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St John Bosco 3 St Philip’s 2

Friday, 9 March 2012

With many of the squad having visited Wembley last week Stuart Pearce’s influence rubbed off on Mr Mobberley as he took a Western union online very large squad to sunny Smethwick with the intention of making multiple substitutions.
The old cliche of “a game of two halves” did not apply for this game as it was in fact “a game of 3 thirds” this enabled lots of changes to take place.
The team that began the first portion of the game was an all Year 6 affair and despite some good play they were 1 – 0 down at the first interval thanks to a St Philip’s goal.
The first break saw a lot of changes including in goal. Regular keeper Liam keen for a run outfield and Chris keen to have a go in goal. To be fair both played well in their new positions but it will be back to normal next week. The second third proved to be a repeat of the first, despite some great saves from our new goalie and Sandeep twice coming within inches from scoring his first goal it was St Philip’s who scored again 2 – 0.
St John Bosco went into the final session with a lot to do and for 7 or 8 minutes battled well but with no reward, however when the St Philip’s keeper wandered out of his area Elliot Hill took full advantage to loop the ball into the net. Game on. By this stage St John Bosco were in control but just needed goals and the equaliser came 3 minutes from time when Mitchell met a cross to almost take the back out of the net, the comeback was on. It looked for a split second as if the efforts had been in vain when St Philip’s broke free but between them Luke and Chris managed to sort out the danger then with less than a minute left and with a fully deserved draw approaching St John Bosco had a free kick. This was fired into the box by Elliot Butler and mitchell was there to head the ball into the net for an amazing last minute winner and a very rare headed goal.
This was a brilliant team performance from all involved, no-one moaned when being a substitute and the awesome comeback shows that if you never give up the rewards will come. Well done team. Enjoy your weekend.
Jose Mobberleyniho

A great result

Fame at last

ZERO TO LANDFILL

Tuesday, 6 March 2012

On Tuesday Year 6 visited the CO-OP store to take part in an activity called Zero to Landfill. They learned that co-op stores have a policy that they re-cycleliterally everything they use, send nothing at all to landfill and fill less than 2 black bags of rubbish a week, less than most households. During the visit the pupils also learned about Fair Trade produce and went on a Fair Trade hunt around the store. As they left they were given a bar of fair trade chocolate and water each. Each Year 6 pupil will now be designing posters about Zero to Landfill and writing a Carbon footprint pledge which will be judged by CO-OP manager Rob and used in store. It was an interesting afternoon.

WEST BROMWICH ALBION TOURNAMENT

Monday, 5 March 2012

On Monday a team of 8 players from Year 6 missed school for the day to take part in the annual West Bromwich Albion Schools Cup, along with 20 other schools from as far away as Worcester.
In the first game St John Bosco faced local rivals Galton Valley and the result was 2 -0 thanks to goals from Mitchell and Cain. Game two saw them face Sacred Heart and after Mitchell put in the rebound after Ethan hit the bar it was 2 wins out of two.
In the 3rd game the opponents were a school called Caslon and they caught us unaware taking the lead after only 20 seconds. However some determined play from St John Bosco payed off when Christopher scored a deserved equaliser. For the whole game we were the better team, but in probably the only defensive mix up of the whole day Caslon scored to make the score 2 – 1. This was rely unfortunate as Megan and Luke had been really strong in defence looking unbeatable and Mitchell and Chris’s link up play going forward resembled Giggs and Scholes at their prime.
The final game was against a team called Benson and this was the first time when we looked outclassed. They were comfortable 5 – 0 winners and had cruised the group winning all four games and eventually reached the final. However we didn’t let our heads go down and put up with some fairly hefty challenges. I was extremely proud to be in charge of our team, as always they did the school proud and a 50% win rate was pretty good.
Jose Mobberley-niho

Well it's better than Maths and English that's for sure

Year 6 Bring and Buy

Friday, 2 March 2012

Year 6 pupils from St John Bosco Primary School organised a bring and buy sale on Friday to raise money for the schools’ Lent charity appeal for Fr Hudson’s Society.
Preparation for the event began more than a week ago with the children designing posters and making appeals for donations. Many of the class also did some baking at home to make cakes and biscuits to sell.
With donations of toys, books, comics, DVDs and more besides the class allocated themselves jobs, sorted and priced the goods and set up the hall in preparation for the event.

Once all was ready the other classes converged on the hall, money in hands and snapped up all the bargains both to take home and eat there and then. With the few remaining items sold to parents on the playground at home time.

The way the pupils from Year 6 went about organising the event was extremely impressive. They showed themselves to be organised, sensible and mature and had a lot of fun at the same time.
This was the first of 4 school events to raise money for the appeal, after which a grand total will be announced and a cheque taken by Year 6 to the Good Shepherd Mass at St Chad’s Cathedral in Birmingham. The bring and buy made great start to this with over £100 being made.

Tag Rugby

Thursday, 1 March 2012

On Wednesday two teams representing our school went to Stuart Bathurst to take part in the tag rugby tournament. The first match saw the two teams face each other with team a winning 3 – 2. The teams then both played everyone else there with a range of results including wins, losses and draws for both. When Mr Connell announced the final placings Team A finished 4th but Team B had reached the final finishing 2nd. Despite valiant efforts they lost 4 – 2 to St Gregory’s in this game. At the end both teams had a most valuable player chosen by the Year 11 leaders – these were Mitchell and Elliot H. The teams all played brilliantly and were accompanied by Mr Mobberley & Miss Ellicott.

WEMBLEY VISIT

Thursday, 1 March 2012

Pupils, parents and staff from St John Bosco Catholic Primary School enjoyed an evening at Wembley to watch the international football match between England and Holland this week.
The school was delighted when they learned they had been allocated 49 tickets by the FA for the game and set off from school in anticipation for what was for nearly all of the group, their first visit to the national stadium, looking forward to Stuart Pearce’s first match in charge.
Before the game everyone was treated to pre match entertainment, had the chance to have their faces painted and enjoyed the pre match Wembley entertainment.
Everyone then joined in the national anthems before taking their seats for the game, which proved to be a great contest with England coming back from two goals down before losing in injury time.
Despite the result everyone had a great night and agreed the Wembley experience was amazing. St John Bosco School has recently been awarded an outstanding grade by OFSTED, with opportunities for pupils to take part in trips such as this one contributing to the judgement.

Liam, Luke and Mitchell at Wembley

WE ARE OUTSTANDING

Thursday, 1 March 2012

St John Bosco Catholic Primary School in West Bromwich are celebrating after been rated as being outstanding in all areas following their recent OFSTED inspection.

The school was inspected in mid February by a team of three inspectors led by David Lewis. They spent two days in the school, observing lessons, interviewing children, staff and parents, looking at children’s work, spending time on the playground and canteen and looking at routines, safety, behavior, extra curricular activities and much more besides.

At the end of the two days the school was graded in the 4 categories of achievement, quality of teaching, leadership and behavior and safety and everyone concerned was absolutely thrilled when a judgment of outstanding was given in not one but all 4 of these areas.

During the visit the inspectors commented favorably on many aspects of life at St John Bosco School among which were; the fact that every single lesson they observed was either good or outstanding, the fantastic behavior and manners of all the pupils at all times, the knowledge and skills of the children using computer technology, the outstanding results achieved at the end of Year 6 (which are among the best in the country), the range of school trips and activities on offer, the links with the community and parish churches, provision for children’s individual needs, the way adults support children and children help one another through initiatives such as reading buddies, ICT wizards and Year 6 prefects and the huge amount of teamwork and the caring collaborative approach at all levels.

Everyone at St John Bosco was delighted with the findings of Mr Lewis and his team, which confirmed what they already knew, that it is a truly fantastic school to be part of. The outcome of the inspection meant that the school is among the top 4% of schools nationally and the very first school in Sandwell and the first Catholic School in the West Midlands to be rated as outstanding in all areas since the current format of inspections began. This was even more of an achievement as the school was graded as just satisfactory in the previous inspection, a little under 3 years ago.

Headteacher of St John Bosco, Ed Masterson said; “ I am thrilled with the amazing achievement of being classed as outstanding in all areas by OFSTED. To move from being a satisfactory school to an outstanding one in 2 years 10 months is simply incredible. This is down to the enthusiasm, hard work and dedication of the teachers, support staff, parents, governors and of course our fantastic children. I would also like to thank our parish priests, everyone from the Archdiocese of Birmingham and Sandwell for the unwavering support they have given”

In June St John Bosco Primary School celebrates it’s golden jubilee with a range of celebration events planned. The OFSTED report is a brilliant way to begin this special year and there is no doubt it will continue to go from strength to strength in the next 50 years.

Year 6 prefects and their younger friends celebrate the result