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Y3/4 Football Festival

Saturday, 19 May 2018

Yesterday, we participated in a football festival at The Priory School in Edgbaston. We entered two teams who both did really well. Some of our players regularly play football matches for the school and at the weekend but we also had a few who were playing in their first ever football match.

Overall between the two teams, we won three matches, drew three and lost two.

The children all had a great time and, as always, behaviour, effort and attitude were impeccable.

Royal Wedding Celebrations

Friday, 18 May 2018

Today we have celebrated the up-coming wedding of Prince Harry to Megan Markle. Everyone wore red, white and blue – the colours of Great Britain and we had a special Royal outdoor lunch. Thanks to Karen and all the lunch-time and kitchen staff for their hard work.

Yr3/4/5 Tag Rugby Competition Success

Wednesday, 16 May 2018

We took part in a tag rugby cup competition for some of the younger members of our squad this week. They were all excited to take part. The level of interest we have in rugby is even higher since Wasps have been coming in every week to deliver tag lessons and support our year 4 children in maths too. We’ve also won a trip to Twickenham over half term, so there is a real buzz around the sport in school at the moment.

We had two teams involved in the festival. Our A team consisted of more experienced players and our B team was made up of younger children, including several year 3s. Both teams played well in their groups. The B team managed two creditable draws along the way but didn’t manage to qualify for the knock-out stages. Meanwhile, our A team managed 3 wins and a draw to reach the semi-finals.

The semi-final was close at first but our consistency in attack and defence led to us forcing a few mistakes and turning them into tries as we won 6-3. The final was tough as both teams were tired. After going 1-0 down we recovered well to lead 2-1. Both teams then had chances but although we didn’t add to our total, our defence was amazing and we held on for the win!

A huge well done to all of our children who had a great time, did their best throughout and became better rugby players. Thanks to Mrs Briscoe for getting us there and supporting our teams.

Year 5 Work with School Nurse

Tuesday, 8 May 2018

Once a week over a six week period, a group of 5 children have been working with our school nurse. Their aim was to make some kind of change at school in order to improve health and well-being. Our group chose to focus on feelings and worries as these affect our happiness and well-being. They decided that the happier we are, the better we perform and the more we enjoy and make the most of life.

These five children delivered an impressive assembly all about the worries we have to deal with on a daily basis and what we do with these worries. The message was to share our worries so that they can be dealt with and disappear.

As a direct result of this project, we are introducing ‘worry boxes’ into school in order to help each other with our concerns.

A big well done to all involved in the project and assembly, and thanks to Clair, our school nurse.

Cup Final

Monday, 7 May 2018

On Friday we competed in the Birmingham schools cup final at Aston Villa’s training ground, Bodymoor Heath. Having won two previous tournaments to reach this stage, we had already surpassed all expectations for the season so were very proud to be playing in the final.

We took a coach full of supporters to cheer us on.

We arrived nice and early to soak up the surroundings and have a good warm-up.

Once the game kicked off, it was a very even 1st half. Sacred Heart were given a debatable penalty which Oskar saved well. We had a couple of decent chances and commanded the ball in midfield. We were perhaps a little unfortunate to go into half-time still goalless.

We started the 2nd half well and had a couple of chances but the Sacred Heart goalkeeper played really well. They broke away against the run of play and won a penalty which, once again, Oskar saved by diving brilliantly to his right-hand side and tipping the ball wide of his post. However, they built on that attack and continued to pressure our goal for the next few minutes, eventually getting their reward with a well-taken goal.

However, we fought back and with two minutes to go, Remari won the ball in midfield and gave it to Mati who still had it all to do. He took the ball around two Sacred Heart defenders and drilled it into the bottom right-hand corner of the net. Our huge crowd cheered our well-deserved equaliser.

With seconds left, we were on the attack but their defender intercepted a through ball and played a long pass down the pitch to their striker who coolly collected the ball and finished it well to give his team a 2-1 victory.

Our boys played extremely well and were very unlucky to lose the game 2-1.

We’ve had a fantastic season and can be very proud of our achievements.

Well done to Oskar for winning player of the match for his two penalty saves as well as making a few other stops and bravely throwing himself at striker’s feet to cut out one-on-one opportunities.

Bosco Boys are Football League Runners-Up

Thursday, 3 May 2018

On Tuesday evening we played our final league game of the season. The league has featured 6 ‘small schools’, no bigger than one-form entry. Our last game was a top of the table clash. Both teams were guaranteed medals as we were well clear of third place. A draw was all we needed to win the league. We started brightly in the first few minutes, creating three good chances but finding their goal-keeper in good form. Against the run of play, they scored with their first attack. From that point they gained confidence and we lost our rhythm. By half time we were 3-0 down and struggling. The second half was better from us but we never really looked like getting back into it and they scored a fourth right at the end. Despite the disappointing display on the evening, the league as a whole has been a big success for us. This was our first defeat, and over the three evenings we met to play matches, we deserve to be league runners-up. Congratulations to our 13 strong squad which also includes Cayden, Obus and Hayden who were not involved this week.

Diabetes Awareness Day

Tuesday, 24 April 2018

On Tuesday 24th April, we set aside time to learn about diabetes in order to raise awareness and educate others about this condition. Three of our pupils have Type 1 diabetes so it is important that their peers know a bit about it. Prior to the day, many children completed research and submitted posters for a competition. The best ones are now displayed around school. We also dressed in blue and gold to represent the colours of the charity Diabetes UK and also the club colours of Worcester Warriors, who Chris Pennell plays for. Chris came to meet class 5 a few weeks ago to discuss his experiences of type 1 diabetes whilst managing a family and a career in professional rugby, showing that diabetes shouldn’t prevent anyone from doing the things they want to do.

In the afternoon, class 5 delivered a whole school assembly to educate everyone about diabetes. The assembly included awarding our 8 prize winners from our poster competition with goodies kindly donated by Diabetes UK and rugby gear signed by Chris Pennell. It is safe to say that the assembly was very educational and the children were very responsive.

Finally, all children brought in a small donation to Diabetes UK. We are yet to know the final total but this will soon be sent off to the charity to assist them with their continued research. A big thank you to everyone involved in the day.

Some of the poster competition entries.

The competition prizes!

Class 5 deliver the assembly.

Everyone in blue and yellow.

The prizes are presented.

Congratulations to all our poster competition winners.

Hockey Festival

Tuesday, 24 April 2018

Two of our teams played over at King Edwards Five Ways School in a hockey festival. It was an enjoyable evening and each team got to play six matches. We struggled to score goals but we were competitive throughout, drawing 9 out of our 12 matches in total. All children behaved brilliantly and improved their hockey skills with every game. Indeed the last games were the best quality and most entertaining. Well done to everyone involved as they had a great time. Thanks to Mrs Briscoe for driving the mini bus and to Nathaniel’s dad for coming to support.

Boys Year 4/5 Football

Friday, 20 April 2018

Having become the Kings Norton District Champions before Easter, our boys were invited to play in the next level of the All Birmingham competition against two other district winners. The prize for the winner of this round is to play at the Aston Villa training ground, Bodymoor Heath in the Birmingham Cup Final.

As there were only 3 teams, we played each other twice in short matches. Our boys made a fantastic start in the first game, despite the heat. We blew the opposition away, winning 4-0. The second game was much tougher and we went 1-0 down. However, this woke us up and we impressively turned it around to win 2-1. Our last two games were played at a slower pace as the heat played it’s part. Despite that, we had enough going forwards to get the goals we needed and won both games 1-0.

With four wins out of 4 we now get to play in the Birmingham Cup Final on Friday 4th May. It’s a 4.30pm ko and we will be bringing a coach so we hope there will be plenty of support for the boys. Very well done all!

Sandwell Tennis Competition

Friday, 20 April 2018

Thursday afternoon saw another of our teams try and qualify for the Black Country Games, this time playing tennis. There were 10 teams involved and we had an A and B team competing. Some of the children were a little nervous at first but they soon got into it. Indeed, both of our teams won their groups to reach the semi-finals. In close contests, our B team lost to Langley whilst our A team beat Abbey. Both teams played one more match – our A team in the final and B team in the 3rd/4th play-off. Incredibly both matches were drawn 2-2. Therefore, the organisers had to look at the margins of victory and defeat. Unfortunately, we were on the wrong end of this outcome in both matches, meaning that we finished 2nd and 4th overall. It was a great competition though and we still qualified for the School Games along with Langley so we look forward to playing again. Thank you to Mrs Lowings for her coaching tips and guiding the team.