Merton Court Preparatory School
Spring/Summer 2018
Cross Country
On Monday 22 January, seventeen children represented the school at the ISA London South Region in Cross Country at Frewen College, Northiam. Evie Gannon and Oliver Delamain (U9) both finished in 2nd place. Four children (Oliver Delamain, Evie Gannon, William Law and Emily Summers) qualified to represent London South at the ISA National Championships but sadly due to the snow it had to be cancelled twice!

On Monday 5 February 2018, S1 and S2 went to St Dunstan’s Mixed Cross Country Relay event against eight other schools. S1 Boys (Joseph Brady, Joseph Costello, Joshua Hill and Gian Sahota) came 1st. S2 Boys (Oliver Delamain, Artie Hall, Charlie Holland and William Law) won their year group events. Well done to all the teams who took part in this event.

We ended the Cross Country season with a big home fixture on Wednesday 21 March with six schools taking part. In each race we had at least one child on the podium. Year 3 results included Joshua Hill and Summer Cambden finishing 2nd in their individual races, both the boys (Joseph Brady, Joseph Costello and Joshua Hill) and girls (Summer Cambden, Hannah Da Costa and Daphne Postlethwaite) teams came 1st. In the Year 4 boys’ race Oliver Delamain came 1st and Artie Hall finished in 2nd place with Evie Gannon finishing 3rd in the girls’ race. Daniel Delamain, Oliver Delamain and Artie Hall were the Year 4 boys’ team winners. Emily Summers was the winner of the Year 5 girls’ race and Harrison Brookes was 2nd in the boys’ race. In the Year 6 boys and girls races, Luca Cambden was 3rd and Niamh Cartwright finished in 2nd place. Great results and thanks to Mrs Summers and parents for helping to make this event such a success.

On Friday 23 February, thirty-two children from S3 and S4 attended the Duathlon (swimming & running in pairs) at Farringtons. Merton Court won ten out of the sixteen races and were the overall winners and received the winners’ Cup.

On Saturday 24 March, Emily Summers represented the school in the National Cross Country Primary Schools competition at Prestwold Hall, Leicestershire. Well done Emily for finishing 52nd out of 320 Year 5 pupils.



Congratulations to Zhechko Zhelyazkov who was awarded a gold medal for winning the U11 Kent Decathlon.

A big ‘thank you’ to all the children who took part in these events, supported by enthusiastic, stalwart teachers and parents!

Most improved runners for last season were Ruby Blanks and Yash Khara (S1), Peter Chupakhin and Tami Fajulugbe (S2), Damien Osei-Bonsu and Talia Moore (S3), and Aariya Khosla and Nico Barenbrug (S4).

We are now looking forward to a great Summer term of Athletics.

ISA National Swimming Championships 2018
On Sunday 21 January, twelve children from Merton Court attended the ISA National Swimming Championships to represent the ‘London South Region’ at the Olympic Park. A total of 400 swimmers were supported by a 1,318 strong crowd from seven regions. London South Juniors won their section by 22 points and the Seniors came 4th, resulting in an overall 3rd place.
All of our swimmers behaved admirably and represented Merton Court to an exceptional level.
Gold medal winners were: Year 6 Boys 200m Medley Relay Team (Demi Alli, Kevin Cao and Jack Eagle with Oliver Dennis from Oakhyrst Grange School) with a new ISA record, Year 6 Boys 50m Butterfly: Jack Eagle, Year 6 Boys 50m Freestyle: Kevin Cao, Year 6 Boys 50m Backstroke: Demi Alli and Year 4 Boys 50m Backstroke: James Belton.
Silver Medal winners were: Year 4 Boys 200m Freestyle team: (James Belton, Tom Eagle, Leo Jayasinghe and Oliver White) and Year 4 Girls 50m Backstroke: Ciara Carroll. Our children also did really well in the Year 6 Boys 200m Freestyle Relay narrowly missing out on 3rd place.
Well done to all the swimmers who took part and thank you to parents for their full support to enable us to achieve the best together.

Kent Primary Schools’ Championships
On Saturday 24 March, individuals and our teams competed in the Kent Primary Schools’ Championships at Hartsdown, Margate.
Our Boys and Girls Freestyle Relay teams were overall winners, as well as our Boys and Girls Medley Relay Teams. So a clean sweep for Merton Court at the Kents!
Winners in the individual events were Jack Eagle (50m Butterfly), Demi Alli (50m Breaststroke), and Kevin Cao (50m Freestyle) with Anjola Pratt coming in 2nd place in the 50m Freestyle. Ruby Burrowes (50m Butterfly) came 5th, James Ellershaw (50m Backstroke) 6th, Gianna Du’Bell (50m Backstroke) 7th and Maisie Chambers (50m Breaststroke) finishing 8th in their respective races.
Well done to all those swimmers who took part.

English Swimming Schools Qualifiers for the Nationals
As our teams qualified by winning the Kent Championships, they will now be off to the Spectrum Sports Centre, Guildford on Saturday 12 May to swim in the Qualifiers for the Nationals.
Good luck to them and a big thank you to Mrs Walsham and all parent supporters.

Bexley Primary School Swimming Championships
These will also be held on Saturday 12 May at Crook Log Leisure Centre, Bexleyheath for U11s. We have won these Championships for the last three years so here’s hoping…
Keep up your efforts and practice, everyone!

Well done also…
The ‘Most improved swimmer’ at last term’s prizegiving was Charlotte Tobitt (S1T).
We were delighted that the Mayor of the London Borough of Bexley was able to give away our prizes, awards and cups at last term’s prizegiving including
‘most promising Sports Person’ for the Juniors - Phoebe Hill and Harvey Allen.

Football Success
Bexley School’s Primary Cup Winners!
After being runners-up last year, Merton Court were looking to go one better than the 2017 final and started well with Demi giving the hosts an early lead, with an interesting finish. St Peter Chanel fought back and brought the scores level from a scrappy corner. With a host of missed opportunities, the half ended 1-1.
The team had a chance to regroup during the interval. The Merton Court attack were left frustrated by the St Peter Chanel keeper along with the woodwork countless times throughout the game. It seemed as if the goal had been charmed and the winner would never come for the home side.
That was until Zhechko placed the ball down around 20 yards out for a free kick. He rifled the shot into the top left hand corner for a spectacular goal, only for St Peter Chanel to equalise during a lapse in concentration from the Merton Court defence.
With the game poised at 2-2; extra time seemed imminent. That was until Charlie flew up the right wing skipping countless tackles before sliding the ball home between the keeper’s legs. Hearts still racing, St Peter Chanel were on the attack; only through some stout defending from Jack were we able to stop a third equalising goal.
With moments left, Zhechko sent an out-swinging corner into the box to land on the outside of Reis’ right boot and into the Peter Chanel goal. Nerves had subsidised, the game had been clearly won!
Merton Court stuck to their task even when the winner looked like it would never come. They showed great passion, desire and commitment throughout the whole game. It has been a fantastic season for the boys and they fully deserve their cup final glory.
Squad: Demi Alli, Jacob Da Costa, Jack Eagle, Charlie Holland,
Reis Ketenci (C), Nicolas Kite, Mahaan Lidder, Joseph McAnallen and Zhechko Zhelyazkov.

Hockey Success
Well done to all those that took part this season. Merton Court had some good wins particularly as Winners of the Colfe’s U11s Mixed Hockey Tournament out of nine teams, beating Colfe’s (3-1) in a very exciting final. Well done to Kevin Cao (c), Niamh Cartwright (vc), Demi Alli, Nicholas Barenbrug, Jack Eagle, Callum Ho, Aariya Khosla, Jenni Patel and Anjola Pratt.

Congratulations to the ‘Indestructible Icicles’ for winning our Breaktime
6-a-side Hockey League.


Well done also to:
Hockey League Top Scorer and ‘Passmore’ Hockey Shield: Kevin Cao
Most Improved Hockey Player: Niamh Cartwright
Hockey Player of the Season: Jack Eagle


National ISA Indoor Skiing Championships
On Sunday 30 April 2018, Emily Summers, Joseph Brady, Nicholas Barenbrug, Harrison Brooks, Oliver Delamain, Daniel Delamain, Tom Eagle and Jack Eagle took part in the Indoor Skiing Championships at Hemel Hempstead. Well done to all for their great results and their new P.B’s.

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