2014 – Lots Of Little Steps By The Children…One Giant Leap For Simon de Senlis…

As we embark on a new calendar year, an opportunity arises to reflect on what has been a monumental year in the sporting annuls of Simon de Senlis.

Success and progression has not only been recognised in the shape of Ofsted, but also reflected in our successes in the sporting arena.

The year began with a heroic performance by the Year 5/6’s in the NTSSF Cup Final. After a 1-5 loss in the final the previous year we again found ourselves 1-5 behind only to draw level at 5-5 and 6-6 before two very late goals finally overcame our boys. However our time would come…

These same boys also qualified for a regional tournament in Chesterfield via an NSSP competition. Our school represented Northampton Town against teams from across the North and Eastern part of England and gave a great account of themselves.

At Easter the tag-rugby team were defiant in their pursuit of success and came away from the NTSSF tournament with the Shield.

Our golfers from Years 3/4 excelled in a competition organised by the Northampton School Sports Partnership at Collingtree golf club where we finished a very respectable 2nd place out of seven schools. Many of those children are now playing golf regularly at clubs outside school.

As the Summer holidays loomed, the cricket team won their Sainsbury’s Games level 2 tournament and progressed to the level 3 event, where they finished a creditable 4th out of 11 schools. And whilst the sound of leather on willow lingered in the air, our prodigal Derngate dancers hot stepped their way around the town.

The beginning of the current academic year has brought a flurry of trophies to fill ever hopeful cabinet. Firstly, the Year 4 boys played their part in compensating for January’s disappointment in the NTSSF football tournament by winning their incarnation in a remarkable display or guile, resilience and collectivity…not without its drama. Within a week or two we were champions again as the tag-rugby team showed how much they had developed and grown as a team by winning the Northampton Federation trophy outright and in some style. A testament to the coaching of Mr Prosser and Miss Bland.

As the Year 6’s hopped off the ferry, they leaped into the Castle theatre in Wellingborough on remembrance day to perform their tribute to those who died in conflicts that have ravaged our history. A truly moving experience.

As November drew to a close, so did the curtain at the Derngate theatre as our dancers practised, practised and practised their way to the Final of ‘Junior Strictly’, winning their qualifying tournament before losing out to Wootton by only 3 points.

December once again saw our senior footballers reach the latter stages of the town cup before being eliminated marginally on goal difference.

2014 also saw Simon de Senlis compete commendably at athletics, both in the sports hall and at Corby Stadium, netball, basketball as well as for some of our outside providers like Hotshots.

A special mention must also go out to Connor and Jake who achieved their black belts in karate by the age of 10 and 9 respectively – a truly remarkable achievement and also to Miss Coade who was robbed in her bid for glory at ‘Strictly Northampton’. I think all those in attendance will agree she was absolutely fabulous.

What a year!

In all, 217 children actively participated in sport at Simon de Senlis this year, comfortably exceeding 50% of our roll – a fantastic statistic that we inter to nurture and grow. A huge congratulations and a sincere thank you to all those children who have represented the school with such pride – you are a credit to us.

2015 – more please…

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