Year 6 girls enjoyed their first sports tour weekend in the form of a GDST triangular festival between 31st January and 2nd February. We were playing against Wimbledon and Northampton High Schools and were kindly hosted by families from Northampton High. The girls arrived at the tournament slightly nervous but excited at the prospect of meeting their host families from the GDST sister schools. After a lovely greeting from the Head of the Northampton Junior School it was time to socialise and make some new friends.

On Saturday morning, the girls were ready and raring to get onto the Hockey pitch. There was an A and a B strand tournament and despite the blustery conditions, a high level of Hockey was played by all. Hannah Reichard was phenomenal in goal for the B team, making strong saves across her circle and even stepping forward to take on attacking players; as a result, she earned the title of NHSG Player of the Hockey Tournament. Well done, Hannah!

After a much needed lunch break to recharge their batteries, the afternoon was split between a swimming gala and fun team games in Northampton High’s sports hall. Girls who took part in a swimming gala were put through their paces in competitive races. Autumn Vaulkhard swam an exceptional length and won her race. As a result of this, she was awarded NHSG Swimmer of the Gala.

The gala finished with some fun races that required problem solving and tactics. NHSG girls really came into their own and won these relays! To round off an eventful day, girls spent the evening with their host families, who had planned for everyone to go for dinner and then bowling. Feedback from the girls was that the evening was full of laughter and fun.

By Sunday morning, the girls were mixing with pupils from their sister schools with ease, creating lifelong friendships. Many of the parents supporting the Netball tournament were cheering for the NHSG girls who had been staying with them as well as their own daughters. It made for a lovely atmosphere.

Within the Netball competition, all of the teams played each other. The girls were mindful that the games were evenly matched when playing for an A team against a B team. At one point our B team and the Wimbledon High A team mixed together to play with each other and the girls thoroughly enjoyed this game! Charlotte Grimes was named the NHSG Player of the Netball Tournament due to her improvement over the course of the day.
Overall, the Festival proved to be a fantastic weekend of sport and the girls made great new friends, highlighting the benefits of being part of the strong and supportive GDST network.

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