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Junior School sports stars shine

At Stockport Grammar Junior School, pupils are given the opportunity to compete against other schools in a range of sports and enjoy an extensive range of co-curricular activities, both at lunchtime and at after-school clubs.

All of the boys and girls are encouraged to participate in this important area of school life and our specialist sports teaching develops children’s abilities and enjoyment from a young age, encouraging healthy attitudes and an appreciation of the benefits of teamwork.

So far this academic year, the pupils have notched up a number of excellent achievements for school teams or in a sport or activity they compete in outside of school.

Sport at SGJS

Football players from Years Two, Three and Four ventured to Manchester City’s Etihad indoor training complex on consecutive Fridays to take part in a number of fixtures against local schools at a Festival.

The Year Four team finished with a resounding win after a mixed set of results and it was great to see them test their skills in a prestigious venue. The Year Three team also impressed at the East Manchester site and we look forward to them taking this form into the season ahead. The Year Two boys enjoyed the excellent experience and it has given them a thirst to play in these tournaments and settings more often.

A number of athletes took part in the U10 and U11 AJIS Cross Country at Rossall School.

Special mentions go to Ted D who came second in the U10 boys’ race, Arthur W who was second in the U11s version and Molly M who finished fourth in the U11 girls’ race.

A mixed team of Year Six girls and boys enjoyed hockey matches with other schools at a tournament at Terra Nova School.

After five games the team ended up in third place with some glimmers of excellent team play, as well as some targets for improvement.

Year Six girls Lucy J and Harriet H had a great time representing the school in the North West Biathlon Time Trial at Fleetwood.

The sun and light wind created ideal conditions for the 800m run along the promenade – this was then followed by a 50m swim.

Both athletes competed really well and smiled throughout the whole event; they are waiting to hear if they have made it through to the national finals.

All pupils, right from Pre-Reception to Upper Sixth, get to utilise the extensive facilities we have on site. It is great to see our youngest pupils bubble with excitement as they head to the Sports Centre to go to the Swimming Pool for lessons to get used to the water.

Two of the many lunchtime and after school co-curricular activities we offer are archery and fencing.

On Thursdays, Year Five and Six pupils take part in these sessions in the Senior School’s Pavilion Gym. During the sessions, instructor David Varey gets the pupils used to the equipment and passes on useful advice as the boys and girls aim to hit their targets more and more often.

Results round-up

Our pupils take part in matches and tournaments against schools in a number of sports.

On the netball courts, the U11A team have had a strong start to the season with two wins from three games – the highlight of which was a 14-4 win against Stonyhurst St Mary’s Hall. The U11Bs have played three and won three – including a 20-1 victory over The Grange – and the U10A and U10B boast 100% winning records.

On the hockey pitch we play the Sevens format. The U11As have competed in three entertaining matches, the U11Bs have drawn both of their games whilst the U10As are doing well as they acclimatise to competitive action.

In football our U11A, B, C and D teams enjoyed a fun set of fixtures against Cheadle Hulme School whilst the U10A, B, C and Ds took part in competitive games against The King’s School Chester.

In rugby the boys are doing well getting to grips with the sport with the U11A and U10A teams making themselves a force to be reckoned with in their matches.

External excellence

Year Five girls Neave S and Ella H put on a great showing at the Stockport School of Gymnastics Two Piece Championships.

Neave, who plays for the school’s netball team, finished first on the floor and first overall. She said: “I was the first one in my family to take up gymnastics and now my mum and sister also do it. I like it because it is fun and I can learn new skills.”

Ella H came third on the floor and third overall. The hockey and netball player was inspired to take up the sport after watching the Olympics and ‘The Gabby Douglas Story’ movie. She commented: “Gymnastics looked like fun on TV and I was keen to try it and as soon as I went to my first class I loved it!”

Year Two pupil Ophelia S was awarded a gold medal in the ‘Six Years Old and Under Character Solo’ category at the All England Dance National Finals in London.

She was astounded with the result and said: “Well I didn’t expect that!”

Year Five pupil Chethas R picked up the top prize at the Stockport District Cubs Chess Tournament. Chethas was representing 1st Great Moor Scouts and won five out of his six matches.

In March this year he represented Cheshire and North Wales in the Under 9 Northern Zone Chess Championships.

Year Six pupil Ella M and her Year Three brother Henry became the youngest riders ever to take part in the Seashell Sportive in Cheshire as they raised £355 for The Seashell Trust, a charity dedicated to providing a creative, happy and secure environment for children and adults with complex and severe disabilities.

Ella even managed to get a photo with the CEO of Team INEOS, Fran Millar. You can donate to their cause by visiting their Virgin Money Giving page.

Leading by example

As well as prefects and House Captains, the Junior School selects Sports Captains for the whole of the academic year. For 2019-2020 these captains are:

  • Netball: Harriet H
  • Rugby: John H
  • Swimming: Annabel E and Arthur W
  • Hockey: Viola P
  • Football: Stanley T