Y5 Archery

Some of the children in year 5 were lucky enough to go, with Mrs Deboard, to Northampton Academy for a taster session of archery. First they practised their accuracy; they had to shoot at the ceiling and land an arrow into a hoop on the floor. Then they did target practice and practised their aim by shooting at colours. All of this was to improve their skills before a competition.  As the competition moved on, Zaibaa got her score up to 40 points and Eleanor scored 27 points. The overall score for Simon de Senlis was 143 points.

Zaibaa said,  ‘it was a great experience and I would recommend it.’

Eleanor said, ‘you don’t actually need to be good at it because you practise and I was confident by the end of the session.’

Everyone wants to go again.

Written by Jack and Ben (sports captains) who interviewed Zaibaa and Eleanor.

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Upcoming Strictly Junior and Teacher Event

The strictly team are rehearsing, every Monday, in preparation for their next dance competition, which will be held at The Deco, on March 12th. The strictly juniors will perform at 1pm and Miss Shipton and Miss Clarke will be teaming up to compete against other teachers, from Northampton, in the first ever Strictly Teacher Event at 7.30pm

Details have been sent to parents of the junior dancers on how to book their tickets.  If you would also like to come along and support them, then you can book direct – the links are below.

Open the link to find out how to book tickets –  Junior ticket info and Strictly teachers info

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NTSSF Basketball Shield Finals

Basketball Glory:

Tension swirled through the air, as we all competed for the glimmering, glamorous, glistening silver mini basketball plate. Each point in basketball counts as two points, so if you were wondering how many shots we got you will have to half the number. Every game was eight minutes long, every half was four minutes.

Suspension roamed, our first game… At half time the boys were holding Hunsbury Park off with a draw of 0-0. Then on came the girls with a miraculous basket from Sophie. At the end of our first game, the score was 2-0 to Simon de Senlis.

After the success of our first match we got treated to some divine fudge and mints and everyone devoured their share. With a sugar rush we all became very hyper against our next team, Briah Hill. At half time our team were losing so we had a pep talk to recover our match. A victory was awarded, at last, to Simon de Senlis as we scored a phenomenal 16-2.

Hoping for three wins on the trot, we warmed up ready to fight for the next round. First half was the boys, Will making it 2-0 and after that Theo making it 4-0. Even though we still won, sadly Ecton Brook got one basket and the overall score of this game was 4-2.

With winning three games in a row we were energetic to keep going. This one was against Boothville the previous winners.This was our hardest match of the whole tournament and sadly we lost 8-4. We were so devastated as we had worked so hard for this moment.

Overall we won 3 out of 4 games, received medals and the astonishing plate for winning the NTSSF Basketball Competition. ‘Basketball glory’ is our catchphrase for this amazing win!

Blog written by Katie and Joy – year 6

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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.

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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.

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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.

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