Golly what a fortnight it has been, we have had Miss Shephards’ football teams in no less than 5 league and cup finals and Miss Godfrey ‘s athletics teams reaching the end of their league. Although the U15’s won their football league and the U16s won the Reading schools athletics league not all the teams could win their matches or competitions however all the teachers who have coached and supported were unanimous in their praise of all the girls’ effort and commitment and also the way in which they responded to the final result. As you can see from the photos there are lots of smiling faces and you would be hard pressed to work out whether they had just won or lost.
In addition to all the sporting fixtures we also took part in the Year 9 Magistrates regional final on Saturday at the Crown Court in Reading. The girls had worked incredibly hard with Mrs Allison to prepare and really performed extremely well in order to be placed third, which meant that they just missed out on qualifying for the national finals - the top two teams progress. Unlike sporting events where everyone can clearly see how the opposition are performing in this competition you only get to see a small proportion as everyone competes at the same time in different court rooms, therefore you never know until the presentation at the end how well you have done. But once again the girls, although disappointed not to progress, accepted the result and were gracious in defeat – if you can call coming 3rd in a regional final defeat!
All of which reminded me of my own school days and a sign over the pavilion door which read “when the players home return, ask not whether they won or lost but how they played the game”. I did not know the author so I quickly googled and the closest I could find was this verse from the poem “Alumnus Football” by Grantland Rice:
As is so often the case when researching online I ended up finding all sorts of other things including the quote above by Apolo Ohno, an American speed skater. As much as it would be great to win everything the most important thing is that we give it our best which is what all these girls have done…….. and which I hope all our GCSE and A Level students are also doing as they embark on their final exams.