Swimming Medal Winners

The PE Department and whole school would like to congratulate the Under 13 Ounsdale Swimming Squad who took part in the City Championships at The Royal School in Wolverhampton on January 24th; Ruby Holyhead, Molly James, Thea Blakemore, Olivia Forrester, Alex Jones and Sophie Sergison.

12 teams were entered in the competition with lots of races included in the programme covering different distances and strokes. Notable performances included:

Molly James – 3rd in 100m freestyle
Alex Jones – 3rd in 50m breaststroke
Molly James – 3rd in 50m butterfly
Olivia Forrester, Ruby Holyhead, Alex Jones, Thea Blakemore – 3rd in the freestyle relay
Thea Blakemore – 2nd in 25m backstroke
Olivia Forrester – 2nd in 25m freestyle
Alex Jones – 1st in 25m butterfly

All these fantastic performances culminated in the squad finishing joint 2nd overall and being presented with their silver medals -well done girls, a fantastic achievement!!

Important Parent Notice

We have been made aware by a parent (and this has been backed by recent media reports) that there is an online gaming platform called ‘roblox’ and an app called ‘discord’ that offer very serious threats to child safety. We would ask that all parents check their students devices (iPads etc) for any evidence of these sites or apps. If you have any concerns please contact our safeguarding team within school.

Well Done Charley!

We would like to congratulate and wish Year 11 student Charley Jones the very best of luck for her swimming event starting on Thursday 17th January.

This weekend Charley will be representing the West Midlands Swim Team in the 9ème Trophèe National des Hortillons in Amiens, France. She has been swimming competitively since the age of 8 and has achieved and completed at British National level. She has been selected to represent The West Midlands Team after being county and regional backstroke champion in 2017. Charley is currently training on an international swim programme at the Royal Wolverhampton School and her biggest achievement to date will be when she competes in early March 2018 in the Edinburgh British Championships.

Well done Charley, such an amazing achievement and good luck for the weekend. We will look forward to hearing about your experience.

Dancing Success

Congratulations to Year 9 student Harriet Greenway and her dance partner Isobel Lowe for coming 2nd in the All Girls Ballroom Category in the ‘Champions of Tomorrow’ dance competition at the Winter Gardens in Blackpool on 6th January.

Harriet started ballroom dancing at the age of 3 at ZigZag Dance Factory and now dances at Crystal Dance Studio in Dudley. She was partnered with Isobel Lowe at the age of 7 and started to compete. At the age of 11 they became the ‘UK All Girls Juvenile Champions Ballroom and Latin’ and are now competing in the Junior section against girls who are 3 years their senior.

Both girls work so hard putting in hours of training and often for go social activities. It is clear that this effort has been rewarded – well done to both of you!

Their next event will be at The Tower Ballroom in Blackpool on 11th February and we would like to wish you the very best of luck.  If you would like to follow the girls’ progress you can ‘like’ their Facebook page – ‘Harobel’.