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Student Achievements

Below are some of the achievements our students have achieved outside of school.  Congratulations to each and every one of them.  We love to hear of their successes.

Ellie Field (11R) recently attended the Pat Wade Classic 2018 Gymnastics Competition at Fenton Manor, Stoke on Trent. Ellie and her partner Robyn were competing in the women's pair 11-16 category.  They completed 2 routines which secured them a place in the finals on Sunday where they came away with a bronze medal. Their club, Harriers, are very proud of their achievement. Congratulations Ellie!

 

Charlie Whitfield (7I) recently travelled to Bosnia to participate in the Borsa Open 2018 International Judo Championships. Having come 5th in 2017, Charlie was determined to get her foot this year on the podium. With 1000+ entries from over 32 Countries, Charlie found herself in a battle against some of the best around Europe. With a positive start to the tournament Charlie battled herself through to the semi-finals, unfortunately Charlie got caught with a counter in the remaining minute to miss out on the final. Charlie went on to win Bronze [3rd] in the U13s and if that wasn't enough Charlie decided to give the U15s a go the following day. Unfortunately Charlie was up against the U15s Gold medallist in her first contest which didn't quite go to plan, however, Charlie bounced back and battled her way through to once again go for Bronze but despite leading the fight and looking the better fighter Charlie was caught by her opponent and ended up with a great 5th place in the U15's. Congratulations Charlie!

 

Congratulations to Morgan Baker (11O) after winning her second boxing match so far this year on Sunday 11 November in the ‘West of England Round 2018 NABGC Boxing Championships’. It was an England v Wales clash with Morgan stopping the Welsh Champion 2 mins and 27 seconds into the first round in her England Boxing league debut! Morgan landed some amazing punches and combinations which the referee called time on the bout after a 5 second count! Morgan has now moved forward to the Western Counties Finals and National Finals to be held in December. To hopefully end the year with ‘2’ title belts will be an awesome achievement for the Ex-International Acrobatic Gymnast after only boxing for just over a year. She has had amazing support from the gymnastic and boxing communities and especially from the Super Bantamweight Commonwealth Champion Ash ‘The Flash’ Lane who has taken her under his wing!
  

A Dream to visit the United Nations through Karate

“Everyone you meet has something to teach you.” I finally realised this after my incredible journey with 13 wonderful girls, whose lives I touched in a small way. On 5th September 2018 those girls gifted me a rose and burst a balloon full of petals over my head. Why? This is because in India, 5th of September is commemorated as Teachers’ Day to honour the country’s 2nd President and teacher Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan’s birthday. He was an exemplary teacher, a philosopher, scholar and politician. He was also dedicated to educating the youth of the country. But why were those girls doing this? To honour me? Let me share my story............Read more of Khushi Ashwin's (10G) story here.

 

Liam Holden 9G, has recently returned from the junior kickboxing world championships in Venice, Italy.

It was a huge event with over 2000 competitors from 64 different countries, Liam fought and won everyday making it through to the final on Saturday where he went on to become world champion!

Congratulations to Liam, this is a fantastic achievement!

 

Joseph Budd (11O) was recently selected to make his international debut for Wales U17’s in Hungary against Croatia, Hungary and the Czech Republic. It was a week long trip in which they played in over 90 degree heat.

Joe started one game and made a substitute appearance in both of the other 2 games during the trip.

They were accompanied by coaching staff from the U17’s, U19’s and U23’s and although Joe was the only player that is not a full time scholar, he seemed to impress them enough to also be selected as part of a squad who attended a training camp held recently in Newport.

Joe also spent a further 2 weeks in Hungary with the Bristol Rovers U18’s squad where they also played a number of games. On his return to the UK Joe has since been offered a scholarship with Rovers which has been offered 6 months earlier than they have previously made the offers in the past.

Congratulations to Joe on this fantastic achievement.  We have our fingers crossed now that Joe is again selected by Wales to play in the European qualifiers in Portugal later this year.

 

On Saturday 1st September Jake Heathcote (9Y) attended the Arnhem Memorial March in the Netherlands with 4 other Air Cadets from 2152 Squadron based in Filton. The Airborne March, the world's largest one day marching event, is held annually in Arnhem to commemorate Operations MARKET and GARDEN that were conducted during the Second World War.

The cadets started with a two day battlefield tour around many significant sites where the Battle of Arnhem occurred during September 1944. The battlefield tour was rounded up by visiting the Arnhem Oosterbeek War Cemetery where over 1500 British and Allied Soliders are buried.

 On Saturday morning, the team formed up in Oosterbeek and marched out in formation with the military contingent, including several other Air Cadet, Army Cadet, and European Military and Police units. The team completed the challenging 25km route which winds throughout the Dutch countryside, again passing many points of interest relating to the War, before marching down the main Oosterbeek High Street where many had turned out to support the event including veterans. Following the parade, the cadets were all awarded their Wandeltocht medal. 

If you are in year 8 and above and are interested in seeing what Air Cadets get up to, 2152 squadron are holding an open evening on 28th September at 19:15 at Pine Grove, Filton BS7 0SL where you can find out what other activities and events are on offer. You can find more details on their Facebook page. 

 Below is a photo of Jake receiving his medal.  Congratulations Jake on this amazing achievement.

 

Successful International acrobatic gymnast Morgan Baber (11O) swapped her leotards for boxing gloves at the end of last year. After achieving many titles in trio and pair work as a gymnast she wanted to try something different and individually. After winning her first fight in June has now gone into the England Boxing league with a fight hopefully at the end of this month to gain her first title! She is working towards getting into the England Development team early next year and also has her first International fight next year too!!

We look forward to hearing more about Morgan’s exciting journey!

 

Jessica Baber (9I) had a very successful summer competing with her pony winning many rosettes in various shows and two very important qualifications into the South West Pony Association heats.

Well done Jessica!

 

Ellie Baber (7G) competed in her very first formal ridden show at Badminton in August and won a 1st & 2nd place in very difficult classes! Not only did she win rosettes but she won various horse goodies too! Not only was it a lovely experience but it was thrilling to see her do so well as she was the youngest by far!

Huge well done Ellie!