Yep, 2019 has only just begun and its time for more Inter-School Tournaments, with today’s being the first of 3 in 10 days!!!
Today’s games marathon wasn’t held in a school, but at Rawthorpe Library in Kirklees. All part of our efforts not only to bring games to more communities and schools, but also to promote the libraries to schools, and demonstrate another good use for these centres of the community.
This venue was smaller and featured just 3 teams, as opposed to next weeks extravaganza at Dewsbury library with room for a whopping 8 teams from primary schools in the area… but that’s next week… what happened today?!
Well, pupils in years 5 and 6 from 3 schools, Hillside primary, Our Lady Of Lourdes Catholic School and Netherhall Learning Campus, turned up for their first ever taste of Imagination Gaming and were thrown straight into it!
As always, the morning focussed on getting to learn plenty of new games, all with different themes and styles, gaining confidence, developing skills and honing the required tactics for each challenge. On arrival we experimented with some puzzles and activities, and when comfortable, together we all set about trying lots of different games, knowing that we would choose a selection to form the basis of the afternoon’s competition.
All the teams were impressive in their drive to experiment and succeed with the games, easily overcoming any trepidation or ‘fears of the unknown’! The games covered a range of skills too, and would challenge their numeracy, literacy, memory, logic and strategic thinking, whilst always being easily accessible. A game doesn’t have to be complicated to learn, to be challenging to be good at!
So what happened?!
Today we chose 5 games for the tournament – Quoridor, Wildlife Safari (Botswana), Froggy, Word Bits and eternal favourite Zeus On The Loose!
The teams were split so each table had one representative from each school on it, and then moved around the games scoring points to add to their own personal tally and the teams total of course. Competition was fierce, after all, trophies were at stake!!!
So who won?
It was certainly close in the team competition, but there was a stand out winner in the individual battle. With a fantastic 19.5 points earned out of 20 for his team, massive congratulations and his very own trophy went to… Amarion, from Netherhall Learning Campus. An astonishing score across the board. Well done young man!
Congratulations in the team event went to ‘The Protagonists’ from the victorious Hillside Primary School. It was the one of the narrowest margins of victory I’ve ever seen in a brilliantly close battle, but very well deserved.
Congratulations also to ‘The Gamers’ from Our Lady of Lourdes’…
… and also to Netherhall Learning Campus.
All students were a credit to their schools and had some fantastic things to say about the day…
Another successful day, and we look forward to next weeks tournament… will you be taking part in one soon? Contact us to find out how!