Student Achievements/EventsNepal - The best experience of my life so far!
April 2018 - Nepal
Nepal was the best experience of my life so far! If you ever have the opportunity to go on a trip like Nepal, take it! When we first arrived it was raining, but that didn’t stop us all from being amazed by the contrast of Kathmandu to London. There were monkeys jumping along telephone wires all across the city and in the distance you could see the mountains rising underneath the clouds.
Having dinner on a rooftop restaurant next to the Swayambhunath Stupa was a highlight of the trip, yet there is no denying that the home stays were the best part. The Nepali culture and way of life is completely different to ours, but it was so enriching. The families greeted us with a welcome ceremony where we were invited up to dance with them which immediately made us feel at home, as they treated us like their own. My favourite moment during the home stays was on the third day, after being shown around their school, we played a game of football and then taught 50 children the hokey kokey. It was crazy! As we were leaving, the women from the village gave us all a flower as a farewell gift and behind them the children were still playing it.
After the two nights in the home stays we embarked on the rest of what rural Nepal had to offer. We went on two long hikes up the mountains, both were extremely hard and tiring! However, once we reached the top you could see the whole valley including Pokhara, which made the entire walking experience worth it. The next day we watched the sun rise over the mountains and the valley and it was one of the most amazing experiences ever.
This trip was a once in a lifetime opportunity for me and I feel very lucky to have gone.
Tess (Year 13)
Isobel (Year 12) continues to excel in Ballroom Dancing in the Latin discipline. Most recently she competed in an international competition in Amsterdam and finshed third, meaning that she has now qualified for the World Championships with a date and venue to be confirmed. Well done Isobel.
Imi (Year 13) - Judo
Imi competed in the Scottish Open in Glasgow and achieved a Bronze in the Juniors and a Silver in the Seniors. Well done Imi.
Dominic - Cross Country
After a successful run at the County Schools XC, Dominic (Year 12) has been selected to run for Cambridgeshire Schools at the Anglian Schools XC in Ipswich on Saturday 3rd February. This is an amazing achievement! Well done Dominic.
Isobel, a Year 12 student, competed in the British Latin and Ballroom Championships in Blackpool at the end of November. Isobel is currently ranked 5th in the UK for Latin Formation and is part of the Latin Formation team called XS Latin, which is a dance club based in Cambridge.
Recently Isobel performed at the British Championships in the Winter Gardens and reached the finals, achieving 5th place. This is a fantastic achievement after many years of practise and hard work and as a result of this success, will be competing in the International Championships in the New Year in Amsterdam.
Well done Isobel on a fantastic achievement and good luck at the international event. A future 'Strictly' star in the making.
Mia - Football
At the end of November, Mia in Year 12 was selected to attend the England U18 Women’s Football training camp. Mia has been fortunate to have been in the England U17s this year, making her debut at the beginning of the year, and most recently in November, she was called up to the England U18s.
When Mia is not studying her Sport Diploma, she trains four times a week, as well as her own training programme. At St George’s Park England Camp, Mia can expect to be training for up to 4 hours a day, with recovery and gym sessions in between. Mia also had the opportunity to attend meetings for video analysis and also classroom based Education.
Mia shared with me that the camp has been by far the most inspirational one for her, because the England Senior Ladies were also at St George’s Park preparing for their World Cup qualifying matches.
Well Done Mia on your fantastic achievements.
The Netherhall Sixth Form Team
Sixth Form Rugby Team
On the 8th November, Netherhall Sixth Form made their debut into the rugby scene. Thanks to the combined effort of students, there is now a team to contend with for the first time in over fifteen years. Although the team were wearing a Shelford strip, it was the college spirit and determination that was represented in a hard fought 7 - 5 win against Hills Road Sixth Form College. This win is a benchmark for a hopefully long and successful legacy to be left at Netherhall. The game has inspired both students and staff to support the cause and we are sure there are great things to come of the Netherhall 1st XV.
Imogen (Year 13) entered the University Colleges Judo Competition on the weekend of 11th and 12th November. The event proved to be very successful for Imi who was representing Netherhall Sixth Form Centre. Imi continued her recent success in Judo and achieved the top prize in the Seniors category, a Gold Medal! She also went on to achieve a Silver Medal in the Under 20 category, despite being one of the youngest students.
Well Done Imi on yet another fantastic Judo achievement.
Netherhall Sixth Form student Imogen is heading for the Bahamas to represent Team England in the Commonwealth Youth Games. A fantastic achievement. Visit the Cambridge Evening News for full article.
Many thanks to Cordy for the cake sale on Friday 23rd June for Pos+Ability, a charity that helps people with life changing illness stay mobile.
Pos+Ability is a charity that works with people who have survived a stroke or have a neurological illness and through a range of activities and regular social meetings, they help them to keep that element of independence and stay mobile. One of the illnesses that Pos+Ability works with is Multiple Sclerosis. This is a common illness in my father’s family and I wanted to do something to help those who need it. Setting up this cake stall was hard work, but it was worth every second. I ran the stall with the help of Mr Marsaoui and Mr Watkins, plus the two ladies from the charity who came to observe and the support I received was unbelievable. People were not just buying cakes; they were donating to a very worthy cause.
In total I was able to raise £85 for a very deserving charity, and I cannot thank everyone enough for their support. I couldn’t have done it without you all!
Harry completed a 50km cycle ride around Cambridgeshire, along with his friend Adon, to raise funds for Melanoma UK in memory of Adon's Mum. He has currently raised over £400. If you would like to sponsor Harry for this great cause, please send any donations to the Sixth Form Office and we will pass these on to him. All contributions will be greatly received.
Well done to both of them!
On 6th December many students would have looked outside and seen the frosty conditions and thought they are less than ideal to be out running. But for one Sixth Form student this presented ideal conditions to win the Cambridge and District Schools Cross Country Race. The race was 6km in distance, and consisted of three laps of 2km each. Jordan managed to win the race and is going on to represent the College at the County Cross Country Championships. Well done Jordan!
We would like to share with you the success of one of our Year 12 students. Imi achieved a Bronze Medal in the National Judo Championships this weekend, we hope she continues to build on this success at future competitions and hopefully we will one day see her represent Great Britain at the Olympic games. Well done Imi.