the weekly newsletter from Dr Ruth Weeks, Headmistress
Sports Assembly rounds up a successful Spring Term
29 March 2018
During the Spring Term the Senior School Netball, Hockey and Gymnastics teams have been busy training and preparing for competitions and end of season tournaments. We have enjoyed a successful term and we look forward to sharing these successes with you this morning. I will now hand over to the sports captains how will share their reports with you.
Hockey players in Years 7-9 have continued to enjoy their training sessions this term and have started to focus on tactics ready for their end of season tournaments. Year 7 players enjoyed their first experience of playing 7 a side hockey against Saint Martins, with our two Year 7 Goal Keepers - Emmie McLaughlan and Amelie Moylan - being awarded ‘player of the match’ for their outstanding saves throughout the game. In their end of season tournament, the team played very well, finishing in 4th place out of 6 schools.
Year 8 have been playing a mixture of 7 a side and 11 a side games this term whilst Year 9 have been focusing on playing 11 a side matches. In their final game of the season, the Year 8 players beat KE Fiveways 1 nil with an outstanding goal from Molly Roberts. In end of season tournaments, our U18s, U15s and U13s all finished 3rd against strong opposition. We hope that all of our hockey players consider joining local clubs and playing some summer league matches in preparation for the next academic year.
In the Novice Competition in January our Year 7 team came 2nd overall with Sheau-en winning a medal on floor. In Year 9, Freya Arden medalled on vault whilst Tahjai Brown medalled on floor.
At regional finals at the end of January our U19 Trio enjoyed great success. They won their age group, qualifying them for national finals. Last weekend, at nationals the trio performed exceptionally well and were rewarded, with finishing 12th overall, our highest finish at nationals in this age group. Well done to Amy Campbell for stepping in to replace an injured Emily Irving.
Also at regionals, our U13 team also qualified for national finals in their age group. We wish them good luck in May. At regionals, both Mollie Hewison and Emily
Irving were placed in their age group and were presented with medals at the end of the competition.
In the Birmingham Schools competition held at EHS recently, the Year 7 team came 2nd overall with Mollie Hewison winning overall. The Year 8 team also performed well and Izzy Birch came 1st on floor.
Last week, we took 32 pupils to watch the Gymnastics World Cup at the Birmingham Arena. This event saw two British gymnasts take on gymnasts from Brazil, China, Germany, Japan and the USA. Each gymnast competed on every discipline and we witnessed some riveting routines. Throughout the event, our two British gymnasts were neck and neck and we enjoyed cheering them on. We were all really happy when it was announced that they finished in 3rd and 4th place respectively. Thank you to all of the staff that accompanied the trip and to Miss Jacks for organising it.
Year 7 have continued to have a very successful end to their already amazing start last term. The A team have remained undefeated in all of their league matches, finishing in 1st place overall. Their highlights of the season include beating Camp Hill 18-1, winning all their Saturday fixtures and beating KEHS twice this season and losing only one game all season in their County tournament. Lexi Byrne and Lucille Sutton have been awarded the greatest number of ‘Player of the Match’ nominations in their respective teams. The B team again have had an enjoyable second half to their season, beating KEHS ‘B’ team, drawing 3-3 with KE Fiveways and narrowly missing out on the semi-finals in their County Tournament.
Year 8 have enjoyed a number of league and Saturday fixtures this term. Highlights of their season include beating Saint Martins 32-7 and placing first in the Kings
Norton League. Abida Mohamed has been awarded the greatest number of ‘Player of the Match’ nominations.
Year 9 finished 2nd in their Kings Norton League, narrowly missing out to Camp Hill. Their best result was a win against Kings Norton 20-7. In their Birmingham Schools tournament, they missed out on regional qualification by just one goal. Emma Henderson has been awarded the greatest number of ‘Player of the Match’ nominations.
Not to be outdone, our Seniors have also had a successful season with the Year 11s finishing just ahead of the Year 10s in the Kings Norton League. In their Birmingham
Schools tournament, both teams performed well with both teams missing out on a place in the semi-finals. Highlight of their season was beating Newcastle Under Lyme
School 17-10. Louisa Maynard and Olivia Gayle have been awarded the greatest number of ‘Player of the Match’ nominations.
In May, we look forward to our annual netball trip to watch a super league match.
Swimming & Lifesaving
At Mrs Link’s Lifesaving and Swimming clubs, girls have continued to develop their skills in the water. Four girls completed their Bronze Medallion Award on Monday 19 March - congratulations to Anya Avasthy, Anya Oates, Laura Head and Persia Shohj-Assadi.
A few weeks ago, two lifesaving teams entered the annual Lifesaving Splash Competition for the Warwickshire Branch. Georgina Day, Abigail Tomlinson and Isabel Jones really got into the spirit of the theme which was Animals and Saving our Seas. They dressed as penguins for the fancy dress competition and won! Congratulations to them and well done for a great effort. Our other competitors, Emily James, Lauren Hurley, Abby Hurley, Emmie Maclaughlin and Ameera Muhammed swam and demonstrated their lifesaving skills brilliantly for their first lifesaving competition.
Also in the swimming pool, our Junior swimmers have been enjoying multiple wins in various galas against KEHS and Highclare. More recently at the Bromsgrove Invitational relays, our Year 7 & 8 team consisting of Lowri Bevan, Daisy Bevan, Jemima Jackson and Cerys Hayes came 4th out of 20 schools. This is a fantastic achievement.
Last weekend, Jemima Jackson competed in the National Finals of the Biathlon at Crystal Palace. This event saw Jemima complete a run and swim against very stiff opposition. Jemima knocked six seconds off her run time and also got a PB in the water. She was incredibly proud to wear her ‘Team EHS’ kit and we were delighted with how well she performed.
Sport Relief Dance-a-thon
To support Sport Relief this year, all students have been fundraising by taking part in a Dance-a-thon in their PE lessons. Students have been encouraged to get sponsored for the event and we shall announce how much money has been raised next term.
Two weeks ago saw EHS Dancers from Year 1, 3, 5 and 7 as well as our GCSE and A Level dancers come together to perform at the Dance Show. The GCSE and A Level dancers showcased their examination performances ready for their final assessments. Choreography was excellent throughout and we were thoroughly entertained by Year 7’s Haka performance. Well done to all the dancers.
Spring Term ‘Sporting Star’ Award
Each month we have been presenting the ‘Sporting Star’ award and we end the Spring Term by presenting the Spring Term Award. This award goes to Ruby Abbas, a dancer who performed exceptionally at the Dance Show both as a solo performer and in a group performance, as well as choreographing some of the dances. She has also contributed huge amounts to the department in Dance throughout her time at EHS. She is an outstanding dancer and we are delighted that she will be continuing with her Dance next year at Trinity Laban.
Games Captain 2018-19
We are pleased to announce that the new next Games Captain for academic year 2018-19 will be Heather Crombie in Year 12 who takes on the mantle from Martha Liddiard.
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