Devon Ability Games South
4th July 2019 – report from Mrs Kilburn
This event was held at St Mark and St John Uni in Plymouth in their state for the art sports facilities. It is a highlight for many children and gives them the opportunity to compete and play in adapted sports and with a level playing field as well as being an opportunity to represent their school and achieve. The children come from many schools across Devon, both special and mainstream.
For the last two years I have been running the Primary Festival which is one part of the days events and allows children to take part without needing to be in a school team; so schools can enter as many or as few children as they like. This year Dartmoor SSP were also asked to run the Primary Festival in the South event. This is a prestigious event and never have primary aged children been used as leaders. However the four students from St Peter’s; Grace, Georgia, Amelia and Ruby were superb. It was a massive learning curve for them and we talked about the need to be adaptable as the event happened and to alter activities as necessary. We also talked beforehand about some of the additional needs to expect but they were not phased! They were just amazed at what the children could do. We knew that overall our aim was to ensure that all the children enjoyed taking part in the physical activity and were challenged. The girls certainly achieved this. One adult told Amelia that she should be a teacher as she was so good!
It was a pleasure to take four keen, hard working, polite children with me. They did St Peter’s and me proud!