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Another Walsall Success

Thursday, 24 November 2011

It may be said by some that history doesn’t repeat itself ad that lightening doesn’t strike twice but this is most definitely not the case when St John Bosco Primary School and Walsall Football Club are the case in point.

Last season the pupils from St John Bosco were visitors to the Banks’s Stadium on 4 occasions to act as ball boys and Walsall were winners every time, four wins out of very few more all season. This sequence began on a cold November night in 2010 when, having drawn 1 – 1 with Fleetwood in the FA Cup the Saddlers required a replay. A game they won 2 – 0.

Fast forward 12 months and, following a 1 -1 draw with Exeter in the FA Cup away the scenario was exactly the same. As soon as the replay was arranged contact was made between the club and school and the children from St John Bosco were invited along again.

Following an hour’s coaching on the astroturf to warm the children up, they lined up pre match and ran out onto the pitch to applause from the crowd and took their places around the pitch. With Walsall in a poor run of form having only won 1 of their last 16 games this was going to be a tough night and things did not start well with Exeter taking a 1 – 0 lead late in the first half.

Following a half time break the teams, and ball boys, re-emerged for the 2nd half, which proved to be very eventful. Walsall came out with some determination and the fans in the home stand behind the goal, along with Chris and Mitchell on ball boy duty just in front of it got a great view as Walsall scored 2 great goals from corners in fairly quick succession to put them 2 – 1 ahead. It looked like the Saddlers were heading for round 2 and the St John Bosco lucky charm was present again.

There was about 10 minutes remaining when, from what looked like a fairly unlikely scoring opportunity, Exeter fumbled the ball past Walsall keeper Jimmy Walker to make the score 2 – 2. The St John Bosco children had been there when Walker made his 2nd debut for the club and aren’t used to seeing him concede 2. Luke and William behind his goal looked in horror as the ball went in.

The final whistle blew and this meant extra time. Calls were made to parents and the evening at the Banks’s was to be extended to beyond 10pm. On a school night too. was the St John Bosco run of luck for Walsall about to come to an end?

Not many of the extra 30 minutes had been played when, in the same goal that Exeter had just scored it was Walsall’s turn. 3 -2 to the home team. The 25 minutes or so that followed seemed like hours but when the referee blew it was more like the Saddlers had won the final at Wembley than a first round replay. Everyone was so delighted.

The game continued a remarkable run for St John Bosco School at Walsall. They have been regular visitors to the Stadium for several years and in a run of games now stretching into double figures the Saddlers have never been defeated when the children have been on ball boy duty.

As the children left the pitch tired but euphoric at a great night they were met by Walsall Community staff Adam Davy and Paul Larvin who had arranged the night, thanked for their contribution and the night was made extra special for 2 of the children: Christopher Law, about to celebrate his birthday and who showed a brilliant attitude who was given a Walsall shirt signed by all the players and Neil Whickett who impressed in training and was given a signed ball.

A fantastic night was had by all.

Where has Polly Gone -Polly joins the Chipping Norton Set

Monday, 21 November 2011

On Saturday I went to a wedding in the lovely Cotswolds Town of Chipping Norton. Of course I had to take Polly. Here she is outside the local church and in the main street. Year 6 she hasn’t been anywhere for ages since Christopher took her on holiday and he forgot to take a photo. Remember where YOU go the Parrot should go too.

Cross Country

Monday, 21 November 2011

Pupils from St John Bosco Primary School fared well in the recent Sandwell Catholic Schools Cross Country Tournament held at Redhouse Park in Great Barr.
The team of 9 runners from Year 5 and 6 accompanied by Mr Mobberley and Mr Whitehouse took on a course of just under a mile along with over one hundred runners from other schools (including a massive contingent from Holy Name Primary who are next door to the course so able to walk there.)
The course took a variety of twists and turns and for many of the pupils it was the first time they had run this far, but in the pleasant autumn sunshine the whole team did superbly with Isabella York, Christopher Law, Abbie Humphries and Liam Garman Cooke all achieving single figure finishes with the rest of the team not far behind but more importantly everyone represented St John Bosco brilliantly. The same squad will travel to Edgebaston in early 2012 to take part in a similar event for the wider area.
The full squad was: Ethan Green, Liam Garman Cooke, Cain Stambridge, Chris Law, Kieran Magee, Luke Whitehouse, Isabella York, Abbie Humphries, Cerena Warren


Wednesday, 16 November 2011

Kieran and Sophie from Year 6 received the Sacrament of Confirmation on Sunday 13th November at Holy CrossChurch. The Mass was celebrated by Fr Burke and Bishop McGough. Congratulations to both of them.

What is Bonfire Night all about?

Friday, 4 November 2011

Four hundred years ago, in 1605, a man called Guy Fawkes and a group of plotters attempted to blow up the Houses of Parliament in London with barrels of gunpowder placed in the basement. They wanted to kill King James and the king’s leaders.

Houses of Parliament, London

Why did Guy Fawkes want to kill King James 1st and the king’s leaders?

When Queen Elizabeth 1st took the throne of England she made some laws against the Roman Catholics. Guy Fawkes was one of a small group of Catholics who felt that the government was treating Roman Catholics unfairly. They hoped that King James 1st would change the laws, but he didn’t.

Catholics had to practise their religion in secret. There were even fines for people who didn’t attend the Protestant church on Sunday or on holy days. James lst passed more laws against the Catholics when he became king.

What happened – the Gungpowder Plot

A group of men led by Robert Catesby, plotted to kill King James and blow up the Houses of Parliament, the place where the laws that governed England were made.

Guy Fawkes was one of a group of men

The plot was simple – the next time Parliament was opened by King James l, they would blow up everyone there with gunpowder. The men bought a house next door to the parliament building. The house had a cellar which went under the parliament building. They planned to put gunpowder under the house and blow up parliament and the king.

Guy Fawkes Discovered

Guy Fawkes was given the job to keep watch over the barrels of gunpowder and to light the fuse. On the morning of 5th November, soldiers discovered Guy hidden in the cellar and arrested him. The trail of gunpowder at his feet would never be lit.

Guy Fawkes was taken to the Tower of London

He was tortured and questioned about the other plotters. To start with he didn’t tell the soldiers anything about the plot. But, eventually he started to tell the truth.

A Celebration

In celebration of his survival, King James ordered that the people of England should have a great bonfire on the night on 5th November.

Y5 at Frank Chapman

Thursday, 3 November 2011

Hello everyone back at school and at home. We are having an amazing time here at |Frank Chapman. Last night we went for a walk through the woods to the Magic Tree, where we all made a wish. We stayed up really late last night but tonight is “Beauty Night”, so we are all having a shower after spending the day getting really dirty and very wet whilst jumping in all the puddles!  Then we are  having an early night (or so Miss Ellicott, Mrs Finnegan, Mrs Carter and Mrs Stocking thinks) ready for another amazing day before we start our journey home. We hope you are not working too hard back at school and missing us too much at home!

God Bless, see you all on Friday!