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Christ Church (Erith)

C of E Primary School

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Swimming Gala

On Wednesday 4th June Year 5 students from St Paul’s and Canterbury went to the Erith Leisure Centre to participate in a swimming gala. There was a range of races ranging from the float race to  freestyle.


The gala was an amazing experience…when you came up for air you could hear your name being chanted. It was enjoyable watching other people and cheering them. (William)

It was my turn, I was doing the float race. You had to hold a float in front of you and kick your legs. I was scared and excited at the same time. Thankfully I won and got 5 points. When I hi-fived and showed my year 5 teammates my card some of them thought I had come fifth!!! (Vanessa)

I was in the piggyback race with Humna.  As I walked closer to the pool, my heart raced faster and faster... I slowly got into the pool then Humna carefully got on my back. She was quite light so it was quite easy. Suddenly the lady holding the whistle blew it and I ran for my life. Humna was very worried that she would fall over but I held her tight. We were leading . All the others were far behind. There was only one metre left and then  I hit the line. The crowd was full of cheering, even the other schools. It felt like Christmas…


Christ Church came third out of five schools, which was an amazing achievement especially as they were competing against year 6 children. The children were incredibly supportive and encouraging and had a wonderful time. At the end, Mrs Charge and I were beaming with pride at our outstanding children.

(Mr Watson)