Sport at Michaela
Michaela does not have on-site sports facilities. Instead, each year group goes to the local Powerleague all-surface pitches one afternoon each week from 1.50pm to 3.05pm.
Pupils wear their PE kit to school on sport days to maximise time spent on activities. Unfortunately, due to our location, Michaela has very limited on-site sports facilities. To make up for this, we use the facilities at Powerleague Wembley, under a kilometre away.
Roughly 80 pupils travel with their teachers to Powerleague, a short distance away in the shadow of Wembley Stadium. To see 80 smartly turned out Michaela pupils travelling, as one, to and from Powerleague, is a sight to behold. Sport sessions at Michaela are delivered by specialist coaches brought in from outside the school. First-aid trained Michaela teachers are always present at these sessions as well as on the journey to and from the Powerleague. The remaining 40 pupils have netball or fitness training in our yard. Fitness is done on a rotation basis, whereas netball is offered to girls who have chosen to sign up for it.
Sport is outdoors all year round. We expect pupils to wear the full Michaela sports kit including jogging bottoms, the Michaela sport top, plain logo free base layers and, in cold weather, the Michaela fleece. In cold weather, pupils are also encouraged to wear a plain black woollen hat and gloves. Pupils must not wear studded football boots. Ordinary trainers, suitable for walking to and from the venue and then playing team sports on an all-weather pitch, are sufficient.
Teachers check the weather forecast each morning and will cancel sport if the weather looks particularly poor. However, if we have made the decision to go to Powerleague and the weather turns, we will remain there until the end of the session.
Our football and netball teams, the Stoics, play matches against other local schools. Only those pupils who exemplify the values of Michaela are selected for the school team. We place enormous importance upon true teamwork, self-control and personal integrity. Sport at Michaela is about working hard, being kind and supporting each other. The ‘S.T.O.I.C.S’ values are a fundamental part of our sport curriculum. These values are: Sportsmanship, Teamwork, Organisation, Integrity, (self) Control and Stamina.
Pupils also have the option of playing basketball, table tennis and table football at lunch. There are half termly tournaments for this which happen during lunchtime.