CHILDREN JOIN PARALYMPIC CHAMPION TO UNVEIL SPORTS PAVILION
Children, staff and parents at Banstead Prep School were thrilled to welcome Paralympian and World Champion Lauren Steadman this week for the official unveiling of their new Sports Pavilion.
The special opening celebrations, which also brought together parents, friends and the Mayor of Reigate and Banstead, saw the children test out their new facilities and hear from Lauren about her triumphs at the Rio Paralympics.
As part of the day’s events, Lauren met with children from across the school and explained her background, being born with a disability but with a constant determination to achieve her goals. She passed around her silver Paralympic medal, achieved in the triathlon in 2016, much to the excitement of the children. They had lots of questions for her, keen to hear about everything from the start of her interest in sport – as a competitive swimmer at school – to taking on new challenges like performing each week on Strictly Come Dancing.
Her stories illustrated many important lessons for the children. She told them that whatever you are doing, you never know who may be watching, so always try your very best – as she did when spotted in Year 6 by a talent scout who predicted she would swim for her country one day.
She also encouraged the children to find something they love doing by trying new opportunities and experiences. This is something that staff at Banstead Prep School are keen to promote as part of an Education with Character – an education that inspires, excites and challenges children of all ages.
The children found her friendly and really easy to talk to, and happy to answer their questions. “She talked to us like we were old friends” said Olivia (Swimming Captain) “it’s really amazing how much she has achieved at such a young age; her medal was so heavy!” Netball Captain Millie said “I asked her how much training she does and she said 27-30 hours a week. She has a really positive attitude; she was really positive about everything.”
Despite forecast thunderstorms forcing the afternoon’s sporting activities inside, it stayed dry for the official ribbon cutting and raising the school flag. The sports captains were the first children to look inside the new pavilion building, taking Lauren on a tour of the brand new facilities, which already include a full sized hockey astroturf and grass pitches, a full sized sports hall and indoor swimming pool. Hockey Captain Emilie said “The pavilion is fantastic – there’s so much more space for us to get changed and for all our kit.”
Lauren said of the visit:“It was lovely to see how excited the children were – that’s what’s it’s all about.”
The parents who attended expressed how pleased they were to see the continued investment in the school. Sofie, whose son Jack is Cricket Captain said: “After a very motivational talk for the children, it was brilliant to see the new facilities which are going to create even more opportunities for the children in sport. It’ll be great for parents to have access to the new pavilion at sports matches too.”
Dr Rose Gerrard, whose children are in Year 1 said the event was incredible: “It’s so inspirational for the children to meet someone like Lauren and see that silver medal.”
Banstead Prep School Headteacher Vicky Ellis said of the celebrations: “Sport is a huge part of Banstead Prep school life. We are delighted to be able to further enhance our excellent sports facilities for the future by investing in the Sports Pavilion. I can't wait to finally see it in use by our children and visiting teams.” Head of Sport Gavin Jones added: “The new sports pavilion will be fantastic for Banstead Prep, cementing the brilliant sporting opportunities we already offer.”
Banstead Prep School is celebrating after two of its pupils received special honours at United Learning’s national ‘Best in Everyone’ Primary School Awards.
Banstead Prep School is celebrating after two of its pupils received special honours at United Learning’s national ‘Best in Everyone’ Primary School Awards. William Lumbard was named Sports Pupil of the Year and Isabella Hurley won the Overall Pupil of the Year Award.
In winning these awards, William and Isabella saw off strong competition from a field of exceptional candidates from across United Learning’s national group of primary schools, totalling 11,448 pupils. They were presented with their awards at a special ceremony held at the House of Lords on Friday 15th June.
William was nominated for the award for excelling across a wide range of sports including hockey, football, rugby, cricket and swimming. His recent achievements include playing for the winning Reigate and Banstead Hockey Team at the Surrey Youth Games and playing for the A team at Banstead Cricket Club. William has also been selected to play for the South East of England Prep School Football Team and will travel to Sweden this summer to compete in the Gothia World Cup.
Isabella was nominated by her teachers for her positive attitude to all aspects of school life, her supportive attitudes towards others, her willingness to take on responsibility and her desire to excel. As well as participating in a wide range of extracurricular activities including playing team sports and singing in the choir, Isabella makes an important contribution to school life as an outstanding House Leader.
Congratulating William and Isabella, Vicky Ellis, Head Teacher of Banstead Prep School, said:
“We are incredibly proud of William and Isabella on their achievements. As a brand new school – open for less than a year – we are thrilled that two of these coveted awards have been given to our pupils.
“William has an enthusiastic attitude to all his activities and contributes significantly to the sporting programme at Banstead Prep. Isabella is a fantastic role model for the entire school community. She is conscientious about her work, makes a significant contribution to our school and exudes an infectious enthusiasm that permeates all aspects of school life.”
William Lumbard said:
“The day was great, and it was nice to be able to share it with my parents.”
Isabella Hurley said:
“It was a really enjoyable day, especially the bus tour. I saw lots of London that I’d never seen before.”
The very first cohort of Year 6 children at brand new Banstead Prep School are celebrating outstanding 11+ exam successes.
Year 6 children at the brand new Banstead Prep School are celebrating outstanding 11+ exam successes. As the very first pupils to transfer to senior school from the brand new prep school at the end of this academic year, they’ve set an exceptional standard for the children who will follow them.
This first cohort consists of only 22 pupils, but between them they have achieved an impressive 51 offers of places at 17 prestigious independent senior schools and grammar schools. Seven scholarships for academic achievement or talent in Sport, Art or Music were also awarded to Banstead Prep pupils.
The highest number of offers came from Epsom College, Caterham School, Reigate Grammar School, St John's School, Leatherhead, Dunottar School and Ewell Castle. Other local schools competing for talented girls and boys from Banstead Prep included Croydon High School, Trinity, Whitgift and Kingswood House, and offers were also forthcoming from schools slightly further afield including Hampton School, Kingston Grammar School and Worth School.
Miss Vicky Ellis, Headteacher said: “I can’t tell you how proud I am of the remarkable success of our Year 6 pupils this year. They have all have worked very hard to realise their individual goals, and I am confident that each of them will continue to achieve great things as they continue their education. Perhaps even more importantly, I know that they have been able to gain entrance to schools where they will be happy.
"Banstead Prep isn’t a feeder for any particular senior school, rather we work to help parents identify aspirational but realistic school choices and we prepare the children through broad curriculum teaching within the normal school timetable.”
Banstead Prep School was lucky enough to be one of only ten schools chosen for Andy and the Odd Socks to visit following participation in the Odd Socks campaign to raise awareness and funds for the Anti-bullying Alliance.
We were thrilled to welcome Andy and the Odd Socks band to Banstead Prep School. We were lucky enough to be one of only ten schools chosen for him to visit following our participation in the Odd Socks campaign to raise awareness and funds for the Anti-bully Alliance. Children and staff all wore odd socks to school, learnt the ‘Unique’ song and we even roped in a couple of our talented musicians to accompany our singing. Even the corridor is decorated with odd socks designed by the children stating how they are unique. This event was incorporated into our Kindness Week to focus positive behaviours which can help create an environment in which bullying is less likely to happen.
Miss Vicky Ellis, Headteacher explained that: ‘We have embraced ‘Odd Socks’ because it’s a great way of illustrating to the children our own ethos of celebrating diversity and allowing everyone the freedom to be themselves and express their individuality.
At Banstead Prep we believe in creating an environment where diversity is celebrated and the children feel confident to be the best version of themselves.
Raising awareness of bullying is important because no school can say that bullying doesn’t exist but if we can create an environment where children feel able to speak up if it happens to them or their friends then we can deal with the situation quickly.’
When we were talking about how Andy helps to promote anti-bullying, Gino in Year 5 said, “It makes people feel they can be themselves.”
“The odd socks is a great way of presenting the idea. It tells people that bullying isn’t right and if you are being bullied it’s good to know that being unique is a good thing.” Lottie Year 6
“It’s a great idea to wear odd socks for the day.” (Thomas, year 6) “It’s fun and makes you remember it.” (Rhian, Year 6)
“If we were all the same it would be a boring world, we’d all think the same things.” (Benji, Year 4)
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