This week, all of our KS2 classes have got into the World Cup spirit by playing their own intra-school football competition at lunchtime! Using a School Games 5-a-side format and ensuring all players got equal game time, the tournaments were played in a great spirit! Congratulations to the following teams who emerged as their class winners! Thank-you also to Sam and Taylor who both served as fantastic referees and didn't find a single need for VAR!
Year 4: Willow (after a penalty shoot-out!)
Year 3: Team 5 (We had so many players that we needed to re-work the format!)
Year 5 & 6 Combined: Willow
Following our fantastic day at Northwood Stadium for this year's CADSSA Athletics event, two of KS2 athletes continued their commitment to getting active by taking part in 2k race! How fantastic!
For the fourth consecutive year, St John's was represented at the prestigious Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent School Games Summer Festival held at Keele University. It's a fabulous event and gathering of schools from across Staffordshire. Having had four teams qualify for the cross country event after running so well at the qualification round at Moorside High School in May, we already had plenty to be proud of. Throughout the competition, our Y3 boys and girls, Y4 boys and Y6 boys gave us even more reason to be proud. We had some excellent finishes and all of our athletes gave their all. A huge congratulations to Lewis, who achieved a 2nd place finish - his highest position in all of the 4 years he has taken part! A big thank-you to all parents and family members who attended- your support was invaluable!
Check out the write-up on teams' fantastic performances at today's CADSSA Cross Country event! A second and a first- WOW!
Thanks to Mr Clarke for the write-up and managing the teams.
Over the past two evenings, our KS2 Cross Country runners have done themselves proud! We have had 51 runners tackling the course and pushing themselves to achieve (some running for the first time ever!) The course was a challenge and it really was a delight to see the effort, courage and commitment on show from all. Congratulations to all of our runners! One of the best moments of the evening came when one of our KS2 runners showed such commitment to completing the course that she was awarded a School Games medal in recognition of her efforts!
Our Y3 Boys and Girls, Y4 Boys and Y6 Boys all ran so well that they have managed to qualify for the county finals at Keele University! This will be the fourth year in a row that our children have managed to qualify for such a prestigious event!
This evening, our Boys Netball Team played brilliantly as a team to win 7 and draw 1 of their 8 games to become CADSSA champions! Even though the weather was horrible and wet, the team still played with great energy to out-work their opponents. It was a pleasure to watch. It was also a pleasure to have a member of staff seek me out directly after a game to praise Taylor for helping one of her players understand his position during the game. Great sportsmanship and an illustration of why we're proud of our wonderful children.
A huge thank-you to all parents who braved the rain to offer their support to the team and to Mr Clarke for coming along to cheer the boys on. Thanks also to Mrs Roberts, who helped out once again with umpiring duties and coaching tips throughout the tournament. She has offered invaluable support to our netballers over the past month at various events and we're very grateful.
(No team photo until after the Easter break - it was FAR too wet and cold!)
Team: Taylor, Josh, Christian, Charlie, Tom, Sam.
Well done to our Girls Netball Squad, who managed to achieve 4th place in today's CADSSA Girls Netball Tournament. It was great to see the effort and commitment on show from all in addition to the improvement you've all made over the last few months!
Thank-you to all parents for your support and to Mr Clarke, Mrs Stone and Mr Price for coming along to cheer on the team in the nigh-on arctic Cheadle weather!
Team: Hattie, Jess, Lillie, Anna, Libby, Maisie and Abbie.
Congratulations to our outstanding Cheerleading Squad who, after 16 weeks of training, put in an outstanding performance of their routine to win the North Staffordshire Cheerleading Competition! The girls all performed fluently, with a smile on their face and fantastic skill execution, to impress the judges from "Momentum Cheer"- one of Staffordshire's leading cheerleading groups!
Congratulations to all involved and a massive WELL-DONE to all (including "sound technician" Jamie!)! Well done also to Mrs Stone, who has schooled herself in the art of cheerleading coaching over last 6 months and has put in countless hours outside of school to create a fantastic, competition-winning routine!
Check out the report by Joe in Y3 and summary by Jessica in Y4 below. Both played in their first competitive netball tournament on Monday 12th March...and were part of a winning team! Great to read their thoughts- thanks guys!
CADSSA Netball Tournament:
St John’s, St Josephs, Picknalls, St Werburghs, The Valley, Dilhorne, Greatwood, Bishop Rawle, St Thomas, St Giles, Cheadle Primary.
Monday 12th March, Evie, Harry, Jessica, Joe, Imogen, Isla, Isaac & Tamsin attended the CADSSA Netball Tournament at South Moorlands Leisure Centre, Cheadle.
We first practiced, Footwork: Shooting: Dodging & marking: Throwing & catching and individual ball handling, for eight minutes each.
Once everyone was warmed up and ready we began to play five minute matches (As 11 schools turned up and they were only expecting 8!). After a slow start of two nil nil draws, we suddenly found our feet and won the third game 6-0, some more excellent team work ensured we won the next two games too! We were so excited to find out we had won our heat and had to play St Thomas in the final! St Thomas have apparently won this tournament for the last six years.........It was a very close game with lots of amazing play, and there were a few tries at goal from both teams, it unfortunately ended as another nil nil draw, which made us Joint first!!! It was a fun afternoon.
Jessica's Mind Map
Isn't life great when it doesn't rain? Particular when it comes to outdoor sport! This evening, our A and B netball sides were able to complete their respective leagues, with our A side finishing in third place in their league at The Cheadle Academy. A short trip across Station Road at Painsley, our B side performed superbly again to WIN the CADSSA B League! The team found it a little tougher this week competing against larger schools but they managed to achieve a win and a gritty draw against the well-coached and always-excellent St Thomas'.
A massive well done to all involved and a huge thank-you to parents for your fantastic sport and commitment to our school. Thank-you also to Mrs Shann for accompanying the A side during their league campaign over the past few weeks. Next stop...the CADSSA High 5 Netball Girls Tournament next Thursday at The Cheadle Academy!
This afternoon, our Y3/4 Netball team competed in the CADSSA Netball Y3/4 Tournament. After a warm-up of skills based activities devised and delivered by the fantastic Ursula Smith and her Tean Valley Netball Club leaders, the dived into competitive action! Having gone unbeaten all afternoon, they made it through to the final to play St Thomas'; a school with a fierce reputation for producing outstanding netball teams. Both teams played at a frantic pace and displayed great desire to finish as overall winners. However, after both teams played to a deadlock, it was decided to share the trophy- a decision that rewarded both teams for their fantastic play!
Well done to all those who played and a massive thanks to all parents for your wonderful support and encouragement. Thanks also to Mrs Simcock (or should that be "Coach Simcock"?) for her tactical nous throughout the tournament!
The weather finally relented long enough for us to participate in some competitive sport - woo-hoo! Our A League and B League netball teams have been training whenever the weather has allowed them to do so over the past few weeks and tonight they finally got to take part in competitive matches. Over at Cheadle Academy, our A League team kicked off the defence of their CADSSA A League title under the guidance of Mrs Shann. Two defeats in the opening two games was a tough one to take but the team fought back to win their last two games to get themselves back in the mix!
Over the road at Painsley, our first ever B League netball team took to the court with great support offered by those parents able to be present. The team grew in confidence game-by-game, playing with superb movement, handling and awareness of space. It was a pleasure to see the team get such joy from excelling, working as a team and learning just how good they could be. The team won all three of their fixtures, with a further two to come next week. A fantastic start!
A massive well done to all those played and braved the chilly and slightly damp conditions. A huge THANK-YOU to all parents who were able to be present to support or who transported children / offered extra lifts. We really do appreciate it- without you, we wouldn't be able to enter teams into competitions such as these. Competitive sport builds character and it also enables those playing to learn to push themselves to be as good as they can possibly be!
A League: Taylor, Joshua, Thomas, Hattie, Maisie, Evie and Abbie.
B League: Anna, Jessica, Lillie, Libby, Mckenzie, Sam.
A massive well done to the gymnasts who did us proud at today's competition. Fun was had by all with the added bonus of a bronze medal in the Yr3/4 competition and a silver in the Yr 5/6. Well done gymnasts!
A huge thank you to the family members for your support and help with transport - it's really appreciated!
An excellent cheerleading training session today held by Momentum Cheer! They checked our technique and taught us something new skills and helped us on our way with our competition routine. A big thank you to the Momentum Cheer coaches.
This week, all of our KS2 classes have entered into a Dodgeball tournament, run by our Sports Leaders. It was fantastic to see so many children involved and our leaders set-up and ran the event extremely well. Congratulations to our winners:
Year 4: Willow
Year 3: Oak
Year 5: Willow
Year 6: Ash
Our School Sports Council have decided that, in order to encourage all of their fellow pupils to get more active, they'd like to run a weekly lunchtime activity club. The first activity of the year is Dodgeball and the skills associated with it. Today, Sports Council members were absolutely superb role models for our Reception children as they coached, encouraged and cared for them during their "Dodgeball Skills" activities.
The 8 members all took the leadership of the club upon themselves- a great sign of things to come!
Congratulations to a member of our Y6 class, who triumphed with a first-place finish in this morning's NATIONAL British Athletics U-11 Cross Country race. Competing against a field of over 100 runners from across the country, he came through a true test with flying colours!
Congratulations - we're all VERY proud of your superb achievement and commitment to your sport. A true example of hard-work and resilience paying off.
This evening, our A Team footballers finally got the opportunity to kick-off their CADSSA A League campaign by taking on Cheadle Primary School and Bishop Rawle Primary School. The pitch at Cheadle was understandably in poor condition and this presented difficulties for all those involved - even the referee! It also felt like the poor luck we had experienced thus far this year - mainly with the weather - was continuing as the squad was depleted due to the unavailability of a number of key players. Luckily, Jamie was more than keen to accept his late call-up from the B Team to cover their absences.
The team started proceedings by taking on Bishop Rawle. Lining up in the trusted 3-3-1 formation, St John's started brightly and defied the tricky conditions to play some good football. Jack started the game well up front and held the ball up for oncoming team mates superbly but it was his own finish that broke the deadlock as he struck home through a sea of legs to make it 1-0. Bishop Rawle then equalised before half-time as they played the ball through a scrambled St John's defence to leave their striker one-on-one with goalkeeper Charlie. Charlie came out positively to narrow the angle but unfortunately slipped on the poor surface as the Bishop Rawle player rounded him and slotted into the back of the net despite a valiant effort from Lewis to prevent the goal. The second-half was more of a scrappy affair but St John's still managed a number of attempts on goal, albeit slightly wayward. This was until winger Sam broke free to score the winning goal to give St John's a deserved 2-1 win.
There was no let-up in the action as we then moved on to take on hosts Cheadle. Immediately it was clear that a number of the St John's starting XIII had grown in confidence as we saw better distribution and ball control at the back allied to Taylor maintaining control in the centre of the pitch. St John's ran out 3-0 winners thanks to another goal from Jack, an excellent goal lashed home from a tight angle by Lewis and a lovely calm one-on-one finish by Sam after being played through by the pass of the match from captain Taylor.
All involved played superbly with Charlie, Jamie, Sam and Mckenzie all playing well to snuff out any danger at the back whilst still being able to win possession and bring the ball out to start attacks. In midfield, Lewis was tenacious in the tackle, Taylor covered every blade of grass and played an excellent role as captain and Sam was his usual terrier-like self on the left-wing. Up front, Jack was excellent as he played the lone striker well, calmly keeping possession whilst also taking players on. A lovely team, lots of enjoyment and the great results were merely the icing on the footballing cake!
A massive thank-you to parents and extended family for the excellent support and turn-out. I don't think we've ever seen a larger number of St John's supporters before- thank-you!
Team: Charlie, Jamie, Sam, Mckenzie, Lewis, Taylor (c), Sam, Jack