On Monday 4th December a mixed group of year 6 pupils trekked across the fields to the Arsenal training ground, to compete in the Arsenal Double Club initiative. This involves a morning of literacy based activities and football matches, to form part of a friendly competition.
We began by completing a range of comprehensions, cloze procedures, wordsearches, anagrams, event ordering and writing tasks. These were time limited and the children worked their hardest to complete as much as they could in the allotted time.
Following this we competed in a round robin, 7-a-side football tournament against the other schools (The Wroxham, Oakmere and St Nicholas). We competed really well, winning our first two matches 3 - 2. In our final game against Wroxham we ended up winning 4 - 0 after a strong performance by everyone in our team.
At the end of the football we regrouped with the other schools and reviewed the overall scores. We came a creditable joint second, but more importantly we all had a good time and represented the school well during the morning.
Our girls’ football team competed in their first competitive matches of the year at the Maccabi Schools tournament on Wednesday 28th November. The tournament consisted of 33 teams, so we knew that we were in for a competitive afternoon!
We had been training hard over the term so far, and were keen to put our tactics into practice on the pitch. Our first match, against our arch rivals HJPS, finished 0-0, despite us dominating the game. We all agreed that we needed to try and improve the accuracy of our shooting for the next game.
Our next match was a very even affair, however we lost 1-0 to a very strong Akiva side. Following that came a match against Independent, we finally found our shooting boots, and came out 4-0 winners. In our fourth match we were up against Etz Chaim, who had already put in some strong performances. We competed really well but lost to a last minute goal.
Our final game against Beit Schvidler was another one sided match, where we dominated the game but couldn’t find the net, ending in another draw.
In all, the team competed really well throughout the tournament, they were enthusiastic and played each and every game in the right spirit. We are all looking forward to our next opportunity to represent the school.
On Wednesday 21st November we entered 3 teams of Year 5 & 6 boys into the biggest ever Maccabi schools football tournament, made up of 44 teams.
It was a chilly afternoon, and we were all determined to try our best and represent our school as well as we could. We were split into different pools and played a round robin format in against the other teams in our group.
Team 3 competed well in all of their games, especially considering for many of them it was their first time ever representing the school in a football tournament. Despite results not going our way all of the boys that represented this team tried their hardest and didn’t give up in any of their games.
Team 2 were extremely determined in each of their 4 matches, but along with coming up against some strong teams they had some unfortunate decisions go against them. In every game Josh was exceptional in goal, he remained determined in each and every game, and at times kept us in the matches. The determination and sportsmanship that they showed throughout is something that they should all be proud of, however they didn’t progress out of their group.
Team 1 were in a different group, and started their matches well, drawing the first and winning the second. But with some unfortunate decisions going against them they were only able to draw one more game and lost two. Like the other two teams they didn’t make it through to the latter stages of the tournament.
All of our teams represented us well, and were good ambassadors for the school. Well done to each of the boys for taking part.
This week we entered two teams into the Hertsmere Sports Partnership basketball tournament, held at Queen's School. This was the first time that we had played competitive basketball, however with a little bit of early morning training we felt ready to go and try our best in representing our school.
Each match was 4 vs 4 and lasted for 5 minutes. We were spilt into different pools to play a round robin format league, with the winners of the leagues progressing to the semi finals.
Team 1 began well in their first match, winning 2-0, however they lost their second and third matches each by one basket. In the final group match they won convincingly 4-0.
Team 2 took a little longer to get going, and lost their first 2 matches against eventual finalists Nascot Wood and Shenley. The final 2 games saw a vast improvement in the marking and determination of the team, however despite scoring baskets in each of the games, they ended up losing each by a margin of 2.
Each team represented the school really well, displaying many positive values including; determination, respect and pride. They all improved greatly throughout the day, were supportive of each other regardless of the results, and represented the school in a positive manner. Well done!
On October 9th, a squad of Year 6 pupils attended a Quicksticks hockey tournament at Queen's School. They were very excited. On arrival they began a short training session to get used to the astroturf surface that they would be playing on .
When they started playing their first match, despite trying their hardest, they found it tough, eventually losing 1 - 6 to Newberries School. Notwithstanding this, they were determined to improve! In their second ever match they tried their hardest again, but having taken a 2 - 0 lead against Nascot Wood, they eventually lost 2 - 7.
In the 3rd game, against Chater Junior School, their hard work and determination paid off, as they ran out 11 - 0 victors. The final match of the day against Little Reddings was equally successful as they team put in another great performance to win 11 - 1.
After the final points were tallied we found out that we had finished a very creditable 3rd place, a fantastic achievement given that none of our team had picked up a Quicksticks hockey stick until two weeks ago!
Well done to each and every school representative for displaying our school values so well, in particular their continual striving for excellence throughout the tournament.
A group of eight year 5 pupils competed at Radlett Prep. School in the Hertsmere Sports Partnership cross country event on Tuesday 9th October. After a couple of weeks of training and preparation they were all prepared for a consistently paced approach to their run.
After arriving and warming up, the girls' ran in the first race, confident that their approach would enable them all to finish the race. The course was one and a half laps of the field, which had quite a steep incline up one side of it, something that we hadn't been able to train for on our field! The race began and all four of our competitors stuck to their game plan, not sprinting to the front of the leading pack. As the girls reached the bottom corner of the field the four Clore representatives were overtaking people as they continued on their way. A sprint finish from all of our girls enabled all of them to finish the race well, with Amelia placing 9th, Zoe 22nd, Poppy 23rd and Ruby in the top 45.
The boys' race began at quite a pace, but again our four competitors stuck to their steady game plan to ensure that they ran to the finish. As with the previous race, come the turn at the bottom of the hill some of our boys were making gains, but the incline proved to be quite an obstacle. It is with credit that all of our boys completed the race, with Dexter placing 29th overall.
All of our pupils displayed a commitment to our school values whilst representing us, and all deserve to be very proud of competing in and completing their first cross country race. Well done to Amelia, Ruby, Zoe, Poppy, Dexter, Barney, Luca and Joey.