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A massive congratulations to the 14 Year 7 and Year 8 swimmers who represented the school at the first Wiltshire School Games swimming gala on Wednesday 21st June. Out of 11 schools Malmesbury finished fourth which is a great achievement, especially considering that four members of the team have never swum competitively before. Here they are pictured with their coach, Krista Davies who deserves a big thank you, and Paralympic swimming gold medallist Stephanie Millward.
Parents Newsletter - Summer 2017
Athletics has been the main focus of the last few weeks for the PE Department. However, there have been a number of other events and activities taking place and quite a few significant sporting achievements.
After success at the Level Two competition Malmesbury School once again qualified two teams (one beginner and intermediate) for the Level Three finals of the Wiltshire School Games gymnastics competition. This is the fourth year in a row that we have qualified and continues a strong tradition of performance by our gymnasts. The beginner team finished in third position out of 7 teams with Daisy Killane (Year 7) crowned as the highest scoring individual in the competition. The intermediate team came first with Leah Hammersley (Year7) and Becky Faulkner (Year 9) finishing in overall first and second position respectively. As a result Malmesbury School won the overall team competition for the first time, an amazing achievement.
Congratulations should go to all of the students who have made the continuing commitment to hockey. The numbers throughout the year groups have been excellent and the standard of play has risen again. Malmesbury are now Area Champions in years 8, 9, 10 and 11 and special congratulations should go to the year 11 squad who were area champions for the 5 years that they have been in school(2013 – 2017). They have set the bar high and we hope that future year groups will accept the challenge and aim to remain unbeaten. The year 9 squad have won 3 tournaments of 3 so far!! Mrs Allaway has been coaching a mixed hockey team and they have enjoyed practising together and playing matches against other schools such as Wootton Bassett.
On 24th May Mr Baker took 15 golfers to the annual North Wilts/Swindon schools’ golf competition at The Wiltshire Golf and Country Club. The event involved a competition and a coaching session on the driving range. It was a brilliant evening for the students involved. The ‘A’ team consisting of Lorna Evans (Captain), Ali Curnock, Campbell Jones and Archie Jones won the whole competition shooting a 1 under par 35 on the 9 hole “Garden Course”.
The Year 9 girls’ rounders team are area champions after winning all of their matches in a recent tournament. This is the first time we have entered a rounders tournament so to win was an excellent achievement.
In athletics there has been outstanding attendance at the two weekly athletics clubs that have been taking place this term. Over 180 students have been attending and this reflects the enthusiasm that there is, among our students, for this sport.
In May four Year 7 and four Year 8 teams went to Marlborough College to compete in their respective QuadKids events. In both events the ‘A’ teams finished second to very strong Marlborough teams. In the Year 8 competition Jess Chandler, from 8HP, was the first placed girl scoring the highest number of points over the four events; long jump, 100m sprint, vortex ball throw and 800m.
At the Area Athletics Trials, in May, 41 athletes went to Bath University to compete and try to qualify for the North Wiltshire team for the County Athletics Championships. Of the 41 athletes 17 were chosen to represent the Area team. On Saturday 10th June the Year 8, 9, 10 and 11 athletes competed for North Wiltshire at the County Athletics Championships. There were some outstanding individual achievements, including two third places. The Year 7 County Championships is being held during the evening of Wednesday 28th June at Tidworth track.
A great day of athletics took place on Wednesday 14th June at Bath University for the North Wiltshire Area Championships. From Malmesbury School 83 athletes took part. From eight schools the Year 7, 8 and 10 teams were third overall and the Year 9 team were first. For the whole competition this meant Malmesbury finished second. There were also many significant individual achievements with lots of personal bests, twelve athletes becoming Area Champions for their event and there were four winning relay teams from eight races. In addition three school records were broken, Lexy Taylor throwing 25.15m in the Year 8 javelin competition, Jess Chandler 8.29m in the Year 8 girls’ shot putt and the Year 9 girls’ relay team (Poppy Slade, Harriet Taylor, Eva Porter and Bethan Kelly) finishing the race in 54.47 seconds. This adds to the three school records already broken earlier in the season; Elliott Ayliffe in the Year 10 boys’ 400m (55.0 seconds), Emily Simpson – Smith throwing 22.91m in the Year 9 girls’ discus and Stella Harper throwing 25.19m in the Year 9 girls’ javelin. It’s been a pretty good season for the girls’ throwers. Fifteen Year 9 leaders helped to run the competition, too, and their help with timing races was invaluable. All 98 students involved were a credit to the school and helped to make the whole event a great success.
There have been four major festivals, in recent weeks, involving our local primary schools. At the start of May over 300 students from Years 1 to 4, from eight of our local primary schools, took part in the orienteering festival. It is a great mass participation event with the emphasis on fun, teamwork and the benefits of exercise. At the start of June Mr Mitchell organised a very successful cricket competition at Malmesbury Cricket Club. The competition was won by Crudwell ‘A’ team who have now qualified for the County competition at Trowbridge Cricket Club. Two tennis festivals were held at Malmesbury Tennis Club and involved 8 primary schools with 19 leaders helping to score and judge.
As usual the PE faculty is incredibly fortunate to have the help of so many student sports leaders to help organise and run events. So far this term 90 leaders from Years 8 and 9 have helped with the orienteering festival and 28 students have passed an athletics leaders course and have been instrumental in helping officiate at Quadkids, Area Trials and Championships and school based events such as interform. Ten students have qualified as cricket leaders and did a great job umpiring and scoring at the Primary School Cricket Festival. 19 students helped at Primary Cluster tennis festivals and a number of gymnastics leaders officiated at the Wiltshire School Games Level Three competition.
We have also been lucky to have another sports visitor come into school to work with some of our students. Sarah Graham, a Bristol rugby player and England international, came in to work with 20 Year 7 girls who play rugby. She did a mixture of games, skills drills and fitness activities and followed the practical activities with a Q and A session. Sarah is currently in Canada representing Great Britain in the rugby sevens World Cup. As with all the visits we have had this year it was a very inspiring experience for those involved.
Girls Sporting Success:
We have had an amazing run of results on the girls netball and hockey since September. We are current area champions in the following:
Year 7, 8 & 9 netball
Year 10 & 11 hockey
Basically that’s every area tournament that we can enter!