FOCUS ON SPORT
We have continued to blaze a trail in sport this academic year, competing in a very wide range of competitions which has led to participating in over 100 fixtures. Notable successes so far include:
- Both the year 10 and Year 11 girls Netball team won their respective Varsity Leagues. The year 10 team has since progressed onto the Leicestershire school’s final against Loughborough High School following victories against Ashby and John Ferneley.
- The under 13 boys table tennis team won the varsity competition and thus qualified to represent Rutland at the level 3 final where they came 5th out 10 teams.
- The year 8 boys and key stage 4 girls’ basketball teams are showing considerable promise in the Varsity basketball league both winning their opening 3 games.
- The cross country teams continue to perform well with over 25 students competing at the weekend in the Leicestershire & Rutland Cross Country league. The junior boys are currently joint second, 2 points behind 1st. Best individual position so far has been Marcus Francis, finishing 7th, with most finishing in the top 25.
- Leicestershire & Rutland Cross Country cup the Junior boys finished 4th competing against predominately older teams.
- In English Schools Athletics Association cross country cup the junior boys qualified for the regional round of the traveling to Leeds finishing 7th out of 12 with a number of excellent performances.
- In addition to basketball, indoor athletics and active clubs ran by the sports team this term Ian Bartlett from the English Team is helping to prepare the year 7’s for their first Varsity Rugby by running a rugby practice after college on a Monday.
In the varsity competition we are currently second, which is our expectation at this time of year. We are once again aiming to be varsity champions by the end!
My thanks go to the sports team who give so generously of their time to coach teams to such success.
We are entering a National Spelling Bee competition for Y7 French. We have all pupils competing at a class level at the moment and getting themselves onto a leader board following a series of tests/challenges. The pupils have been learning 50 words in French and have to spell the word correctly using the French alphabet including the correct accents, also said in French. The winners of the class stage will then go on to compete for the top spots in the year group in front of the whole of year 7 with careful coaching given by the year 11 French Ambassadors. The winners of that will get the chance to go to the regional then national finals. This is proving very popular amongst the boys who at the moment are by far outperforming the girls.
TRIPS AND VISITS
There have been a rich variety of extra-curricular experiences this term encompassing the theatre, cultural experiences in Peterborough and hosting students from Spain as part of our first exchange visit. In total around 400 students have had such an experience this term.
|Oakham Castle Trip||Simon Parker||1&8 November 2016||7||120||History|
|Bosworth Battlefield||Judith Green||2 November 2016||8||130||English|
|Spanish Exchange||Claire Dodson||2 – 9 November 2016||9||30||Spanish|
|Cambridge University||Lee Coupe||9 November 2016||10 & 11||30||Careers|
|Active Rutland Awards||Beth Smith||16 November 2016||Selected||5||Sport|
|Oakham School Choir Performance||Luke Donnelly||18 November 2016||7-9||25||Music|
|Royal Albert Hall, London||Luke Donnelly||27 November 2016||8 – 11||49||Music|
|Mosque and Gurdwara||Judith Green||30 Nov & 7 December||8||180||Cultural|
|A Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night||Leanne Mitchell||1 December 2016||10 & 11||46||Drama|
|Clothes Show Live||Kim Hincks||6 December 2016||10 & 11||40||Art|