LATEST SPORTS NEWS
SJB LIONESSES GO ALL THE WAY
Last year, St John’s got to the final of both the boys and girls Richmond football leagues. This week, our new girls team got all the way to the final of the Borough Cup. Rather than the league which takes the whole year, this was a knockout tournament over an exhausting day of non-stop matches against some brilliant teams. The girls were such a credit to our school and continue the excellence we are seeing in our children’s sporting endeavours. Very proud of our team and of their coach Mr Gauci.
CROSS COUNTRY SUCCESS
We were delighted to take a large group of budding athletes to the borough cross country event today. Our great thanks to Mr Fletcher who came in on his day off to support the team. Results are shared until later but the children were a great (if not slightly muddy!) credit to the school.
DOES YOUR CHILD SWIM COMPETITIVELY?
We are delighted to be entering a team into the Richmond Swimming Gala again this year, which will take place in early February. If your child is in Y4, Y5 or Y6, is a very strong swimmer and would like to take part in trials, please click here to let us know (please read the blurb at the top of the form carefully).
OTHER RECENT UPDATES
Y5 Girls Football Tournament @ Richmond & Kew FC / Sports Update
Well done to a number of our year 5 girls, who went along to their first tournament of the year on Thursday, hosted at Richmond & Kew FC.
As always, we were delighted by the commitment they showed, the encouragement they gave each other and the pride they took in their performance. We had plenty of success as we topped our group and made it into the ‘top’ half of the draw, giving us an opportunity to compete for the main cup. Unfortunately though, we were defeated in the quarter-finals. Lots to be proud of for the team, as we remember: Sometimes you win, sometimes you learn!
Upcoming Football Events
We have the following tournaments in the diary for Autumn 2:
Wednesday 15th November - Girls ‘NPL’ Tournament, Bushy Park Sports Ground
Wednesday 29th November - Boys NPL Tournament, , Bushy Park Sports Ground
Tuesday 5th December - Year 3 Boys Tournament, Richmond & Kew FC
Other sports news (and there is a lot to look forward to!)
Of course, we offer much more than just football at St. John’s.
We are looking forward to the Richmond Borough Primary School Cross-Country on Friday 24th November, which is just open to those in Year 5 and 6 (we will be selecting the team based on trials in school).
This term, we also hope to have our first netball matches of the year; there is still space in our netball club if you would like to join!
We will also be hosting cricket workshops during school time in the coming weeks, supported by Hampton Wick Royals Cricket Club.
And finally, details will soon be released about the Richmond Borough Swimming Gala. If you are a keen swimmer, then do keep an eye out for a notice about that…
We have now appointed our latest group of pupil leaders - our Sports Leaders. Their first job was to contribute to the St John’s Sports Code of Conduct, which exemplifies what we want to see in all sports, whether representing the school at an outside event, during PE lessons or when playing football (or other sports, of course) at break and lunch.
Please find it here: SJB Sports Code of Conduct
More on the Sports Leaders in the next couple of weeks, as we hope they will be making an appearance during the HWINS Sports Week.
One group who most definitely displayed these sports values were our year 4 girls, 8 of whom went to a football tournament at Kew Association Football Ground on Thursday. They showed brilliant sportsmanship, all got stuck in and, most importantly, had a brilliant time. We played 4 games, all in a friendly spirit, losing 2 (by just 1 goal!) and winning the other 2 comfortably. After such a great day, we’ve no doubt that they’re feeling inspired to keep playing football whenever they can! They definitely went above and beyond for the school.
And our final piece of sporting news: last Thursday, we had our first league fixtures (game that are typically played by our ‘A’ team - made up of year 5s and 6s) of the year, against SMSP:
Double victory for SJB in first league matches of the year
Hot off the back of the Lionesses’ impressive showing this summer, our girls team made a superb start to the season, as we look to make the finals in consecutive years.
Overcoming an early setback, with trademark resilience, the girls turned a 0-1 start into a 4-1 victory! Every player was superb but Ines, on her debut, never stopped running and made every challenge (and more!). Mentions also for Lucy, who scored a hat trick in her first match for the school team, and Holly, who battled through a couple of injuries to lead the line superbly at the back.
It looked a tough act to follow for the boys, who had waited patiently for their turn. There was a nervous excitement as we took to the field and battled to a 0-0 scoreline at the half, soaking up some early SMSP pressure. We could see the confidence building though and, in the second half, we were unstoppable, jumping out to a 3-0 lead and playing some superb football! We saw out the rest of the match comfortably to secure the victory. It is hard to single out anyone in such a strong team performance, but credit to our goalkeeper William, and defenders Lachlan and Jasper, who all played their part in keeping a clean sheet. Plus credit is due to Thomas who never stopped running up front and came away with two goals.
A great start to the season!