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Parents Newsletter January 2019
There has been a lot happening in the PE faculty over the last few months. The pitches are in great condition and we are hoping to play some football and hockey fixtures at home over the next few weeks.
As usual, the response of our students to clubs and practices has been amazing. It is great to walk around school, after 3:25, to see everything that they are taking part in. There have already been over a hundred boys and girls coming to football training across the year groups. In gymnastics, clubs have been well attended by students who are preparing to compete in the Wiltshire School Games Level Two Competition at the end of January. It looks like this year Malmesbury School will be able to enter an advanced team for the first time. Fencing club has been running since October half term thanks to the generosity of Hector Cole. Hector is an ex – teacher at the school who returns every Monday evening to run a fencing club in the winter and an archery club in the summer. There has been a girls’ rugby club, run by Welsh international Rebecca De Filippo, on Monday evenings. On Tuesday after school there are currently fitness classes being led by the Activity Zone staff for Year 10 and 11 girls. In the Activity Zone sports hall there is a badminton club on Tuesday evenings and a basketball club on Thursday evenings. In addition, every evening, the Activity Zone gym is packed with our students working out to get fitter and stronger.
In the September and October triathlon club was again very popular on Friday evenings. Thirty students took part and for some it was their first experience of the sport and for others something they have started to train for outside of school. More recently, the swimming pool has been used for water polo and, on 18th January, the school had its first ever water polo match. We played Corsham School in a very good match played in excellent spirit. Many thanks to the boys from Corsham School and to their teacher, Chris Smith, for coming over on a Friday evening for the match.
There have been more successes for our girls’ hockey and netball teams. Back in October, the Year Eleven hockey team once again won their area tournament and the Year Eight netball team has also won their area competition. Mrs Allaway has been running a mixed senior hockey team which is very popular among the students involved and there have been fixtures against St Marys and Wootton Bassett.
In rugby 26 Year Seven boys took part in the annual Devizes tournament on a Saturday morning at the end of November. Both teams had great results in their respective competitions with the ‘A’ team finishing third and the ‘B’ team second. At the end of November, Mr Baker took a Year Ten team to play in the Wiltshire School Games 13 – a - side competition and they only went and won!
On Wednesday 7th November Mrs Schofield and Mr Mitchell took 25 students to Grittleton School for the Area Cross Country Championships. It was a great event and eight of our students qualified for the County Championships at Sheldon School on Saturday 19th January. At the county championships there were again some great performances in very challenging conditions, most notably from Ollie Campbell who came first and is now Wiltshire Intermediate Cross Country champion. In addition to Ollie, Naryani Costa – Jafrate in Year Eight and Rosie Rayner in Year Nine have also qualified to represent the Wiltshire team at the South West Championships in February.
On Tuesday 27th November Mr Lambert took eight students to the Key Stage Three Wiltshire School Games Level Two Badminton competition at Hardenhuish School. The boys’ team did really well but it was the girls’ team, Sophie Robinson, Cate Eagles, Imi Eagles and Lily Phillips, that really excelled. They finished first, winning 24 of their 25 matches as a team. As a result, they have qualified for the Level Three County competition at the end of January in Tidworth.
On Tuesday 29 January, the key stage 3 girls’ badminton team competed at the county badminton finals in Tidworth. The team comprised of Imogen and Cate Eagles, Sophie Robinson and Lily Phillips. They played 4 matches and won 3 against Bradon Forest, St Edmunds and Clarendon, only losing to South Wilts Grammar School. As a result, they picked up silver medals and produced some excellent badminton throughout the competition.
On Wednesday 30 January, Malmesbury School took 6 gymnastics teams to the Wiltshire School of Gym to compete in the level 2 Wiltshire School Games competition and we had some amazing results. The beginner A team came 1st and both the Intermediate A and Advanced A team came 2nd which means 3 teams have qualified for the finals in the summer. Gymnastics competitions are always tough as students have to perform their routine in front of all the competitors and are marked against a perfect score. This is the first year Malmesbury school has been able to enter an advanced team and credit must be given to the excellent gymnastics leaders from Year 9 and above who have worked tirelessly to help the team develop their routines and vaults. Thanks to Lucy Bryars, Lauren Hunt, Bethan Simpson-Smith, Megan Thompson, Emma Smith, Izzy Darker and Hermione Kent.
There have been a couple of primary cluster events in recent weeks. On Monday 12th November, nearly two hundred students from eleven of our feeder primary school took part in the cluster cross - country festival. It is always a fantastic mass participation event and could not be organised without the help of our fantastic leaders from Malmesbury School. On Monday 14th January, eighteen young leaders from the cluster primary schools came in to school to complete their Young Playmakers’ Award. The challenge is for them to now go into their own schools to help lead sports activities.
There are a lot more clubs just starting, or will start, in the coming weeks. There is netball for Years Ten, Eleven and the Sixth Form and hockey for Seven, Eight and Nine. Football practices and matches will continue until Easter. In the pool on Friday evenings there is swimming for a range of students and triathlon club will start again in March.
Finally just a reminder for students who are unable to take part in PE lessons because of injury. It is recommended that they still bring PE kit to lessons so they can help in another role such as coaching. Also they may still be required to go outside onto the pitches. If they have kit it will save school shoes and uniform from getting unnecessarily muddy.
Senior Curriculum Leader, Physical Education