The 5th of February saw the 92nd Junior House Swimming Gala, which was, as always a fantastic event. Parents, carers and invited guests watched on as the very best of the School’s swimmers took part in the friendly yet competitive event.

The Gala began with an exhibition race; the Individual Medley, in which pupils across all year groups, including seniors were invited to take part. This was followed by the competitive races for Years 7, 8 and Years 9 & 10 combined. There was quite a few close races and also some very convincing wins as the Houses went head to head.

The highlight of the Gala was seeing some pupils compete who had only learnt to swim since being at QEGS. The crowd really encouraged these swimmers, cheering their every stroke and giving them huge rounds of applause when they reached the end of their race. Their willingness to put themselves forward, as well as never giving up until they touched the wall at the other end of the pool showed true House spirit.

The Gala also saw School records being broke, with amazing swims by Ruby Brandon (U14/15 girls Backstroke), Kate Cookson (U13 girls Breaststroke), Baylie Seery (U14/15 girls Breaststroke), and Amy Ainsworth (U12 girls Butterfly).

It was Raleigh House that won the day with the highest overall points, with Howard in second and Grenville coming in third, making it two years in a row for Raleigh.  Well done Raleigh House and thank you Mr Northin for returning to QEGS to present the trophies.