Sport & Wellbeing
The wellbeing of our pupils and providing a happy and productive learning environment are the foundation stones of the Junior School.
Small class sizes allow teachers to build warm, positive relationships with pupils. This is a highly nurturing ethos which is delivered by staff whose care and dedication is readily evident every day.
Pupils’ wellbeing is closely monitored, and appropriate pastoral support is quickly put in place should it be necessary. We work with the Emotional Health Academy, who will provide support to pupils, parents and staff. This may take the form of parent sessions, pupil groups or tutor sessions, one-to-ones or working with families where there is a need. They will provide support to ensure the mental wellbeing of all those involved in the St Gabriel's community.
We encourage all our pupils, whatever their ability, to participate in the wide range of sports we offer.
We recognise the value of sport in developing teamwork, confidence and leadership, as well as for its physical benefits and simple enjoyment. The PE curriculum includes football, gymnastics, athletics, tennis, netball, tag rugby, cricket, rounders and swimming. From Year 4, competitive matches against other local independent schools take place on Wednesday afternoons, with other regional and national competitions running throughout the year. In addition, we access a broader range of sports such as archery, bowling and cycling through membership of the West Berkshire Sports Network.
School teams may be boys, girls or mixed depending on the nature of the event and pupils are always very proud to represent their school.