Hockey takes place in the Autumn and Spring terms at Garden House School. The children learn a range of ball skills, spatial awareness and co-ordination and they learn to manipulate the hockey stick, dribble and pass the ball and work as a team. The children have the opportunity to play in plenty of matches against other schools and inter-house events within the school from year 2 upwards. The girls in year 6 experience going on Hockey Tour for the weekend, playing other Schools and Hockey Clubs. Garden House hosts an annual hockey festival at Battersea Park. Hockey is taught at a variety of venues including Battersea Park, Vauxhall Sports Centre and St Luke’s.
Girls start to learn the basic skills in Netball from Year 2 and build upon these through to Year 6 in their weekly games sessions and after school clubs throughout the Autumn and Spring Terms. All girls will play competitive matches against other schools and also play Inter House matches which help to develop their teamwork, sportsmanship and enjoyment of Netball. We use Netball courts in The Royal Hospital, Battersea Park and St Luke’s Courts, Chelsea.
At Garden House, swimming is part of the Curriculum from Year 1 all the way through to Year 6. We believe that swimming is an essential life skill and therefore our curriculum includes water confidence, stroke development and personal survival skills. To encourage and recognise progression, pupils can achieve both ASA and GHS swimming awards during School lessons. Every pupil has the opportunity to represent their house in an annual Inter house Swimming Gala and for those children in Year 2-6 that would like to have an extra swimming lesson, a School Swimming Club is available. A School Swimming Squad is run for pupils in Year 2-6. The squad allows children to swim in a competitive environment and prepare for regional or School Swimming Galas. Pupils are selected for this squad through a time trial. In recent years, Garden House have finished third in the London League grand final and been crowned the U10 girls National IAPS champions.
We cover a variety of athletics events in which the children compete at their summer Sports Day. These include a range of field events such as: Javelin, Rounders ball throw, Quoit throw, Rounders ball hit, Hurdles, Long Jump, Standing jump and Skipping. We cover all tracks events from the 100m, 200m, 400m and 800m. We give all the children the opportunity to become well practiced in the skills and techniques of all of the track and field events available to them. Athletics Club takes place in the Summer term in Battersea Park in the Millennium Arena. Children from Junior School to Upper School II are welcome to join.
All girls start Gymnastics in Preparatory aiming to develop their core strength, flexibility, balance and body control with the use of mats and apparatus. Gymnastics takes place in all three terms and there are early morning Gymnastic Clubs for all abilities and ages to practise their skills and perform in group displays. The Upper Girls’ also take part in gymnastic competitions, explore rhythmic gymnastic ideas and perform sequences to music.
Rounders is played during the Summer term at Garden House School. Throughout the school the children learn a range of co-ordination, spatial awareness and ball skills. They also learn the rules of the game. There are opportunities for all girls to take part in Inter House matches and matches and tournaments against other schools from year 2 upwards. Rounders is taught at Battersea Park and Vauxhall Sports Centre.
During the Autumn and Spring terms, there are a variety of events from team competitions with selected children to the annual Inter House event in which all children participate from Year 2 upwards. This takes place in Royal Hospital South Ground and Burton Court. The GHS Cross Country team competes in many races and competitions including an Interschool event hosted by Garden House in Battersea Park as well as events organised by other schools including a multi school Biathlon which is hosted by a large senior boarding School outside London. We offer a Running Club which trains before School in Battersea Park once a week as well as two morning fitness sessions all of which are open to all children who wish to join. All children are encouraged to set personal goals and targets throughout the year.
Upper Boys’ and Girls’ take part in weekly tennis lessons in the summer term taken by specialist coaches. The aim is to develop their basic techniques, game knowledge and have match practice. There is also a weekly After School Tennis Club for year 3 upwards which is held in Battersea Park.