Carol Skewes - Headteacher
July 20, 2017
We have enjoyed a fantastic year of inter-house competition from events such as netball and football in the autumn term to cross country and basketball in the spring term and, later in the year table tennis, rugby, girls’ football and rounders. Sports captains have worked hard all year to ensure that teams are filled and it has been great to see so many students getting involved, supporting their house and enjoying sport.
On Friday 14 July 2017 the inter-house competition came to a close on sports day, with the winners of the House Cup still in the balance. Throughout the morning students competed in their field events before the whole school made their way to the field for the finale – the track events and tug of war.
Houses displayed their banners and many homemade flags, posters and bunting were on show in support of their follow competitors, which made for a great atmosphere throughout the afternoon.
As sports day drew to a close and points were added to the scores already accumulated from all inter-house competitions throughout the year, the atmosphere grew increasingly tense as the whole school waited in anticipation of the results. It was the students in Darwin who left with the biggest smiles as they were members of the victorious House for 2016-17.
Sports Day overall results were:-
We look forward to another year of inter house competition.
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