Years 7 & 8 children participated in a most enjoyable, yet challenging day hosted jointly by Sherborne Girls and Boys Senior Schools. The theme for the day was code cracking and involved the children participating in a wide variety of activities that really got them thinking!
The B team replicated this success at the Yarrells tournament, winning every game on their way to the final which resulted in a tense 1-0 win against The Park.
All the staff and parents were impressed with the improvements shown by each team throughout the afternoon, with Gary Schneider head of PE at Yarrells commenting, “It was great to see so many children of different abilities participating in a fun and competitive environment.”
Eight committed tennis pupils from Years 5 – 8 were chosen to attend a trip to the ATP World Tour Finals at the O2 Arena, London on Thursday.
They were able see some of the world’s top players in the season ending finale, which is the largest indoor tennis event in the world and what many consider to be the pinnacle of the sport. The pupils watched the greatest player ever, Roger Federer, take on talented Frenchman Richard Gasquet, as well as some top class doubles action. The pupils were then so inspired by the tennis they saw that they had great fun playing Mini Tennis and trying to beat the LTA Coaches on the Play Tennis Zone.Mr Darragh, tennis teacher said: “This is a once in a lifetime opportunity for these children to see the world’s top tennis players at the peak of their game in one of the greatest sporting arenas and atmospheres. I can already see the inspiration they have gained from the day and hope it’ll be something that will motivate them to reach their potential”.
Year 8 pupils enjoyed their first rowing session on a perfect afternoon in the world-famous Poole harbour. Before taking to the water everyone was introduced to life-jackets, flares, throw ropes and VHF radios. The course is led by experienced cox and gig rower Serena Field, under the banner of Swanage Sea Rowing Club – an *Explore Rowing* accredited centre – while using the facilities of Poole Gig Club.
What an exciting opportunity to learn a new skill, keep fit, and have great fun while making the most of our wonderful local environment.
Our senior girls had a fantastic hockey session on the first day back at school. Mrs Davis arranged a special coaching session for them with a colleague at Clayesmore. The Yarrells girls mixed in well with the Clayesmore girls for an enjoyable and energetic session of hockey skills. They rotated around four activities which involved dribbling, passing, hitting and channelling. For some, this was their first experience of hockey and for others a way to recap skills previously learned. It was a great opportunity to learn new ways of practising these movements and also how they are then useful in a match situation.
We have many excellent enrichment activities planned for the seniors
We are very proud of our squad of eleven boys from Years 5 and 6 who took part in a mini 7-a-side football festival at Castle Court on Wednesday. They played very well as a team winning their games against Castle Court and Durlston Court and drawing against Clayesmore.
Very well done, boys!