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The 2023-2024 autumn term has been one of our most successful in recent years. On the sports fields our rugby and hockey teams have enjoyed stellar results and shown great progress.  

Our U9, U10 and U11 rugby teams have played some free flowing rugby and embraced the contact side of the game. Having played contact fixtures against Barnard Castle, Giggleswick  Sedbergh Prep, Mowden Hall, Austin Friars and Penrith RUFC, it is safe to say our U11 team have come out on top against some of the best teams in the North of England. Particular praise must be passed on to our U10 & U11 girls who have played an integral part in this team. Their performances have not only impressed their peers but every opposing rugby coach who has had the pleasure of watching them. 

On the hockey pitch, both our U9 and U11 teams have gone from strength to strength. Working hard on our game play situations, and speed have made Hunter Hall a tricky team to play against. Special mention to our mighty U11 hockey team who have yet again embraced the elements, and played a brilliant game against Clifton school with quite literal pools of water on the pitch! I am immensely proud of how well our U11’s have worked as a team this term, each one of them integral to the team in their own right. Our U9’s have improved week on week too, taking on board the advice they have been given and showing some great progress!  

Although not quite yet the netball season yet, we have enjoyed some ‘pre season’ games against both Sedbergh Prep and Barnard Castle. Both incredibly exciting games that have shown a brilliant insight to what is bound to be an exciting netball season ahead.  

In the pool our year 4, 5 & 6 pupils have enjoyed a fabulous term’s swimming. Coaches Emily, Maja and Bernie all ensuring 100% of our year 4-6  pupils have already met the national year 6 standards, with over 50% of year 5 & year 6 progressing to the advanced standard. The children have learnt essential life saving skills and enjoyed an inter school water polo fixture with Windermere.  

On the cross country courses of Northern England we have again enjoyed great success. Our U9 girls’ team have claimed top spots at the Sedbergh Prep. invitational and the year 4 race at the Hunter Hall Championships. Our U11 girls’ team have gone one better claiming team gold medals at the Sedbergh Prep invitational, Stoneyhurst and Hunter Hall Championships. A truly outstanding set of results with Maggie claiming individual golds at Stoneyhurst, Mowden Hall and the Hunter Hall Championships. Lucy W claiming gold at the Hunter Hall championships and Elle claiming impressive wins at Sedbergh and Mowden Hall. Through their attendance at running club and PE fitness sessions all our upper school pupils have shown they can sustain a performance and have completed both house cross country and the Hunter Hall championship. We now have 16 pupils qualified for the County Championships scheduled to take place on the 24th January at Hunter Hall. 

Finally, how could we forget to mention the achievement of our year 6 dodgeballers,  who won the South Lakes tournament and will now go on to the North West Regionals in the summer term.  A truly sensational achievement given the drama that unfolded in the final.  

We now look forward to a well earned rest before we go again in the new year, when we will embrace our football and netball term.