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FOOTBALL: School's Arsenal star supports charity match


8.59am - 23rd May 2016

A GROUP of former students who left Davenant Foundation School in 2010 continue to raise money in memory of their friend Peter Cross who died of leukaemia, aged 20. 
A special football match was organised on Saturday between the school’s 1st XI and their 2010 counterparts organised and managed by ex-Davenant student and Arsenal player Carl Jenkinson. 
He and his friends pulled together their squad, publicised the match and have so far raised over £1,000 for the Teenage Cancer Trust. 
The result of an entertaining match was a 3-1 victory for the Old Boys. The Davenant team represented themselves well and impressed Carl and his friends.
Headteacher Chris Seward was pleased to give his permission for the match. He said: “Carl and his friends came to see me and asked if they could have a game in memory of Peter Cross. They have such great memories of their school days and, in particular, of Peter and it was a pleasure to allow the event to happen." 
The former students will continue to remember Peter and hope to have another game in his memory in the years ahead. 
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FOOTBALL: Goalkeeper receives tournament award


8.39am - 18th May 2016

YEAR 11 West Hatch High School student Charlie Freeman was awarded the best goalkeeper award when he played for Tottenham Hotspur's Under-16s in the two-day Geneva Cup. 
The Spurs side played matches against Ajax Amsterdam, FC Servette and FC Mayern as well as Champions League finalists Athletico Madrid. 
Charlie kept one clean sheet as his side drew 0-0 with Athletico but fared well in all others drawing 1-1 with Ajax, beating FC Mayern twice (5-1 and 3-2) but lost to Swiss outfit FC Servette 2-0.
England representative Charlie, who has already secured a scholarship for next year and will join Tottenham on a full-time basis, was also recognised as the best goalkeeper in the tournament. 
He said: "The tournament was a fantastic experience and to win the goalkeeper’s award was even better.
"I am looking forward to next season already, once my GCSEs are out of the way."


SCHOOL SPORTS: Students get chance to try new sports


8.37am - 18th May 2016

A GROUP of King Harold Academy students attended a sports event at Debden Park High School when they could learn archery, judo and fencing. 
PE teacher Luke Andrew said: "This was a great opportunity for students to learn about different sports from the curriculum, some of which they were participating in for the first time. 
"They received coaching from experts who made the events very enjoyable for the students." 
Students from Debden Park, Roding Valley, Davenant and West Hatch were also involved in the day.


KARTING: School team reaches national finals


3.07pm - 16th May 2016

DEBDEN Park High School's Karting Team have reached the final of the British Schools Karting Championships after success in the regional heat at Buckmore Park, Kent.
The team - sponsored by Super Green Racing, Duncan Phillips, Waltham Abbey, and the school's PTA - will race in the final at Whitton Mill, Northampton, on July 9. 
The Debden Park teams were placed first and third out of 18 teams. 
The star of the day was Luke Zabbar who was placed first in both races. 
Anthony Hughes, Director of Year 7, 8 and Transition at Debden Park High School, said: "It was a great day for all concerned. The boys were fantastic in all races and gained on average five positions above their starting spot on all races. 
"The students had been working hard for this day and attended only three practice sessions at the track to prepare themselves for the track and the challenges it has to offer." 
He added: "The simple aim we gave the boys was to maintain their position on the track at each race and improve it if they could. We got far more than we asked for. They were sensational. 
"Mr Blythe (Leon Blythe, Director of Year 10 and PE teacher) and I could not ask for more from the students. They maintained the pace in each race, ensured they followed the rules so they wouldn't be penalised in any way and the strategy paid off."
Debden Park High School and the parents are grateful for all the support and sponsorship that Howard Green, Duncan Phillips and Super Green Racing have given to the students. 
Racer Ben Green coached the boys one evening to ensure they understood how to read any track they are faced with. 
The Super Green Racing Team was on Sun Street in Waltham Abbey for the 'Keep it Local' May Day Fair which attracted great interest from youngsters wanting to learn to kart and see the progress of a driver from karting to cars. 
The Debden Park High School team members are: 
Supergreen A - Robbie Davidson, Jordan Ismail and Archie Lapidge. 
Supergreen B - Luke Zabbar, Craig Kitts and James Struckmyer.


SWIMMING: Success for Chigwell School students


3.48pm - 11th May 2016

Swimmers at Chigwell School competed in the IAPS (Independent Association of Prep Schools) National Swimming Finals at the K2 Centre in Crawley. 
All the swimmers had already progressed through a qualifying round. Isabel Iley won the national title for her age group clocking 15:21 secs in the 25m butterfly while Alexandra Bibby (29.85secs), took silver in the 50m final. 
Jack Cushway achieved a personal best of 31.95secs in the 50m freestyle finishing tenth missing a place in the final by 0.70 sec. 

* Emily Iley won the 50m backstroke, 50m freestyle, 100m butterfly and 200m backstroke and was second in the 200m butterfly, achieving personal best times in all events, at the London Regionals at Crystal Palace. 
She has now qualified for the National Championships later this summer.


FOOTBALL: West Hatch crowned county champions


12.08pm - 5th May 2016

WEST Hatch High School's 1st XI football team have been crowned Under-19 Essex Schools Cup winners after a 4-3 final victory over Southend High School for Boys. 
The Chigwell school went one better than a year ago when the same school beat West Hatch in the final. 
This year's final was held at Dagenham & Redbridge FC. 
West Hatch's goals were scored by Eren Muti, Ronnie Smurthwaite (penalty) as the side were 2-1 up at half-time. 
Southend levelled the tie three minutes into the second half before Eren Muti netted his second of the match to give West Hatch the lead. 
Cam Ovel made it 4-2 with 15 minutes left but Southend scored again - after Erin Muti was shown a second yellow card - to make it a nervy last few minutes for the ten men of West Hatch. 
Head of PE Coralie Reid said: ‘’Big congratulations to captain Ronnie Smurthwaite, the players, assistant Mr Howell and Mr Hoy who, now in his tenth year at the school, has won his first ever football Essex Cup as a teacher (his fourth as player and teacher for West Hatch) and emulates his father, Mr Hoy Senior, who won the trophy three times in a row in the 1980s." 
She added: "Also a massive thank you to all parents and staff who watched and supported the boys, I know it was very much appreciated and to Dagenham & Redbridge Football Club for a super venue and hospitality."


MARATHON: Polar bear sets world record


9.29am - 27th April 2016

THE wife of the headmaster of Chigwell School has run herself into the record books by breaking the record for the fastest marathon by a runner dressed in a full-body animal costume.
Gill Punt, 45, who lives and works at Chigwell School, broke the Guinness World Record dressed as a polar bear, which is one of the mascots for Cancer Research UK. 
The previous Guinness World Record was 4 hrs 30mins which Gill beat by nine minutes to set a new record of 4 hrs 21 mins. 
Gill said that having the added challenge of running as a polar bear and attempting a Guinness World Record gave a massive boost to the fundraising endeavours. 
She added that within the Chigwell School community a number of pupils, close friends and colleagues have experienced cancer and the fundraising is a way of helping to beat Cancer sooner. 
Gill organised more than 100 parents, staff and Old Chigwellians to run the Royal Parks Half Marathon last October - when the team raised £93,000 for Cancer Research UK. 
The grand total raised to date is £260,000. 
To make a donation to help Cancer Research UK visit http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/GillPunt


MARATHON: PE teacher raises over £3,000


12.17pm - 25th April 2016

WEST Hatch High School PE teacher Lizzie Edwards is set to raise over £3,000 for the Barnardo's charity after completing the London Marathon in 4 hours 2 minutes.
Lizzie said: "It was a great experience but very tough for the last few miles where I had to push my body to its absolute limit. 
"The crowd were amazing and so was the atmosphere and that helped me through. "My target was 4 hours so I am pleased with what I have achieved."
To add your support visit https://www.justgiving.com/Elizabeth-Edwards9/


NETBALL: Triple success for Debden Park teams


9.49am - 25th March 2016

FOR the first time in Debden Park High School's history, three of the school's netball teams have won their West Essex District Leagues. 
The Year 8, Year 9 and Under-16s teams have all won their leagues and go through to the play-offs against the Harlow schools. 
Building on the success of the Year 9 team winning their league last year, the now Under-16 team, which secured a sponsorship deal earlier in the year with Gillard Building contractors, are thrilled to have won again and be going through for the second time. 
Head of PE Jen Perry said: “We cannot express the dedication and commitment we have seen from all of our netballers and the standard that has been reached by them.
"In numerous matches our students have played exceptionally well, maintaining a high goal difference. 
"This is a fantastic achievement and the netballers are an absolute credit to our school."


NETBALL: West Hatch team crowned district champions


7.43am - 24th March 2016

WEST Hatch High School's Year 7 netball team have been crowned district champions after a comprehensive 23-9 victory over top Harlow school St Marks. 
The girls - who recently reached the quarter finals of the Essex Cup - won the West Essex league on Monday after victories over Davenant, Debden Park and Roding Valley. 
They went on to represent West Essex in the District trophy against the winning Harlow District school, St Marks, yesterday (Wednesday).
Head of PE and Year 7 coach Coralie Reid said: "The girls outplayed their rivals from the start and showed exceptional skill and determination from the first whistle all the way to the end. 
"It is an excellent way to finish the netball season. The girls have been fantastic from day one and I am looking forward to seeing what they can do in the forthcoming athletics season."


SCHOOL SPORTS: Hundreds benefit from Sports Partnership


1.18pm - 23rd March 2016

HUNDREDS of children across the Epping Forest district are getting into sport through the work of the West Essex Schools Sports Partnership spearheaded by two Davenant Foundation School-based teachers. 
Marcus Cattell is the Partnership’s School Games Organiser who works with the 33 primary and infants schools and district’s six secondary schools which make up the Partnership. 
Already since last September some 4,000 participants have taken part in the Partnership’s sports events across Epping Forest. 
A Key Stage 1 event was recently held for primary and secondary school students with various sprint races, jumping events and relay and obstacle races at King Harold Academy. 
Secondary school students - as sports leaders - are also involved in the events by helping with the staging of competitions. 
Highlighting the benefits of the Partnership, Mr Cattell said: “It gives the students the opportunity to compete for their schools against other schools. 
"A lot of the funding comes from the Department of Health and helps with our work to help reduce obesity among children.” 
He added: “The kids enjoy the opportunity to compete and it also shows them how to develop a healthy lifestyle. 
“They can work in teams learning how to win or lose. 
"A few of the events are individual and teaches them how they can win on their own, respecting the opposition and the officials and it also teaches them the core values which I really stress - team work, respect, enjoyment, discipline and sportsmanship. 
“The kids get to meet each other, and it is good for their transition from primary school to secondary school.” 
The Partnership also involves special needs children who are the focus of Gill Newlyn, the Youth Sports Trust’s lead inclusion co-ordinator who is also based at Davenant Foundation School. 
She said: “For some of the children sometimes coming to an event is the first time they have been selected to represent their school. 
“It gives them the opportunity to realise that sport should be fully inclusive.”


CRICKET: New season rolls in at Jubilee Park


3.25pm - 19th March 2016

A NEW ride-on roller has arrived at Jubilee Park to begin preparing the cricket square for the forthcoming season. 
This year Jubilee Park will host matches for both Ongar Cricket Club, who will play on Saturdays, and the National Cricket League which will host matches on Sundays.
The town council is grateful for a grant from Essex County Council which paid for the end-of-year preparation of the cricket square. 
The roller, which is being hired for the coming season, is being used and driven by CRS Pitchcare, the contractor selected by Ongar Town Council to provide on-going maintenance and improvements to the cricket square. 
Jubilee Park manager Angus McKenzie said: “This will be a great asset to Jubilee Park and for cricket in Ongar in particular. I am looking forward to the return of Ongar Cricket Club to the venue and to host matches for the National Cricket League. This means that cricket will be played on both Saturdays and Sundays during the season.
"We would welcome any local cricket lovers to come and watch the matches.” 
The National Cricket League is also interested in developing local coaching for younger members of Ongar.


FOOTBALL: Girls' football festivals


5.22pm - 16th March 2016

THE King Harold Academy’s Year 7 girls football team attended a football festival at Passmores Academy, Harlow. 
The festival - involving King Harold Academy, Epping St John’s, Davenant Foundation, Stewards Academy and Passmores Academy - provided the 11 and 12-year-olds with the opportunity to experience different styles of playing football. 
Students enjoyed Futsal, Mash-Up Games, Soccercise and small-sided football.
More than 50 King Harold Academy girls also took part in a tournament at Epping St John's School with the Year 7 and 9 students placed second overall. 
King Harold Academy PE teacher Elena Clark said: “Our students had a great time. They learnt a range of new football skills and enjoyed mixing with students from other schools. 
"It’s great to see girls' football being pushed forward in the local area.”


RUGBY: Two Davenant teams reach county cup finals


5.40pm - 8th March 2016

TWO Davenant Foundation School rugby teams are through to the final of the Essex County Cup. 
Both the Year 8 (Under-13s) and Year 9 (Under-14s) teams went unbeaten in their five group matches - beating some of the top rugby schools in Essex - to reach the final at May and Baker Rugby Club in Dagenham on March 20. 
1st team and Year 9 coach Marcus Cattell says the achievement of the boys shows just how well rugby has developed at Davenant in recent years.
“The fact that we are now in two of the county finals just shows the strides we are making.
“The other teams and schools now know us. We are becoming well known on the county circuit and our fixture card is getting stronger as a result.”


ATHLETICS: Year 8 girls reach county finals


8.39am - 8th March 2016

THE Year 8 girls indoor athletics team at Debden Park High School is into the county final for a third successive year after winning the district competition. 
Debden Park hosted the district indoor athletics competition, which was run by the school's sports leaders, on Friday (March 4). 
Teams of boys and girls from Year 7 and Year 8 competed in track and field events in a bid to secure a trip to the county event. 
The Year 8 girls won their competition with the Year 8 boys narrowly missing out on a final spot. 
Head of PE Jen Perry said "All our students were fantastic and we are very proud of the Year 8 girls. 
"This will be the third time in a row we have got to the county finals and we look forward to the girls representing us in Southend on March 18."


RUGBY: Victory for Ongar Under-12s


11.53am - 7th March 2016

ONGAR Under-12s recorded an 8-2 victory over Wanstead at Ongar Leisure Centre on Sunday. 
Ongar loaned the visitors two players but were not as generous during the match.
Despite going behind, Ongar pressed on with Mattie Cranwell and Max Iliffe making some brilliant running lines and throwing off some dummy passes to slice through defenders to score. 
Archie van Klink had his best game at scrum-half since Christmas and was constantly in referee’s Phillip Cranwell’s ear about playing quick ball and taking quick taps at opposition infringements. 
Along with Ben Terrington at fly-half, they were both pivotal in keeping the game moving at pace. 
Teddy Surety had another good performance making it three on the trot. 
With upcoming festivals at Thurrock and Wanstead, Ongar are building at the right time. Man of the Match was Oscar Smyth who performed very well in both an Ongar shirt and a Wanstead shirt. 
Ongar's try scorers were Mattie Cranwell (4), Max Iliffe (1) Jake Peeters (1) Teddy Surety (1) and Ben Terrington (1).


LOUGHTON: School reaches next stage in championships


8.16am - 7th March 2016

DEBDEN Park High School is on course to retain its title as British School's Karting champions for the third successive year following success at the regional heat at Brentwood Karting Circuit. 
The school has entered three teams with the support of Supergreen Racing and its managing director Howard Green and Debden Park High School’s PTA. Howard and his team provide training and funding for the nine students to develop their skills. 
The PTA supported the students with funding to enter the competition. 
The Willingale Road school celebrated joint first place with Archie Lapidge, Jordan Ismail and Lochlan Bearman managing 107 points. 
Craig Kitts, James Struckmyer and Luke Zabbar were ranked third with 106 points with both teams progressing to the next stage of the competition at Buckmore Park in Kent. 
The third team - featuring Year 8 boys Adam MacDonnell, Robbie Davidson and Ryan Massey - came ninth with 67 points.


CHIGWELL: Netball team into cup quarter-finals


8.16am - 24th February 2016

WEST Hatch High School’s Year 7 netball team are into the quarter-finals of the Essex Cup (‘A’ competition) after extending their unbeaten run to six matches with an 18-1 victory over Hedingham. 
PE teacher Coralie Reid said: “The girls dominated the game with many players playing out of position to make it more of a challenge for them.” 
The player of the match, voted by the opposing team, was Gabriella Dada, who received the accolade for the eighth time in all competitions this year. 
The girls now face a trip to Westcliff High School for Girls in the last eight of the competition on Thursday, March 3.


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