Sports Day 2018
Sports day was an enormous success this year. The children’s enthusiasm and determination to succeed for their house really shone through! It was pleasing to hear so many children cheering on their team mates. Many of the parents were vocal in their support too which really lifted the children’s spirits. We were lucky that it was such a lovely, sunny day which was perfect weather for the post sports day picnic.
Tuesday 26th June saw the arrival of the very competitive Herts District Sports event, the end of the Herts sporting calendar for primary schools. The evening was extremely warm with events running very smoothly as always on the SJL playing fields. Field events featured first on the programme with Manland representatives in Year 5/6 displaying some determined jumping and throwing efforts. The girls and boys managed a 3rd place overall finish in the field events. Contributing to the points were Rosie in Year 5 leaping to 1st place in the standing long jump, Charlie M – Year 5 being pipped into 2nd place in the boys standing long jump and Charlie B – Year 5 securing a 3rd place finish with a long football throw.
Next on the programme were the track events, starting with the heats for flat races and relays. Out of the 8 flat race heats Manland reached 4 finals going on to secure a 2nd place finish for Year 5 Becca O and 4th place finish for Leo D-S Year 4. There were 8 relay heats from those Manland reached 7 finals, converting two of these into top 3 finishes, Year 5 and Year 6 girls racing to a 3rd and 2nd place respectively.
Also on the programme were the distance runs 400m for Year 3 and 4 and 600m for Year 5 and 6. Great efforts from all our distance runners in the evening heat. Well done to Freya O, Year 4 who managed a 7th place finish, Alice T a 6th place and a special mention to Dylan W who ran a very disciplined race to take 1st place in the Year 5 boys.
Thank you to all parents and carers for your support and to all our Manland children representing the school and making us very proud of you and all your efforts. Well Done!
Our two year 5 classes have really enjoyed taking part in the cycling proficiency lessons and have been awarded with certificates for their efforts and the stages which they passed in. The week began with an assessment of basic skills before progressing onto riding out on the road in small groups. Children learnt how to turn and signal safely to prepare them for cycling independently. Children said that the course had been very helpful and they felt much more prepared for cycling on the roads. The only bad thing about the course they said was having to cycle in all weathers as Mercury children got extremely wet one day!
On Tuesday 7th November Year 5 and 6 competed in The Harpenden Cross Country competition. There were lots of schools involved and over 90 children ran. The event was fabulous and Manland represented the school brilliantly. The Year 5 and 6 boys both came third in their races and the Year 5 and 6 girls both came first. The girls were presented with trophies, which are displayed in the awards cabinet outside the office. In addition, Alice Tant came 3rd overall in her race and was presented a special certificate. Overall we came 2nd, a fantastic achievement. Well done everyone!
Sports Day 2017
The children showed great teamwork skills throughout our sports day. Their determination and enthusiasm really shone through. Well done everyone!