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Sports College Latest News: October 2018

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Report from Head of Physical Education

The start of the new term always brings excitement and new enthusiasm for clubs, matches and training and this one has been no exception.
We have seen great numbers from Year 7 pupils turning out in their smart new PE kits and trying new sports. We had over eighty boys at Year 7 football trials and they have had five matches so far with over fifty different boys representing the school.
In Netball, thirty-five different girls have represented the school as well as pupils having their first basketball and rugby matches.
Our extra-curricular timetable is now on line and can be found on the portal. As we move into the next half term a number of Essex Cup matches and National games will be played . For these fixtures we often don’t receive much notice before the game has to be played so organise them quickly.
Due to this sometimes the clubs have to be changed. Please ensure that your son/daughter regularly checks the boards and also the weekly email we will send out.

Our new PE polo shirts have been really well received by the pupils and the overall kit really looks smart. We have found this term though an unbelievable amount of lost PE kit – many items without names on. We return items to pupils that have names but items that don’t we can’t return. Therefore over half term please ensure that you name everything.

We have just returned from our annual trip to Condover Hall with current Year 8 and 9 girls as part of our Netball tour. The first day is spent with the girls receiving coaching from the U21 Bath coach and then the Sunday was spent playing in age group tournaments.
In between the Netball there was a number of other activities which the pupils and staff joined in with to test their nerves.

Mrs J Ferguson

Head of Physical Education

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Report from Head of Girls' Physical Education

After the excitement of the last academic year coming to an end, the new term has begun once again with numerous extra-curricular clubs running for all age groups. As usual we offer something for everyone to take part in. The participation levels have been fantastic and the hard work that students have been putting into training has clearly paid off with successful results in early fixtures.

Year 7 girls have enjoyed some netball fixtures already and remain unbeaten in all competitions. They have also started their basketball and football season off successfully with their first wins in the MESSSA league. Their commitment to training has been very good across all activities.

Year 8 girls are yet to kick start their netball and basketball competitive season, but have been training hard. They have begun their football season in a very strong way with one win and one close fought loss. Pupils in Year 7 and Year 8 combined to compete in the National Cross Country competition. All runners performed very well with our highest run coming from Sienna in Year 7 finishing in seventh position amongst a very strong field.

Year 9 teams have started how they finished last year which is very positive. They have already had many fixtures which have been very exciting. Their netball continues to be very strong as they qualified for the County Round of the National Competition and were successful in their first Essex Cup game progressing through to the next round. They have also had tough opposition in the MESSSA basketball league winning one and losing one in their early fixtures.

Pupils in Year 9 and Year 10 combine to compete in the National Football Cup competition and they successfully won their first game 4-0 to progress to the next round. Year 10 and 11 girls continue to access the extra-curricular programme. They look forward to their up and coming fixtures over the next half term.

Our Sixth Form girls continue to enjoy playing netball. They look forward to the first round of their National competition which takes place in November.
We look forward to our swimming teams starting their campaign in the pool in the district league and gala’s. Teams in all age groups have many more league, Essex Cup and National fixtures coming up in a range of activities. Can we remind pupils to check the team sheets and ensure they inform parents/carers of when they should be collected from school. If there are any changes made to clubs during the week a message will be put up on the PE reception screen to inform them.

After half term we will be starting our water confidence class on a Wednesday afterschool which is to support pupils who are less confident in the water and to help improve this. Pupils will have been identified from their swimming lessons and invited to this club. This is run by a specialist swimming teacher who is very experienced. 

We would 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 also like to remind pupils that if they would like to play in fixtures against other teams we ask them to attend all the required training sessions, and to inform a member of the PE staff if they cannot make a session.

Mrs Davis

Head of Girls PE

Report from Head of Boys' Physical Education

Welcome back to all on what has been an excellent start to the 2018/19 academic year already in Boys PE. We welcome our new year 7 intake who have made a great start and welcome back all years from 8-13 who hopefully look forward to another enjoyable year with us in many different forms of sport, whether it is competing for a school team, taking part in an extra-curricular club or following our extensive school curriculum during lessons.

Year 7 have made a really positive start to their journey at Great Baddow. The boys have played a wide range of fixtures against Shenfield, Fitzwimarc and King John in Football. While also competing in a Rugby festival at St Martins school and a Basketball friendly against Fitzwimarc school in the first half term. Although a number of these fixtures have been friendlies on Saturday mornings, the boys have enjoyed playing in a host of A, B and C team fixtures.

Years 8 – 13 have continued where they left off at the end of the last academic year, showing hard work and commitment to school team fixtures and training across all sports in A and B team fixtures where applicable. These sports have included Football, Rugby, Cross Country, Table Tennis, Badminton and Trampoline. As the clocks change and winter draws in, basketball will start to gather momentum in the coming weeks after half term with district, county and national matches taking place.
Well done to both the Junior and Inter Boys Cross Country teams who competed in the first round of the national school’s cross country cup in Upminster and we are awaiting confirmation of hopefully progressing to the next round in both age groups. Greg Martin and Alex Wall deserve special mentions with exceptional individual performances saw them finish 4th and 3rd respectively in a strong field of well over 80 students in each race. Congratulations must also go to a number of boys who have been selected to represent Mid Essex and Essex in a range of football fixtures for district and county sides.

Pupils will 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 pupils dress appropriately for PE. We have been very pleased with how pupils 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