St. Stephen’s appreciates the importance of encouraging children to participate in sport at primary school, whether as a means of promoting a healthy lifestyle, improving fitness levels or enjoying competing at a range of levels. We enter as many Borough competitions as possible, as part of the School Games program. This includes competitions in football, cricket, tag rugby, athletics, swimming, gymnastics, dodgeball and tennis. We enter competitive teams into these events and offer all children the opportunity to trial for these teams. We have an excellent track record in these events, having over recent years won a number of them. Winning schools then represent the Borough in the annual London Youth Games and, as such, St Stephen’s has recently represented Hammersmith & Fulham at the London Youth Games in indoor athletics, Quad Kids athletics, football, tennis, cricket and gymnastics. For further explanation of the School Games, please visit their website here: https://www.yourschoolgames.com/. For the Year 2016/2017, we have been awarded Gold in the School Games program. This reflects the number of children involved in sport across the school, and the variety of opportunities that St Stephen's provides.
We want as many children as possible to play in teams so, wherever possible, we enter “B” teams into Borough competitions. In addition, we are continuing to raise the profile of sport at St Stephen’s by forming links with other schools in the area with which we play friendly matches in a variety of sports. This enables an ever increasing number of children to enjoy the benefits of representing the school in a team.
We are committed to ensuring that all children have access to a range of sporting activities, both during school hours and through our extensive after-school clubs, which include football, dodgeball,
basketball, netball, tennis, dance, martial arts, Zumba and multi-skills.
october 2017 - thames valley harriers cross-country
We took eight teams to Wormwood Scrubs for the annual Thames Valley Harriers cross country relays event. Each team consists of four runners who each run 800 metres as a relay. This is an event with many independent schools competing, who train regularly, so the competition was extremely tough.
It is a wonderful event to watch, with all the children pushing themselves to run their fastest. Those who had completed their run or were waiting their turn cheered the others along the home straight. Most of our children ran personal bests and should be very proud of their achievements. Special congratulations to the Year 5 boys’ team who won their event by more than 30 seconds, to bring home gold medals – well done to Elias, Jackson, Charlie and Wilf.
September 2017 - Tennis with Judy Murray
The Playground Tennis Company, which provides tennis lessons as part of our PE curriculum as well as our after-school tennis club, invited us to bring some Year 4 children to meet Judy Murray at the Queen’s Club. The tennis world’s most famous mother delighted and inspired the children in the amazing surroundings of the club, with a variety of fun activities as part of her “Tennis on the Road” program. The children all thoroughly enjoyed themselves and were very excited to be on court with Judy Murray!
September 2017 - Triathlon with the Brownlees
Our Year 5 class enjoyed completing a mini-triathlon organised by the Brownlee Foundation. The children travelled to the Willesden Sports Centre where they swam, cycled and ran their hearts out before meeting the inspirational Brownlee brothers. Alistair and Johnny Brownlee spoke to the children about their own triathlon experiences and signed medals for the children, who all made the most of every minute of this experience.
June 2017 - Quad Kids Athletics Champions
This competition was held at the Linford Christie Stadium in June, and is a team event where each child has to compete in all four events: 75m sprint, 600m run, vortex howler throw and standing long jump. The team performed fantastically well, to win the competition and therefore go on to represent the Borough at the London Youth Games in July. Rose came 1st overall out of all the girls in the Borough, Rufus 2nd and Ndu 5th out of the boys (both of whom gained these positions by their extraordinary throws of the vortex howler, which flew well past the marker showing the leading throws of the opposition). This is a difficult competition, as very few children feel confident in all four events, so it was great to see them all rise to the challenge and push themselves across the range of events.
Well done to this fantastic team, who all went on to compete in the London Youth Games, representing the Borough, where each team member improved their individual score.
March 2017 - Mayor's Cup Champions
This was a great year for the St Stephen’s boys football team. Having had plenty of training and some tournament practice, and having won the Fulham Football Club’s competition in Hurlingham Park, we knew how hard this team were prepared to work in order to win matches.
In the Mayor’s Cup group stages, where matches were held in Ravenscourt Park in all sorts of weather, the team remained unbeaten after all seven matches. They went through to the quarter-finals where they had to play Greenside School. This was a thrilling and incredibly close match, with a draw after full-time and extra-time. The boys had to endure a tough penalty shoot-out, which they won on sudden-death penalties 6-5. They then came up against Brackenbury School in the semi-finals, which was again a very close match. They played with such determination and spirit, and narrowly won 1-0, with Ndubusi scoring the winner towards the end of the second half.
A week later, we travelled to Hurlingham Park for the Mayor’s Cup final against Sir John Lillie school. It was wonderful for the team to have so much support, with many parents coming to cheer on the boys and spur them on to the last minute. Having got a reasonably early lead, after a great run by Daniel and a perfectly timed finish by Ndubusi, the boys battled to keep a strong Sir John Lillie team from scoring. Joseph in the centre was fantastic, and neutralised the threat from a particularly talented player from the opposition. Adoni made some crucial saves, and every other player in the team played with great heart and determination. When the final whistle went, it was clear to see how much this meant to the boys – as well as to the parents, coaches and Mr Schumm! This team had trained together for a number of years and worked so hard that it was wonderful to see their efforts rewarded in this way.
January 2017 - sportshall ATHLETICS H&F CHAMPIONS
We took a team of 18 Year 5 and 6 children to the Hammersmith & Fulham Sportshall Athletics competition, held at Burlington Danes Academy. The atmosphere in the sports hall was incredible, with all the children cheering and supporting as the team sprinted, jumped and threw their way to victory in the afternoon session. This year there were 20 schools in the competition, so it was split into two sessions. We therefore had to wait until all the times and scores were amalgamated, before finding out the next day that we had won the overall competition. Winning the competition meant that the St Stephen’s team went on to represent Hammersmith & Fulham in the District Competition in Harrow. The competition there was a completely different level, but the children enjoyed the wonderful atmosphere and came 6th in the district.
Well done to this fantastic team.