Y12 Ryan Ashforth raced to victory in the Stafford and District Schools' cross country championships for the second year in a row.
Ryan is a steeplechase and 1,500m specialist who has taken the cross country circuit in his stride. In the under-18 race he finished the 4.2k course almost a minute ahead of the pack.
More than 250 runners from 10 schools challenged for titles in four age groups in a chase for a top 10 finish, to earn a chance to represent the district team in the county championships on January 23.
King Edwards Team Results:
Year 7 Boys 3rd
Y8 & Y9 girls 2nd
Y10 & Y11 Boys 1st
Y10 & Y11 Girls 2nd
Other notable King Edwards Individual Results:
In the Y8 & Y9 girls race
2nd Izzie Kelly
In the Y9 & Y10 Girls Race
4th Allegra Soutar
5th Gabby Lufton
In the Y10 & Y11 Boys race
Last Wednesday (13th October), three primary schools were invited to King Edwards for a friendly football festival. Two teams came from Castle Church, two from Woodseaves and a team from Church Eaton. It was a very well organised event and run by Mrs Gibbs, the sports leaders and the Head Boy, Brandon.
The atmosphere was great and the Y5's and Y6's thoroughly enjoyed it. Everyone was cheering when a goal was scored and when a goal was saved.
The final results table:
1st- Church Eaton
2nd-Castle Church 2
3rd- Woodseaves 1
Castle Church 1
4th- Woodseaves 2
Everyone went home with a massive smile on their faces. Everyone was involved even some of the parents looked more excited than the children! Overall it was a great turnout and everyone enjoyed themselves. Congratulations to all that took part, especially Church Eaton who won and thank you.
Report by Charis Farmer, Charlotte Bradley and Eve Mace Y9
On the 14th October the Sixth Form fundraised for Macmillan Cancer support. We did this through playing rugby and selling cakes on the day. The main attraction was the Year 12’s taking on the Year 13’s, the Year 12’s won. We were very grateful for the support that we received during the lunch break from the lower school and from the sixth form who remained after the end of lunch.
The grand total of the day was £201.35!!
We would like to thank all those who played, baked, bought cakes or helped in any way, including:
Jack Hardy, Liam Walker, Nathan Podmore, Connor Pope, Alex Manley, Archie Perry, Tom Pennack, Brandon Mcelney, George Slater, Will Turner, Todd Dawson, Josh Wilson, James Chadwick, Rhys Williams, Oliver Greenshill, Ross Smith, Charles Clayton, Robbie Thelwell, Jordan Talbot, Mr Abel, Fran Bishop, Pia Dodd and Beckie Pearson.
Report by Joe Harvey Y13
Following the success of the first sixth form house tournament in the sport of badminton, the sports leaders decided to organise another tournament. However this time, it was in the slightly less conventional (and decidedly more violent) game of Ultimate Dodgeball; which has been christened War for good reason. It is a highly active game involving launching balls into the opponents half with the aim of hitting as many people as possible to get them ‘out’ while the aim of the game is to knock over the cone that they are protecting. Given that ‘no head shots’ is only a guideline recommendation and not a solid rule, it is a surprise that injuries are very rare and occur more often from people throwing themselves on the floor to avoid an incoming missile than from particularly vicious throws.
To fit all the games into the allocated time space the teams had to be doubled up which coincidentally added to the fun and competitiveness of the tournament. The first game involved Green and Blue vs Yellow and Red and was won by the latter team from a strong shot knocking over Green and Blue’s cone. Green and Red then played Yellow and Blue to result in a draw. This meant that going into the final game Yellow and Red were on equal points ahead of Green and Blue. The tied scores meant that the final game with Yellow and Green against Blue and red was highly competitive and close throughout. So close that it lead to another draw. The final results were therefore still tied with Yellow and Red winning and gaining 4 points for each for their houses with Green and Blue as the runners up earning 2 points each.
As with the badminton tournament there was a massive turnout with 38 people attending and with a mix of both boys and girls from every house. This lead to a great atmosphere, some very close competition and a fantastic time being had by all who participated!
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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