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!

More Success For SdS As Year 5/6 Win NSSP Trophy!

Our successes on the football pitch continued this week as our magnificent Year 5/6 team beat all comers in the Northampton School Sports Partnership Trophy at The Northampton Academy.

Not only did we manage to negotiate our way through a tough group, a dramatic shoot-out  and a nerve-wracking final, but all without conceding a single goal.

Led by captain George K, Les Fleurs comfortably qualified for the semi-finals with 2 wins, a draw and 4 goals from the tireless, tenacious and clinical Tommy C.

Both he and George scored their penalties in a dramatic semi-final shoot-out with Lings Primary after extra-time failed to separate the two sides, with our back line of Georgie Beez, Luke and Archie a stronghold of defiance.

With our heroic goalkeeper Liam prepared to lose consciousness for the cause after a late goal-saving collision in the final, there was only going to be one winner as Tom scored to bring yet another cup back to Hilldrop Road.

Once again, the ‘apprentices’ from Year 5: Isaiah, Olcay and Kieran all showed the passion, effort and desire required to wear the green and white and played a massive part in the team’s success…our future will be safe in their hands.

Well done boys…the school is EXTREMELY proud of you. Thank you.

Manager: Miss Bland-Mourinho
Assistant manager: Mrs Dumont-Mourinho

If the NSSP follow the same protocol as last year we should now progress to a regional competition and represent Northampton at a tournament against teams from across the midlands as we did last year in Chesterfield.

Since the school’s opening in 1994 there is little record of sporting success in our chronicles. In the last 2-and-a-half-years we have been edged out in 2 NTSSF town finals, competed in a nationwide tournament and have now won 2 trophies across key stage 2.

The giant has awoken…

Vive Les Fleurs!

Simon de Senlis Win NTSSF Cup!

Our fabulous Year 4’s brought the NTSSF Cup back to Hilldrop Road tonight after a night of drama at the Goals centre.

Our boys showed great resilience and guile as they progressed through the group stages with 4 victories before meeting our new found foes, Caroline Chisholm, in the semi-finals.

Having beaten us last week, the team from Wootton were in buoyant mood and duly went 1-0 up by the half. However, a 2nd half equaliser and a deadlocked extra-time sent the game to penalties. As CCS failed to negotiate their 6th spot-kick…the boys in green seized the opportunity to book their place in the Final and a re-match with their group stage conquerers, Ecton Brook.

A spectacular 2-0 victory sealed a debut success for our Year 4 team and brought the glory we’ve craved for so long!

The future’s bright…the future’s green…

Boys, your school is INCREDIBLY proud of you. Thank you.

Vive Les Fleurs!

Our historical Year 4’s:


Manager: Mrs de Board-Mourinho
Assistant Manager: Mrs Topham-Mourinho

Sport at Simon de Senlis

We will be using this blog to let you know all the wonderful news about sport at Simon de Senlis!

So far this term…

  • we have 160 different children attending after-school clubs.  Many children are attending 2 or 3!
  • This week we achieved the bronze sports mark award for our commitment to school sport.
  • 14 children attended a festival of rugby at Northampton Saint’s last week.  They had a tour of the stadium, received training, played in a festival and managed to secure the autographs of several senior players!
  • Our festivals and competitions start next week with a girl’s football competition and a year 3/4 football festival.

Stay tuned for more updates and photos!


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