Infant School Achievement Assembly
Friday, March 10th 2017
Junior School Achievement Assembly
Friday, March 10th 2017
Choose to be optimistic, it feels better
His Holiness, the Dalai Lama XIV,
Standings as at end February 2016:
Gold Award for 15 points: Jacob C, Ayotunde A, Joseph R, Krrish M, Namit B, Sarah L, Zayan B, Thomas B, Azaan M, Shuban Y, George T, Luca V, Sarah W, Alex B, Nathan S, Sasmeet S, Sahibdeep T, Ruben E.
Silver Award for 10 points: Arnav S, Matthew B, Aaron M, Alex B, Ben H, Michael S-G, Zayan B, Tom C, Otto G, Jake G, Rayan M, Jagpal S, Joshua L, Ryan M, Phoebe F, Isa S-K, Oscar A, Maxwell C, James G, Finlay C D, Isak I, Nico B, Max M, Ayaan P, Kitty S, Louis J, William W, Callum D, Aman C, Vuyo M, Ujesh S, Nikhil S, Isaac W, Ethan C, Ayush K, Joshua P, Joseph R, Alfie A, Finn R, Jacob T.
U9C vs Hill House:
For a first fixture, all members of the team played a super match. The team was raring to go as the whistle blew. Adit, Ibrahim and Nathan all pushed themselves up front with some clear passing to get an early first goal. The drama did not stop there as Hill House quickly got the ball, dribbled in and out of our players and taking a shot with our Goalie George T managing to save it by ending up sitting on the ball!
Hill House then levelled the game but this did not dishearten the team. The goals kept coming from Nottingham with some super defence work from Thales and Joseph, then all of a sudden Marley took a shot from the half way line and the ball flew through the air, straight behind the keeper to score yet another goal!
With some great passing, defence and overall team work, the team came out victorious with an 8-2 win.
It was great to see how much the pupils have grown in confidence in their football skills since Year 3. Well done everyone.
U9Bs vs Hill House
This week, the Under 9B’s extended their unbeaten run by beating Hill House 3-1.
From the outset, we attempted to fulfil our passing game, although this was sometimes difficult as the ball became stuck in the quagmire in the middle of the pitch. Throughout the match, Fred L set a captain’s example by winning the ball, dribbling down the wing and passing to his team-mates. James B had a few near-misses; Sam G and Sahibdeep T defended solidly whilst Millen R always looked secure in goal but upfront we lacked the killer instinct, despite creating numerous chances. The half-time score of 0-0 certainly did not reflect our dominance however, as tactical targets were being set in the team talk, we felt sure that our positivity would soon be rewarded.
In the second half, intelligent play from Saketh C on the wing, coupled with some dogged tackling from Mandip L and Millen in central midfield, resulted in an onslaught on the opposition’s goal. Fred capitalised on some weak distribution from their defence, clinically slotting the ball home in the far corner of the net, past the flailing arms of the advancing keeper. As we sought to increase our lead, Hill House levelled on the counter attack but we responded almost immediately when James blasted an unstoppable free kick into the top corner. Henry S made an excellent short-range save to maintain our lead and in the final few minutes, Fred scored an almost identical goal to his first, after some intricate interchanges between Isa S-K and Myal A.
A well-deserved victory, played in a style which could easily have brought more goals, had we developed our cutting edge in the first half.
Under 9A v Hill House (Away)
The Under 9A team arrived in Doncaster full of confidence after a string of victories that leaves them unbeaten this season in three away fixtures. The loss of George T to an injury two days before the match didn’t dampen the team spirit and Fletcher was promoted to central midfield with Ethan C earning a place in the starting line-up as first choice goalkeeper for the match.
Nottingham started brightly with Fletcher P getting on the end of an early attack only to find the side netting. Our away supporters didn’t have long to wait before the first goal, with Verroshan A finding the back of the net with a well struck free kick that eluded everyone including the Hill House goalkeeper. At the other end, Ethan kept out a rare shot from the opposition with a fine reflex save. The whole team gradually got into their stride and the intent to add more goals was clear when Fletcher again hit the side netting. Sasmeet S also had a shot well saved after some nice build up play. Nottingham were now ‘knocking on the door’ and sure enough the second goal came from Fletcher who had decided it would be much more fun to actually hit the target this time with a powerful shot from the right hand side. 2-0 Nottingham at half time.
The second half saw more sustained pressure from Nottingham leading to another chance. Some wonderful work by Joshua P on the left flank led to a precision cross across the face of goal. Unfortunately, Fletcher could only scuff the ball wide with the goal at his mercy. He would soon turn provider however when he picked out Joshua from the right hand side who converted the chance. It was now business as usual for the players who continued to press forward in the search for more goals. Sasmeet and Arun S both had decent shots that were just wide before Verroshan got his second from a period of sustained Nottingham pressure to make the scoreline 4-0. Hill House must have sensed the game was now beyond them and their shape and stamina began to wane in the closing stages. Joshua added the fifth with a solid left footed strike and Verroshan capped off a super performance with a strong shot to complete his hat-trick in the closing stages.
Another fantastic team performance and result that extends our unbeaten run to four away fixtures plus several games at the earlier Barlborough Hall Football Festival. The final challenge for this season will be the Football Festival taking place at Valley Road on Monday 13th March.
U9A won 6-0
U9B won 3-1
U9C won 8-2.
Under 8B v The Elms (Away – lost 6-3)
The Under 8B Team lost 6-3 away at the Elms on Wednesday 1st March with several players having their first opportunity to represent the school at a competitive fixture. The Elms started strongly and scored seconds from kick-off with some quick attacking play that brought back memories (at least in the mind of Mr Crossland) of England’s World Cup Qualifier against San Marino way back in 1993. The Nottingham pupils tried their hardest to get into the game but suffered two more setbacks, first with a goal direct from a free kick and then another soon after to go three-nil behind. Shortly after, Nihal was unfortunate not to score, shooting just wide after a rare counter attack. With half time approaching, Umair and Om were brought on, the latter of whom had an immediate impact on the game with his pace, energy and willingness to get forward quickly with the ball. The Elms struggled to deal with this new threat and were gradually pressed further back into their own half. Sure enough, just before half time, Om was able to score from close range to end the half 3-1.
The fightback was on and Nottingham started the second half at a much quicker tempo, led by Om’s excellent running and tackling. The Elms’ defence simply couldn’t cope with the pressure they were under and after firing in from a tight angle on the left to make it 3-2, Om competed his hat-trick with a fantastic goal from a free kick on the edge of the box to level the scores. 3-3 at half time.
The home fans looked on nervously and wondered whether the Nottingham team could keep up this tempo and go on to win the match. Could this become a famous victory for Nottingham? Sadly, not. The team began to tire and The Elms rallied to again put pressure onto our back line. Nihal (who had taken over the goalkeeping duties) was unfortunate to let a relatively tame shot slip through his legs allowing the home team to re-take the lead and two more goals soon followed. In the dying seconds, Om grazed the post but this would have been little more than a consolation goal with the game finally ending 6-3. Despite the loss, the children will have learnt a lot from this fixture and should be proud of how they represented the school. Hopefully, next time these sides meet the children will have a bit more experience of playing as a team.
Man of the match was Om who showed great energy and commitment to every tackle. He covered every blade of grass on the field.
On Tuesday 7th March we travelled to Worksop College to compete in the Preparatory Schools’ Cross Country Meeting. Phoebe came 4th in the Under 11 girls’ race. George E 51st, Isaac W43rd, Ashley H39th, Thomas B2nd & Jake G1st. The team were a credit to our school. After the races we were invited to the Great Hall, which reminded us of Hogwarts & the team members enjoyed sausage & chips; a great end to the afternoon.
Congratulations to Sarah L who has been selected to represent Great Britain in Slovenia.
Congratulations to Lohit D who recently competed in the U13 Badminton England tournament at Durham, Oxford, Hampshire and Devon. Lohit achieved Gold at Devon, Silver in the singles at Durham, Bronze in the singles at Oxford and Bronze in the doubles at Hampshire.
Congratulations to all our pupils who have played in the teatime concerts this term.
Students of the Week
Joshua M for taking on the responsibility of designing 5As rap moves for ‘Gran, Can You Rap?’
Matthew B – for being an all-round good egg and always looking out for other people.
Jack A – for always using good manners around school and saying ‘please’ and ‘thank you’ during lesson time.