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Archive for June, 2012

Cricket Quarter final

Tuesday, 26 June 2012

Having reached the cup quarter finals (see earlier blog) the cricket team returned to Moseley (we’re getting to know the area well) to face St John & Monica in the quarter finals. Amir carelessly lost the toss meaning SJB had to bat first. The scoring went as follows:
Luke & Elliot 24
Chris & Dylan 57
Elliot & Mitchell -2
Amir & Megan -1
This meant a total of 278 – good but not brilliant so we needed to field well – AND WE DID. A lot of great bowls, catches and stumps meant that St John and Monica finished on 246. So it’s the semis. Special mention must be given to the amazing double catch by the brother and sister act of Elliot and Megan. You won’t see one like that again!

Baggies Cup

Monday, 25 June 2012

On Saturday 23rd June two teams from St John Bosco went to the Albion Foundation Dome to take part in The annual Baggies Cup tournament. In the morning it was the turn of Year 4 and 5 who began their group games with a win. After playing 6 games in total they finished 3rd in their group just missing out on qualifying for the semis. The afternoon saw Year 6 take over and, with the opposition being all club and academy teams, they didn’t win a game despite some great efforts and performances. As usual everyone had a terrific day and represented the school superbly.

Whitemore Lakes Day 5

Sunday, 17 June 2012

Sorry for the delay in putting this on. Think I’ve done nothing but eat, drink and sleep for 24 hours. Anyway Thursday night saw the disco, there was only us there as our fellow school didn’t want to share but we made the best of it . The dancing wasn’t brilliant but everyone did get up for Moves Like Jagger. Friday morning came and Miss Ellicott made a hasty departure for her birthday weekend while the rest of us packed and got ready for our last activities. To begin with half of the group did archery while Miss Parkes enjoyed the adventure course with the rest.
After a break we all went for our final activity – orienteerinf. This also coincided with the first real rain of the week. What fun it is looking for clues on a map while soaking wet and extremely tired. After lunch it was back home and hopefully everyone managed to stay awale to see England beat Sweden. Overall an incredible week. Well done all concerned.

Whitemoor Lakes Day 4

Thursday, 14 June 2012

It’s our last full day here and numerous visitors from school have arrived. Activity wise we’ve done a combination of archery, zip wire, challenge course, games and volleyball and shortly it’s the disco. Lots of hair gel and perfume around hope the dancing is good. Another great day – the ghost came again last night but strangely no-one was scared – is he getting too familiar? At tea tonight we had a birthday party for Miss Ellicott (she’s 82 tomorrow) with cards and cake It’s our last night tonight but there’s still lots going on tomorrow so there will be one more update. Luke’s poems continue to get worse. Anyway oh plop it’s time for me to stop.(you’ll get what I mean by this on Friday night).

Whitemoor Lakes Day 3

Wednesday, 13 June 2012

This morning everyone built rafts and sailed them, well actually one group didn’t sail theirs because it fell to bits after 2 seconds however every single person was swimming in the lake by the end. Sadly I think this dip also ruined the memory card on my camera deleting the photos from the rest of the week in the process.
This afternoon we’ve been to Cannock Chase, the intended walk was 5 miles but due to Miss Ellicott’s de-tour it was more like 7. During this trip we also played hide and seek, fed the ducks, did some drumming and paddled in the stream before going to the cafe to finish.
It’s been a free evening tonight before a hectic day again tomorrow.

Whitemoor Lakes Day 2

Tuesday, 12 June 2012

Well today’s been a busy day – we’ve been climbing, abseiling, fencing, on the zip wire, on the high ropes course, on the giant trapezium and canoeing. Chris, Liam, Luke, Mr Mobberley, Alice, Isabella, Miss Ellicott and maybe others went for a swim as a result of their canoes being capsized. We’ve been really lucky with the weather and everyone has shown fantastic determination and bravery in doing some very tricky activities. Everyone at the centre has been impressed with the enthusiasm, manners and behaviour of the whole of our group which truly have been terrific (mind you they didn’t see certain people after they came back to the dormitories after being soaked in the lake) “what have I gained from that except pneumonia” was the quote from an un-named student I believe. More activities tomorrow including a hike through Cannock Chase.

Whitemore Lakes Day 1

Monday, 11 June 2012

We have all arrived and had a fun first day. After settling in and finding our way round we’ve been to camp fire tonight including acting, singing and acting. A full day of activities awaits tomorrow so watch this space.

Football Visits

Monday, 4 June 2012

Football fans from St John Bosco Catholic Primary School in West Bromwich were able to get behind England and celebrate the Queen’s Jubilee not once but twice within a week following two special trips recently.
On Sunday 27th May a group of 56 children travelled to Old Trafford, Manchester to watch the charity Socceraid game between England and the rest of the World. They arrived in good time to see celebrities including Robbie Williams, Olly Murrs, Gordon Ramsey and a host of famous former footballers including Teddy Sherringham and Roy Keane get off their coaches and go into the ground with the children not too far behind.
In beautiful sunshine everyone took their places and saw the pre match entertainment and warm ups before the action began. The match was a fantastic occasion with England coming from a goal behind to win 3 – 1. It ended with a superb firework display and everyone arrived back at school extremely late but buzzing with excitement.

Less than a week later many of the same children boarded a coach for Wembley Stadium as a group of 50 from school set off to watch the ‘real’ England team take on Belgium in their final game before Euro 2012. This was also Roy Hodgson’s first home game in charge of England and, with most of the children West Bromwich Albion fans, they were pleased to see their former manager. It was a long climb to reach the seats which were on the very top tier of Wembley, but once there everyone agreed it was a fantastic view. The game was a tight affair with England winning 1 nil but the highlight for many was the presentation at half time which saw a presentation to all the players who had received 100 England caps including David Beckham.

Both games provided a fantastic opportunity for the children to see fantastic football in probably the two best stadiums in England. They gave memories that will never be forgotten and the enthusiasm and behaviour of everyone who went was top class.

Jubilee Celebrations

Monday, 4 June 2012

On Wednesday 30th May St John Bosco school went red, white and blue to celebrate The Queen’s diamond jubilee. In the morning everyone sang the national anthem and made bunting, hats and other items then at lunchtime we enjoyed a whole school picnic of traditional British food. The sun shone brightly and the occasion was enjoyed by all participants.