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Principal’s Message 10th October 2018

Since returning from the summer break, the PE department, led by Mr Hood and Miss Osborne, have been busy affording large numbers of students the opportunity to engage and enjoy a range of sporting activities.

Our netball squads are well-established with over 35 Year 7 girls attending training and fixtures each week and over 20 from Years 10 & 11, acting as perfect role models to the younger years. Hockey has been similarly well supported with over 40 students from all year groups training hard every Thursday and making excellent progress. Students from all year groups competed at Hinchingbrooke recently, with Year 7 & 10/11 netballers notching-up comprehensive wins whilst our Year 8 & 9 hockey teams fought hard to draw both of their matches. The girls have further fixtures coming against local schools including district fixtures for hockey and netball to be held at Longsands on 17th & 18th October; we look forward to hearing more of their achievements.

We have also learnt of some outstanding individual successes including students selected for Cambridgeshire U16/17 county hockey; very well done to Millie Payne (Y11), Summer Payne (Y9) and Tanya Sargeant (Y12). In addition, congratulations to Charlie Churms (Y11) and Sam Harding (Y12) who have been selected to play for London Wasps netball DDP programme. Lastly, Lucy Wood’s footballing adventures continue with her England call-up on Friday 26th to Sunday 28th October; good luck Lucy.

The boys have been equally busy having already played rugby fixtures against St Ivo, Abbey, Ernulf, Sawtry and Thomas Deacon. Over 35 boys are regularly attending Year 7 training and fixtures and Mr Hood reports that they are making great progress. On 18th September, over 40 Year 9 boys enjoyed their first session as part of the Hunts Leadership Academy. On Monday, Year 7 and 8 boys will be playing rugby against The Leys with Year 9 and 10 due to compete in the District Rugby Championships, to be held at Longsands. On Thursday of this coming week, our U14 squad start their County Cup journey away at Swavesey; good luck boys. On an individual front, our congratulations go to Rowan Bell in Year 10 who has been selected for the U15 DPP programme, supported by Northampton Saints.

Lastly, on Thursday of this past week, Year 9 & 10 students competed in our biannual Inter-form competition with girls competing in hockey or netball and boys rugby. I would like to commend the PE staff for their usual efficient management and leadership of this event and for all those students who took part and demonstrated admirable levels of sporting behaviour and excellence. Year 7 & 8 are due to take part in their own event on the 17th October.

Martin Paine

Principal