News Half-Term Sporting Round-Up 08.02.2024

After a fabulous start to the season, our squads and teams have continued to train hard, to learn from the losses and build on their success.

We continue to field a large number of hockey teams across the year-groups with a packed schedule of friendly and competitive fixtures. Highlights have included the U13s placing 4th at ISHC finals; the U16s just missing out in a tough match in the tier 1 plate competition against Millfield, while the U19 squad have shown great grit and determination in their matches in their Tier 1 competition. Also this half-term, it was fantastic to see girls from a number of teams and year-groups come together for the fiercely fought senior house hockey tournament. Congratulations to the winners, Quinn Brown. And a special shout out to Head of Hockey, Miss Gordon, who played in the final of the England Hockey Super 6s finals.

Netball continues to be played competitively by a huge number of girls with strength and depth across all of the year-groups. The netball PE staff and coaches are very pleased with the girls’ progress and the U12s are through to the semi-finals of the SnS Cup and the U14s are through to the quarter-finals. The U14s were also 3rd at the Regional Finals of National Schools.

Cricket continues to grow in popularity supported by a brilliant team of coaches. Our U12 team are London Schools’ Champions and the U13 team were 3rd at the London Schools’ Competition. Both the U13 and U15 teams are through to county finals of the Lady Taverner competition.

Our athletes continue to show their mettle in the Cross Country competitions. At this week’s London Schools Cross Country Champs Allegra, Lower Sixth, came 3rd in the senior race and Maeve, Year 10, was 4th in the inter race. Both have been selected for English Schools.

Out on the water our J15 (Year10) rowers had their first race of the season at Hampton Head of the River which for some was their very first race. Fun was had by all and everyone raced well producing some respectable finishing positions. The J16 (Year 11) and Lower and Upper Sixth team fielded three boats for the Quintin Head of the River and all crews finished in the top 5. Our senior crew were invited to a boat race course fixture against Cambridge Lightweights. Cambridge took narrow victory in the first two races with Godolphin driving on to win the third race. The Year 11 squad boated two crews in a friendly fixture against St Paul’s Girls. The crews showcased a great ability to contest for victory on their home stretch. The Seniors fielded a top 8 against University of London Boat Club, once again showcasing great speed against a senior crew to take victory in the sprint work. Congratulations also to Nina, Vice Captain of our Boat Club, who was selected for the British Rowing U19 training day at Caversham. Nina now progresses onto the next stage of selection which occurs over half term.

Our extra-curricular PE clubs are thriving, and we are looking forward to more competitive fencing tournaments after the half-term break as well as our extra-curricular display 6.00-7.00pm Thursday 14 March which parents are warmly invited to watch.

There have also been some notable individual successes from girls taking part in sport outside school including Elspeth’s silver and bronze medals at the British Show Jumping National Show at Hartpury College, and Lilly who won the Prelim Bronze class in the British Dressage Area Festival at Parwood. Also, Kienna has qualified for the English Skiing Championships having finished 3rd in the giant slalom and 4th in the slalom at the Welsh Championships, and Emmie Gilbert has again been selected for the U21 England hockey squad for the summer internationals

Away from competition and training, we were delighted to welcome Great Britain hockey player, Sarah Evans, for a fascinating and inspiring talk on failure and fighting back and our Year 7s and 8s enjoyed a tour of Chelsea’s home ground, Stamford Bridge.