Sports College Latest News: February 2019
Report from Head of Physical Education
We always try to respond to parental comments and a number of parents have approached me to ask about the possibility of running hockey club again.
This half term we have therefore been running a come and have a go club for hockey and this has successfully brought together both accomplished players as well as newcomers to the sport. This will finish this half term and our new come and try sport for half term will be sports hall athletics.
Mrs J Ferguson
Head of Physical Education
Report from Head of Girls' Physical Education
Although only a short half term we have still managed thirty-nine different sporting fixtures for all age groups since Christmas. We have had lots of fantastic successes and we are very proud of all of the pupils sporting commitments and efforts.
Football continues to thrive with pupils in Years 7-11 enjoying the game and competing in very competitive games in the MESSSA league. Our U16 girls missed out on a semi-final place in the Essex Cup to a tough school from Grays. Pupils have thoroughly enjoyed their curriculum lessons in the Dome developing their football skills further and focusing on combing these into game play.
Netball continues to be very popular with all age groups enjoying very competitive fixtures in the league. The netball league comes to a close next half term and Year 7, 8, and 9 will enjoy their District rallies as their finale.
Sixth Form netball has continued to be successful and students will enjoy their last school fixtures after the half term. For some of these pupils it will be the conclusion of seven years of school netball. We will miss this group of girls. #netballfamily
Basketball has been very busy this half term. All year groups have enjoyed MESSSA fixtures and our Year 10 girls have reached the semi-final of the Essex Cup. Our Year 7 and 8 teams continue to develop as they learn from experience and build their team structure. Our upper school pupils continue to lead by example through their commitment to training.
The swimming pool is still very busy with a number of galas still to take place.
Pupils more recently took part in the Relay Galas where we had a number of successes. Our Year 8 girls won this competition and our Year 7, 10 and 11 girls came second with our Year 9 girls coming fourth.
Our water confidence class is still running with pupils improving their swimming all the time. It is fantastic to watch how quickly this class learns and progresses. We thank Mrs Algar for her continued support in running this class.
Our cross country club continues to be very popular. The commitment from pupils in improving their fitness has been very pleasing to see. We have had lots of team success in the cross country competitions and special mention must be given to Erin in Year 8 who gained selection for the English Schools Cross Country Championship and Sienna in Year 7 who gained selection for the Essex Schools Cross Country Championship. We wish them both luck in this very prestigious events.
Dance Club returns to the studio on a Wednesday evening and students will be working towards this summer’s show case that takes place as part of the Chelmsford Schools Gotta Dance Festival in July.
Mr Macaulay works very hard with our students at badminton club on a Wednesday morning. He has significantly developed their skills and game play. He ensures that pupils develop their skills as well as their knowledge of the game and the rules. Students in KS4 have also been attending this club to gain valuable expertise to achieve higher end marks in their GCSE PE studies.
Students will again change activities for PE after half term. 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. In cold weather we encourage PE jumpers and either plain black tracksuit bottoms or plain black leggings.
We have been very pleased with how pupils have 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.
Head of Girls' PE
Elite Sport Support Programme Workshop
On Thursday 28th February we will be hosting an Injury Prevention Workshop for our students on the Elite Sports programme. They will receive a letter from the PE teacher overseeing their year group which will outline the details further. Please do not hesitate to contact the PE department if you have any further questions.
Report from Head of Boys' Physical Education
Although a short half term, another extremely busy few weeks in Boys PE. Effort levels have been excellent and attendance at clubs has been superb. I always feel that the preparation and time that all of the boys give, really pays dividends at this time of the year when the winter sports begin to come to a climax with Quarter, Semi and Finals being played in a vast array of sports and competitions.
Year 8 and 11 boys have had a really strong term, with both age groups progressing into the next stages (Quarter and Semi Finals) of the county football cup. A competition entered by such a vast amount of schools is a tremendous achievement. Saturday morning football fixtures against KEGS and Enfield have also given a wide range of boys the opportunity to play and represent the school producing some excellent performances.
Basketball has been our most popular activity this half term with Mid Essex as well as county cup competitions taking place. The Mid Essex format has also provided students with the opportunity to represent the school and to continue to make all sports as inclusive for all is something we are always keen to encourage. Year 8 and 10 have made a safe passage through to the Essex semi-finals, and Year 11 still have county basketball quarter finals to play, while Year 7 and 9 suffered narrow defeats in the same round, playing some nice basketball but just missing out by the odd basket.
Rugby at Great Baddow has seen waterfall tournaments for Years 7 and 8. Both age groups had Mid Essex competitions in preparation for the county waterfall festivals after half term. All year groups have the annual 7s festivals after half term which try to encourage free flowing attacking rugby that makes it both exciting and enjoyable for the boys who have the opportunity to take part. Year 10 have an upcoming MESSSA match versus Becket Keys, while Year 11 have made it two finals in two years by defeating Anglo European 50-7 on the penultimate week of half term.
A few swimming competitions have taken place this half term which have involved fixtures against Moulsham as well as the annual Mid Essex relays where all year groups had the opportunity to take part. A gala against Brentwood is coming up after half term to continue the good progress made by the students in the pool.
Gymnastics training and attendance has been excellent since September and I know a lot of the boys are looking forward to the gymnastics competition that takes place after half term.
Cross Country continues to go from strength to strength with a Year 7 and 8 boys and girls event at Stubbers Activity Centre and huge congratulations to Greg, Year 7, who was selected to represent Essex in an upcoming event after an exceptional performance in the race secured his place in the team with a fourth place finish in the county.
Students will again change activities for PE after half term. 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 students dress appropriately for PE. In cold weather we encourage black tracksuit bottoms. We have been very pleased with how pupils have 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 pupils 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
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.
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