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Rugby

The Rugby teams (Y7-10) have been playing matches in the White Rose Festivals up to October half term and since February half term. All teams have shown fantastic commitment in the matches and have often won more games than they have lost. The Year 7 team won one of their festivals and came very close to repeating this at the recent ´Mud-Bath´ Festival at Harrogate Grammar. The Year 10 team also had notable success against Harrogate Grammar and won their Festival overall.

Boys Football

The Year 7 boys have had a great start to their footballing life at KJS. The boys made it to round 3 in their first ever outing in the National Cup and came second in two 7 aside area competitions. The Year 8 boys have also had a great season so far, with a great run in the National and County Cup. They are currently waiting to play their semi-final Area Cup match. Probably the most successful team of this year is the Year 9s who are waiting to play in the Area and County Cup final. The Year 10 and 11 football team have both been successful in reaching the Area and County Cup semi-finals and Year 11 have made it through to the finals. 

In addition to some outstanding footballing performances this season, forty students from Years 8 and 10 are looking forward to an exciting football tour to the resort of Lake Garda in Italy from Monday 28th March to Friday 1st April 2016. This will be a fabulous experience for the students, offering exciting opportunities for developing football skills and a chance to immerse themselves in the local culture. The trip itinerary includes two football fixtures against local opposition, professional training sessions on 3G/4G pitches, a day excursion to Milan to see the San Siro Stadium and days in Venice and Verona

Girls Football

The girls football has proven to be successful again this year with good numbers turning up to training on a weekly basis. The skill level and determination demonstrated by individuals throughout the season has been exceptional and the girls’ ability to play as a structured team has really shone through. 

The Year 7 and 8 girls have particularly shown great improvement from the start of the season to the end with new faces joining throughout, and their enjoyment of learning new skills is obvious. The Year 7s played their part in a 5 aside tournament where they were able to challenge the competition and have lots of fun at the same time. 

The Year 9, 10 and 11 girls have been the most successful this season, pushing themselves to achieve at national level and still progress in the County Cup where they are currently in the semi-finals. The team works exceptionally together and they are able to combine each other’s strength and ability to work in their favour to perform at a high standard.  

Throughout the year, we have seen many girls from all years groups progress and individuals have had the opportunity to represent the next year group, giving them even more of a challenge to face. The friendship and teamwork amongst all the girls is excellent and is the biggest factor for achieving all their successes. 

Cross Country

King James´s School has had a very successful cross country season, with over fifty students racing at Giggleswick School aiming to qualify for the Area cross country race. The commitment of each student shone through as it was extremely tough. Laura Jeal and Lily Wallen qualified for the area race and Jack Brennnan qualified for the County race. The school was delighted to have two students running at English Schools Cross Country Championships, both finishing first for North Yorkshire; Olivia Haveron finished 93rd and Millie Howard 7th, both in fields exceeding three hundred runners. Success also came from the cross country cup held at Skipton with the junior girls qualifying for the next round at Stockton. Superb performances by all students and a special mention to Ella Hampson who raced with only one trainer on for the majority of the muddy course!

Basketball

Another great season, with over fifty students turning up each week for ‘Basketball Mania’ on a Friday after school and participating with huge enthusiasm.

We once again entered teams into the English Schools competition with the Year 8 boys qualifying for the regional competition. The Year 12 team recorded a fine win over St. Aidan’s but came up against strong opposition from Allerton High.

The Year 9 boys won the area tournament, beating St. Aidan’s in the final game to qualify for the Regional tournament at York College.

The Year 7 boys also qualified for the Regional tournament, having finished second in the Area competition.

The highlight of the year was undoubtedly our ‘Big Night’ of Basketball when the students played continuously till 10 o’clock at night to raise money for a new kit and equipment. Having raised £450, we are now sourcing and designing the new kit with great excitement among the students and some great ideas.

Huge thanks to Mr. Bentley for his help on a Friday and with the older boys teams, and to Mr. Gordon and Miss Ryan for their massive help on the fund raising night.

Hockey

It has been a busy year for girls Hockey this season, and a big thank you to all the staff who have helped to run teams, in particular, Mr Laycock and Georgie Ryan for giving up their time every week.

The senior girls hockey have unfortunately not had too many games this year, due to a lack of competition, but have continued to turn up to practice in good spirits and perform well. We look forward to next year with more matches for the Year 11s and Sixth Form. 

The U15 girls hockey team, run by Mr Laycock and Miss Turner, have played some fantastic hockey this year and did exceptionally well in their recent tournament with a goal from Louise Clarke to seal an important win. Thank you to some of the Year 9s who have given up their time to play additional hockey for the Year 10 team. It is lovely to see the girls working together and developing their team-work and communication skills. 

Playing 11 aside for the first year, the U14 hockey team have been a delight to coach, and Miss Turner has thoroughly enjoyed leading their practices, regularly singing the praises of all the girls. They have had a great season, culminating in a very close Area tournament, in which they narrowly came second. Well done to all the girls involved.

Miss Burn has been the teacher in charge of the Year 8 hockey and on a weekly basis has had over twenty five pupils at practice. The atmosphere, team-work and competitiveness at practices has been excellent and they have been a joy to take. The Year 8 team, are undoubtedly the most improved hockey team this season, which is a credit to their hard work and commitment. They played some outstanding hockey against Queen Ethelburga’s to win their last league match, as well as demonstrating how much they have progressed at the area tournament. A great year, and roll on to next season!

A big thank you to Georgie Ryan for all her commitment and time given to the Year 7 hockey team, as also to Mr Newby for accompanying them to fixtures. The amount of pupils who continue to turn up to practice and who enjoy her sessions is superb and a credit to her manner with the pupils. The Year 7s have learnt a lot this year, and despite not winning many matches, they look forward to the area tournament and will no doubt do their very best.

Netball

There have been huge numbers of Year 7 girls attending netball training this season and they have all been dedicated and keen to learn.  They have made phenomenal progress over the season and have the potential to become a very good team. The B team got through to the semi-final of the Area tournament and the A team narrowly lost out on going through to the semi-final by just one goal.

A very promising season from the Year 8 netball teams. Again, this club was very well attended, often having enough players for an A,B,C, and D team. At the Area tournament the A team won two games, and narrowly lost two games to the two teams who eventually ended up in the final. The B team got through to the semi-final and only lost the game by two goals after putting up an excellent fight.

The Year 9 girls have worked extremely hard this year and have been dedicated and committed to all training sessions. They have improved their game-play massively and, despite some losses at the start of the season, they have really progressed. They did very well at the Area Tournament with both the A and B teams making the semi-final.

The Year 10 & 11 girls have trained together this season and have really bonded as a group. Training together has really helped develop both teams’ skills and game-play. Both teams have faced tough opposition this year against some very strong teams but they have remained committed and have fought hard during some very tough matches. They have also developed their leadership and umpiring skills by volunteering at the Primary School’s Netball Tournament.

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