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Autumn Term 2018

Autumn Term 2018


Y5/6 Interhouse Dodgeball Competition

Tuesday 18th December


Owl Class also had a fun afternoon competing in an Interhouse Dodgeball competition..... with an extra rule...if you hit a Christmas decoration, you are out! Unfortunately that didn't stop some damage - SORRY MRS BURTON! However, all was repaired and the results are in:





Y1/2 Interhouse Kurling Competition

Monday 17th December


Squirrel Class had a wonderful afternoon using our new Kurling set and competing in teams. The Results are as follows:

1st St George

2nd St David

3rd St Andrew

4th St Patrick




Y1/2 Kurling

at St Augustine's RC High School

Thursday 6th December. 4-6pm

Team 1:

Team 2:

Team 3



Y5/6 Girls' Football 

at Accrington Academy

Thursday 22nd November 4- 6 pm


Team: Annie-Mae, Imaan, Amaani, Evie, Eva, Milly H and Lucy B


Due to a shortage of girls, we participated in this event non competitively: we had two older pupils helping out to create a team. The girls played valiantly together and had an enjoyable evening. Thank you to Lucy and Milly who joined us so that we could give our girls the opportunity to play and thanks to the partnership for accommodating us.


Y5/6 Football 6 -a-side Tournament

at Westholme Senior School

Friday 16th November. 3:30-6pm


Team: George S, George R, James R, Adam, Ali, Max, Robert (Ellis came to support after a shoulder injury. Harry R rejoined us as an extra player).


Round 2 of this competition and this time we played against Broughton and Westholme B. Whilst we were unsuccessful in our quest for 'The Plate', we had a lovely evening and were delighted to be supported by our past pupils from last year's team: Oliver, Joseph, Sam and Harry all came along to cheer the boys on and, due to Ellis' injury, Harry kindly stepped up so that the boys could continue. Once again our parents, siblings and supporters helped to make it feel like a 'Balderstone family outing'. Thank you to all who came along in support - too many to name individually, but a special thanks once more to Mr Holroyd as team manager. 


Y5/6 Hockey Tournament

at Accrington Academy 

Wednesday 14th November  4-6pm


A Team: James R (C), James H, Tara G , Aalisha (& Ellis)

B Team: Robert (C), Maxwell (y4), Eva and Annie- Mae


A sport brand new to Balderstone. After just 6 weeks of lessons, we entered 2 teams into the HRVSSP tournament. We hadn’t played any matches before and both teams did us proud. We played on a cold evening with a beautiful sunset in the background. Our squads were incomplete as there should have been 6 players on each. This meant that all the children had to play every game, many back to back, without any breaks.  A special mention to Ellis who unfortunately broke his collar bone the day before but still showed up to support his team mates in the bitter wind. Well done and Thank you Ellis!


B team played 5 matches in total. They drew against Peel Park A (0-0), Mount Pleasant A (1-1) and St Nicholas B (1-1). Winning games were against All saints B (1-0) and Gisburn b (1-0).  This meant we were in with a chance of going through to the semi finals but St Nicolas’ had won all their other games and so we just lost out.  This team impressed us with their grit and determination and there was some fantastic defensive play. I am looking forward to seeing what they can achieve next year with a bit more practise. 


A team played 4 games in the group stages. They drew their first game against peel park B (1-1), but won all their other games: St Nicholas A 3-2; Oakhill 2-0 and All Saints A 2-1. You could visibly see them growing with confidence with each game and goal as the evening went on. This meant that we were through to the semi finals 😀.... not what we were expecting given how long we had been playing! Unfortunately we lost the semis against St Nicholas B and finished up in 4th position after playing Benjamin Hargreaves. Despite this, we are thrilled with our achievements: 4th out of 22 schools in our first tournament is far better than we expected.


The team work , determination and respect was faultless from all children. They grew in self belief and passion over the evening and made Mrs Heyworth extremely proud. Thanks to all the parents who stayed to support in the biting wind: The Balderstone “Family” is, as always, very apparent at sporting fixtures and it makes such a difference... so Thank you!




Y5/6 Football 6 -a-side Tournament

at Westholme Senior School

Friday 9th November. 3:30-6pm


Team: George S, George R, James R, Adam, Ali, Max, Ellis, Robert


Our first outing this year for our newly formed team and once more the boys showed us that they can grow and develop as a team. Our first game was against The Redeemer, a notoriously good team, which we lost 2-0. Next we played against Parbold Douglas Academy and lost 2-1. However, in the final game the boys dug deep and began working as a team to beat Westholme A 3-1. Well done to all of the boys. We are looking forward to the next round on Friday, where we will complete for 'The Plate'.


Thanks to Mr Holroyd for managing the team and to the parents for transporting and supporting the children.


Y3/4 Football 

at St Augustine's RC High School

Thursday 18th October


Team: Maxwell, Emma , Juvi, Ibby, Leo, William S, Zac and Mohammad Ayaan


An unusually warm and sunny day saw the twelve Ribble Valley Schools come together to compete for the Ribble Valley Year 3&4 Football Crown. Teams were in three groups and all played each other in the group stages with the top eight teams qualifying for the quarter final knock out stages. This was the first time our team had played together and we were impressed by their team work. In addition to the competitive games, we were also fortunate enough to have a friendly match with a team from another group Stage. We did manage to win one game over the course of the evening. Everyone had a great time and enjoyed the experience. Well done children.


Special Thanks to Mr Holroyd and Mrs Riddell for their team management and support and Thanks to all the parents who stayed to support the children. 



Young Ambassador's Training

at Accrington Academy

Tuesday 16th October 


Ambassadors: Tara G and James R


World Champion inline skater presented the training to our newly appointed sports Ambassadors, James and Tara. Jenna spoke about her determination and motivation to achieve the best. The children thought about what a young leader is, the roles, attributes and skills needed to fulfil their role. They thought about how they could improve PE & Sport in  school. The children went away with a hat/t-shirt/pen/badge and a booklet they can work through to provide them with more ideas on how they can be great young ambassador in school. 


Thanks to the Ambassador's parents for taking them to Accrington and supporting them in their new role.



Y5/6 Cross Country 

at Wilson's Playing Fields

Thursday 4th October 


Team: James R, Robert, George S, Ellis, Jack, Zain K, Tara G, Saher, Alisha, Aleece, Eva, and Amaani


This year’s primary cross country event proved to be very popular as there were 26 Hyndburn teams & 17 Ribble Valley teams taking part. Each team consisted of up to 6 girls and 6 boys, the top 4 girl/boy runners scored points for their school.  The top 25 runners within each race have been selected to run in the East Lancashire County Final on the 20th June at Townley Park.


to James R who finished in 11th Place and George S for qualifying in 24th: A fantastic achievement with so many competitors.

Thank you to Mrs Banks and all the parents who transported and supported the children.