It feels like every year I always end up repeating myself, but once again we have had a phenomenal year in sport and leadership (results can be seen in the attached programme)
As the Head of Department for PE, I do not measure success by how many tournaments we win, or how far we reach in competitions, but by the number of students that take up the opportunities we offer for them in the wide range of sports. What gives me most pleasure is to be out at a club after school and then having a look around to see the huge number of students from across all age groups out at a netball, rugby, cricket, rounders, football, hockey or cross country/athletics club. You can then have a walk indoors and see students at table tennis, badminton or handball – it truly is amazing. I cannot thank the staff in the department enough for the generous time they give after school at the expense of their own family, or for the younger staff without children – their social life!!
Mrs Fairley continues our tradition of developing leaders and working closely with the primary schools. It is not easy as a young person to stand up in front of a number of primary school students and lead them in an event, or teach them a skill, but it is vitally important. Not only are our leaders setting a fantastic example as a role model, but they are also learning valuable life skills as they make their own way into their GCSE’s and further education/work. Unfortunately this is going to be the last year we have Mrs Fairley with us to run these programmes as she is heading into retirement – it has been a pleasure working with Mrs Fairley over the past 7 years and she will be greatly missed in the department and all work she does.
Alongside the fixtures being played, we continued our commitment of trips to sporting events to educate students in elite level sport. We again ran our Netball tour to Butlins, Rugby at Exeter Chiefs, Wimbledon Tennis, and Cricket at the Ageas Bowl, Hampshire. We are also this year running our first annual 6th form trip to Bude, Cornwall. Hopefully some of you (the students – not parents!) will be able to enjoy this as well when you join the PE department in the 6th form.
Here are the winners from our sports presentation evening:
Yr7 Sportswoman: Maisy
Yr7 Sportsman: Jonny
Yr8 Sportswoman: Isla
Yr8 Sportsman: Charlie
Yr9 Sportswoman: Ellie
Yr9 Sportsman: Owen
Yr10 Sportswoman: Maisie
Yr11 Sportsman: Tom
Young Leader: Lily
Achievement outside school: Katie (Athletics) and Mannie (Golf)
Team of the Year: Junior boys cross country
Fair play award: Maddie
Overall sportsperson/Outstanding contribution to school sport: Fin
Rugby: Jonny, Will, Jack, Toby
Football: Lewis, Charlie, Fynley, Owen, Zac
Basketball: Jack, Roland, Charlie, Mannie, Daniel, Jake
Cricket: Alfie, Jack, Henry, Isla, Noah
Hockey: Bea, Marcus, Jake
Rounders: Gracie, Maisy, Ruby, Maddy, Léa, Katie
Netball: Clemmie, Amber, Frankie, Isla, Hollie, Esme, Ellie, Phoebe
Cross Country: Jonny, Kieran, Roland, Euan, Lewis, Alfred, Katie, Daniel, Tom
Athletics: Jonny, Kieran, Bea, Maddie, Maisy
Tennis: Marcus, Hattie, Sam, Maisie
Well done to all our winners! Finally I would like to thank our sponsors, Freshwater Caravan Park, Mac Building Contractors Ltd, Darren Poole, AJ Wakely & Sons, Top Gear, Cresta Leisure and Bridmet for their generosity and support for very kindly sponsoring the different awards.
Adam Shelley Headteacher said “This was a fantastic opportunity to see so many students being awarded in such a variety of sports. I am so proud of them all. They make Colfox the place it is. Colfox students excel in any sport they compete in and we look forward to seeing what they do next".