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Sports Review

Published Friday 30th June 2023

From Jill Rastall, Assistant Director of Sport

Well done Emilia

A huge congratulations to Emilia (Year I) who became the York & Selby Schools 800m Champion this week!

Good luck

Good luck to the girls travelling to Eton on Saturday for the ISA Tennis Championship - it will be an amazing experience for all girls playing with some top tennis schools from around the UK.

Parent-daughter tennis

A big thank you to everyone who participated in and supported our annual parent-daughter tennis competition. The addition of both rounders and cricket this year made it a wonderful family afternoon (more below). We were blessed with the weather and, of course, all of you who gave your time to make this a wonderful day. Without your support, days like these could not happen.

Congratulations to all players - there were some wonderful matches being played throughout the afternoon and the sportsmanship was excellent. For those of you who didn't participate, hopefully, your experience will ensure you sign up for next year's event or at least put some trainers in the car!

Sports Day

We look forward to welcoming you to school on Thursday 6th July for Sports Day - a fun-filled day for all involved showing QM at its best in the inter-house competition. Which house will become Sports Day Champions?

Please let us know if you will be attending here -

Pre Season Training

This a reminder to sign up for pre-season training (Thursday 31st August and Friday 1st September) before Wednesday 5th July. After this date, we will make the decision to see if there is enough interest.

Parent-Daughter Tennis

On Saturday 24th June, we hosted the 16th annual Parent-Daughter Tennis Tournament at Queen Margaret’s with the addition of rounders and cricket. The following categories were played at tennis; Junior Mother & Daughter, Junior Father & Daughter, Middle Mother & Daughter, Middle Father & Daughter, Senior Mother & Daughter, and Senior Father & Daughter. The matches were closely fought, with barely a point or two separating some of the pairs.

There was some very competitive play throughout the day in beautiful sunshine, reminiscent of being at Wimbledon. A wonderful sight to see - the tennis, rounders and cricket were keenly contested and played with the true QM spirit. It was wonderful to see families and supporters mingling together on the QM lawns in the sunshine with superb food from our catering team.

The atmosphere was enhanced by the face painting, tombola, personalised t-shirts, ice cream and Pimms. All in aid of raising funds towards our tour to South Africa in August.

You can see the results below, but more importantly, it was fabulous to have the buzz and laughter over the courts and pitches on a Saturday afternoon.

Well played everyone!

Karen Mitchell - Head of Racquets

See the menu below served by our catering team. Well done to Paul Rosser and his team, you all did a wonderful job.


Junior Mother & Daughter - Elizabeth P and Bobble

Junior Father & Daughter - Graham H and Evie

Middle Mother & Daughter - Joanne B and Isabel

Middle Father & Daughter - Guy R and Poppy

Senior Mother & Daughter - Annabel F and Florence

Senior Father & Daughter - Nick B and Olivia

Parent-Daughter Cricket

Another new addition to the parent-daughter programme was a very competitive cricket match. QM's new Director of Sport from September 2024 Miss Rachel Hildreth joined us to umpire this closely fought match. The daughters took to the field first with the parents getting into pairs to try and build the runs up. There was some fantastic bowling displayed and some very dedicated fielding with dives and rolls and other interesting techniques! The parents managed to reach a score of 135 runs.

The switch caused the match to become very competitive with the daughters very determined. Both parents and daughters were hitting past the boundary in their batting innings which got the crowds going wild cheering them on. The final score was so tight, and the celebration when this was announced was awesome - the daughters had gone and done it, scoring just a few more runs than the parents, confirming the win with 136 runs.

With Cricket being a sport we are developing at Queen Margaret's, it was great to see so many people taking part. Well done to all who participated and we look forward to the rematch next year.

Jude Kilburn, Chloe Hagan

Parent-Daughter Rounders

The first parent-daughter rounders matches were a hit amongst students, parents, families and all the spectators. With fantastic displays of competitive spirit from both teams and some brilliant batting alike, it was a delight to be a part of.

The daughters, captained by Jennifer F (LVI) and made up of mostly Year I & II girls, fielded first. They put up a good fight keeping the parents in single figures from the first half. Batting from the daughters started strong but the fielding got very organised by the parents, meaning they were not able to top trump the parents’ score in the first half.

Into the 2nd innings, both sides really wanted to win. There was sliding past 4th post happening to secure rounders, diving catches, fielding, putting bodies in the way of the ball to stop it and some very competitive banter between parent and daughter, all of which kept us thoroughly entertained. The daughters could not quite bring it back after the 1st innings and the final score was daughters 13.5, parents 18.5.

Right at the end of the day, a second rounders match took place. Team one featured the daughters, sisters and Miss Hagan; and team two consisted of the parents and teachers; scores were kept by Mr and Mrs Foster (thank you).

Again lots of putting bodies on the line and throwing themselves around the pitch happened from both teams, mixed in with so much laughter and quite a lot of skills being shown all around. The teacher and parents were victorious on this occasion and they were very humble about their win(!)

A very enjoyable couple of rounders matches and a pleasure to have so many students, parents and other family members involved in them.

Jude Kilburn

Tuesday 26th June

U13 & U12 Tennis v Ryedale

The team consisted of :

U13: Izzy A, Harriet J, Sadie H, Heidi S, Bronwyn G and Cara S

U12: Bronte B, Polly W, Akousa E, Louise B, Bobble (Georginia) P, Heidi D

A lovely minibus trip to play against our friends at Ryedale School, passing the beautiful surroundings of Castle Howard and the Howardian Hills.

Our tennis teams played some timed doubles matches of 15 minutes so that everyone played lots of matches against each other. We had eight draws, twelve wins and only four very close losses. Some good doubles on show and improvement from all our students. Well done.

Wednesday 28th July

St Peter’s Tennis Festival U15 and U14

U15s team: Miwa, Lucy C, Audris, Olivia M, Freya and Hattie E.

The girls took to the courts in a tournament where they played the best of seven games against their opposing pair. They played The Grammar School at Leeds with a 1-2 loss, Ashville College with a 3-0 win, Ampleforth with a 0-3 loss, Scarborough College 1-2 loss, St Peter’s with a 1-2 loss, and Yarm with a 2-1 win. Overall, the team came 5th out of seven teams with some excellent play throughout the day.

U14s team:
Celia, Francesca, Olivia B, Poppy, Annabelle, Elena and Blanca.

The girls played the best of five games against their opposing pair. They were up against Pocklington first and won 3-0. Next, was against Ampleforth with a 3-0 victory followed by a 1-2 loss against St Peter’s with their last match being pipped 3-2. The team sealed 2nd place in the tournament out of eight teams with victories over Scarborough College 3-0, Yarm 3-0 and Ashville 2-1 and a 1-2 loss against The Grammar School at Leeds.

St Peter’s Tennis Festival U15 and U14
St Peter’s Tennis Festival U15 and U14

Thursday 29th June

U13 B LTA Youth Schools Tennis v Scarborough College

The team of Heidi, Bronwyn, Louise and Maddie took to the courts in their final game of the summer term, playing both singles and doubles.

The result was a 7-6 loss, as it was a draw 6-6 and we had to play a championship tiebreak to 10 points and lost out 10-6.

Staff vs Student Rounders

Tension was high as we gathered at the rounders pitch ready to begin. After a few warm-up shots and a recap of the rules, it was decided that students would bat first. We were off to a strong start, until Mr Payton performed quite the catch. After swapping over, and some great efforts from Harriette Pemberton, the staff were victorious with an overall score of 15.5 - 5.

Watch out staff, we will be back bigger and stronger next year!!!

Jennifer and Zoe (LVI)

Sports and Physical Education Enrichment

At QM, we have a huge range of enrichment activities for sports and physical education. From lacrosse to hockey, netball, running club, football, swimming, lifeguarding, and much more.

Click below to see the 2022/23 activities you can get involved in.

Click here to see the archive of past Sports Reviews.

Your Sporting Stories

If you have any summer sporting success stories we would love to hear them. There is so much talent at QM and we love to celebrate your achievements outside school with the QM Family. Be sure to share your news with the Sports Department or email

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