The House Music Competition

Screen Shot 2014-06-22 at 06.12.37Held last Thursday, this was a great success yesterday with some really fantastic solo playing and singing from all the houses. Martin Rogers, Tockington’s brass teacher, gave some really positive feedback in his adjudicating and was very impressed at the musical talent of pupils at school. The marks were all really high and competition was close with particularly fine performances from Jeanne Veron singing ‘A dream is a wish’, Annabel Sheppard singing ‘Let’s go fly a kite’, Olivia Campbell who treated us to a gorgeous rendition of ‘Adelita’ on the piano, and Roshan Patel who gave a stunning drum improvisation as Churchill’s ‘Wild Card’. Dalis Jones and Talia Curtis provided a lovely variation to the competition with their gymnastics display and all the houses performed well with their Michael Jackson songs. Alexander’s ‘Thriller’ included an excellent narration from Alex Ganfield and some eerie laughter at the close. Churchill’s ‘Man in the Mirror’ showed good dynamic changes and excellent stage presentation. Cunningham’s ‘Beat it’ was very entertaining with some wonderful solos from Tom Edwards and Toby Gaulton and some brilliant air guitar playing and antics from the suitably wigged Archie and George Symonds. It was a really fun event but the closing scores, neatly calculated by Abi Blackwell, revealed this year’s winners as Churchill.
Well done to all the children and thank you to all the staff for their support.
Mrs Warn.
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Severnside Swimming Gala

swimming_galaThe annual Severnside gala was held on Thursday. To be selected as a member of the school swim team is a great achievement of which all who took part should be very proud indeed.
We recorded our best ever position, of 2nd, all with a weakened squad. There were wins for Max Curtis, Seren Clayton, Alex Grocott, Lou Saelens, Jake Wakeling [ 2 races], Iona Campbell and Olivia Banks. School records were broken by Jake Wakeling in both races, Olivia Banks and the Under 11 Girls freestyle relay team of Ella Howard-Robinson, Ellie Parker, Helena Brain and Rachel Shutt.
In the individual races we were winners. Relays will always test smaller school squads and St Johns felt this pressure too.
A huge thank you to all the Staff who made it work like clockwork.
The following received stars for their helpfulness before AND after the Gala: Alex Gooch, Tom Edwards, Max Curtis and Elliott Orchard for their support.
Swimmer of the day was undoubtedly Lou Saelens who won the U9 25 metre breaststroke and flew down the pool in a PB for crawl, in the U9 Medley relay.
Well done to all of you. The final scores were: Beaudesert Park 156, Wycliffe 80, TMS 128, St Johns 76
Mrs Hinchliffe

House Cricket

housecricketAfter much debate as to what the weather was going to do, we checked the sea-weed and decided to take a chance. As it turned out the seaweed was right and we only had to endure one short shower during what developed into a lovely afternoon. The first game resulted in a 34 run win for Alexander over Churchill. Churchill had to chase down 55 runs but found it difficult in their allotted 6 over’s. Churchill then went on to play Cunningham, but again, found the opposition too strong; losing by 7wkts. This resulted in the final game effectively being winner takes all. The game was very close with Cunningham needing 9 off the last over to win. However, they fell just short, resulting in a win for Alexander by 3 runs and winning the Inter House Cricket Cup.
During the afternoon there were some creditable performances; Bennie Sanzo and James Allan taking good catches, good bowling from Angus Duncan and good batting from many. The champagne moment of the day was a one handed catch, diving to his right, by Max Curtis. All the boys are to be congratulated for their efforts but Mr Mildon and myself selected Angus Duncan and Max Curtis to share the outstanding player award for the afternoon.
Mr Cann

Astroturf Update!

astroThe new astroturf has now been ordered with work commencing on Monday 14th July, meaning that it will be ready for the children’s return in September. For those of you who like technical information the surface is the sand dressed Tiger Turf Multi–Use Evo Pro. The Evo Pro is the sand dressed version of the Tiger Turf elite hockey product and is now the number one choice within the education and community sectors. This is a tremendous surface and is fully endorsed by the Federation for International Hockey, the Netball Association and the International Tennis Federation. Floodlights will also be installed ensuring that we will be able to use this wonderful facility throughout the year and in order to keep this new facility in keeping with our beautiful environment we will be opting for a green surface. Exciting news!