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Introducing PE peer mentorships
Year 2 Pupils at Ballard School, Hampshire, assisted their Reception and Year 1 peers through a new PE Mentorship buddying system ahead of hosting the Independent Schools Association (ISA) Pre-Prep Sports Festival last month (April).
Already proving hugely successful during its initial trial phase, the system is giving 6 to 7-year olds the opportunity to support, advise and inspire Reception and Year
1 pupils, aged between 4 and 6, during their PE lessons.
Overseeing the scheme, PE Teacher Mr Freeman was responsible
for pairing mentorship buddies together. Students have also
been provided with their own personalised Pre-Prep PE passports.
These passports will be used to give each pupil a set of achievable  tness related targets. The Year 2 pupils will now use the passport to help guide their mentees, in turn, teaching the older students key leadership and coaching skills.
Alastair Reid, Headmaster at Ballard School said:
“This is the  rst time this programme has been rolled out and it has already seen outstanding responses from all the pupils. The Pre-Prep pupils are a very talented group. It’s great to see the young students enthusiastically learning about indoor athletics, with some key movement skills, ahead of our summer sporting programme.’’
High honour in lacrosse
Sevens title retained
The Benenden School, Kent, 1st team won the Rathbones National Schools Lacrosse Championships after a dramatic two days of competition at Guildford’s Surrey Park.
In the end their 3-0 victory
in Saturday’s Final over Lady Eleanor Holles - avenging an earlier defeat by the same team in the morning’s pool stage - was relatively comfortable, but that masked an exciting and topsy- turvy second day.
Having reached the Quarter-Final stage last year, Benenden arrived as one of the favourites to lift the title. And on Day One, everything went to plan, as they eased through the group stages with six back-to-back wins.
But on the second day Benenden endured a tough morning in the last-16 pool stage, with one draw and two defeats. That meant they  nished third in their pool and would be handed a dif cult draw in the knockout stage against one of the tournament’s favourites.
If they were going to win the tournament, they were going to have to do it the hard way.
In the knockout stages, Benenden rose to the challenge. They eliminated St Catherine’s and St Mary’s Calne before
an epic Semi-Final against Downe House. The teams were deadlocked at 4-4 at the  nal whistle. That forced Overtime and Benenden scored the golden goal to progress to the Final.
Cranleigh School, Surrey, 1st VII successfully defended their Rosslyn Park Sevens title with a 28-7 defeat of Brighton after two days of hard fought rugby in the prestigious international schools competition.
Winning the tournament two years in a row is a remarkable achievement for a school the
size of Cranleigh against mainly larger schools and some fearsome opposition.
Pupils at school showed their support, watching the tournament live on screens around the campus. The squad was also playing for the memory of Jake Andrews, whose
funeral was held in the Chapel on the second afternoon of the tournament.
Cranleigh is only the fourth school to retain the trophy since the competition began in 1939.
Director of Rugby Andy Houston, said: “Last year winning the cup was an amazing achievement and it was probably seen by most as improbable. I think in truth everyone outside of the squad thought us defending the title would be impossible. The squad though trained so hard and gave so much”.
Extreme triathlon
Under 12 winner
St Michael’s School, Carmarthen, Year 7 pupil Steffan Hodson won four skiing medals at the Welsh Alpine Championships in Champéry, Switzerland and took 1st place in the Welsh under 12 overall. Presenting the medals
is Richard Parks, a former Wales international rugby union player turned extreme endurance athlete.
Ipswich High School for Girls pupils from Pre-Prep right through to the Sixth Form took part in an ‘Extreme Triathlon Challenge’ in aid of the Macmillan Woolverstone Wing at Ipswich Hospital.
Every pupil in the School was involved and helped achieve huge distances in each of the three triathlon distances. Between them, the girls:
• Ran 1,500 miles (the distance from Ipswich High School to Athens) around the School campus
• Swam 19 nautical miles (the same as crossing the English Channel) in the School’s swimming pool
• And cycled, tricycled or scooted 874 miles (the distance from Land’s End to John O’Groats) on the Astroturf pitches or in the pop up indoor cycling studio
Ipswich High School’s Director of Sport Jane Fison said: “This was a fantastic event which allowed every girl in the School to be involved no matter their age or ability. Younger girls swam in our pool with  oats or
unaided, covered shorter distances on their bikes, scooters or tricycles and ran with great determination around the School. Our older girls were able to choose the distances they completed up to our ‘Iron Woman’ event which covered 200m in the pool, a 5km run and a 10km bike ride. It was a great day.”
This event is one of several large fundraising events and activities taking place at the School as they work towards their goal of raising £10,000 to support the local charity this academic year.
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