On Wednesday 26th February 2014 Ellie and Abbie interviewed Miss Christie.
Miss Christie used to be a P.E. teacher at Passmores.
Here is the interview:
Ellie: What sports did you enjoy as a child?
Miss Christie: I enjoyed lots of sports like gymnastics, football, tennis and netball .
Abbie: How long did you teach P.E. for?
Miss Christie: 19 years.
Ellie: How do you feel about sports and P.E. in schools?
Miss Christie: I feel that children are not doing enough sports. Children only do two hours of P.E a week. This should be increased, even to just 3 hours. This will decrease the amount of people becoming overweight.
Abbie: Do you think everyone should do P.E?
Miss Christie: I think from when you start school at 4 years old you should continue to do P.E all the way to 16 when you leave.
Ellie: Do you participate in sports now?
Miss Christie: Yes I still play netball twice a week, go to the gym and run quite often.
On the 5th February, Passmores Academy hosted a football tournament against all the teams in Harlow (Burnt Mill, Stewards, Mark Hall, St Mark’s and St Nick’s). For the past month, we had been playing tournaments and had been winning them frequently. This time, the tournament was for real, this time we could actually win a trophy! Passmores played amazingly well and won most of their matches. All teams played their best and the team we found most challenging was Burnt Mill because of their speed on pitch. After we had played all of our matches, we found out that we had made it through to the final. Passmores beat Mark Hall in an exciting final therefore, we won the tournament overall. Everyone had played with great effort and we were all so happy that we had won because it would have been disappointing if we had lost, seeing as we had won all the tournaments before this one. Miss Conway was very proud of us all.
By Megan McMahon
On Wednesday 15th January, Passmores held a year 9 girls football tournament. There were lots of teams from different schools; most of them were very good at football.
Passmores’ first game was against St Mark’s. A lot of Passmores’ players were missing, but we played well. St Mark’s were no match for us; Passmores had had a good start winning 3-0. It got the whole team in high spirits, and everyone helped out with the win as we had rolling substitutes.
Our second game was against St Nicks. Passmores came out strong and we played fantastically well together. We had a lot of strong shots and their goalkeeper was no match for our top scorers, once again Passmores won 3-0.
Our next game was a little bit more challenging, Burnt Mill. We started with a different line up but still played equally well. They had some strong players but Passmores was on a roll. We came out with a 1-0 win.
Our final game was very hard for us; we started with different players so this could have possibly set us back. Nevertheless we carried on, tired but still fighting strong. Stewards are good, usually when we have friendly games against them we win, but not this time. They had strong players and scored. We brought some new players on but time had already flown by. Unfortunately we lost 1-0. Passmores were still pleased with how they played, just like they should be.
The year seven boys futsal team participated in a futsal tournament against the other schools in Harlow. Eight boys took part in the tournament from Passmores and they played their absolute best. Captain Alfie Ball said: “We played really well and it was all worth it.”
After losing their first game 2-1, Mr Walsh told them they needed to work together more and try their best. After this inspiring team talk, the boys went out to win their next game 2-1. This winning streak continued as they then won another match 2-0 and won the final 2-0 on penalties. Well done Passmores!
The WPBSA’s CueZone Into Schools programme continues to go from strength to strength, encouraging more and more children across the UK to take an interest in snooker.
The scheme also helps mathematical skills using Functional Snooker, a game which assigns different values to each ball.
The programme was launched in 2013 by snooker legend Steve Davis who is the ambassador for the scheme, along with WPBSA Chairman Jason Ferguson and Head of Coaching Chris Lovell, and aims to get 10,000 children playing the sport.
These two case studies show how Snooker Into Schools can be effective in different centres of learning:
Salford City College
Neil Hayden is a newly qualified WPBSA World Snooker Community and Schools Coach. “I recently took charge of my first lessons of Functional Snooker,” he said. “These lessons took place at our City Skills Sixth Form Centre where I did 22 lessons over two weeks with Entry and Foundation level learners of functional skills.
“The lessons were enjoyed by both male and female learners. Over the two weeks they were attended by 151 pupils in all. This project was a huge success in terms of the learners gaining knowledge of snooker and how the game is played, while using the game to help improve their functional maths.
“The Functional Snooker programme will be used as a tool to engage the young people of our local High Schools when we run the carousel of sports events over the course of the year. The feedback from our own experience has been superb and is very useful in taking this forward within Salford City College. We are only using the City Skills Sixth Form Centre this year to pilot Functional Snooker, but having spoken to various functional skills teachers across all our five centres, they are keen to use Functional Snooker within their centres next academic year.
“We are adding one further male and one female member of staff from the Sports Development Department to undertake the WPBSA World Snooker Community and Schools Coaching Qualification in the spring of 2014. This will enable us to expand the delivery of Functional Snooker.”
Passmores Academy in Harlow, Essex is one of the pioneering institutes in the CueZone into Schools project.
The Academy recently organised an ‘Aspire Day’ which was dedicated to snooker. The objective of the day was to introduce students (pictured) to the sport through a range of different activities, with particular emphasis on the relationship between snooker and maths.
A total of 210 Year Eight students took part in the day and all enjoyed a varied range of activities. WPBSA World Snooker Coach Andrew Green, who is based in Essex, was present throughout the day and ran the CueZone, giving coaching on the tables provided to all schools taking part in the programme. In addition to playing, students had to design snooker arenas, create tournaments, learn about the rules and history of the sport and complete exercises all dedicated to teaching literacy and maths using snooker as a theme.
Gareth Walsh, PE Teacher at Passmores, is responsible for the snooker programme and was delighted at how well the day went. “The understanding of the students has improved dramatically, and following the Aspire Day we now have many more children wanting to be part of the clubs,” he said.
“Functional Snooker engages the students who struggle in lessons. They are more willing to learn maths using a practical resource and snooker has helped greatly to improve this.”
This seemed to affect us early on as we conceded a goal with a wonder strike from outside the box into the top corner. This was a blow particularly as minutes before Passmores scored a goal that was unfortunately disallowed for reasons unknown. Roding continued to press but some great saves from Harry Burton kept Passmores in the game. With 10 minutes to go in the first half, Passmores midfield began to shine and dominate with Mitchell Aves, Charlie Payne, Kieran Barwick & Scout Bown outplaying their opponents. We then scored two goals quickly and followed that up with one more and by the end of the 1st half, Passmores were 3 -1 up.
In the second half Passmores played amazingly, with their opponents only getting the ball in our half a few times. We then scored another goal, making the score 5-1 and that’s how it finished. Sam Chaplin scored 2 goals, Henry Faber scored 2 goals and Mitchell Aves scored the other. It was a great performance from the lads considering the strength of our opponents who had two boys who were on professional clubs books and we couldn’t have played any better.
By Harry Burton