Year 10 Hockey
On Wednesday the Year 10 hockey team were back in action. We travelled to Cardiff High. The match was very even from the start with both sides enjoying possession for the opening ten minutes. Cardiff High gained their first goal through a Fitzalan error with us not protecting our feet enough in our defensive circle. In quick succession through another unforced error, Cardiff gained their second.
Fitzalan came in at half-time positive. Although Cardiff High were 2-0 up, the team understood that it was through our errors. Fitzalan started the second half well, putting Cardiff High under pressure from the whistle by taking quick balls. Fitzalan started with a large amount of possession however Cardiff High managed to score a third. Farzana took a quick hit out from the back as she was determined to put the opposition under pressure, out wide to Alba Edwards. With quick short sharp passes between Alba, Asiya and Thuraya we found ourselves in our attacking circle. Alba slapped the ball into our goal. A very powerful and superb finish from the top of the circle.
There were further chances for Fitzalan with Asiya showing her quick hands driving past the Cardiff High defence up the wing.
The final score was:
Cardiff High - 4
Fitzalan - 1
A great game and maximum effort from all of the girls. They were a pleasure to take. Please find attached our team photo. The team are back in action and travel to Cardiff High again on Tuesday for a Year 10/Year 11 match. Asiya Hakoma was voted as player of the match by the opposition.
Year 7&8 Girls Football
The Year 7&8 Girls Football team were in action again this afternoon. The weather conditions just before the game turned miserable and poured down for the entire game.
However, after last weeks successful win, the girls started in high spirits and enjoyed playing despite the weather. Another quick start meant that Maddy slotted away the first goal within 5 minutes of playing. This quickly set the tone for the rest of the game. Maddy’s second goal was beautifully put away into the top right corner, with both teams applauding the goal.
The girls played some brilliant football throughout the match, with Maddy, Amaya and Millie combining in midfield and upfront to allow Millie to get on the score sheet. The year 7 girls also stepped up and played in a more mature fashion along side the Year 8s, which was really pleasing to see. As mentioned, the early goal set the tone for the rest of the game, with Fitzalan winning 11-0. Maddy (5), Amaya (5), Millie (1).
The girls that competed in the gymnastics competition were an absolute delight to take and represented the school proudly. Our Year 7 team won the gold medal which was a great result for them. Our Year 8&9 team narrowly missed out on the bronze medal by 0.2 of a point. The Year 7 team are now Cardiff Champions and will represent Cardiff in the upcoming Welsh Finals.
A few videos of their routines are on the PE twitter page. Also a special mention to Jess Smith who has been helping coach the girls at gym club, she was a fantastic support during the competition.
Past Pupil: Ayah Abduldiam
Past pupil, Ayah Abduldiam has been committed to supporting sport in our local community, particularly increasing the opportunities for females. Since leaving Fitzalan High School Ayah has been involved with FAW, WRU and Glamorgan cricket just to name a few. Ayah has spoken at national events, interviewed a range of professional athletes and also had the opportunity to play on Stamford Bridge. Not only has she given up countless hours to support our students, Ayah has become a role model within the community.
This was recognised Friday night when Ayah won 'Inspiring Mentor of the Year' as acknowledged by the Wales Online. It was a lovely evening and it was great to see Ayah beaming with pride explaining to everyone how her love of sport started here in Fitzalan.
Please see the link below, which further highlights the excellent work of Ayah.
Year 10 GCSE - Visit to Cardiff Metropolitan University
Fitzalan PE department took a group of Year 10 GCSE students to Cardiff Met University to experience both practical and theoretical lectures. The project was spread over 3 sessions, which were all linked to the GCSE PE curriculum.
The sessions were designed to develop skills and knowledge within the sports industry and support pupils through their GCSE examinations. The pupils were taught the processes of Goal Setting and then had the opportunity to put the theory into a practical context. The pupils thoroughly enjoyed the day and proved themselves to be highly competitive. They were a real credit to the department and school.