County Schools Badminton Competition
On Tuesday 7th February, 8 girls travelled to the White Horse Leisure and Tennis Centre in Abingdon for the County schools Badminton competition. We took both our U14 and U16 teams, both of whom had beaten all other South Oxfordshire schools to qualify for this stage.
The U14s played very well but just didn't quite have the experience to beat the quality of competition that they faced.The U16 team however did not lose a game, completely unbeaten and were crowned Oxfordshire champions! The U16 team will now go on to compete at Regionals later on this year.
Congratulations to Lucy Grain, Maisie Marriott, Safia Khimji, Ellie Richmond, Georgia Evans, Freya Melrose, Jasmine Barnes and Claudia Oosterveld.
South Oxfordshire Area Netball Tournament
The Year 11 Netball team competed at the South Oxfordshire area tournament on Tuesday 7th February. The girls displayed a fantastic level of netball, working hard as a team to link passes, support one another and allow the shooters show off their super shooting skills. The results were as follows:
Wheatley Park 14-0 WIN
Chiltern Edge 13-0 WIN
Icknield 12-0 WIN
Wallingford 12-1 WIN
Gillotts 12-1 WIN
Langtree 11-1 WIN
Congratulations to Lucy Grain (C), Georgia Haworth, Kate Millar, Katherine Burns, Vanessa Taylor, Rachael Strange, Erin Strange and Ellie Richmond. The team will now go on to compete at the county tournament later on in the year.
U16 Regional Netball
After their recent success of being crowned Oxfordshire County Netball champions in November, on Saturday 28th January the U16 Netball team travelled to Wavell School in Farnborough to compete in the regional round. The girls were extremely nervous and aware that this would be the toughest competition they have yet to face as a team.
The girls had 5 matches in the group stages, losing 4 and winning 1. The results sadly did not represent just how hard the girls played on the day; they were by no means out classed, just up against teams who train for up to 8 hours a week and consisting of county and regional players. It was an amazing opportunity for the girls to play at this level and represent the South Oxfordshire Region.
We are looking forward to entering an U19 team next year and reaching this stage again!
Good luck to the team who are competing at the South Oxfordshire Year 11 tournament on Tuesday 7th February.
DGS hosts Oxfordshire Primary Indoor Athletics Competition
On Wednesday 1st February Didcot Girl's School hosted the South Oxfordshire Primary Indoor Athletics Competition, in which we welcomed seven local primary schools to participate. It was a busy morning with lots of track and field events taking place. The children were extremely enthusiastic, giving 100% effort and cheering on their team. Congratulations to both Hagbourne and All Saints School who will go on to compete at the next round.
In the afternoon Year 7 competed in the same event with all nine tutor groups entering a team. A total of 180 girls competed - the atmosphere in the Sports Hall was intense! Results are as follows:
1st - JMS & AEK
3rd - SXD
4th - SXM
5th - CRS
6th - FLM
7th - LJC
8th - NSG
9th - LGK
The event ran efficiently due to the invaluable help of our Year 10 PE Ambassadors (Sophie, Issy, Erin, Ellie, Anna, Afia, Lily, Afia, Georgia, Izzy, Mia and Alice). The girls' job was to officiate the event, ensuring all regulations were met and to most importantly ensure that all participants had fun! The girls were both enthusiastic and professional in their approach. Well done girls - fantastic DGS ambassadors!
Under 16 Netball team crowned County Champions
Results from the tournament:
St. Helen & St. Katharine - 8-6 - WIN
Cokethorpe - 14 -3 - WIN
Headington - 6-5 - WIN
Oxford High - 6-5 - WIN
Faringdon - 14-4 - WIN
Lord William's - 8-7 - WIN
Tudor Hall - 9 -6 - WIN
Team - Lucy Grain (C), Georgia Haworth, Kate Millar, Vanessa Taylor, Katherine Burns, Rachael Strange, Erin Strange, Ellie Richmond
The girls displayed huge passion, determination and commitment to netball in order to achieve these results. The girls had to dig deep, play hard, be resilient and perform to their absolute best in order to come from behind in a couple of games to ensure we went unbeaten. They were not only athletes, but outstanding ambassadors for DGS - this was recognised by umpires, coaches, parents and the organisers.
The girls won all of their games and the team were crowned County Champions having played some brilliant netball. As a result of this the team will now go on to compete at the Regional tournament - what a fantastic achievement!
Best of luck to the U19 team who are competing on the 3rd December!
Junior Swim Squad competes at National Finals
Back in October, the Junior Swim Squad qualified as the 28th fastest squad Nationally for their Medley Relay. On Saturday 19th November, they got to taste the Olympic dream and had the opportunity to swim in the same pool as many of their sporting role models, as they competed at National Finals at the London Aquatic Centre!
The girls, along with some very proud parents, soaked in the atmosphere as they prepared for their Medley Relay. Selected to swim in the final and fastest heat, the girls approached the race with such confidence and determination. They all put in a fantastic performance but unfortunately the girls were disqualified for an early changeover. Whilst understandably feeling disheartened, the girls took pride in their achievement, they held their heads high and embraced the experience and opportunity, reflecting the outstanding, resilient DGS students that they are. I'm incredibly proud of them; not many can say that they have swum and competed in the London Aquatic Centre and been ranked in the top 30 schools nationally at just 11 and 12 years old!
With their determination, commitment and passion for swimming I'm confident they will only get stronger and faster, so we'll be back next year!
Thank you to all the parents for giving up their Saturday to come along and support, and a special thanks to Mrs Langley for supporting on poolside.
Congratulations to the DGS Junior Swim Squad National Finalists: Isabelle Langley 8CXB, Maddison Langley 7SXD, Theodora Wornham 7AEK & Amelia Crook 7CRS
PE Teacher and HOY8
South Oxfordshire Athletics
On Tuesday 24th May DGS competed at the South Oxfordshire Athletics competition at Tilsley Park. We took 38 girls along to the competition to compete in a variety of events. It was an extremely busy day with girls performing across a variety of events.
Congratulations to Vanessa Taylor and Emma Harris who qualified for county trials in High Jump, Long Jump and Triple Jump.
South Oxfordshire Rounders
There have been record numbers of girls attending Rounders club across all year groups this year. All Rounders teams compete at the South Oxfordshire area tournaments at Gillotts School, please see the results below:
Year 11 – 1st Place
Year 10 – 1st Place
Year 9 – 3rd Place
Year 8 – 2nd Place
Year 7 – Still to be played
Years 8, 9 and 10 teams have qualified to go on and compete at the County competition next month. Best of luck girls!#
U13 & U15 Chance to Compete County Cricket
On Tuesday 21st June both our U13 and U15 Cricket teams represented South Oxfordshire at the Chance to Compete county competition. Both teams had 3 games throughout the day where they displayed high quality batting and fielding skills to successfully win 5 out of a possible 6 games. The U13 team won their first two games, but sadly lost their last one to Burford School, earning them the title of County Runners Up. The U15 team successfully won all three of their games by convincing scores and were crowned County Champions. They will go on to represent Oxfordshire at the Regional Finals at the end of July.
We also saw some outstanding individual performances, from highest run rate to best catch of the day - earning these players free kit to take home. We were privileged to meet Suzie Bates, the New Zealand Women’s cricket captain. The girls had the opportunity to chat to Suzie about the game and get lots of pictures and autographs. We would like to say a big thank you to Tim Haworth for his continued support and fantastic coaching!
Best of luck to the U15 team competing in the next round!
Year 10 Indoor Cricket
Having won the Oxfordshire Lady Taverners Indoor cricket tournament, DGS represented the county in the Regional Finals in Stoke on Trent. With our first game scheduled for 9:45 in the morning, and the small matter of the M6 to negotiate, an early start was required. Miss Palmer and Mrs Fisher were less than impressed with such an early start, but we managed to make it to the venue on time.
The schedule showed us we had to play 6 games against the best schools from each county in the Midlands. Our first match was against Christopher Whitehead School from Worcestershire and we won it comfortably. This settled our nerves and we won the next two games against Hall Green School and Hereford Cathedral School. So, having beaten the best schools in Worcestershire, Warwickshire and Herefordshire we faced the tournament favourites, Moreton Hall from Shropshire, with more confidence. We fielded first and restricted them to 88 runs which we felt gave us a good chance. We came agonisingly close but came up 3 runs short which was very disappointing. However after lunch we still had two more matches to play. We won the first of them despite not playing our best. We had another final close game against Blythe Bridge which ended in defeat. This meant we had to settle for third place overall.
At the start of the day I would have been more than happy with this achievement and the team all played their part, but to get tantalisingly close to winning was slightly frustrating. I would just like to say a huge well done to all the girls who played and a massive thank you to our coach, Tim Haworth for giving us the opportunity.
Georgia, U15 Cricket Team Captain
On Tuesday 8th March our Y10 Indoor Cricket Team made it through to the Oxfordshire Cricket Lady Taverner's U15 Competition. We were in a pool of three teams and comfortably beat Burford and Malborough School 119-83 and 99-87. Winning the pool saw us meet St Helen and St Katherine School in the final. It was an extremely tense game with us drawing with only two balls left. Needless to say the girls showed excellent control and determination and won with by three runs with one ball to spare. They showed excellent team work and communication and didn't let the pressure affect their matches; the girls made Tim Haworth, who coaches the team every week, and me very proud. The girls will now go on to represent the school at the Regional Championships in Staffordshire on the 19th April.
Team: Georgia Haworth (C), Maili Nugent, Lucy Cross, Anna Newell, Lucy Grain, Katherine Burns, Vanessa Taylor, Chelsea Monk and Kate Millar
U15 County Schools Netball
The girls competed at the county schools tournament, where there was a consistently high level of netball being played by all schools.
Results as follows:
Oxford High - 15-14 WIN (29 goals scored in a 14 minute game - you can believe there was some quality netball being played!)
Cranford 13-3 WIN
Cherwell - 11-12 LOSS
Faringdon - 14-4 WIN
SHSK - 11- 4 WIN
Semis: Cokethorpe - 11-8 WIN
Final: Headington - 7-14 LOSS
The girls were absolutely awesome and all the other teams were positive that DGS were the ones to beat! They were so confident in their ability and played a strong and skilful, yet very tactical game. To come Runners Up out of 12 schools was a huge achievement for them and DGS netball. The girls did an excellent job in representing the school and showcasing some fantastic Netball. Congratulations to Georgia Haworth, Lucy Grain, Chelsea Monk, Kate Millar, Rachael Strange, Katherine Burns, Vanessa Taylor, Caitlin Lee and Lucy Cross
U14 and U16 Badminton
Both the U14 and U16 Badminton teams competed at the County competition on Tuesday 9th February. The U14 team won every match of all three games, beating Oxford High, Our Ladys and Wood Green to gain the title of county champions and go on to compete at regional level in March. Congratulations and best of luck in the next round - Jasmine Barnes, Ellie Richmond, Safia Khimji and Niamh Kennedy.
The U16 team also had a very successful day, where they won three out of a possible four games, beating Bicester, King Alfreds, and Henry Box – taking home a silver medal as U16 County Runners Up. There was a fantastic level of Badminton being played across the age groups, well done to Lucy Grain, Maisie Marriott, Gracie Richmond and Molly Strange.
Year 9 & 10 Netball Friendlies
The Year 9 and 10 teams played Cherwell School in a friendly; it was a great opportunity to play some competitive netball with some very skilled players across the teams. The girls demonstrated some fantastic passages of play and some great shooting. The results were as follows:
Year 9 – 6-17 (Loss) POM: Erin Strange
Year 10 – 30-13 (Win) POM: Kate Millar
Year 11 Netball
The Year 11 Netball team competed at the South-Oxfordshire area tournament, where they showcased their talent and playing ability - winning all their games with admirable goal differences. This success crowns the girls as South-Oxfordshire Champions and they will go on to compete at the County tournament in April. Great work girls – Ellie Taylor, Molly Ripley, Maya Griffiths, Hannah O’Dea, Emily Thorne, Victoria Hart, Georgia Haworth, Kate Millar.
FOOTBALLERS SCOOP TOP AWARD
The Under 16 Football team picked up ‘Junior Sports Team of the Year’ at the Oxfordshire Sports Awards. This prestigious event, which was hosted by BBC news presenter Jerome Sale, was held at the Kassam Stadium. The girls were joined by their parents, Mrs Warwick, Miss Walker and over two hundred representatives from different sports across Oxfordshire. The girls earnt their place in the final following a successful nomination and short listing process. The team were up against City of Oxford Swimming and The Oxford Academy Football who similarly had successful seasons, but Didcot Girls’ School were met by huge cheers as they were deservedly announced as Junior Sports Team of the Year. Below is a picture of the girls collecting their award, before being interviewed for BBC Radio Oxford and The Oxford Mail.
U16 Futsal Tournament
The U16 Futsal team became Oxfordshire County Futsal Champions following a hugely successful day at the Oxford City Indoor Arena. The girls drew 2-2 with Faringdon before unleashing the goals. The girls will now go on to represent Oxford United at the regional Futsal finals in January. Best of luck girls!
Vale of White Horse - U12 Indoor Football
The Under 12 Football team picked up their first piece of silverware at the county round of the ESFA Indoor 5-a-side tournament. The girls beat KAs 1-0 and Faringdon 2-1 in the group stages before playing St Helen and St Katherine in the semi final, goals from Meg Regan.
The team then went on to play KAs in a nail biting final. Despite tiring after just playing their semi final, Grace Hansen was first to pounce on KAs defence, coolly placing the ball into the corner of the goal. Skipper Meg Regan lead by example, making strong challenges to break play up. Her efforts were repaid when she won the ball in the middle and produced a spectacular and unstoppable strike into the top corner. As DGS begun to tire, KAs took advantage and claimed back a constellation goal. Final score DGS 2-1 KAs.
The girls will now go on to represent the Vale of White Horse at the Regional Finals of this national competition at Fareham in late January. We wish the girls all the very best of luck!
DGS Swim Team earns a place at Nationals
The Intermediate Swim Squad have been selected for nationals following their success at the County Finals. The teams impressive performance has put them into the Top 30 in the country.
The girls will travel to the London Aquatic Centre on Saturday 21st November to compete at the very highest of levels.
DGS Sporting Success
This year, we have seen the introduction of Sport England’s “This Girl Can” campaign which is designed to be an inclusive celebration of active and aspiring women across the country. The campaign has helped develop sport from grass roots level right the way though to elite performance with records broken in every domain. The England ladies football drew in record crowds of over 40,000 people in a recent game against Germany at Wembley and the widespread coverage of the Women’s World Cup has been fantastic on the BBC. The women’s boat race made history this year, held on the same day and on the same course as their male counterparts for the first time in over 90 years.
Here at DGS, the girls have responded brilliantly to this exposure and we have once again seen record attendance at an array of inclusive after school clubs. Competitively, we have had the most successful year with area, county and regional titles being won or retained. As a school we are now ranked in the top 50 state schools in the country and the only school listed from Oxfordshire. This is a phenomenal achievement and one that sets us at the highest standard of sporting success in the county. This title comes from the School Sport association who rank schools in accordance to achievements across a range of sports throughout the academic year, here is a list of some of the girls incredible achievements
U15 Football English Schools’ National Champions (3rd successive year)
U14 Netball Oxfordshire County semi finalists
U13 Swimming Oxfordshire County Bronze Medallists
U16 Football Oxfordshire County Champions (3rd successive year)
U16 Netball Oxfordshire County semi finalists
South Oxfordshire County Swimming Champions (5th successive year)
U13 Football Indoor County runners up
U15 Netball Oxfordshire County Champions
U14 Badminton South Oxfordshire County Champions (5th successive year)
U13 Football South Oxfordshire representatives School Games
U15 Cricket Oxfordshire County Champions (2nd successive year)
U16 Badminton South Oxfordshire County
Champions (5th successive year)
U13 Cricket South Oxfordshire County runners up
Our biggest success story is our inspirational national footballers who made English Schools’ history by becoming the first team to win three national titles in a row, this achievement is one that no other school in the country has ever accomplished. The hunger and fire our team have shown, even when the going really did get tough is truly inspirational. The girls have become local celebrities, having appeared in the national women’s football magazine “She kicks”, BBC Radio Oxford, ITV news and Sky Sports 1. A journey that has not only taught them a huge amount but has surely created memories that will last a lifetime.
We have also seen a record number of girls be selected for county representation in sports such as Netball, Cricket, Football, Badminton, Swimming and Rugby. Our sports leadership pathway from Year 7 has grown through the development of our Year 10 Sports Ambassadors who have set up and run lunchtime clubs for younger students. We are also giving our sports leaders the opportunity to become accredited as officials with the introduction of the Youth Netball Umpiring Award.
Thank you to all of our outstanding students who have represented and contributed to the schools incredible sporting success, who continue to be inspirational young athletes and role models that are forever smashing through the glass ceiling.
PE news from Term 5/6 2014
Both our Under 14 and Under 16 Badminton teams have been training hard throughout the season. Their dedication and commitment has been a real credit to themselves and our school. Back in October the Under 16 fought hard to become South Oxfordshire County Champions for the 3rd year running. Congratulations to Jessica Barnes, Charlie Deeley, Jasmine Lawton and Clara Martin.
Our Under 14 team followed suit, winning the South Oxfordshire tournament and progressing on to the area finals. Lucy Grain, Safia Khimji, Maisie Marriott, Ellie Richmond and Gracie Richmond overcame some tough competition to be crowned Oxfordshire Champions and went on to the regional finals to represent Oxfordshire in Guildford. This is the first time we have reached this extremely high standard; well done, girls!
The Fencing team has been assessed for the British Fencing Achievement Awards, all team members achieving both Grades 1 and 2. A special mention must go to Adelaide Kenny for an extremely impressive performance in her recent GCSE PE assessment for Fencing. Congratulations also to: Laura Bennie, Adelaide Kenny, Imogen Pether, Molly Pointing and Matilda Woodhill.
This year over 50 girls have represented our school football teams from Under 12s through to Under 16s with three teams entering the county cup and one entering the nationals.
The Under 13 Football team spent the first term putting in a lot of hard graft in training and their efforts paid off when, earlier this year, they were crowned Oxfordshire County Champions, a title which we have now kept for 3 years. Their achievement is made even more impressive as for the majority of the team this was their very first experience of 11 a-side football.
Not to be outdone, the Under 16s retained the Oxfordshire County Cup for the 2nd successive year, the girls have had some impressive score lines over the season, their most impressive being a 10-0 hammering over King Alfreds in the final. For many of these girls this was their last game of schools' Fooball and I would like to thank them all for their commitment and drive.
The Under 14 Football team set themselves a huge challenge of retaining the National Cup. This was never going to be an easy task as the team moved up an age group and every school we faced wanted to be the team that knocked us off our perch. However, the incredible levels of resilience, determination and fantastic talent saw the team through 8 rounds of football and into the final.
Those of you who were able to go and watch the team will know what an incredible and nerve racking day it was: playing in front of over 100 friends and family at the Madjeski Stadium was an unforgettable day for all involved and I would like to offer a sincere thank to all those that made the journey.
Being crowned National Champions for the second successive year is an achievement that we as a school couldn’t be more proud of; congratulations, girls!
Congratulations to Ellie Taylor and Georgia Howarth on a fantastic season playing Netball for Wallingford NC. Both players have been committed to training and matches and have achieved great results this season.
Ellie Taylor was awarded the League player for U14 Twisters. Ellie has shown great dedication to the growth and development of the club and has been coaching the High 5 players. Ellie also attended a Junior Umpiring course this season and is actively being mentored at club, having umpired both U12 and High 5 league matches which has increased her confidence. The club appreciates the hard work Ellie has done this season and she has been awarded a Coaches Recognition award. Ellie was scouted and selected to attend U14 satellite training and next season will be trialling for the U16 Oxfordshire Regional Team.
Georgia Howarth was awarded the Players' Player U14 Twisters Award. Georgia’s level of play has improved greatly, particularly with regards to her tactical and technical awareness on court. Last season Georgia was awarded Club Player of the Year due to her fantastic attitude and enthusiasm towards the sport and she was also an Academy player. She is currently playing in the first team, a year young, and next season will be attending the U14 trials at County level. Well done to both girls!
Congratulations to the 13 girls who represented Didcot Girls' in the Year 10 South Oxfordshire Rounders Tournament. The girls fought hard in every game, winning 3 out of the 6 games. We saw some fantastic bowling from Jordan Harris, Beattie Fallows, Hannah Robinson and Charlotte Aldred. Somer Banks impressed us with her strong deep fielding and Mollie Stevens has been a consistently strong player, both batting and controlling the game on second base. Darcey Kennedy batted well and demonstrated her determination and high sprirts after taking a few impressive tumbles which will leave some colourful bruises! Congratulations to all the players for a fantastic performance, finishing overall in 4th place!
Team: Jordan Harris (Captain), Mollie Stevens, Martha Cox, Georgia Milbank-Few, Somer Banks, Hannah Spelzini, Hannah Robinson, Sofia Nortarbartolo, Charlotte Aldred, Lauren McLeod, Darcey Kennedy, Ellen Cole and Beattie Fallows.
PE News from Term 1 2014/2015
On Thursday 2nd October, Safia Khimji 8ASO, Ellie Richmond 8ASO, Jasmine Barnes 7DH and Lucy Grain 9GAW, competed at Wheatley Park School to compete for the title of South Oxfordshire champions. We played two schools, Wheatley Park and Icknield Community College. There were five matches against each school, with everyone playing twice. Each match was first to 21 points, although you have to win by two clear points. Overall, we won every game that we played, with only two matches where the other teams made it into double digits. As we won this round, we go into the County rounds to represent South Oxfordshire U14 girls, which will take place in February.
This is an excellent result. Well done, girls!
PE news from Term 4 2014
Under 16 County Cup
The Under 16 Football Team was crowned county champions on Tuesday 1st April after a 12-0 domination over King Alfred’s at Oxford Rover Sports Ground. The squad has had a very impressive run in the cup after a 4-2 win against Cherwell, a 15-0 win against St Gregory the Great Catholic School and an 8-1 win against Lord Williams Sports College.
The team found themselves 1-0 within the first minute as Jordan Harris slotted the ball home from close range. The floodgates were open and the goals came quick with Charlie Deeley heading home from Jordan Harris’ pin point corner. Gemma Archer, Jordan Harris and an unfortunate own goal ended the first half 5-0 to Didcot Girls'.
As the second half started King Alfred’s continued to defend deep in to their own half with little success. Gemma O'Donovan scored three more to get her hat trick whilst Jordan Harris lobbed the keeper from distance to score her 2nd of the afternoon. Charlie Deeley was quick to follow suit as her header took a deflection to find the net. Winger, Ailie Lynn, and right back, Natalie Mutamba, both finished off the afternoon with solo efforts to give Didcot Girls' a very impressive 12-0 win, crowning them county champions for the 2nd consecutive year.
Back Row L-R…Katie Richardson, Jordan Harris, Amy Leach, Charlie Deeley (captain), Mollie Stevens, Emily Brown, Gemma Archer, Becky Richardson
Front Row L-R..Mollie Merrett, Natalie Mutamba, Charlotte Guppy. Sophie Kirby, Jasmine Lawton, Ailie Lynn and Gemma O’Donovan
Under 13 County Cup
Didcot Girls' School Under 13 Football team was crowned county champions for the second year running after a 3-1 victory over St Greg's. Goals from Freeleigh Parnell, Hollie Springate and Holly Porter secured the title for the team. This is the second year the team has won the county cup after a very impressive run in form. The team conceded just 1 goal and scored 25 beating Wheatley Park 17-0, Marlborough 4-0 and Lord Williams 1-0 before reaching the final which was played at Oxford Rover Sports Ground on Thursday 20th March.
Back Row L-R..Brooke Axenderrie, Tala O’Deh, Maili Nugent (captain), Holly Porter, Georgia Hardy, Lilly Thomas
Front Row L-R..Nia Geary-Andrews, Maisie Thomas, Holly Springate, Bella Rowan, Anna Newell, Freeleigh Parnell and Sophie Walsh
PE news from Term 3 2014.
The Under 13s are looking forward to their County Cup Final at Oxford United’s training ground on 27th February, 1:30 kick off. The girls would love to have as much support as possible and it would be great to see you there!
The Under 14s are through to the last 16 of the National Cup following a tough match against Kings’ School (Winchester). The team remained patient through a stale first half, Mollie Dyer’s second half double secured a fantastic win for our national champions.
Our Under 16s continue their highly impressive run in the county cup as they remain on course to retain their county champions title. The team are set to play Lord Williams at the start of next term in the semi finals, King Alfred’s await the winners of this tie.
The key stage 3 Badminton team are celebrating after being crowned County Champions. The unbeaten team won the South Oxfordshire tournament back in November and continued their run of form in Tuesday’s county finals at Blackbird Leys. The team will now go on to represent Oxfordshire at the regional finals of the national competition in March. Congratulations girls – Ellie Richmond, Maisie Marriott, Safia Khamji and Lucy Grain.
The key stage 4 squad were unlucky not to follow suit after narrowly losing out in the semi finals. Well done to the team; Jessica Barnes, Natalie Mutamba, Clara Martin and Grace Richmond.
The U19 trampolining novice team travelled to Kent a few weeks ago to compete in the nationals. The girls were up against some extremely strong competition and we are very proud to say that they finished 4th in the South of England. Well done to Amy leach, Chloe palmer, Meg Saunders and Sara Gill.
This term the Swim Team travelled to Henley Leisure Centre to compete in the South Oxfordshire School Games Swimming Gala. Each age group competed in all strokes as well as Freestyle and Medley Relays. The Under 12 Team swam extremely well, especially as for some this was their first competitive Swimming Gala. The Under 14’s and Under 16’s also swam hard and kept us on our toes throughout. When all the results were in, achieving first and second in nearly all of their races, both the Under 12’s and the Under 16’s have qualified for the Oxfordshire School Games Final in April. Congratulations to all the swimmers involved; Beth Hickton Collins, Alice Bracher, Casey, Freya Mathews, Freya Cooke, Maya Griffiths, Vanessa Taylor, Jessica Beacham, Anna Newel, Abi Jones and Molly Ripley. We wish you the best of luck for the finals!
Woodlands - By Jasmine Lawton 10ECI
On Sunday the 2nd of February at 7:30am 32 girls that take GCSE PE went to Woodlands Outdoor Activity Centre in Powys Wales.
We set out to do two activities: canoeing and climbing, our aim of the trip was to get assessed on these two sports. Throughout the week we were assessed and at the end of the trip we would receive a mark out of 10, this mark would be considered as a sport for our physical exam.
We arrived at the Centre at 11am, got our luggage, and had a tour round the centre. It was then time for our first lunch of the trip. We were then told what activity we would be doing for the first few days and we all headed upstairs to put on our kit. I started with canoeing, so me and my group got onto the minibus and headed to the canal where we began our first day of canoeing. It was wet and windy but despite that we all powered on, and even capsized! For the last few days of canoeing we went onto the river and went down some rapids.
In the evenings we were set with the task of completed two exam papers: one in canoeing and one on climbing; we spent two hours on these most nights.
My last activity was climbing we went to two different Centres; both were as enjoyable as each other. Everyone concurred their fears and climbing the walls. We learnt how to tie ourselves into a harness and how to tie other knots.
The whole trip was a great experience and it would not of happened without Miss Walker, Miss Oakey and Miss Smith.
PE news from Term 2 2013.
Netball – Miss Cox
It has been fantastic to see so many girls attending netball club week after week. Throughout the first half of the season Miss Harvey and I have been very impressed with the standard of play. One of the main reasons for this improvement is the girls’ commitment and dedication to training both in school and at clubs such as Didcot, Wallingford and Abingdon so we thank them for their support.
Both the Year 9 and 11 team took part in the County tournament in November. It is a great competition where the girls get to compete against some of the best teams in the County such as Headington Girls’ and St.Helen and St. Katherines. The girls all played really well and the Year 11 team reached the quarter finals of the plate competition. Hopefully this will hold them in good stead for the South Oxon competitions after Christmas.
We are looking forward to some friendly matches against Lord Williams and Wheatley Park before the rest of the County and South Oxon tournaments. Well done girls – keep up the hard work!
We are looking forward to some friendly matches against Lord Williams and Wheatley Park before the rest of the County and South Oxon tournaments. Well done girls – keep up the hard work!
Badminton – Miss Harvey
We have had two very successful Badminton fixtures this term with both the U14 & U16 qualifying for the County finals on February 11th 2014.
Congratulations to Ellie Richmond, Safia Khamji, Lucy Grain and Maisie Marriot for winning all their matches and qualifying as the winners in the U14 category and to Charlie Deeley, Jess Barnes, Clara Martin & Jasmine Lawton for winning all their matches and qualifying as winners in the U16 category. Fingers crossed that this year the girls can go one better than last year (we came 2nd and narrowly missed out on qualifying for the Regionals) and make it through to the Regional Finals!
Cross Country – Miss Hanna
On Tuesday 19th November, a small group of students represented Didcot Girls' School and Didcot Sixth Form College at the South Oxfordshire Schools Cross Country. The race was held in Gillotts School, Henley, with the course length being dependent on age and gender. The races ranged from Year 7 girls completing a 1.75km course and Sixth Form boys completed 6.5km.
Erin Scott and Joanna Godwin took part in the Under 13s race. Maya Griffiths and Georgia Paxton-Doggett taking part in the Under 15s race and Charlie Deeley and Hollie Bristow competing for a top spot in the Under 16 girls race.
We were also luck enough to take three Year 12 boys to the competition.
This is a short exerpt from the race report completed by Ciaran Birch:
The race itself was very fast, with the leader declaring a fairly large gap from the rest of us within the first lap. Still, we pulled through and held onto his rapid pace with much success. Moreover, we finished excellently; Ciaran Birch coming in 2nd, Richard Stone in 3rd and Liam Gray in 4th.
We arrived back in Didcot, caked in mud and eager to have a rest, but proud of our achievements. Many thanks to Miss Hanna for supporting and supervising us and well done to the other runners representing DGS and SBS!
Trampolining – Miss Carter
On Sunday 8th December the DGS trampolining team had an early start to get to the National School Competition in the Isle of Wight.
To gain a place on the team the girls had taken part in an in house trial and had to be able to complete a 10 bounce routine set out by the National Schools guidelines. The routines have to be completed with no extra jumps and marks are deducted for the smallest of errors such as taking an extra step.
The girls where a credit to the school on the day performing their routines with excellent extension and body tension.
The U18 team is now through to the Southern Final in January. We are extremely proud of this squad and their positive attitude to training and competing.
We will be hosting a DGS competition next term, look out for details.
Football – Miss Walker
Congratulations to the Under 13 Football team who have reached the Oxfordshire County Final after a 1-0 win against Lord Williams in the semi final. The girls will play their final at Oxford United’s training ground in the new year and we wish them all the very best.
Under 16 Oxfordshire County Reps
Congratulations to Charlie Deeley, Natalie Mutamba, Jordan Harris and Sophie Kirby who have all been called up to play for the Under 16 Oxfordshire County Football Rep Team. The girls were selected after attending two tough trials, and are now a part of a strong squad of 16 from over 45 girls who attended the trials. We are all very proud of these girls and wish them every success.
Under 12 and Under 13 Indoor 5s
The Under 13 Football team were runners up in the Oxford United Indoor 5s tournament. The team reached the final after scoring over 20 goals in 5 games without conceding. The team were extremely unlucky to be knocked out in the final, losing 1-0 to Marlborough. The Under 12s finished 4th in their tournament and for many of the players this was their first experience of competitive football, well done all!
Under 16 and Under 13 County Cup
The Under 16 and Under 13 teams are soon to play their county cup semi finals. The Under 13s recently knocked Marlborough out of the competition following a convincing 4-0 win whilst the Under 16s went on a goal scoring rampage and beat St Gregs 15-0.
Under 14 National Cup
Our Under 14s secured a place in the 4th round of the National Cup after a 7-0 win against Van Dyke Upper School in Bedfordshire. The team have now been drawn away to JFK in High Wycombe and should they proceed to the 5th round they will meet Kings School, who the team narrowly beat in last year's quarter final. We wish the girls all the very best as they fight to keep their National Champions title.