Sports Newsletter Autumn 2015

St Bernadette’s Catholic Primary School Sports Newsletter
Autumn Term 2015
Inter-Schools Sports
During October St Bernadette’s Year 5/6 team and Year 4 team played
matches against Moorside. The Year 5/6 match was an entertaining and
exciting match with St Bernadette’s coming out as 4 v 1 winners. The Year 4
team did exceptionally well as they were playing a team of Year 5 pupils. They
won convincingly 5 v 1. Well done to all the children involved.
Unfortunately due to very wet weather in November the Year 5/6 football competition at Moorside
had to postponed and a new date will be arranged in the next term.
Lancaster & District School’s Football Trials
Congratulations to Archie Bamforth and Emilio Brown both of Sycamore Class who were selected
from St Bernadette’s School to go for football trials with 46 other children from various schools
across the District to try out for the District team.
In November, at Our Lady’s Catholic College, 8 children from Year 6 entered a Sportshall Athletics
competition. The children competed in a range of track and field events that included team relays,
obstacle courses, javelin throws, long jump etc. There were seven schools participating which is the
largest number of entrants ever. After a fantastic afternoon the scores were close and St
Bernadette’s received the bronze medal and were the highest placed Catholic School. The children
represented our school with an excellent attitude and level of play. Thank you for the support
from the parents that attended the event.
Outdoor Pursuits
For three days in October, 38 children from Year 5/6 stayed at Robinwood., Alston, Cumbria. During
their stay the children participated in numerous activities including caving, climbing and team
games . They had a fantastic experience. Thank you to the teachers that also attended to supervise
the children – Mr Findlay, Mrs White and Mrs Bramhall.
Borwick Hall
16 children from Years 5/6 had the opportunity to have a full day at Borwick Hall, just outside
Lancaster. They participated in various activities including canoeing, climbing and
caving. Thank you to Miss Burke and Mrs Wood who participated in the events with
the children.
Swimming Gala
The Lancaster University 5th Annual Swimming Gala was held in November. 21 children from Willow
Class represented St Bernadette’s . They participated in various events including canon race,
seahorse race and more traditional swimming races. Eight large and small schools competed and St
Bernadette’s did extremely well securing joint 5th place. Well done children!
Change 4 Life
Most classes took part in Change 4 Life sessions run by students from students from University of
Cumbria. These included team games and encouraged full participation by all children.
School Sports Clubs
Boys Football Club
In September and October Mr Karim held a football club for the boys in Years 4, 5 and 6. It was
extremely well attended. The boys learned new skills and played in match situations.
Girls Football Club
An after school football club was also run for the girls by Mr Karim and assisted by Mrs Bramhall. It
was well attended with many of the girls taking the opportunity to play. The girls will have the
opportunity in the future to take part in further competitions. Their enthusiasm was excellent.
Tag Rugby Club
Children in Years 3/4 attended a Tag Rugby Club for three weeks in November. This was led by Mr
Brett-Smith (father of Oliver, Year 4), a qualified Rugby Coach from Vale of Lune, assisted by Mr
Charnock-Payne (father of Malachi, Year 4). The club was very well attended by both boys and girls.
We would like to say thank you as this club was well organised with lots of different activities to
improve the children’s Tag Rugby skills. Both parents have said they would like to come back and
run further clubs of this nature in the future.
Netball Club
Boys and Girls in Years 5/6 had the opportunity to attend a netball club during September and
October. The club was run by Mrs Wood , Mrs White and Mrs Bramhall. The children further
developed their skills and had the opportunity to practise in match situations.
There will be more clubs arranged during the Spring Term. These will be for KS1 and KS2 children
and more details will follow.
KS2 Sports Leader Session and Coaching
During November, the Year 6 children were part of a Sports Leader Session, delivered by Mr
Lofthouse from OLCC. The session involved providing the children with the knowledge of what is
required to be a good leader and practical skills of how to deliver a practical session to younger
children. The children will continue to develop these skills over the Spring and Summer Terms.
Mr Lofthouse also worked with Apple Class to develop their multi-skills using games appropriate to
their ability.
Willow Class attended University of Cumbria in November / December for activities run by Sports
Coaches. This included football, team games and athletics.
Dates for the Diary
Sports Coaching, Morecambe Football Club
High 5’s Netball Competition, OLCC
Year 3/4 Football and Girls Football
Netball Competition, Moorside School
Tag Rugby Competition, Vale of Lune
Thank you for your continued support.
Mrs R Wood & Mr P Karim (Sports Coordinators)