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Sports College Latest News: October 2017

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Report from Head of Physical Education

An action packed half term so far. A great new set of Year 7 students who seem really keen to get involved. Already over 100 students in Year 7 have represented the school in various competitions. For many parents getting used to the early drop offs and late pick-ups may have taken a few weeks but hopefully you are in the swing of things now.

Your son or daughter will receive a weekly email that details any changes to clubs as well as detailing the fixtures taking place that week. We will always have last minute changes. Last week alone, two different schools called off fixtures on the day. Hopefully the email will help you to plan the week. You will also receive a separate weekly email that lets you know the results from fixtures and the forthcoming fortnight in terms of competitions. Results can also be found on twitter @gbhssports. We are hoping to get as many followers as possible.

A reminder to parents to please label all PE clothing and trainers. We have so many items left in lost property and we can’t return them without a name. Can we also remind parents that pupils are expected to bring their PE kit to EVERY lesson, even if they are unwell enough to take part. They can then work on their umpiring/ coaching aspects. With the weather becoming colder and wetter, we also don’t want school uniform getting muddy or wet outside and likewise when in a swimming lesson for the school uniform to get splashed from the pool. CONDOVER HALL NETBALL TOUR For the first time in a number of years, the girls went back on tour. This time it was a Year 8 and Year 9 Netball tour to Shropshire to an idyllic spot called Condover Hall.

The weekend consisted of coaching on the Saturday with coaches from the Bath Superleague team and then match play on the Sunday.

The girls were delighted with a Runner’s Up trophy for Year 9 and a Winner’s trophy for Year 8. The venue also had a number of other activities such as a silent disco, tunnelling, abseiling and leaps of faith to challenge us all. Many fears were overcome!

Mrs J Ferguson

Head of Physical Education

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Report from Head of Girls' Physical Education

Welcome back! The new term has begun once again with numerous extra-curricular clubs running for all age groups before school, lunch time and after school. 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.

The Year 7 girls have enjoyed some netball fixtures already and will return after half term with fixtures in all sports. Their commitment to training has been very good across all activities. Students in Year 7 have been working on their Gymnastics and Basketball in curriculum time, as well as completing their starting block in Physical Literacy, looking at a range of different activities.  They have been developing their peer assessment to support their knowledge and development.

The Year 8 girls have enjoyed some very competitive Netball fixtures and will return to the Basketball court for their first game after half term. They have shown high levels of commitment to training and are showing excellent progress in their aesthetic sports. 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 Erin in Year 7 finishing in 7th position amongst a very strong field.

The 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.

In Football they have progressed well in the Essex Cup competition winning both games so far in extra-time. Students in Year 9 and Year 10 came together to compete in the National Cross Country whereby the team finished in a very strong 4th place.

Year 10 have started their KS4 programme with a very focused approach to their core lessons, GCSE PE and Level 2 BTEC Sport.

Year 11 have balanced their academic programme very well with a number of early fixtures. With our KS4 pupils following a new specification in GCSE PE pupils have been working very hard on exam technique and revision methods to achieve their target grades in the theoretical aspects. Practically students are busy videoing their performances and we look forward to our first GCSE PE ski trip taking place after half term. GCSE PE and Level 2 BTEC Sport pupils now have the option of having their PE top personalised which has been received very well.

Our Sixth Form girls have competed on the Netball court, with a closely fought early game against CCHS coming out as winners in the closing stages. They look forward to the first round of their National competition which takes place in November.

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.

We now run a contracted Athletes programme for the girls. This looks at a range of fitness testing as well as different training methods to build the strength of our young athletes to support all of their sports. We have been very impressed with the group taking on this session each week. 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. Students 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.

Finally we would like to thank you all for your support in the PE department. We have been very pleased with the excellent start to the year. We wish all students a happy and successful year in PE and school sport. 

Mrs Davis

Head of Girls PE

Report from Head of Boys' Physical Education

At the end of one half term already, it is a chance to reflect on a really successful first six weeks.

Every year group has played at least one competitive fixture and District, County and National competitions are all starting to kick in for all year groups in all sports.

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 Rugby and Basketball again Westcliff High School for Boys.

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. Within the first three days of being at Great Baddow High School, fifty Year 7 students had the opportunity to represent the school.

Year 8 to 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.

We competed in the annual Super 12s Rugby competition at Saffron Walden, where Year 8 to 10 played a number of strong Rugby schools in some very competitive games at the end of September.

As the clocks change and winter draws in, Basketball will start to gather momentum in the coming weeks.

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.

Harry deserves a special mention with an exceptional run that saw him finish fourth in a strong field of well over one hundred other students in his 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.

Thank you to all students and parents for your continued support towards sport at Great Baddow High School, your commitment and dedication is always appreciated and we all look forward to another highly successful 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