We held our summer presentation assemblies for years 7 and 8 and then years 9 and 10 on the morning of the last day of the summer term. Awards were presented for ‘most improved player’ and player of the year in tennis, rounders and athletics.
We also presented two ‘Sports Personality of the Year’ Awards : one for celebrating sport inside school and one for celebrating sport that the girls take on out of school. There were also trophies for ‘The Greatest Sporting Potential’ and the ‘Most Committed Sportswoman’.
Colours and commendations were also given out in tennis, rounders, athletics and cricket.
Trophies and certificates were given out for the inter-form tennis, rounders and athletics competitions.
These assemblies were a great celebration of the all the success and enjoyment the girls have had throughout this term.
Well done to everyone who was presented with an award.
Following on from the National Schools’ Athletics Finals at the beginning of July, Victoria Barlow was seleceted to represent England the Schools’ International Athletics Competition in Kent, competing in the Pole Vault. At the International competition she came second – you can see her with her silver medal below
Victoria will be attending a coaching clinic at Millfield School in August where she will be coached by the Director of Athletics who is involved with elite athletes preparing for the Olympics. She is aiming to better her personal best and gain selection for the World Junior Games within the next two years. She has also been selected for the School Games in September at Loughborough University.
Victoria is currently ranked second in the country at U17 level despite only taking up the Pole Vault two years ago. We wish her every success and would love to see her in the 2020 Olympics!!
8-3 and 7-7 had been awarded the most merits for the year and their reward was a trip to Altrincham Ice Rink – during school time. We all walked down to the rink after lunch and ice skated for an hour. Everyone enjoyed themselves and we even had 2 members of staff having a go : Mrs Finch and Mr Davenport!!!!
Last Monday over 60 girls skipped for an hour in the pouring rain to raise money for The British Heart Foundation. Last time we did this we raised over £800 for this very worthy charity so hopefully we can beat that amount this year.
Below are some photos to show the atmosphere, which was wonderful. Everyone sensed to enjoy themselves even through they got a soaking!!!!!
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.
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.
It was an early start from Stockport station on Friday morning but the excitement of a day out of school meant the girls and staff were on the platform in plenty of time to catch the train. If there were any thoughts that a two hour train journey to London was going to boring then they were quickly banished – Elysia kept the group entertained and educated with her big puzzle book, with the girls in awe of the general knowledge of Mrs Frankland and Mrs O’Neal!
On arrival at Euston station, we entrusted our lives to Christiane who ably navigated the way to Southfields station – with a little input from Anna who ensured that we didn’t have to change lines at Earl’s Court but got the direct tube tour destination.
A brisk 20 minute walk to Wimbledon was made all the more pleasant with free hand-outs – strawberries and cream, coke zero and umbrellas – and we finally arrived at the gates.
Once a meeting point was established the girls quickly disappeared to explore the ground – and probably to find food. The staff had lunch on Henman Hill, watched matches on the big screen and then made our way to Court 1 for the Ladies Doubles semi-finals. The highlight of this being the Williams sisters playing in the second match of the day.
They easily defeated their opponents but weren’t quite quick enough to escape the clutches of the Alty Girls armed with big tennis balls and marker pens at the exit, waiting for autographs. Anna, Sumayya and Tamara were delighted to get Serena’s autograph and Elysia was handed a sweaty towel by Venus!
The mixed doubles followed with Britain’s top ladies seed Heather Watson in action and we managed to see some of Murray’s semi final match on the big screen on Henman Hill.
After a long day we met up and headed back to the station for the long journey home. The entertainment continued and we are now all puzzle book experts. A fabulous day; perfect weather, good tennis and excellent company. Thanks girls.
A team of very competitive staff took on the year 10 rounders team at lunchtime. It was a great match with some excellent batting and fielding. Mrs Clutton took some very good catches and Mr Carr now understands how important it is to get the ball back to him as bowler so runners cannot run on to score a rounder!!!!!!
The men were so competitive – the year 10’s didn’t stand a chance!!!!
Even so the year 10’s battled well to lose the match by 6 rounders to 6 1/2. Hard luck year 10’s – perhaps you might win next time!!!!!