Junior sports stars
The Junior School winter sports season has been full of excitement and, as it comes to a close, read on to enjoy a selection of some of the highlights.
Early in the year, Infant pupils enjoyed getting to grips with basic dribbling, passing and shooting skills when they took part in a football session with Coachright.
The U11A team competed in the AJIS Football tournament, showing talent and determination to win their matches. After finishing second of four in the first round, they then went on to beat Bury Grammar School, King’s Macclesfield and Kirkham Grammar School in order to reach the final.
Our Under 11 football players enjoyed a packed itinerary on their annual tour.
The A, B, C and D teams faced competitive games against Bolton School before making their way to Lytham. After a filling dinner, the boys and girls headed down to the beach and park and then returned to the hotel to watch the England game.
The next morning saw them travel to Stanley Park where they played a few games of football between themselves. The final stop of the tour was Edgeley Park where they watched Stockport County Football Club play in the semi-final of the FA Trophy. The youngsters enjoyed being in the Family Lounge and mingling with the players and management before buying some mementoes from the club shop.
Each year two captains are chosen from each house, along with a team captain for each sport. Captains are encouraged to help their team mates wherever possible, support their peers and learn leadership skills that help them build confidence and prepare them for later life. House competitions are played throughout the year to develop enjoyment of sport throughout the year groups, and all pupils are encouraged to join school clubs and sports teams.
The U11 Netball squad finished third in the U11 tournament at Leyland Sports Association, hosted by St Pius. The girls won all but one of their games in the group stages and comfortably went through to the main competition in second place. They lost their first game against The Buchan School before going on to win the third and fourth place play-off match against Sedburgh School.
Junior House Netball was full of sportsmanship this year, with fellow house members cheering their teams along throughout.
Stockport Grammar School hosted two AJIS (Association of Junior Independent Schools) sport tournaments, Netball and Football.
16 teams participated in the Netball tournament this year. The 4 groups played their first round matches and the quality of netball was very good. Whilst the wind occasionally interfered with shooting, there was a good goal tally in the early stages of the competition.
The second round allowed teams to settle into matches against opponents of similar standard and kept all teams in the competition to enjoy a further 3 matches in the afternoon.
Years 5 and 6 enjoy rugby every Tuesday afternoon, with lots of tackling, passing and plenty of mud. The junior teams start training with touch rugby, learning passing and running skills.
All of the Junior School co-curricular clubs are co-educational and all inclusive, with both boys and girls playing in any sport they wish.
U11 Rugby squad enjoy Rossall Invitational Festival victory
The U11 Rugby team have been going from triumph to triumph recently, with wins in the Rossall Invitational Sevens Festival and the U11s Rugby Festival at Merchant Taylors’ School in Watford where they won all 5 games played.
Mr Andy Taylor, the team’s coach, said: “The children played a very high standard of rugby in very difficult conditions and I was extremely impressed by their team ethic and the determination shown, particularly in the final game.
“We have always shown great skill at the festival but this year the commitment of the players and the hard work they have put in at training really made them stand out.”
This year’s House Hockey tournament showcased some real talent from the junior sporting stars. The champions of the day were Nicholson House who scored 4 goals over 3 matches. Arden came in at second place, followed by Warren and Vernon House.
Our older swimmers celebrated a host of medals in an AJIS gala at Darwen Leisure Centre, Blackburn.
Year 5 pupil Molly Mills got gold after beating the rest of the field in the Girls’ Under 10 backstroke and Arthur Wolstenholme also notched top spot in the Boys’ Under 10 breaststroke.
In the Boys’ Under 12 fly, Year 6 pupil Oliver Feehan came first and the Girls’ Under 10 medley relay team of Molly Mills, Annabel Elliot, Lucy Jones and Harriet Hanger were also celebrating a first place spot after finishing five seconds ahead of their nearest rivals.
Annabel Elliot in Year 5 was happy with her second place in the Girls’ Under 10 individual medley and huge congratulations go to Year 4 pupil Melika Mortazavi who swam in the Girls’ Under 10 front crawl (a Year 5 event) and got a silver medal.
Silver was also the colour of the medals for the Girls’ Under 10 front crawl relay team of Annabel Elliot, Lucy Jones, Harriet Hanger and Melika Mortazavi.
In the Girls’ Under 11 breaststroke, Lauren Storey picked up a bronze medal, as did Leon Porter in the Boys equivalent. In the Girls’ Under 11 individual medley Lily Courtney also picked up a bronze medal for her third place finish.
Speaking about his first place finish, Arthur said: “At the swimming gala I swam breaststroke, but my other favourite stroke is butterfly even though people say that it is difficult. I enjoy practising my swimming so that I can go faster and keep winning in the races. Being able to swim at school is great.”
Year Six athlete Amelia Blakeley has a busy few weeks ahead as she competes in a number of competitions across the region.
Amelia, who is a keen sprinter, will put her best foot forward as she takes part in a quadrathlon in Blackburn and the Macclesfield Open, amongst other events.
Amelia is an eager sportswomen who also enjoys netball, swimming and football and plays for many of the school’s teams. Earlier this school year she picked up a gold and silver medal at a Wigan Harriers meet.
Year 4 pupil Charlotte Underwood won the High Peak Triathlon Club’s Aquathlon, swimming two 50m lengths and running 600m, finishing first out of 18 competitions in the Tristar start (ages 7-8) category.
A range of sports and activities
Pupils can enjoy a whole range of co-curricular sport clubs from kayaking to fencing and yoga to street dance. There is something for everyone to enjoy, no matter their level of physical ability.
Year 1 to Year 3 pupils enjoy a Street Dance club where they learn modern dance techniques and learn to follow beats and rhythms.
Year 5 and Year 6 pupils can try their hand kayaking in our own swimming pool, and all years start swimming lessons from Pre-Reception.
Yoga is available for all years, with a fun twist especially for younger people, focusing on breathing exercises and mindfulness.
Junior School athletes from Years 3 to 6 performed really well at cross country events held at Bruntwood Park.
With favourable weather, our Year 5 Boys team and Year 6 Girls team finished top of their categories. Arthur Wolstenholme took particular delight at winning the Year 5 race.
Many congratulations to everyone who represented the school in what was an impressively competitive field.
For a full list of clubs and activities please visit our Junior Co-curricular page.