FOOTBALL REPORTS AUTUMN 2018
Three of our football teams took part in separate School Games Level 2 competitions this term. All of the fixtures were held at Bucklers Mead Community School and were hotly contested.
Our Year 6 team battled hard and won several of their games conceding only a few goals with Lucas outstanding in midfield.
The Year 5 team played extremely well as a team and defeated most of their opponents with Zak showing his agility in goal and Harry shining in defence.
Our girls’ team played exceptionally well and won every game but one which was drawn. Millie-Grace showed great power to score with a powerful left footed shot and Isobel and Mya controlled the midfield. It was good to see the skills of Amalia too as she provided various assists throughout the tournament.
SOMERSET COUNTY CLUB CRICKET COACHING AT PRESTON PRIMARY SCHOOL
We were very fortunate this autumn to have Andrew Skidmore from Somerset County Cricket Club come and coach our Year 2 and 5 children in the basics of cricket. Using a selection of skills drills and small sided games, Andrew helped our pupils to enjoy the activities and improve their performance and cooperation during each session.
Cross Country Races - Autumn 2018
Our Preston Primary cross country team performed extremely well in the first three races of the season, all Level 2 School Games events. It was especially pleasing to have nearly 50 of our pupils competing in each race. Two races held at Aldon Hill Park were run on contrasting courses running up, and then down, a hilly route. The other race was held at Yeovil Town Football Club where our team ran around a flatter, but still demanding course. The Aldon Hill Park route saw some excellent performances especially from our Year 3 and 4 children with several achieving top ten placings in races where almost two hundred children were competing.
PRESTON PRIMARY ENJOY CYCLOCROSS RACING COMPETITION 2018
Sixteen of our Year 5 children had a superb cycling day at the end of September 2018. The British Cycling led Level 2 School Games event took place at Bucklers Mead Academy and saw 16 local schools take part. A challenging cyclocross course on grass started with every competitor expected to time trial around in the quickest time possible. The afternoon activity involved the children in a race against each other dependent on their time trial placings. Alfie and Harry both won their respective races against 13 other opponents and all of our other pupils rode brilliantly. Well done team!
PRESTON PRIMARY WIMBLEDON CHAMPIONSHIPS JULY 2018
In very hot conditions, this level 1 School Games competition was contested during two weeks in July by well over a hundred children in Key Stage 2. Excellent shot making and great court movement was in evidence as four year group categories were played out. The year 3 final saw Oliver triumph after a battle with Kowen. The year 4 final saw Raphael narrowly beaten by Robbie. In Year 5 Daniel was able to come through against Oliver while our Year 6 contest saw Ben convincingly out point Fraser.
The semi final and final results were as follows:
Semi Final 1: Oliver beat Robbie 2-1
Semi final 2: Ben beat Daniel 2-1
Final : Ben beat Oliver 2-0
UPCOMING WORLD CUP TOURNAMENT FOR KEY STAGE 2
As part of our on-going sports provision we are looking forward to our end of term inter house World Cup Football tournament. Eight teams will battle it out on Monday 16 July for the prestigious title of Preston Primary World Cup winners. The level 1 school games event will be organised by Mr St John and Mr Bourne our school sports coach and will feature sports leaders, year 6 pupils as team captains and almost one hundred children in total.
AREA ATHLETICS SCHOOL GAMES LEVEL 2 COMPETITION JUNE 2018
A superb performance by the entire team of 32 athletes saw Preston Primary place highly alongside 14 other local schools in the annual Area Athletics Level 2 School Games competition held at the Bill Whistlecroft Arena, Yeovil in June 2018. Highlights included Isabel from Year 4 winning her sprint competition. Other great performances included Millie who was only just pipped for first place in her sprint competition against all other Year 5 girls in the Yeovil area and Paige who won her long jump competition. Jasmine from Year 5 did extremely well in her 800 metre race with a thrilling run against good competition from Milford Junior School and Taylor from Year 6 won his hammer competition.
Well done team for your enthusiasm and passion on the day!
A brilliant day out at the County Ground, Taunton was the verdict as our Year 6 cricket team experienced what it was like to play on the ground used by Somerset CC and the England women’s cricket team. This Level 3 School Games competition saw our team place 5 out of 10 teams with three wins and two narrow losses against very good opposition. In temperatures reaching 30 degrees centigrade, the whole team demonstrated great batting, bowling and fielding skills as they played schools from North and mid Somerset in the Kwik Cricket format. A very special day was topped off when our team got to meet England fast bowling star Craig Overton who signed hats and shirts for our team.
GLOBAL GAMES DAY 2018
More glorious weather saw our Year 5 sports leaders assist children from Years 3 and 4 in a global themed sports event this June 2018. Featuring sports such as Brazilian football, golf, New Zealand rugby, badminton, boccia, Chinese table tennis, volleyball and German handball all of the children enjoyed a terrific day of sport played in a friendly but competitive way. The Level 1 event saw participation from over 140 children throughout.
PRESTON PRIMARY WIN FESTIVAL OF SPORT HELD AT PRESTON SCHOOL
Twenty four of our athletes recently attended an inter school Festival of Sport competition and came away with the winners medals in athletics, cricket and rounders (please see the girls rounders team above) at the end of this level 2 competition. On an extremely hot afternoon, the mixed team competed hard but fairly and assisted by sports leaders from Key Stage 4 enjoyed a fabulous festival organised by head of sport Jason Powell.
YEAR 5 CRICKET TEAM WIN AT SOUTH PETHERTON
Terrific play by our year 5 team during this Level 2 School Games competition played at South Petherton on the 12 June 2018 saw Preston Primary progress to the County Final to be played at Clevedon Cricket Club on July 10. Great batting and accurate bowling resulted in our team comfortably winning all of their games by a large margin.
Daniel Wins Through To The Chess Giga FinalA brilliant performance from Daniel in year 5 saw him gain enough points during the Millfield Chess Mega final this May 2018 to progress to the next round of the National Delancey Chess Challenge. Daniel who had finished runner up in our school club competition will now go on to compete against the best young chess players in his age group in the south of England later on this year.
1610 GYM VISITS PRESTON PRIMARY
Our children recently experienced a high energy workout on the playground as Shaun from 1610 Gym led our Key Stage 2 classes in a variety of exercise routines designed to test their balance, coordination and all round fitness. Great fun was had by all with everyone promising Shaun that they would be exercising more in 2018 from now on after taking part in this enjoyable activity.
On a beautiful sunny afternoon in March forty of our children took part in our annual cross country championships, a Level 1 School Games competition. Seven of our sports leaders from Year 6 acted as marshals and did a great job as they helped to guide the runners from year 3 – 6 around the challenging course.
Preston Primary entered a large team into this level 2 School Games event held at the Yeovil Showground at the end of February 2018. Twenty five of our runners enjoyed fantastic, sunny but cold conditions as they raced around a challenging course. All of our runners finished the race strongly with Lucas Cawley bagging a top ten spot out of 120 runners in his race. Well done team!
Our netball girls squad went to Westfield Academy and took part in a level 2 School Games contest against several other local schools this October. Playing brilliantly in attack and defence, the girls won and drew some of their matches. All of our girls played really well and are developing their teamwork skills month by month. The next School Games netball tournament takes place in November.
In late April pupils from our after school Dance Club entered the Spring Games Dance Competition at Millfield School in Street. The girls entered with a ‘Bollywood’ inspired routine with colourful costumes funded by our PTA. The girls fought off tough opposition and secured a fantastic first place! A big congratulations to all the girls, Keri Hill (their dance teacher) and everyone else who made the day a huge success!
Year 5 & 6 Girls ESFA Area Tournament Winners
Both our boy’s and girl’s football teams played extremely well through the duration of this tournament played on the 4th November. The Sainsbury’s School Games Level 2 event was held in generally good conditions at the Mudford Recreation Ground.
Our boys’ team enjoyed some success after an initial 1-0 loss to Tatworth Primary School and won their following game 1-0 with a display of determination in midfield and excellent defending. Ultimately they did not progress to the semi- finals due to an inferior goal difference but showed a great fighting spirit and solid teamwork throughout.
Our girls’ team dominated their group winning all matches and played an exciting brand of attacking football in every game. Organised in defence and amazing in attack, the team swept away the opposition in their semi-final and convincingly beat Tatworth Primary School 3-0 in the final.
Our girls’ team were rewarded for their success by claiming a place for the second year running in the Somerset County Football Finals to be played on the 13th January 2017 at Bridgwater College. Well done girls.
This July saw our Key Stage 2 children take part in a Sainsbury’s Schools Games Day and have brilliant fun doing it. The children enjoyed learning about and playing sports from around the world as the day included a global theme. Disability sports like Boccia were played as well as other invasion type games. Our children commented on the day saying that it was “brilliant fun” and that “we have learned to play new sports which we didn’t know about”.
Our athletics team had a brilliant experience this June as they were invited to visit one of the most prestigious sports schools in the country; Millfield School, to
take part in a coaching session and competition in a variety of athletic events. The team were put through their paces by the Millfield staff who taught them to jump, run and throw. One of the highlights was a session attached to parachutes where our children were trained in the arts of sprinting against resistance. They also learned how to put a shot and hurdle with confidence and a good technique.
Our Year 5 cricket team played brilliantly to clinch a place in the Somerset County Final, a level 3 Sainsbury’s School Games competition.
Playing their first round in the lovely grounds of Chilton Cantelo School, the team triumphed, winning all of their games although one game was only secured by 2 runs at the end. This result meant that the team progressed to the South Somerset Final at Chard Cricket club and here they won all of their matches in fine style once more and showed great batting, bowling and athletic fielding skills as they did so. Well done team!
Our team of Year 4, 5 & 6 Girl Footballers visited Bridgwater College on Friday 15th January to take part in the ESFA County Football Final for Girls. The girls showed spectacular teamwork, passion and respect during their matches and managed to reach the semi-finals by demonstrating some brilliant playing skills. Good work team!
The match results were:
Preston Primary 2 – 0 Elmhurst
Preston Primary 7 – 0 Brent Knoll
Weston All Saints 2 – 1 Preston Primary
Preston Primary 2 – 0 High Down
Preston Primary 2 – 0 Milverton
Semi-Final: Preston 0 – 0 Tatworth (Penalties: Preston 0 – Tatworth 1)
This November saw Preston Primary Year 6 students enjoy a terrific bushcraft session involving challenge tasks, team building and group problem solving skills all delivered by experts from our partner school Sherborne Girls. Led by Tom Fremlin and Vicky Tapsell, our children built viable shelters using tarpaulins and Leki poles as well as natural features such as trees and wood. Other activities enabled our Year 6 children to see how working together in a collaborative way helped them to solve problems in the outdoors. All enjoyed the session immensely.
Our Year 5 football team also did extremely well. Coming back from the disappointment of a first round loss, they won most of their other matches to come runners up in their group. Lucas Cawley was selected by the tournament organisers as player of the day for Year 5.
All of the players were a great credit to the school showing commitment and skill in every game.