Sedbergh equestrian goes from strength to strength
It has been a busy summer for our equestrian team, with a full schedule of training and competing ahead of the start of the School year.
18th September 2019 — It has been a busy summer for our equestrian team, with a full schedule of training and competing ahead of the start of the School year.
Four of the Prep School pupils experienced an unforgettable training session from Olympic silver medallist, Nicola Wilson. Sam (Year 8), Toby (Year 6), Elsie (Year 7) and Harriet (Year 5), joined the Senior School riders for a once in a lifetime Sedbergh team training day. The day consisted of lots of show jumping exercises, where all of our riders were tested but keen to impress. The team were lucky enough to be given a full tour of Nicola’s yard by her Head Girl, with the opportunity to meet all of her top horses – including one that has qualified for the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. Having spent the day in Wilson’s training arena, the team finished off with a water jump which was great fun for everyone and a perfect way to wrap up an incredible day.
“Thank you to Nicola Wilson for your inspirational teaching and an unforgettable day.” Said Mrs Faye Barker, Sedbergh equestrian team manager.
At the end of the summer holidays, four pupils travelled up to the famous Ian Stark Equestrian Centre, near Selkirk. The team enjoyed a fabulous two days, having fun camping at the Horse B&B and making the most of the weather with al fresco dinners. The Sedbergh riders took the top three places in the 65cm warm up class, with some brilliant riding from Elsie who finished first, Harriet in second and Hamish (Year 6) who finished third. The 75cm qualifying class was an increase in height for the riders and included some technical cross-country fences. Our riders battled their nerves and gave their all to finish third, just missing out on National qualification. Tink (Year 7) went on to complete a superb round in the 85cm event, jumping with style to secure a much sought-after qualification for the Nationals next month.
Sedbergh pupils to attend England Hockey Performance Centre
Current Sedbergh Prep School pupil, Tom Newman, and former Sedbergh Prep School (now current Sedbergh Senior School) pupil, James Corrigan, have been selected to attend the England Hockey Under-15 Performance Centre.
30th July 2019 — Current Sedbergh Prep School pupil, Tom Newman, and former Sedbergh Prep School (now current Sedbergh Senior School) pupil, James Corrigan, have been selected to attend the England Hockey Under-15 Performance Centre.
Following their outing at a recent assessment day, the pair will attend the training sessions at the performance centre in Fylde.
The England Hockey performance centres are strategically located across England to maximise opportunity and player development. Through this programme, England Hockey want to move talent development to a higher level.
Newman, in his last year at Sedbergh Prep School, will be one of the youngest to attend the performance centre training sessions. Director of Sport at Sedbergh Prep School, Mr Rupert Bunday, was delighted to hear the news.
“This is a fantastic achievement for Tom and one that we are Sedbergh Prep School are incredibly proud of. We wish him the best of luck as he plays at performance centre level.” Said Mr Bunday.
When asked what he thinks it is that has made Newman excel this year, Mr Bunday was under no illusions. “This is down to the commitment that Tom has shown to his hockey - early morning sessions, games sessions and club training. He has worked hard on his individual skills, as well as his team play”.
Players will take part in 10 evening sessions, five day sessions and up to four competitions totalling an incredible 88 hours of coaching time.
Record numbers take on Sedbergh Prep School ‘Epic’
Saturday 15th June saw 131 runners complete the Sedbergh Prep School ‘Epic’. Now in its third year, the run contained pupils and staff from both Sedbergh Senior and Prep School, as well as parents and guests.
21st June 2019 — Saturday 15th June saw 131 runners complete the Sedbergh Prep School ‘Epic’. Now in its third year, the run contained pupils and staff from both Sedbergh Senior and Prep School, as well as parents and guests.
The challenging course, which starts from the Prep School in Casterton, leads runners up and over the back of Casterton Fell before racing back down to the finish line at the Prep School. Measuring at 6.9 miles and with 1250 feet of ascent, the Epic is only open to Prep School pupils in Years 7 and 8, although many of the younger children showed their support by walking the route.
After setting off in dry conditions, it didn’t take long before the rain began to fall. Not to be deterred by the poor weather, all runners pushed on and battled round the course. Crossing the line first was Eddie Fletcher, in a time of 48:10. Eight minutes later, Hailey Fletcher, wife of the race winner and Head of Religious Studies at Sedbergh School, was the first female across the line.
The first Prep School pupil back was Year 7 pupil, Jack Barker in a time of 54:08, seeing him finish 10th overall. For the second year running, Millie Gunning was the first female Prep School pupil to cross the line. Millie, Prep School female running captain, finished in a time of 63:10 – 2 minutes quicker than she ran in 2018.
As well as training hard for the Epic, pupils at Sedbergh Prep School have been raising money for AGS Foundation. The AGS Foundation provides relief to both ex-military personnel and civilians in need, by reason of physical and/or mental disability or long-term illness and promotes equality and diversity in disability. Martin Hewitt, founder of AGS Foundation, will be the guest speaker at the Sedbergh Prep School speech day on Saturday 6th July.
“I am extremely proud of the determination and camaraderie displayed by our oldest Prep School pupils, who all take on the challenge of completing the Epic. It says so much for their resilience, tenacity and ‘have a go’ mentality. Seeing their joy at a challenge met and overcome is truly inspiring and testament to the support offered by their parents, teachers and the School community as a whole.” explained Headmaster, Mr Will Newman.
Sedbergh Preparatory School have enjoyed recent success with both their Under-13 Girls' Hockey and Netball teams.
7th March 2019 — Sedbergh Preparatory School have enjoyed recent success with both their Under-13 Girls' Hockey and Netball teams.
The Netball team successfully qualified for the National Finals whilst the Hockey team have progressed through to the North of England Finals for the first time in the Prep School’s history.
On Friday 1 March, Sedbergh Prep travelled to Uppingham to compete in the Regional Finals of the Under-13 IAPS Netball Competition. Taking on tough opposition made up of 20 prestigious Prep Schools from the North and Midlands, Sedbergh Prep topped their group. Winning three out of their four matches and drawing an enthralling encounter with Witham Hall 5-5. The team secured their place at the National Finals with an 8-6 quarter final victory over Beachborough. Sedbergh Prep now look forward to their trip to Epsom College on Friday 22 March for the opportunity to compete with the top 20 Prep Schools in the country this year.
On Monday 5 March, the Under-13 Hockey squad travelled down to Manchester to face the best schools in the North West. Every player gave their all and it showed in the results. The girls were unbeaten on the day, picking up impressive victories against St Mary’s Hall, Merchant Taylors and Manchester High School for Girls and two valuable draws against Wilmslow and Hill House.
This unbeaten run saw Sedbergh Prep finishing second in the table on 11 points, just 1 point behind table toppers Manchester High School for Girls on 12 points. This great performance means that Sedbergh Prep now move on to the Northern Finals, something the school has never achieved before at Under-13 level.
The Northern Finals take place on Tuesday 19th March at the University of Leeds and will see Sedbergh Prep compete against the strongest teams across the North of England.
Mrs Julia Rollins, Head of Girls’ Sport at Sedbergh Prep, has commented on the Girls’ recent successes. “We are a small Prep School, so recent results in both Girls' Hockey and Netball is not only an amazing success for the School, but also a testament to the talent we have here and our strength in depth”
Sedbergh Prep Pupil Sings His Way into National Choir
A boy from High Tatham has been selected to join a flagship national boys’ choir after a competitive audition process.
30th January 2019 — A boy from High Tatham has been selected to join a flagship national boys’ choir after a competitive audition process.
Joe DeGroote, a Year 8 pupil at Sedbergh Prep School, will now sing as part of the Cambiata Voices, an ensemble for boys with changing voices that forms part of the National Youth Choirs of Great Britain. The selection panel were impressed with not only Joe’s voice but his aural skills and musicality. He will now take part in residential vocal courses and sing at prestigious venues across the UK as part of the group’s performance calendar.
Headmaster Will Newman expressed his delight at Joe’s selection: “We have been lucky to have Joe lighting up various concerts at Sedbergh Prep School; since he joined the Junior Chamber Choir in Year 3 to his current role as Head of the Boys’ Choir. I am extremely proud that an even wider audience will now get to hear Joe’s wonderful singing voice, and his place in the ensemble could not go to a nicer or more deserving young man.”
Out and About – The benefits of learning in the great outdoors
Sedbergh Preparatory School Reception class explores a new way of learning through being outdoors in their ‘Out and About’ weekly learning sessions.
30th January 2019 — Sedbergh Preparatory School Reception class explores a new way of learning through being outdoors in their ‘Out and About’ weekly learning sessions.
‘Out and About’ provides pupils time outdoors to express themselves in a different manner to how they would in the classroom. It incorporates the skills and team work from the classroom and applies it to outdoor situations – often using different materials to adapt to their surroundings.
Mrs Debra Baines, Reception teacher at Sedbergh Preparatory School, outlined the different themes of ‘Out and About’ and how the environment lends itself to outdoor learning.
“We try and take something that is being taught in the classroom and adapt it to the outdoors”. Recently the pupils requested a session based around animals. With this in mind, we went out and created dens for specific animals.”
“The class are provided with waterproofs and wellies so we can brave the elements! We try not to let the weather disrupt our outdoor learning opportunities”
Ultimately, the positive outcomes from outdoor learning all stem from the overwhelming factor that Mrs Baines simply stated, “Above all else, Out and About is fun!”