Thursday, 15 June 2017

Visit from multi Guinness World Record Holder, Ian Drummond

Just before half term, Kepier were delighted to welcome Ian Drummond from Team 3Sixty, a bicycle stunt team based in Houghton-le-Spring.

Ian performed numerous stunts for a group of our Sports Leaders from Key Stage 3 (Year 7, 8 and 9) and talked to them about how he got into the world of bicycle stunts and displays.

Ian holds the following Guinness World Records:

1) Longest bunny hop on a bicycle
2) Highest drop onto a target which he broke twice
3) Highest 180 bunny hop on a bicycle
4) Most consecutive bunny hops which I broke 2 twice

That’s 6 official Guinness records in total, and the 3Sixty team have broken 11 records in total.

Ian said "I attended Kepier to show pupils our display and talk about how I turned a hobby into a successful lifestyle business. It was the hottest show I’ve done this year with the afternoon sun being at its peak and I was very impressed with how engaged the pupils were and how many questions they had for me throughout my visit."

Monday, 15 May 2017

Tr-Golf Festival

Last Friday, Kepier hosted their annual Tri - Golf Festival for our local primary schools, with some 200 children from Year 3 and Year 4 taking part in what is always a fun and entertaining event.  This festival gives the young people the opportunity to try out numerous fun golf activities whilst developing social and personal skills, and also allows the children to experience the game in the hope that they may want to take up the sport.  

Miss Cullen, our Primary Sports Link and Teacher of PE who organised the event, said "it's wonderful to have so many young people here having a taste of what to the majority of them will be a new sport in a fun and relaxed environment. What is also great about the day is that 25 of our Year 9 Sports Leaders help me organise and run the event, both scoring and coaching the children and acting as mentors for them."

Tuesday, 11 April 2017

Scottish Swimming Championships

Harry, one of our Year 8 learners, has recently achieved incredible success at the Scottish Swimming Championships, held in Aberdeen from 29th - 31st March 2017.

Despite only taking up competitive swimming three years ago, Harry won two gold medals (50m free and 200m back); 3 silver medals (100m free, 100m back, 100m fly); and 2 bronze medals (50m fly and 200m fly), as well as reaching all the finals in every U13 years event he entered and setting personal bests in every race.

Harry trains for a minimum of 11 hours a week, still managing to fit in his schooling and homework around this. His Head of Year Mr. Coxon said "you would never know the amount of time and effort Harry has to put in out of school for his sport, as he never complains, never misses homework and is as committed to his school work as he is to his swimming."

Principal Mrs. Cooper said "Harry shows real dedication and am am so proud of his success at the Scottish Nationals.  He has a great future ahead of him!"

Harry himself commented "I was really surprised at how well I did at the championships, but it proves that with determination and dedication you can achieve so much success."

Wednesday, 5 April 2017

Kepier Dance Show

Kepier has this week hosted it's annual dance show, a much loved and enjoyed part of our school year.

This years show, entitled 'Once Upon a Dance', was held over two nights this week in front of around 200 guests on each evening. It featured a wide range of dance, performed by around 70 of our learners from across all our year groups.

The event takes a great deal of organising and rehearsing, with our PE Teacher and Dance Specialist Miss Chambers coming in on several weekends in the build up with those involved to practice. Miss Chambers said "all those involved should be proud of themselves, not just for their performances on the night but also for giving up so much of their spare time."