PE Update December 2013

Boys PE Department – 2013 Movember

The boys PE department have been attempting to grow some facial hair (some better than others) in order to raise money for this great cause, and to keep our upper lips warm on those cold days outside.

Movember is an annual, month-long event involving the growing of moustaches during the month of November to raise awareness of prostate cancer and other male cancer and associated charities.

As the month of November has progressed, your son/daughter will have seen the painstaking efforts that we have went through! We would like to thank anybody who has donated to the charity and so far we, as a department, have raised over £50. If you would like to donate still, you are able to do so using the link below or drop some money into the PE department Movember box which is located in the PE office.

Thank you in advance!!!

Mr S Little


Acorn’s Hospice Santa Run – Walsall Arboretum

On Sunday 8th December, seven members of Bishop Walsh Staff and one past member of the PE department ran the 5km Santa run at Walsall Arboretum in aid of Acorns Children’s Hospice. The day was a great day out for everybody who attended the run, with over 200 “Santas” running for Acorns. On the day of the run, all of the runners alone had raised over £2000 before sponsorship. The Bishop Walsh “Walsh Warriors” running in the event are still collecting sponsorship, and have so far raised over £100 for Acorns. If you would like to donate to the Santa run, please see the link below or bring money in to Miss McManus (Head of Year 8).

The “Walsh Warriors” running were as follows: Miss McManus, Miss Hounslow, Miss Filmer, Mrs Thompson, Mr Carroll, Mr Marshall, Mr Huddleston, & Mr May.

On Sunday 13th July 2014, the “Walsh Warriors” will also be participating in Tough Mudder – a 12mile obstacle run, including wall climbs, Ice baths, and electric fences! The runners will be raising money for the School as well as a number of charities. Details on sponsorship will be released later in the academic year.

Mr G Huddleston

PE Department 2013/14 Sports Clubs Review

The PE department has had a busy start to the academic year of 2013-2014, with sporting fixtures taking place in: Girls & Boys Hockey, Girls & Boys Football, Netball, Table Tennis, Rugby, Cross-Country, and Badminton. There have also been busy School clubs taking place, such as Volleyball, Gaelic Football, and Basketball, of which there are fixtures or competitions planned for 2014. There is also a Sutton School’s Handball competition planned for March 2014.

There were some outstanding individual performances in the Bishop Walsh Cross-Country Championships this year, including:

  • Joe McDermott (yr7) – Winning the year 7 Cross-Country championships held at Bishop Walsh
  • Ellen Humpherston (yr8) – Coming 2nd in the Year 8/9 Cross-Country Championships held at Bishop Walsh

These outstanding performances have lead me to begin an “Elite Performers” notice board, where the School can celebrate the performances and achievements of students at Bishop Walsh. This will be based in the corridor outside the School Chapel. This will also include the sporting prowess of students who participate at a high level in sports not played in School, such as Sydney-Ann Jackson, who has been selected into the England squad in Synchronised Swimming, Alice Kinsella in team GB gymnastics, and Caitlin Clancy, who has won several prestigious dance and ballroom competitions.

There are a number of extra-curricular clubs taking place at Bishop Walsh from Monday to Thursday.

Please encourage your Son/Daughter to join a club if they do not already do so!

PE kit in the Winter Months

In order to break down any barriers to participation and to ensure students are comfortable, I have made the decision to alter parts of the PE kit for the winter this year. From November 2013 through to the Easter holiday, students may wear the following for curriculum and extra-curricular lessons:



Blue PE Jumper – optional NEW

Blue PE Shirt – mandatory

Blue PE shorts – mandatory

Blue or Black Tracksuit bottoms – optional

Blue PE socks – mandatory

Boots for the field – mandatory

Trainers for indoors/hard court – mandatory

Red PE Jumper – optional

Red PE Shirt – mandatory

Blue PE Skort – mandatory

Blue or Black Tracksuit bottoms – optional

White PE socks – mandatory

Boots for the field – mandatory

Trainers for indoors/hard court – mandatory

* Boys playing in the extra-curricular rugby team may wear a rugby shirt, instead of their Bishop Walsh PE top.

Please ensure you check that your son/daughter has the relevant kit for the winter, as failure to bring the correct kit could lead to them being in detention or getting an injury.

Volleyball Club

The volleyball club this year has seen a constant and steady attendance every Monday since it started at the beginning of the year.  Currently, only girls attend, however the club is eager for boys to attend. The club will be planning to play some fixtures against local Schools after Christmas.

Mr Huddleston

Girls Football

On Friday 22nd November the U13 girls football team participated in the annual Birmingham City Football Club tournament held at Star City. The girls faced a round robin tournament playing the other four teams in their tournament twice. Throughout the group stages the girls battled against difficult opposition yet still qualified in their group without losing a game. After lunch the girls faced a gruelling semi-final that finished 1-1. It then went to the best of 3 penalties which was tied 2-2 which lead to a sudden death situation. After some fantastic saves and goals from both teams, Bishop Walsh finished victorious gaining a place in the final.

The team, still undefeated, faced a strong team who had also reached the final without loss and were very unfortunate to lose 1-0. The girls were fantastic and never lost their high spirits throughout the day. It was a top team performance and the girls were a real credit to the school.

Well done!!

Miss McManus

Gaelic Football

Gaelic Football has recently been started here again at Bishop Walsh. Students have been enthusiastic towards this sport and have been turning up regularly. Now that the dark evenings have arrived Gaelic Football club will stop until further notice. Providing the number of pupils that are turning up to the club are consistent, there is the possibility of some fixtures against other schools when the club re-starts.

Basketball Club

There has been a small, but enthusiastic number of boys attending basketball club every week. During their training sessions, they have improved both their defensive and attacking skills as students are mixed across key stages. There are tournaments coming up in the New Year, however we need more participants in order for us to enter them.

Mr S Little


Badminton has been a successful sport at Bishop Walsh for quite some time. Training takes place on Thursday after School and there are always a large number of attendees.

On Tuesday 3rd December, Year 7 boys played in a tournament at Bishop Vesey’s against other Sutton Coldfield Schools. Unfortunately for the tournament, Arthur Terry, John Wilmot, and North Birmingham Academy all cancelled on the day, leaving Bishop Walsh to play Plantsbrook and Bishop Vesey’s. After a mixture of doubles and singles games against both sets of opposition, Bishop Walsh finished 2nd overall, losing all their games against Bishop Vesey’s (who were a year older than our lads!), but winning all games against Plantsbrook. The boys representing Bishop Walsh were: Konrad Sroda, Sean Devlin, Joshua Subhan, Jack Higgs, Ewan Howell. Well done!

On Tuesday 10th December, the Key Stage 4 Badminton tournament took place at Bishop Vesey’s. Bishop Walsh took four boys: George Horsley, Isaac Mackey, Patrick Meehan, and Patrick Ryan; and four girls: Chloe Neville, Bozena Podraza, Galway Ivey, and Megan McGovern. The boys were placed into a tough group with Bishop Vesey’s and Arthur Terry. They played a mixture of doubles and singles and the lads won a handful of games, but after 10 matches, the boys found it really hard going and unfortunately finished at the bottom of the table. The girls had a slightly easier time than the boys as only Planstbrook entered the girl’s league. The girls played 6 matches in total and won every game against their opposition, with an excellent come back at the end, going from 20-10 down to win 20-21.

Well done to everybody who participated in the competiton.

Mr G Huddleston


This season has been very busy with many teams proving to be successful in both Birmingham and District Cups.

Years 7 and 8 teams have already made it through to the semi-finals of the District cup which is a fantastic achievement.

Years 7, 8 and 11 have all done extremely well and progressed through to the next round of the Birmingham cup. This week the year 7 team beat Archbishop Ilsley 2 – 0 away with excellent teamwork and passing skills displayed.

The year 9 football team made it through to the next round after coming from behind away at Light Hall. The boys were 1-0 down and came back to make it 1-1 at full time. Following extra time where no-one broke the deadlock, the lads went on to win 4-2 on penalties. A true test of spirit and resilience.

The year 11 football team unfortunately were knocked out of the English Schools National Cup. After making it through to the last 32 in the country, the lads lost 3-1 away at Sir Thomas Boughey School in Stoke. It is a real achievement to get this far and the lads really deserved to go further! I’m sure they will do very well in the league, District cup and Birmingham cup. They still have a lot to play for!

Football club is still proving to be very popular with almost 100 boys attending every Monday. Please continue to attend, all are welcome!

Mr I Khawaja

Table Tennis

Table tennis has suddenly boomed in popularity here at Bishop Walsh with in excess of 40 students regularly attending the club on a Wednesday after school. It is amazing to see how quickly improvements in skills and tactics have flourished in those pupils who attend and goes to prove practice makes perfect! We will continue to run the club and in the future will look to hold a fund raising event to help purchase some more tables and equipment for all to enjoy.

Sutton Coldfield Schools’ Table Tennis Tournament

On the 26th November 16 pupils from year 7, 8, 10 and 11 took part in the annual Sutton Schools’ table tennis tournament. All four teams had successes and won the majority of their games. The year 7 A team managed to get through to the semi-finals in their pool but unfortunately lost to Arthur Terry School to stop them getting to the finals. The combined year 10 team had even greater success and managed to get through to the finals but unfortunately lost against a year 11 Bishop Vesey team in the last few games of their match. All pupils showed tremendous talent and sportsmanship especially in defeat and represented the school extremely well.

A team: Ronan Fox, Ryan Bevan, Joe Burke, Liam Hansard
B Team: Joe Gildea, Dan Kemp, Charlie Madden, James Earle

A Team: Will Basset, Matthew Earle, Jude Burke, Jacob Timmins
B Team:  Louis Carroll, Sam Pinkney, Konrad Sroda, Jack Higgs,

Mr Marston-Smith


Year 7

We have been fortunate this year to have Jonathan Pritchard from Spartans RFC to come in to help train the new year 7’s cohort in rugby. Only a small handful have had rugby in their PE lessons so far, so it was very pleasing to see so many attend the club. There have been in excess of 27 pupils regularly attending and so many of the boys have already improved their tackling and ball handling skills in such a short period of time. After Christmas we have a number for games arranged with schools from the local area and it would be good to see even more boys begin to attend.  Well done to all those who have attended so far and see you after the Christmas holidays!


NatWest Vase competition

In October the year 10 rugby team travelled to Shropshire to play The Lacon Childe School in the first round of the Natwest Vase competition. The conditions were very much against Bishop Walsh that day and considering that this was only their second game of the season they did exceptionally well. It was a very closely fought game with both teams scoring twice in the first half but Lacon Childe narrowly edged ahead with a converted try going into the second half.  The beginning of the second half was very much more one sided with two more tries scored against Walsh and a penalty converted in front of the posts. Within the last 5 minutes two stunning tries from Finley Webb allowed Bishop Walsh to get back into the game but unfortunately these tries came too late and Bishop Walsh ended up losing 36-26. It was an excellent but unlucky performance from all the boys involved as they played exceptionally well and fought hard until the end.

Mr Marston-Smith

Well done to the U14 and U15 netball teams who competed in their respective Birmingham Schools’Tournaments at Edgbaston High School.
The U14 team came 4th overall, narrowly missing the bronze medal. The U15 team came 2nd, winning silver medals. Well done to all team players who exhibited some very competitive netball and excellent team play.

U14 team
Holly Coulson
Niamh Fallon
Grace Perkins
Jess Dalton
Nina Parisi
Georgia Popple
Essie McGlynn
Mia McDermott
Emily Bradley
Sophie Resch

U15 team




Holly Coulson
Niamh Fallon
Chloe Neville
Lauren Piper
Orlaith Farrell
Cristina Marlow
Georgia Popple
Emily Palgrave

Mrs Clegg
PE Dept


U15 Girls Hockey tournament

Each week during September and October our girls competed on the Wyndley astroturf in the U15  7 a side Sutton Schools’ Hockey Tournament.

Considering the girls were mainly Year 9 and this was a Year 10 tournament, they performed exceptionally well, showing some outstanding skill and teamwork, coming 4th in the overall tournament.


Ally Emmanuel

Francesca Maher

Charlotte Garvey

Danielle Obadan

Jess Dalton

Grace Perkins

Georgia Popple

Kate Burton

WELL DONE! Mrs W. Clegg