Awesome Athletes!

Well done to the Simon de Senlis ‘Sports Hall Athletes’ who recently competed against other schools from across the town at The Duston Sports Centre.

A mixture of boys and girls from Y5/6 took part in a multitude of running, throwing and jumping events.

They truly excelled and participated fiercely against their peers and out of 25 schools, finished very respectively in the top 10 – progression from last year’s performance.

Well done children, your school is very proud of you!

Artful Archers…

The Y3/4’s had a fabulous time with Miss Bland at Kingsthorpe College last night as they tried their hand at archery.

A fantastic opportunity for all children to access, it was a unique experience that thoroughly engaged the children.

Well done to al the children who took part and represented the school so well.

Your school is very proud of you.

What A Team!

Our magnificent 5/6 footballers battled hard on a bitterly cold night in Corby last week as Simon de Senlis competed in the NSSP County Finals.

After successfully winning our qualifying tournament before Christmas, we progressed one step further than last year’s success and faced the best teams from across the county.

We successfully qualified from the group stage with three wins and a draw thanks to goals from Tom and Archie and an incredibly tight defence of Liam in goal and the tenacious George B and Luke.

Our attacking prowess continued as we negotiated our way past Woodvale in the semi-final. Kieran and Olcay were incessantly trying to find their way through a packed defence and Isaiah worked tirelessly to ensure we always had plenty of cover at the back.

Tom’s extra-time ‘Golden Goal’ led to rapturous celebrations and paved the way to a final showdown with…St. James!

Led by skipper George K, showcasing his versatility in a more defensive role, we bravely battled against quick-moving attacks. Tom came so close to giving us the lead as the keeper superb spread himself to beat out his effort when through one-on-one, before the heartache of two goals in the final 30 seconds ended our challenge. The first goals we conceded in the whole tournament.

Boys, your guile, style and determination never ceases to amaze me. Your school is incredibly proud of you…you’re an example to everyone.

Many thanks also to all the parents who attended and supported the boys.

Vive Les Fleurs!

Make Your Shopping Go That Little Bit Further…

We are currently collecting the Sainsbury’s Active Kids Vouchers – a great initiative.

So, if you’re a Sainbury’s shopper, please send in the rewards as they help provide excellent resources with which we can use to further support the children.

Being active and enjoying PE is a very important part of our school’s ethos, any contributions will be warmly received.

Many thanks.

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…

Nothing Phoney – This Is REAL PE…

Today the staff at Simon de Senlis took part in an intensive course to support our practise in teaching a high quality physical education.

REAL PE is a curriculum model adopted by many schools across the country and focuses on the fundamental strands of movement:

A – Agility

B – Balance

C – Coordination

This initiative offers increased structure to the way these skills are taught as well as facilitating numerous fun ways of engaging the children at their level and beyond. However, most importantly is the vision of ALL children enjoying PE and perpetuating not only a love for sport and physical activities, but for choosing a healthy diet and sustained physical well-being.

A great day for us…an even greater day for the children!

SdS Off The Mark With Sportsmark…

Sports leaders from Simon de Senlis were presented the Sportsmark Bronze award by representatives from Northants County Cricket Club this week.

An initiative endorsed by the ‘Sainsbury Games’ organisation, SdS were one of a group of schools being presented with this prestigious accolade. No schools were awarded with the Gold and only a handful achieved silver.







Lily and Tom were our representatives at the ceremony and will help us build and develop sport at Simon de Senlis as we seek to achieve our Silver and Gold award next time.

We ARE Simon de Senlis.

Dancing Into Our Hearts…

Our little Fred and Ginger’s made us all so proud yesterday as they won their preliminary competition and came 2nd in the final dance-off in ‘Junior Strictly’ at the Derngate Theatre last night.

The star-steppers from Simon de Senlis Jived and Tangoed their little hearts out in front of a packed auditorium but just lost out to 2-time winners Wootton Primary by only 3 points.

They looked stunning, their performance was stunning and i think everyone will agree that the our children are simply stunning.

Your school is EXTREMELY proud of you all…thank you.

Stylish SdS Side-Step Their Way To ANOTHER Trophy!

The Year 5/6 tag-rugby team brought a 3rd trophy of the year back to Hilldrop Road as they won the Northampton School Sports Partnership Trophy with great style and finesse.

On the back of the footballing successes of the football teams, our terrific tag-rugby team blasted their way to victory at The Duston School.

The culmination of 3 years work and planning by the PE faculty came to the fore as our boys and girls played flowing rugby, filled with pace and power. Extremely well drilled by Mr Prosser and MIss Bland, they were running into passes, crossing over, covering the ball and defending with fierce tenacity. The opposition simply couldn’t live with them.

After breezing through the group stage, Simon de Senlis won their semi-final in extra-time against a side who hadn’t conceded a try…until they encountered our team of phenoms.

A comfortable victory in the final, avenging our defeat last year, saw our team truly get what they deserved. They were the best team by a mile…if you ever get a chance to watch them, watch them! They are AMAZING!

Well done children, your school is EXTREMELY proud of you…thank you.

Vive Les Fleurs!

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