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Sports College Latest News: Easter 2019

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Report from Head of Physical Education

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As we approach the summer term, our focus switches to athletics, cricket and rounders and we enter a number of competitions for this. You will see from our new club timetable that we continue to maintain a large number of clubs in a variety of sports. One of our major sports is athletics during the summer term with the National Schools Track and Field Cup being the competition we aim to do particularly well in. Information for this competition can be found at www.esaa.net – and then click on the button associated with this competition. You will see from this that Essex has the most number of competing schools showing the depth of interest in the sport in the area. This also makes it harder to progress to the Regional level. The first round of the competition is on Wednesday 15th May which will come round quickly after Easter. For this competition, competitors have to take part in both a track and field event. We therefore need people to be out as early as possible into the new term and work on at least two events. Each event is given a point score for the time or distance they achieve. All information will be up in the sports hall corridor. There are loads of afterschool nights open to everyone and then the Saturday morning training is for selected athletes where we focus on predominantly field events (except hurdles). We will be asking athletic captains to get students in their year group to identify which sessions they will be attending each week.

The reports by the Head of Girls and Boys will outline details of the successes we have had in competitions with still a number of fixtures to be played this week and the first week back. I would like to thank parents for their continued support in getting students to clubs and picking up after fixtures as well as attending and watching matches. I have been involved with or watched a number of the teams this year but no match has given me more pleasure than watching the year 11 boys win the Essex basketball final against a strong Shoeburyness. This team had made it to the final in year 7,8 and 9 and missed out on a final place last year. The boys have trained well and continue to attend practices to improve themselves and it showed that hard work paid off. What is also nice is that this isn’t a group of boys who would normally hang around together in the playground but they come together really well as a team. In the end they won convincingly and should be proud of their efforts.

Mrs J Ferguson

Head of Physical Education

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Report from Head of Girls' Physical Education

A half term full of major competitions coming to an end has made it yet another exciting time for Girls PE. Students have embraced the clubs timetable and maximised their full potential with commitment to training to ensure high standards are maintained.

Year 7 have enjoyed a range of activities in the first two terms at Great Baddow with so much more to come in the summer term. We have been very pleased with the year groups continued efforts and enjoyment for our extra-curricular programme. They are still to conclude some fixtures in the final week of term that will decide on league placement.

Year 8 have shown strength in a number of activities and also how much they have developed from their first year. In particular, their basketball success has been a pleasure to watch as they have grown in skill and confidence. They conclude their netball season in the final week of term with their District tournament and final league game which will finalise their results.

We have once again been very pleased with our Year 7 and Year 8 cross country teams. Both teams have trained hard and achieved new personal best times as well as competing in District and County competitions. One of our pupils, Erin in Year 8, qualified for the English Schools Cross Country National Finals where she ran extremely well in very tough conditions. Erin has also qualified for the British Swimming Championships that take place in April. This is another huge and fantastic achievement.

Year 9 have continued their netball success in the league with only one game to go which will decide who the title will go to. They have moved from strength to strength in their development as a team. They have also played some fantastic basketball this year and the high participation numbers have shown how much enjoyment is in this sport.

Year 10 and Year 11 have enjoyed netball, football, cross country and basketball throughout the year. We have been very impressed with their commitment to GCSE PE and their focus on both their academic and theoretical studies. Students are marked in individual and team activities and must gain video evidence to show these. Our Year 11 students have completed their external moderation and our Year 10 students are completing their PPE’s this side of Easter. We are encouraging all GCSE students to purchase the AQA specific revision booklet from the PE department for £2 to support their examination preparations. During the Easter break their will also be revision sessions available for Year 11 pupils to attend in readiness for their final exams.

Wednesday is a busy day for PE clubs with a very popular badminton club, water confidence and dance club taking place each week.
Pupils have also enjoyed table tennis as well as an early introduction to athletics. Trampoline and Gymnastics have concluded after very successful competitions taking place.

As this term draws to end we will receive our final placings in our winter competitive sports. We will report on these in the next edition to celebrate the hard work and commitment of our pupils and their success.

We are very much looking forward to the summer term which will see friendly athletics competitions as well as the National and District competitions. We will have a completely new clubs timetable for after Easter that will see a range of athletics training sessions as well as rounder’s and tennis and a whole range of other activities for students to enjoy.

We once again change activities in our PE lesson after half term, so please encourage your children to check the boards in the PE department. All students are reminded that they should have white PE socks for every lesson as well as a complete full PE kit. Students in KS3 will all now be in skorts/shorts and their leggings will not be worn in PE lessons. Students in KS4 can continue to wear leggings if they wish.

We would like to say a huge well done to all students who have taken part in extra-curricular PE activities during the previous two terms and would like to encourage all pupils to take part in something on the summer timetable.

Thank you to all the parents/guardians for your continued support. We wish you a very healthy and relaxed Easter break.

Mrs Davis

Head of Girls' PE

Report from Head of Boys' Physical Education

As the clocks spring forward we can reflect on another extremely busy and successful half term for Boys PE.

In lessons at Key Stage 3, all groups have started to take part in athletics lessons as well as Year 9 students accessing what GCSE and BTEC lessons will be like in Year 10 for those that have opted for it. In lessons for all age groups we have given particular attention to the physiological components of Physical Education, getting students to appreciate the benefits of both short and long term effects of exercise, as well as the importance of lifelong participation in exercise of some description.
In total two county cup finals have been reached by Year 8 and Year 11 respectively, which is an outstanding achievement for these two separate age groups in both football and basketball. All winter sports in county, district and national level begin to come to a climax at the end of this half term, with only finals and semi-finals taking place on our return after the Easter break so please check carefully for when these dates will be.

Year 7 have been superb across the board in all of our sports that they have taken part in throughout our winter sports programme. The football team have won 5/5 in the district league leading to the final match of the season Vs Shenfield which takes place on the last Tuesday of the half term.
In Rugby, the boys have played 13 and won 12, lost 1 in the Mid Essex festivals. County wise the boys made an excellent account of themselves at the Essex 7s coming runners up in the bowl competition against some tough schools.
Basketball has gone from strength to strength with the boys making a district semi-final, a county quarter final and progressing to the latter stage of the national basketball competition.

Year 8 made it the county football final for the second year in a row after a clinical 5-0 victory Vs KEGS on the penultimate Friday of this half term. They have had another solid year in football, enjoying a football tour to Jersey in the Channel Islands and playing well over twenty fixtures. Rugby has continued to go from strength to strength remaining unbeaten in the district competition for another year at the Mid Essex festivals. While in the county format of the game, the boys managed to win the bowl competition at the Essex 7s festival held at Westcliff RFC. Basketball has seen the boys reach both Mid Essex and county semi-finals providing some positive outcomes for the boys moving in to Year 9.

Year 9 made a steady start to the year, but have had some excellent success in the last few weeks, making it to the Lycamobile 6-a-side finals in May at the Olympic stadium in Stratford for the third year in a row. Convincing rugby victories against William De Ferrers and St John Payne have been excellent with a wide range of scorers. The basketball team have worked extremely hard in district, county and national games and are very much looking forward to the upcoming tour of Chicago and Indianapolis.

Year 10 and 11 sport has continued to be represented well, with Year 11 recently being crowned Essex basketball champions which was a superb achievement from the boys. Year 10 missed out on making the Essex final, losing to
Shoebury in the semi-final. Football has seen positive results for both cohorts, with Year 11 making a county semi-final for the first time and narrowly missing out in a close fought game 3-1 to Hall Mead. They have had a better turn of fortune in the Mid-Essex format, making it to a district final for the second year in a row. A victory and a defeat for Year 10 rugby saw them represent themselves well in the district competition. Year 11 have a district final to look forward to after half term Vs St Martins.
Gymnastics competitions have seen the boys progress at the regional stage at Chelmsford gym club where the U14 boys came third. We must congratulate Travis Blair Henderson also on his outstanding trampoline performance coming sixth in Great Britain in the national final. The swimming success has also continued over the last few weeks with a gala Vs Brentwood school that saw some excellent times and performances from all. A huge well done to Greg who represented Essex at the Inter-Counties Cross Country Championships finishing sixteenth place in the whole of England.

Students will again change activities for PE after the Easter break. 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 continually 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 students 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