Celebrating our Sporting Champs


Rastrick High School & Sixth Form celebrated its annual Sports Presentation Evening recently as over two hundred and fifty students, family and friends joined the PE Department at Bertie’s, Elland. The evening was a celebration of top performing sports students who have represented the school throughout the year.

The awards ceremony was preceded by a Sports Fair which saw the formal launch of the new Clublink initiative. The initiative will see the school link directly with local sports clubs in the community with the aim to provide a clear and accessible route for students to further pursue the initial interest which may have fostered at school. The Rastrick High School Clublink partners for 2016/17 are Leeds Academy of American Football, Deighton Basketball Club, CTA Select Football Academy, Brighouse Town Ladies Football, Halifax Hockey Club, Judo Excellence, Brighouse Rangers RL Juniors, Brighouse Rangers RL Ladies, Huddersfield YMCA Rugby Union, Premier Taekwondo, Deighton Table Tennis Club, Rastrick Tennis Club, and Rastrick Cricket Club.

The formal evening commenced with guest speaker World Thai-Boxing Champion Rachael MacKenzie highlighting the merits of individual determination and resilience to overcome adversity and the rewards that come from this. This was a truly powerful message that tied in directly in with the school’s ethos of growth mindset and student independence.

The main part of the award ceremony saw the announcement of Howarth’s People and Safety Management as the school’s sports team’s sponsor for the coming years. This was reflected in their sponsorship of the PE Department Award which went to the Year 7 and 8 students who showed widespread participation across a number of different activities and a great attitude towards sport. The winners of this award were Evie Lord, Lottie Turner, Abigail Hunter, Jessica Hosking, Jemima Wood, Elias Swaine, Archie Cresswell, Isaac Mucci, Harvey Rowe, Harry Stone, Hayden Webster and Will Thompson. Each student will receive a bespoke Howarths sponsored shirt to be worn as part of their PE kit.

This years’ ‘This Girl Can’ Award, which goes to the female students who have shown dedication to extracurricular clubs by representing a number of teams, showing a love of sport and being a role model to younger girls went to Issy Pare, Lauren Riley, Ellie Salmon, Courtney Mackerill, Gabby Francique. These students were involved in a national Girls Active campaign that saw them attend a training camp weekend at Loughborough University, with the intention of them inspiring the future generation of girls to participate in sport and physical activity. 

The prized Sports Personalities of the Year Awards were next as six students were in the running for the top crown of Gold Award, with their achievements promoted at regular intervals to the audience. They were judged on commitment, effort and attitude towards excellence in their sporting field and the drive towards elite level of performance.

Sports Personality of the Year 2015/16


•              Bronze Award: James Ince - Taekwondo

•              Silver Award: Matthew Taylor – Cycling

•              Gold Award: Matthew Bottomley – Water Polo


•              Bronze Award: Charlotte Simpson – Taekwondo

•              Silver Award: Kirsten Walton – Skiing

•              Gold Award: Elias Swaine - Netball


The Silver Jubilee Award

The last award of the evening, the highly prestigious Jubilee Shield for Outstanding Leadership and Commitment to School Sport, was awarded to Luke Thornton and Lucy Wood. Both students have come through seven years of sporting education and experience at Rastrick studying both GCSE PE and A Level PE.

Luke, who is a skier, has been an excellent performer throughout his time at Rastrick regularly picking up prizes and recognition for his efforts. He is now a full qualified ski instructor and will leave Rastrick with the intention of fully exploring the opportunities that his experience and ability in skiing will afford him.

Lucy is a high performing rugby player and an extremely diligent A Level student. She is verging on England representation, putting her pursuit of this on the back burner whilst she focussed on achieving the best results at A Level as she can. She has always been an excellent role model to younger students, rebuffing the myths of girls being active in sport, especially contact sports.

Headteacher, Steve Evans said, “The evening highlighted the stunning ability of the students at RHS and was a fitting end to a very successful year for the school.” 

Photographs of the evening will be available to purchase from next week - please check back here for the link.

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