The last month has seen unprecedented success across a variety of sports. On 10 November the intermediate cross country team travelled to Bedford to compete in the English School Athletic Association (ESAA) regional final. In a field that consisted of over sixty runners the team produced some excellent performances all finishing in the top 21 with an overall team position of 3rd. The team then went on to compete at the national final held at Woodbridge School in Suffolk on 1 December. Not to be outdone by the runners, the under 13 and over 13 gymnasts competed in both the floor and vault events at the Independent Girls Schools Association (IGSA) 2 Piece competition. The junior team finished 5th overall ensuring qualification at the national final with an individual 3rd place out of 120 gymnasts for Annabelle in Year 7.
This rich vein of success continued with both the U14 and U16 netball squads winning the Oxfordshire schools county netball tournaments and remaining unbeaten throughout both tournaments. On the same day the intermediate relay swim team were competing at the English Schools Swimming Association (ESSA) national relay finals at the London Aquatic Centre where they finished 6th nationally in the medley relay and 10th nationally in the freestyle relay. The final honours of this fabulous fortnight of sporting achievement went to the 1st senior lacrosse squad who were competing at the inaugural England Lacrosse Challenge Cup held at Aldershot Garrison. This event saw the top six schools in the country invited to compete against each other with St Helen’s seeded in 6th position. En route to the final St Helen’s beat Queen Anne’s School, Caversham, 14-5 and Benenden School 10-9 in order to set up a meeting against the top seed Berkhamsted School. It was a closely fought game with a half time score of 5-6 with Berkhamsted pulling ahead with a few quick goals immediately after half time. Whilst not overall victors it was an awesome performance given the seeding for the competition.
Many of the students have been competing in multiple events and their talent and versatility is shining through with the successes achieved across a wide variety of sports. We are looking forward to celebrating continued success as the season unfolds.