Elleray Orienteering 2022

Getting out of bed this morning, Mr Dean shuddered at the thought of spending all day outside. The rain was beating against the windows as the wind howled down the street. Miraculously though, by the time Class 4 arrived at Windermere School there was nothing but blue sky!

Today we took part in the Windermere School Open Orienteering event! Tooled up with maps, punch-cards and dibbers we raced off into the forest on the hunt for the elusive red and white control squares. A huge well done to all Class 4 students who took part – excellent behaviour, sportsmanship and effort when slogging through the muddy fields. You worked as a team, kept each other safe and gave all of your effort to doing your best.

Thanks also to Mr Reedy and all the team from Windermere school for organising the day!


Challenge Climb!

Class 3 have enjoyed the most amazing experience at Kendal Climbing Wall today, despite mixed feelings of nerves and excitement this morning!  Bouldering, Clip and Climb, Crazy Climb and SkyDive tested our resilience and determination to new limits but everyone overcame all fears and exceeded their own expectations.

For some, it was an introduction to a new sport whilst for others an opportunity to develop skills further with the support of our three amazing instructors: Ben, Jamie and Greg.

As well as climbing, we learnt how to trust one another; we developed our communication skills; and we encouraged everyone to do their best whilst celebrating our achievement.

Barrow Raiders School of The Week

Well, technically ‘School of the Week’, but we reckon ‘School of the Season!’ Have we ever had a better time or been looked after so well as at our visit to the Barrow Raiders ground in Barrow last Sunday. Almost 80 of us filled the stand and cheered and applauded as though lives depended on it. Tee, Anton and Ellis, who on Fridays can be seen training our little people on the Levens Playing Fields, were giving their all in front of a crowd of 2,400 supporters to come out victorious against fellow Cumbrian side, Workington.

The  children were involved at various stages through the game and the wonderful players could not have been kinder at the end of the match, signing as many autographs and posing for as many pictures as required!



Dallam Rounders Festival

Yesterday Class 3 enjoyed a fantastic afternoon at the Dallam Primary Rounders Festival at Tristram’s Field. All the children gave 100% and participated with enthusiasm and determination. Mrs Brown and Miss Robinson were very impressed with their unstoppable energy and teamwork which resulted in some great wins over the course of the afternoon. The event was attended by other local schools and it was a great opportunity for the community to come together, get active and experience friendly competition.

Cricket Enrichment Day

Classes 2,3 and 4 all enjoyed action packed sessions with our Cricket Coach John during Tuesday. We worked on a series of different cricket skills including running between the wickets, throwing and catching, hitting and fielding and even over arm bowling too. We then put these all together in a non stop cricket game. Look out for cricket club, starting in the summer term.

Running Success!

**STOP PRESS** In Celebration Assembly, all our fantastic runners showed off their medals and were presented with certificates of achievement. Mrs Coker announced that our Y4 and Y3 girls won the team event for Y5 and under girls team competition and were proudly presented with their shield and certificates – many congratulations one and all!


Elleray Finale and Special Celebration for Running Club

Very sadly our winter X Country running season drew to an end last Friday, but what a season it has been!

The staff have had the very best of times,  every Friday after school, running through, mud, rain, sleet, slurried fields – no end to what we got up to alongside our pupil running buddies. Poor weather was just an enhanced challenge to us!

The third and final event of the running calendar, was the grand finale X Country Championships at Windermere St. Anne’s School where, on Wednesday last week, our teams ran themselves into the history books with a 3rd place in the Yr6 Boys event, and a first place, Elleray Shield Champions, in the Girls Yr5 and Under race (with all of our participants Yr4 or Yr3), how good is that!

Aside from team performances, there were individual goals achieved and running resilience and support for team mates that could not have been bettered, we were proud to the point of being tearful.

We then all enjoyed the most fabulous celebratory run together on Friday evening, through Levens Park, finishing with hot chocolate and cakes at Mrs Mason’s Farm – what a week, what an occasion!

The last thing to say is to wish Dougal the best of luck in the National Finals at Leicester on 26th March. Good luck Dougal, we will all be thinking of you!

Running Club starts again next September, when we look forward to welcoming back our existing fellow runners, and hopefully encouraging some new running friends as well.


Hunter Hall County Cross Country Final

On the same day that our runners were competing in the Dallam Event, we were incredibly proud and excited that three of our boys from Class 4 had qualified for the county event at Hunter Hall School in Penrith.

Huge thanks indeed to parents who arranged transport and supported and encouraged our talented representatives, the running club adults were really sad not to be there celebrating the event and the atmosphere.

The course was incredibly challenging, much further than we are used to and with obstacles of walls and rivers. We await further news regarding progression, watch this space!

Well done boys!


Dallam Cross Country Competition

On a really cold and and windy afternoon this week, eleven tough and resilient running club athletes braved the elements and hilly course, to compete in the annual cross country event at Dallam along with other local schools.

The support and attitude could not have been bettered, everyone ran so well and tried so hard that staff and parents were just bursting with pride. A huge well done to all, not only to Charlotte, Rona and Grace who came away with medals, but to everyone who excelled themselves and had just the best of times, a day to be remembered by us all!