The beginning of the Autumn Term has seen a whirlwind of activity for the Physical Education Department at Canons. Our students, spanning from Years 4 to 13, have been enthusiastically participating in a diverse array of sports, achieving notable success across the board.
Our achievements span across various sports, including netball, swimming, badminton, tennis, lacrosse, cross country, football, cricket, and skiing.
Highlights of the term have included a thrilling trip to Lords for the cricket enthusiasts who supported Year 11-13 cricketers who proudly represented NLCS at the U19 MCC indoor cricket competition.
Ash Gloster, a 2017 Bronze Medallist and England’s World Championships Captain, hosted a captivating lacrosse masterclass alongside Laura Warren, Wales and Great Britain Lacrosse Player. This experience was immensely enjoyable for our Senior, U15, and U14 squads, while the U12 and U13 squads eagerly anticipate their own masterclass in January!
In the world of tennis, our students from Years 7 & 8 and Years 9 & 10 displayed their prowess by winning the Middlesex schools competition in Divisions 1 and 2, respectively. Both teams have now advanced to the regional playoffs.
And finally, 17 students hit the slopes in the British Schoolgirls Indoor Ski Championships placing a very respectable 12th out of 39 teams.
In netball, our students across all age groups have displayed their competitive prowess in the Sisters n Sport (SNS) and Independent Schools Netball Competition (ISNC) national tournaments. Notably, our Senior squad secured victories against Reigate Grammar and Kings Wimbledon, ensuring they advance in both tournaments. All of our Senior School netball teams emerged victorious in the regional round of the Middlesex tournament, earning their places in the upcoming finals in March. Our Junior School teams shone brightly in the U11 NLCS tournament and triumphed in games over Haberdashers’ Girls’ School.
In swimming, our students have demonstrated excellence this half term. The Senior School students clinched a friendly victory against St Helens, and a spirited warm-up gala against Belmont featured enthusiastic participation from students spanning Years 7 to 13.
Outside of school, we are proud of our elite swimmers, who have been excelling on the national stage.
Lacrosse remains highly popular at NLCS, with an impressive turnout of 60 Middle School students attending training, allowing us to offer fixtures for our A, B, C, and D squads. The U15 and Senior Squads are also thriving, with 30 and 48 students respectively, showcasing the passion for lacrosse throughout the school.
The competitive season began with great excitement as the U13s through to the 1st squad faced St George’s, resulting in equal victories for both schools. Additionally, the U12, U14, and U15 teams had the unexpected pleasure of a bonus match against St Albans High School due to the postponement of the AHS invitational tournament. We eagerly await our scheduled rematch later in the season!
Within the picturesque grounds, we organised and hosted the U15 and Senior Tri-County tournament, achieving outstanding results against several schools, including Benenden, Lady Eleanor Holles, St Helens, and Northwood. The U15 and 2nd squad delivered exceptional performances, with our 1st squad securing the silver medal in the plate competition final.
Outside of school, we are proud that 8 players have been nominated for the U15 squads and 7 for the U18 squads following the Super-County trials. Furthermore, 3 players have earned spots in the Regional England Squads, and 8 players were nominated during the England County Selection weekend for the Regional England trials. We eagerly anticipate following their progress throughout the season.
In badminton, we secured victories over Northwood College and placed 2nd and 3rd in the Middlesex and Hertfordshire tournaments alongside a victory over Lady Eleanor Holles in the National Cup.
Turning to the ESAA Cross Country cup, our team’s skill and determination have propelled them into the regional final, and we eagerly anticipate their performance in the upcoming autumn term.
On the football front, our Senior School footballers took part in a Harrow league match against Park High School. Meanwhile, our Year 7 and 8 footballers showcased their talents in a competitive 7-a-side tournament at South Hampstead High School.