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Inspiring Twickenham Visit

Tuesday, 29 May 2018

We brought a coach load of 51 people over to the impressive home of rugby – Twickenham. This included 25 of our pupils, 14 of which got to play on the pitch. This treat was thanks to Quilter who sponsor England Rugby and promote a Kids First approach to rugby. As a school we have signed up to this and therefore agree to promote the rugby values of discipline, respect, honesty, teamwork and enjoyment as well as putting the development of all children ahead of results.

The day itself was amazing. 4 famous rugby players were there throughout the day – David Flatman (ex-England), Ugo Monye (ex-England and British Lions), Danielle Waterman (current Wasp, England World Cup winner and Olympic Game participant) and finally, Jason Robinson (England World Cup winner and British Lion). All four were very welcoming and happy to sign autographs, have photos and generally give their time to the children.

As part of the day, those playing on the pitch arrived on the team bus just like the England team do. They then gathered in the actual changing room before running out of the tunnel to great applause. After the national anthem, they then played on the pitch in their age groups. At the end of the training, each player got to walk up the steps to the royal enclosure to receive a medal from Jason or Danielle! All of our group got to tour the dressing room, some got to be part of a Q&A with the pros and we all enjoyed a pitch-side BBQ whilst our school name and individual player photos were displayed on the big screens and around the stadium.

It was a truly memorable day and I hope it has inspired everyone to play, watch or follow rugby more in the future. Huge thanks to all the staff who came along, to Quilter for the opportunity and to Jason, Danielle, Ugo and David for making it a fantastic day.

Jason Robinson, Danielle Waterman and David Flatman

Leaving the team bus to a great reception

National anthem

Tour of the changing room

Our school on the big screen!

A picture with our medals

A glorious day at Twickenham!

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Breakfast time

Friday, 25 May 2018

Good morning from Upton Warren. We’ve had a good night and are just having breakfast before going out to play in the rain.

Upton Warren Part Two

Thursday, 24 May 2018

Y6 Upton Warren

Thursday, 24 May 2018

We’re having a fantastic time. We’ve settled into camp and spent the afternoon playing games on the field.

Tri-Golf Competition

Thursday, 24 May 2018

We took a group of 5 boys and 5 girls from a mix of year 3 and 4 over to Oldbury Academy for a tri-golf festival. This included two children representing the school for the very first time and they were very excited. We tried 6 different timed golf activities. It was lots of fun and we got better and better with each activity. The support and teamwork shown from our squad was excellent. As each team works separately, we didn’t know what to expect when it came to the results but we were pleased to beat 10 other schools and finish 4th out of 14. Well done all and thanks to Mrs. York for coming with us.

Catholic Cup Cricket

Tuesday, 22 May 2018

We played against St. Mark’s this evening competing for a place in the Catholic Cup Finals in June. It’s the first time we’ve been able to host a fixture this year and the children were all excited. We were put in to bat first and were a little tentative at first until Eunice and Jacob came into bat, hitting several 4s and even a 6! Our total of 236 at the end of the innings was decent but we knew we’d have to bowl well.

Indeed we did bowl well. Everyone was accurate and four different bowlers took a wicket. Although we dropped a few catching opportunities we comfortably defended our total, restricting St. Mark’s to 214. This means that we get a day out at the Finals, which we’re looking forward to. Thanks to those who came to watch and well done to the team for their performance and conduct.

Year 5 Fire Safety Quiz

Tuesday, 22 May 2018

Class 5 have taken part in the Fire Service’s School Safety Challenge since October. As part of this we did a few lessons in class and also visited SafeSide to learn more about keeping safe in different environments. Since then, each children has had access to a fire safety website. As a school, we managed to qualify for the Sandwell finals by accumulating points through the website. We came in the top 5 schools in the area.

As a reward, our 6 top scoring pupils were invited to participate in a quiz at Oldbury Fire Station. It was a lovely evening and an enjoyable and unique experience for us. Each school was introduced individually to the crowd before competing in 5 rounds of the quiz, plus tie break rounds. At first, our children were a bit nervous but once we got going, we scored well in the later rounds. We weren’t the overall winners but learnt more about fire safety and we were pleased to be presented with pencils, water bottles and a medal each to mark our achievements in the competition.

Well done to all involved. Thank you to the parents who helped with transport and stayed to support and to the local Fire Service for giving up their time to provide this opportunity.

Athletics Success

Monday, 21 May 2018

We took a coach load of 47 children over to Redditch’s Abbey Stadium to compete in an 8-school all-day athletics competition on Monday. It was a fantastic day from start to finish with great weather too. Our KS2 children took part in sprinting, throwing, long jump, long distance running and relays. All our children behaved impeccably throughout the day and cheered each other on all the way. It was excellent to see the togetherness of the team. Several children said that it was the ‘best day ever’ which was lovely to hear. Thank you very much to all staff who attended and making the event possible.

In the team event, we managed to come third, so everyone got a medal as well as the shield for the school. This was a massive achievement for us so well done everyone.

Below are pictures of the event, our successful relay teams and our two injured captains on the day holding up the 3rd placed shield.

Squad: Aniekeme, Mitchell, Riley, Tioluwa, Simon, Kimareon, Jowita, Emily, Jamie, Esinam, Maisie, Ola, Madison, Nadia, Nathaniel, Jacob, Mateuz, Owen, Remari, Sanvir, Natalie, Sania, Grace, Ellie, Oskar, Kajetan, Cayden, Alex, Filip, Zynan, Marnie, Paulina, Fran, Holly, Ewelina, Courtney, Finley, Ayakeme, Travis, Shane, Obus, Efe, Eunice, Kimarsha, Amelia, Dante, Paige.

Individual medalists:

Sprint: Esinam 2nd, Nadia 2nd, Simon 3rd, Aniekeme 1st, Jamie 3rd, Owen 2nd, Jacob 3rd, Fran 3rd, Marnie 2nd, Alex 3rd, Eunice 3rd

Long Distance: Sania 1st, Nathaniel 3rd, Efe 2nd

Relays: Yr3 Girls 3rd, Yr3 Boys 1st, Yr4 Girls 3rd, Yr4 Boys 2nd, Yr5 Girls 2nd, Yr5 Boys 2nd

Long Jump: Ola 3rd, Sania 1st, Amelia 2nd

Throw: Maisie 1st, Grace 1st, Nathaniel 3rd, Efe 1st, Finley 2nd

Y3/4 Football Festival

Saturday, 19 May 2018

Yesterday, we participated in a football festival at The Priory School in Edgbaston. We entered two teams who both did really well. Some of our players regularly play football matches for the school and at the weekend but we also had a few who were playing in their first ever football match.

Overall between the two teams, we won three matches, drew three and lost two.

The children all had a great time and, as always, behaviour, effort and attitude were impeccable.

Royal Wedding Celebrations

Friday, 18 May 2018

Today we have celebrated the up-coming wedding of Prince Harry to Megan Markle. Everyone wore red, white and blue – the colours of Great Britain and we had a special Royal outdoor lunch. Thanks to Karen and all the lunch-time and kitchen staff for their hard work.