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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.

Sandwell Tag Rugby Competition

Friday, 20 April 2018

It was a hot afternoon over at ACE Academy as our A and B teams competed in more tag rugby, this time to compete for a place at the Black Country School Games. Both teams performed extremely well throughout the competition, playing some excellent rugby. Our behaviour and attitude were spot on too, which was commented on by the organisers and other staff. Overall, our B team came 5th out of 10, winning 2, drawing 1 and narrowly losing 2. Meanwhile our A team won all 6 matches to win the competition to qualify for the school games. Well done everyone and thanks to all staff who attended.

Kings Norton Tag Rugby Part Two

Friday, 20 April 2018

On Tuesday, we went to Kings Norton to play in the second of two evenings of league fixtures.

Our A team were sat in 2nd position in the cup competition at the beginning of play. They played superbly well and managed to beat Meadows who were top of the league which gave us a chance of toppling them off the top of the league. In the other fixtures we won two and drew one. This meant that it went down to bonus points and unfortunately we ended up in secondĀ  place as we scored five tries on one less occasion that the Meadows. Overall, across the two evenings, we won six, drew one and lost one which we’re really please with.

Our B team played in the bowl competition. They were extremely dominant in the league and overall, over the two evenings, won seven and lost one meaning that they comfortably won the league and took home the silverware.

A huge well done to all of the children involved.