The PE Teaching and Learning Area has seen many successes this academic Year. Alongside the RFU the Teaching and Learning Area has introduced Rugby into the school curriculum and added a new dimension to its ever expanding extra-curricular programme.

Students of both genders have participated in local Rugby festivals at Cheshunt RFC against other local schools. Both the boys 7/8 and 9/10 teams have been unbeaten at these fixtures and many of them were invited to train with Cheshunt RFC and subsequently become members of their respective teams. As part of the RFU programme, Scottra Sciara has been invited to lead out the England Rugby team at Twickenham at their fixture against Wales this month. We will all be looking out for Scott on our TV screens and hoping for an England win.

Boys football has been particularly popular with students from all Year groups competing in District and County competitions. The Year 11 boys team have made it to the Quarter Finals of the county competition where they face Longdean School in a home fixture that is set to be a real test for a very talented side. The Teaching and Learning Area have seen large numbers at the girls extra curricular club with many of them going on to represent St Mary’s against other local schools and continuing their development in the game.

The new Year saw students take part at the Indoor Atheltics Champonship at the Lea Valley Athletics centre. Amongst many successes were a couple of stand out performances; Year 7 Samara March who won the 800m event by a considerable margin in her first competitive race for the school. Micah Greenaway blew the competition away in the 200m event competing in a category with students a Year older. The Teaching and Learning Area is looking to build on this success going into the summer at District Athletics and hoping for some dryer weather so we can get outside and practice!

Basketball continues to dominate students selection of extra curricular activities. Partnered with Russell Hoops the Teaching and Learning Area often sees a sports hall packed of budding basketballers. The senior side have kicked off the schools fixtures for the Year with a narrow loss to a very strong Queens side. Details of the match can be found here on the match report. With a roster of fixtures in the upcoming weeks the Teaching and Learning Area are hoping that the students hard work pays off.

Azra Dewan competed in the African Championships for Gymnastics. She won and is now ranked number 1 in South Africa for Gymnastics in the junior category.