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Sporting Competitions (September 2015 - July 2016)

Years 5 and 6 Dodgeball Tournament

We have had a very successful Years 5/6 Dodgeball club run by MNR coaching this term.  Initially there were only 16 places available, but due to so many children wanting to attend, we extended it to 30 and used some of the Sport Premium money to pay for the opportunity (I hate saying No!).

Some of the children had the opportunity to enter a competition on Thursday 7th July (after Sports Day!) at Park House School, Newbury.  All 9 children played really well and worked hard as a team.  All this resulted in a Silver medal for the team – a first for Dodgeball in our school.  Well done to all who took part and thank you to Mrs Watson and Mrs Taylor for accompanying the team and making it happen!

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Year 6 Table Tennis Tournament

On Tuesday 21st June, four Year 6 children went to Park House School to play in our second ever Table Tennis Tournament.  They all played several matches, winning several Games in the first round to progress to the second. Unfortunately, they did not progress further in the competition but played well in their final matches.  All four boys can be proud of their achievements; Mrs Piper and Mr Heaton were impressed with their skills and their demeanour throughout the afternoon.  Well done chaps!

Years 5 and 6 Kwik Cricket Tournament

On Wednesday 8th June, Mrs Watson and Ilmar February (our visiting cricket coach from South Africa)accompanied 8 children from years 5 and 6 to Falkland Cricket Club, Newbury.  The children played in pairs and worked well to produce some of their best cricket.  The additional coaching from Ilmar was good fun and kept them focused and enthused.  Unfortunately, the children did not make the semi-finals of the competition but they enjoyed their matches and represented the school well.  Congratulations to you all, and thank you to Mrs Watson and Ilmar for their time and commitment too.

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Year 6 Mini-Tennis Tournament

On Tuesday 17th May, six year 6 students played in our first ever entry into a mini-tennis tournament at Kennet School, Thatcham. Team spirit was high and they all played really well against their opponents from six other primary schools from our local area.  They played as 4 singles and a doubles, with one boy progressing through to a play-off – and won!  Congratulations! I hope this will be the first opportunity of many to play competitive tennis!

Quadkids Athletics Years 3-6

On Saturday 14th May, Mrs Allen and Mrs Gohara accompanied 20 children from years 3-6 to Park House School for the annual Quadkids athletics tournament organised by Team Kennet.  This event was a month earlier than last year, and although we have not had much time to practise, all the children put in some excellent performances and did themselves proud!  Both teams finished in the top half overall and I’m also proud to share that they won a trophy - for the most colourful school in the opening parade – based on the forthcoming Rio Olympics! Well done everyone!

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Year 6 Girls' Football

Mrs Watson and Darren went to Newbury Rugby Club on Thursday 12th May with the Year 6 Girls football team for their final tournament of the season.  The girls played really well, winning their pool and progressing to the semi finals.  Here they met St Gabriels and at the end of full time, everything was level.  The girls were exhausted after their week of SATs assessments and conceded one penalty - allowing St Gariel's to progress to the finals.

This is an unfortunate end to what has been a truely wonderful year fro the girls.  Words cannot do justice to their success and team spirit; we are very proud of them all.

Big thank you to Darren and Skippy for all their hard work at competiions and during training.


On Tuesday 3rd May, a team of eight year 3 and 4 children competed in a Tri-Golf tournament . They came fourth out of ten schools narrowly missing out on medals by only a few points. "I liked playing golf because it was very fun! I had to use my putting and chipping skills and it was quite tricky!" one of the children said.  The whole team really enjoyed taking part and they're really proud of their achievements considering all other teams had 10 members, and we were only 8.  Thank you to Mrs Hann and Mr Thatcher who accompained them to St Barts for the competition.

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Year 4 Football

Mrs Watson and Skippy went to Trinity School, Newbury on Wednesday 27th April with the Year 4 Boys for the Berkshire indoor 5-a-side football tournament.  The boys played really well, winning 2 matches but losing 2 matches – finishing 3rd overall.  The boys got better and better during each game they played and Skippy is excited about the future for this year group of footballers – good luck and well done.


On Tuesday 26th April, 12 Year 5 and 6 boys and girls went to Park House School, Newbury, for the local Orienteering competition.  It was a day of blizzards, thunder and lightning and rain – but the children were incredible and worked in pairs to navigate their way around a course – using nothing but a map and each other!  No-one got lost and they all completed the course – which is more than I would have managed!  Well done to all who took part.


Girls' South-West Regional Final Football

On Saturday 23rd April, the Year 6 Girl’s football team along with parents, friends, Skippy, Darren, Mr Heaton and me set off at 8am to Bath for the South-West England Regional Final.  The PTA very kindly funded the coach – something the children and their families will remember and appreciate for a very long time.  We arrived in good time and good spirits and the girls were keen to get warmed-up and practising.  They had 3 games to play in their league and the top two teams would progress to semi-finals and ultimately the Final.  We lost our first match against Devon 0-1 after a lucky chain of events in their attack; we then found our mojo and won the next match against Wiltshire 3-0, looking like the awesome team we know the girls can be. Our final match was against Hampshire but again, we lost 0-1.  This took us into a 3rd/4th place play-off against Wiltshire – which we won, 2-0.  So, the girls finished 3rd in their league and joint 5th in the overall competition – this means they are I the top 5 teams in the South-West of England: a truly remarkable achievement for the girls, the coaches from Hungerford Town Juniors – Darren and Skippy, and for the school.  The girls were each presented with individual medals and the school has received a glass plaque to mark their achievement.   Throughout the season, the nine girls have really moulded as a team and although some matches have been organised in teams of 7, and Emilia has had a broken hand for the last tournament, they have always supported each other and as a result, have grown into wonderful individuals who value working in a team and have developed personal skills along the way.


On Friday 22nd April, our Years 3/4 and Years 5/6 Rugby teams were in action at the Triangle Field, Hungerford.  Mrs Allen was immensely proud of all the children who took part, they did themselves (and the school) proud. Years 3 and 4 really worked hard as a team and were unlucky not to score more points.  The Years 5 and 6 team were winners of the overall ‘Fair Play’ trophy.  The competition was run differently this year and there was not a school which won overall so we are proud to achieve the awards we did – well done everyone.

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Mrs Fox and Mrs East took 6 Year 5 children to a Cycling Competition run by British Cycling at St.Gabriel’s School, Newbury, on Tuesday 19th April.  This is only the second time we have entered a team and the boys and girls were amazing.  Although we were outside the top 3, all children developed both their skills and confidence during the morning and NEVER gave up.  Part of the course was uphill and a real challenge for some of them, but they persevered and shoed real team spirit and determination.  We were immensely proud of them all.

Year 2 Football

Mrs Watson and Darren accompanied a Year 2 team to Park House School on Monday 21st March in a one-off mini-tournament.  The 10 boys and girls enjoyed playing a few competitive games and earning some new skills with coaches and children from local schools.  According to Mrs Watson, we have some excellent footballers in the making and I look forward to watching them grow and develop their skills and enthusiasm for the sport.

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Cross Country

On Tuesday 22nd March, 12 boys and girls in Years 5 and 6 represented the school in the area annual cross counrty tournament.  There were 43 schools present on the day with 1134 runners across the 4 competitions - a new record for the event.

In the boys' race, we finished 17th out of 43, with one boy finishing an amazing 11th out of 340 runners! In the girls' race, our best placed girl finished 46th and the team finished 20 overall out of 43 schools entered.

I was immensly proud of the children's sportsmanship and their encouragement for each other and for children from other schools; something commented on by our parent supporters and teachers from other schools :)

Girls' Football

On Wednesday 9th March, Mrs Watson and Darren accompaniedthe girls to a 5-a-side indoor tournament at Trinity School, Newbury.  The girls were undefeated trough all their games and did not concede a goal!  They now progress to a final on Wednesday 23rd March – GOOD LUCK GIRLS!

On Monday 14th March, the girls went to Park House School to compete in a new competition.  They played 3 matches and again, did not concede a goal – and WON again!  Many congratulations girls – and lots of thanks to Darren and Skippy for their coaching time, and to the wonderful supports who follow them around! 

On Friday 18th March, the girls played in the final of the Tony Mosson County cup.  It's a 7-a-side tournament and was played at Speenhamland against Birch Copse School, Tilehurst.  It was an enthrawling game whish went to extra time.  It was still 2-2 until the dying moments of the second half of extra time when all their persistent defending and unrelenting attacking was rewarded with a goal. Final score 3-2; County champions and a cup for the trophy cabinet!

On Wednesday 23rd March, the girls competed in the indoor sportshall 5-a-side finals at Trinity School, Newbury.  They played 6 schools and only conceded one goal.  They became champions and lifted the cup triumphantly. Many congratulations - another trophy for the cabinet!


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Boys at Thatcham Mar 2016

Boys' Football

On Tuesday 8th and 15th March, 13 boys in Years 5 and 6 played 6 games at Kennet School, Thatcham.  They lost 3 matches, drew one and won 2 – and one of those games we won 7-1!  They finished 4th in the tournament, but it was very close and it was decided on goal difference…  All boys played great football and the keeper made some excellent saves.  I’m proud of you all


Mrs Jauncey took two Year 5/6 netball teams to compete in the Newbury Netball tournament on a freezing Saturday 5th March.  There were 20 teams there from across the Newbury area.  All our children played exceptionally well and were well supported by parents and friends.  Our second team improved game-on-game and grew in confidence throughout the competition, our first team came second in their group and progressed to play in the Plate Competition.  Despite scoring the first goal of the match, they lost 4-3 but can hold their heads high for a committed and uplifting performance.  Many congratulations to all the boys and girls who took part and represented the school brilliantly!  Thanks also to Mrs Janucey and all the supporters who cheered them on!


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Year 4 Boys' Football

For the first time, we entered a Year 4 football skills tournament.  It was held on Monday 8th February at 4pm at Park House School, Newbury.  Due to the short notice, Skippy and Mrs Watson, took 9 boys who play for Hungerford Town Juniors. It was an extremely wet and windy night but all the boys played with real spirit and it proved to be very successful. The boys won one game, lost one and     drew three games!  They finished 2nd in the tournament and progress to the finals, date to be confirmed.  Well done everyone!  Thank you to all those who came to support them; I’ll keep you posted on their future success…

Our Year 4 football team were in action on Monday 29th February when they played in the finals of the Newbury Primary Schools at Park House School, 4pm – 5:30pm. The weather was kinder to the boys this time: they only had the cold and wind to cope with!  The boys played really well, winning one game, losing one game and drawing a game.  This meant the finished equal second in their group.  Unfortunately, only the winners went through to the finals, but there were runners-up in the 3rd/4th place playoff.  Their coach Darren from Hungerford Juniors Club was very impressed with their performance and decorum, both on and off the pitch.  We look forward to watching them develop as a team and achieving great things in the future.  Well done boys

Year 5 Archery

Through our membership to the West Berkshire Sport Network, some children have the opportunity to take part in a new sport with a low level of competition.  We are only allowed to send a small number of children to participate which is difficult when so many could benefit from playing.

On Thursday 21st January, six Year 5 children took part in an Archery competition held at Park House School at 4pm.  Their team spirit was infectious and it was a pleasure to watch their confidence grow during the activities – a blend of skill, power and stamina.  I’m very proud to report that out of 23 schools, they finished 2nd and won silver medals! Many congratulations to you all...


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Year 2 Bowling

Five Year 2 children had the opportunity to go 10 Pin Bowling and have a play in the soft play area at Lakeside, Thatcham on Wednesday 10th February.  Mrs Watson and Ms Winney accompanied the children who had a ball!  They seemed to enjoy the bowling and trying something new, and looked smart in our new tracksuits – which I recently purchased out of the Sports Premium money.  We are proud of you all!


Year 5 Bowling

There were also ten Year 5 children attend a 10 Pin Bowling festival at Lakeside, Thatcham, on Thursday 28th January.  All the children were new to the sport and showed exemplary behaviour and spirit.  They really enjoyed the two games they played, scoring strikes and half-strikes on several occasions.  Once again, it makes me very proud to be able to share with you that as well as the fun they all obviously had, one team of five finished 3rd out of the 15 teams and won Bronze medals. What a wonderful achievement by all of the children – perhaps they’ll continue to play in the future (don’t forget to let me know!)…



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Boys' Football

The Year 6 boys’ football team played in a 5-a-side indoor tournament at Trinity School on Wednesday 20th January.  They played 5 matches and tried really hard in each match.  Results were mixed, winning one match, drawing two and losing two which means they don’t progress in the tournament.  I’m sure there will be more opportunities for them to play as a team and draw from this experience.

Girls' Football

On Wednesday 9th December, our Year 6 girls’ football team took part in the ESFA final at Speenhamland’s detached football field in Newbury. They were runners-up in a tournament in October, earning them their place in the final.  They played 4 matches against the four best schools in West Berkshire.  They were undefeated all afternoon; 0-0 against St Nicholas; 3-1 against Spurcroft; 2-0 against Falkland and 3-2 against Francis Baily.  They were overall winners and are crowned West Berkshire Champions!  They now progress to County Championships in January – we wish them luck and will keep you posted.  Special thanks, as always, to Skippy and Darren – their coaches from Hungerford Town Juniors.

The Year 6 Girls’ football team was in action again on Wednesday 3rd February.  They were playing St Finnian’s in the semi-finals of the Tony Mosson Cup.  We hosted the match on a very cold and windy afternoon.  All the girls played well and we won 4-0, progressing to the final for the first time!  Well done to everyone – especially Darren and Skippy, the Hungerford Town Junior coaches. 


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ESFA Nov 27th

Boys' Football

On Friday 27th November, we hosted a Year 5/6 ESFA mini-football tournament where 10 boys represented the school with pride and enthusiasm.  They played Longlane (who beat us 6-0 at our last meeting) and won 3-1 but unfortunately they lost 3-1 against Downsway and 5-1 to Francis Bailey – who went on to win the tournament; we wish them well in the next round.  We finished joint 3rd and, although we don’t progress to the next round, we can be proud of our achievements – well done boys!

On Monday 30th November, another Year 6 boys’ football team entered a development League hosted at Park House School, Newbury.  Mrs Humphries kindly accompanied the boys on a very wet and windy night.  The boys played 6 matches and played well as a team, in spite of the weather.  They finished 5th overall - Whiteland’s Park won. Well done boys

Indoor Athletics

On Saturday 21st November, 11 Year 5 and 6 children took part in the annual indoor athletic championships at Park House School, Newbury.  They have been training before school for several weeks in preparation.  They competed in a range of events including: foam javelin, standing long and triple jump, vertical jump, chest push and several running relays, both long and short distance.  And to put it simply – they were AMAZING! Several children threw, jumped and ran personal bests and the team spirit was palpable.  We finished 8th overall (out of 19 teams) – several places higher than last year.  Well done everybody – and a special thank you to Mrs Gohara for helping to train the ‘athletes’ and supporting them on the day. Thanks also to all the supporters who squeezed into the sports hall for the day – especially the dads who competed in an impromptu adults’ race!


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Kintbury team photo


Our netball team was in action on Tuesday 24th November, playing their match away against Falkland.  It was a close match; 4-5 to Falkland at the end of the third quarter. The final score was 5-8 to Falkland but our team were courageous and positive throughout, resulting in their best result to date.  Hannah was named as player of the match! Well done Hannah! The team continues to go from strength to strength under the guidance of Mrs Jauncey and I’m really looking forward to seeing what they can achieve in future matches! Go for it!

Girls' Football

On Monday 23rd November, the Year 6 girls’ football team competed in the Tony Mosson quarter-finals against St Gabriel’s School.  The 8 girls showed dogged determination and were awarded with a goal just before half time, putting them 1-0 up.  Then, after a team talk from Darren, they played out of their socks!  They won 4-1 and proceed to the semi-finals against St Finnian’s School.  I wish them well and would like to thank Darren for giving up his afternoon to referee and the girls for representing the school so brilliantly!  I am very proud of you all!  Thank you also to the many supporters who braved the cold…brrrr!


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Alternative Olympics

On Wednesday 4th November, five Year 6 children were invited to take part in an alternative Olympic festival at Park House School, Newbury.  The children experienced: Archery, Boccia, Seated Volleyball and Curling and without exception, they joined in enthusiastically, with a smile across their faces!  During each event, team tactics were discussed and they constantly encouraged and supported each other.  I’m really proud to tell you that they earnt bronze medals! Congratulations to them and a thank you for representing the school so positively and brilliantly! A special thank you to Ms Benton and Mrs Haines who went with the children.     


The netball club has already played two matches in the West Wiltshire League.

The first was an away match against Kintbury School. Nerves were high but the team pulled together and played some fabulous netball. Unfortunately the final score did not reflect the effort at 12-1. Defender Lucy Hammond received player of the match, which was well deserved.

The second match was at home against St. Gabriel’s. Although putting up a valiant defence they lost 15-0. However the team were not down hearted and were excellent hosts. Ivvy Wooldridge was a well-deserved player of the match. In both games the whole team represented themselves and the school brilliantly by demonstrating a positive attitude and being polite at all times.

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Girls' football

On 16th October, 10 girls played in the NDPSFA 7-a-side tournament at Robert Sandilands.  We won one game, drew one and lost one – finishing runners up! Unfortunately, only the winning team went through so congratulations to Francis Bailey. All girls were fabulous and played with real team spirit.

On 20th October, another team of 10 girls played at Hermitage in the first round of the Tony Mosson Cup.  They were spectacular and won 4-1. Congratulations!  They now progress to the quarter finals and play St Gabriel’s on 9th November – Good Luck!

Boys' football

On 7th October, our boys played in the first round of the Bill MvIlvride Cup tournament against St Finnians.  The team worked hard and were leading 1-0 at half time, but St Finnians came back in the second half to win 2-1.  For many of the team, this was their first ever match so we are really proud of all of them.

On 19th October, 12 boys played in the Berkshire County Cup tournament against Long Lane, Burghfield and Spurcroft.  They were amazing!  Everyone played their part in winning 2 games and only losing one.  Like the girls, they finished runners up; Long Lane was the overall winner, winning 2 matches and drawing the last.  It was a very close competition and brought out some of the best football I’ve ever seen.

   Well done to all who took part.

Bill Mc Oct 2015