Despite the weather turning ever more wintery it was perfect conditions for our rowers on Sunday; fresh and crisp, as they travelled to Oxfordshire for the Wallingford Head. It was the first competition for the senior eight and one for which the squad has been training hard since September. Although the course was rather technical the crew finished sixth amongst a very strong field of J18 eights. A tremendous achievement and I look forward to seeing how our rowers fare at the British Rowing Indoor Championships on 09 December.
Our water polo teams have been enjoying similar success with the U15 team placing second overall at the ESSA regional qualifier on 22 November and yesterday the U18 boys’ team were crowned group winners after a nail-biting match against Brentwood School which went to penalties. This means that they qualify for the Championship semi-finals next term; a fantastic accomplishment. I am delighted that there is so much interest in the lower years, too, with an impressive 54 students in Year 7 making up three teams competing at Haberdashers’ Aske’s School this week. This bodes very well indeed for the future!
Back on dry land there was also much to celebrate on the Rugby pitches with our boys losing only three of eleven matches against Nottingham High School with wins for both the 1st and 2nd XVs. And although it was necessary to cancel the majority of hockey matches against Highgate School at the weekend due to frozen pitches, the first XI girls did manage to play their fixture and came away triumphant scoring a 3-2 victory. Well done to all involved and my thanks to all the parents who come along every weekend, whatever the weather, to support our young sportsmen and women; it is very much appreciated.
We are very proud of our strong sporting heritage here at BMS and it was fascinating to see some of the sporting memorabilia including caps, team photos and blazers, in the temporary archive exhibition which our archivist staged in celebration of national ‘Explore your Archive’ week. I also took a trip to the Higgins Museum this week to see our students helping at the Bedford Modern Collection. If you have never been, I would thoroughly recommend a visit!