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Sports College Latest News: February 2018

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Report from Head of Physical Education

A short half term but one that has still seen seventy-seven fixtures in five and a half weeks. Reports from Mr Russell and Mrs Davis will provide more details for you.

As a reminder can we please encourage parents to ensure that your child has adequate clothing for outdoor lessons. Our kit has a number of items to keep pupils warm but some pupils are still turning up to lessons in January with just t-shirts and their shorts or skorts. The introduction of leggings for girls PE has proved popular with a number of girls now wearing these. As a reminder, they need to be plain, black full length
leggings. Only a small logo is permitted. For Year 10 and 11 they can be used all year round but for Year 7-9 only for the colder months.

We are also looking to update our fitness equipment and as a school have been granted £300 towards buying new items to help encourage pupils in Year 10 and 11. The money will be spent on Boxercise equipment and new Yoga mats – both activities that will be offered to Year 10 and 11. We are also looking for any cardio equipment that you might have at home that is in good condition, is fairly robust and you would be happy to donate to us! Rowing
machines, running machines, exercise bikes or steppers are the sort of items we are looking for.

In addition to the fixtures we have had a number of trips being run this half term. Twelve students from upper school helped to officiate at the National U14 Panathlon Swimming finals at the London Aquatic Centre– an event for students with a range of disabilities.

A group of fifty Year 8 students helped out at the Primary School Year 4 Superstars competition – a competition they would have taken part in themselves a few years ago. This involved students interacting with younger pupils and giving them instructions, timing them, recording scores and encouraging them as well as adapting activities where necessary.

We were also lucky enough to have JJ Jegede, British Long Jumper, come in and run an indoor training session for our long and triple jumpers. This was a technical session which worked on core strength, quality of drills and more technical jumping practices as well as the use of video analysis.

As we move into the next half term we will have a number of important knock out matches and games. The winter sports will come to an end and look out for the summer sports with athletics, tennis and cricket all starting.

Mrs J Ferguson

Head of Physical Education

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Report from Head of Girls' Physical Education

Although only short, this half term has been very busy. We have had fantastic football success with our U14 team making the semi-final of the Essex Cup and the same year group maintain their unbeaten record in the league. We have also experienced some futsal for the first time and pupils have enjoyed playing this game. KS3 pupils have been enjoying the Dome during curriculum lessons developing their football skills as we continue to see the sport grow.

Netball continues to be very popular with all age groups enjoying very competitive fixtures in the league. Year 7 students have recently received their new dresses that they have purchased and will be wearing these for all fixtures in the future. The netball league comes to a close next half term and Years 7, 8, and 9 will enjoy their District rallies as their finale. Sixth form netball has continued to be successful and pupils will enjoy their last school fixture after the half term break against KEGS.

Basketball has been very busy this half term. All year groups have enjoyed MESSSA and Essex Cup games. Our Year 7 team continues to develop as they learn from experience and our Year 8 girls had a phenomenal game to make the Essex Cup semi-finals. Year 9 are playing in the next stage of the Essex Cup as well as competing in the National competition. Our KS4 girls are enjoying playing and gaining valuable video evidence for their GCSE PE studies.

The swimming pool is still very busy with a number of galas still to take place. Students more recently took part in the Relay Galas where we had a number of successes. Our water confidence class is still running with students improving their swimming all the time. It is fantastic to watch how quickly this class learns and progresses to their 25m swim. We thank Mrs Algar for her continued support in running this class.

We have been pleased with our student’s commitment to improving their fitness in all sporting areas. Cross country club in particular has had a continued strong presence from students in the morning. We look forward to Year 7 and 8 competing in another competition after half term.

Contracted athletes is proving to be very successful. This club not only supports all sports during the winter season it also prepares our students for the summer season and in particular athletics. We look forward to athletics starting in some curriculum lesson after half term and also after school. Our
Monday night sessions will be focused around specific athletic disciplines for students to either try for the first time or to develop their level of skill or knowledge.

Our dance club on a Wednesday evening with Miss Hard is fantastic. Students are developing their dance bank and producing great dances. This is very popular and enjoyed by everyone who attends.

Mr Macaulay works very hard with our students at badminton club on a Wednesday morning. He has significantly developed their skills and game play. He ensures that students develop their skills as well as their knowledge of the game and the rules.
Students in KS4 have also been attending this club to gain valuable expertise to achieve higher end marks in their GCSE PE studies.
GCSE PE students in Year 10 and 11 have been working hard in their theoretical studies and Year 11 are preparing for their practical examinations after half term. It is essential that pupils taking GCSE PE gain video evidence of themselves performing in a fully competitive situation in order to maximise their marks. Our Level 2 BTEC students have also been working very hard in completing various different tasks to ensure they achieve their highest grade.

Students will again change activities for PE after half term. Can we please ask that pupils check the Programmes of Study board to ensure they know what activity they will be doing and that they have the correct PE kit. It is essential that students dress appropriately for PE. In cold weather we
encourage PE jumpers and either plain black tracksuit bottoms or plain black leggings.

We have been very pleased with how students have embraced the extra-curricular programme in this short half term.
We would still like to encourage anyone who has not tried a club in the PE department to come along and give one a go. Our clubs are fun and open to everyone to join in.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank the pupils for their continued hard work and also parents for your support in bringing your children to clubs and collecting them.

Mrs Davis

Head of Girls PE

Report from Head of Boys' Physical Education

Although a short half term, another extremely busy five weeks in Boys PE. Effort levels have been excellent and attendance at clubs has been superb. I always feel that the preparation and time that all of the boys give, really pays dividends at this time of the year when the winter sports begin to come to a climax with Semi- Finals and Finals being played in a vast array of sports and competitions.

Year 7 and 8 boys have had a really strong term, with both age groups progressing into the next stages of the county football cup. Year 7 in
particular making it three consecutive years in a row that the same age group has made it through to the final four in the county. A competition entered by such a vast amount of schools is a tremendous achievement. Year 8 hope to emulate the younger year with a tough Quarter Final on the Wednesday before we break up against King John school in Benfleet which we wish them all of the best with.

Saturday morning football fixtures against KEGS and St. Martins have also given a wide range of boys the opportunity to play and represent the school
producing some excellent performances.

Basketball has been our most popular activity this half term with Mid Essex as well as county cup competitions taking place. The Mid Essex format has also provided students to represent the school and to continue to make all sports as inclusive for all is something we are always keen to encourage. 
Year 7, 8 and 9 all have county basketball quarter finals to play, while Year 10 and 11 suffered narrow defeats in the same round, playing some nice
basketball but just missing out by the odd basket. 

Rugby at Great Baddow has seen Saturday friendly fixtures Vs St. Martins for all age groups, as well as waterfall tournaments for Year 7 and 8. Both age groups had Mid Essex competitions in preparation for the county waterfall festivals after half term. All year groups have the annual 7s festivals after half term which try to encourage free flowing attacking rugby that makes it both exciting and enjoyable for the boys who have the opportunity to take part.

Three swimming competitions have taken place this half term which have involved fixtures against Moulsham and Boswells as well as the
annual Mid Essex relays where all year groups had to opportunity to take part. A gala against Brentwood is coming up after half term to continue the good progress made by the students in the pool.

Gymnastics training and attendance has been excellent since September and I know a lot of the boys are looking forward to the gymnastics competition that takes place after half term.

Cross Country continues to go from strength to strength with the upcoming Year 7 and 8 boys even at Stubbers activity centre and huge congratulations to Alex Wall who will represent Essex in an upcoming event after an exceptional performance for Mid Essex gained him his place.

Students will again change activities for PE after half term. Can we please ask that they check the Programmes of Study board to ensure they know what activity they will be doing and that they have the correct PE kit. It is essential that students dress appropriately for PE. In cold weather we encourage black tracksuit bottoms.

We have been very pleased with how students have embraced the extra-curricular programme in this short half term. We would still like to encourage anyone who has not tried a club in the PE department to come along and give one a go. Our clubs are fun and open to everyone to join in.
We would like to take this opportunity to thank the pupils for their continued hard work and also parents for your support in bringing your children to clubs and collecting them.

 

Mr A Russell

Head of Boys PE

Gold School Games Mark

School Games Mark GoldThe School Games Mark is a Government led award scheme launched in 2012 in the run up to the London Olympics. It’s designed to reward schools for their commitment to the development of competition across their school and into the community. Schools in England are able to assess themselves across Bronze, Silver and Gold levels.

The Games Mark criteria cover a wide range of areas and it aims to increase participation in competition across the board and not just the select few.

Questions include;

What percentage of young people in your school are engaged in extra-curricular sporting activity every week?

  • On average over seven hundred extra-curricular sporting opportunities are undertaken by our Great Baddow students.

How many sports does your school provide Level 1 (Intra) competition?

  • At GBHS we offer twenty different sports throughout the year, clearly surpassing the target set by Games Mark of ten.

How many sports does your school provide Level 2 (Inter/against other schools) competition.

  • Again Great Baddow High School were well and truly clear of this target (six) as we take part in thirteen different level 2 competitions.

Other questions include, providing information on ‘B’ and ‘C’ teams and what percentage of students have an opportunity to ‘Learn to Lead’ through PE. Thanks to our close links with the Chelmsford School Sport Partnership over 38% of our students worked as leaders at primary events.

The School Games Mark sets challenging targets and Great Baddow High School can now be proud to be the only Secondary school in Chelmsford to have a ‘Gold’ School Games Mark.

Well done to all the students who made this possible, but a bigger thank you to the PE department, who without all the extra hours they commit to the department, achieving this recognition would be impossible.

Chris Huartson PE Department Assistant School Games Organiser

 

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