A Sporting Round Up
This year has proved to be one of the most successful rugby seasons in the schools history. Under a new SRU directive, clubs and schools have become a community partnership and merged their fixture lists to create a more challenging programme for the boys. It has been a rewarding season for the 125 players who have sported school colours with trips to Glenalmond, Merchiston, Currie, North Berwick, Stewarts Melville and Heriots particularly rewarding. Over 80% of matches were won, but more importantly the participation levels and enjoyment factor has been huge. A new initiative School of Rugby has been well received in the Senior Phase with visits from Chris Paterson, top referees, nutritionists, journalists and physios to widen the players knowledge base.
Over 30 girls have been playing rugby and an U15 and U18 team have played teams from around the country with great progress shown in terms of skill development.
The U18 team are run away U18 league leaders and won the league comfortably. They have also won the first 4 sevens tournaments held in March.
TK Klein and Ruari Campbell were selected at International U18 level and represented the school with distinction (along with Robbie Chalmers FP).
Lachlan Gaddie and Kyle Scott (both FP) were also selected for Scotland U16.
The season was concluded with two excellent tournament wins at S2 and U15 level at the South Schools sevens.
It has been a fantastic athletics season for Earlston HS with second place secured in the Borders Schools Championships held at Tweedbank and also in the Regional Cross Country Championships held at Netherdale. 10 athletes represented the school at the Scottish Cross Country Championships at Irvine, 8 athletes at the Scottish Schools Outdoor Championships in Grangemouth and 7 athletes in the Indoor Scottish Championships at Glasgow’s Emirates arena. Laura Munro has made the Scottish Schools training squad. This years school sports day is in June and athletics club will start next month in preparation for this.
Our Senior Girls team lost out to Strathallan School in this season’s Scottish Cup, but did retain the Borders Girls Championships held at Galashiels Academy. Summer term training starts in April.
38 girls have represented the school in Regional and National competition, with an U15 Plate win in the League and a 1/4 final Scottish Cup exit to Albyn School, Aberdeen in the Scottish Cup.New parents are needed to keep the Monday night sessions going and we would encourage anyone who is interested to contact Mr Changleng.
The S2 School of Football has allowed the squad to experience daily football. The season concludes with a tournament versus other Borders Schools this week. Thanks go to school coach Lee Makel for his dedicated and expert approach.
10 pupils were selected for the Borders Schools Championships held at Earlston HS last month. Nina Grant, Toby Dawson and Gregor proved to be the most successful performers. Badminton club has ran all year with a regular 30 participants under the eagle eye of senior leader Gregor.
Dance club has finished for the term with lots of fun had under the direction of senior leaders Becky Leigh and Naomi Kidd. New dances were created and performed and were of a very high quality.
Gun School as it is better known, is located in the strength and conditioning suite and attracts over 100 participants each lunchtime and after school. Pupils keep in shape and train for their own sports. A girls only night this year has been particularly well received.
The school club has run once a week all season under 6 senior leaders and they have enjoyed excellent participation numbers from all year groups. In the summer term, we move on to a 3 v 3 league with other Border School players coming in to EHS for games.
William Taylor, Rhiannon Fagan and Shannon Tait have entered this years Scottish Aquathon Triathlon and are in serious training!
The school team has just competed in the Regional Championship with great success for the 8 participants.
Toby Dawson has competed this season in the Scottish Cross Cycling Championships and Joe Agnew continues to excel on his road bike, having secured a new sponsorship and races at Scottish level. The school continue to develop mountain biking in its PE programme with great success.
Lizzie Cleland have enjoyed a good season in the pool
The season has been a hugely enjoyable affair, with teams playing regularly on a Saturday and midweek at S1, S2, S3 and Senior level against all of the other Border Schools. We particularly enjoyed a game versus a visiting tour side from Australia which was a fun evening.
The S1, S2b and S3 won the Regional South Schools Tournaments capping off a good season.
Thanks go to all the volunteer teachers, pupils and parents who staff this Health and Wellbeing programme and make it all so worth while.
A warm welcome to the Earlston HS HWB team to Mr Alston who joins us from Fife in February 2016.
It has been a fantastic few weeks for the Earlston High School rugby teams!
On Wednesday afternoon the First XV made their way to Murrayfield Stadium to take on Kelvinside Academy in the final of the Under 18 Scottish Plate. Just last week they beat Boroughmuir HS in a tense semi-final, leaving Earlston as the last remaining state school in the country. Another fantastic performance led to a 39-12 victory and Earlston winning the plate competition for the second time in the last 4 years.
Last Friday, all three junior squads performed well at the annual South Schools 7s competition. The S1 squad maintained their undefeated record this season by winning all of their pool matches and then the final against Peebles HS. The Under 15 squad also made it to the final by winning all their pool matches but lost out to a strong Hawick side. Finally, the S2 squad were unlucky to miss out on the final on points difference.
The rugby season finishes this weekend with fixtures against Galashiels Academy.
Best wishes and have a very successful 2015 from the Earlston HS PE Department.
January can often be a new start for those who wish to look after their health. Remember the school gym is open every lunchtime and after school for S4/5/6 and every Monday for S1/2/3. Its girls only night on a Wednesday. Your PE teacher can give you a training programme if you wish.
Remember its all about small steps at a time!
Congratulations to everyone involved in the sporting life of Earlston High School for another fantastic year! There have been many highlights and achievements across a huge range of sports.
Special thanks to the 800 pupils who attended school dances last week – they were all great occasions!
Merry Christmas from the PE staff.
We are now well into our social dance block in the PE department at EHS with S1-S4 pupils working hard at improving their dance steps. S1 and S2 have 12 dances to perfect for their dance night on Tuesday 6th December. S3 and S4 have the same 12 plus an extra 3 to learn for their dance on Tuesday 13th December. S5 and S6 will soon get the chance to revise the dances they know so well for their dance on Friday 16th December.
Tickets for all 3 dances will go on sale on Monday 28th November and pupils are encouraged to start planning their outfit now so to avoid last minute disappointment. The dress code is smart so please no trainers/jeans/tshirts/hoodies etc.