Girls ‘fear nothing’ to give top performances at GDST Spring Sport Rally

IMG_9825Students from across the Senior and Junior schools really lived up to both the Girls’ Day School Trust and Sydenham High mottos – ‘where girls can’ and ‘fear nothing’ – at the GDST’s Spring Sports Rally last week (Thursday 9 March).

The Senior netball team played their last ever netball matches together as a team and their efforts, as usual, were exceptional. Results were varied, losing the first game by two goals and the second game (against Bromley High) by just one. They won their third game 10-1 which gave the team a real drive for the final few matches and were unlucky to lose again after close fought battles.

A number of students also competed in the Trust cross country races; Year 7s put in a valiant effort despite finding the Jubilee Park course a little tough and finished in 15th place out of 20 schools.

Year 8/9 competed well with Tilly Stevens-Cox achieving an excellent 13th place and the team finishing 5th overall out of 19 schools, just a few points behind Oxford High.

The Senior gymnastics team demonstrated a really focused approach all day in the floor and vault competitions, with five gymnasts competing against a strong field of 75.  On the floor, the gymnasts performed invigorating routines, showing fluidity and aesthetic quality throughout in what was a high standard and high pressured competition. In the vaults Tianna Goulbourne finished in a strong 9th place overall.

Junior School also entered both a gym squad and a cross country team. The cross country runners went first and they also found the course tough with its tricky terrain, ditches and mud!. Approximately 150 runners took part in the Year 5/6 race and the first Sydenham High Junior School runner home was Laura Smart in 47th place followed by Hope Skinner in 71st place then Isha in 81st place.

In the afternoon the runners were able to participate in some football coaching sessions along with girls from other GDST schools where they learnt various skills such as dribbling, passing and shooting then put their skills learnt into some mini games. A lot of fun was had and new friends made.

The gymnastics squad had a long day with over 200 gymnasts competing. Everyone performed their vaults first and the highest SHJS scorer was Hannah Othen. They then performed a floor routine in the afternoon with Hannah again being the top scorer. The individual scores were all very close.

Congratulations and well done to all of athletes who were involved in the day.