BISS School Ski Race!


On Monday morning Max, Georgina and David arrived at Hemel Hempstead Snow Centre to represent the Priory school and race against 180 junior ski racers from around the country at the British Independent School Ski race championships.  Ski categories ranged from Under 10 to Under 14, with our three Priory representatives all in the Under 10 and with two against competitors up to 3 years senior.

Open practice was held on the slope whilst the course was being set. Although the snow had been groomed the night before it was obviously bumpy as there were falls from a number of competitors. The children were then allowed to inspect the course slowly before the racing commenced.

The Priory team had a good start with all three completing the course successfully and getting respectable times for their first race on snow.  Max was out the gates first in bid number 20 with a time of 17.14, Georgina in bib 52 followed with 21.98 and then David in bib 77 with 19.84.

The course quickly became rutted and round 2 produced slower times for most competitors including ours, making their first runs the ones that counted when determining scores.  After an anxious wait the results were announced.  Unfortunately the Priory school were not on the medal board.  However, whilst the team might not have walked away with any medals, they took part with enthusiasm, bravery and team spirit, against bigger and more experienced competitors.  For that we can all be proud.




Sports Awards

This year 3 children were put forward for the Christchurch sports awards. They were chosen for their commitment to sport in and outside of school and also for demonstrating Dorset School Games Values. These values are; determination, self belief, passion, teamwork, respect and honesty.

They were among many other talented athletes in Dorset and were presented a trophy from the Zara Dampney (GB 2012 Volley ball).

Well done!


Sports day success!

Sports day was a huge success this year. Thank you for all of the lovely feed back from parents and children.

The activities meant that all children were active for longer periods of time but still having that opportunity to compete.

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Thank you to all of the parents who came along to support and the parent walkers.


Tag Rugby Tournament – Bournemouth Rugby Club

Two teams from the Priory School entered the Year 5/6 Christchurch Schools Tag Rugby tournament at Bournemouth Rugby Club on Wednesday 8th February. Each of our teams played other local schools in a round-robin event and we saw some absolutely amazing rugby played!




Priory 2, made up of some very inexperienced players, won their opening three matches before narrowly losing to a strong Christchurch Juniors team. They then won their next two and played the Priory 1 team in their final game, which was a thrilling 4-4 draw! The Priory 2 team ended up finishing the tournament in 3rd place, which was a tremendous achievement.





Priory 1 performed magnificently, defeating every single team they faced – until they drew with their schoolmates in the final game! As a result, the Priory School won the competition and qualified for the Dorset Finals in April, for the second year running.




All of our players demonstrated fantastic sporting values and excellent behaviour. We celebrated their success in Achievement Assembly before half-term. We must give thanks again to Mr Pearson, who gives up his time to coach the pupils. Thank you also to all of the parents who helped transport our pupils to and from the event, especially Mr Hopkins and Mr Hughes who assisted with managing the Priory A team.