Sports Relief 2016

Here at Leamore, we have been incredibly lucky today. We have had a very special visitor in school… Mark Lewis-Francis, the olympic gold medallist!


We started the day with a celebratory assembly, for which Miss Francis and Mrs Bradley had decorated the hall –  thank you! Miss Thomas introduced Mark and he told us a little bit about himself:

(Sports Relief) Mark Lewis Francis at Leamore from Leamore Primary School on Vimeo.

Following this, we were shown a clip of Mark in action at the 2004 olympics in Athens, Greece, where he won his gold medal for the 4x100m relay race!

(News) 2004 Athens Summer Olympics Mens 4 x 100 Relay from Leamore Primary School on Vimeo.

The children (and adults) were then invited to ask any questions that they had for Mark. Everyone was very thoughtful and asked some brilliant questions… Mr Dwyer had the pressures of school life in mind when he asked Mark for some advice for the pupils…

(Sports Relief) Mark Lewis Francis Questions! from Leamore Primary School on Vimeo.

Miss Thomas then revealed the reason we needed pom-poms for today! We were learning a special Leamore cheerleading routine for sports relief! The children were so well behaved and eager to learn this!

(Sports Relief) Miss Thomas’ Cheerleading Routine from Leamore Primary School on Vimeo.

(Sports Relief) Leamore Cheerleaders! from Leamore Primary School on Vimeo.

Mark then joined each class throughout the day to hold workshops for the children. They had the opportunity to take part in a circuit activity led by Mark himself AND got to see and hold his gold medal. We feel very privileged that he joined us today.

Here are the winners from each class. They were presented with a special medal and got to have their photograph taken with Mark!


Thank you Mark Lewis-Francis, we loved having you at our school today!

Sports Relief Netball Game

The ‘Parents Vs Staff Sports Relief Netball Match‘ took place after school today.

Here is Miss Francis’ totally amazing match report:

Leamore was at its very best this afternoon, with parents and staff uniting to support Sports Relief with an exhilarating game of netball. Five minutes into the game, muscles were being used that we never knew we had. However, the competition was definitely on: Skilful pivoting, chest passes, fantastic shooting and even the occasional lobbying the ball was witnessed. We definitely had it all going on!  Mrs Kelly was a little whippet. I demand to see her birth certificate tomorrow; she’s never nearly 57! 

Jodie and Mrs Bradley took a tumble for the team but rose valiantly to their feet. Where was Mrs Lockett our invisible first aider? Looking the other way perhaps arranging our half time oranges! Keep replaying the brilliant shot by Mrs Bradley – amazing! 

“Mark your partner!” echoed throughout the match. That brought back fond teenage memories. “Jump Mr Dwyer!” was bellowed down the pitch to which he responded with a superman gesture but never actually left the ground! 

You should have seen Miss Baker’s face when she realised her partner was Mr Chidlow. It was hilarious. “You’re too tall!” I heard her say. I don’t know who was more shocked – Mr or Mrs Chidlow. If you ask me, I think he’d got springs in his legs. 

Mrs Mcutcheon was black and blue by the end of the match – she can’t explain half of her bruises.

Natalie gave me a run for my money; she stuck to me like glue! “Are your toes behind the line?” was enough to distract her! He, he!

Sheer determination was written all over Laura’s face. There was no doubt about it: she meant business! 

Sam Hill not only looked the part, but was awarded woman of the match – so deserved. Wish we’d have had scouts there! 

Miss Thomas’ and Mr Hardwick’s powerhouse defence was incredible. Although I am surprised that they let 5 goals in! I’d have trembled just going into the circle! It was no surprise that Jayne rose to that challenge – she may not have played since she was 17, but no one would of guessed. From one Nan to another, how do you do it?!

Marie and another relative were last minute volunteers – they both rose to the challenge. Thank you for stepping in. 

What amazing sports we all were. Thank you to all netball players and, most importantly, to the spectators who donated to Sports Relief. I for one wouldn’t have missed it for the world. Bursting with Pride!