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Senior School Autumn Term Sports Report

14 December 2018

The Senior School Autumn Term Sports Report celebrates individual and team performances this term. Further awards, cups and colours will be awarded in our Sports Personality assembly at the end of the summer term. 

Hockey 

Hockey club has seen an increase in numbers attending practices on Mondays after school. We have enjoyed coaching from Miss Vann and Mrs Batchelor, as well as Dr Rajp who has challenged us to move the ball on a bit quicker when we receive it. We have also enjoyed being coached by the Welsh International Hwyl. All age groups have enjoyed playing fixtures against other schools. Year 7 played their first hockey matches against Princethorpe in October, whilst the Senior Team enjoyed playing, and beating KEHS 1 nil in November.  

Another highlight from this term was Christmas Hockey Fun which saw all age groups playing hockey matches together in mixed teams, all dressed up, with each team dressing up as characters from the nativity scene. Despite very close games, Dr Rajp’s team were declared the overall winners. Prizes were also awarded to the best dressed in each team. Well done to Amreece Mangat, Jaya Pindra and Lucille Sutton. 

Gymnastics 

Record numbers of girls have been attending our recreational gymnastics club that takes place on Monday lunchtimes.  We are really enjoying leading this club as it allows us to develop our coaching and communication skills.  Gymnastics club has continued to be popular after school on Tuesdays.  Our gymnastics teams have been working towards either the novice gym competition that EHS hosted in November, or working on their team performances for the Milano British Schools Team Gymnastics Competition in Stoke.  We had four different age groups entering this competition – U11, U13, U16 and U19.  Each team of three gymnasts performed a group routine consisting of complex, synchronised floor skills and acrobatic balances.  Both the U16 and U19 teams have qualified for National Finals in February, with Mollie Hewison and Charlotte Miller both finishing first individually in their age groups.  

Numerous girls attending gym club also compete and train for their clubs outside of school and we are very proud of them and their individual performances, the PE department look forward to hearing more about your successes in the new year.

Netball 

Netball training has taken on a very different format this year, with all age groups training on a Wednesday night until 6pm with training sessions focusing on skill and tactical development, as well as fitness and game play.   

As well as playing in the Kings Norton League matches this year, our U15 and U13 teams have taken part in the ‘Sisters in Sport’ National Competition. Both teams have played incredibly well, winning their 3rd round matches against Bedford Girls School and Queen Elizabeth’s in Derbyshire. Sadly, the U13 team lost against Solihull School in the 4th round.  In the Kings Norton League, all age groups have played consistently with some good wins and lots of goals scored against local schools.  Next term will see the final few league matches played before various end of season tournaments in March.

Last week, Netball Christmas Fun was introduced for the first time with a Christmas dress up theme. The event was a huge success with some excellent costumes. We even had Emma Henderson and Amber Lyttle wearing matching reindeer onesies! The victorious team on the night was the Jingle Ballers who have already received their prize. After much deliberation, we agreed that the prizes for ‘Best Dressed’ should be awarded to Heather Crombie, who played dressed as a Christmas Pudding, and Amreece Mangat who dressed as Santa.  

Swimming 

Lifesaving club at EHS continues to be very popular with girls working towards various awards. The following girls have been awarded their Rookie Silver 1, 2 & 3- Diya Hanji, Abby Hurley and Stephanie Kail. The following girls have been awarded their Bronze Medallion- Bethan Harrison, Marianne Kail and Charlotte Meek. The following girls have been awarded their Silver Medallion. Well done to Anya Avasthy and Persia Shoja-Assadi.

Our swimmers have enjoyed a successful term, winning their first gala against Saint Martins. Highlight of the term was the Junior Team competing in the ESSA relays at Blue Coat, where they performed brilliantly and secured a fast enough time to qualify for national finals. These finals took part at the London Aquatic Centre, home of the swimming and diving at London 2012, in the middle of November. The team consisting of Poppy Cousins, Daisy Bevan, Jemima Jackson, Carys Hayes enjoyed swimming in this arena.  They successfully knocked three seconds off their time which is a tremendous achievement.  

At EHS, as well as recognising our team’s achievements, the PE department also like to hear of individual successes in sport outside of school. We are always delighted to hear of girls participating in a new sport or club outside of school and working towards their own personal goals at whatever level they compete in. Well done to Lexi Byrne, in Year 8 who has been selected for the Wasps U19 hub despite being 13 years old.  

We are also happy to provide opportunities for girls to develop their leadership skills through sport and are delighted that a large number of girls have been awarded their Level 1 Award in Sports Leadership.  Well done to Omala Abrol, Ericka Ani-Denteh, Lucy Atkins, Natalia Barrios-Mejia, Simran Basi, Tahjai Brown, Liberty Brown, Milly Corbett, Imogen Crawford, Francesca Draper, Ellie Egan-Williams, Layla Foster, Olivia Grice, Megan Hardiman, Emma Henderson, Esher Kalra, Fareedat Kenyon, Caitlin Kisumba, Amber Lyttle, Gracie McKeever, Charlotte Meek, Ishani Patel, Grace Regan-Elson and Zoe Souter.  

This term has seen two of our elite performers take on the world in their respective sports and we have enjoyed sharing their successes with you in the lead up to their World Championships selections. Asmita Chaudhari has enjoyed the experience of competing at U19 level this year in Badminton and we hope that she can take a wealth of experience away from all of her competitions this term. Amy Campbell has also enjoyed another fantastic year on the tumble track, culminating in her selection for Russia where she performed brilliantly. Well done to both Asmita and Amy.

As the Autumn Term comes to an end, we are delighted to announce our end of term sporting star award.  The P.E. department would like to award this prize jointly to Katie Henderson and Emma Henderson for their commitment, dedication and enthusiasm for school sport at EHS. Very well done, girls.

Merry Christmas everyone!   

Mrs Parsons
 

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