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June 25th 2019

The Girls with the Snake Tattoos

Each year House Captains bring something new to Sports Day, to make their mark. Last year saw the girls given coloured pom-poms, and this year, Clifton House Captain Lilly quite literally made a mark – selling temporary snake tattoos to her Housemates.

With face-paint perfected, pom-poms in hand, and snake tattoos applied, the girls were ready to cheer on their Housemates, and their friends, as well as perhaps compete themselves on the penultimate Saturday of the academic year.  True to Cobham form, support was given to each competitor regardless of House.  From cheering at the side-lines, to running alongside for moral support, our core value of kindness radiated from the girls. It was also a joy to see many of the girls on our Intensive English Summer Programme – joining our community for up to four weeks in June - wholeheartedly joining in, with some earning a medal to take home.

Records were broken in several events, including the 200m, 800m, 1500m, Javelin and Shot Put – congratulations to Hannah (Year 7 200m and 1500m), Natasha (Year 8 800m and 1500m), Britta (Year 10-13 Javelin) and Nifemi (Year 9 Shot Put).

The surprise of the day came from the final event – the Staff and Sixth Form Relay. With Clifton House short of a participant, a call was put out for a Parent volunteer. Step forward, Mr Thomas – a Sierra Leonean sprinter who competed at the Olympic Games: needless to stay, Clifton stormed to the relay victory!

As the girls gathered to hear the results, Head of PE Mrs Hooper ramped up the tension by revealing that every House was leading at some point during the morning! Medals were handed out to all winners, before the Victrix Ludorum winners were announced: Congratulations to Junior Winner Selina, and Senior Winner Bo.

However, perhaps the tattoos were a lucky charm, as Clifton House – the girls with the snake tattoos – glided to victory and emerged as Sports Day Champions. Last year’s champions Lenox took second place, Richmond third and Darnley fourth.

“We were very pleased with the girls and their fantastic efforts,” commented Mrs Hooper afterwards, “and want thank the team of staff that helped support this event.”

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