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Amazing athletic ability on show at Sports Days


Towards the end of the Summer term, Senior and Junior School pupils took part in track and field events to earn points for their Houses during their Sports Days.

Senior School

Second Year pupils were the first year group to head outside and compete. The first hour was for field events whilst the second focussed on the track.

Cheered on by a vociferous crowd, Warren took top spot (243 points), Arden and Nicholson tied for second (225) with Vernon finishing fourth (198).

Special mentions go to Molly Mills who broke the Second Year records for javelin (28.12 metres) and 300m (44.44 seconds) and Chris Parikh who clocked a record time of 41.77 seconds in the 300m.

Third Years were up next and, as with the Second Year competition, Warren came first. Vernon nabbed second, Arden grabbed third and Nicholson bought home the minimum Fallows Shield points.

The Fourth Year Sports Day competition saw Nicholson take maximum points. Warren finished second, Arden third and Vernon fourth.

There was extra cause for celebration as Arden broke the Fourth Year record for the Boys 4 x 100 metres. The record of 48.90 seconds, which had stood since 1988, was usurped by the new record of 48.81.

Lower Sixth students were the penultimate year group to compete for Fallows Shield points and Vernon saw off the challenge of Warren (second), Nicholson (third) and Arden (fourth) to claim top spot.

The day was made even more memorable as three new records were created. In the Boys Shot, Isaac Deans’ 13.50 metres effort beat the previous record of 12.81 that was set 45 years ago in 1977! The 1989 Boys 1,500m record of 4:27:30 minutes was smashed by Tom Manton as he clocked an impressive 4:22:57. In the Girls 300m, Amy Jack beat the five-year-old record of 51.30 seconds as she crossed the line in a time of 50:27.

First Year Sports Day was the final competition to take place and the girls and boys demonstrated wonderful athletic ability as Nicholson topped the standings. Warren came in second, Vernon finished third and Arden ended up fourth.

Two 4 x 100m relay records from 2009 were beaten during the event. The Girls B team smashed the previous record of 67.00 seconds with a time of 64.55 whilst the Boys B team clocked a time of 63.60 – beating the previous best of 64.10.

Junior School

The Infant and Junior Sports Days marked the end of a busy sporting calendar for our Junior School pupils – one that has brought lots of success and opportunities.

Boys and girls from Nursery to Year Six had the chance to run, jump and throw whilst competing against their peers for valuable House points.

It was fantastic to see such a great turnout from parents supporting their children – the cheering certainly added to the days, making it a special occasion for all involved.

The overall results, which are a combined score of Infant and Junior events, were:

  • 1st – Vernon
  • 2nd – Warren
  • 3rd – Nicholson
  • 4th – Arden

Thank you to the Stopfordian Parents’ Association for providing refreshments during the Sports Days.