SWIMMING

This week has seen the introduction of our early morning squad practices for Prep children as we look to build on our successes last year. It has been remarkable to see how the children selected to swim in the Development and Performance Groups have adapted and performed during their practice sessions. All have demonstrated qualities I feel are pivotal to be a successful swimmer…. Leadership, Positive Mindset, Respect and Team Spirit – You could say these are very comparable to the school values here at  Blue Coat. 

Overall, I have been very impressed with the standard of swimming here at The Blue Coat School in my first few weeks. I know, with your full support, that we will be able to enjoy a further year of success in the swimming pool!

MR KELLY

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U10A House Hockey
Monday 18 September
St Margaret’s 3 – 3 St Monica’s

With only a couple of practices completed before the start of the season, the U10’s meant business for their first match. The dedication that each girl showed to their House was fantastic, as both teams attacked and defended with pride in their hearts. St Monica’s came close to winning the match but a last minute shot was cleared from the line in what was, in the end, a score which reflected a fabulous match.

MRS BENNETT

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U10B House Hockey
Monday 18 September
St Margaret’s 4 – 0 St Monica’s
Most Valued Players: Gargi Paneesha & Haneen Boumenjel were creative and moved forward with intent

The first match is always an eye opener to the fantastic potential we have at Blue Coat and we are just looking forward to see it grow on the Astro. The whole game was played through the centre of the pitch with both teams really struggling to take minimal touches on the ball and pass it forward with pace.

St Margaret’s broke the deadlock late in the first half and continued their pressure to run away with the match. St Monica’s did score a deserved consolation when they finally got the ball moving forward quickly!

MR HARRISON

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U9A RGS The Grange Rugby Festival (A)
Tuesday 19 September
Won 3 games, drew 1
Most Valued Player: Filippos Psychogios for good direct running and excellent tackling.

A successful afternoon for the U9A team who remained undefeated throughout the afternoon. The team showed determined, direct running with the ball and good support. Whilst in defence, there were some fierce tackles put in on their opponents. The boys are also to be commended for willingly playing for the opposition when the need arose.

MR DAVIES

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Year 4 House Hockey
Tuesday 19 September
Overall scores: St Monica’s won 4-0, 6-4, 6-0, 4-0, 3-0 and St Margaret’s won two matches 3-2 and 3-0 and one match was drawn.

All matches were very close contests for long periods of the game and Holly, Samah, Sofia, Amrita and Indira, in particular, seemed prepared to run through a brick wall to get a goal for their teams! At the other end of the pitch, Ishani, Ava, Glory, Delina proved equally as valuable as the rocks at the heart of the defence. Nobody could fault the commitment of any of the girls in what was a mass of competitive hockey.

MR NEWMAN, MRS BENNETT, MISS CREWS

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U9B Rugby Festival (A)
Tuesday 19 September
Blue Coat won every game!
Most Valued Player: James Protherough for excellent tackling.

The U9B team stormed to victory against King’s Hawford, King’s St Alban’s, Winterfold, and RGS Grange. The whole team showed a real appetite for tackling, which only bodes well for the future. The counter attacking off turnover was fantastic and the team scored tries the All Blacks would have been proud of!  Raihan Ahmed was like a junior Jonah Lomu with his bullocking runs through the opposition defence, whilst James and Adjei were like terriers in the tackle, creating carnage in the opposition ranks and lots of turnovers. A great first outing for the team: well done to all of them!

MR PROTHEROUGH

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U11A House Hockey
Wednesday 20 September
St Monica’s  6 – 0  St Margaret’s
Most Valued Player: Gabrielle Estridge White for a fantastic debut as Goalkeeper.

St Monica’s really did dominate this House match, with real determination to move forward and increase ball pace. It was a pleasure to see goals being scored by early shots from Skye Henshaw, Gracie Wynne and Poppy Couzens. St Margaret’s just needed that extra aggression in the tackle to then win possession and play forward. Very promising for future fixtures!

MR HARRISON

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U11A Rugby Triangular (A)
Wednesday 20 September
BCS 15 – 30 King’s Hawford
BCS 0 – 5 The Elms
Most Value Players: Michael Draper and Freddie Geoghegan – excellent work rate, tackling and rucking.

A great afternoon of rugby in which the boys developed their game playing two matches against tough opposition.

Our first game was against King’s Hawford – a well organised team with some strong runners, who had the ability to get the ball wide. Blue Coat tackled hard and tried hard to compete at the rucks but King’s Hawford were too strong. Blue Coat kept their heads up and were rewarded with 3 great tries in the second half, with strong running and great offloads in contact.

The second game was a very closely-fought contest against the Elms. Both teams attacked hard but some excellent defence made it difficult to score. A late try in the second half gave the Elms victory.
An exciting afternoon of rugby: the boys produced moments of excellence, but to improve we need to react more quickly to the referee’s decision and look to offload earlier to put the player into space.

MISS CREWS

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U11B Rugby v King’s Hawford (A)

Wednesday 20 September
BCS 20 – 20 King’s Hawford
Most Valued Player: Mujtaba Mohiuddin for three excellent tries and a wonderful try-saving tackle towards the end of the game.

Blue Coat began well, scoring 2 early tries and kept the ball alive in contact, with good continuity. The boys’ tackling and defence improved throughout the game as their confidence grew. King’s Hawford slowly came into the game and responded with a try of their own, before both teams traded tries again before half time. King’s Hawford levelled the scores shortly after half time before Blue Coat went ahead again. A late King’s Hawford try following sustained pressure ensured a draw.

MR DAVIES

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U11B House Hockey 

Wednesday 20 September
St Monica’s 3 – 3 St Margaret’s

A fantastic game of hockey took place on Wednesday afternoon between 14 committed girls in Year 6. The first quarter of the match wasn’t one for the purists, as neither side retained possession for long periods. However, once the girls started to distribute the ball wider on the pitch, the game opened up and it became a real ‘ding-dong’ battle. The niceties went out of the game as both sides got a little more fired up, which was great to see. For St Monica’s, Emily Bongs’s passion stood out as she made some great tackles, while Sayuri Knox remained composed at the heart of defence. Victoria Lawson-Bennett and Indira Basu always looked threatening for St Margaret’s and Victoria actually scored a hat-trick in the match.

MR NEWMAN

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U11C House Hockey
Wednesday 20 September
St Monica’s 6 – 0 St Margaret’s

With the weather on our side, the girls got warmed up in their Houses and prepared for their match. The match started quite evenly until St Monica’s surged forward and Amulya scored her first goal of many. St Monica’s completely dominated the match from this point on and played with confidence. Whilst Ariana did her best to keep St Margaret’s spirits high, the girls conceded 5 more goals as St Monica’s showed their hockey expertise on the day.

MRS BENNETT, MISS WARD