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Sports College Latest News: May 2018

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Report from Head of Physical Education

The summer sports are now in full swing and it is great to see so many pupils out at practices. We have also had big turnouts for Saturday mornings which has been great. Although we have a number of very talented athletes who are striving for personal bests in competitions, we also have a number of pupils who just want to improve and we have welcomed them to these sessions. Our thanks to Geoff Tyler and Mr Wright who have volunteered to come in and help support the athletic and cricket clubs respectively.

A little while ago we sent out a plea for anyone with any cardiovascular fitness equipment that was no longer used to donate it to us and our fitness container. We were delighted that two parents responded and we are not in receipt of a new running and rowing machine. If anyone else has any other fitness equipment lying around that is gaining dust and not being used, if it is in good condition we would love it!

Leadership events continue to dominate the calendar and our school pupils have helped at Mini Wimbledon, ‘All In’ events, High 5 Netball finals, and 3T cricket to name just some of them. We also have Year 7 students who will be going out the first week back to help run the Year 2 Mini Olympics.

Can I take this opportunity to remind students and parents that clothing must be named if you want to have it returned.  Each day we can have up to five
hundred pupils getting changed in our changing rooms and when things are not named we cannot return it. Each day, clothing that is named is picked up by the cleaning staff and sorted by Mrs Mowle, our Sports Technician and Administrator. She then returns any clothing that has a name on it. At this time of year, the name tags have fallen off or the black pen has worn out. Therefore please use the half term to rename and label all items of clothing (including
trainers). Can we also remind pupils that for all sports it is white socks for the summer and that also only the school skorts or shorts are permitted.

Mrs J Ferguson

Head of Physical Education

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Report from Head of Girls' Physical Education

This half term has been full of a range of summer activities and we have been very pleased with the number of pupils who have taken up activities on our summer timetable. We have seen pupils enjoy tennis, cricket, rounders and athletics with a large number participating in friendly, district and national competitions.

Rounders and cricket have proved to be very popular with pupils training hard in these areas and continuing to develop their skills. Our first Essex Cup and District cricket matches are after half term and we hope that the sun continues to shine! Tennis has allowed pupils to enjoy a more recreational based club whereby pupils can
continue to improve their skills and enjoy the social aspects of physical activity. We also offer tennis club for our competitive players that Mr Sewell runs on a Tuesday morning.

Athletics has had a great buzz this half term. Pupils have enjoyed a number of training sessions including Saturday mornings. With the opportunity for girls to now run 300m, pole and vault and throw the Hammer, staff have enjoyed delivering these new disciplines. Saturday mornings have been very popular and this allows pupils to access their field events and hurdles refining the technical aspects. Pupils attending athletics clubs should all have a green card that they get signed as part of our
attendance programme. We were very pleased with all the pupils that took part in the first round of the National competition. In this event we have to ensure pupils can offer two events (one track and one field) and they receive points for their results which are collated to give a team score. A number of pupils achieve new personal bests and experienced this competition for the first time. We recently hosted CCHS in a friendly Athletics competition whereby over sixty pupils took part. This was a fantastic afternoon of all events and allowed a large number to participate. With only six weeks until the district competition we encourage pupils to attend the training sessions working hard to refine their events.

We also concluded our netball and basketball seasons at the start of half term. Our Year 8 girls took on Shenfield in the MESSSA basketball final and narrowly missed out on the title to a very strong side. The team played excellent basketball and showed their improvement. The Year 8 netball team also remained unbeaten all year and won their district league and rally showing a strong dominance on the court. Our Year 7 netball team also played their district tournament finishing second on goal difference. Once again this team showed great desire to want to achieve their best and their development throughout the year. We have been very pleased with all of our winter sport results and the dedication that pupils give.

Our dance club have been working hard towards their performance which is coming up in July at the Civic Theatre. Miss Hare has choreographed a fantastic piece that pupils will perform on stage and tickets can be bought directly from the Civic. This will be an exciting evening for all pupils involved.

The clubs timetable continues to offer something for everyone including all disciples within athletics. We encourage everyone to try and get involved in something. This have term our swimmers at water confidence continue to strive forward which is very pleasing to see. All of our before school clubs are very popular and allow pupils to stay in contact with their winter sports.

Our examination classes are all now in exam season and our Year 11 pupils have sat both of their theoretical papers. Year 12 BTEC have completed another set of exams and our A Level pupils are examined after half term. Our current Year 10 pupils in both BTEC and GCSE classes are working very well and making good progress within their courses.

We look forward to our last half term as a number of events are due to take place within our extra-curricular programme. Sports Day is also on the horizon whereby pupils get to take part in a range of activities and Year 7 and 8 also compete in team activities. This is an inclusive event and everyone is asked to participate.
We are also excited to welcome our new Year 6 pupils for after school netball coaching sessions. This is an opportunity for them to develop their netball but also meet our teaching staff and meet current pupils and new pupils starting the school in September.

We once again chance activities in our PE lesson after half term, so please encourage your children to check the boards in the PE department. PE uniform has been very smart, please ensure your daughter continues to have the correct kit in particular white socks and hair bands.
We would like to say a huge well done to all pupils who have taken part in extra-curricular PE activities this half term.

Thank you to all the parents for your continued support. We wish you a very healthy and relaxed May half term.

Mrs Davis

Head of Girls PE

Report from Head of Boys' Physical Education

As the sun continues to shine it has been another very busy term for boys’ PE. Athletics, cricket, tennis clubs and fixtures have really started to pick up and some excellent performances have taken place in the district, county and national competitions for all sports respectively.
The start of this half term saw the conclusion of a wide range of winter sports in finals and penultimate league games. Year 7 boys finished the year strongly securing both the Mid
Essex 5 and 9aside football competitions and narrowly missing out on penalties to Woodlands in the Essex football final. Runners up in both Mid Essex and Essex basketball and a highly successful rugby season saw the boys go unbeaten throughout the whole year after losing the first ever match they played. The attendance at clubs and fixtures as well as the volume of boys putting themselves forward to play so far this year in winter sports has been excellent and long may this continue into the athletics and cricket seasons. Winter sessions are running still for some year groups to keep that consistency going thinking ahead to the start of the next academic year. 

Year 8 suffered the same outcome as Year 7 in the Essex football final losing 4-2 to a very strong St Bonaventure’s side. Lots of progress made and lessons learned still meant the boys finished the year as Mid Essex champions alongside the Year 7 boys. Basketball was highly successful for this year group who also made a County Final but missed out to St Thomas Moore in the final after a really positive year and lots to build on for the boys with the upcoming trip to the USA in mind.
Year 9 lost the Mid Essex basketball final to a strong Hylands side but managed to finish the football season strongly. The boys represented the school at the Lycamobile 6aside finals at the Olympic Park. Winning two games, drawing two and losing one meant they finished mid table. A great experience for the boys to play here though, and one I know they thoroughly enjoyed and will remember.

Year 10 have had an outstanding finish to the year securing both Mid Essex Football and Rugby titles after some magnificent team performances. Athletics has started positively with a wide number of boys making the most of the after school clubs and Saturday morning sessions to ensure they are fully prepared for competitions. Pupils attending athletics clubs should all have a green card that they get signed as part of our attendance programme.  The Junior boys scored 421 points in the national athletics first round securing a place in the A final at Melbourne on Tuesday 19th June, while the Inter boys scored 423 point in the opening round and have made a B final on Monday 18th June.


Over 60 boys had the opportunity to represent the school at a friendly athletics fixture on Wednesday 16th May at Brentwood school and we also have another one of these on the horizon at Eastwood school on Wednesday 6th June where more boys will get the opportunity to compete in preparation for potential selection for the
Chelmsford school’s Athletics competition on Tuesday 26th June. 
The cricket season has begun for all year groups apart from Year 10 who begin their campaign after the half term break, where all of our year groups
compete in the district and county competitions. Games have been close and competitive so far, and I hope to see as many boys as possible working hard in training at the more technical elements that the game of cricket offers.


The clubs timetable continues to offer something for everyone and is welcome to all. We encourage everyone to try and get involved in something. This half term our swimmers at water confidence continue to strive forward which is very pleasing to see. All of our before school’s clubs are very popular and allow pupils to stay in contact with all sports.

Our examination classes are all now in exam season and our Year 11 pupils have sat both of their theoretical papers. Year 12 BTEC have completed another set of exams and our A Level pupils are examined after half term. Our current Year 10 pupils in both BTEC and GCSE classes are working very well and making good
progress within their courses.

We look forward to our last half term as a number of events are due to take place within our extra-curricular programme. Sports Day is also on the horizon whereby pupils get to take part in a range of activities and Year 7 and 8 also compete in team activities. This is an inclusive event and everyone is asked to participate. We are also excited to welcome our new Year 6 pupils for after school basketball, football and rugby coaching sessions. This is an opportunity for them to develop their sports as a whole but more importantly also meet our teaching staff and meet current pupils and new pupils starting the school in September.

We once again change activities in our PE lesson after half term, so please encourage your children to check the boards in the PE department. PE uniform has been very smart, please ensure your son continues to have the correct kit in particular white socks. We would like to say a huge well done to all pupils who have taken part in extra-curricular PE activities this half term.

Thank you to all the parents for your continued support. We wish you a very healthy and relaxed May half term.

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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