PE Department news Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Mr Airey (Monday 3.35pm) The boys are doing really well and learning fast. They are all not only remembering the moves but the technical names for them and executing them well. Every week the boys are relying less on brute strength and instead utilising their newly learned techniques. The sparring is competitive but friendly and often very even. There have been some epic backwards and forwards bouts full of skill and technique that have only ended due to time running out. There is still lots to learn and a lot of refinement to be made to their technique, but the boys are enjoying the training and picking up the jits game fast. We have recently been filmed for Woodfarm TV ..so look forward to our sessions being viewed on the school plasma screens. Football – Under 15 team Mr Beattie (Monday 3.35pm) Recently the team have begun to gel and are getting used to playing alongside each other in our current team formation. This has seen Mathew Boyd and Jamie Miller excel, allowing them the opportunity to reach their full potential becoming both joint top goal scorers. With our rock at the back of defence Grant Girvan, we have been able to keep schools such as Williamwood and Castlehead at bay winning 2-1 in both games. As the league season comes to a close the team want to strive to get as high in the league as possible and create a stepping stone for the boys who wish to get into the U-18 team next year. With the St Mirren Cup starting in January there is plenty of opportunity to bring some silverware back to the school, but we must first get past tough opposition in the first round. Football – Under 13 team Mr Braid and Mr Ward (Wednesday 3.35pm) The under 13s football team have had a difficult start to the season with games against three very good sides. Only a last minute penalty denied Woodfarm a share of the points against St Ninian's and after defeat against Renfrew, the boys played much better and led Williamwood twice before eventually losing an exciting match. A few players have really caught the eye during the first few games, in particular Craig Nicolson, Euan Kyle and Riess Cridge. Rugby Mr Beattie ( Wednesday lunchtime) The S1/2 rugby team is something new and exciting that has been brought to Woodfarm High this year. Much has happened since August when the enthusiastic team was brought together. The team had their first game against Eastwood High on Thursday 3rd December. They wore their custom made new strips and put into practice all they’ve learned so far in training. The recent trip to the home of Scottish rugby Murrayfield saw the extremely excited pupils have the opportunity to meet some of their rugby heroes. The boys had the chance to rub shoulders with some of the best rugby talent Scotland has to offer such as Scotland’s top point’s scorer Chris Patterson and Scotland Captain Chris Cusiter. The pupils were able to get the players autographs, get their photographs taken and ask the players some questions. Overall the trip was a great success and the boys all agreed that they had a fantastic time. Netball Mrs McLean and Miss Brownie. (Friday and Tuesday 3.35pm) The first year team has come together well in the first few weeks of the term. They have trained hard and are now finding their positions in the team beginning to settle. So far we have played 2 matches winning one and losing one. In both they showed excellent spirit in playing hard, but behaving in an exemplary fashion while representing Woodfarm. The senior Netball girls have started off their season with some highly competitive games against tough opposition. So far they have faced some of the best, if not the best, teams in Scotland in the group stages of the Renfrewshire and Scottish Cup. The girls have had a hard start but have risen to the challenge and put in some excellence performances showing great improvements both individually and as a team. Particular mention should go to Laura Barry and Rachel Mackie from the 3 rd year team who have also been asked to join the senior team due to them performing at a high level and showing great promise as they continue to improve. A further special mention is also required for Kristina Manson who has been recently selected for the Scotland U19 Long Squad. Well done Kristina. Running Club Melanie Neef and Mrs McFettridge (Wednesday 3.35) Working well and increasing in numbers steadily. We now have our new recruit to the team – Marion, our Campus Officer. She’s out there with Mr Hillis, too, pounding the streets preparing for their first 5k race in the New Year. Table Tennis Mr Wilcock (Friday 2.45) This new club launched late in November. More members need – so come along and represent the school in matches against other schools. Basketball Nadele Strain and Mr Douglas (Wednesday 2.45pm) The senior boys have played their first game of the year against a very strong Barrhead team. The Barrhead team showed their experience and dominated the game, although the senior boys played well and gradually began to improve throughout the game. This finished 81-10 to Barrhead. The senior boys second game of the season was against a Staff select for Children in Need. The Boys put up a good fight but the staff soon established themselves and began to create scoring opportunities to create a 12-0 winning margin. The 1st and 2nd year boys took part in a basketball festival at Eastwood High. They really enjoyed the event and played some good basketball against other schools within the area. Our 2nd team came third in their group while our 1st team finished mid table. Dance Mrs Gardner (Thursday 3.35pm) Bollywood Miss Hyde(Wednesday 2.45) Both Clubs worked hard towards the performances for the Woodfarm does ‘Strictly’ competition Amy Regan Amy's family tell us about Amy's progress and successes Amy has been injured since before the summer but thankfully is now almost fully fit and involved in full training again. She took part in the Queen ' s Baton relay race for Delhi on Sunday 29 November. This was not only an honour for Amy but really exciting for her too. She was given the baton just outside Prince 's Square and she carried it into the Square before handing it over. Unfortunately, we never got any photos of her because as soon as the baton was handed over she was completely surrounded by police and we couldn’t really see her! The baton will travel round all the countries in the Commonwealth and arrive in Delhi at the opening ceremony on 3rd October 2010. Hopefully good health and fitness will prevail and Amy will be there to see it. Amy ' s competitions will begin in earnest in February 2010 , in Cardiff with the National Squad followed by the Scottish Championships.