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Apr 26, 2021
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Summer sport back - Mr Baird's Sports Blog

It is with a great deal of pride and satisfaction that I write this edition of the sports blog. Our children continue to amaze and astound the school community with their attitude, determination and enthusiasm for physical activity, whether that is in or outside of school.

Whilst I do wish to officially share with you the results of our House Cross country event from the end of last term, it would seem remiss of me to not mention the return of clubs that have been so brilliantly attended. It has been truly delightful to witness and long may it continue – I am sure the weather adds to the fun! We do appreciate that for much of the children’s attendance of these clubs, there have had to be changes in arrangements concerning pick-ups and drop-offs as well as the preparation of kit. Many thanks for all of the support in this regard. Talking of which, I am sure Mrs Furniss would also like to join me in saying a big thank you to Mrs McDonnell  who has begun helping Mrs Furniss with the netball club on a Wednesday afternoon after school. Thank you for giving up your time to do this, it is so appreciated!

As promised, please do see the results of the House Cross Country competition below. Individual certificates have already been presented but this truly was a team event and although it was at the end of last term, this term’s learning habit of ‘Teamwork’ was excellently displayed throughout all of the classes and different races. I know that, as a PE and Games department, one of the most pleasing sights is when the children work well together in their sporting pursuits and I hope that this bodes well for lots of good teamwork in the coming weeks and months.


1st Theo (Greenwood), 2nd Harrison (Swarcliffe), 3rd Erin (Bronte)

Year 1 and 2

1st Venetia (Greenwood), 2nd Ines (Swarcliffe), 3rd Ayla (Bronte)

Year 3 and 4

1st Alfie (Bronte), 2nd Ethan S (Swarcliffe), 3rd Ethan V (Greenwood)

Year 5 and 6

1st Harry (Greenwood), 2nd Patrick (Swarcliffe), 3rd Lottie (Bronte)

 Well done to all of the children who ran and to the children who, very joyfully, assisted with marshalling as well as utilising their skills as cheerleaders and motivational speakers!

Another source of great pride for all within the school community is the news that Emma has secured a Sports Scholarship to Harrogate Ladies College, where she will move to in the summer following the completion of her time at BGS. This is a fantastic achievement for Emma and we really could not be more pleased for her. Well done!

I would also like to note that many of the children have been able to attend their external extra-curricular clubs once again and it is so pleasing to hear such fervour and positivity among the children about their tennis, cricket and football clubs (to name but a few!) outside of school. As ever, if there is anything that the children wish to share from these clubs, then please do not hesitate to get in touch (

One such child, who has shared their outside of school achievements with us, was Harriet. As some of you may already know, Harriet and her elder sister Rebecca, who left us at the end of Year 6 last summer, are members of the Ripon Sailing Club and last weekend saw the start of the North East and Yorkshire Youth Sailing Travellers Series. The first meeting saw them attend the series kick off at Pennine Sailing Club, between Huddersfield and Sheffield. This was the first of 12 meetings and Harriet was full of the joys as she bounded in to share some fabulous pictures of herself on the water. Given that it is the first of the series, I cannot wait to hear more about her adventures across the region and learn a bit more about the sport as we go along. Please do keep us posted Harriet and we are so proud of you for taking part!

Finally, please do look out for communication from me regarding the Brownlee Foundation Medal Challenge, which I have signed the school up for. More information will be provided in the letter that I send out but it is an extremely exciting challenge that will see the children given the opportunity to set themselves a sporting challenge with the aim of making a positive change with regard to their activity, to do their best and to have a fun. Please have a wonderful weekend!

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