What does a day of Sport at CHS look like?
Being in the centre of a busy town offers great advantages to the way that we can offer sport to our pupils. Our location ensures that we can make the best use of the state of the art facilities available in the local area. Alongside the use of these specialist facilities our school’s dynamic PE specialists ensure that the pupils receive high quality instruction in a wide range of sports and maintain a successful programme that enables individuals and teams to be successful in local, county and national sporting competitions.
Throughout the day our own Colchester High School buses take our pupils to specialised sporting facilities in close vicinity to the school. Depending on the time of year our pupils enjoy the use of: Shrub End Sports Ground for football, cricket, hockey and rugby, including the new 3G Astroturf pitch; the Garrison Pool for Swimming, rescue skills and water polo and Abbey Fields for Cross Country. Our school sports days and training for the athletics season takes place at the Garrison Athletics Track.
Senior School pupils also enjoy the facilities of Colchester Leisure World, where they are taught to play badminton, squash or use the gym to introduce our pupils to new sports experiences. Every pupil in Key Stage 4 has an induction and is given membership at the newly refurbished Activa Gym at Leisure World. This offers the pupils an amazing opportunity to make the best use of the facilities in their own time as well as in school lessons.
A Wide Variety of Clubs
We organise a full programme of fun extra-curricular sports clubs for all pupils in the school from Reception to Year 11 to keep them active after the school day, extend their class learning or encourage them to try a new sport. With such a wide variety of clubs throughout the year there is something for every child from Prep multi-sports to Irish dancing, football to cricket, netball to yoga. Pupils in Key Stage 4 are encouraged to follow the Duke of Edinburgh awards alongside their GCSE’s.
Fixtures and Community Involvement
Pupils compete at local, county and national level through a wide variety of fixtures and competitions organised by the Independent School Association (ISA), the Colchester-Blackwater School Sport Partnership (CBSSP) and North East Essex Schools Sports Associations (NEESA). We also host our own sports tournaments using the Castle Park Cricket Ground, home to Essex Country Cricket Club for home cricket fixtures, Colchester Rugby Club for rugby and Shrub End for football. We are lucky to benefit from fantastic links with other schools which include bi-annually a visit from the Australian International School (AIS), Singapore for a friendly netball match.
The school takes their role in the sporting community very seriously and annually organises sporting competitions for other schools including: ISA East Anglian Junior and Senior Swimming Gala, Colchester Schools Swimming Gala and the Panathlon charity competitions at local, county and national level. We also assist in the delivery of school sport competitions locally which gives our pupils the opportunity to become a sports-leader, develop their confidence and skills in leadership.
Sports Scholarships are offered to pupils for Year 7 entry who demonstrate outstanding achievement, talent or potential in a certain sport and commitment to representing the School in their given area.
Something for everyone!
If your child does not consider themselves ‘sporty’ they are not forgotten. Our understanding staff and wide range of sports on offer enable the pupils to find a pursuit that they enjoy or can help to challenge long held views that they may have about certain sports. The house system at Colchester High School enables every child to compete in inter house matches in many sports whatever their ability level. There are then further opportunities through our sports clubs where pupils can attend to gain more practise, build confidence and socialise.
Whatever the sport, at Colchester High School we like to make it fun and give our pupils an understanding of the importance of staying fit and active in maintaining their physical and mental well-being well into the future. We also see sport as an excellent means to teach our pupils about the importance of individual hard work and commitment, but also about collaboration and team work.
Our annual Summer Sports days are a highlight of our Sporting Calendar and are excellent displays of this proud sporting ethos and the School house spirit.
Sports Fixtures 2017-18
Please find listed the current sports tournament and fixture dates for the 2017-18 Academic Year here. There will be additions throughout the year which are reported in the Sports Newsletter.