Five local schools have been shortlisted in the BP Green Lights All the Way campaign to win £3,000 for new sports equipment and now go through to a public vote. The successful schools, the equipment required and why, are as follows:
> Caroline Haslett School,
Faraday Drive, Shenley Lodge, Milton Keynes, MK5 7DF
Nomination for: Football nets, tennis nets, indoor athletic equipment, dodge balls, sports kits, race track, basketball hoops/courts, goal posts, mats and a variety of balls.
“We would love to be able to provide more sporting opportunity to our pupils, but suffer from a lack of genuinely decent equipment. If we were to win BP’s funding it would go towards a number of improvements – including football and tennis nets – that would enable more children to take part in a wider variety of sports.”
Miss Janine Penrose, Learning Support Assistant for Sport.
> New Bradwell School,
Bounty Street, Milton Keynes, Bucks MK13 0BQ
Nomation for: Outdoor basketball court, basketball balls
> “Some children at New Bradwell School have disabilities and new sporting equipment will benefit them, encouraging them to take part in sports where they currently cannot.
“We are so thrilled to be nominated to receive new sports equipment. Unfortunately, some children at New Bradwell School face real challenges in their day-to-day lives, and to be able to provide new sporting equipment will benefit these pupils, encouraging them to take part in sports where they currently cannot,” Phil Webster, headteacher
> Howe Park School
Bowland Dr, Emerson Valley, Milton Keynes MK4 2SH
Nomination for: School gym mats, tressle benches, balancing beams.
“Howe Park School opened in 2001 with a target age group of foundation to year 3. However, since then we have opened a nursery school but the current sports equipment isn’t suitable for the 78 pupils in this age group, and the younger foundation children aged four-five. The new equipment will therefore allow everyone at the school to enjoy a full programme of PE.
“The school opened in 2001 and catered for children up to year 3 (8 year olds). It then became an infant school and also had a nursery class. Our PE equipment was aimed at the older age group and our young children are now struggling to enjoy a full gym lesson with our large equipment. Please help!” Ros Jacklin, headteacher
> Bushfield School
Moon Street, Wolverton, Milton Keynes MK12 5JG
Nomination for: Tennis rackets, variety of balls, batons and bats
“Bushfield’s motto is ‘Be the Best You Can Be’ and sports is a great way to teach this value. Receiving funding for equipment’s will encourage pupils to take part in a wider variety of sport which will ultimately boost their self-confidence, pride and enthusiasm.
“We feel that sport is fundamental to the development of our younger students to help them ‘be the best they can be’, and we are honoured to have been nominated for this prize” Mr Steve Springett-McHugh, Headteacher
> Wyvern School
Aylesbury Street, Wolverton, MK12 5HU
Nomination for Football goals, basketball stands, tennis rackets and balls, cricket sets, nerf vortex (javelin).
“The funding for new equipment would mean that the pupils’ PE lessons to open up the variety of different sports and encourage all our pupils to lead a healthy lifestyle.
“We truly believe that healthy children are happy children, and to be able to provide more opportunity for sports is one we couldn’t turn down. A really lovely campaign that we would be delighted to win.” Sarah Giles, P.E co-ordinator
The public vote to decide which school receives the cash prize opens today and runs until Wednesday, July 23, when the school with the most votes will be announced.
To place your vote – one per email address – email firstname.lastname@example.org stating which school you are voting for in the subject heading.
More information on the competition, including the terms and conditions and judging criteria, can be found at www.mkcitizen.co.uk/bpgreenlights.