Sports Day: a fitting round-off to a year of achievement

This summer’s QE Sports Day saw record numbers of boys and staff taking part and impressive individual and team performances.

It also provided a high point on which to end the year, the Headmaster said. During the academic year, the School has won accolades in a wide number of subjects and extra-curricular areas, including Science, Mathematics, Art, Music, Economics, Engineering, Chess and Sport.

""Recently, the School’s athletes recorded a number of successes at the Barnet Championships at the Allianz Stadium. The following boys triumphed over competitors from schools across the borough to be crowned Barnet Champions: in Year 7, Patrick Owen in the 1,500 and Yusuf Maududi in the long jump; in Year 8, Liam Hagley at 800m and Rakul Sri in the javelin, and in Year 10, Eddie Revell at 1,500m.

""On Sports Day, these same athletes produced exceptional performances, with Patrick Owen recording victories in the 1,500m in both the Year 7 & 8 competitions and also the 800m. Yusuf Maududi won the 100m, 200m and long jump events, whilst Liam Hagley and Rakul Sri won the 800m and 100m and javelin respectively. Eddie Revell came first in the 1,500m. Other standout individual efforts included Luke Van Turenhout, of Year 9, who won the 300m and high jump, and Daniel Santosh, also of Year 9, who won the 1,500m and came second in the 800m. Eben Sarpong, of Year 10, won the 100m despite a season dogged by a hamstring injury which has prevented him from running to his true potential.

""“I must congratulate the staff and boys for their contributions, and, of course, the winning House, Broughton, to whom I presented the cup,” said the Headmaster, Neil Enright. “It was a thoroughly enjoyable day in the blazing sunshine and it was pleasant to see the boys competing against each other but also working with each other in team events. The level of support was excellent and the 15 Sports Leaders, along with many more prefects, did an excellent job in organising events and motivating pupils throughout the day.”

""Several new events were introduced this year, with the tug of war, Eton fives, table tennis and triathlon competitions adding new excitement to the day. The QE Mile was won, for the first time since its inception five years ago, by the staff team. The event is contended for by eight teams – one from each of the six School Houses, a staff team and a team made up from the Sixth Form boys working towards their Community Sports Leadership Award. Each team has 16 members, who each run 100m; the House teams comprise four boys from each of Years 7 to 10.

“I really think it was the best Sports Day that we have had since the development of the new programme several years ago,” said PE teacher and Sports Day Organiser, Nicholas Bird. “More staff than ever contributed towards scoring, measuring and general supporting of events than ever before. The number of boys who took part was amazing!”

""Other events included the rowing relay. The rowing machines were moved to the side of the athletics track and teams of boys rowed a total of 110 kms during the two-hour race. The rowing relay, along with events such as the 4x400m running relay, enabled pupils from all years to work together for the good of their House.

Broughton House won both the Year 7 & 8 Competitions, contributing to its overall victory, whilst Pearce’s Year 9 team came out on top in the tug of war. The highest points total scored by an individual form was 174 – a total achieved by both 8B and 9U.