On Wednesday last week, Christine and I had the pleasure of accompanying Kyle, Gareth, Amy, Sam, Troy and Aiden to Berkshire School Games at Bisham Abbey to play Boccia. Sam and Aiden had only practised twice before and Troy just the once, but this by no means stopped the enthusiasm and excitement of representing ‘The Castle School’.
Boccia is a precision ball sport, related to bowls and pétanque, where the aim of the game is to get as many of your teams balls closest to the jack. There was 4 ends in each game.
We had two teams, secondary and primary and played several matches against different teams. Both teams played well and their sportsmanship was beyond compare, with them being the first to congratulate the other team or commend them for their skilful shots. We learnt some new rules that had us all flummoxed to start with, so when we got together as a team, we shared techniques. Both teams got through to the final 4 and played off for the bronze medal, primary house were successful and secondary house narrowly missed out. We then had to wait for our medals, and there was a lot of tension in the room, whether we had actually won the bronze. When the bronze medal was announced the cheers were deafening and the boys could not believe their luck.
I was honoured to take you all and thank you for being so amazing. Thank you too Christine for your expert chauffeuring skills, hope the ‘I spy’ was not too annoying?
Jo (Skipton Class Teacher)