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In a week where our focus was on ‘diversity’, we had perfect examples of how every pupil brings their own special talents and abilities to their sports team. On Wednesday the senior girls played a new school on our fixture card, Cranbrook Education Campus. It was brilliant to see a new school so eager to get their girls out playing and simply wanting to enjoy playing sport. The ECS girls represented themselves brilliantly, we moved pupils out of position and allowed for experience in the game and it worked well. Maddie R in Year 8 covered a lot of court, she worked tirelessly along with Leela R who was awarded player of the match. In year 7, it was Josie C who impressed with her tenacity and work rate, well done to all girls involved, two very competitive and enjoyable matches.
 
The Year 5 and 6 boys all travelled to Blundell’s for an afternoon of lots of hockey against a number of schools. Michael J in Year 6 was the stand out player of the afternoon. ECS sent three teams to this festival and everyone represented the school brilliantly. Mr Haywood and Mr Bartlett were very impressed with the boys’ attitude and willingness to all get involved.
 
In PE the pupils have been working on their agility. Lots of footwork games like hop scotch, skipping and agility ladders involved. Special mention to Soho in Year 1 who managed to outsmart me in a footwork game – I guess I can be pleased that the pupils have an impressive level of mobility and decision making.
 
I am off to teach some pirates now in PE (Year 2 pirate day) and very much looking forward to a swimming gala this afternoon where 31 of our pupils will have the opportunity to show how hard they have been working in swimming lessons.
 
Next week is very busy, the year 5 girls kick start the week with a fixture against Maynard in their Games lessons and 42 pupils represent the school in our annual swimming gala at Exeter School. On Wednesday it is the Year 5 and 6 girls turn to travel to Cranbrook EC and our senior boys will pop around the corner to Exeter School for their hockey fixture. The year 3 and 4 girls and boys will play host to West Buckland and Maynard in their first fixture of the term. A very exciting week ahead, watch this space!

24 January 2020
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