26th April saw over 600 pupils perform in over 40 routines at the annual Arches Dance Performance. The theme this year was Legends & Divas and saw a great range of modern classics to golden oldies being danced along to.
We had a record crowd this year watching the performances as we were almost sold out of tickets at both the afternoon and the evening performance.
The Dance Performance is a chance for all of our schools and even some local dance schools to perform to parents, carers and over 700 people at once at the Octagon Theatre in the city centre.
A big well done should go to all of the pupils who performed throughout the afternoon performance and the evening and although some a little nervous at first, they overcame any concerns they may have had and performed fantastically.
A big congratulations also to the school teachers, dance coaches and everyone else who was involved in putting together routines, outfits and props for the dances on the night. It was clear to see how much effort had gone in prior to the day.
For Sports Relief 2016 Hucklow Primary School wanted to make a big push on raising some money that could be used to help vulnerable people in both the UK and the world's poorest countries. Through using local links with the Arches School Sports Partnership Hucklow were able to host a big name star to join in within the day’s festivities.
Every year group within the school ran 1 mile. With two form entry, Hucklow were able to achieve 13miles of running shared between the whole school including staff, pupils and VIP guests. Many children, particularly the younger year groups, found this challenging and struggled with maintaining a steady pace, but with the support of their friends and teachers the school were able to work as a team and help each other to complete the full mile!
Mike Tuck, Captain of The Sheffield Sharks Basketball team, was a big support for the Year 4 classes as he ran a mile with them, encouraging and motivating them to keep going, even challenging some of the children to keep up with him.
Matt Hardwick who organised the day said
“It was great to have Mike in school. He was fantastic with the children and I really felt like he inspired them.”
After a long hard run Mike Tuck delivered an inspirational presentation on his journey through Basketball and how following your dreams and working hard to achieve them is vital in getting what you want from life. All children watched on in awe at viewing videos of Mike in action and asked insightful questions about his journey through sport.
As a special treat for the Y4 Boys Basketball Team, Mike Tuck headed outside to the Basketball hoop and shot some baskets with them, showed off some of the trickier skills and played some 1 on 1 with the children. One pupil quoted “today was the best ever, it was so much fun with Mike and I won’t forget what he said to me in his talk and I really want to work hard to get better”
Mike Tuck has stated…
“What an amazing day for Sport Relief! Couldn’t have asked for a better group of kids to work with. They were truly inspirational. Working with and representing the Wosskow Brown Foundation allows me to go into schools and do things like this, I’m very lucky to be in this position. I hope that my message of hard work to achieve your dreams stuck with them and that perhaps I’ve help inspire the next rising star out of Sheffield! I’d like to thank Hucklow Primary and Arches School Sport Partnership for having me.”
The day was a complete success at raising money for Sports Relief, as well as inspiring the children of Sheffield to uptake more sport and working hard to achieve your goals.
April brought our annual Dance Performance at the Octagon Centre, University of Sheffield. This year we had approximately 600 pupils and students participate across the two sessions from year 1 pupils, through to year 10 secondary schools students.
The level of Dance that was showcased was fantastic and it was apparent all of the hard work that the children and teachers had put in to practice routines prior to the event. It was great to see so many parents and grandparents supporting the performances and even getting involved in Mexican waves and chanting.
Our raffle was supported by a number of our partners who include Sheffield Eagles, Sheffield United, Sheffield Sharks, SIV, the Sheffield City Trust, Yorkshire Cricket Board and many many more.
To see some of the action that took place see our galleries section