Over the Easter holidays, fifteen Moreton First children from Year 5 and 6 and three members of staff travelled to Jersey to play in the annual Jersey Games. This is a four-sport (hockey, netball, football and rugby) festival which combines coaching clinics, a tournament and various excursions around the island over the course of a week. Over 200 children from seven schools took part alongside a number of local clubs from the island. It was a jam-packed, fun-filled celebration of sport and the sun shone!
Each morning the children enjoyed a coaching session for their specific sport (the girls played hockey and the boys played football). These sessions encompassed fun warm up games, ball skills, field tactics and game-playing. On the final day the children took all that they had learnt and put it into practice in a competitive tournament. The girls did especially well to come runners up in the hockey.
However it was not all sport and no play! The afternoons were spent exploring the island through a number of excursions. Of particular note was the Durrell Wildlife Park and the AquaSplash Water Park. Mr Taylor and Miss Mantell even had a go on the flumes! We also played fun Rounders and touch rugby on the beach and spent time in the smaller water park attached to the hotel. If that wasn't enough, every evening saw more entertainment take place - Welcome Parties, Pop Quizzes, Bingo Night and a Final Night Disco! The fun didn't really stop! No wonder the children were exhausted by the time we got back to school.
We've been back at school a week now and the children keep saying how much they want to go back! This was the first time that a sports tour has taken place for Moreton First children and our first time at the Jersey Games. It was the first time many of them had been to Jersey, the first time many of them had been away from family for a week and, for some, the first time that they had ever flown! The children gained so much from the experience and have returned slightly more mature and independent young people.
Overall a fantastic trip, superbly organised by Mrs McDonald, and enjoyed by all. We look forward to the next one!