The first half term has been an action packed one. Our rugby and hockey teams have enjoyed a series of impressive performances against Austin Friars, Windermere, Sedbergh Prep, Barnard Castle & Mowden Hall and Penrith RUFC. On the rugby pitch our boys and girls enjoyed a fun coaching afternoon with Simon Verbickas, who provided plenty of freedom and created opportunities for the children to adapt their play to #beatthegame.  

On the hockey pitch we have worked hard on our defensive skills which have proved immensely helpful in our fixtures this term. We even proved ourselves to be an excellent team in what can only be described horizontal rain in our first fixture of the year against Sedbergh Prep.  

There has also been plenty of success on the cross-country course. Our U9 & U11 girls’ teams showed their strength in depth with stunning team wins during the first race of the year- the Sedbergh Prep Invitational. In the U9 race Elle and Iona showcased their individual running credentials with impressive 1st and 2nd places. A few weeks later at Mowden Hall Elle claimed her 2nd gold medal, while Maggie and Orla joined her on the podium with 1st and 3rd place finishes in the U11 girls’ race.  

The annual Hunter Hall cross country was nothing short of a triumph, over 600 children on site across 27 schools proved for an afternoon of wonderful running, Hunter Hall were successful across a range of races. Hunter Hall took first place in the girls year 4 and year 6 team event and we took second place in the year 5 girls and year 6 boys team event.  

Our first house competitions of the year have ensured Badgers, Hares and Squirrels have all claimed early victories. Hares won the house cross country and claimed joint first place, with Badgers, in the tag rugby. More recently Squirrels emerged victorious in the house dodgeball. With house swimming and house hockey still come to come this term there is plenty still to play for.