PE Newsletter Summer 2010 jt
Dr Challoner’s High School
Message From the Head of Physical Education
The summer term has again seen many of you committed to sport at DCHS. From individual to team
competitions to the fantastic events held during Lloyds TSB National Schools Sports Week.
Thanks once again for your time, commitment and enthusiasm.
As we look ahead to next term I am sure you will be equally committed to some of the clubs, competitions and events we have planned.
Watch out for new inter house sporting events and changes to the curriculum that will allow you to
opt for specific personalised pathways that suit your interests!
We wish you all a very happy and restful summer!
Mrs R Smet
Head of Physical Education
Challoner’s look forward to 2012
We finished National Sports week on a high note with an aerial photograph. Girls and staff put on
their house T-shirts and stood in their houses to form the Olympic Rings. Photo: High Level Photography
The Dr Challoner’s
Athletic squad with
team manager Mrs
Kemp who won the
South Bucks & Chiltern
Tournament held at
Stadium on 7th July.
Well done girls for
winning the title for the
3rd year in a row!!
LLOYDS TSB NATIONAL SCHOOLS SPORTS WEEK
My name is Heidi Loveland and I am Sports Ambassador at Dr Challoner’s High School. This year I
worked with the PE Department to make this year’s Lloyds TSB National Schools Sports Week a week
to remember. Using the seven Olympic and Paralympics values; courage, inspiration, friendship,
excellence, determination, respect and equality we set about devising a fantastic week, aimed at
encouraging students in all year groups, staff and the community to get involved. The week kicked off
with a Flame Run, groups of students and staff
running the Olympic message via a flag to all our
secondary and primary schools in our partnership.
Throughout the week the PE curriculum was completely
transformed and based around sports from each of the
five continents represented by the different coloured
Olympic rings. These clubs also ran at lunch times.
The activities included Vigoro and Ultimate Frisbee
The students also had the target to try and complete
their sports pledge by attending five of the clubs by
the end of the week in order to receive a medal. Girls
Runners at the start of the Flame Run
who completed over and above the five hour pledge
were awarded a gold, silver or bronze medal. Other activities included running at lunch times, an endurance session, a rowing challenge, wheelchair basketball and cycling. Thursday was the highlight of
the week; we had an inspirational assembly about women in sport, hosted the year 6 games and were
selected by Lloyds TSB as their flagship school. This
meant the games became even more high profile and we
welcomed lots of important visitors and a film crew. The
excitement was infectious and everybody had a fabulous
day. We were joined by ten primary schools from the
local area who brought teams to play a variety of
different sports. Amongst our visitors we were delighted
to welcome two hopeful 2012 athletes who came in to
answer questions about their sports. Melanie Wood
(middle distance athlete) and Megan Fletcher (Judo). We
were also privileged enough to have the real, yes real,
Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympic and Paralympics torch A Level Students wth Melanie Wood & Megan Fletcher
which we paraded at our opening ceremony.
And finally Friday, Club day. All the students who belong to a sports club were asked to wear their
club kit in exchange for bringing in an information leaflet to pin onto the notice board. This day meant
those not belonging to clubs could ask students wearing a certain club kit about their sport and
hopefully encourage them to join the club helping to complete the government’s aim of 5 hours of sport a
week and a chance for them to try something new. We closed our week on a high note by having an
aerial photograph in the formation of the Olympic rings. Each house took a different ring and
represented it. It was a fantastic end to an awesome week and a fabulous atmosphere amongst all the
Girls experience wheelchair basketball
Lessons with British Cycling
As Sports Ambassador I am proud that I could be part of a week so special and as inspiring as Lloyds
TSB National schools sports week. I am delighted that the ideas I put forward were incorporated
allowing everybody to try something new and something different using the ideals and to complete
their sports pledges regardless of ability or experience in sport. I hope that everybody enjoyed themselves and that the enthusiasm this week has brought about will continue as the countdown to the
2012 Olympics gets closer and closer. Heidi Loveland (Sports Ambassador)
We have played 38 matches in total in the Bucks Cup Leagues and friendly matches.
Year 7A,B & C Teams won 6 and drew 1
Year 8A, B & C teams won 12 matches and drew 1. The A team won all their matches and are Year 8
league Champions for 2010. The girls who played in the team were: Natasha Beirrum, Sasha Eykyn,
Charlotte Eaton Hart, Kate Gillingwater and Riona Woodbury.
Year 9 A, B, & C teams have played 6 and won 3.
Year 10 A & B have won 2 and lost 4
We were fortunate to receive 10 Tickets to Wimbledon this year. A ballot was held and the lucky winners
were entertained on Court One on the first Friday seeing Novak Djokovic, Serena Williams, and Andy
The athletics season closed with our 3rd win at the South Bucks and Chiltern District athletics championships. The girls performed brilliantly and there were some excellent performances especially from the
yr7s. A special well done must go to the yr10 relay team who smashed the yr10 school relay record and now
hold the record at every age group.
We had some success in the National Schools Track and Field cup this year with the Inter team qualifying
for the regional round where they came 3rd.
Congratulations to Kirsty Lai who represented Buckinghamshire in the pole vault at the Aviva ESAA
English Schools' Track & Field Championships at the Alexander Stadium, Birmingham. Sophie
Matthews was also selected for the 100m but sadly had to pull out due to injury; we wish her a speedy
recovery. We have some very talented athletes and are looking forward to a successful cross country and
athletics season next year.
The U15 team have been playing in the
Chalfont Adult netball league this term.
This had been a great experience for them
all, their netball play has developed
immensely and they have learnt a few
tactics from the slightly older! more
Well done girls, thank you for your
commitment and good luck for next season.
Year 7—District Tournament Runners up
Year 8A - District Tournament Runners up and year 8B team came 3rd.
Year 9 Rounder’s – District Tournament Runners Up
Year 9A team were runners up in the district tournament. After convincing wins in the league stages beating Chalfonts B, Chesham High B, Beaconsfield High School and Sir William Borlase the team
narrowly missed out to Chesham High A in the final.
Year 9B narrowly missed out on the plate final losing to Sir William Borlase but did have good wins
against Misbourne, Chalfonts A and Chesham Park in the group stages. Well done girls!
Year 10 Rounder’s – District Tournament Winners
Year 10 team won the district cup tournament in fine style. The girls played extremely well with
convincing wins over Misbourne, Chesham High, Chalfonts and Chesham Park. Well done to the team
made up of Grace Hill, Katie Moore, Kathleen Benmore, Katie Palios, Helena Griffiths, Hannah Clappen,
Stephie Rumens, Sophie Jenkins, Kat Shaw, Kayti Moran, Hannah Dawson and Lucy Ralph.
Girls in the News
Celebration of Sport
Our annual sports awards
evening was held on
Monday 5th July, over 200
girls and parents were
invited to receive their
colours, merits and special
prizes. Our Guest speaker,
Netball player Karen
Atkinson presented the
Rebecca Ponnuthurai, (former pupil at
Dr Challoner’s ) has been selected as the
Oxford University basketball 1st team
A fantastic achievement especially as she
is just finishing her 1st year
Kat Shaw ( Year 10) has been selected
to swim at the UK Games sponsored by
Sainsbury’s to be held in Sunderland in
September. It is a national
competition for the top junior athletes in
The PE Department with Karen Atkinson ( 4th from the left)
Partnership/SSCo /Leadership News
Our Year 12 Sports leaders, assisted by 6 leaders from the Amersham School and eight Year 12 students
from DCHS pulled off another successful Year 6 games for 300+ primary students on Thursday 1st July.
They had the added pressure of doing it in front of a film crew from Lloyds TSB during National Sports
Week and did a grand job. Chalfont St Peter were the winners of our games and the eventual winners of
the overall final Year 6 Games held at Beaconsfield High School the following day.
Forty Year 10 Junior Sports Leaders ran a very successful Year 2 games for a 100 children from
Robertswood School and Chesham Prep. We had a “Circus” theme with the children taking part in
gymnastics, orienteering, tri-golf and sports hall athletics. At the end of the day everyone performed the
“Circus” dance that they had all learned throughout the day .
Year 12 Leaders have also assisted at Woodrow High House in some outdoor and adventurous activities
with both Bell Lane School Yr 6’s and Elangeni School Yr 3’s who do this with Sports College support.
Year 5 leaders at Robertswood School are trained and ready to deliver a Year 1 Multi skills afternoon at
Robertswood the week before we break up.
Year 5+6 pupils at Chalfont St Giles and Robertswood Schools also had an enjoyable Rounders afternoon
at DCHS and played against each other and our Year7 Rounders club students earlier in the summer.
Year 8+9 students have enjoyed regular climbing sessions on a Thursday lunchtime at The Climb in
Amersham from the School Sports Coaching fund.
The “Back to Netball Course” for adults which runs on a Thursday morning here at DCHS has had up to 12
“mature students” attending and we are hoping to continue this course again in September.
Other partnership events have included a Year 5 Athletics day at Handy Cross assisted by our Year 10
GCSE students and Heidi Loveland our Sports Ambassador; the flag run to our partnership schools which
was our opening event for National Sports Week, a Basketball tournament for Years 4, 5 and 6 for Little
Chalfont, Woodside and Our Lady’s schools who have been receiving coaching from Dave Butler a local
basketball coach. Top up swimming courses have been run for partnership schools and lots more besides!
Sports day went extremely well this year. We were incredibly
lucky with the weather, the rain held off until Miss Hulse announced the winner and the girls had made their way inside!
There were some fantastic performances with many girls
achieving pb’s, congratulations must go to Bronte’s relay teams
who swept the board. We handed out winners medals this year
which were very popular especially with the year 12!
A big thank you to the Sportslink team for running a very successful strawberries and cream and banana split stall.
1st – Pankhurst 970pts
2nd – Teresa 956pts
3rd – Bronte 898 pts
4th – Curie 879pts
5th – Nightingale 860 pts
Congratulations to the Junior and
Senior gymnastic squads who
reached the National finals of the
Floor and Vault Championships
which were held in Stoke on Trent
The Junior team came a very
commendable 4th and the seniors
performed very well.