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Sports College Latest News: December 2018

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Report from Head of Physical Education

As winter arrives, we would like to take this opportunity to remind pupils about the importance of bringing in the correct kit and ensuring they are warm enough.
For outdoor lessons pupils can wear plain black tracksuit bottoms and black base layers underneath their polo shirts or rugby shirts as well as their fleeces or wet tops. Where appropriate pupils can also wear black gloves. There are still some pupils who are going outside for lessons in just polo shirts and shorts.
We also have a huge amount of lost property that has not been named and therefore finding the owner is impossible.  Each week we return at least thirty or forty items that have been named to their rightful owners but are still left with a lot more.

Year 7 have fully embraced this term and numbers have been excellent at clubs. We aim to keep the same timetable for the next half term although will be introducing hockey club from 3.30-4.30pm on a Friday night after school. This has been in response to an interest from pupils. This will be trialled for a half term to ensure numbers are high enough to sustain it.

Next term will be a busy one with tours to Jersey for the Year 8 boys football team and also a tour to America for the Year 9 basketball team who have been busy fundraising. We will also be sending out details for a trip to the O2 to see the top flight British Basketball teams in May and our A Level students will be involved with different universities to undertake physiological testing as well as a visit to the Bodyworks exhibition.

We wish you a happy and restful half term and thank all the parents for their support with fixtures and clubs.

Mrs J Ferguson

Head of Physical Education

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Report from Head of Girls' Physical Education

This half term has been very busy with all competitions in full swing and pupils competing weekly in their respective age groups. Year 7 have continued with an excellent approach to their extra-curricular programme which has been very busy and successful. Sienna in Year 7 came second in the MESSSA District Cross
Country competition with over one hundred runners taking part which is a fantastic achievement in such a competitive area. Netball and basketball fixtures have been exciting with pupils making huge improvements in both areas. Year 7 have also enjoyed football matches and an indoor 5-a-side competition. We have also announced our Year 7 sports captains. This is an exciting opportunity for pupils to continue to develop their leadership skills. The Year 8 pupils have been very successful particularly in netball where they remain unbeaten. They are continuing to improve in basketball by accessing more game play and training hard. They have also enjoyed football and cross-country where Erin (Year 8) came second in the combined Year 8/9 MESSSA Cross Country competition. Year 9 are competing very well in netball and basketball. They narrowly missed out on qualifying for the next round of the National netball competition losing to Brentwood School in the semi-final. Year 10 continue to enjoy playing netball, basketball, football and cross country and continue to gain much success. Our U16 netball team narrowly missed out in a semi-final place in the National netball however continue to progress in the Essex Plate competition which we look forward to the next game in the new year. We also look forward to reporting on how our U16 football team progresses in the Essex Cup. Our trampoline team competed very well in the Regional competition, finishing fourth overall with some very good individual performances also. The gymnastic teams will compete in the new year and our swimming continue with future gala’s as well as the District Team Gala’s.

We have been pleased to welcome back one of our ex-pupils Sophie Hankin, who coaches at our upper school netball training night. Sophie is not only a Super League player but has also represented England in netball.

Water confidence started this half term and has been very successful. Mrs Algar has been working with pupils who have less confidence in the water and developing their swimming strokes. The pupils who have been attending have all been very focused and committed to becoming more confident swimmers. This will continue in the new year. Badminton club is very popular with all pupils. Mr Macaulay works very hard with our pupils to develop their skills and game play. KS4 pupils enjoyed a badminton competition earlier in the half term to support their GCSE practical grades which was very successful.

Table tennis and volleyball club are both activities that pupils have thoroughly enjoyed this term. The clubs focus on giving pupils an opportunity to explore different activities and encourage the development and knowledge of skills and structured game play.

After the Christmas break pupils in all age groups will be changing activities for their PE lessons. 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. With the weather becoming a little colder can we also encourage pupils to come prepared for each lesson (ensuring this is part of our PE kit).

We have been very pleased with how pupils have embraced the extra-curricular programme this 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. Finally, we would like to thank you all for your support in the PE department.

Mrs Davis

Head of Girls' PE

Report from Head of Boys' Physical Education

As the winter nights draw in and the temperature begins to drop, performances and levels of participation have been anything but in Boys PE.

Year 7 continue to go from strength to strength in all areas of the curriculum. Lessons have involved boys developing key skills in rugby, basketball and football and utilising these at after school clubs and fixtures. A and B team fixtures have taken place where appropriate to give a wide range of pupils the opportunity to represent the school in rugby, basketball and football this half term. The football team have made positive strides forward winning three Mid Essex league fixtures and playing some great football along the way. The boys narrowly missed out on winning the Mid Essex 5aside competition that took place at the start of December.
The rugby team have flourished working hard in training and putting this into game play with successful Mid Essex and Essex waterfall tournaments and friendly fixtures Vs King John, KEGS and Fitzwimarc this half term. This success is due largely to the boys outstanding commitment to extra-curricular clubs but also the ability to work effectively as a team and for each other. The Year 7 basketball team are hopeful of progressing in the Essex cup, and have enjoyed two victories in this competition as well as two victories in the Mid Essex format of the game.

Year 8 and 9 boys have performed extremely well at both the Mid Essex and National cross country regional finals, with Tommy and Tom, being selected to represent Mid Essex in the Essex cross country championships on Saturday 19th January after some tremendous runs and we wish them all the best with this. Football has also been successful for both year groups with Year 8 securing a place in Round 3 of Essex cup and Year 9 winning league and friendly matches. Year 8 boys are also progressing well in the national cup and are currently at the last sixty-four stage in the country. Year 9 basketball have won two out of two pool games in the Essex competition to progress to the quarter finals while the Year 8 boys have won three out of three pool games to secure places in the same round. Rugby has been excellent for Year 8 with some outstanding tackling in both waterfall festivals that took place this half term, and it is clear to see how much progression and development has taken place from a wide range of toys since Year 7.

KS4 provision for Year 10 and 11 has also been excellent. Highlights have included the Year 11 boys football team beating KEGS 7-1 to progress through to the next round of MESSSA football as well as the same year group making nice progress on the basketball court after many successful years that they endured throughout the time they have spent at school. Year 10 rugby have upcoming MESSSA matches in the new year to look forward to as well as a MESSSA football match on the last week of term.

The sixth form football have enjoyed victories in the MESSSA competition and have games coming up in the new year.
Congratulations to Alex and Harry who have also been selected to represent Mid Essex in the Essex Cross Country Championships on Saturday 19th January.

As well as the team sports, badminton, swimming, gymnastics and trampoline are still a key part of the boy’s curriculum, supported both in lessons and extra-curricular time.
Congratulations to all boys who competed in the first round of the National School’s Trampoline Competition and successfully progressed to the next round.

After the Christmas break pupils in all age groups will be changing activities for their PE lessons. 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. With the weather becoming a little colder can we also encourage pupils to come prepared for each lesson (ensuring this is part of our PE kit).

We have been very pleased with how pupils have embraced the extra-curricular programme this 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.

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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