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Sports College Latest News: July 2019

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Report from Head of Physical Education

Sport will always continue to dominate many conversations and change perceptions. The recent women’s World Cup is a good example of this. Sport will continue to provide us with lasting memories and has the ability to unite people in euphoric moments and provide gripping, nail biting drama.

Sport in our school is no exception and this year it has been as exciting as always providing opportunities for people to make new friends and create lasting memories. Resilience has also been a focus of the school this year and there have been so many students that demonstrate this in abundance.

This year we have run 433 fixtures and I wouldn’t like to add up all the clubs that have taken place. We are delighted to have again won the Gold Sportsmark award from the Youth Sports Trust which is gained from ensuring high participating rates across all age groups. This helps to reflect the sheer volume of students taking part in extra-curricular clubs. It wouldn’t be unusual to have a hundred of our students out at a club or fixture after school.

As well as our extra-curricular successes I would also like to celebrate our examination achievements. In the new course GCSE PE, 66% of students gained a Level 7 or higher with 88% achieving a grade 5 or above. Level 2 and Level 3 Btec Sport again achieved 100% pass rates and A Level PE saw 100% of students gaining grades of A* - C.

This year we have welcomed Reece Wiggins and Lucy Freeman into our PE team and also Sally Ann Smith and Robert Magee have successfully completed their teacher training with us, both achieving outstanding gradings.

As many of you will know, I will be taking on a new role in September and although I will miss the excitement, energy and achievements of many of the students, I am confident that the PE team will continue to go from strength to strength

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 students have continued with a range of activities on the timetable and in curriculum lessons. We have been busy with rounders and athletics fixtures and our major district competitions concluded the year. We have been very pleased with the number of students out training for each activity and the level of success that they have had.

Athletics has been incredible this half term and we are very proud of all our students competing in a range of different competitions. Our Junior team competed exceptionally well at the Regional ‘B’ final with all pupils producing fantastic results individually that accumulated to an excellent team points score. Our Inter team made the Regional ‘A’ final and again all pupils individually competed to score another great team result. We made significant improvements in our overall team scores for both age groups which was due to their hard work in training.

Our District Athletics continues to be Chelmsford’s very own Olympic Games. The thirteen schools from across the district compete against each other in a number of track and field events. This is a huge event for everyone involved and we saw a number of PBs and District Records being broken. We had a very successful day and won the following titles: Year 7 Girls, Year 10/11 Girls and Overall Girls Champions. We are very proud of all of the students involved in this day and their incredible achievements.

On Saturday 8th June we were pleased to see some of our students be 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.
All students competed fantastically well, however a special mention must go to Erin who ran a tactical heat to qualify for the final of the 800m. In the final she ran the race of life and won the race by 100th of a second to gain the gold medal. It was an incredible display of girls racing.

On Wednesday 3rd July our Year 7 students competed in their Essex Championships and Ruby competed in the Shot, finishing ninth place and Meadow competing in the 200m finishing in seventh place. For all students this representation is one to cherish and be very proud of. These results contributed to the girls Mid-Essex team winning the overall event which is a fantastic achievement.

Our dancers have worked hard all year on perfecting two pieces to perform at the recent Chelmsford Schools Gotta Dance Show. We also had a curriculum piece from our Year 9 girls who choreographed and performed their dance as part of their themed dance of ‘using an object’ to perform with. All three dances were performed beautifully and we were very proud to watch them on stage. The girls were all inspired to keep up with their dance and are already preparing their next piece for a future performance.

Sports day activities were a great success. Year 7 and 8 students enjoyed inter-form tournaments that included badminton, rounders, basketball and tag rugby. Years 7-10 embraced the traditional athletics events that took place all day on 20th June. Each tutor group took on each event to score points. The atmosphere was electric and everyone supported one another. Congratulations to Ennis-Hill House who won the event.

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 some netball and basketball 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 our PE activities.

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 still prove to be a success. It is this time of year that we ask students 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 pupils and the hard work that they have put in to their curriculum and extra-curricular activities. Thank you to all of the 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 which 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, rounders 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 that 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 2019. The junior boys made 448 points at the regional ‘A’ athletics final held at Chelmsford Athletics stadium on Tuesday 18th June which meant we narrowly missed out on a national athletics final by only twenty or so points, while the inter boys managed 400 points in the regional ‘B’ final on Monday 17th 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 25th June.

District athletics preparation was hampered in May with injuries to a few key athletes at the start of the athletics season as well as weather not being on our side, 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 9 boys and the Relay Cup were all secured which meant we finished as Overall Boy’s Champions once again. Many thanks to all boys who have contributed to training, friendly fixtures, sports day and national and district events that have led to these successes. Special mentions go to Harry, Greg, Alex, Theo, Joseph, Billy, Tom, Clarke, Alex, Harry and Sam 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 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 7, 8, 9 and 10 boys who have competed in national cup fixtures Vs New Hall, Sandon, Felsted and Maltings 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 Wednesday 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.

Students 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 pupils 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

The 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 re-accredited ‘Gold’ School Games Mark this year.

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