PRESTON PRIMARY SHINE AT NINESPRINGS CROSS COUNTRY INTERSCHOOL RACE
A fantastic performance from several of our runners at the recent Level 2 School Games cross country event held at Nine springs Park in Yeovil on October 16th resulted in Preston Primary shooting to the top of the area league in both the girls and boys category. The event course began steeply and wound it’s way through a wooded trail before finishing with a fast descent into the final part of the course. Our year 5 and 6 children had to show considerable stamina as they completed two loops of the course. There was a brilliant one and two as Hayley and Maisie Bea finished in exactly the same order as in the first race of the season in the year 4 girls category. Ollie ran superbly to win his year 3 race against over a hundred other competitors. A total of fifty two pupils from our school took part in the event and did so with determination and a smile on the face! Well done team.
Mr St John
PRESTON CROSS COUNTRY DATE ANNOUNCED
Our next Level 2 School Games race after half term will be run at the Yeovil Football Ground (TBC) on Wednesday 6th November. Mr St John will be handing out letters for this race before half term.
HUFF AND PUFF YOUNG LEADERS AT PRESTON PRIMARY SCHOOL
Our young huff and puff leaders in Year 6 have been having a great time this autumn term 2019 as they have led our Key Stage 1 pupils in sporting activities ranging from foot skills and catching to tennis and target bowls. Our leaders received training and then generated their own activities for the younger children to enjoy. Well done leaders!
A sunny June day saw our club athletes compete against one another in brilliant style in a Level 1 School Games competition. All of the athletes worked hard to improve their personal best and had fun doing so. See above.
Y6 - Lucas 21.40
Y5 - Josh 22.72
Y6 - Mya 21.16
Y5 - Stella 25.32
Our archery club has been thriving and using brightly coloured targets and indoor arrows the club members took part in a level 1 School Games competition where they competed well with each other and fired accurately in their quest to win. Well done children!
A thrilling 10 arrow final ensued with the top score taking home the gold.
Best Girl - Darcie (37)
Best Boy - Connor (31)
Global Games Day at Preston Primary 2019
Our school Games day took place this June with some great sports on show. 120 of our older Key Stage 2 children acted as sports leaders and helped children from the younger year groups in lower Key Stage 2 enjoy sports such as table tennis, Brazilian Beachball, Volley ball and Boccia. A great time was had by all present. Thank you to our sports coach Mr Bourne for organising this Level 1 School Games event.
PRESTON PRIMARY SCHOOL GAMES WIMBLEDON TOURNAMENT
An excellent time was had by all at the recently held School Wimbledon Championships this June and July. 94 pupils entered and fought through qualifying rounds before the finals held at the beginning of July. A sunny day saw some fiercely contested matches in this Level 1 School Games Event and great sportsmanship too. The results are shown below and we thank Mr Bourne our sports coach and Mr Watkinson for organising the event so well.
YEAR 3 Winner Jackson Runner Up Irah
YEAR 4 Winner Ashley Runner up Jack
YEAR 5 Winner Jake Runner up Josh
YEAR 6 Winner Daniel Runner up Oliver
GIRLS Winner Ruby Runner up Jasmine
GRASS TRACK CYCLING AT BUCKLERS MEAD ACADEMY
Our Year 6 children had a brilliant time this summer 2019 learning how to race the team pursuit as part of a track cycling two day event held at Bucklers Mead Academy.
The first day saw 14 of our pupils receive coaching from Justin Knox, an accredited coach from British Cycling who enabled the children to ride in a four person pace line and learn skills like turn taking and drafting.
The second day took the form of a Level 2 School Games contest in which 13 teams from 8 local schools competed in timed races. Our A team were undefeated in their races and came 2nd overall with the B team only losing once and ended in a very creditable 5th place.
Our A team therefore progress to the County Final of this event to be held at Millfield School on Thursday 4th July and we wish them well for this. See pictures above.
UPCOMING WORLD CUP TOURNAMENT FOR KEY STAGE 2
As part of our ongoing sports provision we are looking forward to our end of term inter house World Cup Football tournament. Eight teams will battle it out on Friday July 5th for the prestigious title of Preston Primary World Cup winners. The Level 1 school games event will be organised by Mr St John, Mr Watkinson and Mr Bourne, our school sports coach, and will feature sports leaders, Year 6 pupils as team captains and almost 100 children in total.
Our Year 4 boys had a brilliant day out on June 17th at the home of Yeovil Town Football club; Huish Park. Exciting skills based sessions and small sided games under the watchful eyes of the Yeovil Town staff made for a great time for all concerned. The boys practised their tackling, shooting and dribbling skills and all expressed their thanks at the end of what was a really enjoyable time. Our thanks also go Mrs Darcy and Mrs Snell for accompanying the boys to this event.
Preston Primary Cross Country Championships
A beautiful sunny afternoon saw sixty of our children take part in our annual cross country championships, a Level 1 School Games competition. Our sports leaders from year 6 acted as marshals and did a great job as they helped to guide the runners from Years 3 – 6 around the challenging course.
The runners took part in one of four age group races with great determination and skill as they paced themselves through the run. The placings were as follows:
Year 3 and 4 girls:
1st Sophia 2nd Kitty Boo 3rd Maisie Bea
Year 3 and 4 boys:
1st Harry 2nd Louix 3rd Jackson
Year 5 and 6 girls:
1st Abigail 2nd Paige 3rd Mya
Year 5 and 6 boys:
1st Lucas 2nd Joshua 3rd Joel
Well done to everyone and to the hares, our old pupils Kaleb, Kadyn and Hannah who came back from their secondary school and ran for us ahead of the competitors.
On Friday, 6 x Year 4 students (Harry, Grace, Kitty-Boo, Finlay, Kowen and Ashley) competed in the 'Quicksticks' Hockey Tournament at Sherborne Girls School. 10 teams competed for the gold medals. The team worked incredibly hard and showed great team spirit throughout. The team managed to win 3 of their 4 group games without conceding a goal. They then won their semi-final 2-0 and made it all the way to the final. In a very nervy final against Buckland Newton, Preston School came out on top and won 1-0.
Finlay was the top scorer with 8 goals and Harry was player of the tournament.
A special mention to Harry who also won the juggling section of the skills tournament.
Well done team! Mr North.
YEAR 5 vs YEAR 6 INTRA SCHOOL FOOTBALL MATCH
On March 5th 2019 our Year 6 football team played the Year 5 team in a School Games Level 1 contest. A fast and flowing game occurred with lots of amazing skills and excellent team play on show despite the windy, rainy conditions.
The Year 6 team opened the scoring when Lucas let fly from outside the area and the ball crept into the net under the Year 5 keeper. Our Year 5 team carried on playing determined football and eventually equalised through Harry’s determined run and a good finish from Josh.
The second half saw the Year 6 team begin to play more as a unit and pass and move more effectively. Our Year 5 team never gave up though and showing a great deal of determination and courage they tackled hard with Riley being especially good at breaking up attacks. A good goal from Archie gave the Year 5 team hope but at the end hat tricks from Lucas and Oliver plus a couple of goals from Kaleb and a welcome first goal for Leon sealed victory for the Year 6 team 9-2.
Man of the match goes to Harry from Year 5 for a terrific performance leading his team from the defence and midfield.
PRESTON PRIMARY WIN TENNIS MATCH V EAST COKER
A thrilling Level 2 School Games event saw Preston Primary outpoint East Coker Primary School by 6 matches to 3. The fixture played on 4th March 2019 in blustery, cold conditions saw some amazing match play and excellent serving. Kowen and Oliver from Year 4 won all of their three matches in fine style.
Our Year 5 pairing of Robbie and Raphael fought hard and despite losing their first two matches played extremely well to steal the last game from the East Coker pair that they faced.
Our final pairing of Daniel and Oliver won their final two games playing excellent tennis and wrapped up the last game 10-5 to win the tie for Preston Primary. Well done team! Our thanks goes to Mr Watkinson for organising the match this time round.
UPCOMING SPORTING EVENTS
School Games events coming up after half term include a Year 5 v Year 6 football match on Tuesday 5th March played here at Preston Primary School, a fifth inter-school cross country race to be held at Aldon Hill on Wednesday 6th March and our very own School Cross Country championships to be held here at the school on Tuesday 26th March. Parents are welcome to attend these events as spectators as our children always enjoy being cheered on.
YEAR 5 FOOTBALL TOURNAMENT PLAYED AT BUCKLERS MEAD, FEBRUARY 2019
A very good performance from our Year 5 team saw them win two games, draw three and only lose one game in this Level 2 School Games competition held at Bucklers Mead Academy.
The first game saw the team defeat St Michael’s Academy before a 1-1 draw against Birchfield and a 0-0 draw against Huish were earned through solid defensive displays.
The team then went on to beat a very good West Coker team 1-0 before coming up against a strong Milford team who just pipped us by 2 goals to 1. The final game saw us return to solid defending against East Coker and a 1-1 draw was achieved against them.
All of our team played with passion, commitment and skill and can be proud of their efforts.
Our girls Preston Primary football squad recently played in a Level 2 School Games football tournament held at Bucklers Mead School.
The team started off their tournament against East Coker school and in a tight match were unlucky enough to lose by 1-0. The second game saw a change in fortunes and the team won by 3-0 against Chilthorne Domer. A second and third win followed against Birchfield and Milford before a draw with Ash completed our day. A big thanks to our photographers from Year 6 who were Lily and Teegan. Top scorer Mya wins girl of the tournament. Well done team!
SPORTS LEADERS AT PRESTON PRIMARY SCHOOL
Our Year 6 Huff and Puff leaders have been enjoying their role this year in helping our Key Stage 1 pupils to have an active lunchtime. The leaders all had training in how to make activities interesting, managing behaviour positively and making sure every pupil was involved. They also had to design their own games for the younger children. See above and below!
Our Year 4 football team played magnificently throughout the whole of this event played on Monday 21 January 2019 played at Bucklers Mead in cold conditions. This Level 2 School Games event began with an exciting win against East Coker and saw the team start the tournament successfully. They then went on to beat Milford, West Chinnock and Huish in fine style. Ollie in attack was particularly effective and Louix’s defensive work was praised by our coach Mr Watkinson as was goalie Jess with several fine saves. We ended the tournament with two hard fought draws to end the event unbeaten. It was especially pleasing to see the way that the team worked for each other through the whole tournament backed up by some fine passing and tackling. Well done team!
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.