On Friday 9th June Beacon Primary Academy held their inaugural ‘Summer Fun Run’ with more than half of the academy’s pupils taking part. Some younger siblings, parents and staff members also joined in the fun.
Over the past year the Year 2 and 3 pupils at Beacon Primary Academy have been given the opportunity to attend an after-school running club held by Mrs Porter, Learning Support Assistant.
Through their enjoyment of the club, the pupils expressed a wish to take part in a running event. On hearing this, Mrs Porter along with Mrs Crow, Senior Administrator, decided to organise a fun run within the school grounds. They settled on a 1 mile run and soon became busy arranging finish line banners and medals, putting together goody bags, creating running numbers and promoting the event.
The run mirrored a professional running event comprising of 10 laps of the school field accompanied by pop music and cheers of support from the volunteer parent/staff marshals. As each runner raced through the finish line, they were met by roars of cheers. They were also handed medals and goody bags by staff and given refreshments by parent volunteers.
Reflecting on the afternoon, Mrs Porter commented: “I am so proud of all of the pupils who took part. They stayed positive and I saw many examples of sportsmanship during the event, especially pupils helping to support each other on their final laps. I am looking forward to the next event already.”
Mrs Corinna Wright, Principal mirrored Mrs Porter’s comments but also added “this event would not have happened if it had not been for Mrs Porter’s own love and dedication to running. Through her own experiences outside of school, she has enriched the pupils’ lives by sharing her interest in the sport and enabling the children to take part in such a fun activity. The fact that the children themselves initiated the idea proves that their positive experiences attending the after school club have had a positive impact.”
Monies raised from the event will go towards providing future sporting opportunities for the pupils at the academy.