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Football vs Abbey Junior School

Wednesday, 31 October 2012

This afternoon, Bosco took on Abbey Junior School from Smethwick in our second football league match of the season. They are a large school with 3 classes per year group so have plenty of children to select from.

The first half was an extremely tight affair with both teams creating a couple of good chances. Bosco were going down quite a substantial hill, so were keen to have a half time lead. With this in mind, we created a couple of glorious opportunites but were unlucky to be thrawted by a good save from their goalkeeper and the ball going narrowly wide and over. Agata, our goalkeeper, managed to keep their strikers at bay, so we headed into half time still goalless.

This was now going to be an uphill struggle (literally) as we had the hill and a strong wind to contend with. Abbey managed to take advantage of the conditions by nicking a goal early in the half to give them a one goal lead.

However, we didn’t drop our heads and continued to battle in the midfield with Abbie, Josh, Elliot and Doyle all working hard. Our efforts were rewarded when we earnt a free kick just inside their half. Josh smashed it goalwards and after a couple of deflections the ball headed across the face of their goal. Although their defender was favourite to win the ball, Abbie bravely threw herself into the melee and managed to slide the ball into the back of the net. This leveled the scores at 1-1.

In the closing minutes Elliot came close to grabbing the victory for us but their keeper made a good save. Abbey also nearly nicked the win, but some cracking defending by Dylan, Alfie and Jamie ensured that we didn’t concede another goal.

1-1 was probably a fair reflection of the game and a great result for us, that we can be very proud of.

Pen Licences

Tuesday, 30 October 2012

Congratulations to Samantha Colcol, Angelee Miravelles, Laura Powell, Hana Manasala and Elliot Hill who received pen licences at the end of half term for their exceptional handwriting.

Children can earn a pen licence once they consistently show neat handwriting and excellent presentation in all of their books. Having impressed their teachers with their handwriting, these five children were awarded a temporary pen licence. They then proved to Mr Masterson that they were worthy of a real pen licence and the right to use a pen in all of their subjects.

At St John Bosco we think handwriting and presentation are very important as we believe that children should always take pride in their work.

We hope that they are the first of many children this academic year that manage to achieve this special accolade.

Rugby at the Warriors

Sunday, 28 October 2012

On Friday we headed over to the Sixways Stadium, home of the Worcester Warriors for a very special rugby match! The Warriors were playing Sale Sharks in a crucial league match with Worcester desperately needing a win but this was not the main event… At half time St John Bosco were taking on St Laurence in a tag rugby contest in front of a 10,000 strong audience. This was an amazing opportunity for the children to play on the pitch in front of a massive crowd.

We arrived at the ground and headed into the club shop where the children met three of the players and were lucky enough to get their tickets signed and have photos with them. The children are pictured below with Worcester and England scrum half Sean Perry.

We then headed into the stadium to get ready for kick off.

The first half was a tight affair with Worcester taking a narrow lead into the break.

This meant time for the main event! We were playing Miss Ellicott’s brother’s school, St Laurence from Northfield so family rivalry meant losing was not an option for us.

We started positively with a great early try from Elliot Hill but St Laurence responded immediately to level the game. Elliot grabbed us another try with a brilliant solo effort before Luke added to our lead. However, once again St Laurence came back strong with two quick tries to level it up.

From the restart a quick Ellie Whitehouse pass set up Elliot to complete his hat trick and regain the lead for us at 4-3.

An excellent passing move from Bosco with Elliot Butler, Ethan Baluyot and Taylor Pedley all involved, eventually led to Megan putting the ball down for Bosco’s fifth try of the game.

Again St Laurence battled back well to close the gap to just one try but a Dylan Harvey try and Elliot’s fourth of the game gave us a commanding lead. St Laurence managed two late consolation tries to make the final score 7-6 to Bosco!

Pictured above are the Bosco team doing 3 cheers for St Laurence and below are the teams together on the pitch immediately after the match.

The Bosco team played extremely well by attacking with speed and quick passing and defending well by holding their line straight and remaining disciplined. The full team; Taylor Pedley, Ethan Baluyot, Dylan Harvey, Ellie Whitehouse, Elliot Hill, Elliot Butler, Luke Whitehouse and Megan Hill.

After our enthralling encounter, it was time to get back to watching the Warriors. In a very tense final few minutes where Sale thought they’d scored a last gasp try only to be thrawted by brilliant defending from Paul Hodgson, Warriors held on to win the match 23-16 and pull themselves further away from the relegation zone.

We all had an excellent time and, as always, the children representing Bosco did our school proud. Thanks to Steve Joslin at the Warriors and Craig Ellicott for organising it.

Sealife Centre

Saturday, 20 October 2012

On Monday, Class 5 and 6 headed to the Sealife Centre. We had free tickets Western union online forwinning the Midland School of the Year award.

We decided to travel to Birmingham onthe tram which was an adventure in itself!

We had a fantastic time at the Sealife Centre with the main highlights being the 4d cinema, touching a crab and starfish, the big shark and the wide variety of colourful fish.

All the children had a lovely time and numerous people commented on their good behaviour and excellent manners.

Football – First League Match

Thursday, 18 October 2012

This afternoon we took on Hob Green at our home ground in the opening fixture of the Smethwick football league.

The game started pretty evenly with both sides looking dangerous but defending well. Midway through the first half, Hob Green broke the deadlock with a good finish from their striker. They very nearly made it two, but for a cracking save by Dylan Harvey. However, the half quickly turned around with two brillaint finishes from Josh Harris after good work from Elliot Hill and Doyle Holyhead making the score 2-1 at half time.

Bosco started the second half strongly with Josh Harris capping a tremendous performance by completing his hat trick. Shortly afterwards a great strike from Elliot Hill caused the Hob Green goalkeeper to spill the ball allowing Elliot Butler to follow up with a cool finish to give Bosco a commanding 4-1 lead.

Despite Bosco having more chances to add to their lead, Hob Green caught us on the break and scored two goals inside a minute to leave a tense last five minutes with the score at 4-3. Some resolute defending from Alfie Harwood and Jamie Chappell kept their strikers at bay and Abbie Humphries worked hard in the midfield to break up any Hob Green attacking play.

The game ended 4-3, which was probably a fair result. This is an excellent start for Bosco in the league competition and we’ll be hoping for a similar result in the next fixture against Abbey Juniors after half term.

Tag Rugby Tournament

Wednesday, 17 October 2012

On Wednesday afternoon, a team of children from Years 5 and 6 headed over to Guns Village to take part in the West Brom Tag Rugby tournament. For most of them, it was their first tag rugby competition.

We got off to a cracking start winning the opening fixture 6-2, with tries from Elliot Hill (2), Elliot Butler, Josh Harris, Abbie Humphries and Dylan Harvey.

The second game was equally convincing. This team we beat Ryders Green 6-3 with tries from Elliot Hill (4) and Josh Harris (2).

Up to this point, Bosco had played really well, held their shape effectively and been quick on the break to score numerous tries.

In the final match of the tournament, we faced Guns Village. The winner of the match would top the league, win the competition and go on to represent West Bromwich in the Sandwell finals.

Guns Village were the current holders and a strong team. Bosco played extremely well to combat the quick, attacking play from their players and were drawing the match 3-3 with minutes remaining. A couple of controversial decisions went against us leading to Guns Village narrowly taking the lead and eventually winning the game.

Bosco played brilliantly and really did the school proud. We finished in second place and played with enthusiasm, skill, determination, passion and fair play.

Well done to the whole team; Elliot H, Elliot B, Dylan, Josh, Taylor, Abbie and Ellie.

Girls’ District Football

Sunday, 14 October 2012

On Sunday morning our girls’ football team played in a tournament over in Northfield. They were playing against districts rather than school teams so had some pretty tough opposition to contend with!

The girls played extremely well and were an absolute pleasure to watch.

In the first match we lost 2-0 against Kings Norton. However, in the second match we faired much better. Abbie H began to dominate the midfield and link up with Taylor Pedley effectively.  Abbie S bossed it at the back and Agata was exceptional in goal. We ended up drawing 0-0 with Aston but were so close on a number of occasions Western union online to nicking the win!

The third and final match was another excellent performance from Bosco. We played Sutton, who were last year’s district winners, and controlled the game from start to finish. Unfortunately, we couldn’t quite find that elusive goal and again ended up sharing the points, drawing 0-0.

The girls should be really proud of themselves as they played really well.

Wembley Trip

Saturday, 13 October 2012

A minibus full of children, parents and teachers headed down South to Wembley on Friday to watch England take on San Marino in a World Cup Qualifier.

We got there in time to see the England coach arrive so we saw the likes of Rooney, Carroll and Hodgson (though, sadly, none of them would wave back to us despite our enthusiastic welcome!).

For some of the children, it was there first ever trip to Wembley so they were very excited as we approached the stadium.

We got into the ground nice and early so had time to take photos and soak up the atmosphere before the match got under way.

The match was extremely one-sided though England took a while to break down their opposition, eventually managing to break the deadlock with a Rooney penalty. Ellie (our ICT wizard) took a great action shot of Rooney placing the ball for his spot kick.

The match finished 5-0 with 2 goals each from Rooney and Welbeck and one from Oxlade-Chamberlain. Everyone from Bosco really enjoyed the evening out as you can see from the faces of the children!

Hopefully, they’ll be many more Wembley trips to come!

Netball Fundraiser

Saturday, 13 October 2012

On Friday 5th October we held a netball tournament; it was children vs teachers vs parents. We held this event in order to raise money for charity by selling things such as biscuits, cakes and drinks.

The first match was teachers vs children, in the first half it stayed 0-0 although in the second half the teachers won by goals from Mrs. Bannister. The children expected themselves to win but the score was completely different.

The next match was children vs parents, the children lost and were out of the tournament. The grand final was teachers vs parents and the parents won in a real nail-biting game.

We raised one hundred and sixty five pounds by selling all the refreshments and collecting money from the children as they wanted to watch the tournament. We would like to thank Miss Ellicott for having the idea of organising this fantastic event.

By Rohan, Agata and Martyna C

(Year 6 pupils)

Year 5 Topic Work

Saturday, 13 October 2012

Year 5 making space pictures and paper mache planets to make their classroom look fantastic!