January 2019

30th January 2019

Year 3 and 4 Gymnastics Competition 30th January 2019

Report by South Cambs School Partnership

Teams of Year 3 & 4 gymnasts from fourteen South Cambs primary schools took part in the annual School Games Gymnastics Competition on Wednesday 30th January at Comberton Village College.

The gymnasium was silent and the atmosphere concentrated whilst the children demonstrated their skills on the vault and floor in front of the judges and on looking spectators. At stake was the chance to represent South Cambs School Sports Partnership at the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough School Games Spring Festival, with the top two schools qualifying to take on the best schools from across the County.        

After a welcome and warm up led by the partnerships sports leaders, the competition started. The mixed teams of six children from Great Abington, Castle Camps, Bassingbourn, Coton, Linton Heights, Harston & Newton, Haslingfield, Fenstanton, Meridian & Dry Drayton schools all had to perform a vault and then either a floor or body management routine with each performance judged and given a score out of 10. Each child’s individual score in both disciplines was then combined to give an overall team score out of a maximum of 120.

The competition was fiercely contested. After all of the scores were added up, less than 8 points separated the top 10 teams! With consistently strong performances throughout their whole team Great Abington finished as runners up, improving on their 3rd place finish from the previous year and finishing with a score of 110.10. It was by the narrowest of margins that Linton Heights Junior School managed to retain the title they won last year with just 0.1 of a score earning them top position and the well-deserved title of South Cambs champions for the second year running.  Last year’s runners up Castle Camps finished in 3rd place.

Both Gt Abington & Linton Heights now go forward to represent South Cambs SSP at the County School Games on Thursday 28th March at Huntingdon Gymnastics Club.

 Claire McDonnell, South Cambs School Games Organiser said,

“It was another great competition. It’s nice to offer children the opportunity to represent their school and compete in a more artistic type of event such as gymnastics. It always amazes me how well the children perform under quite intense pressure, it is so quiet in the gym and there are lots of other children, staff and parents watching on. All of the children did exceptionally well and should be proud of themselves.

Whilst we recognise and celebrate the winners and wish Linton Heights and Great Abington the best of luck at the county finals next month the main purpose of all of our events is to ensure the children have an enjoyable time and to encourage them to achieve their personal best and I think they all did that today.

The young judges also did an exceptional job, we couldn’t have run the competition without them, they were focused and efficient throughout and even supported a couple of the gymnasts through their routines when nerves got the better of them.”






Team Score


Linton Heights



Great Abington



Castle Camps



Coton Primary



Harston & Newton A






Haslingfield A



Coton B



Harston & Newton B



Meridian Primary






Meridian B



Dry Drayton



Bassingbourn B




 Year 3 and 4  of Coton C of E (VC) primary school go to the gymnastics competition.
On Wednesday 30th January after 3 weeks training, a group of 11, year 3 and 4 children went off in the minibus to the gymnastics competition. The Sporting School Values of self belief and passion were very evident as the teams practised in the Ally Brennan gym and the climbing wall sports hall. Team B consisted of  Florence, Ada, Jack, Marina, Tesni and Phoebe and Team A included Rosie, Tesni, Charlie, Charlotte, Lia and Shannon.
There were only 11 children at the club  and we did not want anyone to be left out so they all went. We were prepared for lower points as we did not have 6 gymnasts but the event leaders allowed one of our team A to do both. So a big thank you is given to Tesni who did an amazing job.
14 teams took part in the competition and Team A came 4th and Team B came 8th! We were very proud of them. Look at the score table above and you can see how close the positions were.
All the gymnasts had a good afternoon and the year 3's are feeling confident for next year!