The Year 7 netball team have had a very successful season. The A team won all but one of their Harrogate & Craven League matches and the B team won all but two. Numbers at training were so good that a C team was created and they had three friendly fixtures against local schools.
The A team performed to a very high standard at the School Sport Partnership Tournament & finished runners up (losing by just one goal in the last minute of the game).
The Year 7 boys have had a great start to their footballing life at KJS. Friendlies vs Carr Manor High from Leeds and St John Fisher saw a promising start for A, B and C teams.
The boys won the Area and County 5-a-side competitions and went to North Shields just outside Newcastle to play in the North of England Tournament, where they finished 4th.
They are currently in the semi-final of the Area Cup and are due to play Rossett.
Great turn out at training each week. Keep up the good work!
King James’s hosted the Area Cross Country Championships in early November. Pupils from Years 7 to 11 ran in the event and all ran their hearts out on a difficult, undulating course. Congratulations to Charlie Taylor and Izzy Wilson, who were selected to represent Harrogate and Craven in the North Yorkshire Schools Championships as a result of their performances. Charlie went on to finish 7th in the Year 7 boys´ race and Izzy 29th in the girls´ race.
Well done to the Year 7 girls´ football team, which came second in the Area 5-a-side Indoor Tournament.
The Year 7 girls have taken to hockey extremely well, especially as many of them had never played the game before starting at King James´s. With lots of players turning up to training, the teams are sure to go from strength to strength.
The Year 7 A team put in a spirited performance in their area tournament, performing particularly well against St. Aidan´s (although unfortunately losing) and comfortably beating Rossett.
The Year 7 B team hockey players finished in a very respectable fourth place in a tournament against local schools. The Year 7s were the chattiest team by far in the competition and throughout the tournament they all demonstrated fantastic determination and teamwork. Well done girls!
The Friday basketball club has gone from strength to strength this year. We regularly have 30 to 50 students who come and practise every week with huge enthusiasm and dedication. As a result we have been able to run teams in a number of age groups with a considerable amount of success.
The Year 8 boys, Year 8 girls and Year 10/11 boys all made it through to the group stage of the English Schools Cup and played in the regional knockout rounds, a first for us. Unfortunately they lost their matches, but in the case of the boys only very narrowly. We also entered the Area Tournament in all age groups, finishing a frustrating second in every age group but playing some high tempo and high-quality basketball. A number of boys have been selected to represent North Yorkshire, including Brandon Bain, Taylor Bradley and George Easton (Year 8) and Matt Livesey and Will Hancock (Year 10).
The club will continue running in the summer, so keep coming down to prepare for next season!
Every Tuesday lunchtime has seen a dedicated and enthusiastic group of students practising and refining their gymnastic skills and performing somersaults, backflips, handsprings and other exciting moves. James Bamford has been an excellent leader and coach all year and a great deal of fun has been had by all.