On Friday the 24th October the sixth form of King Edward VI High School organised a charity event to raise money for Teenage Cancer Trust and Marshlands. With ideas ranging from popcorn machines to ping pong matches, to Mario Kart races, the uniqueness of some stalls helped us achieve our grand total of £260.49.
Not only was the day a fun change to the normal tight school schedule, it was a good opportunity for the sixth formers to interact with the rest of the school. Younger students have few opportunities to visit the common room and interact with sixth formers. I feel as if the fundraising day was enjoyed by the sixth formers just as much as it was by the lower school, and that such events are a good way to bring the school together and relax a little, and should be repeated in the future.
Overall the sixth formers who participated had a fantastic time, and we hope the lower years enjoyed it as much as we did! A big thanks to Mrs Gibbs for arranging it all, and to all the students who contributed to our incredible grand total.
Well done guys!
On the 8th of October the year 13 sports leaders organised the sixth forms first house tournament in the fast and furious sport of badminton! After spending 2 weeks organising and advertising the event we were ecstatic that so many people turned up. In fact, we had more people than we bargained for which made the deciding first rounds unexpectedly hectic and undoubtedly rather difficult for the house leaders to select their champions to go forward to play in the semi-finals.
A male and a female champion from each house was however chosen and presented on time (surprisingly). For red house these champions were Liam Walker and Jenna Clayton who are both in their second year of sixth form. The yellow house champions were Rachel Sharp and Harry Brookes who are also year 13 students. Blue house had the only year 12 champion; Jasmine Horsley who represented the girls and Hamish Farmer, year 13. Last but not least green house put forward Tom Dixon and Hannah James who are both year 13s.
The semi-finals were organised with the yellow champions playing the red champions and with green playing blue. The atmosphere was building slowly as the houses began cheering on their players as they walked onto the four courts in the middle of the sports hall. The standard of badminton was very high and the games were closely contested with major excitement for all houses. In the girls semi-finals Hannah James stormed her way through the match to beat Jasmine Horsley 15-3 becoming the first girl to make it through to the finals. All eyes were now focused on the struggle between Jenna Clayton and Rachel Sharp with tension building into the final points. Eventually, after reaching 15 points Jenna Clayton went through to face Hannah in the finals. Rachel and Jasmine were down to play each other for 3rd and 4th place. Meanwhile in the boy’s semi-final games Hamish Farmer was playing Tom Dixon in a well played but futile effort to reach the finals. Harry Brookes and Liam Walker were playing on the next court to decide who would be playing Tom in the finals. Harry Brookes walked away with it to represent yellow house in the finals.
As the players prepared for their final matches spectators lined the walls ready to cheer them on ensuring a fantastic atmosphere and more than a little pressure. The girl’s 1st and 2nd final was a high speed game with an amazing level of skill and technique shown. They were incredibly closely matched but in the final points Hannah James managed to utilise her competitive nature and some skilled shots to sneak into the lead, giving the win to green house! Jenna Clayton showed brilliant sportsmanship playing to the very last point and looked in her element through this very tense and close match. Her efforts payed off as red house took second. The boy’s 1st and 2nd final was just as spectacular with enough drama to keep everyone on their toes. The green and yellow spectators were yelling motivation (and more than a few insults) from the sidelines as they watched their champions playing as hard as they could. After an intense match Harry Brookes from yellow house left the court victorious leaving green house’s Tom Dixon in a melodramatic heap on the floor.
Hamish Farmer and Rachel Sharp won their final matches to come 3rd for blue house and yellow house respectively. Finishing in fourth place after playing some brilliant badminton were Jasmine Horsley for blue house and Liam Walker for red house.
A fantastic time was had by all who came along to play or just to support their champions. The year 13 sports leaders and the house captains along with a few volunteers will be looking to organise another house competition for sixth form so keep a look out on the whiteboard in the common room for any news of another exciting event!
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