King's St Alban's

15 June


RGS Athletics Meet

On Friday we went to the RGS The Grange, U9 and U11 Athletics Meet. As our Year 6 were still in France we entered a Year 5 team into the U11 competition. This is always an exciting event and the children although nervous, worked hard to achieve their best. We had some outstanding individual performances, Fabian came 1st in the 200m, Martha K came 1st in the 200m and 2nd in the 600m, Clarisse came 2nd in the 200m and Phoebe M ran an extremely strong 600m to gain 1st place. The Year 4 girls also came 2nd in the 4x50m Relay.

We were impressed with all the children but were particularly delighted with the Year 4 girls who won the event for their age group.

IAPS Swimming Finals

An early start on Saturday morning saw members of the boy's swimming team make the journey to London on the Friday evening with their parents. All stayed in the Premier Inn which overlooked the impressive London Aquatic Centre. Arriving early also had the added benefit that Mr Essenhigh and Mr Gooch managed a thorough recce of the venue on the Friday night having somehow being allowed in by the staff. 

On Saturday morning Mrs Woodger and Mrs Clarke had a very early start, managing to arrive in London by 7am. The boys were all in good spirits after their full English breakfasts (Seth missing out on a sausage!) and the excitement and nerves were all under control. The warm up went well and they didn't have long to wait for their race as the medley relay was second in the programme. They qualified in 16th place for the finals and did an impressive swim on the day to come 12th overall, improving their time from the heats by 6 seconds.

The girls team were able to travel down on the day as their warm up did not start until 2pm. The venue was extremely busy by the time they arrived with schools from all over the country congregating outside the venue in the sunshine. We had the added entertainment of seeing the 'fly by' for the Queen's birthday.

The girls were quickly in action with their relay second on the girls programme.  They qualified from the heats in 12th place and did extremely well to improve their time by 6 seconds and get placed 11th overall.

This is the first time St Alban's have qualified for this event and it was an incredible experience for both the children and staff. We were competing with the top schools in the country and our children were a credit to the school on the day.

Mrs Clarke

U11 Rounders v King’s Hawford (friendly)

After a lovely picnic with the Year 6 pupils from Hawford the girls then had a friendly rounders match down at the fields. The girls were put in their new L4 forms and then mixed into 4 teams for a fun afternoon of rounders. There was some good hitting and fielding and the girls enjoyed getting to know some of their new friends ready for their senior school start in September. Well done, a lovely afternoon.

U11 The Grange Girls' Qwik Cricket Tournament

The Year 6 girls' played in their first cricket tournament on Thursday at RGS The Grange. The girls' were all a bit nervous regarding their first match but also very excited. Their first game was against RGS The Grange and they won the toss choosing to field first. Millie started the bowling and impressed us with taking a wicket with her 2nd ball.  Charlotte also bowled extremely well taking another two wickets.  They went on to bat well but didn't run quite as sharply as RGS and unfortunately lost this match.

They then went on to play RGS Springfield. They lost the toss and batted first. All the players batted with more confidence in the second match and Charlotte and Ruby had a very good partnership at the end of the innings.

U10 A Boys Cricket v King’s Hawford

In a well fought and sporting game, KSA U10 'A' won by 7 runs against Hawford U10 'A'. 

An energetic 46 from Seth helped KSA reach 107-9.  In reply, Hawford were rocked by Toby's 4 early wickets, but good batting from Noah nearly pushed them over the winning line. Congratulations to both teams for both their performances. 

U9 Rounders v King’s Hawford

The U9 girls travelled to Hawford on Tuesday afternoon for their rounders match. It always causes much excitement playing our sister school! We won the toss and elected to field first. Hawford had some good hitters and we struggled to keep their score down. A little more practice is needed on overarm throws in order to field the ball in quickly. However, in the second half the girls were more focused and managed to score their own rounders while the Hawford team’s score down a little better. Hawford won overall but it should be noted that the second half score was 6 ½ to Hawford and 6 to KSA, so the second half was a much closer affair. Well done girls! Special mention should go to Lily for gaining 2 whole rounders from two superb hits and becoming the players’ player.

U9 Cricket v King’s Hawford

KSA U9 'A' beat Hawford U9 'A' convincingly by 267-3 to 290-0

With KSA taking early wickets and good fielding, it was always a big ask for Hawford to stay in the game. A flourish of late runs boosted their score.  KSA set about scoring the required runs with the loss of no wickets.