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Airecon 2019 Inter School Tournament

So, we have just spent a weekend away in Harrogate as part of the terrific Airecon Games Convention, a friendly open gaming event that's rapidly growing in popularity.

Accompanying us on our first day were 47 local school children, who along with their teachers, came to compete in our Inter-School Games Tournament.

A competition with something for everyone! We ensured we had a range of games that would appeal, irrespective of the sort of games you enjoy.

We had a super maths game “Savvy” where prediction and probability plus a bit of luck could earn you points to win the game. Do you play or do you pass and give the next player something to think about?

We had the wonderful word game Bananagrams Junior. Be the first to use all your letters in a connected word grid without a spelling mistake, proper noun or abbreviation?

We also included the fantastic and mesmerising shape game Polyssimo, to test patience and concentration. 

Our final game was Grabolo, a game to test those reflexes and perception. Who has the best eyes and the fastest hands?

The schools that took part were, Rossett Acre, Coppice Valley, Skelton Newby Hall, Woodfield Primary, Staveley Community and Kirk Hammerton all of which had selected a couple of teams to represent their school. Yes, there were prizes to be won but the aim of the day was to have lots of fun!

The competition was close but in the end this year’s winning team came from Rossett Acre School who came out on top and took the winning trophy. Max W from Rossett Acre took the title of highest scoring individual player. Congratulations young man!

 

The sea of smiles was a sure sign that everyone involved had a great time. Here's just some of the other teams: 

After such a fantastic day, we look forward to returning to Harrogate and working with the Rossett Acre teams and their friends soon...

... and of course if you would like more information on how to go about organising your very own Inter-School Games Tournament, get in touch!

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Children's University Tournaments Arrive!

As I type we have just completed the first of three games tournament's as part of our on-going Games compendium project with Sheffield Children's University... and it was brilliant!

Today's event concentrated on Key Stage 2 pupils (7 - 11yr olds) from 10 schools across Sheffield, and in the coming weeks we have events for Key Stage 1 (5 - 7 yr olds) and Key Stage 3 (11 - 14 yr olds) pupils too!

It all started back in November when we delivered our own, specially tailored, boxes of games to schools across Sheffield who are members of the Children's University. The idea was to give them the ability too realise the social and educational benefits of this type of activity and the opportunity to set up their own games clubs.

As further motivation we set up these inter-school games tournaments to giive them something to look forward to and extra reason (if they needed it!) to get on with the games.

Today proved to be a fantastic event and was thoroughly enjoyed by pupils, teachers and the Imagination Gaming team too, so we can't wait for the next tournaments and we'll make sure to tell you all about them, the competition involved and of course all the winners on our blog in a couple of weeks time!

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Greenfield Primary 7th Inter-School Tournament Needs BIGGER Venue!

Greenfield Primary’s 7th Inter-School Games Tournament found a new location!

With so many Barnsley Schools wanting to take part we found ourselves in need of a bigger venue. An obvious choice was Kirkbalk Academy who very kindly agreed to act as host for the day. Not only did they provide a fantastic venue, we were also supported by 6 of their students and they made amazing mentors, so special thanks goes to: Dylan Atkinson, Lewis Graham, Emily Davey, Lewis Burrell, Cassie Wilson and Georgie-Leigh Marsden.

It was a fantastic day...

Mr. Hardy, Hoyland Common, Barnsley

Find out which schools took part and the final results below!

 

What Happened:

As always we used a variety of different of games which required lots of focus and skills Our pupils had to be quick and able to process things visually at a fast pace! The games played were; Rings Up, Crabz, Doodle Rush, Pass the Bomb and Whoosh

The morning was spent practising the games in schools teams, plenty of encouragement, lots of discussion about the rules and tactics. Dinner time was spent chilling out, during which they enjoyed some 3D jigsaws.

But of course... afternoon was competition time and the atmosphere was electric, the children and adults taking part had oodles of fun!

At the end of the tournament we had prize-giving, with certificates for everyone and trophies for the winning school and highest scoring individual player. . 

 

The Final Result!:

·         Winners            Hoyland Common                              

·         Second             Birdwell Primary 

·         Third                 High View Primary 

·        Fourth (joint)     Greenfield Primary & Tankersley St Peters 

.         Fifth                  Jump Primary

.         Sixth                 The Mill Academy

.         Seventh            Joseph Locke

.         Eighth               Hoyland Springwood

 

Congratulations to Hoyland Common for coming out on top again this year. Mr Hardy, Hoyland Commons' Play and Sports Leader said "It was a fantastic day and we are super proud of our team for coming out on top but we got a lot more out of the day than just a winners medal"

Well done Kate Berridge from Hoyland Common on winning the trophy for the highest scoring individual. You were on fire!

We have to say all pupils that took part were fantastic and a real credit to their school. The interaction between children and staff involved was enthusiastic and positive and they all thoroughly deserved their Certificates.

Inter-School Tournaments are a great alternative to sporting events and give those children who are not as interested in sport something to represent their school in. We like to think of them as a “Mind Sport Activity” We simply cannot wait for the next!... it could be at your school...

 

Why should you take part in an Imagination Gaming Tournament?

·        Our Tournaments are a great way of bringing different schools and backgrounds together.

·        Test your brains to problem solve and be the quickest!

·        Make new friends and take on new challenges.

·        Win trophies and certificates for you and your school!

 

For more information about School Tournaments and how you and your school can get involved, click here:

 ...Imagination Gaming Inter-school-tournaments...

 

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Inter-School Tournaments a Winner!

Over the last 12 months we have had the opportunity to do something new in schools. Inter-School Games Tournaments. And they've proved a massive success...

We've always known that kids (and grownups!) love a bit of healthy competition. That's one of the reasons our school games days and programmes are so successful. The engagement of competitive fun on a level playing field for all means that we can get all kinds of students and teachers navigating educational and social barriers, whilst having a great time. It's easy to do that in a single school (though 5 years ago we wouldn't necessarily have said that) but how to make it something that can easily be introduced to neighbouring schools to help integrate wider communities. I suppose the fact that we even tried it was a sign of how far we'd come.

We have had the opportunity to try this out in a few different scenarios... and it has been an instant hit... we now have schools involved in regular, Inter-School competition, and always eagerly anticipating the next one!

 

Earlier in the year, thanks to our association with the fantastic Sheffield arm of the Children's University, we were able to start something new with a large number of schools in that area. Essentially, each school were given a box of games specifically designed for the key stage appropriate to them, a gruelling training session* (fun gaming with coffee and biscuits that is!), and some of our own quick-play instructions to help them along. Back at school they introduced regular games clubs and got ready for their age group's inter-school tournament, each of which was a resounding success.

Across the county in Barnsley, with the help of some very impressed headteachers, we also now have plenty of schools involved in various interschool tournaments. The games have become an integral part of many of their school days, not just in clubs, but in the classroom and in family learning worshops too. They are always eagerly anticipating the next tournament and it's truly fantastic to see all the different schools having something to get excited about together, that they can benefit from individually every day too.

Each tournament has involved presentations of trophies, certificates and prizes, and the teachers have a great day too. Split between several schools, the cost becomes almost negligible making it that much more valuable and accesible and best of all, if you host the day, you don't have to pay anything at all!

There'll be plenty more info and examples of Inter-School tournaments appearing soon, but if you want to get ahead of the game and make the first move you can ask for more details right now. You'll find our contact details right here!

 

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Kirk Balk Academy Inter-school Tournament 2019

So another great tournament and another great day.

Today our tournament took place at a Secondary School, Kirk Balk Academy with 6 of their feeder schools in attendance. We had Greenfield who arranged the competition, Tankersley St Peter’s, West Meadows, Birdwell, Hoyland Springwood and Jump Primary. 

Some familiar faces... staff and children appeared along with many new ones.

The games for the day included, Jungle Speed, City of Zombies, PDQ and Katamino. Games catering for maths, literacy, shape and reflex and coordination, something for everyone!

A morning of practice, strategy and cooperative learning soon turned into an afternoon of positive pressure, and extreme thinking skills. The children competed against both each other securing points not only for themselves but for their team.

The atmosphere was one of concentration and focus but always in an air of sportsmanship and fair play. Supporting teachers from each school were all fantastic, with enthusiasm and smiles in abundance, acting as judges on each of the tables and answering any rules questions that arose. This gave those teachers an opportunity to see first hand how the games work and how much children engage and focus. 

A big thank you for contributing in such a positive way. 

It was also nice over the dinner break to take the opportunity to try out some of the new problem solving games from this years awards. We gave children  a great sneak peek into some of the new activities we have in store in the new academic year.

 

Today’s competition we saw Jump Primary come out on top, they returned back to school with both trophies… Winning School and Highest Scoring Individual Player WELL DONE ADAM C.

 

The feedback has been most delightful with everyone saying how much they had enjoyed themselves, how they enjoyed meeting new friends and pushing themselves with some high level thinking. A huge thank you to Kirk Balk Academy for agreeing to host on behalf on Greenfield Primary. Another fantastic day and congratulations to all that took part.

Here’s to the next one...!

 

 

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Kirklees Inter-school Tournament at Rawthorpe Library

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 therir 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 succesful day, and we look forward to next weeks tournament... will you be taking part in one soon? Contact us to find out how!

 

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New Trophies!

Thought you might like to have a peek at these beauties!

Every time we do an inter-school tournament, which is pretty often these days, at least one of each of these trophies is handed out. And that's on top of all the certificates and any other prizes that may be up for grabs!

The shiny, reflective one goes to the student with the highest individual score on the day. We present it, the school and their mates can be impressed by it, and they can take it home to wow their family and friends permanently.

The  chunky one is for the winning team. Something solid they can display proudly at school to make sure everyone visiting can recognise their success.

Can you see your school celebrating with one of these?...

 

Why not host an interschool tournament yourselves, invite your local schools and get your hands on our new trophies too!...

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St. Theresa's Inter-School Tournaments - SCSP Diocese

Following the success of the previous weeks excitement, on Friday the 14th June, St.Theresa's Catholic Primary hosted the second of 2 separate Imagination Gaming Inter-school Tournaments in a week! This time it was the turn of the schools linked together in the SCSP Diocese.

As a school that uses Imagination Gaming's team to deliver activities in the classroom every single week, they were keen to show the schools in their local communities what it was all about. What better way than inviting them for a bit of co-operative and competitive fun with a games tournament!

Who came?

Todays event welcomed schools from Sheffield and beyond, with teams from  Emmaus, St. Wilfred's, St. Marie's, St. Patricks, St. John Fisher and of course St Theresa's. All the pupils were a mix of girls and boys from years 5 and 6, and all were ready to do battle for the trophies and coveted title of tournament champions!

 

Great games to get the children thinking. Fun, engaging, and competitive games for all.

A very good day.

Mr Fiddler, Y4/5, St. Patricks

 

The Morning

As we waited for the teams to arrive and get settled, we played a few different games from this years Imagination Gaming Family and Education Game Awards, a great way to get comfortable in new surroundings.

Games such as the new cooperative communication game Team 3 from Brain Games,(pictured above), and the hilarious Pigasus all about quick thinking and observation were just 2 of the many popular pre-tournament tasters.

 

Get Ready

Once everyone was settled it was time to learn some games that they may face in the afternoons tournament. (Of course we chose some new games, we didnt want the experienced game players from St Theresa's to have any advantage!!!)

We spend the morning learning a few games as a group first, then taking those games back to our teams to practice together. It's at this point the teams can perfect their strategies and help each other be confident with the task ahead and share their ideas.

Again more new games when it came to the tournament! Along with the serious, we put in plenty of the silly too, including Mosquito from Djeco (pictured above) ! Here competitors flip cards and race to react accordingly... whatever happens, the mosquito gets it! From the same company we also used Polyssimo Challenge, (pictured below), almost the exact opposite kind of game, as this thoughtful and logical game requires players to carefully examine shapes and not only piece them together to get the most in, but also strategically obstruct opponents from using their own.

 

My favourite thing was how the board games all needed you to use your brains (whilst being very fun)

Max, St. Wilfrid's

Amongst the 6 different games we ended up using in this tournament, there was also space for this Imagination Gaming classic favourite Zeus On The Loose from Gamewright and Coiledspring Games. A superb numbers game with beautifully themed cards that has been a stalwart of our curriculum and fun days since the first time we played it!

So What Happened?

Well some excellent gamesmanship happened, thats what! In the afternoon all the children were separated from their teams (and comfort zones) and put on a table with children from different schools for a carousel of competitive gaming.

It's fantastic to see just how they work together in this environment. A perfect mix of social integration as everyone battled to do their best, but still supported each other to succeed, even in combat!

 

But who won?!

Well, without further ado, here are your competitors and winners!

Firstly, massive congratulations to Laila from Emmaus for achieving the most individual points of any of todays players, a massive 22 out of 25... amazing! Well done you!...

 

Well done Laila, but who were the eventual overall team winners?!!! Well look at ALL these lovely teams below, and all will be revealed!

 

Firstly here's the team from St. Wilfrid's...

 

below is St. Theresa's

 

here's St. Maries...

 

and St. John Fisher...

 

Who else but Emmaus...

 

and last... but certainly not least because they were the eventual...

TOURNAMENT CHAMPIONS!!!
...St. Patrick's....

 

.... ERM!.... Unfortunately, St. Patrick's were unable to be here to accept their prize ( a photo permissions thing but go with it!...) but rest assured, they were over the moon and I'm sure they are still bragging about it now!!!!

 

Congratulations indeed to all the schools that attended, both children and teachers for their enthusiasm, and extra thanks for all the wonderful comments we received... we'll leave you with this one.

 

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