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Parent’s Newsletter March 2018
This has been a challenging term so far for PE and sport at Malmesbury School. The main school fields have not been usable for the past nine weeks because they have been waterlogged. This has had an impact on lessons as activities such as hockey and football have been taught on the hard courts. In addition, many extra – curricular clubs have been cancelled and fixtures have had to be played at away venues, or have also had to be cancelled because of lack of usable field space. Despite these challenges, the students have worked brilliantly in lessons and the numbers attending clubs have been fantastic. Over 100 students have regularly been turning up to Key Stage Three hockey practices. The numbers for football have been equally impressive with over thirty students regularly attending individual training sessions for Years Seven, Eight, Nine and Ten.
There have been a number of notable achievements in PE and sport this term. In January the school gymnastics teams were again successful at the Wiltshire School Games Level Two competition. Three intermediate and three beginner teams, involving 36 students and eight student officials, went to the Wiltshire Gymnastics Centre in Melksham. Malmesbury School won the intermediate competition and came second in the beginner competition. This means two teams have qualified for the Wiltshire School Games Level Three competition in May. This continues the fantastic success we have had in gymnastics over recent years and is a reflection of all the hard work done in after school clubs in December and January.
At the start of January four of our students, Naryani Costa – Jafrate (Year Seven), Alex Allman (Year Eight) and Ollie Campbell and Eva Porter (both Year Ten) took part in the County Cross Country Championships at Sheldon School. Naryani and Ollie both finished fifth in their respective races and then went on to represent Wiltshire at the South West Championships. Ollie has now been selected to compete for Wiltshire in the National Cross Country Championships in Leeds later in March. This achievement is even more impressive as he is competing with Year Eleven boys.
In January Miss Griffiths and Mrs Reynolds took eight students to Lavington School for a New Age Kurling competition. All the students had a great time and, for many, it was the first time they had represented the school in sport. Ed Greening and James Fletcher, both from Year Seven, won the competition and will now represent the North Wilts Area in the Level Three Kurling competition towards the end of March.
In rugby the Year 10 rugby team has had a great run in the Nat West U -15 National Bowl. On 17th January they won their Round Four match against St James’s Senior School, 13 – 10. This meant they were in the quarter finals of a national competition. Unfortunately they came up against a strong Penryn School team, from Cornwall, in the quarter final and lost 31 – 7. However, to their credit this is the furthest that a team from Malmesbury School has progressed in a national competition. In addition to this team success there has also been a few individual achievements in rugby. Ben Lemos, from Year Ten has been selected for the U – 15 Bath Academy. Ben, along with Dominic Tucker, has also been selected to play for the Dorset and Wiltshire County team. Ed Avery, from Year Eight, has been selected for the U – 13 Bath Rugby DPP Programme.
There has been recent success for the Malmesbury Equestrian team at the Wickstead Qualifier.
The 80cm category team (Lily Giddings, Ellie Watkins and Rory Watkins) finished third. In the 90cm category Char Bailey finished 6th and Ellie Watkins 8th. The 100cm category the team (Char Bailey, Willa Gibb, Milly Harvey and Ellie Watkins) also finished third with Willa Gibb finishing overall individual winner. The whole team were one place away from qualifying for the National Championships at Hickstead. Particular congratulations go to Anna Dando who won the 80cm Class and qualified to represent Wiltshire in the County Championships in April. Many thanks, as usual, to everyone who helps to run and organise the team, especially Briony Gibb.
The primary cluster has held two very successful events this term. Back in January there was the gymnastics festival and in February the hockey festival. As usual our student leaders were fantastic in helping to organise and officiate at both events.
More recently Miss Scarlett took the Year Seven hockey team to Sheldon for the Area tournament. After winning the Area netball tournament in November the girls repeated this success and won the hockey tournament. They won all of their four games without conceding a goal and scored 23 goals. Again this is an even more impressive achievement as the tournament was played on astroturf.
Next term we will be starting our summer activities. There will be cricket, rounders and athletics clubs after school. As usual anyone is welcome to attend. There will also be an archery club on Monday evening which will be run by Hector Cole. There is also a swimming gala to look forwards to and triathlon club will be running on Friday evenings for Key Stage Four and Five students.