and confidence to approach and support someone while keeping yourself safe. You'll also learn how to empower someone to access the support they might need for recovery or successful management of symptoms. This could include self-help books or websites, accessing therapy services through their GP, their school or place of work, online self-referral, support groups, and more. What's more, you'll gain an understanding of how to support positive wellbeing and tackle stigma in the world around you.

If you are interested in finding our more about this training and how it can benefit your school please contact Colin Rouse on colin.rouse@changingmindskent.co.uk , or see the attached poster.

Best Wishes

Gary Rees
Chairman & Administrator
Thanet Primary Association for School Sport