On Thursday 21st September, the children in the Year 5&6 football team played their first league game of the season against Sandal Castle Primary School. The match was played in a superb manner, with ourselves running out victors 3-1. A powerful header, followed by two well taken goals and a world class save, when the score was 1-0 to St James, helped us on our way. The midfield and defence were well organised and controlled the play. The children were absolutely fantastic and represented our school wonderfully. We look forward to getting our boots on again for our next match and hopefully show the same determination and passion as they did in this match. Well done.
This year our increased sports funding has enabled ourselves, alongside our local schools, to create a High 5 Netball League that will run throughout the year. The league consists of five schools that will compete in a home and away match against each school. On Thursday, 28th September, St James had their first match of the league against Sandal Castle. The weather was fantastic and the children were enthusiastic, which made for a positive start to the afternoon. It continued to get better, as the game started and everyone from both schools played fairly, were considerate to others and produced some superb netball. All the children played as a team and in all positions, and as a result came away with a victory. The final score was 10 – 0 to St James! Both schools put in 100% effort, cheered for all the children and showed fantastic sportsmanship – Miss Shallcross and Mrs Woodward couldn’t be prouder of them.
On Wednesday 18th October, 16 children were invited to Kettlethorpe High School to participate in an Inter-School Indoor Athletics Tournament. The children were given an open invitation to try the different events during lunchtime sports sessions back at St James, we designed this to target many children who may normally be reluctant to attend extra-curricular sport. We were delighted with the response and these children gave up their lunchtime to practise the different events (which included track and field). The field events included: standing long jump; vertical jump; standing triple jump; speed bounce; javelin. The track events included: 1X1 relay; 2X2 relay; 1X2 relay; 6 lap team relay; 4X1 relay; 4X2 relay. We managed to finish second overall. The children were a credit to the school with their brilliant sportsmanship and effort in the tournament. They cheered each other on and celebrated the other schools' achievements. We had an excellent time at this and it was great to see all the children enjoy themselves and leave with a smile! A massive thank you for the continued support of the parents at the event and for transporting the children there.
On Thursday, 9th November the Year 5 & 6 Football team played their third league game against Dane Royd. The children were feeling very confident after two previous wins and as the whistle blew for kick off, they soon realised they were in for a very challenging game. Dane Royd had lots of possession, spread the play from left to right and made space to have shots on goal. Our goalkeeper had an amazing half in goal producing top drawer save after save. Wave after wave of attacks came our way, but the children held their positions and kept denying Dane Royd. We managed to counter as Dane Royd pushed forward and we ran into space on the left wing, leaving opposing players behind us. The deflected shot resulted in a powerful shot at goal resulting in the keeper spilling it. We were the quickest to react in the box and finished brilliantly to make it 1-0.Dane Royd continued to dominate possession and St James did brilliantly to keep their positions and to break down their attacks. Our players worked tirelessly in midfield supporting the attacks and then tracking back to defend. The team were also very cool in defence. We kept the defenders on their toes when we began to counter. Dane Royd did manage an equaliser to make it 1-1 after good pressing play from a goal kick. I am very proud of the children's attitude in today's game. We have come up against a tougher team and held our own. It's great to see the children enjoying themselves and representing the school brilliantly. The Player of the Match was given for their brilliant work rate and confidence on the ball. Thank you to all the staff and parents who came to support!
On Wednesday 7th February, St James were invited to the Kettlethorpe Pyramid Tag Rugby Festival at Sandal Castle. Eight children, from both year 5 and 6, were in high spirits after a few challenging, fun and muddy practise sessions and were eager to start. Throughout the four games that we played, I witnessed fantastic team work, amazing sportsmanship and a group of children that had fun and put in 100% effort. After every match, they shook hands with their opponents and congratulated each other and came off the pitch with huge smiles. At the end of the festival I had watched some awesome Rugby. Their tagging, running, passing and communication really showed on the pitch and was noticed by all adults at the festival.Feeling extremely excited, the team were ready to hear the results. Finally the winners were announced – the winners were St James!!! The children won all four of their matches and took home a well-deserved trophy for our school. I would just like to thank all staff and family who came and gave us some support and encouragement. Also, thank you to the children who trained extremely hard with us and really gelled as a team – I am super proud of you all!
Dane Royd dominated the first half having shot after shot and we went in at half time 3-1 behind. If it wasn’t for some superb shot stopping from our goalkeeper we’d have been further behind. After half time, St James found a 2nd gear and began passing the ball and winning tackles. We managed to get the game to 3-3 with 2 brilliant goals from our striker. With 2 minutes left, St James won a corner and after a bit of ping pong in the box we were awarded a penalty. The Dane Royd goalkeeper saved it brilliantly before our midfielder followed in to score the winning goal 4-3. It was a wonderful match all around. The effort the children put in was great. The match showed what school football is about. Having a go, learning and enjoying it. I would like to say a big thank you to all the parents who came and supported, Ben Day for refereeing our game and Faye Geary (Durkar Devils Chairlady) for allowing us to use the pitches for our games, getting the site ready for the games and also running the tuck shop. Well done everyone!
On the 20th September 2017, eight children participated in the Cross Country Festival at Kettlethorpe High School, where six schools were competing. When the children arrived, they were told that the Year 3 and 4 children had to run 600m and the Year 5 and 6 children had to complete 1km! This didn’t dampen their spirits as every one of St James students did the school proud. From putting in 100% effort in their races, cheering for all the children – even from different schools, and showing fantastic sportsmanship I couldn’t have been prouder of these eight children. At the end of the competition all of the results were added together and the winner was announced. The winners of the competition were St James!!! The children fully enjoyed their afternoon and I would like to thank all our parents and supporters who helped transport the children.
On the 6th February 2018, three children participated in the Cross Country Festival at Outwood Grange Academy. These children had won the Kettlethorpe group stage and had the opportunity to compete against other schools in Wakefield. When the children arrived, they were told that the Year 4 children had to run 900m and the Year 5 and 6 children had to complete 1.5km! Nothing could dampen the children’s spirits (not even the snow) and St James were up for the challenge. All three children were absolutely amazing and each competed against nearly50 children in each of their runs. The results of our children were Year 4 Boys – 7th place, Year 5 Boys – 6th place and Year 6 Girls – 3rd place. From both myself and Mr Wildey, we just want to say how proud we are of these three children. They congratulated their friends from other schools, cheered for each other and clapped the performance of all other children involved. They were absolutely amazing and could be the future Mo Farrah or Laura Muir at this rate. Well done team!
This year, everyone at St. James celebrated National Fitness Day alongside 10,000 schools across the country.
National Fitness Day encourages the nation to celebrate the fun of fitness and physical activity. It was a great opportunity to highlight the role physical activity plays in our lives and helped teach the children the importance of leading a healthy and active lifestyle. During the day each class completed at least 30 minutes of physical activity including reception, who attempted the 1 mile challenge, and Key Stage 2 being put through their paces by completing the 'Lean in 15' Joe Wicks work out. The teachers even went for a run at lunchtime and joined the pupils on the lap for life track. We had lots of energetic and enthusiastic children and staff, who put in 100% effort, had lots of fun and kept fit at the same time. Well done all!