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Sports College Latest News: July 2018

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Report from Head of Physical Education

Winding down for the summer ?!!!! Not in PE!  We have seen real extremes in the weather with a later start in Athletics due to water logged tracks to the most glorious summer temperatures. We have had a jam packed seven weeks and the write ups by my colleagues will detail many of these. Our sports day and the tournaments preceding this, were once again a highlight on the school calendar. Virtually every student in Year 7-8 was involved and we had a really good turn out from Year 9 and 10 who just took part in the Sports Day events. National Sports week took place and again over one hundred different student got involved.
On an athletics front it has been great to see so many pupils getting involved. We have really shown improvement at a National level, notably with the Junior Boys team finishing only a short distance away from a place in the National final. Since the installation of the cricket wicket it has been great to see so many matches taking place on our field. For the first time this year we also saw a girls cricket match at home.
Alongside all of our sports fixtures we have also been involved in a number of other activities. In
conjunction with the sixth form pastoral team, we have run a well-being project. This has been for twenty-five students in the sixth form and we have looked to get pupils to understand mental health and strategies to reduce anxiety or stress. The project then looks at the use of exercise to improve well being and students have been given a summer holiday pass for Virgin Gym in Chelmsford to see if regular exercise will benefit them. Our thanks to Active Essex for a grant we received to run this project and also to Virgin Gym, Chelmsford for their support in the exercise intervention.

PE kit:
As we move towards the summer holidays can I take this opportunity to remind parents that all items of PE clothing can be brought from Pope and Smith’s. There has been an increasing number of pupils who have tried to wear Nike Pro cycling shorts and these are not permitted in lessons or in clubs. Only our school shorts or skorts are allowed to be worn in lessons, as again a number of Adidas shorts have tried to creep into PE lessons.

Summer camps:
This summer we will be running summer camps on Thursday 30th August, Friday 31st August and Monday 3rd September. Camps for current basketball players, as well as a coaching course and officiating course will be run. There is also a Netball umpiring course for current players. Flyers can be picked up from the PE department.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of my staff and coaches for the time they have given to the extra-curricular clubs; a well done to all the students who have taken the opportunity of attending our clubs and a thank you to parents for dropping off/picking up and all your support at our matches.

Mrs J Ferguson

Head of Physical Education

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Report from Head of Girls' Physical Education

We have enjoyed another fantastic half term in girls PE and have continued with a range of clubs on the timetable including table tennis volleyball, swimming, basketball, dance, badminton tennis, water confidence, rounders, cricket and athletics. We have been busy with competitions in rounders, cricket and athletics and been very pleased with the number of students out training for each activity and the level of success that students have had.

In rounders we competed in the District Rallies as well as playing friendly fixtures against other schools. We finished in the following positions in very strong rallies:
Year 7 – 5th
Year 8 – 6th
Year 9 – 5th

The girls cricket team have enjoyed playing in both the Essex Cup and MESSSA competitions and for some this has been the first time that they have played
competitive cricket. We are pleased to share that we have made the semi-final in both competitions and as this is published we are waiting for the games to be played and will therefore report these results in the new year.

Athletics has been incredible this half term and we are very proud of all our students competing in a range of different competitions. Both our Junior and Inter teams competed very well in the Regional ‘B’ finals at Watford. Students have to take on two events in this competition and their points are accumulated to give a whole team score. We made significant improvements in our overall team scores for both age groups which was due to their hard work in training.

The District Athletics is like our very own Olympic Games. The thirteen schools from across the district competed in very hot conditions in all athletic disciplines. Our students were exceptional when they were competing and when they were not. This is a huge event for everyone involved and we saw a number of PBs and District Records being broken. Our Year 9 girls won the event which was a fantastic achievement and one that they were very pleased about.

On Saturday 9th June we were pleased to see some of our students selected to represent Mid-Essex at the Essex Championships. This is a very prestigious event that see’s the best athletes across the county compete. Our students competed very well in the following
disciplines: 
R Carter – Pole vault
M Nicholls - Javelin
I Griffiths - 75m hurdles
On Wednesday 4th July, Year 7 competed in the Essex Championships and Amelie competed in the javelin, finishing in eighth place and Erin competing in the 800m
finishing in first place, breaking the championship record in 2.21 minutes. For all students this representation is one to cherish and be very proud of.

Our dancers have continued to work very hard in preparation for the Gotta Dance Show that took place on Wednesday 18h July at the Civic Theatre. This was an exciting opportunity for them to show case their Performance.

We have been pleased to meet our new Year 7 students (current Year 6) that will be joining us in September. They have enjoyed experiencing netball, basketball and trampolining, as well as meeting the PE team and making new friends. They have all worked very hard and demonstrated a high level of skill as well as enthusiasm for a range of activities.

Sports Day activities were a great success. Year 7 and 8 enjoyed an afternoon of tournaments that included badminton, rounders, basketball and tag rugby. Years 7-10
embraced the traditional athletics events that took place all day on 15th June. Each tutor group took on each event to score points. The atmosphere was
electric and everyone supported one another.

As we look ahead to September our clubs timetable will change again. Please check the school website and our twitter page to see the changes. It will revert back to our autumn activities.PE uniform has been very smart this year and the new leggings have proven to be a success. It is this time of year that we ask pupils to top up their white socks and hair band supplies in preparation for September and ensure that they continue with the same high standards of kit.

What a year we have had! We are so proud of all our students and the hard work that they have put in to their curriculum and extra-curricular activities. Thank you to all the parental support and we wish you a very healthy and relaxed summer break.

Mrs Davis

Head of Girls PE

Report from Head of Boys' Physical Education

As the academic term draws to an end at this time of the year, I always feel it is important to reflect not only on our successes, but how we will rebuild and sustain what we have achieved in the previous academic year. Our annual Sports Presentation Evening will give all of us the opportunity to celebrate and evaluate how well a number of the boys have done this year. This is largely down to their dedication and
determination to achieve in clubs, fixtures, trips and opportunities that are given to them throughout the year that a large number of boys take at every time of asking. The summer term largely focuses on athletics, cricket and tennis, although we still endeavour to keep running a large range of our other sports clubs, to ensure we are fully prepared for the challenges we face for the whole school year in a wide range of contexts. Athletics seems the perfect place to start as we
enjoyed some excellent performances on the track and field in 2018. The junior boys made four hundred and forty nine points at the regional ‘A’ athletics final held at Chelmsford Athletics Stadium on Tuesday 19th June which meant we narrowly missed out on a national athletics final by only a few points. The inter boys managed four
hundred and eleven points in the regional ‘B’ final on Monday 18th June at Woodside stadium in Watford. A great experience for all of the boys who took part in both events, and perfect preparation for the Chelmsford district school’s athletics championships on Tuesday 26th June.
District athletics preparation was hampered in May with injuries to a few key athletes at the start of the athletics season, which meant expectations were lower than usual going into the day. A large number of boys stepped in at the last minute and did a fantastic job while others really improved and gave some magnificent performances. Year 7 boys, Year 8 boys, Year 10/11 boys and the relay cup were all secured which meant we finished as overall boy’s champions once again. Many thanks to all who have contributed to training, friendly fixtures, sports day and national and district events that have led to these successes. Special mentions go to Theo, Christian, Billy, Tom, Clarke, Alex, Jake, Callum and Louis who all finished the day as district athletics champions.

The cricket season has seen some great performances from all year groups with Year 7, 8 and 10 all making district semi-finals, while Year 8 and 10 boys have made it into Essex Plate semi-finals. Games are still going on right until the summer break and we wish all of our teams every success in all finals and games that they have in the coming few weeks.

The tennis season has been brief but successful for our Year 9 boys who have competed in national cup fixtures Vs Coopers,
Sandon and Davenant respectively. The boys play singles, and doubles matches with these performances seeing the boys win two and losing one against the three schools listed. Our examination classes in Year 13, 12 and 11 have all completed this year’s academic studies with us and we wish them all the best with results in August. Year 10 continue to work on coursework elements of the GCSE course completing their own analysis on their performance and updating practical videos of their own performance in their three chosen sports. Year 6 students have now also completed their four Thursday evenings with us experiencing what PE will be like in a variety of sports. A positive transition that has enabled the boys to meet others who will feature in the same tutor groups and have a taste for the PE department.

Pupils will again change activities for PE after the summer break. Can we please ask that pupils have all of the correct PE kit in preparation for the start of the new year. It is essential that pupils dress appropriately for PE. We have been very pleased with how pupils have continually embraced the extra-curricular programme all year. 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 next year. Our clubs are fun and open to everyone to join in.
We would like to take this opportunity to thank the students for their continued hard work and also parents for your support in bringing your children to clubs and collecting them for the whole year as it is greatly appreciated.

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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