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Hazelwood's All Conquering Conker

Published Thursday 4th of November 2010 04:59:58 PM


Britains have been doing it since 1848.

Roald Dahl loved to do it

And now Hazelwood are doing it to dispel the myth that conkers are banned in school playground's across the country.

Hazelwood School, under the watchful eye of its new Head, Maxine Shaw, has launched its Conker Contest in partnership with Heart UK. The children had two weeks to practice before the knock out part of the competition began. Everyone was been given the rules of the game, hints and tips as to how to choose their best conker and prepare it for battle and a Heart UK red shoelace with the school making a donation to the national cholesterol charity.

The school's conker competition is very topical with Radio 4's Today programme recently bemoaning the demise of playground conkers and Maxine couldn't agree more. The dynamic Head launched the competition in order to save the traditional childhood game from extinction.

She added 'It's a great way to get the children outside in the countryside at weekends looking for their champion conker. It means Playstations are switched off and children are outside in the fresh air. From the practice sessions so far, everyone seems to be having fun and enjoying the element of competition. It's a close run thing between the boys and the girls with some interesting techniques in development!' She firmly believes that children cannot be wrapped up in cotton wool and whilst the school did undertake a risk assessment prior to launching the competition, she was happy for the pupils to be prepared for the odd bumped knuckle.

Oliver, from Hazelwood's Year 5, was the overall winner of the contest and received the inaugural Conker Conqueror trophy which the school had specially made to mark the occasion. There were also prizes for the gallant losers. Over 50 pupils took part and it is hoped to make it an annual event.
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