Sports

We are pleased to announce that we will continue to take the Year 7-11 students off-site for their sports lessons this term. We are delighted to be able to enhance our sports provision by taking the students to other venues such as the Elmbridge Xcel Leisure Complex.

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HCH Students teamInstead of requiring HCH pupils to strive on a traditional, relatively narrow games diet – for example, rugby for the Autumn Term, hockey for the Spring Term and cricket for the Summer Term – we would prefer them to gain basic proficiency in a much wider range of supervised activities. These naturally include core national sports like soccer, rugby, hockey and cricket, but we are developing a programme which will enhance this range by including activities as diverse as cycling, archery, judo, kayaking, skulling and rowing, golf, swimming, athletics and X-country, lawn bowls, badminton, tennis, basketball and softball.

In many schools, sport is organised on a large scale along relatively limited avenues. The advantage of this approach is the team ethos which develops from having a fixture list and a selection regime for different age groups. At HCH, while we want to be able to offer team experiences, we are particularly keen to ensure that pupils with obvious talent have the opportunity to play in appropriate team contexts. However, the right context for talented youngsters is often a particular sports club where expert coaching is available on a regular basis. With such clubs we are currently consulting and developing relationships.

With national standard competitors in ice skating and gymnastics among our pupils (who clearly benefit from the freedom and flexibility of our approach to sport), we are keen to create a sport and activities programme which helps to identify and foster the aptitude for excellence in some sports, but which is geared to offering variety of experience (rather than quantity or intensity) to most students.

At present, a wide range of sporting options is already available and Hampton Court House participates in rugby, football, judo, cricket and tennis matches with other local schools. Children receive coaching in netball, basketball, football, hockey, cricket, tennis, softball, badminton, table tennis and swimming. In addition to our own grounds, we use facilities in Bushy Park. Swimming currently takes place in Imber Court Sports Club.

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Year 6 Netball Team

On Tuesday 10 October, the Y6 netball team played in a match against the U11C team from Newland House School.

It has been great to see the girls’ enthusiasm for netball continue to grow this year, as numerous breaks and lunch times are spent on the netball court practising their shooting, footwork... and ball skills. Eager to return to the court after a long rest over the summer, the girls played with determination and focus to gain possession of the ball for the majority of the game.

The HCH girls dominated the game throughout all four quarters. Although, during the first quarter, the girls began to follow the ball around the court, rather than finding space and passing into it. However, as the game progressed, it was clear to see that they were trying to make accurate passes into space, which allowed the ball to travel efficiently into the circle, where Ana managed to score 4 goals in total.

A great success considering it was their first match of the season, followed by a lovely sociable tea between the two teams!

Team: Stacy (Captain), Lily, Ana, Maria, Julie, Zara, Vivian and Savannah.

Player of the match: Ana

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Upper Years Netball Match

On Wednesday 20 September, the Years 9-11 ‘A’ team played in a netball fixture against Thames Christian College (TCC). It was the first match of the season and with new members joining the team, the HCH girls didn’t quite know what to expect. HCH started with a particularly strong set of passes... and communication with some goals scored quite early on by Krystyna, Romane and Katie. Poppy and Dimitra were as strong as ever with their interceptions in the defensive third and managed to stop TCC getting the ball into the circle. Scarlett, who was playing centre in the first part of the match did particularly well at getting free from her opponent in both the attacking, centre and defensive thirds and is to be commended for her excellent communication with the rest of the team. Fia made her way on to the court for the first time representing HCH and was very strong in creating space and intercepting numerous balls as WD. Beth and Grace, being such versatile players succeeded with any challenges that came their way!

Overall the girls played very well considering it was their first match as a team and of the season! However, there is plenty more work to be done as the score could have been a lot higher!

Well done girls, keep up the hard work!

Team – Dimitra (captain), Grace, Poppy, Romane, Krystyna, Scarlett, Beth, Fia and Katie

Player of the match – Scarlett

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Staff vs. Students Cricket Matches

On Thursday 6th July, Hampton Court House witnessed a sporting event of such epic proportions that Wimbledon paled in comparison. The ever-enthralling Staff versus Students Cricket Match took on an added layer of grit as the fixture became the inaugural Staff vs. Sixth Form Match.

After choosing to... bowl first, student skipper Haydn Roberts sent down the first over to Graham Ainge and a regular pattern of fours and sixes was established. Graham raced past his half century before showing the kind of charity Haydn is known for and retiring. This brought Caroline Wass to the crease, who displayed remarkable cultural sensitivity in learning the most British of sports. After a roller coaster 15 overs, the staff amassed 196, with Selwyn Leamy ensuring that his last innings as a member of staff was as powerful as his art lessons.

Then it was the Sixth Form’s turn to bat. The first over, delivered by Tom Robson, gave a good indication of the trouble to come. Bob delivered the second over, and it was soon apparent that Hope is a dangerous thing. Three wickets in an over showed how deadly his variations are and the Sixth Form run chase was derailed. Some lusty blows from the lower order breathed some life into the chase and they finished on 100.

It was a fantastic occasion – a wonderful atmosphere and played in good spirits.

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Claremont Fan Court Athletics Meet

Yesterday afternoon, a selection of pupils from Years 7 and 8 competed in the Claremont Fan Court annual athletics meet. All students took part in track events including: 75m hurdles, 800m, 400m, 300m, 200m, 100m and 4x100m relay. They also competed in field events including: high jump, long jump, shot... put, javelin and discus. All pupils are to be commended for their hard work!

Well done!

Year 8 Team: Woohyun, Krystyna, Bruno, Amelia and Daniel
Year 7 team: Sammy, Avalon, Sam, Maria, Zoe and Albert

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Year 7 and 8 Athletics Competition

On Thursday 18 May, a selection of pupils from Years 7 and 8 took part in an athletics event at Kingsmeadow athletics track against several other schools. All pupils participated in track and field events including; 100m, high jump, javelin, long jump, and shotput. The squad are to be commended for their performances.

Upper Years Athletics Meet

Years 10 and 11 attended an athletics meet at Kingsmeadow organised by Canbury School and enjoyed competing in a number of track and field events.

Rollo performed strongly in the javelin, high jump and long jump; Romane did very well in the javelin and Maya jumped 3m55 in the long jump. Dhelia ran the fastest time in the girls’ 100m, while Daniel was the second fastest boy at the event.

All the team performed well and had a great time at the event.

Year 7 and 8 Netball Win v Thames Christian College

On Thursday 9 March, Years 7 and 8 played a netball match against Thames Christian College. The girls played for a total of 40 minutes, which was strenuous as it was such a warm day.
The HCH girls were eager for a win as always, to keep up the Middle and Upper years netball winning streak! TCC started... with a dominating performance in the first half of the match having possession of the ball the majority of the time. HCH managed to keep on top of them, leading by a one goal difference.

At half time, we made a few changes to positions and got straight back on court. HCH were ready to keep the lead, which of course they did with Amelia and Sorrel consistently shooting from the edge of the circle which kept TCC in contention. HCH started to pull further ahead as the match went on. Every pass was fiercely contested and TCC’s errors were pounced on by our defensive players, Zoe, Poppy, Lucy and Ruby.

By the last quarter, TCC started to slow down and therefore HCC managed to take control of the game and keep possession of the ball, with excellent passing and team work in the centre court from Katie, Maria and Emily which allowed the ball to travel into our shooters Krystyna and Sorrel finalising the match 10–6 to HCH.

Very well played!

Team: Sorrel (Captain), Krystyna, Amelia, Zoe, Poppy, Emily, Katie, Lucy, Ruby and Maria.

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