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Class 4 and Shell House Gala Report

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A Class 4 and Shell House Gala took place on Thursday 7th June at the Weald Sports Centre in Cranbrook. The House Gala gives all our children the opportunity to experience a competitive swimming gala in a friendly environment. Sporting colourful House caps, the children swam in a range of individual and team events.

The first event was the U9 Freestyle races and these were won by Lottie B (P), Dylan E (P), Amy-Mae H (B), Clara S (T), Octavia D (S), William W (S), Evie W (P), Tom R (B), Libby H (B) and Freddie S (T). Libby H was the fastest girl with a time of 19.58s and Freddie S the fastest boys in 22.45s.


The winners of the U10 Freestyle races were Kitty RR, Ruby M (P), Wilby W (T), Cordelia E (T), Esme C (T), Anya R (S), Hugo C (B), Millie D-H (S), Ned T (P), Lottie H (S), and Rory B (B). Lottie H was the fastest girl in a time of 18.46s and Rory B was the fastest boy in 19.72s. Well done to Ned T, who also managed to swim the 25m in less than 20 seconds with his time of 19.84s.


Levi R (B) won the U9 25m Backstroke in a time of 28.15s and Millie D-H (S) won the U10 Backstroke in 22.39s.

The U9 25m Breaststroke was won by Sydney W (S) 28.63s and the U10 Breaststroke by Lottie H (S) in 25.65s.

At this point Bicton were leading, followed by Selden, then Tongswood and then Pembroke. However, the relays are worth double points so there was potential for much change.

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Tongswood won the first U9 Freestyle Relay and Bicton won the second. Tongswood won the first U10 Freestyle Relay and Pembroke won the second. At this point a verruca sock fell off midrace, and was eagerly rescued and returned to its owner!

The Selden team of Eddie B, Oscar B, Flora H, Sydney W won the U9 Medley Relay and the Bicton team of Rory B, Rachel B, Hannah C, Ruby A won the exciting U10 Medley Relay.


The final race is a firm test of skill, stamina and character – the 100m Individual Medley. Well done to Anna B who showed great bravery in stepping up to swim for Pembroke at the last moment. The race was wonderful to watch. Lottie H (S) finished third and Rachel B (B) came second. Huge congratulations to Darcey G (T) who swam superbly to win the event in an impressive time of 1m 56.94s.

When Mrs Hinchliffe added the scores up the Houses were placed as follows:
Bicton –First; Tongswood –Second; Selden –Third; Pembroke –Fourth.



It was thrilling to see the children swimming so well across this 25m pool, and credit goes to Mr Fox, Mrs Hinchliffe and Mr Kanzig; the work being done in PE lessons is certainly bearing fruit. Well done to all the children, particularly those for whom it was their first experience of a swimming gala. You co-operated, displayed courage and perseverance, and supported each other with kindness and gentleness. gala7


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