U16 National County Handball Championships 2014
Having qualified for U16 National County Handball Championship finals for the 2nd year running boys and girls, we headed up to Wolverhampton bright an early Saturday 15th March.
The Bromfords School run the Essex team so all the players in the Essex team are from Bromfords, where the other counties have trials and have students from many different schools, so it is a great achievement to even make the finals. Essex was one of only three of the countries counties to have boys and girls teams represented in the finals. The Girls team is a very inexperienced team having four players from year 9, two from year 10 and four from year 11. The girls battled really hard in their four matches losing them but showing some great spirit doing so, which will hold them in good position for the future and their upcoming competitions at their age group. Sophie Thompson performed to such a high standard that England U16 coach Rob Price invited her to an England training session the next day! So a good day for the girls, resulting in Essex girls becoming the 5th best county in the country.
The boys had a much more experienced team and went to Wolverhampton looking to improve on last yearâ€™s 4thplace finish. In the opening game we beat Devon 6-5 in a game that Essex dominated for large parts of the game, with a score line that flatted Devon. In game two we played Nottinghamshire, again in a very close game against a very skilful well organised team we came out winners 12-11.
In game 3 we faced Surrey who beat us in last yearâ€™s Semi Finals. The Bromfords boys were too strong for their opposition resulting in a 10-7 victory to set up a final show down with the much fancied Cheshire who had also won their first three matches and been county Champions for the last 5 years only losing 1 game in that time.
Essex started the game in confident mood and raced to a 4-1 lead before being quickly pegged back to 4-4. The Bromfords boys then got a 6-4 lead before losing a little focus and Cheshire took full advantage going 7-6 in front, so a Essex timeout was called which gave the coaching staff Mr Baker and Josh Da Silva the chance to go through some tactics on how to beat our rivals. The boys responded brilliantly and showed great maturity in their play the last 10 minutes of this match. It was a handball master class from Essex with Captain Harry Girling leading from the front. The final score was 12-7.
The boys had become men and have achieved something that very few people or schools can boast, the title of being a National Champion. I have to say this is my proudest moment in teaching the boys and girls were a real credit to the school and their county and deserve all the plaudits they will receive.
The Bromfords School and Essex community should be very proud of their students.
Mr Baker PE
BROMFORDS YEAR 9â€™s SWIM INTO GOLD AT THE DISTRICT SWIMMING GALA!
Our Year 9 swimming team made a big splash at the District events calendar by claiming the title as District Champions for their year group! In Year 9 for the girls Charlotte Jordan won gold in the Butterfly and Individual Medley, Holly Tyler won gold in the Breaststroke. For the year 9 boys Matthew Cahill won gold in the backstroke and Luke Coburn won bronze in the frontcrawl. The Mixed Relay Team also won gold.
Our year 9â€™s were not the only students to make impressive performances. In Year 10/11 Alex Drysdale won gold in the butterfly and there were silver medals for Morgan Day and Amy Summers. There was also an impressive performance from Luis Cowgill in the Year 8 Breaststroke and he took home a silver medal. The Year 10/11 mixed relay team were also awarded a bronze medal for their efforts in a convincing team performance. These are just a few of our talented swimmers who claimed medals at the Basildon & Billericay District Gala, held on 13th February, the extensive list of all the medals our students won is shown below.
It was a very successful afternoon and all the students that swam or were part of the squad, represented our school well, cheered loudly and made us all proud to be part of The Bromfords School and Sixth Form College.
Huge congratulations and thank you to every student that was there on the day. Together they have helped Bromfords School to an overall 3rd place in the district for a second successive year
THE PE DEPARTMENT
The National Enterprise Challenge
Year 10 and 11 Business students of The Bromfords School and Sixth Form College have been taking part in the National Enterprise Challenge. Students studying Business and Economics were given the challenge of designing a new range of flip-flops for the rapidly growing social enterprise Gandys Flipflops, and presented their new design to a panel of judges.
The winning group consisted of Year 10 students, Anu Faniyi, Elizabeth Fayehun, Mia Griffin, Frankie Stone, Kaylum Bennett and Chris Allen (photo attached). They designed the Ghandi â€˜Animalâ€™ flip flops that were inspired by the Indian Tsunami and sadly the death of the Ghandi brothers parents in the Tsunami. Students brain stormed on logos, branding, advertising and promotional strategies.
The winning team will now present their new design in the Nationals being held in London in July and will pitch their idea to the famous â€˜Dragonâ€™