Hard Work Pays Off in Inter-House Swimming Galas
The swimming skills of our Year 3 and 4 children were put to the test recently as the two year groups went head-to-head in the annual Inter-House Swimming Gala.
Over the course of the year, the pupils have spent time within their PE lessons improving their techniques at King’s College, where they took part in a six-week winter training session, which included specialist coaching at a variety of levels.
Due to the glorious spell of weather we have been experiencing, the children have been able to make the most of the school’s outdoor pool. And this year, for obvious reasons, the gala was relocated from King’s College to King’s Hall! The pupils were especially eager to win their races, showing off their skills for a sea of spectators that included teachers, parents and friends.
The children performed enthusiastically, and the gala was closely contested, with the top three houses being separated by a mere nine points.
Director of Sport, Rob Holman, said: “It was a wonderful afternoon and the pupils had a great time cheering on their team mates.”
More recently, the older pupils have turned their attention to the Senior Inter-House Swimming Competition, which saw Years 5 to 8 compete against one another at King’s College.
With all pupils now swimming more often at King’s Hall, it was great to see that the standard had improved significantly over previous weeks.
In the first gala, Years 5 and 6 fought it out over 20 individual races and four relays. It was another closely fought contest, in which Oldham House snuck ahead at the last minute with some excellent relay results.
Following these races, it was the turn of Years 7 and 8. It was wonderful to see so many pupils who have been regularly training at King’s College excel in their races. Again, Oldham took the honours, which meant they automatically won the whole gala with an impressive 198 points.
Well done to runners up Whitby, who scored 181, and to Bradfield (175) and Gibbs (126). Another fantastic event that reflected our swimmers’ hard work!