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While half term proved a well-earned rest for most, we still had various expeditions for our Duke of Edinburgh Award. This included Gold canoe practice on the River Wye. The weather actually held off for the girls, the river level was high so they had to learn quickly, they all did very well, we now look forward to their qualifier.

Silver canoe Practice on the Thames which started & finished in rain and awful weather but that did not stop the girls laughing & singing throughout their expedition which they thoroughly enjoyed. They did amazing considering the conditions. A huge well done!

We had Silver walking practice in Aylesbury. The weather was very kind to us (at last!), dry days meant happy campers. The groups found the navigation tough at times but they all kept the team moral up, with the dark nights coming in early they were into camp by 4pm & surprisingly in their tents by 7pm! A lovely expedition was had by all.

Back at school this week we are getting ready for a busy second half of the term and the first week back has been no exception.

Last Saturday 9th Nov we had Cross Country, Lacrosse, Netball and Rowing scheduled. Sadly the Kingston Small Boats Head race had to be cancelled due to heavy rains resulting in raised water levels and the speed of the current was deemed unsafe.  
Our U16s ran in the ESAA Cross Country London Region at St Alban’s. We had small team who did great. Unfortunately we didn’t qualify for the Nationals but we look forward to competing again next year.

Our Lacrosse 1st, 2nd, an U15 Mixed team, an U14 Mixed team, U13A and our U12 Red teams travelled to Salisbury to play Godolphin School and Sherborne Girls. It was a scenic trip to the country and despite the rainy weather the players showed determination and resilience. However, Mother Nature did get the better of us in the end and we had to cancel some of our matches against Sherborne due to the pitch conditions. Congratulations to the 1st, 2nd and U13A teams who all came away with victories and special mention to the U12 Red team for their first match of lacrosse for LEH!

We also held the U14 & U15 Netball County Prelims at home. There were some hard fought matches and the players improved with every game. Fantastic netball but the U15 were very unlucky to lose against the 3 schools that went through to the next stage. We do however get a second chance to right the wrongs at the County Round of the National Schools this Sunday.

Wednesday of this week, we had a fantastic LIV and UIV House Lacrosse under blue and sunny skies. Congratulations to LIV Fitzwilliam and UIV De Vere, winning all their games and coming first overall in their respective games. We are looking forward to the LV inter-house Netball tournament next week.

Yesterday, we were due to play host to some of the top 1st Lacrosse teams in the country at the U19 South School Invitational Tournament. Once again Mother Nature had other plans and this tournament was postponed due to the weather and pitch conditions. We are currently looking for another date next term to reschedule this wonderful event. Thank you to all the schools who entered for their understanding and support. 

This weekend is another busy one with some 200 Netball and Lacrosse players heading off to High Wycombe tomorrow to play Wycombe Abbey. We also have the U13 swimmers heading to the Olympic Park for the ESSA Team Championships.  Best of luck to all.

The results are in from the London Swimming League Heats that we hosted on 17th Oct. Having won our heat, we have now made it to the Semi Final, qualifying second out of 15. This will be in the spring. Congratulations to all who took part.

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