School Sport 2011/2012

 September 2011

 Dear Parent/Guardian,


Firstly I would like to say a huge thank you to all parents and guardians on behalf of the PE Department at St Wilfrid’s School. Your continued support of after school practises and fixtures has been fantastic throughout the last school year, with parents attending matches, the swimming gala, sports day and making travel arrangements for students to be able to attend after school activities. This support has lead to students enjoying regular inter school matches, and we achieved many victories playing against schools such as Bramdean, St James, Trinity and Colyton Grammar School. For a school of our size this is a credit to the students who participated and an achievement to be proud of. 

We have hosted two tournaments in memory of our former PE teacher Jane de Bruyn who sadly died last year. Both tournaments were a huge success and it is hoped that these will become annual events in the school calendar. St John’s (Sidmouth) were convincing winners of the Under 12 Football and Trinity the winners of the Under 13 Netball.

We have been very fortunate to attract sponsorship through parents and local businesses and have been able to purchase new kits for rugby, football, netball, hockey and basketball. As well as looking stylish the students have worn the kit with pride, at inter School matches.   

Exeter College students (studying BTEC Level 3 Sports Coaching) have been involved with the delivery of PE to Key Stage 3 students. They have taken an active role in leading sessions of badminton, swimming and athletics. These have proved very successful with our students and plans are in place for a continued association.

St Wilfrid’s successfully received grant from Lord’s Taverners for new cricket equipment. This was put to good use in our series of cricket matches against Bramdean, St James and Trinity.

We have established a link with Exeter City Football Club. This has led to a one hour training session each week at school and the chance to watch some matches and meet players. Ten students took advantage of this last year and were involved in a match day package which included  two hours of training, lunch, meeting the players and tickets to watch Exeter City Vs Hartlepool United.

Swimming sessions for the junior school were introduced on a weekly basis. This was performed on a rota schedule between Hawks and Kestrels. All the students demonstrated excellent progression and as a result the Junior School were included in the school Swimming Gala for the first time.

Sports Day was a highly enjoyable occasion, even though the weather was unpredictable(!). All pupils took part in events throughout the day and demonstrated their usual determination to succeed. Many records were broken and a fiercely fought Tug of War competition finished the day nicely.

 SCHOOL SPORT 2011-2012

This year a busy sporting year has been planned at St Wilfrid’s. We have numerous fixtures in place already (please check the school website), and will require your support in allowing your child to participate fully in practices and matches. As much notice as possible will be given for matches to allow you to make arrangements to collect students from the venue or on their return to school.

Attendance figures at practices declined throughout last year. In order to be able to compete against other schools students must do all they can to attend practices. This is the only way we can improve!

A club enrichment afternoon (Thursday’s 2.30pm-3.30pm) has been reintroduced. The PE department will be offering hockey, rugby, basketball, football and surfing.

A continued link with Exeter City Football Club will continue and plans are in place to link with Exeter Chiefs Rugby Club and benefit from their knowledge and expertise.

A major influence on school life this year will be the Olympics. The school successfully achieved its application to become part of the Olympic Network and as a consequence will receive tickets for Olympic events. The students will be using the Olympics as a focus for learning in lessons basing skills around the core Olympic Values.

Updates regarding sport, including match reports and photos, will be posted on the school website. So please keep checking!

All students are expected to take part in timetabled PE. If for any reason you wish your child to be excused please note this in their diary. Any long-term medical excuses require a doctor’s note.

Please ensure all your child’s belongings are clearly marked. Every year we are left with numerous items of clothing and it is impossible to reunite lost property with its owners if it is not named. There are a number of second-hand articles of school clothing available for a donation to the charity box. See Mr. Bovingdon if you are interested.

Yours sincerely,


Ross Bovingdon

Director of Sport






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