PE House Competitions

As a PE department we are delighted about amount of students who represent their house in The annual inter house competitions this year. This gives the opportunity for a wider range of pupils to experience competitive play. There is an opportunity for many to take on roles as leaders and organisers throughout the year as teams are formed for the various competitions.

The first event on the calendar this year was the Year 9 and 10 rugby which is used for the boys “to get stuck in” and have some fun amongst friends to kick start the new academic year. The Russell house won both competitions which set them in a strong position to win overall Rugby Cup for the end of the year.

This event was then followed by the Time Trial, this is a one mile race for year 8 and 9 pupils and a one and a half mile race for years 10 and 11. The point of this event is to offer an opportunity for all pupils to test their fitness in a cross country type event and evaluate their aerobic capability. Inevitably it is an opportunity for the talented runners to have a competitive race but it also shows the pupils how effective their fitness training has been. Focus in curriculum time is on aerobic training in year 9 and muscular strength endurance training in year 10. Year 8 pupils have their first experience of cross country running and as a result of this many choose to join the school cross country club to further develop their fitness levels. Russell house were the winners for the second year running. Credit must be given for their participation and effort in this event.

In the winter months, usually towards the end of the season the hockey, netball, and rugby competitions take place. These matches are keenly contested; players who have been on the same school teams all season find themselves drawn against each other. There is much pride taken in organising the best house team and proving who is the most capable. Hockey was won by Dixon for a second year with Stephanie Gordon collecting the trophy and Rugby was won by Russell after the Year 11s also won the 7s competition. During class time the badminton competitions take place and this again encourages pupils to be more focused when, at the end of a block of work, they challenge others in their class to a match, Aikin came out on top this time but not all classes completed the matches this year.

There are other competitions throughout the year for which house trophies are awarded. Sports day is one of the major sports events of the year and it is one of the biggest jobs for the house captains to organise. Points are awarded for all finalists and since there was only one point between the top two houses this year it is encouraging that everyone’s scores were valued and counted. The winners of the girls’ athletics house cup was Russell which was captained by Zara King and the boys’ house cup was won by Russell captained by Aaron McGuigan. Brann captained by Taylor Lee-Munn, were fortunate to win the swimming gala trophy, again everyone who participated on that day gained a house point.

There are two events which run right up until the end of term; these events are the tennis tournament and inter-house cricket. It will not be possible to report on these and calculate the overall house games trophy winners until the new term.


Athletics – Boys Russell Aaron McGruigan  
Athletics – Girls Russell Zara King
Badminton Aikin Emily Green Adam Barron
Hockey Dixon Stephanie Gordon Andrew Martin
Rugby Russell Aaron McGruigan
Swimming Brann Taylor Lee Munn Ewan Ashcroft
Time Trial Russell Zara King Aaron McGruigan
Basketball n/a  
Netball n/a