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Freshwaters Primary Academy


Children from within the BMAT primary schools took part in the under-11s five-a-side Kids Cup tournament. Year 6 boys from Freshwaters, Cooks Spinney and Roydon formed a BMAT team for the competition, having demonstrated their talent during an inter-school football event at Burnt Mill Academy. The team of seven – who play for Harlow Town and


Risden Wood clubs – were among 20 schools to compete at Leyton Orient’s astroturf training pitch.


After coming second in the tournament, Tyler Finnecy’s team were invited to an open trial at the


football club. While the whole team was good enough to earn places at weekly training with the club, Tyler was given a position at the Academy training sessions. The boys also won the opportunity to be flag- bearers at Leyton Orient’s game after the tournament. Phil Dawes, sports co-ordinator for BMAT primaries, said: “This tournament demonstrates what we


are trying to achieve in the Trust; to compete at the highest level possible, not just in Harlow and Essex. We are hoping to repeat this kind of event in other sports to enable our children to set their sights high and give them memorable experiences. “By combining the strengths of all of our primaries, the Trust gives our young children


opportunities to achieve more than they thought possible. Not only did this day give those boys, along with their families, a day they won’t forget, it also shows them what other possibilities are out there if they work hard and believe in themselves. We wish the boys every success at their training sessions with Leyton Orient and look forward to hearing about their progress.” Phil Dawes, sports co-ordinator for BMAT primaries, said: “This tournament demonstrates what we


are trying to achieve in the Trust; to compete at the highest level possible, not just in Harlow and Essex. “We are hoping to repeat this kind of event in other


sports to enable our children to set their sights high and give them memorable experiences. “By combining the strengths of all of our primaries, the


Trust gives our young children opportunities to achieve more than they thought possible. Not only did this day give those boys, along with their families, a day they won’t forget, it also shows them what other possibilities are out there if they work hard and believe in themselves. We wish the boys every success at their training sessions with Leyton Orient and look forward to hearing about their progress.” Anti-bullying week at Freshwaters Primary Academy saw pupils from each year group recruited as


anti-bullying ambassadors. The themed week started with an assembly where pupils looked at celebrities who have had experiences of bullying. They also welcomed students from Burnt Mill Academy who told their younger peers what to do if they ever found themselves the victim of bullying. A day off timetable was used to further explain the signs of bullying, the short and long-term impact and who is available to support victims. Gemma Vincenti, personal, social and health education leader, said: “Each class had the opportunity to share their learning with parents. We showed them role-plays, videos and encouraged them to write and decorate a ‘helping hand’. This was a drawn hand which had words of advice on for children who are being bullied. This was then stuck next to ones the children themselves had made, to create a flower of hands. “It has been an extremely successful week which


has opened the children’s and parents’s eyes to how to spot bullying and what the consequences really are.”


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