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Archive for November, 2017

Year 5 Follow up work on Kristian Thomas

Monday, 20 November 2017

Here are some of the excellent newspaper reports written all about Kristian’s visit:

Visit to Wasps Rugby

Sunday, 19 November 2017

On Saturday we went to watch the Wasps take on the Newcastle Falcons in an Aviva Premiership rugby match. Before the game we went to the fan zone and did some activities with Warwick Castle including sword fighting.

We then had a go at some rugby activities.

The game was really good as we saw plenty of tries and the Wasps won comfortably, 40 – 10!

After the game, we managed to meet some of the players and get some photos and autographs.

We also met Pudsey!

Thank you to Mrs Grubham, Mrs Briscoe, Mr Ginder and the three parents that attended the game and to Mr Ellicott for organising the trip.

Y6 writing inspired by Kristian Thomas

Tuesday, 14 November 2017

Year six have written thank you letters to Kristian Thomas. Here is an example of what we produced in our shared write:


St John Bosco Catholic Primary School

Monmouth Drive

West Bromwich

B71 2ST

Tuesday 14th November, 2017

Dear Kristian

We are writing to you to thank you for coming to our school on Monday. As members of Year Six at St John Bosco Catholic Primary School, we are extremely appreciative of your visit: we thoroughly enjoyed your presence.

Your gymnastic demonstration was supreme. The highlight for us was when you launched yourself over six people into a spectacular forward roll for which we would like to commend you – you beat your record! Furthermore, we are very grateful to you for showing us your well-earned bronze medal from London 2012.

The challenge that you set us was a tough one however we believe that we rose to the occasion. We all successfully completed the tasks thanks to your guidance and encouragement. Remarkably, some pupils in our class managed to raise over £60 on their own therefore we are hoping for an impressive final amount. With the money that we have raised, we will purchase new gymnastic equipment so that we can try to emulate your incredible skills.

Thank you for introducing us to gymnastics. Due to your visit, we have been inspired to try a wider variety of sports. You taught us many things: to dream big, to believe in ourselves and that nothing is impossible. Thank you for the courage and advice that you gave us; we will remember and use those lessons not only in sport but in everyday life too (particularly in difficult or challenging times).

We will try to live our lives by your words, “Dream big and never say that you can’t.”

Finally, thank you for spending the afternoon at our school. We know that you are a very busy man due to your university commitments although we would be delighted if you ever had the time to come back and see us again. You are more than welcome to make an appearance at our Sports Day in July – we would be honoured if you attended (Tuesday 10th July at 9am).

Thank you once again.

Yours sincerely


Class Six

Sponsored event with Olympic gymnast medalist Kristian Thomas

Monday, 13 November 2017

This afternoon GB Olympic gymnast, Kristian Thomas, came to school to help with our sponsored sports event and talk to us about his career.

The afternoon began with a class at a time coming into the hall to complete a set of exercises. All of the children worked really hard and did incredibly well.
Year 6 doing press-ups

Year 5 doing star-jumps.

Kristian giving some of the younger children some encouragement.

Year Four having a go at star-jumps and press-ups.

Kristian with some Year Four pupils.

Year Two working hard.

Year One having a go at their exercises.

After all of the children had completed their sponsored event, Kristian led an assembly where he talked about his career and answered some questions.

Kristian then did a demonstration of a range of gymnastic moves. We were all incredibly impressed. He even managed to do a diving forward roll over five brave volunteers!

Kristian with his London 2012 bronze medal.

We’d like to thank Kristian Thomas for spending the afternoon at school with us and hopefully helping to inspire the next generation of sports men and women. He talked about his hard work and dedication which we will try to emulate in our school work and through sport.

Bosco at Worcester Wolves basketball

Sunday, 12 November 2017

Seventy of us went by coach to watch the Worcester Wolves take on the Glasgow Rocks at the University of Worcester Arena on Friday.

The highlight was watching our dance club perform on the court between quarters.

We also got to meet the players after the match to get photos and autographs.

Dancers perform at Worcester Wolves Basketball

Sunday, 12 November 2017

Well done to our dance group who performed in front of 2000 people at the University of Worcester Arena on Friday night. They did their dance on court twice – after the 1st and 3rd quarters. A big thank you to dance coach, Alice, for preparing the children for the dance and to Mr Ellicott for organising the event.

Boys and Girls 5-a-side Indoor Football Tournaments

Thursday, 9 November 2017

Both our boys and girls played in a Futsal tournament at the impressive Futsal Arena in Birmingham. The game is essentially the same as football but with a slightly heavier ball and square shaped goals.

Our boys played some fantastic football throughout the evening and scored plenty of goals. Our matches were all highly entertaining, as we scored 3 in each of our group games. However, we lost our concentration at a couple of crucial moments and didn’t quite make the semi-finals. Overall we won 2, drew 1 and lost 2. With a bit of luck we could have been challenging for the medals. Well done to the boys.

Meanwhile, our girls also played 5 matches. These weren’t quite so entertaining but we made ourselves very difficult to beat, not conceding a single goal all evening. We then scored a few goals too, meaning that our overall record was won 2, drew 3. In the girls league this was good enough for second place and runners-up medals. Our girls have played 19 matches over two days without losing! Very well done.

Girls’ Football Team become Sandwell Champions and Runners-Up

Thursday, 9 November 2017

We entered two teams into an impressive 24 team competition at the WBA indoor dome. Our two teams were in separate groups and had 5 matches each to play. Our B team started well with two wins from their first three games. Two further draws against good opposition in their final group games were enough to qualify as runners-up. Meanwhile, our A team had an easy 4-0 win in their first game but then slipped to three straight draws. They then had to win their final group game, which they did, to qualify for the quarter finals too.

It was from this point that both our teams produced their best football. We dominated both our quarter-finals and semi-finals, winning each of these games without conceding a goal. This meant that St. John Bosco A played St. John Bosco B in the final! It was a good game with goals from Marnie and Eunice earning the A team the win. Huge congratulations though to all our girls who were superb throughout the competition. An incredible achievement for the school. Well done everyone!

Sandwell Indoor Athletics Champions

Thursday, 2 November 2017

A massive well done to the eighteen children who led Bosco to success in the Sandwell indoor athletics competition.

We took part in a variety of track and field events with many of our children winning their individual races and competitions. Everyone of them worked hard, gave it their all and showed incredible determination to ensure that we were the eventual winners.

We will now go on to represent Sandwell in the Black Country Games in June.

Well done to our hurdles relay team who smashed their race!

1st, 2nd and 3rd in the long jump!

6 lap winners!

6 lap winners!