the weekly newsletter from Dr Ruth Weeks, Headmistress
Sports assembly rounds up Autumn Term
15 December 2017
The first sports assembly of the academic year was held recently at which sports captains for netball, gymnastics, swimming and hockey were invited to provide a short report on their sport this term.
Netball - Reported by Martha Liddiard, Games Captain, and Zoe Carver, Netball Captain:
The netball season was kick-started on 9 September with the U14 Netball Team competing at their first tournament of the season at Wrekin College. The girls finished in 3rd place overall with Megan Hardiman, Zoe Souter and Amber Lyttle all being awarded ‘Player of the Match’ awards in various matches throughout the tournament. A week later, an excited group of Year 8 and 9 netballers left school for an exciting Girls Schools’ Association netball residential at Condover Hall. Team EHS beat Moira House and Withington, sadly losing matches to Tormead and St Swithuns. On the second day of the tournament, our U14’s progressed through to the semi-finals where they narrowly lost 9-6 to The Chaning School.
October saw our U14, U15 and U18 teams all compete in their Birmingham Schools Netball Tournament. Our U18 and U15 teams both finished in 3rd, whilst our U14 Team narrowly lost to KEHS by one goal in the semi-finals.
During our Saturday fixture programme, our netballers have enjoyed playing KEHS, King Henrys, Saint Martin’s and Newcastle Under Lyme School with our U12 and U18 Teams both beating strong teams from Newcastle Under Lyme School. Our U16 team were victorious against King Henrys, whilst our Year 8 players won against Saint Martins, King Henrys, and KEHS. Our Year 7 team have remained undefeated this term, with big victories against our Saturday rivals and in their Kings Norton League matches. We hope they remain unbeaten next term; well done Year 7.
Girls at EHS have continued to play for their clubs outside of school with various girls across all age groups progressing to the next step on their performance pathway. Congratulations must go to Rosie Butts and Louisa Maynard who have both been selected for their respective U17 Super league Hubs - 7 Stars and Wasps.
Gymnastics and Trampolining - Emily Irving and Hannah Miller, Gymnastics Captains:
EHS gymnasts have been busy training this term, with many Year 7 players joining Senior Gym Club on Thursdays after school. With help from Eliza, our Gym Coach, and Miss Jacks, the girls have been working on their vaulting and floor routines. The air track continues to be very popular with the girls at training, with many girls practising their tumble passes.
Most recently, our Year 7 and 8 gymnasts enjoyed attending a workshop at the GMAC sports centre, organised with Jody Kime, a Great Britain Coach. The girls were introduced to new technical skills on the beam, bars and trampoline, as well as practising handsprings and front somersaults into the foam pits. Even Miss Jacks and Miss Roye had a go!
Outside of school, our elite gymnasts continue training and competing for their respective clubs with some girls also working towards their gymnastics coaching qualifications. Congratulations once again to Emily Irving and Amy Campbell who continue to amaze us all with their tumbling skills and successes.
Some of our gymnasts, GCSE and A Level PE students have also had the opportunity to compete in a Trampolining competition this term against other schools from Birmingham and the West Midlands. Trampolinists had to perform two routines in front of six judges. Although very nervous, the girls performed very well on the day. Emily Irving finished in 1st place, progressing through to the Regional Stage of the competition in January; we wish her every success with this.
In the summer, many of you were awarded your half colours or full colours in various sports. There was however one half colour award that was not presented in this event in the summer. The PE department would therefore like to award Mollie Hewison her half colours in gymnastics from the summer term.
Hockey Report - provided by Heather Crombie and Agnes Wilkes:
Year 7 have relished the opportunity to learn how to play hockey this term, whilst our Year 8 students have enjoyed learning new tactics and team work when playing 11-a-side. They have enjoyed learning from the Sixth Form who have helped Ms Vann with training. The highlight of the hockey season this term is the U18 Team winning 2 nil against Saint Martin’s.
The U14, U15 and U18 teams all played well in their respective Birmingham Schools tournament this half term. Various hockey players in all year groups to continue to attend County Training. With numerous end of season tournaments approaching, we hope girls will continue to train on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings next term.
Swimming Report - Isabella Amendola, Swimming Captain and Cerys Stotts, Lifesaving Captain:
Early Morning Swimming continues to be popular, with all year groups represented on Wednesday mornings. Swimmers in Key Stage 3 have taken part in several galas this term with various successes. Towards the start of term, our Year 7 and 8 teams placed 40th out of 216 teams in the English Schools’ Relays, a fantastic achievement, and just four places outside national qualification times.
Not to be outdone, our Year 9 swimmers then joined the Year 7 and 8 teams in a gala against Saint Martin’s School. Team EHS won overall, with the highest winning margin in 10 years: 170 points to 112 points. Well done to all the swimmers that achieved this record!
With plenty of galas competed, our Year 7 and 8 combined team of Lowri Bevan, Daisy Bevan, Carys Hayes, Jemima Jackson and Jahnvi Patel participated in the prestigious Warwick 50’s. Our swimmers were exceptional, placing 2nd in backstroke, 3rd in freestyle and 5th in the Individual Medley from 20 schools.
Elsewhere in the swimming pool, Mrs Link has continued to run a very popular lifesaving club on Monday after school. Girls have been working towards their Rookie Life Awards with various girls successfully completing their Silver and Bronze Awards.
The following girls have been awarded their Rookie Bronze Award 1, 2 and 3:
The following girls have been awarded their Rookie Silver Award 1, 2 and 3:
Our November Sporting Star award is presented to Vismard Kaur for her achievements in Taekwondo. Vismard recently took part in the British Championships successfully progressing through to the final which she won. Vismard will now train with the British Squad in Loughborough.
Our December Sporting Star award is awarded to Louisa Maynard. Earlier on this term Louisa was selected to represent the Wasps Netball Academy Birmingham hub. Last weekend, Louisa took part in the opening round of matches, beating the Coventry hub 46-22. Not only did Louisa play fantastically well, she was also elected as Team Captain.
Outstanding Sporting achievement in the Autumn Term is awarded to Year 11 student Asmita, an exceptional Badminton player. She has been very busy this term competing in various tournaments at U17 level. Asmita has recently represented England at the U17 European Badminton Championships in Prague where she played in the singles, doubles and mixed doubles tournaments. Asmita’s team finished in 3rd place out of 34 competing countries and they were awarded bronze medals.
The Autumn Term has been a very busy and successful one. We hope our squads enjoy a well-deserved break over the holidays ready for a return to training in January.
Head of P.E.