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Eco workshops

Saturday, 16 July 2011

Year 6 students from St John Bosco School enhanced their knowledge of green issue awareness last week by taking place in 2 eco workshops.
On Monday they were visited by rachel Hooper from Centro West Midlands who delivered activities entitled ‘letzgogreen’. This involved accessing a website of the same name and learning about the benefits of Public Transport, how to plan a journey using travelline and how to plan walking routes between places. With the children moving to high school in September, a knowledge of these is essential.
Two days later the children were visited by Lindsay Richards from Tipton Litterwatch who delivered a workshop on recycling. The children learned the main issues of disposing of litter – ewduce Reuse, Recycle, compost and Throw and discovered that less than 10% of rubbish needs to be thrown away and took part in an interactive quiz about how long it takes some materials to decay. there were some amazing discoveries.
Everyone learned a great deal from both workshops which they have vowed to put into practice.

Phoenix Sports

Saturday, 16 July 2011

Pupils from St john Bosco Primary School took part in the TOPs sports Festival at Phoenix Collegiate, organised by Year 10 JSLA students and co-ordinated by Mr Fitzpatrick from the school’s PE department.
In total 41 children from Year 3,4, 5 and 6 made the short journey to Phoenix, accompanied by Mr Mobberley, Mrs Carter and Mrs Cresswell to compete against 4 other local primary schools.
Followin a warm up in the sports hall the children split into year groups to take part in basketball, football, dodgeball and hockey. after each event they returned to the sports hall to be given a points update.
At the end of the round robin, at lunchtime, St John Bosco found themselves in 5th position out of 5 but had still had a great morning.
The afternoon saw all of the competitors head to the running track for a range of athletic activities which, despite an unexpected downpour, all took place in great competitive spirit.
At the conclusion of these, as the overall results were read out, St John Bosco were delighted to find some great racing performances had lifted their final position to 3rd and each child received a bronze medal.
This was a terrific day, well organised and enjoyed by all.

Girls Football

Sunday, 10 July 2011

Bosco Girls are Catholic Champions!

For the first time ever St John Bosco won the Birmingham Catholic Girls Football Championships. Miss Ellicott and Mr Edmunds took two teams over to Yardley to compete in this tournament.

We entered a blue team captained by Sabrina who played as a striker, with Demi in goal, Sandra and Abbie in defence and Megan and Chelsie in midfield.

Playing for the red team we had Victoria (who was captain), Wiktoria, Renesha, Angelee and Samantha.

First of all, each team had to play in a league of three teams with the top two progressing to the quarter finals. The blue team won all four of their group games, scoring more than twenty goals and only conceding one. In a slightly tougher group the red team played really well to win two of their games earning them second place in their group.

In the Quarter Finals the reds battled really hard and were desperately unlucky to end up losing 3-1. They played really well throughout the tournament though. Their highlights were a hat-trick from Vicky, a superb 20 yard screamer from Wik, a fantastic finish from Renesha and unbelievable defending by Angelee and Samantha.

The blue team easily progressed through their quarter final thrashing their opponents 7-0. In the semi final they had a slightly tougher match but again came out on top, this time winning 4-0.

By this point the girls were really tired. They had played a lot of football and had proven themselves to be the best team there so deserved to take the trophy home.

In the final we played against The Priory School. We found ourselves a goal down with a few minutes to go but we battled back to make it 2-2 and take the game into extra time. Chelsie scored a great goal to give us the lead but unfortunately The Priory were awarded a last minute penalty which they converted meaning that we had drawn. The only way to decide who would take the trophy home was to have a penalty shoot-out. Chelsie, Demi and Sabrina all cooly converted their penalties and Demi proved to be the hero saving three of their penalties to give us a 3-1 win.

The girls can be really proud of themselves. They deserved to win as they were the best team on the day. Their hard work over the season has paid off!

Well done girls! HOORAY!

Report written by Megan, Renesha and Vicky

Black Country Games

Sunday, 10 July 2011

On Wednesday, 6th July we competed in the Blackcountry games. We had earned the right to represent Sandwell in the Girls’ Cricket and Hi-Five Netball tournaments.

In this competition there were teams from Wolverhampton, Dudley, Birmingham and Sandwell. Each school had to earn the right to play in this competition by winning their district tournament. Therefore, the standard of this competition was extremely good.

Chris Law, Luke Whitehouse, Isabella York, Sophie Perry and Zoe Doyle played in the Netball tournament. They were drawn in a particularly difficult group. Despite playing well they ended up drawing one of their games and losing the other three so unfortunately did not progress through to the semi finals.

The Cricket team played really well and had a successful day. They played each of the other teams once in a league format. In the first match we played against Gruisley. We batted well scoring 260 runs with an impressive batting display from Wiktoria Brodziak. We then limited the opposition to 232 runs with Alice Prior taking two wickets.

We moved on to the next match against Sledmere and this time won by 21 runs. Azra Hussain worked hard on her bowling and managed to take a wicket. Renesha Hodgson was the pick of the batters, scoring a brilliant six that went for miles!

In the third and final league game we came up against tricky opposition in Croft. We again managed to end up victorious mainly due to a brilliant bowling display limiting the opposition to 213 runs. Victoria Loa took a brilliant catch and Megan Hill took two wickets.

Although we had won the league, this was not the end of it as the top two teams then had to play in the final to determine the overall winners. We were confident having already beat our opponents, Croft, once. However, we struggled with our nerves and despite putting in maximum effort and really trying our best, we underperformed slightly when fielding. Unfortunately we dropped a couple of catches, had a couple of misfields and allowed our opponents to score 261. This was a tough target to chase down and so we ended up falling a few runs short.

We were presented with silver medals which makes us the second best girls’ cricket team in the whole of the Blackcountry which is something to be very proud of.

Mini Olympics

Sunday, 10 July 2011

Mini Olympics
On Tuesday, 21st June Class Five ran a mini Olympics for children in Year One.
The children in Class Five planned, organised and coordinated the whole event. They were split into team leaders and sports leaders. Year One were split into five groups, the stars lead by Alice and Zara, the rectangles led by Leon and Renesha, the triangles led by Sophie and Azra, the circles led by Neil and Isabella and the squares led by Cain H and Sandeep.
Each group participated in five sports that were coached by the sports leaders from class five. The sports were cricket (Luke, Amir, Chris and Vicky, javelin (Josh and Conor), hurdles (Megan, Justin and Liam), football (Wiktoria, Mitchell and Ethan) and skipping (Rohit, Tapiwa and Zoe).
All of the class one children received a certificate and sticker for taking part. They learnt lots of new skills, had loads of fun and behaved extremely well. Class Five enjoyed helping the younger children and proved themselves to be excellent coaches and group leaders.
The event was a massive success and we hope to do it again!
Report by Sophie Perry and Renesha Hodgson


Sunday, 3 July 2011

Last friday a group of pupils travelled to Edgbaston to watch Warwickshire take on Yorkshire in a 20/20 cricket match. We settled into our seats as Warwickshire opened the batting however after 18 overs the rain began and didn’t stop so, sadly, we didnt see any more action or Yorkshire bat. we enjoyed what we did see however. Thanks to Miss Ellicott for organizing it.

Spring Clean

Sunday, 3 July 2011

Year 6 pupils from St John Bosco Primary School did their bit for the community last week by taking part in the ‘Big Spring Clean’ organised by Tipton Litterwatch, around the locality of their school.
Armed with litter picking sticks and bags and sporting high visibility vests the pupils split into 2 groups to tackle the litter that had built up around the streets and recreation areas of West Bromwich.
Before setting off the children had been briefed by a representative of Litterwatch about which types of litter was recyclable and which was not and given colour coordinated bags to sort it in to.
The pupils set about the task with energy and enthusiasm and in no time at all had filled over 20 bags of litter. They were particularly happy when, on seeing them working hard in the locality of their pub, the manager of the ‘Coach and Horses’ appeared with a bottle of pop for each child. A lovely gesture.
On return to school the pupils were given certificates and small presents from Litterwatch and the school awarded a trophy for participating. All of Year 6 will be promoting the message of don’t drop litter around school.