Twelve pupils from Years 3 and 4 took part in the Hillingdon Borough mini tennis tournament held at Tripletts Community Tennis Centre this week. The pupils made up three St. Helen's teams who competed against eleven other teams from schools across the Borough. St. Helen's players played very well in the round robin stages and our A team, B team and C team all finished in first place in their groups to progress to the semi finals where they were joined by Ruislip Gardens School. Our A team faced our C team and our B team faced Ruislip Gardens School in the semi finals. In a turnabout in form our C team beat our A team to progress to the final to meet our B team who had beaten Ruislip Gardens 4 rubbers to 0. There was no stopping the C team in the final, despite some super play from the B team, and they were crowned borough champions! It was an amazing clean sweep of medals for St. Helen's College: bronze for the A team, Silver for the B team and Gold for the C team! St Helen's will now represent Hillingdon at the London Mini Youth Games at Crystal Palace in July. Well done to everyone who played and showed the strength and depth of good tennis players we have at St. Helen's.
Inspired by the exciting games held in the Copperbox last summer at London 2012, our Year 6 pupils took part in the District Handball tournament at the weekend. The event, supported by Ruislip Eagles Handball Club, saw nine teams from local schools taking part in exciting and fast-paced games. St. Helen's displayed some very good skills in attack and defence and truly impressed the members of the Eagles Club and Cesar Castillo from England Handball who also attended the event. Our team progressed through the group stages to meet Oak Farm in a very close match in the semi finals. After a shaky start and being 6 - 2 down at half time, St. Helen's battled back in the second half to get back to within a goal of Oak Farm, but as the final whistle blew the score was 9-8 to Oak Farm. Oak Farm went on to beat St. Andrew's in the final. Following the event the Ruislip Handball club referees were so impressed by the play of all the teams they will now be setting up a junior section. Miss Walker will forward information about this when she receives it and, who knows, one of our pupils could be an Olympian of the future!
Pupils in Year 4 have been enjoying tag rugby lessons with top coaches from London Wasps Rugby Club on Mondays during P.E lessons this term. Through the London Wasps free community schools programme, two coaches from the club have been working with our pupils to introduce tag rugby skills and to develop tagging and defence skills, agility, balance, co-ordination, speed, game understanding and decision making over a four week period. The school received some free tag rugby equipment and staff training too through the programme, and we also hope to take some pupils to London Wasps match days in the future.