5th July 19
With a sunny day and an enthusiastic crowd, all children from our four houses battled in field and track events on Friday morning. The colourful display of house flags and fantastic atmosphere on the fields encouraged the children to give their very best for their house. Sports Day is not only fun for the children but it is also the perfect opportunity to teach them about teamwork, fair play, and how to overcome one’s own limits. The children certainly did us proud with their ‘I can’ attitude and enthusiasm on the day.
It is priceless to see the excitement when children cheer on their friends from the sidelines. They feel a real sense of belonging and love to be part of their team. The children do not run for their own personal success but to represent their house. The team spirit on the day was exemplary!
The much-anticipated announcement of the winners was accompanied by loud cheers from Charrington who were the overall winners of the day. Hip Hip, Hooray!
All children had a fantastic day and the main credit for this lies with our PE team who have once again organised a brilliant sports event for the children. Thank you!
14th June 18
We would like to congratulate all six girls who qualified to participate in the IAPS National Swimming Finals 2018. Over 5,000 children had tried to qualify for finals day and only the top 20 swimmers in each age group in every stroke were invited back. Finton House School was represented by a team of one Year 6 and five Year 5 children who all swam incredibly well on the day. With over 3000 spectators at the Aquatic Centre, the excitement and atmosphere was infectious as the girls got prepared for their races!
Issy, our Year 6 record swimmer, qualified for the 50metres backstroke and impressed us with a new personal best time. The standard of the races were so high this year that Issy just missed the podium, but she still achieved an incredible 5th place. We also had 3 individual qualifiers: India (25 metres backstroke), Sophia (25metre freestyle) and Emily (25 metres breaststroke). Well done to Emily who finished her race as 9th in the country. India and Emily made it through to the final where India produced an amazing swim with a new school record of 17.25 (just beating Issy’s silver medal performance last year of 17.35). The Finton crowd cheered excitedly when it was announced that India won the silver medal. What an achievement!
The U10 medley relay team consisting of Freya, Emily, India and Sophia just missed out on the medals finishing 5th in the country. In the freestyle relay the team comprising of Hannah, India, Emily and Sophia stormed into the lead going into the last leg and incredibly Sophia managed to hang on a couple of hundredths of seconds. GOLD MEDAL for the mighty Finton – which makes these girls the Number 1 under 10 freestyle relay prep swimming team in the country!
What a brilliant performance by all our individual swimmers and teams! We are very proud of them all.
We would like to thank our supporters on the day who came down to the Aquatic Centre to cheer our girls on. The children really appreciated seeing so many teachers there to support them.
Thank you must also go to our PE Department and all supporting staff who did an exceptional job in preparing the competitors for the finals and helping out on the day.
The full list of results from the IAPS National Swimming Finals 2018 are available to download here.
9th March 18
The Finton House swimming team has achieved incredibly well in the South of the River Swimming Gala. There were 11 schools fighting for the right to be called the best girls’ swimming team south of the river. The current holders JAPS were keen to defend their title, and they had a new group of very strong Year 4 girls. With schools like St. Christopher’s in the mix it was going to be a challenging evening.
Finton House are always well supported by a travelling army of wonderful parental support, which really helped the girls produce their best. Headmaster Mr Ben also joined the coaching team for the night which gave the girls an extra boost.
Out of the 19 events, we did not make the podium on only two occasions. What a fantastic achievement! The Year 4 girls finished 2nd in their category finishing only 7 points behind JAPS. Imogen, Elodie, Carys, Amelia and Iris all got medals and kept us close to the lead. Our Year 5 girls picked up 4 gold and 2 silver medals. Sophia, Emily, India and Freya all went home with 3 medals each. Emily and Sophia claimed all gold. What a great return! It was now down to the Year 6 girls to see if we could claim the title. Boy, did they deliver! Issy won 4 gold medals. The two swimming captains, Lucy and Alice did us proud; both girls went home with 2 golds and 1 bronze. Olivia also swam brilliantly in the breaststroke and went home with 2 golds and 1 bronze. A special mention must go to Tegan who swam in both relays and won 2 gold medals.
Streatham & Clapham Prep
Dulwich Hamlet Primary
Well done to the whole team who all took home a huge number of medals. Not only was the team modest in victory, but their behaviour and application was fantastic! This was a truly magnificent performance! Thanks to Mr Ben and Miss Emma who helped on the day.
– Mr Anthony, Head of PE
25th September 17
Last Friday the Year 4 ‘A’ Football team spent the day at Cranleigh Prep School. The sun was shining and Chelsea Football Club were organising matches and training for the 16 schools in attendance. Graeme Le Seaux gave all of the children an inspiring talk before the game with some interesting Q&A. It was then into lunch for all of the teams.
After a hearty lunch, the boys were ready for action. The format was four groups of four teams. Only the winning team from each group would go through to the finals where they would play another round robin. Each match would only last six minutes so it was so important not to concede an early goal. With seven players on a small pitch scoring was going to be difficult. In our first game we smashed in six goals in six minutes against Wonersh & Shamley. In our second game we drew with The Roche School 1 – 1. We dominated the game only to concede from a kick on. The Roche also drew against Holy Trinity Guilford and it was now up to us in the last game to win the group against Holy Trinity and progress to the finals. We played some wonderful football with Hector turning on a magic five minutes. He was everywhere. He was ably supported by Basil and Dom with his outstanding finishing. We won 2 – 0 and progressed to the finals.
Waiting for us in the finals was our old nemesis Eaton House The Manor, The hosts Cranleigh Prep and last year’s winners Cranleigh Primary School. We drew 0 – 0 against Eaton House in our first game. We also drew 0 – 0 against Cranleigh Primary. Unbelievably, all of the teams in the group were drawing their games. The last two games of the day would determine the result of the tournament. An unfortunate deflection saw us concede a goal to Cranleigh Prep and we lost the game 1 – 0. Eaton House had to beat Cranleigh Primary by 2 goals or more to be crowned champions as they hadn’t scored a goal yet in the final stages. They could only manage a 1 – 0 victory over Cranleigh Primary, which gave the hosts victory by a goal difference of one.
The Finton boys were great ambassadors for our school and played some fantastic football. Equal 3rd place out of 16 schools was a pleasing result.
21st September 17
Although the boys were very excited about the tournament, they knew it would be a challenging day with a number of schools taking part.
Unbelievably, both teams managed to win their groups with only one goal conceded and a large number of goals being scored. At lunch confidence among the squad was very high, but the boys were told that this was the knockout stage of the competition and concentration was vital.
Both teams managed to navigate through the quarter finals successfully. It was in the semi-finals that the B team were drawn against Eaton House, a team we knew were going to be difficult from the outset. It was in this match that we played our best football to date, overcoming them 2-0. The A team put up an equally impressive performance against Westminster, with the match ending in a victory for Finton House. Unbelievably both teams had made it to the finals, which is an achievement in itself!
The B team were winning 1-0 until the very last minute of the match, when we unfortunately conceded a goal, meaning the match went to penalties. However the boys kept their confidence throughout and took home the first of the two Finton House medals.
The A team then went into their final, wanting to replicate the success of the B team. Unfortunately, we were defeated 1-0 in the final, but the boys gave everything and on another day the result could have been the other way around.
Overall it was a fantastic day!
10th July 17
The atmosphere on our Sports Day 2017 was fantastic as the whole school community came together to watch the 4 houses Macmillan, Charrington, Thomson and Nunneley, which are named after the founding families, compete on the day for the prestigious annual Sports Day Cup.
The children impressed the audience with some all-time-high school records in the 800m and 1500m runs, sprints and long jumps. Although a competition, Fintonians made us very proud with their attitude towards the event. They showed respect, cooperation, endeavour and resilience on the day.
All teams had a brilliant time and of course everybody hoped for their house to win the cup. The excitement could be felt on the field as the children prepared for the final announcement of the winner by Mr Ben, Headmaster. After some very nerve-wrecking minutes, the results were out…and Macmillan was announced as the winner of the Sports Day 2017!
At this point there was no way to stop the green team; they jumped, screaming and hugged each other, happy about their well-deserved victory! The house captains proudly picked up the trophy and a loud cheer went up from the crowd to congratulate them, as they posed for a victorious photograph.
The other houses congratulated the winning team in true Finton House style. What a fantastic way to finish the academic year for sports at Finton House School!