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Year 8 win Fylde & Wyre Handball Tournament
Kay Hanham / 04 February 2019 / Categories: Sport

Year 8 win Fylde & Wyre Handball Tournament

AKS Year 8 are once again proving a force to be reckoned with on the local sports scene when they came out on top in the latest Fylde & Wyre Handball Tournament held at Carr Hill. Like the Year 9, the girls were only introduced to handball at the start of the term but they have taken to it like ducks to water using their athleticism, netball skills and games ability to adapt to the new game and make a winning start in their first tournament.

A squad of 18 excited and enthusiastic girls  formed an A and B team and played matches against local opposition Carr Hill, Lytham High and St Bedes, as well as having to play against each other. It was impressive to see how the girls, after a few handball sessions, had acquired and transferred skills under pressure in the competitive matches. All girls' progress and their knowledge and understanding of the rules is commendable. 

The A team won all four matches to come out on top at the end of the tournament, not only finding the net frequently but impressively managing not to concede any goals throughout the tournament. With a large squad we also fielded a B team who played against all A teams and drew 1 and lost 3 matches.

In their first competitive handball games it was a steep learning curve for all the girls getting to grips with the rules and the tactics of the game but they rose to the challenge superbly and everyone got better and better as the games progressed. Defenders Amelie L, Olivia M, Lucy P, Beth R and Madi R protected their goal well, intercepting many passes to regain possession and then quickly set up the attack.  Anna Du and Maddi B worked tirelessly in the centre, hassling the opposition and linking well with pivot players Carys B, Katie T and Patsy C who were crucial in support play and helping to set up attack. Wingers Amelie S, Charlie B, Leila S , Scarlet D moved swiftly up the court to put themselves in advantageous shooting position with the highlight being the expression on Ava N’s face when she scored her first goal for the team. Last, but not least, the goalkeepers Lucy B, Kate S, Laura K and Katie T impressively took control of their goal making many essential saves as well as setting up the counter attacks.

A superb afternoon which saw AKS record their first ever victory in competitive handball ! All the girls improved both their techniques and game understanding and enjoyed the challenge of this new game.

The A team as tournament winners now play in the final against the other tournament winners and all girls are looking forward to having the opportunity to play more matches.



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Connecting with our heritage: QMS

An interview with Miss Joan Charlton, a well-known former headmistress of Queen Mary School (QMS) by our archive volunteers

The archives comprise five collections of material relating to Arnold, King Edward VII School, Queen Mary School, KEQMS and AKS. Each consists of a diverse collection of school records containing all kinds of items as well as pupil files.  We have architects’ plans, admissions registers, correspondence, speech day addresses, commemorative albums, school magazines, some text books and pupils’ exercise books,  drama and music programmes, photographs, trophies, items of uniform, framed portraits and paintings, pottery, furniture and even a rug.  There is always room for more and we welcome the donation of relevant items.

The archives span over 120 years of history. They contain a wealth of information relating to local history and many accounts of social and historical importance, especially with regard to the wartime years and the impact of education on women’s role in society. 

A small team of volunteers is dedicated to each archive and is wholeheartedly supported by school.  New volunteers to help with cataloguing via the dedicated computer software or with identifying photographs are always welcome. AKS pupils can join the Archive Club to learn about conservation, cataloguing and how to identify items for the new AKS archive.  To get in touch:

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Poetry in Performance

Our Year 7s take their performances to Lytham Church of England School

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