Pupils at Bishop Walsh Catholic School will learn to participate in numerous different sporting activities in all areas of the PE Curriculum.
Our aim is for every student to ENJOY PE,
participate with MAXIMUM EFFORT,
and UNDERSTAND HOW THEIR BODY WORKS.
Bishop Walsh Catholic School aims to provide a curriculum which is centred around the mind and the body and educates pupils on the importance of well-being and a lifestyle which includes regular exercise, lifelong skills and an appreciation for the connection between one’s well-being and ability to be a productive, happy and healthy citizen.
The PE department has five goals
- To have a good working knowledge of the mind-body connection and understanding of wellness and fitness
- To have a comprehensive curriculum which is dynamic and able to support change in demographics and the needs of all pupils
- To create a space for teamwork, positive interactions and support
- To instil confidence and resourcefulness for pupils
- To have fun and promote the social aspect of physical activity
“Core” Physical Education at Key Stage 3 & 4
The students are introduced to a range of activities and sports in year 7 and these are developed through to year 11. Students are taught to become independent learners and should be able to lead, coach and referee within each sport that they play, preparing them for life outside of Bishop Walsh. Within each area covered they are encouraged to expand and develop their level of skill. They are encouraged to understand how to prepare for sport and to explore ideas behind tactics and techniques. Students are assessed in a number of strands from the curriculum. These include outwitting opponents, accurate replication, performing to maximum levels and exercising safety and efficiently. There are also opportunities throughout the year to participate in sports run by external clubs, such as Mountain Biking, Rowing, Trampolining, Golf, Cheerleading, & Rugby
GCSE Physical Education at Key Stage 4
Some students choose to study Physical Education at GCSE. The course is a demanding GCSE course made up of both practical and theory elements. Students who excel at GCSE PE are encouraged to continue their study of Physical Education into key stage 5 and study it at A-level.
A-Level Physical Education at Key Stage 5
In AS and A-Level, students are assessed as part of their course, so ideally are fully involved in sport away from school. Each year students get fully involved in the department volunteering in coaching and house competitions. Many students leave the Sixth form and continue to study sport or be involved with it. Recent students have left us to study coaching, sports psychology, teaching and physiotherapy.
The students are encouraged to get involved in a range of extra-curricular activities. Advanced level PE allows students to apply and enhance their knowledge of sport. Students are encouraged to utilise their own expertise in organising sports clubs for younger years. They are also utilised for their organising and officiating capabilities.
Sport Specific Awards
Many of our students have opportunities to complete coaching/officiating awards. Most recently we have had a number of students complete Hockey and Young Leader awards. The department can boast of many high level sports performances in a range of sports including hockey, football, netball and badminton.
Other opportunities within the department: The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award
The Duke of Edinburgh’s award has been run through Bishop Walsh School for a number of years now, with students completing Bronze, Silver, and Gold awards. Students particularly enjoy the expedition section of the award, where students go away to the Peak District (Bronze & Silver) or the Lake District/Snowdonia (Gold).
Physical Education Blog
Bishop Walsh U16 netball team are not only Birmingham U16 Champions but went forward to represent Birmingham at the West Midlands Regional finals of the National Schools’ Competition, on Sunday 31st January. The team played exceptionally well in the preliminary rounds and subsequently elmofed.com qualified for the semi finals but unfortunately lost to George Salters of West Bromwich. However, Bishop Walsh finished a very credible 3rd place in the whole of the West Midlands – a fantastic performance! Well done and congratulations.
Congratulations to our yr 10 boys football team who beat Heartlands Academy.
2nd round of the Under 15’s District Cup here we come!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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,
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.
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.
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.
WELL DONE! Mrs W. Clegg
Bishop Walsh British Heart Foundation Dodgeball
For the fourth year running, students at Bishop Walsh have been dipping, ducking, diving and dodging once again for the British Heart Foundation. Students took part in an inter-house ultimate dodgeball competition during their lunchtime. Students were awarded points for the number of games won but also for the amount of money each house group raised. The school are entitled to keep 20% of the total raised meaning the total amount raised for the British Heart Foundation was £883.20
“I am really proud of our students. Every year our students go that extra mile to raise as much money as they can for a very worthwhile cause. This is the fourth year in a row we have staged this event and parents and families have been so generous and supported us since we began supporting this charity. I am delighted to see over 180 students take part in the dodgeball competition. Dodgeball is a fun way in which students can lead a physically active lifestyle, something which the P.E department aim to instil within our students. My sincere thanks go out to all the parents and families who have supported us over the past four years.” Mr Khawaja (2nd in P.E and event organiser).
Donna Stokes, BHF Fundraising Manager said “For over 50 years the British Heart Foundation has pioneered research that’s transformed the lives of people living with heart and circulatory conditions. Our work has been central to the discoveries of vital treatments that are changing the fight against heart disease. On behalf of the parents with babies born with life-threatening heart conditions that have now been successfully treated and the many mums, dads and grandparents who have survived a heart attack as a result of the treatment available today, we would like to sincerely thank Bishop Walsh School for raising so much money to help us continue our vital work. The hard work, enthusiasm and support from the staff, students and parents is tremendous.”
The new season has started very strongly this year with many football teams displaying some outstanding performances to progress through to the next rounds of both District and Birmingham cups.
Years 7-9 and Years 11 and Sixth form have all made it through to the next round of the District cup with the Year 8 team already through to the semi-final against Washwood Heath.
A similar story is found in the Birmingham cup fixtures with all year group teams except year 10 making it through to the next round. Some extremely tough matches against Grace Academy, Smithswood Schools and Holte School have tested our boys fitness and skill levels but I am delighted to see so many teams this year progress through to the next round of both cups. Let’s hope we can keep working and training hard to reach as many finals as possible!
A special mention to the year 11 football team (managed by Head of Year 11, Mr O’Rourke), who have made it through to the third round of the English Schools National Cup. This is a real achievement already and the team have gained lots of support from their fellow peers, staff and parents.
Football club is on every Monday and all are welcome to attend.
Congratulations to the boys hockey team who have finished 2nd in the Sutton Schools Hockey league. The team have played every Thursday at Wyndley Leisure Centre and have grown in strength, skill and fitness as the fixtures have been plated. The boys faced extremely difficult opposition in the form of Streetly School and Holte School where many fixtures were either draws or had a difference of only one goal. However, the boys worked extremely hard every match and beat Arthur Terry and Streetly to clinch second spot. Well done boys!
Mr I. Khawaja
On Thursday 16th May 2013 Bishop Walsh under 15s football team will travel to Villa Park for
the second time in two years after making it to another Birmingham schools cup final. The Under 15s repeated last year’s impressive feat by beating Lyndon School, Solihull 3-1 in an away leg and 2-0 in a home leg to progress 5-1 on aggregate. This notable achievement has also been accompanied by retaining the Sutton Coldfield schools football league title this year and making their way to the final of the local Sutton Coldfield schools Cup too. After two pieces of silverware last year the team are determined to go one better this year and win all three competitions. The Birmingham schools football cup, named the Aston Villa Charity Cup at Under 15s level, was established in 1887 and has only been won once in the past by Bishop Walsh in 1971.
Looking to break a 42 year run without winning this Bishop Walsh team have had an extraordinary record this year, with sixteen games played so far, they have won all sixteen! In fact the team remains unbeaten at home in nearly four years! Their success in the local Sutton Coldfield schools cup also means a journey to Aston Villa’s training ground at Bodymoor Heath. This was accomplished after an impressive 3-1 victory at home to Great Barr.
The manager of the team and head of year, Mr O’Rourke commented, “This has been an incredible achievement by the boys, they are all very committed, talented and most of all they work hard as a team. I am very proud of them.”