BOYS from primary schools in Abingdon took on a host of sporting events during a mini-Olympics contest.

Abingdon School invited Carswell Community Primary School, Dunmore Primary School, Long Furlong Primary School, Rush Common Primary School and St Nicolas CofE Primary School to use its facilities for the competition.

Hudson Blake, 10, from Dunmore Primary School, said: “I really enjoyed it. I think my favourite activity was the climbing wall, which looks a lot easier than it is.”

Fellow competitors also enjoyed the event, with 10-year-old Luke Webb, a pupil at Long Furlong Primary School, adding: “I really liked the obstacle course and I think I did a good time.”

St Nicolas CE Primary School pupil Sam Rose, 10, said: “I enjoy sport and it’s good fun to have a go at the different activities.”

Nine-year-old Dominic Warburton, from Rush Common Primary School, added: “I liked the rowing the most, although it was really hard work.”

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Malachy Ryan, above, tackles the obstacle course

Each school sent teams of four to eight Year Five boys to the event.

The sixth annual competition included rowing machines, an obstacle course and a climbing wall.

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Taylor Johnson and Kelsey Law, both eight, with the bee hotel

BEES have a new place to stay as youngsters learn how to care for the declining species.
Youngsters at a Bicester primary school have been given a ‘bee hotel’ to encourage the creatures to settle in the school’s garden.
St Edburg’s CofE Primary School were given a little shed-like home and packets of seeds to grow bee-friendly plants.
Children were also given tips on how to care for the insects by beekeeper Helen Lauder.
Pupil Taylor Johnson, eight, said: “I really liked the beekeeper visit because I like bees a lot. You can help the bees by planting lots of flowers so that they have plenty of nectar.”
The bee hotel was donated by David Wilson Homes Merica who are building the De Lacy Fields development in nearby Kingsmere Village.

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Pupils watch the performance by SPILL

DANCERS delighted children with an acrobatic performance in a school gym on Friday.
Performers from the SPILL dance group had to move indoors at Larkrise Primary School as rain swept in, preventing them from using the Florence Park Playground as a base for the show.
Pupils from four primary schools, Larkrise, East Oxford, Rose Hill and SS Mary & John, enjoyed the 30-minute display.

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From left, Maddie Foster, Ellie Graham and Georgia Thomson make their pitch

GIRLS stepped into the Dragons’ Den to pitch business ideas to entrepeneurs from across the world.
Business moguls visited Headington School last Thursday to judge student’s entrepeneurial ideas in a event themed on the TV business show.
Sixth former Georgia Thomson, 18, was part of a team presenting to the panel of judges. She said: “We’ve been working on an idea about dyslexia in schools, finding ways to improve teacher training, consultants and improving awareness.
“We’ve had such an enjoyable day and the facilitators have been fantastic and answered all our questions.
“They have helped make the whole industry much more accessible to us as women.”
The school’s director of development Tim Edge said: “We were delighted to welcome entrepreneurs  to advise our girls on the rewards and challenges of entrepreneurship.”


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Richard Jones, of the Masons, and Ellie Meikle, 11, learn CPR techniques

YOUNGSTERS learned vital life-saving skills as part of a hospital programme to educate pupils.
Children from Headington’s Windmill Primary School were the latest to take part in the Injury Minimisation Programme for Schools at Oxford’s John Radcliffe Hospital last week.
The programme aims to teach all Year Six pupils aged 10 and 11 CPR resuscitation, how to put someone in a recovery position and how to use a defibrillator, which can shock the heart back into action.

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Programme manager Lynn Pilgrim
The Freemasons’ Oxfordshire Provincial Grand Lodge has given £1,000 to support the fund.
Programme manager Lynn Pilgrim said: “We hear many stories of how children and teachers who have been on the course have used the skills learned in real life emergency situations, so donations like this are very important.”

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