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KES girls win rounders tournament

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!

KES footballers win U16 city league competition

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 take home titles

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.

First Year athletics competition

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.

KES hockey players become national club champions

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.

KES Sailing season begins

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.

A medal for rowing!

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. 

First Year inter form athletics 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!

Badminton victory

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.

KES beats Poole Grammar

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.

Spring concert at Turner Sims

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.

KES win County Football Cup

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.

KES host Prep School Hockey Festival

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.

KES netballers play 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.

U16 boys reach regional semi finals

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!

Netball training day

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.

U16s reach regional rounds of the County Cup

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.

Inaugural Sports Award day at KES

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. 

KES reach National Super 6 Finals

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.

KES fields girls' rugby team

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.

Boys reach national finals

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.

Cross country wins

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.

KES selected to be England Hockey Performance Centre

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.

Skydiving success

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!

Inter Schools' Cross Country Competition

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.

Boys reach regional finals

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!

Three county wins for KES

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.

Hampshire Schools' Relay Gala

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.

Rio Olympic gold medallist at KES

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.

1st XI girls off to a flying start

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)

South Indoor Hockey Finals

The U18 boys indoor hockey team travelled to Whitgift on Sunday 8th December for the south indoor finals.  After a tough start against Cranleigh losing 5-1 they recovered to give Whitgift, the eventual winners, a good battle before winning games against RGS Guildford and John Hampden Grammar School.  Defeat against Simon Langton in the final game meant the KES team finished 4th in the group but they had impressed many on their first outing at this level.

Fencing success

Congratulations to Lauren Begbour and Katya Sheath on excellent recent fencing performances. 

Lauren won the U18 Hampshire ladies foil championships, gold in the southern region age group team championships and silver in the Hampshire fencing championships.

Katya won the U16 Hampshire ladies foil title, was also part of the winning team in the southern age group team championships and gained bronze in the Hampshire fencing championships.

Elite performance update

Congratulations to the following students on some exceptional achievements:

Jordan Campbell has been selected onto the Hampshire talented athlete scheme for the second year running and has also won a place on the British Athletics futures programme and a place on the very competitive (AASE) national scholarship scheme of sporting excellence

Tomek Bruml has reached the final training group of 28 players for the England U16 squad and has also been awarded a place on the Hampshire talented athlete programme

Charlie Harrigan has been selected to join the GB Nordic skiing development squad and has a weeks training in Norway in late December

Congratulations to U16 rugby

The U16 team finished their regular season with a 31-0 win over PGS to give them a fantastic set of results.  They played 14 games winning 13 of them with a points difference of +332.  There is just one more game left in the county cup final for which we wish them luck.

Cricket selection news

Congratulations to Joe Weatherley who has been selected for the initial England U19s squad of 30 players being considered for the ICC U19 Cricket World Cup, being held in the United Arab Emirates during February next year.

The final squad of 15 players will be announced by  David Graveney (OBE for services to cricket) on or before 14th January. This is an outstanding achievement, particularly given Joe's young age, and we wish him all the best!

Indoor hockey victory over PGS

The U18 boys indoor hockey team have qualified for the south finals by defeating Portsmouth Grammar School convincingly 5-1.  Congratulations to them.

Rugby Representation

Congratulations to Michael Gorry who was a member of the south of England rugby league squad that won the origin series against he north and has as a result been selected to join the London Broncos academy.  In addition to this he has also been selected in the Ireland exiles rugby union U16 squad for a training camp in February.

National U16 Hockey Assessment camp

Congratulations to Tomek Bruml and who has been selected for the England Under 16 Boys Hockey Assessment Camp and to Yvie Lock who has been selected for the England Under 16 Girls hockey assessment camps. Tomek is one of just four U15 boys selected in the group of 34 players for the camp. For both players this is the final stage of National Age Group Selection and the invite is as a result of his performance in the Futures cup tournament for regional teams. We wish them both well for the first trials on November 23rd.

Hampshire U13 cricket selection

Jovan Dhariwal & James Harden have been selected for the U13 Hampshire County Cricket squad.

Sailing for GB

Congratulations to Tim Riley who, having been a member of a crew that came 5th in Europe in August, competed in an international regatta in France over half term as part of a GB team.  Out of 92 boats Tim came in 5th place and as a result has been invited to join team GB again participation in a regatta in Italy in December.

Hampshire U16 Rugby

There are 7 KES boys playing for the Hampshire U16s rugby squad this season.  This weekend 6 of them represented Hampshire against Surrey at HCS where the team comprehensively beat Surrey 22-6.  Well done to Harry Johnston, Charles Bolton, Ben Brooks, Sam Webb, Ed Connolly and Theo Pritchard. Dom Saville is currently recovering from injury but hopes to be back on the pitch soon.

Over 300 students represent KES

This was, as expected, the busiest week of the term so far. Nearly 200 boys represented KES on the rugby field against Churchers while over 100 girls played hockey for the school against Bryanston and St. John, Southsea meaning that over 300 students were involved in school sport this Saturday. (see more detail below)

Monday 21st October

The Wellington sports ground was a real hive of activity as we hosted 7 rugby matches against Churchers. There were defeats for the 1st XV, both u15 teams, the 13s and the u12s. However the u16 and u14 year groups faired better.  The U16 A team won 27-3, and the U16B team won 20-17 in a very tough contest. The u14A had a good win 52-0 with Alex Shadbolt scoring 3 tries, whilst the u14 B lost 38-7.

In the rugby cup competitions there was also progress with the U16 beating St Johns. The U14 competed in the Perins invitational 10 a side competition. They were unbeaten in the 6 games played over the course of the afternoon with particularly good wins over the Kings school 35-5 and PGS 24-5 making them champions for 2013. Particular recognition should go to Scott Olive who was the leading try scorer with 8 and I would like to ask the captain, Ben Millar to come up to present the trophy to Mrs.Thomas.

On the hockey front there was a full set of A and B fixtures. The U12 played St. John, Southsea and won both matches; the A team 5-1 and the B team 6-0. All other teams played Bryanston. The u13A team played their U14 B team and lost. The u14 A team had a good tight game but ultimately lost 2-0 whilst the B team lost 3-2. The U15A team having beaten Lord Wandsworth 5-1 earlier in the week were convincing in their 4-1 victory, whilst the u15b team lost 2-1. There were also victories for the senior teams with the 2nd XI winning 3-1 and the first team impressing in an 8-3 victory with Ellie Gilbert scoring a hatrick.

The footballers unfortunately picked up their first defeat of the season losing 1-4 to city college.

House Cross Country

The other major sporting event of the week was the house cross country. This was run over a new course using the bottom fields at Wellington and runners had to negotiate the bank 3 times. 150 students were involved in this event. The results are:

Lower School:   The winner was Jack Wergan (Lawrence), the leading girl was Alla Garside (Sylvester) and the winning house was Sylvester.

Upper school:    The winner was Rory Morris (Lake), the leading girl was Briallen Taylor (Sylvester) and the winning house was Lawrence.

6th form:            The winner was Richard Bolton (Capon), the leading girl was Emma Falconer (Lake) and the winning house was Reynolds.

When results from the three competitions are combined the winning house of this years cross country competition by 1 point is Sylvester.

Monday 14th October

The u14 Netballers cometed in the county tournament. Despite defeat to Portsmouth high school KES finished second in the morning pool and qualified to the National Cup Competition in the afternoon. In this again there was defeat to PHS and a draw with PGS but as confidence grew there were convincing wins over St Nicholas, Thornden, and Bedales.

Other results in the group meant that PHS did not make it through and so PGS finished the tournament in 1st place with KES in 2nd place and both teams, out of the 19 schools who entered, progress to the regional tournament in February.

On Sunday sixteen of our swimmers took part in the Hampshire schools freestyle and medley relay championships. Whilst none of the times will be quick enough to qualify for the national finals they were competitive in all the races. From the 8 competitions on the day our relay teams collected an impressive haul of 5 Silver medals.

The girls hockey results continue to be impressive. Against Lord Wandsworth College the U14 A team won 2-0, the 2nd XI won 6-0 with Alice Davies scoring 5, and the 1st XI, having beaten a Bath university team 12-0 earlier in the week, drew 2-2. The U15 A team beat Frensham Heights 10-0 and they take on Lord Wandsworth after school on Wednesday.

In games against Westhill park the u13 won 5-3 and the u12 drew 0-0 whilst against Stroud the u13 drew 1-1 as did the u12 side.

For the rugby teams the opposition this week was Reading school. The 1st XV lost 9-17 and the U16 suffered defeat 22-24 also in a game I'm told they should have won.  For the other teams there were wins for the U15 31-14, the U14 26-5, and the U12 30-12. The U13 side battled hard for a 5-5 draw against opposition who were unbeaten this season.

The footballers achieved a 6-3 victory over Fareham to preserve their unbeaten start to the league campaign.

Robbie Keefe produced another impressive squash performance. He defeated the reigning champion to win the Hampshire U19 squash Championships. At the age of 15 this makes him one of the youngest u19 county champions ever. 

Monday 7th October

The 1st XV had an impressive 53-0 victory over Alton in the first round of the U18 Hampshire cup whilst the U16 rugby team were equally impressive in a 39-7 victory over PGS in the first of their round robin group matches.

On the hockey field the U16 girls hockey were not as successful in their county cup as they lost 1-2 to bedales despite having more chances than the opposition whilst the U14 A team beat HCS 4-0 to progress in their competition.

In midweek it was really encouraging to see the enthusiasm with which both U12B and U13B rugby teams took on local school, St George's. Our boys competed well and tried to play some excellent rugby although in both games KES teams were undone by some impressive performances from some talented individuals.

On Saturday the rugby block was against Dauntseys. The U12s won 32-12, the U13s put 70 points on their opposition, the U14A team won 35-14, and the U15s, despite being 12-0 down at half time, won 32-12 thanks largely to 3 tries from Jamie Morgan. The U16s were playing their second game in 3 days but they didn't show any ill effects as they won comfortably 31-5. The 14B were the only B team to play and they lost 7-45 in a game disrupted by injuries.

The senior teams found life more difficult with the 1st team losing 6-26 whilst the 2nd XV were on the receiving end of 70 points in their first outing of the season.

The 2nd XI girls hockey team played HCS early in the week winning 4-3 so the senior teams had a day off on Saturday. Further down the school the successes of the early season continued. The U15A won 4-2 and the U14a won 4-0 as already mentioned. The 13s won 3-0 and the U12 A team won 4-0 whilst the U12B lost 2-0.

Monday 30th September 2013

The footballers continued their good start to the season with a 5-3 win over Queen Mary's, Basingstoke with a hatrick from Owen Lock.

The Saturday hockey block was against Pangbourne College for the older girls and there were some excellent results. The 1st XI won 5-0, the 2nd XI lost 2-0 having had the majority of possession, the U15 A won 7-0, and the U14A won 4-1 but the biggest scoreline went to the U15B team who won 8-0 in their first fixture of the season with Rachel Crawford scoring 5 goals. In addition earlier in the week the U14B team played Ryde school U15A and battled valiantly in defeat 3-0.

The younger teams played Farleigh School. The U13A team recovered from 2-0 down to win 4-2 but the B team found hockey on grass a tough proposition and lost 7-0. The U12 A team played really well in their 5-0 victory but the B and C team could not match this and both lost 1-3 and 2-5 respectively.

The U13 girls competed in the Westhill park tournament and came 3rd only losing one match all day.

The U14 girls competed in the Hampshire county tournament and were undefeated all day. In the final game of the day they played PGS and it finished in a 1-1 draw. Due to scoring 2 fewer goals than PGS, KES came 2nd on goal difference and qualify for the regional tournament later in the term.

The U16s had the county rounds of their netball competition. This was a tough day during which they played 12 matches. They came 3rd in the morning group and so could not compete further nationally but instead qualified into the county section for the afternoon. After a number of impressive performances they eventually lost the final to Priestlands to come second and collected silver medals.

The U16 girls hockey team were invited to compete in the Ballards invitational tournament. Over the course of the day they were undefeated scoring 11 goals and conceding just 1. Particular mention here to Laura Birch who was the leading scorer in the competition. Wins over Clayesmore and Bryanston and a draw against Churchers were the best results as KES took the title.

Jacob Fay in the 3rd year has been selected onto the Hampshire cricket emerging players programme. He is one of only 6 players from across all age groups to have been awarded a place. Congratulations to Jacob.

Monday 23rd September 2013

The rugby A teams played Bournemouth school with a good deal of success. The 1st XV ground out an 8-9 win and the U16 team achieved a 7-0 victory.  The U15 team won 29-5 with a hatrick of tries from Nick White whilst the U14 team registered a fantastic win 49-12 with a great team performance. The U12 team were also completely dominant I have been told but could only convert this into a 12-0 win. This however was their first match for the school and they should be proud to have registered a win on their first outing.

Unfortunately the U13 teams did not have such a good day. The A team lost 5-25 to a large Bournemouth side and the B team were defeated by HCS A team 22-10. More disappointing however was that this was the one year group where a number of boys failed to appear on Saturday.

On the hockey front the opposition for many of our teams was Ryde school. The U12 team had the majority of the possession against older and stronger girls but were unable to turn possession into goals and lost 1-0 to a solitary break way goal. The U13 drew their match 1-1 and the U15 achieved a 2-0 win which could have been a lot more.

With Ryde not putting out any senior teams the 2nd XI played Lord Wandsworth College and stormed to a 5-0 win; Hannah Piggott stole the show here with a hatrick in this impressive result.

With the U14 A team having a day off the U14 B team had an opportunity for a game. This they enjoyed but lost 0-1 to Canford in a close encounter.

The 1st team lost their midweek fixture with PGS 1-3 but showed character to come back with a fine win over a very physical Hamble hockey club 1st XI 2-0.

The 1st XI football team has been in action over the last couple of weeks and has registered 2 wins from 2. The first was a 3-1 win over the old Edwardians which they then followed up with a 3-2 win over .

Congratulations to Sophie Ridley of the 4th year who represented Hampshire in the English Schools' Junior Girls Track and Field Pentathlon Championships in Birmingham yesterday. In the individual standings she was ranked 15th in the country. However the result in the team competition is even more impressive as the Hampshire team Sophie was part of won the competition to be crowned national champions of 2013.

Monday16th September

Last Friday the first session of the junior house competition took place. There was a lively atmosphere on both the rugby and hockey fields as a number of keenly contested matches took place.  One of the most impressive aspects was the leadership demonstrated by the 6th form, both in their support from the sidelines and the officiating on the fields. Thanks to all staff and student heads of house, referees and supporters that enabled it to take place so early in the term and I look forward to witnessing more over the weeks to come.

The girls hockey teams had their first block fixture of the term against PGS. There were 9 matches with good wins for the U15a 4-3, U14a 2-1, and U12a 3-0. The U13a team worked hard for their 1-1 draw whilst the U16A suffered defeat by 2 goals but played a lot of good hockey.

We managed to field U12 b, c and d teams and an U13b team. The U12c team won their match 3-0 whilst the other teams lost by just a single goal each, which points to good depth in these year groups. I hope very much that we will be able to continue to put out more B and indeed C teams in each year group over the course of the term in both hockey and rugby.

On the rugby front the 1st XV took on St. John's College, Southsea with a good win 27-11.  The U16 side had to work hard initially in their contest against HCS. Whilst it was close at half time the KES side trusted their ability and eventually proved too strong winning handsomely by 43 points to 5.