This term, Oakbank students have been representing the school in a range of sporting fixtures.
The Year 9s have been competing in a series of U16 Athletics meets at Palmer Park. Many of the girls achieved personal bests in their competitions, such as Jasmine Y (9K) who threw 7.20m in the shot, Ella C (9H) who threw 15.04m with the javelin and Emily H (9H) who achieved 4.07m in the long jump. Well done to Ella M (9K) who battled valiantly in the 600m and managed to take first place in the final ten metres. The Year 9 boys have also been competing brilliantly but have not been able to participate in as many competitions due to a lighting problem at the track. Some noteworthy performances include Lewis D (9K) who achieved a new personal best of 13.1 seconds for the 100 metres and Nile M (9C) who threw 7.80m in the shot.
Although the rugby season has officially finished, students continue to participate in Rugby 7s tournaments. This is essentially 7-a- side match over the same sized pitch, which encourages more open play. The Year 7 boys have recently competed in a round robin tournament with around eight other secondary schools. Despite never having played in that format, the boys drew on their experience as a 15-a- side team for their first match. From the second match onwards, the team was already showing outstanding promise and making genuine progress to take forward to the next round of matches. A special mention goes to Jack H (7C) and Harvey R (7K) who each demonstrated great team spirit and determination up to the very last play of the ball.
The girls have recently begun some inter-schools competitions. The Year 7s are new to the game so their first match was a very steep learning curve. Yet by their second match of the afternoon, they were already playing brilliantly and managed to coast to victory with a very impressive 18-12 win. The outstanding player of the day was Brie-ana P (7K) who demonstrated great skills. The Year 8 girls were also relatively inexperienced at the game and it was a hard afternoon for them. However, there’s lots of potential within the team and Miss Whitely has put together a training programme that will see them developing as a team in no time. The Year 9 girls had a mixed bag of matches in the first tournament, losing the final game by just half a run. With more experience, they are improving their individual and team skills with the next match achieving a draw against Waingel’s College.
The Year 8 boys finished an outstanding season with a performance to be proud of. On the final day, they needed a win to make the semi-final play offs and were a goal up with one minute of the match remaining. Unfortunately, they conceded a goal in the dying seconds of the game to come away with a draw and so miss out on the play-offs. Despite this, they finished in fifth place in their league which is a terrific achievement. Every player showed great team spirit at every match throughout the season which is something to be very proud of. A special well done should go to Mani DeS (8C) who scored an incredible 9 goals in 8 matches.
Sky Sports ‘Living for Sport’
Finally, the Year 10 students who are taking PE as a GCSE option have been selected to participate in the Sky Sports ‘Living for Sport’ initiative this year. We have been fortunate to welcome back World Champion rower and triathlete, Toby Garbett as the school’s sports mentor. Toby worked with our Sports Captains last year and has been supporting the Year 10 students as they will undergo assessments in Rounders; both their ability to play the game but also their skill in umpiring a match. The team of students are also busy organising an inter-House Rounders tournament later this term in which all the Year 7s will compete.
Still to come this term is Sport Day in July, which will see all year groups from each House compete in field and track events across the day.