Year 8 Girls win the North West Regional Final for Sports Hall Athletics
Congratulations to the Year 8 girls who won the North West Regional Final competing against 7 other schools from Cheshire, Merseyside, Greater Manchester and Lancashire. They won by a massive 39 points which is awesome.
All the girls deserve praise for their efforts as they gave 100% in both the track and field events. Well Done! Team members are Georgia Lever, Caitlin Whitehead, Jessica Taylor, Shannon McClarence, Ellie Charnock, Maddie Littlewood, Mia Wild and Lauren Dixon.
BOSPAA Sports Award Winners
Congratulations to the Year 7 girls Sports Hall Athletics Team who came 1st - School Team of the Year at the BOSPAA Awards Dinner on Friday 5th October at the Reebok. They were in a category of 6 schools all of whom had performed well during 2011-12. Our girls had achieved 3rd place in the North West Finals of the Sports Hall Athletics Competition – after winning both the Bolton and Greater Manchester events convincingly.
The girls were absolutely delighted with their win – so now the pressure is on to repeat this feat again this year!
The team was as follows:-
Le Corbier bound...
A group of 65 students travelled to Le Corbier France for our regular ski course. The accommodation, Le Mont Corbier was excellent as was the Ecole Francais who took tremendous pleasure in teaching our students. The top 'master class group' were privelage to outstanding skiing conditions and made exceptional progress in their skills and techniques.
By the end of the second day all of the beginner groups had skied runs from the top of the mountain. What an achievement! The apres ski programme was fun and appreciated by all.
Year 7 girls win the Greater Manchester Sports Hall Athletics Champtionships
Year 7 girls won the Greater Manchester Sports Hall Athletics Championships. They were representing Bolton against the top schools in Wigan, Salford, Oldham, Stockport, Bury, Rochdale and Tameside. The girls will now go onto represent Greater Manchester in the North West Finals next month at Leigh Sports Village. The victorious team members are, Caitlin Whitehead, Mia Wild, Ellie Charnock, Georgia Lever, Maddie Littlewood, Lauren Dixon and Shannon McClarence.
Rings of Success
London 2012 provides us with a fantastic opportunity to develop our provision for the coming year and beyond. We will look to stimulate our students using the inspiration provided by all aspects of the games.
In particular, we plan to impact upon students by developing the school rewards system by extending it to include the seven Olympic Values of Friendship, Excellence, Respect, Inspiration, Equality, Courage and Determination. Students will be encouraged to display these values in all aspects of school life and these will be recognised using a sticker system and the usual school recording methods.
We will also aim to extend the sporting opportunities around school and plan to hold a school sports presentation evening to recognise the students who have shown Olympic values whilst representing the school in extra-curricular sports.
Ball's Stolen Thunder
Talented Head Girl and Year 11 Student, Jenny Ball, the Captain of the schools Netball Team has been successful in achieving a place in the North West's Super League Team, 'Northern Thunder', who are part of the National Netball Body. The competition was intense and Jenny was fortunate to be chosen by selectors, who included, Karen Kreig and Tracey Nevill both ex-England netball players.
Recently Jenny was invited to play for Lancashire U17's B Team against Yorkshire in November. Jenny along with her brother, Thomas, is a member of Forrest Badminton Club, which was, at the recent Bolton Metro Sports ceremony, awarded Club of the Year, and both are part of the Lancashire Badminton Performance Group for Emerging, Improving and Talented players. Thomas is also a budding Baseball Player and a member of the National Baseball Training Academy. He has been invited for trails with the Great Britain Cadet Squad. A busy pair of siblings.
National Sports Week - week commencing 27th June 2011
For National School Sports week we are planning to deliver a variety of Paralympic activities to our pupils within their Physical Education lessons. This is to help further promote Paralympic sport and identify some of the barriers which athletes overcome. We are hoping this will raise awareness and the profile of the London 2012 Paralympic Games.
The Parlaympic activities organised for this week are: Wheelchair Basketball, Wheelchair tennis, Boccia, Goalball, sit down volleyball and a variety of athletic events.
During this week we are also promoting the Paralympic and Olympic Games values of Determination, Respect, Courage, Friendship and Inspiration across the whole school, trying to inspire young people.
We feel this will be a fantastic experience for the young people and a great week for both pupils and staff at Rivington and Blackrod High School. For more information please see the link below:
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The Aegon GB Davis Cup Team
The AEGON GB Davis Cup Team took on Tunisia at the Bolton Arena in March, the team’s first Euro Africa Zone Group 11 tie of 2011.
Alex Herd and Lauren Banks, both Year 8 students at Rivington and Blackrod High School, went through a vigorous selection process in December 2010 to be selected as ball girls for the event. Following their selection they had five, two hour training sessions, working on the vital skills of movement around the court, ball rolling and most importantly staying focused for long periods to time.
It was a great privilege and a fantastic opportunity for both girls to participate in this prestigious event where they had a fantastic experience.
Paris Open Tennis Championships
I was very privileged to get the opportunity to go to Paris to watch the Paris Open and I was sponsored by a French Power Company, GDF Suez. I went by Eurostar to Paris early in the morning of 8th February, along with my tennis coach, Kate Warne-Holland, my friend and her mum. On arrival in Paris we went to lunch where all the professional tennis players go! After lunch we went to watch the tennis, the players were all in the top fifty so it was good tennis to watch. At tea we were able to get lots of famous players’ autographs. The best player we watched in action was Kim Clijsters and I was lucky enough to get her autograph! We stayed in a 5 star hotel which was excellent! My trip was memorable and I also received £1000 in sponsorship to further my tennis!
On the Piste
In February, Rivington and Blackrod High School’s annual Ski Course to Le Corbier, France, took place. All abilities were challenged over the week and made tremendous progress. All beginners had skied from the top of the mountain to the village by the end of the week. We gained an understanding of the mountains and the lifestyle of those who live in Le Corbier. We had the opportunity of meeting another school staying in the hotel, from Hurst Lodge, Ascot, and making new friends.
A Feather in our Cap
The boys’ U16 Badminton team represented Greater Manchester in the Regional round of the Center Parcs / Badminton England tournament. In early March, at Leigh Sports Village against some tough opposition from teams representing Cheshire, Cumbria, Lancashire, and Merseyside, they reached Bronze Medal status. The team, consisting of Jamie Booth, Year 10, Charlie Foley, Josh Reece, Ben Roberts and Neil Thompson, Year 11, received their medals from Ian Palethorpe, a former England International, who now manages the West Kirkby Badminton Performance Centre.
Student wins Gold
Thomas Lindley, Year 9 won a Gold Medal finishing 1st in the Under 14 Sabre in the North West Junior Series, St Omer Schools Challenge Trophy, Stonyhurst College. He also won gold in the under 14 Boys Sabre at the British Youth Championship qualifiers in Blackpool. The finals will be held at EIS Sheffield on the 30th April to the 2nd May 2011. At Monetau, he finished 56th in the U15 Sabre competition a great achievement especially given he has only been fencing a little over 1 year. The team came away with a Gold Silver and Bronze medal.
The boys u16 badminton squad were successful at playing as the Bolton representatives– playing 30 games in total and winning 27. They now qualify for the next regional round representing Greater Manchester – playing against the winners from Lancashire, Cumbria, Cheshire and Merseyside (details to follow).
The team consisted of Josh Reece, Neil Thompson, Ben Roberts, Charlie Foley and Jamie Booth.
A welcome break in the wet weather allowed the Bolton Schools' Cross Country Championships to take place without a hitch at Rivington. Fourteen schools sent runners in four age groups meaning we were to host around 600 competitors on the day. The performances of all of the home teams were notable - showing determination and no little stamina - to record some pleasing results but the best of the day came from Year 7 Student Jordan Prescott who outpaced the rest of the field to come home as Bolton Champion.
Archer on target
Congratulations are due to Year 11's Ryan Greenfield who recently became Under 16 National Archery Champion at the London Tournament held in September. Ryan who began archery at the age of 12 practices every friday evening at Hulton Park and shoots in competitions most Sundays. He may be just too young for London 2012 but maybe Glasgow 2014.
Dancing on Ice
Four pupils from Rivington and Blackrod High school performed a dance during the mid-time entertainment at the 'Great Britain versus New Zealand Tri Nations Rugby League Match' at the Galpharm Stadium, Huddersfield.
They were selected alongside sixty other students out of all of the schools in Bolton. The girls attended a week long training camp during the half term break in preparation for the 'Big Event'. The pupils involved were Chloe Pearson, Year 9, Chloe Smethurst, Hannah Burke and Natalie Cooper, from Year 10. All of the students thoroughly enjoyed the event and were extremely pleased with the free dance merchandise that they received.