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 Nathaniel in Y6, 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 Nathaniel- 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