the weekly newsletter from Dr Ruth Weeks, Headmistress
Senior School Easter Sports Report
03 May 2019
Welcome to our Easter term sports report.
2019 marks the end of another successful netball season for EHS. Teams from Year 7 to 11 have competed well in the Kings Norton League with the following stand out results; Year 7 beat University School 26-1, Year 8 beat Five Ways 29-5, Year 9 beat Five Ways 26-6 and the Seniors beat Swanshurst 28-9. We have also achieved excellent results in the 'Sisters in Sport' National Cup where some of the top netball schools in the country compete across the U13 and U15 age groups. Our U15 team travelled to Derby and managed to win their second round fixture by one goal in a nail-biting match against Queen Elizabeth's Grammar School.
The U13 team travelled down to Bedford and played some exceptional netball to make it through to the fourth round; our highest finish yet. Outside of school, a number of girls have been selected to represent Birmingham County and we look forward to seeing them progress to regional hub trials. We would like to thank all of the netballers for their hard work and commitment this year; next season already looks exciting with the prestigious GSA tournament taking place in September.
All hockey teams have attended after school club enthusiastically this term with numbers continuing to grow and new members joining all the time. We have had fewer matches during this term but the U18 team have played KEHS and won by 1 goal to nil. A special mention goes to Anna Litchfield and Marie-Eve Kavanagh who have both been working on their Level 1 Sports Leaders award at hockey club this term.
EHS continue to shine in Gymnastics. The U16 and U19 teams made it through to represent the West Midlands in the National Milano Finals at the start of the month.
The girls performed to the best of their ability with the U16 team of Issy Birch, Charlotte Miller, Mollie Hewison and Nyah Khera placing 9th and the U19 team of Ellie Hewison, Emily Irving and Hannah Miller placing 7th. To be ranked this highly in the country is an incredible achievement!
Girls have continued to enjoy attending Dance club after school on Mondays and Junior dance club on Thursday lunchtimes. Girls have been polishing up their dance performance for the Great Big Dance Off and the Dance Platform event that EHS hosted recently.We were delighted to hear that EHS has successfully made it through to the regional finals of the Great Big Dance Off that took place straight after half term. For many of our dancers it was their first experience of dancing on a big stage at the Alexandra Theatre, in front of an audience. Our dancers performed extremely well on the night.
Girls have continued to work on their foil and epee this term, under the excellent guidance and coaching from Professor Northam. On Sunday 3 March, EHS fencers were entered into a competition at King Edwards School. Anula Oates, Hemma Lalli and Valentina Barrios-Meja were all entered into the Under 14 event, whilst Persia Shoja-Assadi, Hermione Hooper, Parneet Pandher and Natalia Barrios-Meja were entered into the over 14’s event. Professor Northam was delighted with their performance and we were delighted to hear that Persia was awarded a medal and best in pool for her performance throughout the competition.
Following the team’s successful appearance at the National Schools Swimming Championships in November at the Olympic pool in London, Team EHS attended to more pressing matters closer to home with the usual hotly contested Gala against KEHS. There were some fine performances in both the A and B teams, in particular Tia Ilic, May Hadley and Katie King. The result was an overwhelming victory for Years 7, 8 and 9 A and B teams.
A week later, following on from this strong result, our Year 7 and 8 swimmers attended the annual Warwick school competition. The best swimming schools from the whole Midlands attend this gala and there are no prizes for second. Team EHS was outstanding, winning both the freestyle relay, Medley relay and Butterfly. Daisy Bevan also swam inside the British National time for Butterfly. Congratulations must go to Jemima Jackson, Carys Hayes, Daisy Bevan and Poppy Couzens for this fantastic performance.
The final swimming event of the term was the annual Bromsgrove relays. 64 girls and boys teams from across the West Midlands attend this event and the standard is very high. Our Year 8 team including Poppy Couzens from Year 7, and our Year 6 team from Prep attended the event. Both teams finished second in their heats and progressed to the finals in both events. Team EHS competed brilliantly and the Year 8 team were runner up in the Medley Relay and finished as Champions in the Freestyle relay. Our school has never won this event for this age group so this is a fantastic achievement.
Girls continue to work on their rookie lifesaving awards with Mrs Link and the following girls have achieved their Rookie Bronze 1, 2 & 3 - Anna Butler, Maddie Bowler, Renee Henry, Siena Henry, Karishma Mangal, Zhala Rahman-Jackson, Carmen Sanchez-Diamente. The following girls have achieved their Rookie Gold 1, 2 & 3 - Georgina Day, Hannah Mehr, Diya Hani, Isabel Jones, Abigail Tomlinson. The following girls have achieved their Rookie Life Support - Ameera Muhammad, Esha Binning, Stephanie Kail, Lauren Hurley.
The lifesaving girls attended the Rookie Challenge on 2nd March in Droitwich. We entered two teams in the Under 14 age category and this meant the girls were up against 14 year old boys in some of the teams. As it was the first gala for some of them they found the events quite challenging but worked as a team to do their best. We came 10th and 11th respectively; the girls enjoyed the event and many parents came to watch.
Earlier this half term, our GCSE PE students attended a revision conference in preparation for their summer examinations. At the end of the conference, each school is represented in a quiz by one of their students. Vismard Kaur was our representative and we were delighted when she made it into the final round, correctly answering a range of examination style questions. She then went head to head in a tiebreak question and was the only pupil to successfully answer the final question.
Sporting Star Award
This term has seen some amazing team and individual performances both inside and outside of school. This term’s Sporting Star honour is awarded to a performer in Key Stage 3 who has displayed great commitment and dedication to school sport this term, often playing for school on a Saturday before rushing off to various other matches and training. Congratulations to Tea Ilic.
Our final presentation this morning is our Games Captain who will replace Heather Crombie when she leaves next term. I would like to thank Games Captain Heather Crombie for all of the work she has done for the P.E. department this year. She has attended all practises for netball and hockey without fail and has continued to represent the school in both sports throughout the year. We also thank our Gymnastics Captains, Emily Irving and Hannah Miller who, like Heather, have continued to represent EHS at regional and national competitions throughout their time at EHS, balancing their school commitments with competitions and training. They have also been excellent role models to younger pupils, assisting with gymnastics club at lunchtime and after school. Similarly, we would like to extend our thanks to Natasha Carmichael, Isabella Amendola and Zoe Carver for their commitment to their respective sports during their time in sixth form, often helping at training and with fixtures. All sports captains have been outstanding sports ambassadors for EHS and we thank them for their dedication.
We are pleased to announce that Maeve Taheny will take over as our new Games Captain when Heather goes on study leave next term. Congratulations, Maeve.
Head of P.E.