IT WAS a closing ceremony fit to celebrate the end of a fantastic week of sport for youngsters.
The achievements of thousands of school pupils was recognised at the grand finale of the Havant Rotary School Games at Horizon Leisure Centre yesterday.
The event began with performances from schools whose pupils showed off with singing dance, and drama. And a combination of all three came in an extract from the musical Hairspray by Park Community School.
Later the winners of the biggest school sporting event Havant has ever seen were announced. Over the past week all 48 schools in Havant borough – more than 16,500 students – took part in sporting events at venues across Portsmouth and Havant.
They played tennis, football, beach volleyball, golf, swimming and athletics.
It began on Sunday with a fun run which the public could enter.
The winner of that was Horndean Junior School.
Stakes Hill Infants School, in Waterlooville, clinched the highest points over the week to win the infant school trophy.
In the junior school section Horndean Junior School walked away with the top prize again.
It was Morelands Primary School, in Waterlooville, which came first in the primary school section.
But the biggest cheers came when it was announced that Warblington School, in Havant, had beaten stiff competition to win the senior school trophy.
Warblington PE teacher Sean Aldridge, who helped organise the sporting events, said: ‘The opportunity to do this has been fantastic and the support between the schools, especially for the athletics days at the Mountbatten Centre, has been brilliant.
‘All the schools have worked together on this which I think we can all be proud of.’
It wasn’t just sporting success which was recognised.
Each school nominated six pupils who have shown Olympic spirit in other ways.
Shirley Varnish, president of Havant Rotary, said: ‘It’s been a year’s worth of hard work to put it all together but it’s been worth it. What an amazing event. The teachers have asked us if we will do it again next year.’