Phenomenal Family Cricket

Over 60 pupils and parents attended the PGJS inaugural paired cricket morning at the end of June.

Hilsea Playing Field was awash with new and experienced players spanning over five decades. The air was light hearted, inclusive and cricket focused as every person batted, bowled and fielded. It was great to see so much enthusiasm and enjoyment had between parents and pupils and the upbeat approach everyone took to both pairs and diamond cricket.

The pupils really showed their skills and how accomplished they have become over the season. It was a pleasure to participate and umpire the games where the role model flicked between pupil and parent.

It was a great event that will most definitely be repeated next year.

U8&9 Girls Cricket Festivals

In May we welcomed 70 girls to Hilsea for a PGS debut. In collaboration with Hampshire Cricket, we hosted a cricket festival for the girls to enjoy small games and skill stations to develop their batting, bowling and fielding.

The weather held strong and the girls were awash with smiles and joy as they approached every task with enthusiasm and commitment. A particular favourite was the dive-catching station and the power hitting. Our girls have such an appetite for cricket with every individual pushing their physical skills and knowledge of the game across all aspects of cricket. It's great to hear of so many girls joining the all stars programme and youth teams at local clubs.

U10/11 National IAPS Tennis Finals

Three teams represented the school at the IAPS National Tennis Championships at Rugby School in May. The two-day event was held across 35 tennis courts and welcomed 262 competitors from 37 schools.

William H. (6S) & Meru (6P)

"We each played four singles and four doubles in the Boys U11 A tournament. We got through to the quarter finals in our draw. Overall, we came 8th out of 24 teams. We really enjoyed ourselves and would like to do it again."

Will G. (6P) & Veer (6P)

"We were the U11B team. We played a singles each and then a doubles match against each school we faced. We played three schools over the weekend, unfortunately narrowly missing out on victory on each occasion. We tried to work well as a team with positive communication and keeping each other motivated in the close games."

Zayneb (5S) and Elspeth (6G)

On Saturday at 15:00 we played against Saint George’s.

“Elspeth and I played fantastically well," said Zayneb. "But the nerves and long wait had made it a hard match to settle into. Unfortunately, we lost. Next was my singles match. I did very well and won both sets.”

“I lost my singles match but Zayneb won hers and we lost our doubles,” said Elspeth.

Then on their second day, the first match was against Saint Neots.

“I won my singles match 4-0 4-0 so did Elspeth. We won our doubles match 4-0 4-1 so that meant we could play again in the afternoon. I won my singles match again 4-2 4-2. Elspeth won by one point in the tie break,” said Zayneb.

“We moved on to play Amesbury. It was a lot harder and we only barely won but after that we were both exhausted and excited that we won all our matches. In the whole tournament we won seven of nine matches. When we were rated separately, I was 8th out of 22 and Zayneb was 5th,” concluded Elspeth.

Swim Star

Opening the door to opportunity is what we all do for our pupils and this is exemplified in the Junior School by Hannah.

A dedicated swimmer, Hannah motivates herself for early morning, afternoon and weekend training sessions. This all paid off this term when she took her place on the starting blocks for the IAPS National Swimming Finals at the London Aquatics Centre In Stratford.

The Olympic venue was an impressive setting for the qualifying swimmers to race and they all did their coaches proud. Pupils aged 9-13 from across the country qualified through regional meets to represent their school in 25m and 50m sprint events. Hannah had a strong and powerful start and she raced down the pool, turning with confidence and efficiency to finished her heat in third position and shaving almost 2 seconds off her personal best. After a long wait to get started, the nerves were pushed aside and the excitement for the final ramped up. Hannah had some stiff competition but held her own in the finals finishing in sixth place and again swimming another personal best.

Well done Hannah, you have been a super competitor.