On Saturday the 15th of November, 32 athletes eager for success travelled to a brand new venue, Ashfield School for this next stage of the cross country season. Though relatively close to the former venue Sutton-In-Ashfield Recreational Park, it proved to be significantly different terrain and scenery. It even boasted farmers’ fields and wood trails. Conditions never hindered our performance as the route was barely visible through a misty abyss and the occasional sheet of rain. The schedule of the races was as follows: Year 8/9 boys opening and year 7 girls closing the event with year 7 boys, 8/9 girls and year 10/11 boys and girls placed in between.
The 8/9 boys’ race kicked of proceedings with an elite field of 60. Picking up from the last event, the boys regained their high intensity of effort and claimed vital places and substantial points. Leading the immense squad in was Joe Mitchell in 9th shortly followed by Toby Percival and Teo Ayodeji Ansell 12th and 13th respectively. Also good performances were attained by Vince Machin, Flynn Cross and Alex Nolan – 18th, 20th and 21st respectively. This sets the boys in 2nd and 4th in the team competition.
Next were the 10/11 girls who were represented by trio Charlotte Hudson, Maisy Flint Foster, Megan Gallagher and Maisy Brand who recorded results of 8th, 22nd, 12th and 32nd. Following on from the girls race were the amazing year 7 boys’ team who once again exploited bags of talent by having 8 runners in the top 35 with headline performances coming from Toby Hulis in 2nd and Louis Dunne in 12th with Josh Birks finishing 17th. Remarkably this leaves the A and B teams 1st and 3rd in the team competition. Next were the 8/9 girls’ race which received an astounding duet performance from talented twins Bella Reed and Florence Reed who came 3rd and 4th in the 3km race placing the team 2nd comfortably. However with no representation in the 10/11 boys race it left the year 7 girls to sweep up the last of the endless glory. They completed the job by attaining 5 runners in the top 25 – wow! Brought in by Alice Mitchell in 15th and Harriet Machin in 20th it left the team in 3rd.
Clearly a spectacular performance all round from everyone who ran. Thanks to Mr Kent, Miss Rogers and Mr Alton for organising team.
By Alex Nolan 9F
Our school do a lot of work celebrating equality and diversity, as well as tackling all forms of discrimination. Only this last month we have celebrated Black History Month, the culture of India, and Miss Masterson has very recently been promoting the Bystander Revolution with year 7, 8 and 9 pupils in her anti-bullying assembly. This is all very important to our school community, and no doubt to you as parents and carers too. One of the reasons we seek opportunities to acknowledge, learn about and celebrate differences and similarities amongst us is to enable discussion and promote the positive contributions all people make to society regardless of lifestyle, beliefs or background. This, in turn, can help to expel myths and challenge stereotypes which can often be at the root of bullying and discrimination.
Mrs Cooper and her team cover many topical and relevant issues in the PSHE programme. Last week we were fortunate enough to have PC Riz Chothia, PC Deborah Rawsthorne and PC Atlas Iqbal from Prevent Delivery Team – the East Midlands specialist police unit, deliver an informative, fun and myth-busting workshop on a difficult subject, terrorism and extremism. Pupils engaged incredibly well and our visitors were impressed with their sensible and honest contributions. PC Chothia and his team are visiting more groups here as well as other schools in the East Midlands, informing young people about how to spot signs and seek help when they or somebody they know is being coerced into believing extreme views about society, politics or religion.
Here is what some of our pupils had to say about the workshop:
“It was very informative” – Amr Houda
“I thought the lesson was very fun and interesting. We have never learnt about that stuff before so it was good to have had the lesson. The video showed an important point that you don’t need to fight back with violence to get your point across. I have learnt a lot” – Louisa Bell
“”’Dairy of a Badman’ was really interesting. It was funny but had a strong message. The message was about not stereotyping people and that violence isn’t the answer” – Zack Worton