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Parent’s Newsletter Summer 2018

Once again this has been a busy term for PE and sport at Malmesbury School. In athletics there have been a number of individual and team achievements. On Tuesday 5th June all of our athletes, who have regularly been to athletics club, took part in a meeting with Abbeyfield and Wootton Bassett Schools. Over 170 students represented the school in a great evening of athletics. On 13th of June we took boys’ and girls’ teams, from Years Seven to Ten, to the Area Athletics Championships at Bath University. Overall, we finished third out of nine schools and had 18 area champions. This season an unprecedented 8 school athletics records have also been broken.

At the Area Trials in May, we took a number of athletes to Bath University. They were all competing to qualify to represent North Wiltshire at the County Championships at Swindon. In the Year Seven team Rory Watkins (800m), Naryani Costa – Jafrate (1200m) and Jack Gibb (shot putt) were selected. In the Junior team (Years Eight and Nine) Willa Gibb (hurdles & 100m), Max Ashton (300m), Henry Watling (800m) and Max Savage (long Jump) were selected and in the Inter Team (Years Ten & Eleven) Charlie Evatt (Hurdles), Alex Burgess (100m), Jacob Kelly (200m & High Jump), Eva Porter (1500m) and Ben Walker (Javelin) were selected. On the day Willa Gibb (both 100m and hurdles), Max Savage and Jacob Kelly were all County Champions. Willa was then selected to represent Wiltshire at the South West Championships in both the hurdles and the 100m. Willa has now been selected to run for Wiltshire in the hurdles at the English Schools Athletics Championships in Birmingham on the 9th July. We wish her the very best of luck.

On Wednesday 2nd May Malmesbury School beginner and intermediate gymnastics teams competed at the finals of the Wiltshire School Games. Both teams did incredibly well to reach the finals after winning the qualifying competition back in January. Each member had to perform a floor routine and two vaults with everyone’s scores being combined to give an overall score. In the beginner category Malmesbury came away with 3rd place and Eleanor Goodey claimed 3rd highest scoring individual and earned herself a bronze medal. In the intermediate category Malmesbury came away with 2nd place and Ebony Baker and Beth Kirkham both earning the same individual score to take 2nd highest scoring individuals. Once again, these are amazing results and reflect the hard work and dedication the students put into practice to prepare for the competition.

On 10th May twelve Year Seven and Eight students represented the school at the second Wiltshire School Games Stephanie Millward Swimming Gala at Trowbridge Sports Centre. There were eleven schools taking part and Malmesbury finished second. This is a fantastic achievement, considering the lack of training time the team has in the swimming pool. Many thanks to all of our coaches who have helped with the team this year; Nikki Smethurst, Nicky Butcher, Rachel Nicholls and Jane Oglesby. Two of our students, Amalie Bartlett from 8CG and Katie Butcher from 9BS have been with the performance swimming team at Bath University this year. Katie has made finals, in three events, in the South West Regional Championships and has qualified for the Welsh Nationals in Swansea this summer.

There have been some fantastic events and festivals involving our Primary Schools Cluster this summer. In May over 400 students, from Years One to Four from eleven schools, took part in the orienteering festival. It was lovely to see so many children exercising and working in teams. At the start of June ten of our feeder Primary Schools brought 18 teams to the Year Five and Six cricket festival which was won by Sherston. Many thanks to Tyler and Terry from Inov8 Sports and Matt Pearson, North Wiltshire Sports Development Officer, for running the festival and to Malmesbury Cricket Club for being the hosts. There have been two tennis festivals, one for Years Three and Four
and one for Years Five and Six. Many thanks to James Wescott for organising and to Malmesbury Tennis club for hosting. Our last major athletics event was the Primary Cluster athletics festival, which involved ten schools and over 300 students. It gave the students a chance to compete for their schools in athletics. For those coming to Malmesbury School, for Year Seven, it was an opportunity to visit the site and meet potential new class mates before the new Intake Days.

In May we welcomed the Danish students and staff from Tonder Gymnasium School in Denmark who came to Malmesbury for their reciprocal exchange visit. The group enjoyed a range of sport activities including cricket, rugby and archery. They also had two days trips, one to Bristol and one to Bath. The exchange has been a great success and it is hoped repeated for many years to come. Thank you to all our host families for making the Danish students feel so welcome.

In May the second triathlon club of the year saw 30 athletes with various levels of experience take part in weekly swimming, cycling and running training sessions. In the last session Ollie Campbell, from Year Ten, won the triathlon race in which competitors swam 400m, cycled 12km and then ran 3km. The club has been a great success over the years and many ex-students have continued to enjoy the sport after leaving school. A number have gone on to compete at a very high level. The latest is Lizzie Rayner who is now English National Age Group (20 to 24) triathlon champion. Also Miri King, who left school last year, is part of the UK Under – 21 tetrathlon (swimming, running, riding and shooting) team and is competing in an international event later this month. Miri honed her skills in the school equestrian team and at triathlon club.

Finally, the PE department would like to thank all of our student leaders who have helped with events, clubs and competitions this year. Not only is their support invaluable in helping to organise and run school activities but they are also a huge help with Area and County events such as the Level Three gymnastics competition and Area Athletics Championships and Trials. They have also been instrumental in ensuring the continued success of our Primary Cluster events and festivals. Most recently, 32 leaders officiated orienteering, tennis, rugby, athletics, dodgeball and tri – ball at the Wiltshire School Games Level Three competition at Marlborough College. They were a tremendous help during the day and a credit to the school. Without all of our leaders’ time, knowledge and enthusiasm so much of what we offer in PE and sport at Malmesbury School would not be possible.