Round Up Of Sports Events For Autumn Term 1
Key Stage 2 Cross Country Festival
This year’s sports calendar kicked off with the Key Stage 2 Inclusive Cross Country Festival which took place last Friday at Morden Pool Park. We had 25 children from across years 4 to 6 represent the school at this event. It was great to see the smiles on their faces as they took up the challenge to not only complete the course but to also take on the 6 obstacles along the way. They had great fun navigating their way through, around and under them before reaching the finishing line. The firm favourite seemed to be crawling under the cargo net. It was a great afternoon and lovely to see so many parents and carers coming along to support and cheer the children on. Well done to everyone involved!
On Friday 30th September, 20 children from across years 3 and 4 headed over to Harris Academy Morden to take part in the Merton School Sport Partnerships (MSSP) Dodgeball Festival. The children had a great time dodging, ducking and diving their way through their games against other schools.
Then on Thursday 6th October our year 5 boy’s football teams headed out to represent the school at the King’s College U10’s football competition. The A team got off to a great start winning two of their first fixtures and picking up a draw against a strong side from Rutherford House, who went on to win the competition. This put them second in their pool. They went into the quarter finals with confidence, but unfortunately lost to the better side on the day. Our B team didn’t get off to the start they wanted, but they kept their composer, showed resilience and improved game on game. Overall it was a glorious day which was made even better by seeing the amazing saves from our keepers, goals being banged in and silky skills on the pitch.
Next it was time for our long distance runners to shine. After the weekend to rest up from our Poplar Mini Marathon last Friday (wasn’t that fabulous to see all the children from across the school pushing themselves to run those 500 meter laps), 46 children from years 3, 5 & 6 came to school on Monday 10th October ready to run again at the MSSP Cross Country. All age groups ran the 1 mile distance, going up against approximately 70 to 100 other children from schools across the Borough. I am very pleased to tell you that we had 5 children finish their races in the top 10. Well done to Isla (3R) finished 6th, Alex (3E) finished 5th, Emily (5H) finished 4th, Jack (5S) finished 8th and Jessica (6O) finished 6th. Such a great achievement, you should all be very proud of yourselves.
The girls football calendar kicked off last week with the Year 5/6 football development competition on Friday the 14th October. We had two teams head off the Farm Road Playing Fields to represent our school at the well attended event. With 18 teams in attendance the teams were put into two separate groups. Our A team got off to a great start, with a few wins in the opening matches to set them up for a great competition. They continued to show great form throughout their eight matches and put on a great show - banging in a few fabulous goals they finished 4th position overall, narrowly missing out on the top three finishing spot by just a point. The B team started with some great goalkeeping skills and defence play. No team was able to score past them with the first three games finishing 0-0. They then managed to break the goal drought in the fourth game but unfortunately conceded in the last kick of the game to give them another point for the draw. It was great to watch the team grow with confidence, putting in more tackles and running with the ball as the competition went on. This confidence meant that they also bagged a few more goals.
The event culminated in the presentation being conducted by Councillor Caroline Cooper-Marbiah, who awarded certificates to all the participants. She was also on hand to award the Merton REFspects winners award (voted by other schools) which went to Poplar B team who were joint winners with Singlegate primary - another fabulous achievement from our school!
Then on Friday 21st October 15 girls from year 4 made up our 2 teams to head out to take part in the Borough Championships competition. It was the first time playing in a proper organised game for most of the girls - which is an achievement right there. They didn't get the results they would have liked, but they learnt lots and scored a few goals along the way.
Across these six events we have had 126 different children represent our school and they have all been fantastic. Throughout these competitions the children have played with passion and spirit, and always with positive sporting behaviours being demonstrated. Well done to everyone who has taken part, we are extremely proud of you all!!
Photos from these events can be found on our school website or by clicking here.