Sports and Activities
Town Wide Cross Country Meeting
On 2 October, our cross country runners from Year 5 and Year 6 took part in a big cross country race in Lewsey Park. There were over a hundred runners in both the girls’ and boys’ races. Our children competed well and Lauren finished 8th out of all those girls. We were very proud of the positive attitudes shown by our runners.
Dodgeball Tournament at Inspire – 31 October
Eight Year 5 and 6 children took part in a big festival of dodgeball with lots of other school teams. They came home with aching legs after a very active day in which they played thirteen games of dodgeball! They were proud of the fact that they won eight of these games against other schools.
Despite being the smallest junior school in town we still offer our children a wide range of extra activities that they can join in outside of lessons. We have lunchtime sporting activities and as many as eleven different after-school clubs. We also have one before-school club: Karate.
Karate club is led by John Hurley, who also runs karate as part of each year group’s PE lessons. These lessons give the children a good workout for their muscles and after a half term of karate lessons they seem much fitter and stronger! At the morning club, it has been good to see some of the more experienced members - Katie, Olivia and Jayden – helping the others with their routines, as you can see in these pictures:
Tag Rugby Tournament
Tag-rugby is one of the sports that our children learn in PE and we also have a lunchtime rugby club. Our rugby team of players from Years 5 and 6 took part in a local tag-rugby tournament at Stockwood Rugby Club on 11 October. We were very proud of their performances which saw them achieve fourth place out of 32 schools!
Football report: Someries 1 – 1 Warden Hill
On Wednesday 17th October 2018, Someries hosted Warden Hill in a Year 5 and Year 6 match.
The two teams started the game very well, with both keepers making early saves. Someries’ passing enabled them to take control of the game and they took a deserved lead through Jake. The move started from a great ball from Harrison to Jake, which Jake calmly finished into the bottom corner of the goal, giving us a 1 – 0 narrow lead at half-time, which was largely down to some excellent defensive work from Matthew and Danny.
The second half started with Someries on the front foot with the Warden Hill keeper making some excellent saves from Lexie, Raf and Jayden.
Warden Hill then got a breakaway goal through their best player and captain.
Harrison then made two excellent saves to keep the score level. Someries pushed for a deserved winner but Warden Hill held firm to secure a draw at the final whistle.
All of the 10 Someries players were a credit to both themselves and the school in their performance, attitude, behaviour and togetherness.
By Harrison – 6 Pegasus, Team Captain
Someries football team takes to the field for the new season
Our sports leader, Mr Osborne, has arranged a large amount of team fixtures and sporting events for our children to attend during the course of the school year. The first of these, on 17 September, was the opening game of the season for our football team. The game was at home against a powerful team from Hillborough Juniors. Both teams played well, tackling strongly and creating chances. However, the game was decided by a lone own goal when the ball bounced off the shin of a Someries defender and into the net. It was a promising first performance from our team.
Here are some sports highlights from 2017-18
National Sports Week 25-29 June 2018
Here at Someries we think that keeping fit and healthy is really important. We have participated in National Schools Sports Week. We began the week with an assembly delivered by an ex-international basketball player, Dru Spinks. Dru is a local man who represented England on 27 occasions.
During the week, children experienced ‘taster’ sessions of dance, boxing and skipping with professional coaches. As well as the taster sessions and PE lessons, all children have walked or run a Someries Mile each day – the big “S-Mile”. This was tough in the heat but the children were all up for the challenge. There will also be some house sport competitions.
It has been an amazing week and the children have enjoyed themselves, realised the importance of keeping fit and healthy, and experienced something new.
We are hoping that friends and family will sponsor children for the daily S-Miles that they have completed. We are hoping to use this to raise money for the children’s School Council playground equipment fund. . If you would like to ‘sponsor’ your child in this way you can make a donation at our crowdfunding page www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/someriesjuniorschool. Please share the link!
Sports Week - Award Winners and Trim Trail Opening
Each teacher nominated some children from their class for the Sports Week Awards. Children earned their award for their performances or for the values that they showed in the sports activities. Their reward was to officially open our new all-weather trim trail and be the first ones to try it out. Well done award winners!
Sports Week - Skipping
World record holder Peter Denis of Skipbeatz took each class for a session of intensive skipping. Each child developed their skills and was encouraged to keep improving their 'spm' - skips per minute.
Sports Week - Dance
A dancer instructor from local Next Generation Youth Theatre's dance team took the children through some moves in the hall. Each group worked on a routine together. (You can find out more about NGYT Dance at their website: ngyt.co.uk/ngyt-dance-3-18/#).
We received this nice mail from Lauren, one of the NGYT instructors:
Dear Mr Osborne, Mr Hunt and all of the staff at Someries Junior School,
It was so wonderful to meet you all yesterday and all of the students who took part in the dance sessions for Sports Week.
Sophie and I thoroughly enjoyed teaching all of the year groups and I was so impressed by the talent, enthusiasm, theatricality and creativity that they all shared with us and each other. It was fantastic to see so many smiling happy faces which were so infectious, I had the best day and I hope they did too!
The students are so lucky to have such a lovely school (I know I am biased as I attended until 2001) and a head teacher and staff who are supportive of the arts and creative enrichment and give them so many opportunities.
Best wishes, Lauren
Sports Week - Boxercise
On Tuesday, a boxer came to teach the children some moves used in the ring. He got the children warmed up and then showed them several coordinated moves. The workout was quite intense and required agility and good timing.
Sports Week - The Big Daily S-Mile
Each day this week, our children have been completing the S-Mile. Some children run the six laps of the field whilst others chose to jog or walk the mile - a wise choice in the heat and sun! We have been impressed with the children's enthusiasm despite the hot weather
Sports Week - Cycling Skills
Luton Borough Council’s Cycle Training Team are training our Year 6 pupils. Cycling is an important life skill and the children are learning cycling control skills, and being taught about the importance of maintaining a bike. Luton Borough Council have provided the bikes for the children to use.
Sports Week - Dru Spinks, England International
To mark the start of National Sports Week, we heard from Dru Spinks, a top flight basketball player. Dru captains his top British Basketball League team, Milton Keynes Lions, for seven years and played many times for England. He showed us clips of him scoring in the BBL Cup final and spoke to us about the skills required to do well in sport. As well as speed and good reflexes, Dru said that he needed determination, cooperation and resilience to be a top sportsperson - the same skills that the children need to show to do well in school.
Dru ran some coaching sessions for Years 5 and 4 on our playground. Years 3 and 6 will learn their basketball skills on Thursday.
On 12 June 2018, a team of athletes from Someries Junior School went to take part in the Eastern Zone athletics tournament. The children enjoyed taking part at the big event at Ashcroft High School and we were pleased with the positive attitudes they displayed. We were also proud to see that about a third of the team won through to the town-wide finals.