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30 years scoring
the Open Championship
For over 150 years, the world’s best golfers have faced the unrelenting challenge of links golf at The Open, golf’s oldest championship. This year, the event held at
Royal Birkdale, marked a 30
year tradition where Giggleswick School, Yorkshire, pupils and staff have scored at the most famous golf competition in the world!
The opportunity to soak up the iconic atmosphere and watch the world’s gol ng stars is memorable in the extreme, and unsuprisingly, over the years pupils have been quick to get involved. The Open continues to provide Giggleswick pupils with experiences that
live long in the memory, whilst exposing them to the demands and pressures of working in a fast paced environment. On the  rst
day alone, in the wet and blustery conditions on the North West coast, pupils had to make over 6000 registered changes to the scoreboard.
The Open provides the opportunity to meet famous faces and pupils often get their piece of the limelight. Upper sixth pupil Laurie Daws had a moment to savour
as he asked questions to gol ng legend Colin Montgomerie on
BBC Radio 5 Live, whilst Chemistry teacher, Kate Arnold, who led the trip could also be heard on the radio station. On re ection of the trip, Kate said “I am very proud
of the team for their hard work in challenging weather conditions, they stayed so positive and professional throughout.”
Girls football success
Cricket legend visits
Sir Gar eld Sobers, widely regarded as Crickets greatest all-rounder, has visited Ballard School, Hampshire, to inspire students.
Sir Garry spoke about his life and his philosophy on sport to an audience of boys and girls who play cricket. The school also invited pupils from neighbouring schools to enjoy this enchanting and inspiring talk.
A very modest man but an inspirational story teller, his clear priority was for his team rather than himself. Footage of his world record feat of six sixes in one over (with the  nal ball being hit so far it went out of the ground with the famous commentator comment ‘It’s on its way to Swansea’) were testament to his amazing ability and temperament. He delivered some excellent and clear messages for getting the most out of sport and life today.
Sir Garry said: “Six sixes and self- satisfaction are not what it’s about - it’s all about the team. You should never be an individual in a team sport. The team comes  rst, you come second. When I scored 365 not out vs Pakistan I wasn’t interested in getting the record, in fact, I had no notion of the record and kept expecting the captain
to declare. I didn’t think I should sacri ce the team for a record but he didn’t declare. When I hit run number 365 all the Jamaicans ran on the pitch and over the wicket which stopped the game.’
Deputy Head David Dunn, pictured with Sir Garry said: “It was a fantastic experience for our local young cricketers to meet the greatest living legend in cricket and I hope they will remember
his words as they progress in their sporting careers. He is a wonderful role model for our young people.”
Girls from The Gower School, London, are celebrating after success in the  rst ever national under 11 girls independent schools football competition, organised with the Football Association (FA), the Independent Schools Association (ISA) and the Independent Association of Prep Schools (IAPS).
This strong victory secured The Gower School’s place in the national  nal, held at St George’s Park at the end of last term.
The  nal pitched The Gower
Double gold
A pupil from Wellingborough School, Northamptonshire, took double gold and broke a national record at the National Preparatory Schools Athletics Finals in the Alexander Stadium, Birmingham.
Etienne Maughan, Year 7, competed in both the 100m and 200m track events, which saw
her achieving  rst place in both races and making her a double gold champion. Etienne also broke the national record in the 200m event as well as her own personal best. The achievement makes her the fastest girl of her age group
School against Royal Russell School from Surrey in a match the Independent Schools Football Association called “an excellent advert for under 11 girls football”. A strong start and an early goal put The Gower School in a 1-0 lead, before a very late equaliser from Royal Russell led to a draw at full time. The penalty shootout went against the team, making The Gower School the runner-
up in the  rst under 11 national girls independent schools football competition.
across Prep Schools throughout the country.
Sue Knox, Headmistress at Wellingborough Preparatory School, praised the achievements of the pupils, stating: “We
are incredibly proud of all the pupils who took part in their National Athletics Finals, and
they should be proud of their own achievements too. Etienne’s achievement of double gold and
a new national record is incredibly impressive, and we are sure this is just the beginning of a successful career in athletics.”
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