At Prendergast, we are committed to providing the ongoing development of our pupils’ health, fitness, well-being and experiencing of a wide range of sports and activities.
This is achieved by offering a range of sporting activities including experienced coach led PE lessons, Active Fridays, after school clubs, (both teacher led and external) and supported and independent activities in break and lunchtime. There is also a strong emphasis on healthy eating.
PE is taught weekly by experienced members of the Prendergast staff. The wide range of sports taught included football, basketball, hockey, cricket, dodgeball, rounders, tennis, badminton, rugby and athletics. As well as the school hall and MUGA, Prendergast’s close links and proximity to the Secondary school allow us the use of two fully equipped sports halls, a cycling area and a full sized 3G AstroTurf football pitch. The primary school is fortunate to have a wide range of trim trail and fitness apparatus in the playground
Alongside PE lessons children also participate in weekly fitness activities where they set themselves a target of a chosen activity then attempt to beat their record.
Swimming will also be available to Year 3 pupils in the Summer term.
A unique feature of Prendergast is the Active Friday Scheme. This takes place every week and the provides the children with a choice of activities in which to participate. Extremely popular with both pupils and staff, the menu features activities such as yoga, gymnastics, power walking, jogging, dance, badminton, rounders, netball, football and tag rugby.
To widen the children’s exposure to sport there are currently after school clubs delivering tennis, football, multi sports, cycling and roller skating. From this year children will also be given the opportunity to attend dance lessons including
From October children from all year groups will be able to attend teacher led after school sports clubs, including basketball, netball and hockey.
As a growing school (currently up to Year 4) we are now able to enter inter school competitions.
Competitive Sports at Prendergast Primary
Last year our Year 3 pupils entered two competitions within Lewisham Borough, gymnastics and Quad athletics.
This year we will be running a Year 4 football team participating in the Lewisham Schools League on Blackheath as well as boys and girls’ teams playing friendlies against local neighbours. The 3G pitch can host three mini-soccer sized games simultaneously and multi-school tournaments are planned for later this year. We will also be entering Hi-Five netball and hockey tournaments.
In September a group of Year 3 and 4 children were very fortunate to receive hockey coaching from international players and coaches at St Dunstan’s brand-new dedicated hockey pitch. It is hoped that this will be a springboard to developing primary level hockey in the borough.
As well as inter-school sport, we are developing the intra-school competitions with various sports being contested by the four houses. These include football, dance and athletics and will be run termly.
To help boost fitness and raise money for various charities, we will be running “Race for Life” events. These will be held on a course snaking around the entire school complex and will feature all pupils attempting to complete as many laps as possible.