The U14 rounders team competed in the South Coast Rounders Tournament hosted by PGS last week. Throughout the day they impressed with their fielding, as they bowled all their opposition out within the allotted number of balls. KES and PGS emerged as the two top teams with each losing only one match. However, when the total number of rounders scored throughout the day were counted, it was KES who finished as champions. A great performance from the girls; well done!
Six current KES Fifth Year pupils had reason to celebrate even before the GCSE results were published when their football team won The City of Southampton Sunday League, U16’s Division 4 title. All six boys play for Alresford Town and their successful title run was based on a 100% home record and only losing three league matches all season. The team is also managed by KES parent, Spencer Lock with the coaching help of OE and current parent Keith Diamond. Congratulations to Alex Chandler, Will Wickham, Matthew Diamond (Vice-Captain), Will Fleming, Alex Lock and Ollie Miles as well as their team mates. All the boys have signed up to play again next year for what will be a tough league following their promotion combined with a step up to Under 18s league.
KES athletes have been particularly successful over the past week.
First Year pupil, Billy Goodridge, competed in the county track and field championships, winning the High Jump, with a new championship record, and also the 75m hurdle event. His performances place him in the national top 10.
Sixth Form athlete, Sophie Ridley, has also been successful in the county athletics championships
winning the Gold medal in the U20 womens 100m hurdles.
Congratulations to both students on outstanding performances.
Last week the First Year athletics teams were in action in the county track knock-out competition. The girls worked hard to finish in 4th place but the boys did even better to finish in equal 1st with Wildern School to progress to the next round. Well done to all those who took part.
Five KES U14 hockey players competed in the National Clubs U14 Hockey Championships playing for Winchester Hockey Club at the weekend. They played really well all day and beat Surbiton Hockey Club 2-0 in the final to become national champions; an amazing achievement.
The 2017 KES sailing season got underway at the weekend with pupils taking advantage of the nice weather. Stroud and KES pupils sailed on Saturday and Sunday with staff taking part on paddle boards.
Congratulations to Sixth Form student, Charley Wedderburn, who rowed in the Flemish Junior International Rowing Championships in Belgium at the weekend winning the J18 double sculls event.
On Friday the third annual First Year inter form athletics
competition took place at Southampton Sports Centre. With each form member competing in at least one event, the afternoon was a busy one and resulted in a close run contest, with two forms neck
and neck throughout. The eventual winners, by just 6 points, were 1/5. Well done!
Congratulations to Michael Pang who competed at the
Badminton English National Junior Championships at the beginning of this month in the U13 age group. Michael won a
Silver medal in the boys' singles event and a Bronze medal in the boys' doubles.
The school history was somewhat re-enacted this week as two football teams from King Edward's travelled to Poole Grammar School to play their squads. The results were favourable for KES with a 1st team win 6-2 and a 2nd team win 5-4. During the war years, King Edward's was evacuated to Poole Grammar School where a number of similar matches would have taken place.
The second of the term’s spring concerts took place at Turner Sims, acknowledged as one of the finest music venues in the country, on 15th March. The event featured the School’s senior musicians in the Chamber Orchestra, Symphony Orchestra, Big Band and Chamber Choir. There were a number of outstanding group and solo performances, once again highlighting the depth and breadth of music in the School. The musicians performed to a full house with their customary energy, poise and professionalism.
Congratulations to the KES 1st XI football team who earned a hard-fought victory in the Hampshire Colleges League Cup this week when they beat Fareham College (5-2) to take the county cup title. Tom Smart and Sam Woodcock scored two goals each with Fareham also scoring an own goal. Well done to all those who played.
On Wednesday the School was delighted to welcome Stroud School, Walhampton, Dumpton, WestHill Park and Salisbury Cathedral School to join our own U13 and U12 teams in the annual Prep School Hockey Festival now in its third year. The players were impressive in the quality of their hockey, their competitive spirit and their sportsmanship and all enjoyed the afternoon in spite of the solid rain that fell all afternoon. Particular congratulations to Dumpton and Chafyn Grove for winning their groups to reach the final and to Chafyn Grove who finished as the winners of the tournament.
On 6th March The School entered two teams into the Churcher's Invitational Netball Tournament. Both the U13 and U12 sides competed against PGS, Churcher's A and B, Alton, Portsmouth High School and the Royal School. The tournament was competitive and the girls played some superb netball. The KES U12 A team improved as the tournament progressed and finished in 3rd place whilst the U13 A team played some outstanding netball missing out on 1st place by only one goal. Well done to all those girls who took part.
Having qualified for the regional heats by finishing in 2nd place in the county tournament, the U16 boys’ hockey side put in an impressive performance over the course of the day on Tuesday this week. They beat Kent College 3-0 and then St Bede’s school 6-0, before a group decider against Cranleigh School. This game ebbed and flowed but the final result of 2-2 meant that the KES team won the group by virtue of a superior goal difference. This earns them a regional semi-final at home against Langley Park School from Beckenham, Kent. Well done boys!
On Wednesday 15th February twenty of the School's senior netballers travelled to Stroud to lead a training afternoon for Stroud's Year 5,6,7 and 8 girls. The KES pupils planned and delivered three sessions including, shooting, passing and moving and game play. It was a great afternoon with lots of laughter, fun and good netball being played.
Congratulations to the boys' U16 hockey side who faced Kings' School and PGS in the County Cup last week. They gained a comfortable win over Kings' but, unfortunately, lost their game against PGS. However, they still finished in 2nd place and qualified for the regional rounds due to take place after half-term.
Today has been the selection day to choose the first cohort of KES Sports Award holders. Members of the Sports Department spent the morning with the pupils putting them firstly through some fitness tests and secondly assessing their sporting ability.
The U16 boys' hockey team played in the National Indoor Super 6 hockey finals this weekend. They squad played well but unfortunately lost three and drew one of their matches taking them out of the competition. However they should be proud of having reached the finals and to be placed in the top 10 in the country; a fantastic achievement.
On 13th December the School fielded its first ever girls' rugby team in a match against Park House School at Newbury Rugby Club. Whilst the score line did not go the girls' way, a great deal of fun was had by all.
On Sunday the U16 boys’ indoor hockey team travelled to Canterbury for the regional finals. The team recovered from 2-0 down against Reeds to draw their first game and then went from strength to strength as they beat St George’s, Abingdon, and Seaford to reach the semi-final. Here they were against Cranleigh but a 5-3 victory took them into the final against Whitgift School. Unfortunately they lost this 4-3 but having reached the final not only did they finish 2nd in the south of England they also qualified for the national finals to be held in London in January.
Over twenty First
and Second Year runners take part in a cross-country event hosted by
Stroud School at the weekend. The team did really well with
Ollie Herbert, William Armstrong and Ollie Lander finishing in 1st, 2nd
and 3rd place in the First Year boys' race and Evie Brighton wining the
First Year girls' race. Felix Clacy and Aaron Henderson finished in 1st
and 2nd in the Second Year boys' race and Iona Morley and Ida
Goodridge finished 1st and 2nd in the Second Year
girls' race. A fantastic set of results from both year groups.
The School is delighted to announce that King Edward’s has been selected to host a performance centre for England hockey commencing in January 2017. This centre represents the regional level of the performance pathway and is aimed at developing outstanding players aged 14-17 who have the ability and ambition to challenge for national selection. The coaching programme will deliver frequent high quality coaching and challenge the players through ‘best v best’ competition.
This appointment as a host performance centre recognises the outstanding quality of facilities available at Wellington Sports Ground and reinforces the excellent reputation of hockey at King Edward’s both within the local community and beyond. Six current KES students (Harry Croft-Baker, Euan Etheridge, Rory Penrose, Stella Bendoni, Tom Croft-Baker and James Harden) have been selected to attend the centre.
Alabama Shanker has continued her success in her chosen sport of skydiving. Since summer she has competed in the Armed Forces Parachute Championships in the Freestyle category wining Gold, has taken part in the National Championships in an 8-way Formation skydiving team in which she won Bronze and participated in the UK Head-down record team flying with forty other people. Last week she also competed, along with her team mate, in the Southern Speed rounds. The girls finished 5th out of eight teams and are currently planning for next year's competitions. Well done Alabama!
This year KES entered six teams in the County Inter Schools' Cross Country Competition. All runners worked hard but particular congratulations go to Lizzie Beardsall who finished 10th in the Third Year race, to the First Year boys' team who came third overall in their competition and to Ben Brown of the First Year who ran impressively to win his race and take the county title.
On Friday evening the U16 boys' indoor hockey side competed in their regional heats that were held in the Sports Hall at KES. They played well to beat Cranleigh 4-1, Eltham College 7-2 and John Hampden Grammar School 7-2. As a result of this success they won the regional heat and go through to the regional finals to be held in Canterbury next weekend. We wish them the best of luck!
Last week saw the School claim three county wins in just one week.
On Tuesday the boys' U14 rugby side competed in the County 10's Tournament. With good group wins over St John's, Westgate and Salesian they beat Perins in the semi-final 21-7 to earn a final against PGS. Their good form continued as they won the match 14-7 to take the title.
In girls' hockey the U16 and U18 County Championships took place. In the U16 competition KES drew 1-1 with PGS and beat HCS, Lord Wandsworth, the Kings' School, and Farnborough Hills to finish as county champions. Later in the week the 1st XI drew with Churcher's and beat Ryde School, HCS, Peter Symonds and PGS to also take the crown Both teams now qualify for the South regional round later this term.
On Sunday, King Edward's athletes entered the Hampshire Schools' Relay
Gala with boys' and girls' teams including swimmers from First to Fourth years. The
junior boys secured Silver medals in both the freestyle and medley relays and
the junior girls made both finals and secured a Bronze medal in the medley
relay. Well done to all those pupils who took part.
On 14th September the School was delighted to host a Prep Schools Hockey Day at our Wellington Sports Ground. The MT13 coaching company, run by ex-England hockey player Matt Taylor, provided a morning of instruction and coaching and we had a festival of matches in the afternoon.
However, the highlight of the day was the presence of Hollie Webb, GB Olympian back fresh from Rio with her GOLD MEDAL! She signed photos, sticks, balls, and had some great advice - it was an inspiration to have her there.
Thank you to prep schools Stroud, Walhampton, Chafyn Grove, West Hill Park and Durlston Court for bringing pupils and staff with such enthusiasm and skill.
A young and newly formed girls' 1st XI hockey side travelled to Sherborne to continue their pre-season work and compete in the tournament hosted by Sherborne Girls’ School. It was clear very early on that the standard was high and the girls had to work hard to get results – perfect preparation their forthcoming block fixtures. Both coaches were impressed by how quickly the girls settled to the task at hand, and standards improved with every game they played.
Results were close in all games:
KES V Wellington School (KES Won 2-1)
KES V King’s Taunton (0-0 Draw)
KES V Sherborne Girls’ School (KES Won 2-1)
KES V Exeter School (0-0)