See the bookmarks below for great photos, and Mr Hutchinson's reports about competitions our children have taken part in this year so far. The links below will take you straight to the area you are interested in, and you can then click the 'Top' button (which will appear at the bottom-right of this display) to get back up here.
In AVSSP’s Gymnastic competitions, children are asked to learn routines in Body Management, Floor Exercise and Vault before performing them as a team. Each team is then marked in each discipline and given an overall score by the judges. Our children worked very hard on learning their routines, practising at break times, lunch times, in after-school clubs and even at home! How hard and often they practised is one of the main reasons why they were able to achieve such fantastic results.
Amber Valley Y1/2 Gymnastics Runners-Up!
Our Year 1/2 Gymnastics Team from Mrs Goodburn and Miss Wilson’s classes represented us in the Key Steps 1 Gymnastics Competition and finished as Runners-Up in the whole of the borough of Amber Valley!
These very talented children will have many opportunities to represent the school in Gymnastics in future years once in Upper School, but for now we should be very proud of their achievement of finishing in 2nd place in the whole of the borough - our highest finish so far in any sporting competition in 2022-23!
Amber Valley Y3/4 Gymnastics 3rd Place!
Our Year 3/4 Gymnastics Team from Mr Buckle’s Year 4 class represented us in the Key Steps 2 Gymnastics Competition and finished in 3rd place in the whole of the borough of Amber Valley!
The children worked incredibly well together and needed no assistance or prompts when performing the routines. We have a very talented group of gymnasts across the school and we should look forward to seeing them represent the school in future years.
Boccia is a seated game similar to Bowls where teams take it in turns to roll their Boccia balls closest to the jack. The children were excellent both in their level of performance and their attitude at the event. They were fantastic ambassadors for our school, and always made sure to shake hands with their opponents after every match.
Our Boccia team from across our Upper School classes represented us in the AVSSP Boccia Competition with some of the children experiencing the sport for the first time.
We should be very proud of the children involved and I look forward to seeing some of the younger members of the team become leaders in this sport in future years.
A Table Tennis team for an AVSSP competition consists of 4 children: 2 boys and 2 girls. The children are then ranked as Seed 1 and Seed 2 in the boys' and girls' categories and then play against other children in their category.
Table Tennis Competition
Not 1 but 2 teams of Year 6s from Mrs Hibbitt’s class represented us in the Table Tennis Competition for schools in the Ripley Area.
DU, our Number 1 Boy seed, won all of his matches and was declared the Top Seed in the Boys' Competition for the area. Well done, DU!
All of our children represented us incredibly well and were fantastic ambassadors for our school. The Table Tennis Competition always requires a high level of maturity and honesty as children play matches without referees, scoring the game themselves before agreeing on the score and taking the result to the AVSSP coaches. Our children did this superbly.
Most of our children were taking part in competitive Table Tennis for the first time and hopefully enjoyed the competition and experience enough to continue playing the sport.
Crack The Code Teamwork Event
A team of children from Mrs Hibbitt’s Year 6 class and a team of children from Mrs Goodburn’s Year 2 class represented us in the AVSSP Crack The Code Teamwork Event.
The children paired up with other schools to work together on a series of challenges. These challenges included ‘the floor is lava’, moving large exercise balls from one area to another without it touching the floor, human noughts & crosses, forming a bridge using pieces of drainpipe, and a card memory game. Our children excelled in these challenges and often took the lead even when working with other schools.
Once each challenge was completed, the teams were given clues that would eventually help them ‘Crack The Code’ and I’m pleased to say that both our teams cracked the code and were able to escape the hall at Alfreton Leisure Centre. In fact, AVSSP were so impressed that they have awarded our children 1st place at the event!
The children were exceptional and will hopefully build on these experiences both in lesson time and when it comes to taking part in other sporting activities.
Wheelchair Basketball Event
A group of children from Miss McKirdy’s Year 5 class represented us in the AVSSP Wheelchair Basketball Event. Miss McKirdy has written the following report:
Year 5 had an excellent time at the Wheelchair Basketball Event. They spent time learning how to manoeuvre the wheelchair and how to hold a ball at the same time. When we finally came to play a game, Miss McKirdy had to join in too! There were some excellent attempts to score and LB scored a fantastic basket - meaning we came first in the competition part of the event! Well done, Year 5!
TAG Rugby Development and TAG Rugby Girls’ Events
2 teams of children from Mrs Hibbitt’s Year 6s and Miss McKirdy’s Year 5s represented us at the TAG Rugby Development and TAG Rugby Girls’ Events at Eyes Meadow, Duffield.
Both events were aimed at increasing the participation of both boys and girls in Rugby and began with skill-based drills before progressing on to games against other schools.
The children were great ambassadors for our school and interacted well with other teams at the events. All the children showed a passion and a talent for Rugby and will hopefully go on to continue playing the sport. Thank you to all the parents who were able to support with lifts to and from the events!
Amber Valley TAG Rugby Elite Competition Runners-Up!
Our Elite TAG Rugby Team represented us in the Amber Valley TAG Rugby Elite Competition and finished as Runners-Up in the borough, narrowly missing out on the County Finals!
Our team was at an initial disadvantage as the competition was originally scheduled for the Autumn Term - when we wouldn’t have been able to field a team - and were therefore less prepared than the other schools who had already prepared for the competition.
Nevertheless, our children showed fantastic togetherness, determination and skill to produce an excellent record of 3 wins (50% of matches), 1 draw and 2 defeats. BD and AC scored many of the tries with their unstoppable speed, and were singled out by the referees at the end of the competition as star players!
All of our children should be proud of themselves, and if they took up Rugby, could become very successful in it. A huge thank you once again to all the parents who were able to help with lifts to and from the competition. It was fantastic to see so many parents supporting the children from the sideline.
Heanor Cross Country Competition 3rd Place!
On a rainy afternoon at a muddy Shipley Park, 31 of our children from across our Upper School classes represented us in an incredible Cross Country Competition for schools in the Heanor Area.
4 races: Year 3/4 Girls, Year 3/4 Boys, Year 5/6 Girls and Year 5/6 Boys, took place with 288 children from 11 schools taking part across each race.
Our children showed incredible determination and produced some outstanding individual results. SP - 5th in 3/4 Girls, EP - 2nd in 3/4 Boys, AR - 6th in 5/6 Girls, and AC - 3rd in 5/6 Boys. EP and AC were awarded medals for finishing in the top 3 of their respective races.
Every single one of our children should be incredibly proud of themselves for completing what was a very tricky course. Just under 2K for the Year 3/4s and just over 2K for the 5/6s in distance!
Out of the 11 schools that took part in the Competition we finished in 3rd place which is a fantastic achievement and one we’re very proud of! The children are already looking forward to competing in next year's Cross Country competition.
A huge thank you to all the parents who were able to give such incredible support with lifts to and from the competition, it was amazing to see so many Codnor faces at the event. The amount of help we get in transporting our children to events is unbelievable and means we can continue to take as many children as possible to each sporting event.
Amber Valley Dodgeball Plus
A team of children from across our Upper School classes represented us in the AVSSP Dodgeball Plus Competition at Heanor Leisure Centre. The team took on schools from across the Amber Valley region. The children were incredibly determined and won half of their matches - including a play-off game in their final match.
I think the game that they enjoyed most though was the match against each other (Boys v Girls) with myself & Miss McKirdy participating, you can ask the children who won! The children were fantastic representatives of our school and were incredibly determined in their matches. Thank you to AVSSP for a fantastic competition.
Year 5/6 Heanor Dodgeball
A team of Year 6 children from Mrs Hibbitt’s class represented us in the AVSSP Year 5/6 Heanor Dodgeball Competition at Heanor Leisure Centre. The team won half of their matches including 2 Play-Off games (the last of which was won in under a minute!) I was incredibly impressed with the amount of passion the children showed on behalf of the school and look forward to seeing these young athletes progress in PE and Sporting Competitions over the remainder of the school year.
Thank you to AVSSP for yet another fantastic competition and a huge thank you to all the parents of the team who made transport to the competition very easy!
Year 3/4 Dodgeball
Our Year 3/4 Dodgeball Team represented us in the AVSSP Year 3/4 Heanor Dodgeball Competition and reached the Semi-Finals as they achieved a 4th place finish!
12 teams representing schools from the Heanor Area took part in the event at Heanor Leisure Centre and competed in 2 groups of 6 before Semi-Finals, a Final and Play-Off games took place. Our children recorded 5 victories from 7 matches including a win against the eventual winners. The children’s determination, honesty, focus and effort during the matches was incredible, their off-court behaviour was also exceptional. I’m very proud of the manner in which they represented us and look forward to seeing how these young athletes develop not just in the rest of this school year but in their remaining years with us.
Thank you to AVSSP for another fantastic competition and thank you to all the parents who were able to give lifts to and from the competition and support the children on the night.
Year 2 Dodgeball
Our Year 2 Dodgeball Team from Mrs Goodburn’s class represented us at the AVSSP KS1 Dodgeball competition at Heanor Leisure Centre. The team played 7 matches against other schools from the Heanor area, and one match against their own parents! I think it was that match that they preferred the most! Our children improved as the competition went on and whilst we didn’t win many matches, they learnt skills that will help them in Dodgeball as they continue to play and progress in it when they arrive in Upper School in September. The children were once again fantastic ambassadors for our school and we should be very proud of them. Their behaviour and honesty was outstanding!
Thank you to AVSSP for another wonderful competition and to our amazing parents for all the help with transporting the children to/from the competition as well as their amazing support and skills on the Dodgeball court!
Our Girls' Futsal team competed in AVSSP’s Girls' Futsal Competition against schools from across Amber Valley and finished 3rd! The Girls won 3 matches out of 5 and were just 2 points off 1st place! We should all be proud of them not just for their achievements on the pitch but also their focus and behaviour off it. They were fantastic ambassadors for our school. This was evident when a child on the opposing team had suffered an injury during the match and had to go off. The first thing the team did at the full-time whistle was to go and ask the injured child how they were. It was an incredible show of sportsmanship and the children should be very proud of themselves.
Thank you to AVSSP for another fantastic night of Futsal. Thank you to Miss McKirdy for transporting some of the team to the event and for supporting the children. A huge thank you again to the many parents who were able to help with lifts to/from the event. As a school we’re very lucky to have such supportive parents.
Our Year 5/6 Boys' Futsal Team went to the recent AVSSP Boys' Futsal competition and finished 5th, winning 2 and drawing 2 games out of 5.
We are immensely proud of how our children performed on and off the pitch, they were fantastic ambassadors for our school.
Many thanks must go to the parents who transported our children to the competition to represent us and thank you to AVSSP for organising such a fantastic event.
Target Games Festival
A group of children from Mr Buckle’s Year 4 class and Mrs Hibbitt’s Year 6 class represented us in the recent AVSSP Target Games Festival at Heanor Leisure Centre. The children took part and sampled Target sports and games such as Dodgeball, Golf, Archery, Boccia and Cricket.
The children will be able to build on this experience when they get the opportunity to take part in Target sports during PE lessons and at lunch times over the remainder of the school year. The children were exceptional ambassadors for our school and received praise from the Coaches who organised the competition on their teamwork and good behaviour.
Thank you to AVSSP for organising another fantastic festival for our children and thank you to L’s mum for transporting the Year 4s to and from the festival.
Health & Wellbeing Conference
Our newly-appointed Mini Leaders from Mrs Hibbitt’s Year 6 class represented at our school at the annual AVSSP Health & Wellbeing Conference.
The children learnt fitness activities that they will be able to lead on the playground at break and lunchtimes. They also learnt about the health dangers of some foods and fizzy drinks (just ask them how much sugar is in a bottle of coke!), learnt how to make healthy smoothies, and spent some time discussing their mental health and wellbeing.
The children once again represented us incredibly well with a high level of maturity. It will be great to see them put what they’ve learnt into practice in their Mini Leader role over the rest of the school year.
Indoor Rowing Plus
A group of children from across the school were chosen to represent us in the AVSSP Indoor Rowing Plus Competition and finished 3rd! The children received Bronze wristbands as a reward for their high placing.
The competition was at Ripley Leisure Centre and featured schools from across the borough of Amber Valley. Our children took part in both individual and team relay races on rowing machines against other schools. Myself and Miss McKirdy were very impressed with how incredibly supportive the children were of their team mates. My personal highlight was seeing the children enjoy themselves in what was a new activity and new setting for most of them.
Thank you to AVSSP for another fun competition! We should all be proud of how passionate and well behaved all the children were when representing the school. They were incredible!
A group of our Year 6 children were chosen to represent us in the AVSSP Indoor Rowing Competition and finished 11th. The competition was at Ripley Leisure Centre and featured schools from across the borough of Amber Valley, split in to 3 Heats. We were placed into the 3rd Heat which unfortunately meant we had A LOT of waiting, but I was incredibly impressed with the patience and focus shown by the children (and parents!)
As I now know is the norm at our wonderful school, the children were incredibly passionate and supportive towards each other. I could not have asked any more from any of them as they gave their all for the school on the rowing machines and supported each other when off them, they were perfect.
Thank you to AVSSP for another fantastic competition despite the challenging circumstances! The range of activities and opportunities they offer us are on par or above any borough in the county!
A massive thank you as well to all the parents, guardians and grandparents who helped with lifts to and from the event - I have honestly been blown away with the level of support we have received from our parents and families, I speak to other Sports Co-ordinators regularly and know that they are not always as lucky as we are in the level of help we get from our school community, thank you!