Longhill High School staff and students are always keen to be involved in local community occasions and enjoy taking part in many sporting events with our local primary schools in the Deans School Sports Partnership.
One such occasion was the Commonwealth Torch Run, which took place last week. Pupils from Woodingdean, Rudyard Kipling, Saltdean, St Margaret’s and Our Lady of Lourdes primaries were joined by student sports leaders from Longhill High to take part in this fun and inspiring event, coordinated by Darren Hambrook from the Deans School Sports Partnership.
Pupils were joined on the 6.5 mile run by PE teacher Nick Rolf who told us, “The event was about sportsmanship, as well as about health and exercise. We believe in teaching the children about life skills, such as teamwork, listening to one another and appreciating the environment around them. Running 6.5 miles takes some resilience too.
“The children taking part all shook hands with one another – it was a great community event.”
The runners visited each of the primary schools taking part, beginning at Woodingdean Primary and finishing at Saltdean Primary. At each school, the runners did 3 laps of the school track.
“It was great to take part.” Said George Stinton of Longhill Sports Centre. “All the school children who weren’t taking part were there to cheer us on when we ran around their school tracks. Lots of them joined in too. They know us at Longhill from coming to our academies and holiday clubs at the Longhill Sports Centre.
“We celebrate either the Commonwealth Games or the Olympics every two years with this fantastic torch run. It’s a brilliant event for the local community.”