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27 - 30 March

We celebrated what we hope is the very last virtual Saturday sports session last weekend by completing scavenger hunts, challenges and a warm up dance off complete with burpees.  The girls had a brilliant morning of challenges, all whilst helping Miss Clark to complete the last day of the Challenge PE charity fundraiser.  Over the course of the morning hundreds of burpees were completed with the very last action of the day being number 3500 for the week.  Thank you to all the girls who have been involved in the fundraiser and those who have joined us online for our Saturday sessions this term. 

It has also continued to be a busy week of sport in school with the highlights being the very last netball and hockey sessions for our fantastic Upper Sixth.  We are keeping everything crossed that we will be able to have a match for them to finish off their time at King's in the Summer Term after seven years of superb dedication and sporting achievements. 

For those parents out there, who have daughters interested in skiing, we are in the process of setting up a Ski squad.  If your daughter is interested in attending regular training sessions and races, then please email Mrs Smith on Jan.smith@kingshighwarwick.co.uk for further information.  There are currently two training days planned.  The first one is Sunday 25 April at The Swadlincote Ski Centre.  Bookings can be made via the ESSKIA website (esskia.org).  The second one is Sunday 23 May at The Gloucester Ski & Snowboard Centre and again bookings and further information can be found on the ESSKIA website.

Last session of the year for Year 7 hockey tonight and they had their first try of an 11-a-side.

20 – 25 March

Mr and Mrs Bryce led a footwork specific online fitness session on Saturday morning.  Thank you to all involved.  Well done to all the PE department staff who completed their challenges this week as nominated by the girls.  We were all pretty impressed by Mrs Parkinson-Mills’ run to and from work - a total of 30 miles – and Mr Bryce completing his one-minute handstand.  Go over to our ‘KHS Sport’ twitter feed to see more videos and updates on how the department got on.  Today (Thursday) four of the Year 8 girls completed the English school’s virtual cross-country event and seven of the Year 7s completed the Central Warwickshire School Games Cross Country event.  All the girls ran really well.  Mrs Parkinson-Mills, Miss Clark and Mrs Riley will be leading an Easter fun competition this Saturday morning for their online fitness session.

13 - 18 March

A great session to finish our first week back at school.  Well done to all those pupils who attended Saturday sport focusing on Athletic Development.  This session allowed the pupils to improve their ability in different fundamentals of movements, as well as understanding the purpose of why we focus on the fundamentals.  It was a great morning full of energy and enthusiasm by all the girls.  It's been fantastic to see so many happy faces back on the hockey pitch during their gameplay sessions.  Look out for the amazing Bryce tag team this Saturday morning for online fitness.  It has been an exciting week for the staff of the PE department with the results of the Challenge PE charity fundraiser being collated.  I know you will all be excited to support the staff over the next two weeks as they complete their designated challenges as nominated by pupils to raise money for the charity MIND.  You can enjoy Miss Clark completing 500 burpees a day every day for a week, Mrs Parkinson-Mills running to school and back one day with a total of 30 miles, Mr Bryce holding a handstand for one minute, Miss Page completing 30 press ups and Mrs Bryce completing a 2km row, 2km bike and 2km run consecutively as fast as she can to name just a few of the challenges.  Do keep an eye on the KHS Sports twitter feed for video evidence of these challenges being completed and thank you to everyone who has supported this charity fund raiser. 

6 – 11 March

The focus for this week’s Saturday morning netball session was looking at attacking the ball and having control of your body.  Mrs Walker started off with a ladder HITT session which certainly got our heart rates up!  We went down the ladder before heading straight back up it after a small break!  Mrs Hinton then took over, starting with some ball handling skills before moving onto some footwork drills specifically working on strong forward and backwards drives when attacking the ball.  A great way to start the weekend and all the girls who turned up worked super well, listening to the feedback given to them.  It has been fantastic to hear and see the girls from all year groups back outside enjoying taking part in sports on our fantastic facilities.  From first thing on Monday morning the fitness suite, swimming pool, netball courts, tennis courts, AstroTurf and grass pitches have sprung back into life with a full complement of extra-curricular sports clubs.  As much fun as possible has been on the agenda for all clubs so far this week and girls have enjoyed taking part in the activities on offer. 

Thank you to everyone who has supported our Charity Fundraiser in support of MIND.  With challenges ranging from 500 burpees a day, and holding a one minute handstand, to running a 30 mile round trip to school and back, the challenges you’ve selected for our PE staff have been fantastic.  Do keep an eye on the KHS Sport twitter feed to see them in action.  Well done to all students who took part in the super Athletic Development session last Saturday; tomorrow it’s online fitness. 

27 February – 4 March

Miss Howells enjoyed hosting her Saturday morning live session and it was lovely to see all the girls wanting to develop their Cricket.  It was great to see some of them outside embracing the weather as well as testing their bowling and batting accuracy.  In Sport Discovery club Miss Howells was recreating iconic female sporting celebrations.  The task was to choose an iconic female sporting moment, discuss why they have chosen it and outline its impact on female sport as well as replicate the celebration of that athlete.  Miss Howells was very impressed with the videos that the girls put together.  This Saturday it will be Mrs Hinton and Mrs Walker leading a netball session looking at strong attacking movements! 

Hats off to all the PE staff who completed their challenges admirably this week, in aid of MIND, including a 30 mile run and a one minute handstand.  More news and videos available on the KHS Sport twitter channel. Very well done to our four Year 8 girls who completed the English Schools Virtual Cross Country event, and seven Year 7 girls who took part in the Central Warwickshire School Games Cross Country event. And this Saturday we look forward to an Easter fun competition in our online fitness session.

22 – 25 February

What a way to mark our first week back this half term with a live question and answer session with not one, but two Vitality Superleague netball players!  Over 100 girls from Warwick Prep and King's High joined the online talk to hear all about what it takes to follow your sporting dreams and to ask Lucy and Rosie Harris a range of questions from their favourite thing about netball to how they managed to balance their sporting careers with their academic studies through school and university.  An inspiring talk indeed and one which we hope the girls at King's and Warwick Prep will take a great deal from.  We are looking forward to our Saturday sport session again this weekend with a cricket themed workout and skills session.  Congratulations to Lucia who was awarded the Junior Player of the Year at the Warwickshire LTA Awards held this week.

6 – 11 February

Having been listed in the School Sport magazine as one of the top 150 schools for sport in the country the sports department at King's has continued with an array of clubs and lesson this week. Last Saturday we had a live cricket themed workshop where girls enjoyed/endured a HIIT session with Mrs Parkinson-Mills pretending to be fielding an imaginary cricket ball and working those quick feet in the virtual field.  With a little imagination and creativity frying pans, pairs of socks and anything in between were then utilised to practice catching and batting technique in a skills workshop with Miss Howells.  We are looking forward to the girls playing properly again very soon.  Our wonderful Sports Leaders are leading the live events for the Warwick Prep pupils all week for their award.  They love meeting each other and having fun and this week has been Wacky Sock week in games lessons.

The department is excited to share with the students shortly a charity fundraising event that will take place after half term where they can get their own back on the PE staff for all of their fitness sessions recently.  Look out for further news in the first week back after half term.

29 January – 4 February

Last Saturday’s footwork-based session working on dynamic movements, where Mr Bryce tested everyone knowing their left from their right, whilst hopping over sticks.  Followed by some tennis trick shots where girls used whatever they had at home, from a badminton racket with a pair of socks to a frying pan with a balloon. 

It was fantastic to see a number of girls attempt the weekly challenge last week. Girls were asked to virtually pair up and complete 25km running between them. Congratulations to Phoebe, Julia, Maddie, Maisie, Florence, Bella, Amisha, Emily, Lucy, Mae and of course all the parents who were also dragged out running!  Miss Clements and Miss Page did a HIIT session followed by Yoga and ended on a challenge of how long they can hold the tree pose for. 

23 – 28 January

Last week the PE department finished their Friday evening with Pilates where the girls challenged their balance, glutes and core with girls declaring “their legs feel like jelly!”.  On Saturday, the girls joined Miss Page and Miss Clements for a Barre and Pilates based workout.  The session was tough, but the girls persevered through each circuit and completed the session, finishing with some well-deserved stretching.  Well done girls; excellent work.  It was fantastic to start our week with an 8am workout on Monday morning.  Girls from Year 8 to Upper Sixth (including Mrs Didlick) joined in to wake up their bodies and get the endorphins flowing before the school day.  We look forward to welcoming even more girls next week.  This Saturday’s session is to be run by Mrs Bryce and will be a footwork and agility session suitable for anyone and then some tennis skills.

16 – 21 January

On Saturday morning Miss Howells and Mr Bryce ran a hockey specific morning workout session.  About 23 attended.  We were pleased to see our joint hockey captains, Lizzie and Millie attend.  Focus was on strength endurance to begin with followed by abs and a finisher.  Fun was had by all.  This Saturday Miss Page and Miss Clements will be running a dance themed Barre workout from 9.30 - 10.15am.  Girls have already been sent a link via their email to join.  To help the PE department with planning of the sporting clubs next week we have sent a link to a form (form link) to the girls for them to sign up.  We will be sending this out every Thursday and ask that they sign up by Sunday afternoon.  Please check with your daughter that she has signed up. 

Day 

Club 

Time 

Staff

Year groups

Monday 

Monday morning motivation 

08:00 – 8:35 

PARS

7 - 13

 

Yoga 

13:10 –13:40 

BRYK

7 - 13

 

Yoga

16:15 – 17:00

PAGC

7 - 13

Tuesday 

Pre-hub exercises  

13:10 - 13:40 

CLEH

7 - 13

 

Pre-hub exercises  

16:15 – 17:00

HINJ

7 - 13

Wednesday 

Sport Extension 

13:10 - 13:40 

HOWR

9 - 11

 

Sport Discovery Club

16:15 – 17:00

HOWR

7 - 13

Thursday 

Dance/Aerobics 

13:10 – 13:40

PAGC

7 - 13

 

Footwork and Core  

16:15 – 17:00

BRYK

7 - 13

Friday 

Challenge sport 

13:10 – 13:40

PARS

7 - 13

 

Pilates  

16:15 – 17:00

WALC

7 - 13

9 January – 14 January 

On Saturday morning Mrs Walker and Mrs Hinton ran a netball specific HITT and footwork session. It was a great start to the weekend with the girls showing their usual enthusiasm and energy. Mrs Walker’s HITT session focused on strengthening our legs for all those explosive jumps we need to make in a netball match, whether it is intercepting a pass, or receiving a ball in the shooting circle. Mrs Hinton moved onto some drills working on improving our agility, speed and quick change of direction. The girls were focusing on keeping their eyes on the ball but having their hips turned in the direction they were running. 

A great session with lots of sweaty, tired faces at the end. Well done girls; it’s so important to keep practising those skills.         

This Saturday’s session with a hockey specific theme will be run by Mr Bryce and Miss Howells and the link for the girls to join has already been sent to their emails. 

Before Christmas the PE department organised three virtual sporting events (Fitness Challenges, Hockey Challenges and Swimming Gala) for all schools in the UK to take part in.  We are pleased to announce the winners of these events below.  

Winners

Advanced Fitness Challenge Team (Year 7) Winner: King's High (Team 1) - Chloe, Hermione, Sabrina, Florence

Advanced Fitness Challenge Individual (Year 7) Winner: Chloe

Intermediate Fitness Challenge Team (Year 11) Winner: King's High (Team 1) - Ione, Molly, Olivia, Julia 

Intermediate Fitness Challenge Individual (Year 11) Winner:  Ione

Hockey Challenge 2 – Keep ups (Year 8) Team Winner: King's High (Team 1) - Alannah, Mae, Madeleine, Paige, Gaia, Marina, Amisha

Hockey Challenge 2 – Keep ups (Year 9) Team Winner: King's High (Team 1) - Izzie, Yasmin, Aimee, Scarlet, Mollie, Hannah, Pippa

Hockey Challenge 3 – 5m Slalom (Year 9) Team Winner: King's High (Team 1) - Poppy, Jessica, Elisabeth, Madeleine, Krithi, Pippa, Yasmin

Hockey Challenge 3 – 5m Slalom (Year 9) Individual Winner:  Poppy

Hockey Challenge 4 – Goal Scoring (Year 9) Team Winner: King's High (Team 1) - Fliss, Laura, Isabella, Krithi, Mollie, Natalie, Edith

Hockey Challenge 6 – Goal Keeper Accuracy (Year 7) Individual Winner: Kiran

Hockey Challenge 6 – Goal Keeper Accuracy (Year 9) Individual Winner:  Izzie

Upon the girls' return to school we will be presenting certificates to all those who were awarded 1st, 2nd or 3rd place.


Sarah Parkinson-Mills, Director of Sport at King’s High and Warwick Prep (and Investec Women’s Hockey League star) reports:

 
Our girls' to excel in their sporting endeavours!

The U12 netball team recently competed in the National semi-final of the SNS cup competition, finishing in the top four teams in the country. 

The U16 teams are celebrating successes in both hockey and netball, both reaching the the equivalent of the Midland’s Finals. The netball team ended in the top 8 in the region, with the the hockey team narrowly missing out on progressing to the next stage of the National England Hockey competition. 

The 1st and 2nd VII netball teams both played KES Stratford and recorded strong victories. 

The U13 VII aside hockey team competed in the In2Hockey schools County finals. They won the group and reached the final, defeating Princethorpe and Bablake on the way conceding just one goal, and ending as runners up. The team now goes through to the Midland's Finals!  

Congratulations to the U12 and U13 swimming squads who took part in the annual Warwick 50s swimming gala.  It was a fantastic event, hosted in the swimming pool with Warwick School, which saw our girls competing against 11 other schools in each age group. The U12 Medley relay team started the proceedings in impressive style winning the first event of the day. There were a number of other excellent team and individual performances, with King’s High finishing as runners up overall. 

Congratulations to Maddie, Laura, Emma and Gigi who have all be selected to represent Warwickshire at Cross Country in March.

On Fire for Autumn Term!
King’s High sportswomen have got this new season off to a flying start.  In the past few days alone they have become: U16 Netball Champions, Plate Winners at the Midlands Tennis, won 1st and 2nd VII victories over Princethorpe College, four matches won for the U12A B C and D Hockey teams against Solihull School, 1st VI indoor hockey match and finally, our swimmers are ESSA qualifiers!

 
Swimming
The Juniors (Years 7/8) were the fastest in the West Midlands region in both the medley and freestyle at the ESSA qualifiers. A fantastic achievement. The medley A team finished in a time of 2.23.07.  (Annabel/Amelia, Lizzie/Molly). In the free relay they finished in a time of 2.04.36.

The intermediates, disrupted by the late injury to Amalia,  swam brilliantly to finish second in the West Midlands region in both the freestyle and medley relays. Free A time: 1.56.96 (Maddi/Sophie G/Ione/Becca. Medley A time 2.15.92 (Sophie/Maddi/Becca/Ione).

Congratulations to Sophie (Year 11) who has been selected to be part of the England U16 Rounders team.
King's has had great success once again on the sports front, with outstanding performances across many different disciplines, and by a huge number of our girls.

The Hockey and Netball teams continue to be some of the best in the Region and, despite training and matches being hit by the ‘Beast from the East’, the girls have continued to impress. 16 girls were fortunate enough to take part in a Wasps Netball workshop at the Ricoh arena early in the term which proved to be a very useful experience for them. There have been strong performances and victories against a number of teams, including Princethorpe, Malvern St James, Bablake and King Henry VIII.  We have had 13 Hockey teams and 15 Netball teams in action over the course of the term.

The U13 and U15 Netball squads deserve a special mention. As the term has progressed they have taken on teams from all over the country and London, playing in the Independent Schools National Plate competition. We are extremely proud both squads played at a consistently high standard to make the semi-finals of this National competition. They have developed as individuals and as teams throughout and it certainly bodes well for the future of Netball at King’s to have two teams competing in the later stages of this competition. We are extremely proud of the girls, their achievements and their competitive spirit when taking part in fixtures. There have been a huge number of girls who have represented the school in a number of different sporting disciplines. Well done to you all! We look forward now to the Summer Term where the girls will have the opportunity to compete in Tennis, Athletics, Rounders, Tag Rugby and Cricket.
 
 
Netball – U13s County Champions, U12Bs Second in Emerging Schools Tournament
The U13 Netball squad most definitely used their experiences in the Plate Competition to see them take the County title at the end of the Spring Term. Competing against other local schools they comfortably topped their group with victories against Kingsley, Alcester Grammar and Bilton Grange. Coming up against Higham Lane in the semi-final was going to be tough but the girls rose to the occasion and comfortably ran out winners to book their place in the final. Once again the team faced Bilton Grange. The experiences the U13s have had through this season came to the forefront. After a cagey opening few minutes excellent composure all over the court meant a gap began to open. Super shooting under pressure from Hannah and Sophie meant King’s took the title by an impressive 5 goal margin.

In the same week the U12B team competed against a number of other local school A teams in the Emerging Schools Tournament. We are delighted to say they finished runners up, which is a superb achievement. Congratulations to all who took part.

Hockey – County Championship Successes
In the County Hockey Championships the U12 team performed superbly, in what is a fiercely competitive age group in the area. A disappointing 1-0 loss to begin with spurred the team on to victories against Bablake, Shottery and King Henry VIII. At the end of the tournament there were three teams tied on points for the gold medal. It was to be decided by goal difference, which placed us in the Bronze Medal position. Whilst the girls were extremely disappointed to have lost the title in this way it shows what great potential they have for future years at King’s.

In the U13 XI County tournament there was a nail biting finish. Building on their tour to Holland during the October half term the U13 hockey team have continued to develop and impress. A convincing win against Bablake set the tone, followed by a strong performance against Princethorpe and another convincing win against King Henry VIII. Going into the last game against Shottery the team knew a win would give them a chance of a medal. In the final moments of the game, a breakaway attack by Shottery forced a superb save from Jecca who had stepped up to play in goal, Sophie carried the ball out of defence and played it to Gabriella. With 30 seconds on the clock she passed the half way line and linked up with Sara down the right wing. Sara broke in to the attacking 25 with 10 seconds on the clock. Looking up she hit a cross to Olivia who calmly collected on her reverse stick, and slotted into the goal as the final whistle sounded. Scenes reminiscent of the Rio Olympics final followed as the girls celebrated their hard earned silver medals.
 
 
Swimming – Victorious Teams
It seems a long time ago that on the first day of term the U13 and U12 swimming squads competed in a gala against Bromsgrove. This set the tone for swimming this term with both age groups winning nearly every race.
The U18 and U15 A and B squads competed in the Bromsgrove invitational relays. It was a very successful day of racing with all squads, including the B teams, making the A team finals. The U15A team of Connie, Maddi, Evie and Ella won two silver medals in the medley relay and freestyle relay. The Warwick 100s later in the term proved to be a tense affair and one where the importance of every member of the squad really came to the forefront. The U18, U16 and U14 squad all competed on the day with a number of individual wins for our girls. The U14 squad, Sophie, Amalia, Maddi and Rebecca,  took their age group title but it came down to the last three races to decide who would win the overall title. We were level on points with Bedford, and came out victorious by just 1 point. An outstanding effort from all involved.

The swimming squad finished their season at the Otter relays. This is one of the oldest and most prestigious swimming meets in the school calendar. It is an open age group event and we took a number of young swimmers. To finish 14th out of 62 schools is an excellent achievement. Early in the term our Talented Athlete Programme swimmers were fortunate enough to take part in a breaststroke Masterclass with Mark Branch, the Junior 200m breaststroke record holder.
 
Water Polo – U15s Third at National Finals
Continuing our dominance in the pool, but this time with a ball as well, the U15 Water Polo team have been in blistering form. They qualified for the National Finals in emphatic style as Regional Champions,  knocking out the defending National Champions on the way. The team, made up of girls from Year 7 to Year 10, and captained by Issy, travelled to Northampton to compete in the finals. In their first group game they play Manchester High School. It was a cagey affair in the first half but Issy held her nerve when taking a penalty to give us a 2-1 lead at half time. A storming second half meant we ran out 6-2 winners. A great start to the competition. In the other group game against Highgate confidence was high, and we won through to the semifinal, 5-2. 

After a short break King’s played Bedford in the semi-final for a chance to compete to be crowned National Champions. Having played then in the regional round we knew it would be a tough match. Bedford took the lead in the game to be leading 2-1 at the half way stage. In the second half we scored early to draw level then almost without answer bombarded the Bedford goal. Unfortunately it wasn’t to be and the score remained 2-2 until the end. A penalty shoot out was to decide who would progress. Disappointingly it wasn’t our day and we went out 3-4.

Keen to ensure we came away with a bronze medal, the least the girls deserved, the team showed great resilience and togetherness to put on a solid performance once again against Manchester High. We dominated play to finish 3rd.

Congratulations to all the girls involved. To finish third in the country is a remarkable achievement and we are very proud of you

Claypigeon Teams: Four Times National Champions
King's Clay Pigeon teams won the British Nationals Championship title for the fourth year running.  This was an extraordinary feat, ending yet another victorious season - Champions 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 - which saw the girls regularly beating Millfield, Marlborough College, and even the Royal Agricultural University.  All congratulations to Sophie, Chloe, Cassie, Elizabeth, Lucy, Nina, Matilda, Emily, Freja and Jemma. Going For A Fourth National Championship?

Our Clay Pigeon Shooting team (National Champions 2015, 2016, 2017)  were the Team winners at the Oxford Gun Club’s Schools Challenge, beating the team from the Royal Agricultural College at Cirencester, a true accomplishment. Chloe, Lower Sixth, was third in the senior Ladies and Freya, Year 9 was third Prep Lady. Our girls also won First and Second at the Warwick Schools Challenge, with Chloe the Top Scorer. Competition included Bloxham, Cheltenham College and a large cohort from Millfield.  Our brother teams from Warwick School also won their competition.
 
Cross Country – Warwickshire Schools and Nationals
Our cross country runners have enjoyed the mud perhaps more than others. Special mentions should go to Daisy who finished 9th in the U16 Warwickshire School Cross Country. In the U14 age group Gigi finished 8th out of a field of 48 in the U14 version of the same competition. In the younger years Emma finished 12th in the U13 age group and our youngest runner, Molly, ran extremely well to finish 4th place and qualified for the National Cross Country Championships. Congratulations to all our runners!
 
Badminton Teams Central Warwickshire Bronze Medallists
Following on from their success in the Level 2 competition the U16 Badminton team went on to represent Central Warwickshire in the Level 3 school games finals. They played superbly well losing only to the eventual winners. Congratulations to Emily, Faith, Grace and Olivia who finished in the Bronze Medal position.
 
Athletics: Third at School Games Indoor Athletics
It seems bizarre to say we had our first Athletics fixture of the year considering the recent weather conditions. The Year 8 team competed at the School Games Indoor Athletics competition. They finished 3rd overall with a particularly strong performance from Georgia. We look forward to the outdoor season to come.