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Cabinet Member Visits JKHS
member for Education, Councillor Don Rule MBE, met with
John Kyrle staff on Friday, 10th March to discuss accommodation
issues at the high school. Councillor Rule was accompanied
by fellow Cabinet Member, Mr Mike Wilson.
discussion were the newly installed additional classrooms
for PE, A-level Production Design and the School’s Training
Centre for students involved in the Initial Teacher Training
Programme. The recently-opened Sixth Form/Adult & Community
Learning Centre were also visited.
school also shared with Councillor Rule and Mr Wilson
its ambitious plans for sports development at the school.
Head, Brent Vinall, who attended the meeting said, “The
school is very grateful to Councillor Rule and Mike Wilson
for taking time from their busy schedules to visit the
school. They were able to see the recent developments
made possible following the support of the Local Authority
and our exciting proposals for further development of
facilities at John Kyrle for its future students as well
as the residents of Ross-on-Wye.
is an almost impossible task to reconcile the demands
from all parts of the County for additional facilities
but we are confident that our elected representatives
are fully aware of and support our ambitious plans.
below at JKHS are John Docherty, Burser, Mike Wilson,
County Council Resources, Harriet Smith, JKHS Head Girl,
Counsellor Don Rule, Chairman of Herefordshire Council
and Brent Vinall, Deputy Head of JKHS.
are a group of students from the John Kyrle High School.
We joined a programme called Young Enterprise, this is
where we get to run our own company called 'Evolution'.
As part of our business we have joined forces with 'Flicks
in the Sticks' to show the newly released film 'Wallace
and Gromit - Curse of the Were Rabbit'. The film is classed
as a 'U' so everyone is welcome.
will show the film on 24th March up in the 6th Form common
room at John Kyrle. Doors will open at 4:00 pm and the
screening will be at 4:30 pm. Tickets are £2.00 and light
refreshments are available. For further information and
to book your ticket, call 077 839 33595. We
look forward to seeing you there.
picture shows members of 'Evolution': Back row - Sarah
Lancaster, Rachael Williams, Abigail McCauley and Philip
Shaw. Front row - Joe Farminer, Vicky Watkins, Hannah
Cornwall and Kevin Carter.
Thank you All - by retiring Postie, Winter McDonnell
comes when the knees hardly hold you up, the back slumps
and those supple joints creak. Gone are the days of leaping
like a gazelle and streaking like a hare. You can't avoid
yearly birthdays and ageing finally brings you to the
pace of a slug.
enrolled into that elitist group of the OAP. I'm looking
forward to retirement, being part of the 'Wrinkleys &
Grey Power Set'. So as my bicycle goes to a younger fitter
'Postie' and my uniform goes to mothballs, this is to
say I have met wonderful Rossians on my duty.
moments have been funny, enlightening and a diversity
of human interests; and there have been sad the times
when residents have passed away. I cannot forget to mention
the dogs (and cats) on my round. Hand on heart, all of
the dogs I have met, only once did I feel the clamp of
canine teeth. It made my day to be greeted by your pets
and I apologize for the future as they await their dog
treats that will no longer be there.
thanks to all of you for the kindness you showed during
rain, hail, snow and sunshine.
postie, Winter McDonnell with resident of Kent Avenue, Elizabeth
Jarvis and Scrumpy, the dog,
are plenty of frogs and lots of frog spawn in my natural
pond this year and I can hear the frogs calling all night
The photograph of frog spawn below was taken without leaving
the comfort of my office chair.
Girls' Rugby Takes Off at JKHS
term, girls rugby has seen a surge in popularity with
more girls fixtures than ever before. Training has been
on both Tuesday and Wednesday nights, with over twenty
girls regularly attending sessions, led by PE teachers
Claire Godwin, herself an ex Welsh rugby international,
and Chris Elias. With
no rugby experience behind them the girls, aged between
fourteen and sixteen, have had to learn quickly. Their
first match came as something of a shock, only three months
after starting training. The venue was Dene Magna and
with several club and county players in their side it
was always going to be a steep learning curve for the
John Kyrle girls. However they bounced back and three
weeks later they narrowly beat Haywood School in Hereford
7-5. In the closest of games, Bekki Carter scored and
Siobhan Hartley converted.
of enthusiasm the girls prepared themselves for the annual
match against Bishops School, Hereford, which although
always a closely fought game John Kyrle have yet to win.
the girls' first home game they came out determined to
show parents and supporters their new skills. After ten
minutes of continuous pressure John Kyrle were unlucky
not to score but lack of discipline led them to conceding
a penalty deep in the Bishops half which was quickly taken,
catching the home sides defence in disarray and leaving
them five points adrift. More trouble was to follow with
influential captain Number 8, Hannah Martell having to
leave the field with an ankle injury shortly before half
time. John Kyrle looked the stronger team in defence second
half and with decisive running from Rachael Lea at inside
centre and Tammy Seaborn at prop, Bishops were beginning
to find themselves on the back foot. With Bekki Carter
using the boot to gain territory for the home team panic
began to set in and a great chase by flanker Jess Pearce
pressurized the Bishops wing into a mistake leading to
her first ever try. Going into the final few minutes with
the scores level at 5-5, all the pressure was on the Bishops
defence. The John Kyrle forwards used their last reserves
of energy to drive the ball towards the try line, then
fed the ball out to the backs where the youngest member
of the team, full back Becky Austin, out-sprinted the
defence to score the winning try in the corner giving
John Kyrle victory for the first time against Bishops
- Ross XV 21 - Widden Old Boys XV 12
With the league title in the bag, Ross took the opportunity
to blood some of the younger members of the squad against
a Widden Old Boys XV in Gloucester last Saturday. With over
half the squad on show under the age of twenty two, this
looked on paper a difficult encounter against an experienced
Widden outfit. However, with the assistance of some experienced
campaigners, the younger players rose to the occasion playing
some excellent rugby and winning comfortably 21-12.
a good start away from home is always critical, more so
with such a young squad. From the start Ross played with
tempo and a lack of fear that put Widden on the back foot.
With Matt Redman, Tim Hanks and Matt Taylor offloading out
of contact, Ross were able to get over the gain line at
will and with Simon Gwynne and Hugh Bellamy controlling
the back line, Ross looked dangerous,and it was only Widden's
last gasp defending that prevented Ross from scoring early
in the proceedings.
experience of Nick Rawlings, Dave Mince and Tim Morgan ensured
that ball was not wasted and hard yards were gained. With
10 minutes on the clock Ross opened the scoring. After some
strong driving play up the left by Tony Clements and Rob
Jode, Tim Hanks offloaded in the tackle to Simon Gwynne
who crossed unchallenged to score. Chris Gage converted
and Ross were 7-0 up.
continued to get the upper hand in the forward exchanges.
Offloading and moving the ball out of contact was delivering
dividends as Widden were unable to slow the play down. With
only 20 minutes gone Ross added another score. Again Tim
Hanks and Matt Taylor provided quality ball to scrum half
Simon Gwynne who moved it to Hugh Bellamy. A strong dummy
run by Adam Clements held the defence long enough for Chay
Brine to get outside his man. He then brilliantly stepped
the Widden fullback and coasted in for an excellent score.
Chris Gage converted again, giving Ross a 14-0 lead.
Ross backs where now looking dangerous. In quick succession
Chris Gage and Marcus Russell combined well and it was only
some excellent Widden tackling that prevented Ross adding
to their lead. On the other wing Pete Smith looked dangerous
whenever he got the ball in space. From a strong run by
Adam Clements the ball was moved out to the left. The ball
went quickly through four or five pairs of hands before
Matt Taylor hit the ball at pace and crashed over to score.
Chris Gage added the conversion and Ross went in 21-0 up
at half time.
made a number of changes at half time which seemed to galvanize
their effort. They began to slow down Ross's ball and as
a result, started to make inroads into the Ross defence.
With Nick Rawlings and debutante Henry Thorpe tackling their
hearts out, Ross were able to keep Widden at bay for the
initial 20 minutes. However after a period of pressure in
the Ross 22, Widden finally opened their account after 60
minutes, making the score 21-5.
fresh legs in the pack Widden began to dominate possession.
However, whenever Ross did get good ball they continued
to look dangerous. Dan Weston and winger Jack ran hard at
the Widden defence. Unfortunately Ross were unable to add
to their lead and with 10 minutes remaining, Widden scored
making the tally 21-12.
worked hard to close the gap in the final minutes but continued
strong tackling from Gareth Holsdsworth, Baz Parker and
Henry Thorpe ensured Ross went home victorious by 21-12.
was an impressive performance by a youthful Ross XV and
bodes well for the rest of the season and beyond.
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