Serious about Sport
Members of our Physical Education department are sprinting from one success to the next at the moment with match results going from strength to strength.
We managed to track the team down to tell us why they are all sporting such huge grins!
Head of Physical Education, Miss Simpson, commented: “Focusing on the role of sport in a balanced education we ensure that we meet the needs of elite young sportswomen, but equally importantly, we are dedicated to offering a wide and satisfying range of sport and physical activities to ensure that every girl experiences and enjoys the benefits of a healthy active lifestyle.
Our girls have played over 270 fixtures already this academic year which represents twelve different sports and ranges from golf to indoor athletics. The results have been outstanding and I thank my team for their enthusiasm and dedication in helping the girls to achieve such success.”
Having just won the Hillingdon Borough Tournament and the Hillingdon District netball league; our Year 8 netball heroes went on to win the Independent Schools Association London North Tournament, which qualified them for the national finals where they finished in fourth place in the country – congratulations girls this is our best ever result!
Mrs Rees, commented: ‘In my eight years of teaching at Northwood College I have never met such an enthusiastic team. They show such dedication and have attended every single training session - they are simply a joy to teach.” And the success does not end there, with our Senior school having won the Hillingdon Borough Tournament by beating seven other schools including St Helen’s and Bishop Ramsey. Years 5 and 6 have also enjoyed an excellent season dominated by victory.
Miss Perry, commented: “I think that the double lesson time has definitely had a positive impact. I am making fixtures for C teams for the first time which is a result of increased interest and enthusiasm”.
Year 8’s Dominque Olaleye won the Year 9 Borough Cross Country Tournament with Lucy Thornton winning the Year 11 Tournament and Rachel Ayrton finishing closely behind her in second place. The Year 9 team claimed Silver medals and many of our runners were selected to represent Hillingdon at the Middlesex championships.
For the third year in succession we have won every single age group in the Hillingdon District Hockey Tournaments. Miss Simpson commented: “Hockey continues to go from strength to strength and this is a true testament to the outstanding enthusiasm shown by Miss Perry and Mrs Taylor. May we send good luck wishes to Year 9’s Imani Bailey and Olivia Evans for their County trials which will be held next month.”
The Hillingdon Borough Gymnastics competition saw our Year 8 team receive the Silver medal in the team event and Jazz-Afrique Oyenekan in Year 8 won the Bronze medal in the individual competition.
We entered Under 15 and Under 18 teams in the Hertfordshire & Middlesex Independent Schools Badminton League and are delighted that in our first season the Year 10 team finished in third place and the Sixth form finished fourth. Kirushnaga Ganeshanathan and Hamsini Shivkumar from Year 10 won the Silver medal in the Under 15 League tournament Our Key Stage 3 and 4 teams all achieved Silver medals in the Hillingdon Borough Tournament.
We recently beat Wycombe Abbey School in the Regional Quarter Finals of the Aberdare Cup and will be playing St Georges College, Weybridge in the Regional Semi Finals of this National knock out competition on the 13th May. All the best of luck girls!
Year 11’s Lucy Thornton is now ranked among the top 30 swimmers in Europe and represented our school at the GDST’s Swimming Gala in Northampton where she achieved second place in the 50 metres butterfly.
Miss Simpson commented: “We have increased the number and variety of sport clubs that we offer from ballroom dancing to handball; junior cricket to multi-games, and we believe that our policy of open access to all our clubs is the reason for numbers spiraling. This year has also seen the launch of Karate and ballroom dancing Clubs for Key Stage 4 & 5 and Kick Boxing has been added to the Sixth Form curriculum.”
2015 celebrates our first GCSE Dance Candidate whose lessons take form in an extra-curricular club that dedicated staff members run after school hours. The PE team is particularly excited this week with the arrival of brand new fitness equipment including a Cross Trainer, Treadmill, Upright Cycles, Leg Press and Adjustable Bench.
Commenting on the school’s investment in sports, Director of Finance and Operations, Mr Brown, said: “Every pupil is entitled to develop a degree of ‘physical literacy’ just as we would expect every student to develop numeracy, digital literacy and actual literacy – it’s not an optional extra. Sadly national statistics state that by the age of nine, girls are already less physically active than boys; by the time they are 14 just 12% of girls are reaching the recommended levels of physical activity - half the number of boys at the same age; and over 80% of adult women do too little physical activity to benefit their health. We are determined that our girls will remain active throughout their school careers, building habits that will stand them in good stead throughout their lives.” So what’s next?
Miss Simpson concludes: “We are very much looking forward to district athletics over the next couple of weeks and please don’t forget to come out and support the girls on their Sports Day”.
Senior Sports Day will be held on Monday 6 July at Harrow School and Junior Sports Day will be held at school on Thursday 25 June.
A Winning Team: Mrs Taylor, Mrs Rees, Miss Parsons, Mrs Lloyd, Miss Simpson, Mrs Thomas, Miss Perry, Miss Leighton-Smith