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News from the PE department

By Miss McGonigle, Acting Head of PE

Last week (6-12th Nov) was, as always, a very busy week for the PE department and the budding students who take part in the clubs and teams. The whole week saw lots of attendance at all the extra-curricular clubs, even as the weather took a chilly turn, and plenty of fixtures and teams. Please do remember that everyone is welcome at clubs and it is never too late to join so do encourage your children to come along.

The week started off with the U12A/B hockey teams travelling away to Headington encountering some very well drilled teams that have been involved since prep school. The A team lost 8-0 and the B team lost 2-1. Some excellent hockey was played and the teams both learnt lots and continue to progress. With many of our players having not played before the learning curve is always steep in year 7 and the teams continue to thrive and learn even in games that they lose but a good few goals. Well done to all those involved! The U13A/B netball team and U15A/B also travelled away to LEH on Monday with the U13A team winning 22-4 and the U13B team losing 13-12 in a very closely contested affair. The U15A team came away 25-5 worse off and the U15B team lost another tight match 13-12. An excellent set of netball fixtures for our teams that enabled them to play some strong netball and learn lots with a busy year ahead.

On Tuesday the U18 hockey team competed in their Regional Heats with three tough games lined up vs Kingston Grammar School, St Mary’s and Magdalen College. The day started with a close encounter v KGS where we took the lead first only for Kingston to bring it back within minutes to level the score. KGS then went ahead 2-1 and despite numerous opportunities we could not level the game. We then incurred a nasty head injury to one of the team, who thankfully is healing up nicely and will be back on the hockey pitch in no time. The injury shook the team a lot and they had to pull together to get through the rest of the day as one of their friends and team mates went off to hospital to be stitched up. Credit to the girls team spirit, grit and determination as well as some excellent hockey they went on to win their next game 4-0 and draw their last game 2-2, which was very tense, seeing them safely through to the regional semi-finals.

The semi-finals is a one off game, which can be luck of the draw, in order to reach the regional finals where the final four teams play. The team is now in the final 8 and the only state school remaining in the competition. We have drawn Cranleigh, previous National Champions, which will be a tough encounter but one we are prepared to match.

Tuesday also saw the U12A team and U14A/B netball teams play Broxbourne in some very wet and windy conditions. The U12A team lost their game but had great fun and learnt lots in their first fixture of the year. Apologies must go to the U12B team who did not get to play their game as Broxbourne did not come with their U12B’s to play against them- there are plenty more fixtures lined up, do not worry! The 14A team lost their game but battled back from 9-1 down to bring the score back within two goals. The U14B team also lost but battled hard in terrible conditions for netball!

On Wednesday the U14A/B and U15A/B netball teams played Wycombe Abbey with the U15A team losing 20-15 and the U15B’s losing 15-7 in in two excellent games of netball. The U14A team lost 22-18 and the U14B team won 5-2 in another two high standard closely fought netball games. The U12A/B hockey teams were also back in action against Pipers Corner with the A’s losing 4-0 and the B’s drawing 0-0.

Thursday and Friday were a couple of rest days from fixtures but plenty of extra-curricular clubs going on for students to be involved in.  Now the darkness has set in please can I remind you to make arrangements to get your children from the PE area so they are not walking up the front of school- there is limited parking so it can be best to walk round to get them.

Just before I sign off I would like to take this opportunity to remind you that the Sport and Dance Dinner is on Friday 8th December, as per the save the date at the start of the year, and tickets will be going on sale very soon. Parents of all years are welcome and students from Y9 upwards get invited to the event whilst we ask the Y7/8 students to assist in waitressing. We also ask our Y14 students to return as well- we hope they will all be back from University! It is a great event where we celebrate sporting and dance success of the previous year and look ahead to another fantastic year of sport and dance here at Beaconsfield High.