Lent Term 2019 – Full Time
Director of Sport summary
The Lent Term is always a busy one, but yet again our pupils continue to thrive during this term and I am delighted that the careful thought and management of our sports staff has allowed our pupils to play a multitude of sports without overdoing it!
Most pleasing this term for me was the volume of pupils playing competitive sport at the weekends. Compared to this time last year we had 15% more pupils participating and this for me is gold dust! Winning and losing matches is all part of life but my main goal here is to ensure as many of our pupils are playing and engaging in sport.
Our main sports during this term are netball, football, cross-country, hockey and squash. I am always hesitant to reflect on success as how many matches or cups you win, but the boys' hockey teams had an especially good season from this point of view and I am glad to see the hard work of Clare Hayes and our other hockey coaches paying off.
Furthermore, our squash team had a fantastic season and I am delighted to see the number of squash players at King's increasing each term under the wonderful enthusiasm of Mr Drew (Head of Squash).
The term also saw the last of our fantastic series of sports lectures, which provided a fantastic wealth of knowledge to our pupils and staff alike. We certainly have a huge amount of things we want to implement here and I am so delighted that a number of these have already seen improvements across our sports.
Many thanks again to everyone who helped put this wonderful term of sport together and well done to the pupils who showed resilience, commitment and excellent lifestyle management in what can be a very busy term for them.
U18 Boys – England Hockey Tier 3 Success
The U18 boys got through to the quarter finals of the Tier 3 National Schools Championships. The team played against a strong team from XXX narrowly missed out on a place at the National Finals in London. This fantastic result has been off the back of a very successful term of boys' hockey in relation to player development.
NOVA Netball Academy
Kiera and Rosie are a part of the NOVA Netball Academy and attend weekly training sessions on top of their normal school netball programme. Both girls have been supported by the school to attend these sessions, enabling them to develop their game further.
U15 Rugby National Cup Run
The U15 rugby team have had a remarkable season seeing off Torquay, Dean Close and Monmouth to reach the plate competition in the national semi-finals, where they narrowly lost 15-14 to Trinity, Croydon in the last 30 seconds.
King's Aquatics Programme expands to Scuba Diving
We had 30 pupils complete a Try-Dive, which is an introduction to world of scuba. Sixteen pupils have then gone on to the complete their PADI Open Water Qualification – the world’s most popular and widely recognised scuba course. Our pupils have completed online learning, as well as learning and practicing skills in the pool. Later this term, they will be complete two dives in open water to complete their qualification.
The girls had there first ever contact rugby game against Bridgwater and Taunton College. The game was played in good spirit and everyone had a great time.
U16 Hockey – Top 8 in the Country
The U16 boys' hockey team have made it to the top eight teams in the country as part of the England Hockey Tier 1 National Schools Championships. The team played against Taunton School, Exeter School and Sherborne School to gain their place in the quarter-final where they lost to Dean Close.
Bronze Medal at Colston 7s
The U18s went to Colston 7s and came away third overall out of 16 teams. They saw off Prior Park, Taunton School, and Wellington School, before losing to Clifton in the semis 22-5, beating hosts Colston's in third/fourth play-offs.
Will Chesterman Places Third in the County Championships
Will came third overall in the golf county championship up in Weston. He played well all day and thoroughly deserved this fantastic result.
King's Schools Jump Their Way to Success
The King’s Schools team recently jumped their way to success in a number of classes at both the Just for Schools National Winter Championship at the David Broome Event Centre, and the NSEA Showjumping Qualifiers at nearby Pontispool Equine Sports Centre.
Our two younger riders from King's Hall – Tilly Fuller and Danielle Page, both in Year 7 – along with Jaime Page (Year 9) and Georgia Hilton (Sixth Form) from King’s College all performed brilliantly and thoroughly deserved what they achieved, both individually and collectively.
The following weekend, the girls continued their lucky streak, alongside other team riders from King's Schools, with a set of fantastic results at the NSEA Showjumping competition.
In the 70cm, Jaime finished first, qualifying for Addington as an individual, Danielle placed second, also qualifying as an individual, and the King's Schools team placed first, again qualifying for championships later in the year.
Meanwhile, in the 80cm league, Danielle finished fourth and qualified for Keysoe as an individual, while the team placed 3rd overall, also qualifying.
Some of our senior riders, Lizzie Chetwode, Matti Mercer, Lara Chapple and Lucy Buckley, all jumped beautifully to earn clear rounds in the 100cm class, finishing second as a team, also qualifying for Addington.
Swim Team Travel to London
The swimming team enjoyed a couple of days taking part in the Bath and Otter Cup at London Aquatic Centre. The boys came 8th overall and the junior girls competed brilliantly, gaining lots of experience.
The clay shooters have had a fun and enjoyable term with Mr Greedy.
Bristol Rugby Academy
Ethan Jordaan, Micheal Bray and Billy Turner have been selected for Bristol Bears Rugby Academy U16s. This opportunity includes training sessions twice a week as well as a strength and conditioning programme and fixtures.
Lannece & Beth Play for England ISFA
Both Lannece and Beth played for the England ISFA game against Scotland, winning 4-0. Lannece is currently studying the BTEC Sport Programme and has received an offer from Davis & Elkins in West Virginia for next September.
Rosslyn Park 7s
King's had a successful Rosslyn Park week. The U14s narrowly missed out on day 2 losing the game by 1 point. The U16s had a tough group and had a good experience playing against some great rugby schools. The U18s entered the cup and made day 2. It was a great experience for them all playing against the best rugby schools in the country. The highlight being just losing to Whitgift 17-12 on the first team pitch.
King's College, Taunton Cricket Tour to Sri Lanka
This tour, for both our junior and senior teams, provided them with a fantastic start to the cricket season.