On Saturday we hosted the schools gala for the 11th time. This year four schools took part, St Joseph's,
Boxgrove, Holy Trinity and St. Thomas's. The children all enjoyed themselves with lots of smiles all
around, usually mixed with nerves before the start and then with pure happiness at the end regardless of their
I think I will remember for a long time to come the sight of parents jumping up from their chairs screaming and
shouting at the Boxgrove and Holy Trinity swimmers on the last leg of the 12 swimmer squadron as they charged
down the final leg neck and neck. The parents stood up in Mexican wave style as the swimmers went passed them
and then the children from both schools jumped as one as the swimmers touched at the end. It was so close and a
wonderfully exciting finish to the squadron. I was at the other end of the pool and could not tell who won, I
don't really care, the memory of all those excited supporters will stay long after the result has been
forgotten (that and the massive water fight going on outside in the newly refurbished paddling pool!).
For the record Boxgrove won the overall gala, followed by HT, St. Thomas's and then St. Joes.
A huge thanks to Debs and Caroline once again for putting on the event and to all of the WV parents and
volunteers who helped on the day