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'I swam the equivalent of the English Channel.'
Millbrook Academy student Isabella Weatherall recently swam the equivalent of the English Channel to raise funds for her local Guides unit and a local hedgehog hospital.
‘I did the swim at the Virgin Active pool in Gloucester over eight days, swimming an average of 170 lengths a day. This took nearly two hours each day. Some of the Guides and Leaders from my unit came to the pool to cheer me on. I started to get tired in the middle of the week, but the support made me feel better and my dad fed me fruit pastilles to keep me going!. I knew I couldn’t give up because I was raising funds for the Guides and the hedgehogs. I wanted to make Mum, Dad and my swimming teacher proud of me.’
Isabella has been swimming since she was three months old. She swims in a club and is currently doing a lifeguarding course.
‘The highlight of the swim was the last length. I made everyone laugh because I swam it in butterfly, got to the end and said “Bonjour”.’
Mrs Scott said. ‘This is an amazing achievement and we are extremely proud of Isabella.’
On Tuesday 16th October the Millbrook Academy Cross Country team were in action at the annual district championships at Plock Court. It was a challenging afternoon for running with heavy ground and high winds but this did not stop our students performing exceptionally well.
The first race off was the year 7 boys who had to complete and 2 mile course. The boys from Millbrook Academy set off at a sensible pace and managed to maintain this for the whole race picking off many runners in the latter stages and demonstrating the sort of determination and commitment we aim for. Overall positions for the year 7 boys were as follows; Anthony Andrews 22nd, Sam Herridge 37th, Jack Hancock 64th, Luke Barnes 65th and Brandon Bowen 67th.
In the year 7 girls race again over a 2 mile course the team performed exceptionally well with Morgan Danter coming home first of the Millbrook Students in 33rd position, followed by Amelia Griffiths in 34th, Abbie Randall in 49th, Kandi Francis in 52nd, Isobel Owens in 60th and Ellie Cole in 61st. A great team effort by the girls. Well done.
In the year 8 and 9 combined events the boys and girls both did themselves proud with Jamie Hatton the star of the show in the boys event finishing in 27th, Jordan Stevens was not too far behind finishing in 27th and James Harding completed the trio in 68th. Well done to the boys particularly to Jordan who was competing when feeling pretty unwell and against many students in the year above.
In the year 8 and girls race the trio of runners set off a fierce pace, and some maybe paid the price for their speedy start, Crustal Francis managed to maintain a good pace throughout and finished in 22nd position, with Sammie Poole (63rd) and Keavy Morgan (64th) completing the days events.
Well done to all those involved, we look forward to coming back next year and pushing ourselves further up the leader board!
2nd in Physical Education
Year 9 Football Competition
Millbrook Academy 1 – 3 St Peters
The Year 9 Millbrook Academy team have just finished their most successful campaign to date. They easily qualified for the semi-final after disposing of Churchdown and Gloucester Academy, and drawing 1-1 with St Peters.
The semi-final saw an away trip to Crypt, the boys showed fantastic character and determination to win 3-1 after being 1-0 down after 15 minutes of the first half. Goals from Lewis Fogg, Wakib Said and Sheldon Herbert sealed the victory.
Having already played St Peters in the group stage it was to be a re-match for the final at Dowty Staverton. Debuting the new school kit supplied by the Premier League Players Kit Scheme, the boys started the match in a positive manner. Having dominated possession for the opening 10 minutes Millbrook twice came close to opening the scoring but failed to convert their chances.
Mid-way through the first half St Peters opened the scoring, having had an earlier goal ruled out for offside. A long ball into the box was inadvertently turned goalwards by a Millbrook defender, and after a small deflection goalkeeper Jack Holmes was unable to keep this one out. He had already made a fine save from a St Peters free-kick to keep the game goalless.
Approaching half-time and a combination of good play from St Peters and some missed clearances saw St Peters add a further two goals to their tally. Half-time Millbrook 0-3 St Peters.
Millbrook started the second half brightly and a change in formation seemed to even out the game, with chances few and far between for both teams. Millbrook were looking tighter at the back but needed to attack to try and reduce the deficit.
With 4 minutes remaining Millbrook’s persistence paid off as Jordan Molyneux rounded the ‘keeper to slot into an empty net. Unfortunately it was too little, too late and the final whistle brought a close to a competitive final.
The Millbrook players can be proud of their display, and on another day a performance to the same standard could’ve easily produced a positive result. We must remember that St Peters have over 120 boys from which to choose their team whereas we only have 50, so getting to the final in itself is a massive achievement.
A big thank you to the staff, students and parents who came to support the team. We will back next year looking for more success!
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