13 October 2022
Miss Jess Fullalove, Head of Swimming
Woldingham swimmers had an amazing opportunity to learn from one of the UK’s best swimmers when five-time Olympic medallist James Guy MBE ran masterclasses on Friday 7 October. A specialist in freestyle and butterfly, James focused on freestyle technique in two sessions with students eager to learn. Out of the pool, our swimmers made the most of a Q&A session with James, picking his brain about his training schedule, and enjoying the chance to hold an Olympic gold medal and have their photos taken with James. We’re extremely grateful to James for taking time out of his very busy schedule to pass on his expertise. We’re already hoping he might make a return visit sometime.
Ms Suzanne Kuster, Teacher of PE
A great first meet for our U12 cross country runners at Prior’s Field School saw all of them - and our U13 team - perform really well in wet and muddy conditions, with Year 7 sport scholar Daisy L taking a brilliant first place. Daisy’s success comes hot on the heels of another great performance in the London Mini Marathon, where she came 38th overall the U13 category and 7th in the girls’ London Borough Challenge. Well done, Daisy.
Mr Ben Allberry, Head of Hockey
Our Ist XI team is through to the next round of the National Schools Plate after an exciting first round victory against Worth School.
Despite playing the better hockey, Woldingham was down 3-1 at half time, having made a couple of unforced errors. After a half time team talk, led mainly by the players, Woldingham came out strongly. A devastatingly skilful run from skipper Alex S gave Katy N the opportunity to make the score 3-2. From then on, Woldingham was in the ascendancy. A well-worked short corner expertly finished by Alex S took the score to 3-3. With five minutes to go, and the game turning frenetic with penalties looming, a delightful aerial ball from Rosie J found Keira M behind the opposition’s defence, who deftly tucked the ball past the Worth’s talismanic goalkeeper.
After this great comeback – which was well ‘Worth’ the trip - we’re now looking forward to the next round after half term.
Livvy B, Year 10 sport scholar
There was double success for Woldingham at the Prior’s Field netball tournament on Saturday 1 October, with victory for both our U15A and U15B teams.
The U15A team won three of its five group matches – two matches against Prior’s Field and St Teresa’s Effingham and one against a team from Sir William Perkins’s School – before taking wins in both the semi-final and final, having been down at half time.
The U15B’s tournament involved Prior’s Field, St Teresa’s Effingham and Sir William Perkins’s and the Royal School. Winning three out of four matches, the team came out on top due to a brilliant goal difference.
It was a very good morning for both teams and we’re now looking forward to the District and Surrey tournaments.