5th February 2020 — St Andrew’s Prep was delighted to host its inaugural mini rugby festival last weekend with 22 teams (aged U9, U10 and U11) involved from across the county committing to play. Over 230 children took part, cheered on by supporting parents, friends and coaches. The spirit of the festival was played in line with the RFU principles of teamwork, respect, enjoyment, discipline and sportsmanship. The atmosphere was immensely positive with players and their entourage all offering their support.
Refreshments were on offer and contributions will go to the school’s nominated charity Head’s Together. Head’s Together is a mental health initiative spearheaded by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge which combines a campaign to tackle stigma and change the conversation on mental health with fundraising for a series of innovative mental health services.
Gareth Jones, Headmaster said, “I am thrilled by the success of our rugby festival which is now a permanent fixture for an increasing number of clubs across the charity. Everyone I spoke to commented on our warm welcome, organisation and hosting and I was delighted to see all matches played in exactly the right spirit.
“I am delighted too to have raised funds for Heads Together. St Andrew’s Prep takes mental health seriously and runs its own comprehensive scheme of work called Mind Matters alongside a strong PSHE syllabus. We aim to educate the children in areas including how to listen and value other opinions, to be aware of the wider community and to learn how to self-reflect without over-analysing. We want to expand the minds of every pupil so that they become resilient, compassionate and excellent listeners and we strive to treat each pupil as an individual so that they gain personal success and also learn to be open, honest and reflective”.