ISSUE 244 16th February 2018 - Sharples School
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ISSUE 244 16t h February 2018 House Event : Bli nd Foot ball Tournament Students from across each of the year groups challenged themselves on Thursday lunchtime by taking part in a football tournament with a difference. Six students from each of the four houses temporarily blindfolded themselves and faced off in a blind football tournament. Jupiter were drawn to play Mercury in the first game of the tournament. The crowd, having made a contribution to The Benjamin Gautry Foundation, cheered on the students and enjoyed the first tentative experience with sightless football. They were treated to an exhibition from Year 9 students Mustafa Bdewi and Abdifatah Mohmed as Mercury ran out 3-0 winners to book their place in the final. Saturn and Venus went head-to-head in the second semi-final and produced a much closer, more intense game! Students crashed into each other, swung at footballs that simply weren't there and fought for every loose ball. The presence of several Year 11 students - Emre Simsek in particular trying to channel his inner Wilfried Zaha - made for a more physical encounter. Keane Smith was the difference between the sides as his brace saw Venus secure a place in the final with a 2-0 win. The final was a showdown between Mercury and Venus. There was more falling, mistimed swipes at thin air and a series of accidental collisions as each student seemed desperate to claim a victory for their house. Alex Grabowski, a Year 7 student who spent the first match dancing around in his goalmouth, produced a wonderful save to keep Venus out early on in the game. Another goal from Mustafa Bdewi, plus two more from Abdifatah Mohmed, saw the boys share the ?Golden Boot?and ensure a Mercury victory. Laten Morris, who had previously run the full length of the pitch and crashed against the crossbar, scored a consolation goal with the final kick of the game to make it 3-1. The students taking part, as well as the staff and students in support, thoroughly enjoyed themselves and represented each house in exemplary fashion. The next sporting event is scheduled for after the half-term break so students from each house need to spend the holiday keeping fit and working on their skills.
Bolt on News 2017 Secondary School of t he Year Sport s Report On Wednesday, a number of Year 7 pupils travelled to Ladybridge High School to take part in the annual gymnastics competition. The competition was split into four categories that the girls could perform in beginners, novice, intermediate and advanced. The category you perform in depends on the number of hours you train as a gymnast for. We had three in novice and two in intermediate. We were a team of five so it was quite intimidating to enter the performance arena against teams of twenty plus girls. However, the competition was judged on individual performance so it was irrelevant how big the teams are. We walked in confidently and got straight on with the warm up. There were 137 gymnasts in the hall all eager to perform two disciplines: floor and trampette. The first to perform were our novice gymnasts Abbie Murphy, Jess Hill and Maria Ehiamen. They started their competition on the floor; they had to perform a routine of six agilities. The students all performed really well and showed great aesthetic appreciation in their routines. Unfortunately, they were competing against girls in Year 9 and 10 and there were 38 girls in their category alone. Our intermediate gymnasts, Faith Peake and Maria Marsden-Price, went off to compete on the trampette. For this discipline they had to perform a front somersault. They both landed them well and impressed the judges. They then went across to the floor to perform and the novice gymnasts completed their competition on the trampette. Faith and Maria were all up against stiff competition and girls who were much older and with more experience of competing at this level. The competition came to an end and we all waited anxiously for the results. All of the girls knew they had performed the best they could have and were proud to have represented Sharples. As the results came in, our girls all held hands nervously. I am extremely pleased to report that Faith Peake came third on the floor and third overall in her category. Jess Hill came third in the trampette and second overall in her category and Maria Ehiamen came second in the floor discipline for her category. This is an outstanding achievement for the girls as most of the gymnasts at the competition train regularly at Bolton Gymnastics Club. The girls who were placed received a medal and all of the girls received a certificate. A special thank you must go to Natasha Robinson and Milli Knowles (in Year 10) who came along to support the competition, especially to Natasha who has trained the girls regularly and helped with their routines. I look forward to next year?s competition, let?s go for GOLD!
Bolt on News 2017 Secondary School of t he Year I nt roduct i on t o Japanese Cult ure and Language On Tuesday of this week, the MFL department hosted a Good to Great event where two specialists in Japanese culture delivered a few sessions to some of the Year 7 pupils. Pupils were engaged in different activities and it was a nice surprise to see how many pupils were able to answer different questions about the traditional foods and the customs of Japan. As well as learning new things about this country, pupils had the opportunity to learn the art of Origami. They managed to make a ship, a warrior?s hat or a penguin by the end of the session and they were all proud of their creations. Our visitors said that they ?Really enjoyed meeting all the pupils,?and they continued to say that ?They were a credit to the school.? Well done Year 7! Gi rls?Foot ball Report Dat es For Your Di ary On Tuesday, Sharples welcomed St James?for the third round of the girls' Monday 19th to Friday football fixtures. Key Stage 3 played first and despite two goals from 23 February - February Yasmin Walker and a ?Man of the Match?performance from Kadijah Half Term Oomer, the team narrowly lost 5-2. Key stage 4 played a very strong St Tuesday 27th February - James?team and despite their best efforts, they unfortunately lost the Year 9 Photographs game. Thursday 1 March - After the half term break, the next game will be against Turton on World Book Day Tuesday 27th February. For lat est Sharples School post ers, see t he next pages of t hi s newslet t er.
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