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Resilience, courtesy, kindness and teamwork sum up Jersey

Posted: 14th March 2018 | Category: Sports, Years 5 to 8

Resilience, courtesy, kindness and teamwork sum up Jersey

Resilience, courtesy, kindness and teamwork are some of the words that spring to mind when I think back to Jersey 2018. Although the same winning formula of various sporting events mixed with activities and a touch of leisure on a beautiful island exists each year, it seems every new group throws up different tales to tell along with lots of laughs. This year, Mr Gurran added the instructor-led trampoline session for Year 8 at Fort Regent which towers impressively on the hill overlooking the attractive harbour of St Helier.

Meanwhile Year 7 experienced the thought provoking, historical journey though one kilometre of underground tunnels dug out by slave workers during the years of World War 2 German occupation and which are now a fascinating museum depicting the survival of those who chose to stay. 

Sunny afternoons on spectacular beaches, clambering over the rocks and creating activity on the endless stretches of sand at low tide, night swimming with waterslides, a shopping trip, dining in restaurants, the disco, bowling and the Durrell Zoo are a snapshot of the activities that equip the children with a sense of independence and responsibility, kindness to one another, courtesy to our hosts and teamwork in the sporting arena. 

I will finish off by saying that Mr Minister, Mr Gurran, Mrs Plummer and I were immensely proud of the way our boys and girls handled themselves after both the ups and downs of our sporting fortunes. Some highlights were the boys coming joint top of their group in the indoor Hockey, beating the formidable St Michaels Jersey only to be knocked out in the quarters by the eventual winners of the tournament.

Cole, James and Will were chosen to represent the England B Rugby team vs Jersey in a memorable contest in which Will scored the winning try.

The girls had some inspired moments during the indoor Hockey and improved hugely at every game. The 16-school Netball tournament at Les Ormes brought out some of our best teamwork of the  season against some very tall competition, with our only losses being to two schools, one who made the semi finals and the other the tournament winners. Mixed school versatility Netball on the Saturday was a wonderful way for all to end the week. 

I can honestly say that Jersey 2018 hits top scores for the behaviour, manners and unity of the group. Well done, Skippers Hill!

 

Antonia Convert

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