For the last round of this climbing competition on Wednesday 17 July 2013 the venue was again Herne Bay High School.
The Dane Court contengent was cut in half for a variety of reasons (Adam Topping was undertaking his Gold Duke of Edinburgh expedition and our strong year eight team were attending the school's annual residential visit to Germany). Nevertheless the remaining competitors put in real effort and came away with a clutch of medals.
A busy week for our teams last week with cricket and the East Kent School Games involving many of our students and many different sports.
On Monday our year nine cricket team supplemented by three of the year tens played a friendly against the Marlowe year nine and ten team. Batting first we rattled up a hundred and eighteen for six in our allotted overs before dismissing our hosts for sixty eight. Everybody played a full part and it was nice to compete in some sunshine for a change.
The Julie Rose Stadium at Ashford was the setting for this year's Schools Athletics County Championships and Dane Court had several students representing the Thanet District. It was a long day in incredibly windy conditions but there were many notable performances topped by Omega Skeen's triumph in the year seven 200m sprint where she dominated from gun to tape to take victory by fully three metres. Her second place in the 100m rounded off an excellent day for her, a county champion and fully deserved. There were also very creditable efforts from Alice Fox who took third place in the Junior shot put and Tom Halfpenny who came fourth in the Junior 100m.
At the second round of this annual inter-schools climbing competition on Wednesday 12 June, all our competitors improved on their previous positions.
The challenges set by the host school, Aylesford School Sports College, were not as difficult as those at the first round and many of our stronger competitors finished all the climbs in less than 20 minutes achieving maximim score by succeeding on their first attempt in each case.
Round three took place at Northfleet Technology College on Tuesday 25 June 2013.
The Key Stage 3 boys further improved their performance on a tricky set of climbs which included a lot of tiny feature holds. Similarly the Key Stage 4 boys consilidated their scores to finish as the top five competitors overall.
Particular congratulations go to Charlie Burgess, Dominic Foord, Thomas Gutrige and Sam Williams for their exeptional scores on such challenging problems.
The fourth round will take place at Dane Court Grammar School on Tuesday 9 July 2013.
The highlight of this week was our first entry for many years in the National Track and Field Schools Cup. The competition took place on a wet and windy Tuesday afternoon at the Julie Rose Stadium in Ashford which saw our young athletes competing at a high quality venue, many for the first time. With full teams in Junior Boys, Junior Girls, Intermediate Boys and Intermediate Girls we made the journey in the knowledge that our students would compete with determination but unaware of the quality of opposition. Athletics is a very real strength of the school and one that continues to build and our experiences at this event have done nothing to dampen that view.