Judo success for talented Oliver

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A budding young judo star from Highfields put up a brave fight to secure the silver medal in a prestigious tournament.

Year 9 student, Oliver Causer, competed in the Pre-Cadets (under 42 kilos) category at the Northern Home Counties Open.

Wayne McDonald, Judo Development Officer at Wolverhampton University’s Institute of Sport, said: “He fought extremely well and showed great composure during the whole competition. 

“Unfortunately in a closely fought final which he loss he came away with a silver medal, valuable experience, ranking points and a performance that we all can be proud off.

“We at the University of Wolverhampton Judo Club are proud of his achievements.”

Posted on October 12, 2017 .

Ducking and diving to Dodgeball victory

Dodgeball players ducked and dived their way to victory to cement their place in a Black Country-wide tournament.

Highfields hosted the Wolverhampton Year 7/8 Dodgeball finals where students took to the court against other city schools.

The boys’ team took first place and the girls’ team finished in third. Both have now qualified to represent Wolverhampton in the Black Country Games.

Mr C Brickwood, Head of PE, said: “Members of both teams put in a fantastic shift to make it through to the Black Country Games. Well done to all involved!”

Posted on May 18, 2017 .

Volleyball players celebrate tournament success

Talented volleyball players are celebrating their smashing success on the court after taking third place in a prestigious competition.

Members of the Year 8 volleyball team - Mia Cashmore, Georgia Derrick and India Martin - qualified to complete at the Black Country Youth Games finals after winning the Wolverhampton Schools competition.

PE teacher, Ms L.Stevenson, said: “They were amazing! The team played seven schools and were only beaten by a school that plays volleyball as their main school sport. They even took a game off the eventual tournament winners.

“They can now celebrate the fact that they are the third best volleyball team in the Black Country. That is quite a result considering they have only been playing for one lunchtime a week for a term. They should feel very proud.”

Posted on May 4, 2017 .

Students jumping for joy with trampolining success

Students are jumping for joy after bagging medals in a trampolining tournament.

Highfields hosted the annual Wolverhampton School Trampolining Competition, which saw more than 60 students from city schools competing.

Competitors, all from Years 7-9, were judged in three categories - beginner, intermediate and advanced - by trained Sixth Form students who volunteered their time.

Students from Highfields won four out of a possible nine medals, including Leah Roberts, who won advanced gold; Josie Annable, who took advanced silver; Abigail Binder, who took silver in the beginner category and Jasmine Mehat, who won the beginner bronze medal. Abigail Binder was also awarded the ‘best newcomer’ prize.

P.E teacher, Miss G.Robinson, said: “Determined to build on last year’s success, we trained vigorously in the run up to the competition and all the hard work was definitely worth it.  

“Competition this year was exceptionally high and it was fantastic to see so many talented pupils taking part from across the borough.

“I was very proud of how our students conducted themselves in such a sportsmanlike manner. They were a credit to themselves and the school, meaning it was a pleasure organising such a rewarding competition for them.

“Our trampoliners are back to training and look forward to the competition growing again next year.”

Posted on April 27, 2017 .

Volleyball team enjoys 'smashing' tournament success

Volleyball players from Highfields smashed it on the court to take the top spot in a tough tournament.

Members of the Year 8 volleyball team - Mia Cashmore, Georgia Derrick and India Martin - won the Wolverhampton Schools competition and have now qualified to represent Highfields at the Black Country Youth Games in April.

P.E Teacher, Ms L.Stevenson, said: “They played extremely well and smashed their way through the first rounds and remained undefeated until the end. 

“Even though, with one minute to go, they were down 13-14, they held onto their nerve and won two quick points in the last minute to win their final game 15-14.

“Well done to the team, this is a great achievement.”

 

Posted on March 31, 2017 .

Highfields hosts Cross Country Challenge

Highfields hosted a Cross Country Challenge for dozens of primary school children from the Penn area.

The event is held annually at Highfields and gives pupils the chance to qualify for the Wolverhampton City Championships.

Around 80 pupils took part in the challenge whilst Sixth-Form students from Highfields acted as stewards for the event.

The event was staged in conjunction with the Wolverhampton Association for Sport in Primary Schools (WASPS).

Posted on March 31, 2017 .

WATCH: Students enjoy Bubble Football tournament

Students were treated to a football tournament with a fun twist as a reward for their dedication and commitment to extra-curricular sports clubs.

Bubble Football made its way to Highfields to honour students' efforts in sporting activities out of school hours.

The rules of the game are exactly the same as regular football but all players wear giant protective bubbles.

Mr C.Brickwood, Head of PE, organised the fun treat for dozens of students from Years 7-10 as well as the school’s Sixth Form PE ambassadors.

He said: “It is a fun, highly energetic game and all students involved had a great time.”

Click on the image below to watch our students enjoying their Bubble Football rewards day:

Posted on March 7, 2017 .

Talented Adam enjoys medal success in national competition

Talented athlete, Adam Saul-Braddock, has been named among the best young runners in the country after taking bronze in a prestigious national competition.

Adam Saul-Braddock won the bronze medal in the Under 17s 800m race at the English Athletics Indoor Championships, which was held at EIS Sheffield.

The Year 10 student achieved a personal best of 1.57.45 to take the medal against older competitors, missing out on 2nd place by just 0.01 seconds.

Mr C.Brickwood, Head of PE, said: “To win bronze at a competition of this level is an incredible achievement. He is a very talented athlete and it is great to see that he is officially recognised as one of the best runners for his age group in the whole country."

Posted on March 7, 2017 .

WATCH: Dodgeball players in action in tournament

Players dipped, ducked, dived and dodged when they took to the court for a fast-paced dodgeball tournament.

Highfields hosted the tournament for Year 9/10 Girls’ teams from schools across Wolverhampton.

Highfields' Year 10 team put on a strong performance to finish in 2nd place, beaten only by Our Lady and St Chad.

The tournament was held following the huge success of Tuesday lunchtime dodgeball lessons, which have proven to be a huge hit for Highfields students.

Mr C.Brickwood, Head of PE at Highfields, said: “It was a fantastic competition with some excellent individual performances.

“Both our Year 9 and Year 10 teams deserve a massive round of applause.

“I would also like to give a special mention to the Sixth Form Sports Ambassadors who ran and umpired the whole tournament.”

WATCH: Dodgeball players in action 

Posted on February 2, 2017 .

Badminton players serve up promising performance in tournament

Badminton players put on a promising display as part of a tournament with other city schools.

Members of the Under 16s Badminton Girls’ team - Emma Deakin, Kiran Bhangoo, Surina Patel and Maria Paul - finished in joint 5th place out of 10 schools in the SSAW tournament, held at St Peter’s School.

Days later, members of the Under 14s Girls’ team - Molly McGarry, Lucy Evans, Lauren Phillips and Emily Gibson - took 5th place out of 13 teams in the U14 tournament.

PE teacher, Miss G Robinson, said: “There was some nail biting badminton played. The girls were up against tough competition but our teams never lost heart.

“The girls did exceptionally well and did Highfields proud. Our players are now back in training and looking forward to the next competition.”

 

Posted on February 2, 2017 .

Adam celebrates Cross Country success

Talented athlete, Adam Saul-Braddock, enjoyed runaway success in the West Midlands Cross Country Championships - and is now preparing the set the pace among the best in the country.

Adam represented Wolverhampton Schools in the West Midlands Intermediate Boys Cross Country Championships and took first place.

The Year 10 student ran 4.8km in 16.42 minutes, beating several older students in the process, crossing the line over 40m ahead of the next competitor.

He has now qualified to run in the English Schools’ Athletic Association’s Cross Country Championships, which will be held at Norfolk County Showground, in Norwich, on March 18.

It is the third time Adam has represented the school - and the West Midlands - in the national competition.

 

 

Posted on January 26, 2017 .

Rugby players tackle tough competition

Rugby players tackled tough competition - and a muddy pitch - as part of a mini tournament against students from other city schools.

Nineteen students from Highfields went along to Wolverhampton Rugby Club where two 9-a-side teams competed against players from Codsall High and The Royal Wolverhampton School.

Head of PE, Mr C.Brickwood, said: “The teams from Codsall were very strong and were the deserved winners.

“However, our teams put in a great effort in poor weather conditions. Everyone involved enjoyed taking part.”

 

Posted on January 19, 2017 .

Players give all on court in basketball league

Basketball players from Highfields are enjoying slam dunk fun on the courts competing in the Junior NBA League.

Each school in the league is given an NBA team name - with the Highfields team being the Dallas Mavericks. Teams are now competing as part of a mini league with other schools from across the West Midlands for the chance to face opposition from Manchester and London later this year.

During a recent fixture at West Bromwich’s George Salter Academy, our Dallas Mavericks celebrated victory in games against Perryfields School and Phoenix Academy before losing to the host team.

Mr C.Brickwood, Head of PE, said: “It was a fantastic evening of basketball all of the students played their hearts out.”

Posted on January 5, 2017 .

New PE courses proving a runaway success

Two new academic courses introduced to the PE curriculum are proving a hit among students.

Highfields introduced the courses - GCSE PE at KS4 and BTEC National Sports and Exercise Science at KS5 - in September.

Mr C.Brickwood, Head of PE, said they had been a runaway success with students interested in developing their knowledge of PE and sports science, including learning about the skeletal system.

The school will also be introducing GCSE Dance to the curriculum in September 2017 and has been holding taster sessions for students interested in choosing it as a subject.

Posted on January 5, 2017 .

Netballers take to the court - come rain or shine

Dedicated netballers from Highfields are being celebrated for their dedication to perfecting their skills on court - whatever the weather.

Every Tuesday evening, the school gives students from all year groups the opportunity to bib up and train, with Deputy Head of PE, Mrs J Brickwood, saying she was delighted with how many have committed their time to the sport, come rain or shine. Dozens of students turned up to the last training session before the Christmas holidays, despite the pouring rain and cold temperatures, with some donning festive hats to mark the festive season.

Mrs Brickwood added: "Students have attended from September, come hale, wind and rain and the last week of term was no exception. On that last training session before the Christmas holidays, in the pouring rain, on a dark and cold winter night, 50 girls turned up to play and train.

"It was a truly impressive sight."

The efforts of our netballers are already paying off, with members of the Year 7 team beating both Wolverhampton Grammar School and Wolverhampton Girls' High ahead of the holidays.

 

Posted on December 24, 2016 .

Young cricketers hit it for six to win trophy

Young cricketers from Highfields hit it for six in a knockout tournament when they competed against other city schools.

Students bowled over their opponents and are now celebrating winning the Year 7 Cricket Knockout Trophy.

They beat Wednesfield High School in the semi-final by 9 wickets and St Edmund’s School in the final by 7 wickets to win the trophy.

Back row L-R: Tulha Rasool, Gurtej Dhaliwal, Karnveer Mahli, Aleem Kabir, George Potter, Aaron Jaimal, Rohan Mistry. Front row L-R: Zaleeq Ijaz, Takunda Nheta, Yasir Muhammed (Capt) Geoffrey Brown, Nikhill Patel

Back row L-R: Tulha Rasool, Gurtej Dhaliwal, Karnveer Mahli, Aleem Kabir, George Potter, Aaron Jaimal, Rohan Mistry. Front row L-R: Zaleeq Ijaz, Takunda Nheta, Yasir Muhammed (Capt) Geoffrey Brown, Nikhill Patel

Posted on July 21, 2016 .

Gifted Adam named among best runners in country

A gifted student is celebrating being crowned among the best runners in the country.

Adam Saul-Braddock won bronze medal in the Junior Boys 800m race at the prestigious English Schools Athletics competition, which was held at Gateshead International Stadium.

The Year 9 student qualified to take part in the tournament after his success representing Highfields in the Wolverhampton City Championships last summer and then representing the city in the West Midlands Championships.

Mr J.Birks, Head of Boys’ PE, said: “To win bronze at a tournament of this level is an incredible achievement.

“Adam should be very proud that he is officially the 3rd best 800m runner of his age in the entire country.”

Posted on July 14, 2016 .

Students crowned City Athletics Champions

Talented athletes from Highfields are celebrating being crowned winners of the prestigious City Athletics Championships.

Members of the Year 8 winning team (from L-R) Eric Omozee, Gurkaran Khangura, Emmanuel Falade, Seb Boydell, Joel Adderley, Finley Cooper

Members of the Year 8 winning team (from L-R) Eric Omozee, Gurkaran Khangura, Emmanuel Falade, Seb Boydell, Joel Adderley, Finley Cooper

Members of Highfields' Year 8 Athletics team picked up the first-place trophy for their age group in the championships, held at Aldersley Leisure Village.

They won first place in their age category as Year 7s last year and are delighted to have repeated their success.

Students are tested in a number of disciplines including shot-put, discus, javelin, 100m, 200m, 300m, 800m and 1,500m, long jump, high jump and triple jump, as well as the 4X100m relay as part of the annual tournament.

Students who made it through to the finals of the City Athletics Championships

Students who made it through to the finals of the City Athletics Championships

Each athlete takes part in a maximum of three disciplines during the tournament, which sees students from all of Wolverhampton’s secondary schools compete against each other.

Individual scores are tallied together to establish an overall winning boys and girls team for each age group as well as overall championship-winning teams.

Teams competed in a first round of the tournament last month, with the best 6 competitors from each age group selected to go through to the finals. A total of 12 Highfields students from Year 7, 8 and 9 made it through to the finals, with the Year 8 team winning the overall first prize for their age category.

Mr J.Birks, Head of Boys’ PE, said: “It is a fantastic achievement for our Year 8 team to win the trophy, especially after their success last year.

“All of the athletes involved should feel very proud of how they performed and I hope their achievements will be an inspiration to other students at the school to get involved with sporting activities.”

 

Posted on July 7, 2016 .

Competition success for Highfields gymnasts

Members of Highfields’ Gymnastics team tumbled and flipped their way to success when they competed in the Black Country Youth Games.

Tasha Bagri, Rhea Kumari, Jessica Drew, Louise Saul Braddock and Megan Stentiford were part of the school team representing Wolverhampton in the competition.

Their stunning performances saw them finishing in 2nd place overall.

Mr C.Moody, Head of Sport, said: “The girls performed beautifully against the top performing schools from Walsall, Dudley, Sandwell and Wolverhampton and finished 2nd overall. 

“They were the highest scoring team from the three schools in Wolverhampton and were delighted with their overall silver medals.”

Posted on July 7, 2016 .

Highfields athletes represent city in Black Country Youth Games

Athletes from Highfields represented Wolverhampton in the Black Country Youth Games.

Members of the school’s trophy-winning Athletics team and the Year 8 girls' Tag Rugby team competed against other teams from Dudley, Sandwell and Walsall in the tournament.

The athletes competed in a range of disciplines including shot-put, foam javelin, high jump, long jump, 100m, 800m and two relays as part of the tournament, which was held at the Walsall Campus of the University of Wolverhampton.

Mr J.Birks, Head of Boys’ PE who trains the Athletics team with Mr M.Spencer, said: “The team were chosen to represent Wolverhampton following their success in last year’s City Athletics Championships and they performed with credit.”

Members of the team that represented Wolverhampton in the Black Country Games (from L-R) Seb Boydell, Emmanual Falade, Finley Cooper, Eric Omozee, Sam Hulme, Joel Adderley, Gurkaran Khangura, Jake Hillman

Members of the team that represented Wolverhampton in the Black Country Games (from L-R) Seb Boydell, Emmanual Falade, Finley Cooper, Eric Omozee, Sam Hulme, Joel Adderley, Gurkaran Khangura, Jake Hillman

Mr C.Moody, Highfields' Head of Sport, said: "We had success in the girls' Tag Rugby competition where we won bronze medal defeating ACE academy from Sandwell and also drawing with Hagley Roman Catholic School from Dudley.  The girls really excelled themselves playing a very high standard of Tag Rugby."

Posted on July 7, 2016 .