On Wednesday 6th December, together with a team from Wellesbourne Primary and accompanied by Miss Hillman, eight members of Years 4 and 5 attended the Dodgeball County Finals (for Warwickshire, Solihull and Coventry schools combined) held in North Solihull. The children played several games upon which they were judged for their demonstration of three sporting key values: honesty, respect and teamwork. With around a dozen teams in attendance, (four for each area: two South Warwickshire, two North Warwickshire, four Solihull, four Coventry), we just missed out on a top 3 medal placement. Nonetheless, the team thoroughly enjoyed the event and the accolade of being finalists. Their behaviour was reportedly: 'impeccable'.
Girls Football Team
Our girls football team of seven players from across Years 4, 5 & 6 attended a 'Just Play' friendly tournament after school on Tuesday of this week. Organised by the local FA representative for Girls' Football, the event was held on Stratford Town FC's floodlit 3G pitches and encouraged schools from across S.Warks to promote and develop Girls' football. The tournament consisted of ourselves and four other schools coming together for some skill drills and friendly matches. The ethos being for the girls simply to participate and enjoy playing. Whilst scores were not officially kept or a points system in place to determine an overall winner, I can report our girls were fantastic - comfortably winning three of their games and losing one. What was lovely to see, was the seeds of camaraderie developing within their wins. There is work to do in light of facing a stronger opponent and our teamwork when the 'chips are down', but overall, it was really pleasing effort and great confident booster to those involved. Thank you to the parents supporting the event. I hope to see our inclusion in a similar event in both the spring and summer term.
Encouraging Girls Football
Kyle Nicholls, who is leading a programme on behalf of the FA to encourage more girls into football, visited us again after his initial assembly and workshop at the end of last summer term. This workshop encouraged and focused on some basic skill development through a series of fun drills. Pleasingly, we can report eleven regular attendees to our girls’ football club, which takes place on Monday lunchtimes. As we develop as a team, in the coming months, we will be entering some tournaments.
The focus of this event was to enjoy some friendly PE in the form of Dodgeball against teams from nine other Warwickshire schools; in the process focusing on the values that sport naturally fosters, namely: respect, determination, teamwork, communication, encouragement and resilience.
It was lovely to see each of the children getting involved, demonstrating and developing the values above.
We welcomed Wellesbourne Cricket Club to school, for each class to have a workshop. Wellesbourne's overseas player Pieter Van Der Kooij and first team Wicket Keeper Matty Boyle spent the day with us. Each child practice catching, throwing and batting.