It's great to be back to our usual full programme of extra-curricular clubs, fixtures and trips this year.
Sporting Fixtures and Clubs
We have a number of sporting fixtures which happen on a regular basis. For the Primary School these are arranged casually between schools in Athletics, Basketball, Football, Kwik Cricket, Netball, Tennis & Table Tennis. At Secondary, we offer fixtures in Basketball, Football, Netball, Rounders & Table Tennis, all with local small schools. We enter some of the events on the local school games programme and also attend some larger tournaments and festivals run by ISA, both regionally and nationally, where matches may take us further afield. In the summer, our athletics programme includes participation in district, county and ISA events, along with an event we organise for Christian schools across the country. Within school we have an inter-house sport programme, covering a variety of activities throughout the year. Pupils can enjoy competitive sports, working as a team and learning good sportsmanship.
We offer a variety of lunch-time clubs from the following:
KS2 Art Club
KS2 Basketball Club
KS1&2 Board Games Club
KS1&2 Drama Club
KS2 Football Club
KS2 Hockey Club
KS2 Multi-sports Club
KS2 Netball Club
KS2 Table-Tennis Club
KS2 Tennis Club
Pupil led Bible Study
After School Clubs
We usually have a couple of weekly after-school sports clubs for Year 5 upwards.
These often involve Multi-sports on a Monday and Table Tennis coaching on a Thursday.
Our annual Secondary and Primary Arts Festivals always feature musical items performed by our
budding musicians. The Festivals offer a chance for them to show off their skills and learn to perform
to a friendly and supportive audience.
Music within the school
In addition to the timetabled curriculum music lessons, the Music Department offers individual lessons on the clarinet, brass, drums, guitar, piano, recorder, saxophone and violin, as well as singing lessons.
Throughout the school, pupils have the opportunity to join the Primary or Secondary choir or orchestral groups which practise once a week during lunch times.
We also have our annual Primary & Secondary Instrumental Concert where pupils who have been having individual lessons get to show students, friends and family what they have been learning.
Every two or three years we produce a musical show with the Secondary pupils, supported by Years 5 & 6, which is held in a local theatre or large church auditorium. These are great opportunities for our budding actors and singers, theatre production crew, and support artists. We have produced many of the popular West End musicals, such as Oliver, The Sound of Music, My Fair Lady, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat and Fiddler on the Roof. Our latest production was a musical written and produced by our very own Mr Chris Burrett, one of our Music Teachers.
The Legend of Troy
At the end of March 2022, our Year 6-11 pupils performed in the brilliant ‘The Legend of Troy’, which was adapted from a Musical written and produced by Mr Burrett. All the pupils worked really hard to learn the songs and their lines, practicing regularly through lunchtimes and after school to put on a wonderful production. It was funny, moving and thoughtful, with the pupils performing their roles with perceptive sensitivity and drama.
2021/22 Academic Year
Football, Netball & Basketball
Last year we had 13 Netball fixtures, winning 11 and drawing 1. We played 15 football matches, winning 10 of them. We also had a Basketball fixture, a narrow 28-30 defeat. Well done to everyone involved in our teams and thank you to all the staff involved who made the matches possible. The attitude our pupils showed was a great example, whether winning or losing, and they represented our school excellently.
We also attended ISA National Football festival at Nottingham University (U14 & U16), a 6-a-side football tournament at St Aubyn's school (Y7/8), the ISA Regional Netball (Y7/8) and the ISA Regional Football & Netball for Years 4 & 5. Well done to all who took part.
We enjoy Table Tennis at The King's School and often have success in the local and national events. Last year our U16 teams won both boys & girls at the District championships in October.
This qualified them for the County finals in November at Herts Sports Village. The boys reached the semi-finals, coming 4th overall. The girls won bronze for a 3rd place finish in their round-robin competition. A brilliant performance for a small school amongst the 12 regions in Herts.
We hosted the ISA regional competitions in January. In the U11s, Ryan won the Gold medal in the Boys' and Erinayo and Elina won Silver & Bronze respectively in the Girls' competition. In the U13s, Aaron & Abigail both won bronze for their 3rd place finishes. In the U16 competition, Tope was 2nd & Lisa 3rd in the Girls’, with Nathan 2nd and Jonny 3rd in the Boys’.
We also ventured to Nottingham for the ISA nationals, and with great success. At U15 level, Jonny and Tope were both crowned national champions, with Ryan achieving the same in U11s. Aaron (Y8) and Sam (Y10) finished runners-up, as did Elina in the U11s. We also won medals across the doubles competitions. Well done to all our Table Tennis stars for another highly successful and enjoyable season.
It was another busy summer of athletics. Here are the highlights:
ISA regionals in Bedford – 7 gold medallists, plus three runners up who also qualified for the Nationals champs.
ISA nationals at Sport City, Manchester – Gold for Jeffrey in 400m and Matthew in 75m, silver for Gracelynne and Chloe in 100m, bronze for Tope (Shot), Corazon (300m) and Gracelynne (200m). Close 4th for Tabitha in Shot and great runs from Sam & Tatenda in 800m. An amazing haul of 7 medals from 12 events for a school our size. Punching well above our weight again!
District championships in Watford – 4 gold medals (Tabitha, Gracelynne, Corazon & Tope) plus other good performances. Lots of pupils from Years 7-10 involved. Well done to all.
County championships in Hemel Hempstead – Chloe, Gracelynne and Corazon all ran sprint doubles and made finals. Nathan won Gold at both High Jump and Long Jump for U17 boys. Nathan went on to represent Herts at the regional Octathlon and qualified 6th for the National finals.
Christian Schools Sports Day – a really close contest this year and we finished a close 2nd to TKS Witney, but still put in some great performances and won 4 team trophies; U11 boys, U13 girls, U16 boys and the relay trophy. Two new event records: Gracelynne 12.8 100m and Nathan 6.50m in Long Jump. Well done to all our athletes for another great summer.