On Tuesday 13th October, Newton Abbot College hosted over 150 primary school pupils taking part in the Year 2 ‘Bisi’ Badminton Festival. Bisi Badminton is run in accordance with the National Curriculum, encouraging core skills such as running, jumping, throwing, catching and hand-eye coordination.
Guided by College Student Leaders, pupils were put through their paces, participating in 10 separate activities through the session, including racket practice and hurdle jumping.
Year 2 pupil, Sam, said of the event ‘I had lots of fun and really enjoyed myself. My favourite activity was the balloons and racquet game. The Newton Abbot College students were really kind and helped us. It has been so cool!’
Enthusiasm for the event was mirrored in Year 9 College student, Oscar Tettmar: ‘All the primary school pupils have been really enthusiastic and a lot of fun to work with. Being a Student Leader at Newton Abbot College is a fantastic experience; it teaches you how to be an effective leader and the College really helps to bring out fantastic qualities in you right from the start of Year 7 onwards.’
PE teacher and event organiser, Ian Patchett, concluded "It was fantastic to see so many local primary schools take this opportunity to attend the Bisi Festival. The interaction between pupils and Student Leaders was great to see and it was a fantastic opportunity for young people from different primary schools to meet and share experiences. Newton Abbot College is extremely proud to be able to welcome such a large number of pupils from the wider community to learn in such a fun and diverse way.’