The first day of the dance festival saw very special VIP guests arrive with the Test Valley Mayor, Councillor Mrs Hamilton with consort Mr Brown, and the Town Mayor of Romsey, Councillor Mr Parker with consorts Mrs Parker and Mrs Mitchell.
Mrs Mitchell is herself a dance teacher and was very impressed with what the children performed.
“An extremely enjoyable afternoon of dance where clear narratives were shown through motif development encapsulating the ‘Road to Rio’ theme. It was lovely to see the partnerships formed between the primary and secondary schools and the hard work and planning of the Sports Leaders involved”
Councillor John Parker, the Mayor of Romsey, was also surprised at what the festival entailed having never visited the school or the event before.
“The youngsters have put a lot of effort into their dances, both rehearsed and the one learnt today. Equally important was to see the Sports Leaders from Test Valley School taking real responsibility for organising and planning the event. Well done to all concerned”
The Mayor of Test Valley Councillor Karen Hamilton was an ex-pupil of the school and was really pleased to see how the school had developed as well as the Olympic themed dance festival.
“It has been wonderful to come back to my old secondary school and watch the children of Wallop and King’s Somborne dancing to the themed festival. The theme of the Olympics shone through all their dance moves. Well done to you all”
This festival event has been running for 11 years. Sports Leaders, all pupils at Test Valley School, started planning this event in November 2015 with Mrs Smith, School Sports Co-ordinator. Pupils from the local primary schools of Lockerley, Broughton, West Tytherley, Stockbridge, King’s Somborne, Wallop & Wherwell were invited to attend the festival over 3 days.
The Gremlin Dance Company taught elements of the Olympics, including lots of various sporting actions, to the primary school pupils in the morning workshop.
Partner and group phases were created during the morning session. The primary schools had been asked to base their showcase performance around the theme of ‘Road to Rio’ linking their performance to the Olympics.
The primary schools showcased their own school dance in the Sports Hall in the afternoon.
The VIP guests presented gold medals to all the primary school pupils. These medals were presented for enthusiasm with 100% effort throughout the day and excellent team work.
Hazel Lankester, a School Governor, stated:
“What a great experience for the primary children to have to be able to work together and for it to culminate in an exciting and eye-catching production at the end. What a wonderful chance for them to gain an enormous amount of experience in so many different areas; co-operation, listening skills, body co-ordination to name only a few. It was great to see the enjoyment on their faces (as well as the acute concentration!)
It was also a wonderful opportunity for the young Leaders and hosts to take on some responsibility and use their initiative when necessary, all of this done as usual by TV pupils, with care and courteousness.”
Without the key sponsors this event could not take place. These were Hildon Natural Mineral Water, represented by Debbie Jones (Executive Director), Simplyhealth represented by Mrs Marshall (Community Fund Co-ordinator), Michael Austin Harlick Awards represented by Mrs Mills (Programme Manager of PE and School Sport) and Five Rivers Bowls Club represented by Mr Stanford (Director).
Miss Hiscock, Head teacher, stated:
“We always look forward to this event in our school calendar because it is such a wonderful experience for all the pupils involved. It is lovely to see the primary and secondary pupils coming together to enjoy the activities and I am always very proud of our Sports Leaders. I am also very grateful to Mrs Smith for all her hard work behind the scenes and for the generosity of our sponsors to make it all possible”.
Well done to all the Sports and Young Leaders who worked very hard to make each day a great success.
Here’s to a successful Olympic Games 2016.