A SUN-DRENCHED ‘SPLASHDOWN’ SPORTS TOUR
Thursday 1st March 2018 seems a long time ago … but there was another casualty of the 'Beast from the East', the Prep Sports Tour, bringing with it a gridlocked England, empty schools and mountains of over-excited pupils looking to take revenge on their teachers. And that is exactly what they did …. Warminster School pupils vs Mr Hooper, Mr Stonier, Miss Sen and Mrs Bell. What great memories! It is these types of memories pupils cherish as they progress through their school career and hope, as teachers, we provided many more memories for them during their brief time away in Weymouth and Poole.
Fast forward to April - and the tour was rescheduled…”T-DAY” was set for Friday 20th April 2018. The date approached, again tensions grew, “please don’t be snowed off!” Out came the glorious sunshine and what a weekend to pick! The minibuses departed Warminster to make their way to Sunninghill Prep School in Dorchester, music on, pupils chatting and tour hoodies on. Upon arrival, the three separate teams went off to their respective venues, U11A to Martinstown Cricket Club, U11B and the Rounders side to Sunninghill Fields; maybe it was fate that Martin Pedersen should bowl the first over at his “home” venue.
With two wins and a loss to our name, we call that a success. However, the Year 6 behaviour, sportsmanship and general good humour were a joy to be around and they were a real credit to Warminster Prep. From here we headed to Weymouth to discover our accommodation for the night. Once bags were in rooms, sunglasses on, we headed for the beach. Glorious weather and soft sand greeted the pupils and for the next two hours they played cricket, football and swam until the sun went down.
Returning to the hotel, pupils all turned in for the night ready for the onslaught of Splashdown Water Park the next day. As the sun rose on Saturday morning, pupils awoke in trepidation for the day ahead. Whilst stocking up on breakfast much talk was about who would go on the most rides, make the biggest splash and what they would get for lunch.
After two hours in the water park, everyone came away with big grins on their faces and laughter in the air. A success! From here we went to Upton Country Park for a big game of rounders/cricket and a human wheelbarrow competition - needless to say the pupils didn’t win that one! Loading up the buses, talk turned to memories made, food eaten and who could do the best 'floss dance'.
Upon returning to Warminster, a small presentation was made to each pupil to remind them of their trip. We hope they enjoyed their time away and, like many before them, continue to enjoy their sporting experiences in the future.
Callum Stonier, Teacher of Physical Education