It has been a busy few weeks for our pupils, who have enjoyed participating in their regular games lessons, with hockey being our Lent Term sport for boys and netball for the girls. The emphasis has been on building fitness and stamina gradually, after six weeks of remote learning, through fun, social activities; as well as developing skills, game strategy and knowledge through lots of small sided and full game play. The girls have also had another opportunity to try out some of Mrs B and Miss Pink’s infamous Friday choreographed warm-ups!  There has also been an opportunity to try some different sports, with badminton sessions, ultimate frisbee, orienteering, basketball, football for the girls and netball for the boys.
The mixed netball sessions have proven a real hit, with Years 3 through to College, and the play has been competitive, with both boys and girls thoroughly enjoying these sessions and trying their hardest for their teams and Mrs B being impressed by the standard of play.
On Saturday our pupils in Years 6, 7 and 8 enjoyed a barbecue lunch ‘al fresco’ in the sunshine, before battling it out in a Hockey Festival for the boys and Netball Festival for the girls.  All year groups were mixed up and the games staff did a superb job of ensuring the teams were very even.
On Tuesday, our College pupils relished the opportunity to run along the Monsal Trail in the latest of the ‘Critchlow Trail Run Challenges’.  Mr Hearne and Mr Simpson also supported the runner / walkers by completing the route themselves, whilst Mrs B and Mrs Schaper dropped them off at the start in the school minibuses and were there at the finish to congratulate them and transport them back to school.  Once back at school, the College were also treated to a sumptuous barbecue by our fabulous Kitchen Team, well deserved after their efforts.
There was one more surprise for our pupils, with us missing the House Pancake race earlier in the term due to the Lockdown. The PE Department organised a House Egg and Spoon Race instead, over crazy obstacles on bottom court.  With DJ Hearne providing the tunes and the PE Team being on hand to assist and entertain the pupils, a ‘cracking’ time was had by all, with several saying what ‘EGGSCELLENT’ fun they had had!