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Sports College Latest News: July 2017

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Report from Head of Physical Education

This term the weather has helped to create a really positive atmosphere with much happening as usual within the PE department. Sports day has been a real highlight with all of Year 7 and 8 taking part in the tournaments and Athletic events. They were fantastic and really got on board.

A number of our students were selected for the Essex Championships and I know in the boys report, reference has been made to their success. For girls, Olivia Smith (Year 11) in the Hurdles and Mia Nicholls (Year 8) in the Javelin finished third in Essex.  It is worth noting for next year, that a number of students who attended the Mid Essex Trials and were selected for the Essex Championships were unable to compete, despite knowing the dates of the Essex Championships as it was on the calendar and also on the board. For the organiser of the event, it just means much more running around and doesn’t reflect well on us. It also is a great opportunity for students to challenge themselves at a County level. We had really good numbers attending Athletics this summer and  we introduced a new reward system, whereby students got a stamp for attending training. The six pupils from Year 7 and 8 boys and girls who attended most training sessions will be rewarded with a visit to Jump Street with the PE staff.

We also introduced a number of new sports this term, including a Canoeing initiative with Essex Slalom, which involved students from Year 8 and culminated in a visit to the Lee Valley Water Sports centre to have a go at the Championship course.  Girls Cricket has also been introduced for the first time in response to demand from the students.  Students have also taken part in a Gotta Dance festival at the Civic Theatre.

I am delighted to announce that for the second year running we have been granted Gold Status via the Youth Sports Trust. This can only be achieved if the number of pupils taking part in extra curricular sport , the number of curriculum hours and the provisions for clubs are high. I am proud to say we are currently the only secondary school in Chelmsford to hold this.

National sports week last week, saw sports such as Handball, American Football, Water Polo, Canoeing and Scuba Diving being delivered and over one hundred students took part. The Water Polo session this year was run by  Dan Paddon, a former student of the school who only experienced Water Polo for the first time during National Sports Week when he was in Year 8 and now represents Great Britain.

The school has also benefitted from working with Sky Sports Living for Sport programme and we have been lucky enough to have England Volleyball player and Coach, Rachel Laybourne in for two visits where she has worked with GCSE, Btec students, pupils from the Sports readers programme and Year 7 students teaching them Volleyball skills and talking to them about what you need to get to the top.

We also celebrated our yearly achievements through our annual Sports Presentation Evening. This year the speaker was Jess Tappin, GB Heptathlete and former student and a large number of pupils received their awards for effort or achievement.

We will be saying a fond farewell to Claire Trafford and Andrea Allen who have been with us on maternity cover and welcome back Mrs Davis (Head of Girls PE) and Mrs Cooper. Mr Shears will be retiring this year following twenty years with us and he will be missed hugely. We wish him all the best. In a year when we have had over three hundred fixtures and competed in a huge array of sports, we now look to next year. Please email me if you have any suggestions of how we can improve Over six hundred pupils have completed our questionnaire and we really do take their comments on board. I wish you a very happy Summer break and look forward to the next academic year.

Mrs J Ferguson

Head of Physical Education

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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