Rose Hill School Sports Tour to Holland
When we arrived at PSV we were met by our coaches, who directed us to our changing room. This involved walking through the PSV training facility where we were surrounded by over 10 3G pitches. The boys were put through their paces by the coaches with the focus of the session being about moving the ball quickly in order to confuse and outwit the opposition.
At Orange-Rood the girls worked on their stick work, with a focus on the speed and accuracy of the pass. Small sided games also encouraged the girls to move the ball quickly in order to make it harder for the defence to set themselves.
Having worked on these elements we got the opportunity to see the professionals demonstrate these principles at the highest level. Before lunch we watched Den Bosch v Bloememdall. Den Bosch are currently top of the league and demonstrated their dominance winning the game 3-0. The pupils were excited any time a short corner was awarded and were out of their seat dancing to the accompanying music that played each time.
We then headed to the De Kuip stadium to watch Feyenoord take on Heracles. Entering the stadium slightly later than kick off, we missed the home team score! However the atmosphere was electric. It’s always exciting watching an evening game under the lights and the pupils took Feyenoord to their hearts and cheered the home side on. Unfortunately Heracles equalised and the game finished 1-1.
We headed to Eftling theme park on day 3. The weather was good to us and the only soakings experienced, came from the rides the pupils chose. We have spent about 5 hours at the theme park where the pupils we thrown side to side, up and down as well as round and upside down. Words such as ‘amazing’, ‘insane’, ‘quality’ and ‘mental’ were all used to describe the rides we have been on. The children also used the theme park as an opportunity to partake in some retail therapy. I can only apologies if you receive a theme park tea towel, spoon or toilet brush when we get back! Sweets seemed to be the most popular purchase, with one pupil clutching at straws by asking “Does an apple flavoured sweet count as one of your ‘5 a day’?
After our usual breakfast we headed to the Philips Stadium. A 51,000 capacity ground set in the middle of Eindhoven and home of the mighty PSV. We were greeted at the entrance and all given VIP passes before our tour. The main entrance to the stadium is emblazoned with the words ‘EENDRACHT MAAKT MACHT’ which translates to ‘Together we are strong’. This sums up everything we promote in PE and Sport at Rose Hill, with teamwork being extremely important to us all. The tour continued and the pupils visited both the home and away dressing rooms, media room, players tunnel, dug-out and directors box. We were then treated to a drink, whilst sitting and looking out onto the pitch. Rehydrated we headed for some retail therapy. The shop stocked everything you can imagine with a PSV logo added to it. Based on the amount of bags and merchandise that was brought onto the coach we have some pretty avid PSV fans. I fear a number of parents and siblings may also be PSV fans in the coming days.
We then again went our separate ways as we headed to our respective training grounds. The boys were again at PSV and had lunch with other members of the youth team in their cafe. The session focused on technical skills and dribbling the ball with different parts of the foot. The coaches reinforced the importance of the ‘first touch’. The common theme throughout the week has been to find the ‘simple solution’ and not to favour personal performance over team success. The session ended with a tournament. We were also lucky to see a number of the first team leaving training.
The girls spent the afternoon at Oranje-Rood where they were lucky enough to be coached by the 1st Team coach. They spent their session looking at dynamic play and the importance of fast attacking. The coach was very envious of Mrs Wren, commenting that he would be so happy if his girls showed half the focus, attention and desire to learn as the Rose Hill girls did.
The early evening sunset played host to our matches with us all playing local Dutch club teams. The standard of sides has varied and we have experienced both success and defeat. The tour was never about ‘winning’ but the opportunity to develop different sporting and social skills. Each game has begun and ended with handshakes.
Despite Brexit, Anglo-Dutch relations have been strong this week and the pupils have shared great moments with the opposition, playing together, singing together and even comparing favourite Harry Potter characters.
17 November 2020
Box Hill was the location for Year 4's focus day in geography.
28 October 2020
Our first Focus Day of the year was a great success! Prep School pupils were immersed in learning for a day about a particular topic , acquiring and applying knowledge.
16 October 2020
With a good degree of yaw and pitch STEAM week got off to a flying start.
25 September 2020
Years 7 & 8 took full advantage of being outside in the sunshine on Monday with a day of team building activities.
08 November 2019
Rose Hill School pupils were celebrating yesterday following a very successful year of 11+ results with nearly 90% of children passing the Kent Test. The pass rate has risen from 72% in 2018 to 88% in 2019 a significant increase under the new leadership of Head, Emma Neville and Deputy Head, Philippa Lang-Daly.
08 November 2019
Rose Hill School launched their HSBC SchoolBank in September 2018.
25 October 2019
Rose Hill School has just come to the end of an amazing week of activity focused on STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts & Mathematics) subjects, with the overarching theme of the week being the ingenuity of the Human race!
18 October 2019
On Friday, 11th October the Year 8s went to the Old School Gallery at Tonbridge School to view the Environmental Photography exhibition.