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Parents’ Newsletter December 2017
Once again, there has been a lot going on in PE and sport at Malmesbury School this half term. Now that the days are shorter, a lot of new clubs have started for a wide range of activities including gymnastics, handball, basketball, fencing, girl racers and fitness. Most of them will run until the end of January. As usual, anybody is welcome to attend regardless of ability and experience.
On Saturday 25th November two Year 7 rugby and two netball teams took part in the annual Devizes tournament. Both the rugby A and B teams finished third in their respective competitions. There was even more success for the girls’ teams as their B team finished second in their competition and the A team won the ‘A’ team competition. After success in the Year 9 netball and the Year 10 and 11 Hockey competitions this is the fourth area tournament that the girls’ teams have won so far this year.
After running in the Area Cross Country championships four athletes have qualified to represent Wiltshire in the County Cross Championships in January. In the minor girls’ competition Narayani Costa – Jafrate finished second, Alex Allman finished eighth in the Junior boys’ competition, Eva Porter fourth in the Inter girls’ competition and Ollie Campbell won the Inter boys’ competition. Ollie’s success is even more remarkable because was competing with Year 11 boys.
On Monday 27th November Mr Mitchell and Mrs Reynolds took six students to Devizes School for the Wiltshire School Games boccia competition. It was a great event giving those involved the opportunity to represent the school in a different activity and to go off site to play sport. For the first time there has been a badminton team representing the school at the Wiltshire School Games Key Stage Three Badminton Competition. The team was made up of four Year 8 students and four Year 7 students. They did really well considering they were mostly competing against Year 9 students from other schools. Matt Jenkins and Imogen Eagles, both from Year 8, finished first individual boy and girl respectively and all those involved improved considerably during the tournament.
In rugby the Year 10 boys’ team has reached the last 16 of the Nat West national bowl competition. In the last round they beat Bristol Cathedral Choir School 43 – 15 and face St James’ Senior Boys School from Ashford in Middlesex in the next round after Christmas. The Year 11 team are Area Champions once again, for the third time in four years, beating St Laurence School from Bradford – On – Avon 14 – 12 in a very hard fought match.
On Thursday 23rd November we were very pleased to welcome back to school two ex – students, George Worbouys and Connor Beer who are both at Bath Rugby Academy. Connor captained Ireland U – 18s rugby team earlier in November vs Portugal and presented Malmesbury School with his match shirt. Both George and Connor stayed behind after school to run a very inspiring coaching session for the Year 7 rugby squad
Many thanks to all of our sports leaders who do so much to support the PE department in lessons, helping with extra – curricular clubs and primary cluster sports festivals. Without this help much of what we do could not be run and definitely would not be so successful. There is one sports leader worthy of individual recognition so far this year. Maisie Hunt, in Year 12, has completed over one hundred hours of sports leadership.
Early next term there will be the Wiltshire School Games gymnastics and new age kurling Competitions in January, boys’ football clubs and fixtures will be getting under way and the girls’ and mixed hockey teams will be preparing for fixtures. There is also the primary school cluster gymnastics festival to look forwards to on Monday 22nd January.