Over the last two weeks, pupils have been celebrating the language history and culture of India. This has focussed on our KS3 pupils, with a variety of activities taking place, such as samosa making; jewellery making; sitar playing in assembly; learning new Indian languages; talks about Indian politics, Indian history and Indian religions; Indian dancing; Hinglish; playing Kabaddi and cricket. We are very grateful to departments for coordinating such interesting activities and to the pupils themselves, who have led many of them.
We will be running a variety of activities during the fortnight from 26/2 until 9/3 to celebrate the languages, culture, politics and religions of India.
The activities are as following:
- MFL- KS3- starter activity- learn a new language- to be led by pupils in each class
- Music- Kumar sisters to play in assembly
- Citizenship- exploration of Indian politics
- PE- cricket on both Tuesdays.
- Sports leaders (Year 10) to teach Kabaddi to KS3 pupils during Wednesday lunchtimes
- Dance- Year 8 as scheme of work, taster through year group clubs to be led by older pupils.
- RS- exploration of Indian religion
- Science society to deliver to Year 7/8 classes- biology- vegetarian diet/ ivory trade, chemistry- chemicals in curry, physics- light and its effect on flag colours
- Maths- study of Indian mathematicians.
- D&T lunchtime Samosa making session; Indian inspired jewellery
- Art- paper cuts club to produce shadow puppets
- English- Hinglish with KS5
Our ECB coach Toby is back in this week to teach the students cricket ready for the up and coming cricket season. Whether you have played before or not come along and try it out. Sessions are open to all year 7s, 8s and 9s.
Where : Devisdale Astro
When : Tuesday Lunch times 12:30 – 1:15pm
What to bring: trainers and packed lunch
See Mrs Hardicre for more details.
Mrs Finch took a team of enthusiastic Year 8 and 9 cricketers to the Timperley Festival on Sunday. They played teams with various ages of players from 12noon until 4pm.
The best part about it was that a couple of players could not play because of illness so Mrs Finch got to play along with one of the mums! It was a wonderful day’s cricket. We were the youngest team there ( apart from Mrs Finch) but they did not disgrace themselves at all, winning 2 matches and losing 3. A great time was had by all. This involvement is thanks to Toby Mullin who has been coming to school most Friday lunchtimes to coach the girls. We have a handful of cricketers, the rest are keen games players.
Thank you to all who played for making it such an enjoyable day. Thanks also goes to the parents for their support throughout the season.
We entered the National Schools Schools’ Sports Magazine T20 cricket competition again this year. We were drawn in a group of 3 with Ormaskirk Grammar School and Fallibroome High School.
Off we went to Ormskirk to play. A strong cricketing School with nothing to fear. We batted first and did not score enough runs : we were 81 all out after our 20 overs.
Ormskirk then went into bat and were 124 for 3 after their 20 overs.
We had lost against a better team but it was great experience for the girls.
We did not play Fallibroome High School as our planned match had to be cancelled because of rain and the match had to be played before half term. During the last week we had exams so we were not able to rearrange the match.
I hope you keep playing next year.
Good luck. Mrs Finch
The year 7 and 8 cricket team had qualified for this final as Trafford champions. There were five teams in the competition so had four matches. We played some good cricket to beat St Nicholas School, Northwich, Cheadle Hulme School and Tytherington High School, Macclesfield. However, we did not play to our potential when playing Prenton School from the Wirral and we lost the game by 58 runs to 44. The girls did very well considering they had new members on the team from last year. These girls played some good cricket and gained valuable experience.
The team were County runners-up and were presented with a certificate and a medal.
Well done to Laurie and her team.
The U15 cricket team had a narrow escape against Sale Grammar School in the Trafford round of the National Schools’ competition.
We bowled first and Sale were all out for 58 runs.
It was then our turn to bat. We were 37 for 7 when Ellie R. came into bat needing to score 21 runs. She eventually scored 24 runs, winning us the game. Well done Ellie.
The team now go through to the county final after Easter.
Toby Mullins, our resident cricket coach, organised a cricket activator course aimed at developing skills needed to introduce beginners to the game of cricket. 13 of our cricketers took the course which was for 6 hours over two afternoons. They now have to deliver cricket for 10 hours to pass the course. They will hopefully be trying to inspire some new year 7 and year 8 and 9 girls to take up the sport so we can continue with the success we have had this year.
Watch this space.
The U13 cricket team had been invited to the North of England final of this National Competition as they had reached the North final of the indoor competition.
There were 6 teams in the competition : Appleby Grammar School, Cumbria ; North Durham Academy, Durham ; Urmston Grammar School, Lancashire ; Corbridge Middle School, Northumberland ; Driffield School, Yorkshire and AGGS, Cheshire.
The competition was played in 2 sections of 3. We lost our first match against Driffield and then against Corbridge so we then played for 5th/6th place. The girls had a great match and beat Appleby Grammar School quite easily. It was great to see them win a match.
The girls played some excellent cricket against some very strong opposition. In the final Corbridge beat Urmston. ( We actually had a better result against Corbridge!!!!!).
Well done to Laurie Sheridan and her team : Charlotte Lord, Nielja Gerhard, Lois Haworth, Sarah Wide, Emma Simpson, Amber Thoms, Emily Conway, Millie Sewell Nd Lucia Oram. It was a great achievement seeing as, out of a squad of 10 players, only 4 of them were crickets. The rest were very good games players transferring their skills from their major sports.
Two of our senior players also came to act as managers and ended up scoring and learning how to fill in a proper score sheet. Ellie and Hannahhad a great time.
Special thanks must go to Mrs Simpson,who came to support the team and to Mr Sheridan for coaching the team throughout the tournament.
We all had a great day.
The U15 cricket team played against Urmston Grammar School in the second round of the School Sports Magazine’s T 20 competition. Urmston scored 111 for 5 after their 50 overs. Our team played well and kept Urmston’s score to a beatable one.
However Urmston had some very strong bowlers who could bowl hard and straight and out batters could not cope. We were all out for 47.
This was a heavy loss but a lot of positives came out of the match to work on for next time. Most of our team had not played hard ball cricket before but had enjoyed the challenge of learning a new sport. Cricket is growing at ‘Alti Girls’ and more and more girls are coming to Toby’s practice on a Friday lunchtime.
We must also thank Timperley Cricket Club for providing the funding to buy two sets of quick cricket for us. We are hoping to develop cricket further with our more experienced players running sessions to encourage some of their friends to start playing. These two sets of bats, balls and stumps will therefore be very useful.