At Halsford Park, we aim to provide the children with a range of sporting competitions. During the year the children take part in a number of intra-school sport competitions (football, tri golf, netball, cross country, Sports Day, tag-rugby etc.) where the children represent their Sports Day colour. The results of these competitions will go towards the final total for their colours on Sports Day which is held in the Summer Term.
As well as intra-sport competitions, Halsford Park competes in a range of inter-school competitions. We work closely with Mid-Sussex Active, Sports Clubs in East Grinstead and other schools in East Grinstead to provide well organised and competitive events throughout the year.
We aim to select the teams and inform parents via letter, at least a week before the event.
As well as providing sporting competitions, we believe in providing the children with quality PE lessons throughout the year. A range of local Sports clubs are invited in to provide lessons to children for a six week period enabling children and teachers to benefit from the coaches expertise in their sport.
East Grinstead Primary School’s Cross Country 2017
On Sunday 8th October, 34 children from Halsford Park competed in the annual East Grinstead Primary Schools Cross Country race held at East Court. In the girls' and boys' race, the first 4 runners from each school counted towards the team event. In the girls' race, May Sippetts (Year 5) ran a superb race to finish 8th out of 93 runners, whilst Katya Kashubina (16th), Lauren Sands (29th) and Juliette Houston (44th) made up our 4 runners to score.
In the boys' race, Luke Higgins finished strongly to finish 2nd out of 165 runners whilst Joshua Scott (who was battling out for 1st place for most the race) came 3rd. James Polton 7th and Ronit Naidu 10th made up our 4 runners to score for the school. Having 4 runners in the top 10 was a superb effort and it was rewarded by us winning the Boys' Team event out of the 12 schools that participated. I spoke to Katya Kashubina who was keen to tell me how proud she was to represent the school in her last year at Halsford.
She was aiming for a top ten place but as the standard was so high, she was delighted to have been in the top 16 over of 100 children. The first 20 girls and 20 boys from each race qualify for the Mid Sussex race at East Court. Provisionally, we have 9 children who have qualified for this race. We wish them luck for the next round. Well done to all the children who took part. Every single one of you showed so much determination and courage to compete the tough, hilly course. You all should be proud of your achievements. May I also take this opportunity to thank Mr Barrett and all the parent/carers who time out of their Sunday to support the children in this event.
East Grinstead Girls' Football Competition
Year 5 and 6 girls took part in a football competition against other local schools at East Grinstead Sport Club. It was the first year that we've had two teams and it was very pleasing to see so many girls interested in taking part. Due to the amount of teams participating, the teams were spilt into two groups. Our A team won their group and received gold medals for their achievements. Our B team, which consisted of a number of children who had not played that much football before, learnt throughout the competition and should be very proud of their achievements. They won three, drew one and lost one which was a fantastic achievement. They came third in their group which meant they received bronze medals for their great achievement. Well done to all the girls who took part. It was lovely to see how much you improved throughout the tournament.
Brambletye Cross Country Relay
Year 4, 5 and 6 children represented our School in the Cross Country event at Brambletye. The event consisted of a boys' and a girls' race. Each team consisted of 4 children, each of whom ran one mile. In the girls' race, we had three teams. Our C Team (Bella, May, Nell and Holly), which was the only C team running, did incredibly well and finished strongly in 10th position. Our B team (Comfort, Maddie, Alice, Mia), who were always near the front, finished in 3rd position; finishing ahead of a number of the A teams. Our A team (Hannah, Chloe, Katya and Emma) ran a great race to finish in 1st place and beat a strong St Peter's team.
In the boys' race, we also had a C team (Martin, Toby, Harris and Sam). At one stage our teams were 1st, 2nd and 3rd. Our C team couldn't quite stay at the front but finished in an excellent 6th position. Our B team (Josh, Leo, Ronit and Torran) were pushing our A team all the time and came home in an incredible second position. Our A team (Luke, Alex, James and Oscar), which consisted of two Year 4 children, were very strong throughout the race and finished in 1st position. Well done to all the children who ran and thank you to the Year 6 children (their last cross country race) for being excellent ambassadors throughout their time at Halsford Park.
Key Step Gymnastics
Halsford Park A and B team competed in a gymnastics competition held in Burgess Hill. The competition is designed for children who do not go to a gymnastics club outside of school. The children selected learnt a lot during the training and competition and were a credit to the school. Well done to all the children who represented us.
Sussex Cross Country
After qualifying from the East Grinstead and then the Mid-Sussex Cross Country competitions, Emma and Alex represented Mid-Sussex at the Sussex final. It was the girls' race first and Emma ran a super racer to finish 15th out of over 100 runners. The Mid-Sussex girls team came 2nd overall.
Next up was Alex and he continued his huge improvements throughout the year to finish in 34th position out over 100 runners. Alex was part of the Mid-Sussex team that won overall!
Well done to you Emma and Alex. You've put in a lot of effort throughout the years and deserve all your achievements.
Mid-Sussex Cross Country
On Wednesday 18th January, we had 16 children represent East Grinstead in the Mid-Sussex Cross Country race. The race was held at East Court and consisted of running around the top field (the hilly part) three times. In the girls' race, Emma Kilfiger was first to cross the line for us in 4th place. She was also the first East Grinstead runner and will go on to represent Mid-Sussex at the Sussex Cross Country finals. In the boys' race, Alex Tidy was first to cross the line for us in 10th position (2nd East Grinstead runner). He has also qualified to represent Mid-Sussex at the Sussex finals. Luke Higgins came 15th, which was a fantastic achievement considering he is currently in Year 4. Well done to all the runners (especially the ones who were not feeling well) and good luck to Emma and Alex in the next round. As usual, you all tried your best and should be proud of your achievements.
East Grinstead Quick -Sticks Hockey Tournament
On Tuesday 7th March, we entered two teams in the East Grinstead Quick-Sticks Hockey Tournament at East Grinstead Sports Club. Eighteen teams were participating in the completion and the teams were spilt into three groups with the winner of each group qualifying for the Mid-Sussex Quick-Sticks Hockey Tournament. Our A team won all their games and therefore came top of their group to qualify. Our B team were equally as impressive and won 4 games and drew one to also come top of their group and qualifying for the next round. Every child should be very proud of their performances and we wish them the best of luck to both teams in the Mid-Sussex tournament.
East Grinstead Swimming Gala
Eleven children from Year 4 to 6 represented our school at the East Grinstead Swimming Gala on Monday 6th March. The gala consisted of individual and relay races and all the children contributed to our final score. After a long evening and some fantastic performances, we came 6th out of 11 schools. Well done to James Polten who received a silver medal for the Year 3/4 freestyle event. All the children should be proud of their achievements. Well done!
Girls' Mid-Sussex Football Tournament
We competed in the Mid-Sussex Girls' Football competition on Thursday 24th November. We were one of the two schools who represented East Grinstead. The girls demonstrated a lot of teamwork when playing the games as well as lots of individual skills. From the group stage, we managed to come top of the group and qualify for the final. In the final, we played Southways from Burgess Hill, which was an extremely close game, and was decided by a wonder goal from one of the their girls (1-0 to Southways). The girls should be very proud of their achievements. Well done to all involved.
We win Sports Hall Athletics
Last Wednesday (9th November), at Sackville school, the East Grinstead Sports Hall Athletic competition took place. The children took part in relay races, obstacle races, jumping events and also throwing events. We did tremendously well and won, followed by St Peters out of 9 schools.
We took part in a total of 24 events and we won 19 of them. Out total points was over 460 which is an extremely good score compared to previous years. All the schools that took part performed extremely well and even though we won, all the events were close.
We will now represent East Grinstead at the Mid-Sussex Sports Hall Athletics competition in January. Well done everybody!!
East Court Cross Country 2016 by Joshua Scott (5SD) and James Polten (4JM)
On Sunday 9th October 2016, Halsford Park School competed in the annual cross country event at East Court. Halsford Park had a total of 45 people racing overall. The races were spilt into two (girls' and boys' race).
The first 4 girls and 4 boys, of each school, counted towards the team event.
In the girls' race, Emma Kilfiger came 4th, Hannah Religioso came 8th, Comfort Wallis came 10th and Katya Kashubina came 19th. Our overall score meant that the girls' team won the girls' team event, which was the first time since 2004. Well done girls!
In the boys' race, we had Oscar Read in 6th, Joshua Scott in 8th, Alex Tidy in 10th and Leo Kilfiger in 13th. Overall this meant our boys' team came second overall (coming second to a very, very strong Ardingly College team).
The first 20 girls and 20 boys from each race qualify for the Mid Sussex race at East Court. Provisionally, we have 16 children who have qualified for this race. We wish them luck for the next round.
Well done to all the children who took part. All the children should be proud of their achievements.
Tag-Rugby Sussex Emerging Schools Final Winners - June 2016
After finishing second in the East Grinstead Tag-rugby competition, we qualified for the Sussex Emerging Schools Finals at Brighton Rugby Club. This consisted the teams that came second from all of the different areas in Sussex. The children clearly listened to the advice given to them from the previous competition, which resulted in them working as a team to qualify for the final stages. In the final stages, we won two of the games and draw one. After a tense wait for the winners to be announced, we found out that we had won the competition on try difference! Well done to all the team for all the excellent rugby that was produced.
Halsford Park A and B hockey teams competed in the East Grinstead Hockey tournament against 13 other teams.
Our B Team played exceptionally well and won 3 out of the 4 group games they played. They just missed out on qualifying for the next round.
Our A Team won all their group matches which meant they qualified for the final round. This saw them play two other schools and they followed up their previous victories by winning both games. This meant they won the own the competition and they will now compete in the Mid-Sussex hockey competition.
Well done to all the pupils who participated in the wind, rain and hail.
Brambletye Cross Country
Our Girl's and Boy's Cross Country Team competed in the Brambletye Cross Country Relay race. The race consisted of a team of 4 pupils each running a mile.
Our A and B Girl's team were first to race. The A team (Emma, Freya, Mia and Hannah) ran extremely well to finish to 3rd, behind two strong teams, out of a total of 10 teams. Our Girls B team (Isabel, Katya, Rhian and Erin) gained great experience to finish in 9th position.
Next up was the boy's race. This year saw us enter 3 teams due to the amount of interest with have had this year. Our B team (Josh Sparkes, Josh Scott, Toby and Alex) were the first B team to finish the race. The C team (Leo, Martin, Luke and Noah) we're close behind and also finished before the other schools' B teams and even a couple of A teams. The A team (Oscar, Charlie, Torran and Ethan) followed up last year success and finished in 1st place out of 11 teams.
Well done to all the children who ran and a special thank you to the Year 6 children who ran their last race for the school. They have been excellent role models throughout the year.