Month: January 2017

Sports Report 9 – 15 January 2016

Welcome the first Sports Report of 2017.

We will start with some fantastic news regarding our cross country athletes who performed incredibly well in the District Championships. The top ten athletes from the Gt Yarmouth District will be selected to represent the District at the Norfolk AA Cross Country Championships which, this year, are being held at the Royal Norfolk Show Ground at Costessey on Tuesday 24th January. With a good performance next week Lynn Grove pupils could qualify for the East of England School X Country Championships.

On to Mr Goddard’s all conquering Yr 8 boys football team who on Friday had a very difficult fixture in the last 32 of the National League competition. They hosted the team from St Martins School who travelled up from Brentwood. Despite the snow the pitch held up and played it’s part in an enthralling game in very windy and chilly conditions. The boys worked incredibly hard in a game that saw the scores tied at 3-3 after normal time. In the last minutes of extra time the winning goal was scored by LGA taking them through to the last 16 of the competition where they face last season’s Cup holders. A great result for the team; see the excited manager’s report below.

This week’s fixtures.

On Tuesday the Year 10 Rugby team go to Lowestoft And Yarmouth rugby club with Mr Flack.

On Wednesday Mr Batt’s Year 10 footballers host Acle in a district league fixture.

Thursday sees Mr Goddard’s Year 8 boys continue their quest to become County Champions as they host Springwood in the County Cup ¼ finals here at LGA with a 2 pm KO.

Also on Thursday Mrs Bradshaw’s Year 10 & 11 netball teams play Cliff Park (at Cliff Park).

On Friday Mr Batt takes the Yr 10 boys’ football team to Taverham for their County Cup ¼ final and Mr Goddard’s Yr 11’s host Taverham here at LGA in their County Cup ¼ final which has a 3 pm KO time.

Mr Goddard reports on the Year 8 boy’s match against Brentwood that saw our team become one of the last 16 in the National League.

With a morning of heavy snow, the pitch was full of water, but it was given the all clear by both schools and the referee. St. Martin’s had a 3 hour journey up from Essex and were keen not to have a wasted journey. They used the wind to their advantage and played the long ball game which Ethan and Levi could not get to grips with. Their first goal was unstoppable and ended up in the top corner. Their second came from a poor clearance and their striker banged the ball into an empty net – 2.0. 20 minutes gone but this was not unusual for our boys to be behind. It was pleasing that they didn’t argue but simply rolled up their sleeves and tackled their way back into the game. A real team effort to set up Joe’s first goal 2-1. Just before half-time Joe was 1 on 1 with their keeper who made a decisive save so we were behind but on top going into the second half.

Halftime team talk consisted of ‘win your tackles’ and ‘play the ball into the open channels’. And ‘you are 35 minutes away from the last 16 in the country and playing the champions from last year’.

We started second half like we finished. We got a goal from scrap in the penalty box and Joe thumped home his and the team’s second – 2.2. We were now on top. Free-kick given away 30 yards from our goal. Ball floated in and pinged around and their striker banged it home to make it 3.2 but totally against the run of play. It did not deter our boys and we were off and running again camping ourselves in their half. Mr. Melo, Mr. Hubbard and I made a tactical switch to 3-5-2. Another scrappy goal but in the 6th round of the nationals I don’t mind those, 3-3. Joe Corby sinking his hattrick. We threw everything at them including the kitchen sink but the game went to extra time.

We stayed 3-5-2 as we wanted to go and win it. Risking going to penalties was what we did not want as their goalkeeper was excellent. However, another tactical switch back to 4-5-1 allowed us to break quickly. A beautiful cross from (I think) Louie Burrell found its way to the back post where superman Brad Hills jumped and headed home the winner 20 seconds from the end. Jubilant scenes were seen from the boys when the final whistle went.

7th round of the nationals, last 16 in England and now we play the champions of England from last season. I can’t wait to see how good our boys really are.

Exam prep gets serious

A week into the new term exam preparation has started in earnest for our Year 11 pupils. January 9th was ‘Mock Exams Results Day’. Pupils started the day by opening their envelope containing the results of the mock exams held last term. They then spent the day in 5 different sessions learning about vital exam skills and revision strategies.

Mr Carter unveiled his fabled ‘passport to success’ which helps keep motivation high with the promise of some fabulous prizes.

There was a lot of great advice on offer to help all pupils to achieve their full potential in the upcoming exams later this year.

Morning assmbly with parents
Morning assembly with parents
Mrs Pitchers leads a session on academic writing
Mrs Pitchers leads a session on academic writing
Ms Morton shares ideas for great exam techniques
Mr Corby shows how to write excellent 6 mark answers in science
Mr Corby shows how to write excellent 6 mark answers in science
Preparing to succeed with Mr Carter
Preparing to succeed with Mr Carter
Passport to success - will you be a winner this year?
Passport to success – will you be a winner this year?