Upminster school stays active with Olympics-style virtual sports competition

PUBLISHED: 14:59 18 May 2020 | UPDATED: 14:59 18 May 2020

Student Henry Homan Picture: Oakfields Montessori School

Student Henry Homan Picture: Oakfields Montessori School

Oakfields Montessori School

An Upminster school is coming together to participate in a virtual in an “Olympics-style global lockdown” sports competition.

Student Manpreet Lidher. Picture: Oakfields Montessori SchoolStudent Manpreet Lidher. Picture: Oakfields Montessori School

Students and their families from Oakfields Montessori School will join their teachers in a competition with thousands of students in schools around the world, staying fit and active at home.

The “Cognita Home Games” will be is a series of fitness and skills challenges to join in with at home, being organised by the global schools family Cognita, of which Oakfields is a member.

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With around 60 Cognita schools from across the world set to be involved, participating students, staff and families from Oakfields will compete to win the trophy for the school with the highest average score and the highest average participation. Oakfields will also form part of Team Europe in the bid to win the highest score or highest participation trophy across the three regions within Cognita. Individual medals will also be up for grabs for participants who gain the highest scores in their age group.

Student Alifia Mohammed. Picture: Oakfields Montessori SchoolStudent Alifia Mohammed. Picture: Oakfields Montessori School

Following the opening ceremony on the today, (May 18), Oakfields athletes will be able to participate from home in up to four fitness challenges and up to four skills challenges, with the closing ceremony and results announced on the Friday May 22.

Katrina Carroll, Headteacher said: “This optional event has captured the imagination of our PE staff and teachers alike, and we hope it will also inspire our students and families to get involved.

“By competing in this event, we are recognising the important contribution of sport to each individual student’s passion, pride and character, as well as the vital role of sport to physical and mental health. We’re delighted to be joining together with schools all over the world in the Cognita Home Games. It’s going to be a lot of fun. Go team Oakfields!”

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