Brooke Weston has introduced Sports Colours to recognise the achievements of students who have shown outstanding performance, commitment or dedication in sport, in school, at county level and beyond.
The school has introduced a two-tier system awarding half colours, which is a blue bar badge, to students in Year 9 and above. Those who continue to excel in sport will be eligible to receive full colours, an enamelled shield badge, from Year 11 onwards.
Mr Clasper gave a history of the colours system, which originated with the boat race between Oxford and Cambridge with rowers being awarded a specially coloured blazer (dark blue and light blue respectively). Since then sports teams and institutions around the world have continued the tradition. He said: ‘This is a fantastic award that is held up very highly around the country in many schools and universities. It is awarded to those who have excelled in a particular sport. There is an opportunity in Year 10 going into Year 11 that if you continue to excel in sport that you might be considered for the full colours. To get full colours is to get something unbelievably exceptional. Colours are part of our sporting culture and heritage. They will be introduced for excellence in these areas; overall sporting achievement, honours for county or club, showing sportsmanship and coaching peers.’
The awards were announced in assembly with Mr Clasper and Miss Barber reading out the Year 9 students’ individual achievements that had made them eligible for this first batch of half colours. Miss Stringer, who presented the first awards, told them: ‘Sport was absolutely fundamental in my life and for many years I taught PE. Achieving my half and full colours at school was my everything. I hope those who receive these well-deserved colours will treasure them.’
Congratulations for the following students who have excelled in their respective sports: