27 June 2018
The annual Challenge Day, hosted by The Royal Senior School in Haslemere, was held on a fabulously sunny day on Thursday 21 June. Local primary and junior schools, including: Busbridge Junior School, Camelsdale Primary School, Guildford Grove Primary School, St Bartholomew’s C of E Primary School, Shottermill Junior School, St Edmund’s Catholic Primary School, St Mary’s Primary School and The Royal Junior School, sent teams of Year 5 pupils all ready to be tested to the limit.
In keeping with The Royal School’s diamond education model, the girls and boys had separate challenges. Working in teams, the children had four activities to complete and were scored on how well each task was executed. The challenges this year were based around Drama, History, PE and Science, with boys’ and girls’ teams being equally competitive!
Poppy, Prep 5 pupil at The Royal Junior School, said, “My favourite activity was PE, we did netball shooting, bean-bag throwing, the blind egg and spoon race, lacrosse shooting, tennis ball accuracy and ball and rope swinging! After two sessions, we had a lovely lunch outside – a tasty barbeque and an ice lolly. We all had a great time. It certainly was a busy day!
Mr Ian Senior, Deputy Principal of The Royal School, commented, “This was the 25th year we have run a Challenge Day at the school. It is fantastic to see the unfailing enthusiasm the children have for the day. The number of schools wanting to get involved is testament to how much the children enjoy the competition.”
At the end of the day, with all tasks complete, the tension mounted as all the teams gathered together and waited for the scores to be tallied and for the winners to be announced. Congratulations to The Royal Junior School (B Team) for winning the boys’ challenges and Shottermill Junior School (A Team) for winning the girls’ challenges.