Our sports curriculum provides pupils with the opportunity to develop and apply their skills in a range of physical activities, including expressive movement, gymnastics and games. Pupils collaborate together in team activities, which also helps them to develop self-confidence and an awareness of each other. Abiding by the rules of the game enables them to compete with one another fairly. Our teachers team-teach alongside a qualified sports coach to deliver focused PE sessions. Each class is timetabled for PE on a weekly basis. Pupils can further enhance their skills by taking on extra-curricular sports through our Leadership Academy. We encourage all our pupils to take up sports in order to increase motivation, self-confidence, stamina, fitness, spatial awareness and creative thinking. The Olive School also has an annual sports day and pupils take part in inter-schools sport competitions.
Through our school’s sports programmes, our pupils learn teamwork, leadership, self-discipline, focus and competitiveness – all of which will stand them in good stead for their future careers and in their role as community leaders. They also learn important lessons in humility, such as how to lose graciously and the importance of striving for continuous improvement.
The variety of clubs and sports on offer reflect the breadth and talents of our pupils and ensure that all pupils have an opportunity to participate in sports they enjoy and excel in.
All of our school’s sports teams have a Sports Captain, a member of the team who is elected to a leadership role by their peers because of their ability to motivate others. The Sports Captain is chosen on the strength of their performance, and the level of their enthusiasm and commitment. Sports Captains help to lead their teammates to success because they can be relied upon to perform consistently and remain calm under pressure. As with all good leaders, they keep their team’s spirits high, even when things are not going well.
Older pupils will have the opportunity to train as Sports Leaders, supporting our Midday Lunchtime Supervisors to keep lunchtimes fun and active by organising, running and leading a range of activities for children in all age groups. In addition, the Sports Leaders will assist teachers to deliver enrichment activities after school within the Leadership Academy. Pupils will have consistently developed and displayed STAR Values which will in turn support the school’s specialism of Leadership.