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The Y5 and Y6 netball teams went to James Bateman School on Tuesday to play in the first of their satellite tournaments.

For many of the girls this was their first experience of competitive netball and they were very excited.

They all had to play matches against Churnet View, James Bateman and Woodhouse.

The Y6 teams won all of their matches and the Y5 teams won 4 and lost 1 match.

The girls played really well and are looking forward to the District tournament, which is here at St. Edward’s next Tuesday.

  

The Y8 pupils do table tennis in their PE lessons and in Curriculum Enrichment, and also attend after school practices with Mr. Brown and Mr. Forrester from Leek Table Tennis Club.

A team was selected to play a match against Churnet View. The last time these two schools had competed at table tennis was in 1994, long before any of our Y8 players were even born, so the competition has been revived this year.

Churnet View brought 8 boys and were supposed to bring 2 girls to play but their girls were unable tocome at the last minute so our girls, Chloe Cooper and Abigail Beardmore, were not actually able to play their matches, but were awarded a win.
Our boys team were John Daly, Oliver Kent, Ben Crawford, Will Dimmick,

Sam Sherwin, Charlie Thackstone, Lewis Ball and Niall Edwards, who played with a broken arm!

They played singles and doubles games and at the end of the competition the final score was 3-2 to St. Edward’s.

The boys really enjoyed this match and hopefully this will now become an annual event.

  

On Tuesday we travelled to Stafford Town Football Club to play in the Staffordshire Schools County Cup Final. 27 teams started in September all with hopes and aspirations of lifting the County Cup trophy so it was a big occasion for the boys and the school as we have never reached this stage of the competition in the past.

We were playing against De Ferrers High School from Burton who had won their semi-final 6-0 and so we knew it was going to be a tough encounter.

We started nervously and it was De Ferrers who had the first chance but fortunately their player shot wide. We started to pass the ball around and it wasn't long before Luke Bourne headed us into the lead.  This settled us down and we took control and soon we scored again through Llewy Hammersley.  By half time we led 4-0 with goals from Patrick Burnett and a second from Llewy Hammersley.

De Ferrers pulled a goal back early in the second half but we carried on dominating the game and 3 more goals from Luke Bourne, Jay Wilkinson and Jacques Rushton meant we won 7-1.

There were too many great individual performances to mention but we played throughout the whole competition as a team and played some wonderful football along the way.

It is the first time that a Middle School (Y5 – Y8 Academy) has won this competition so a massive well done to all the boys who played.

  

​On Thursday (4/4/14) 52 boys and girls took part in the Staffordshire Moorlands District Tag Rugby tournament at Leek Rugby Club.

14 teams took part in the tournament and St. Edward’s provided 6 of these teams.

The competition was organised into 3 leagues with the winning team from each league going through to the finals.

St.Edward’s D and E teams managed to top their leagues and the E team eventually got through to the final against Churnet View.

In an exciting match the E team overcame a strong Churnet View team by 4 tries to 2.

They were crowned as Staffordshire Moorlands District champions and now go on to the County final in May.

A special mention must go to the Y8 boys who looked after the teams and gave up their lunchtimes to organise the practice.

  

The year 7 boys played their 6th league game yesterday against Endon High School.

Once again we started brightly creating plenty of chances without breaking the deadlock until eventually we scored to lead 1-0 at half time. 

We were soon 2-0 up in the second half before the rain came and Endon managed to get a goal back. We dug deep and scored 3 more goals to triumph 5-1. 

We have won all 6 of our games to win the District league with 1 game still to play. 

We'll done to all the boys who have played this season. 

  

The year 7 boys played their 6th league game yesterday against Endon High School.

Once again we started brightly creating plenty of chances without breaking the deadlock until eventually we scored to lead 1-0 at half time. 

We were soon 2-0 up in the second half before the rain came and Endon managed to get a goal back. We dug deep and scored 3 more goals to triumph 5-1. 

We have won all 6 of our games to win the District league with 1 game still to play. 

We'll done to all the boys who have played this season. 

  

On Wednesday 26/3/14 14 boys from Year 7 took part in the annual Staffordshire Schools Rugby County Cup Tournament at Longton RUFC. This is always a very tough competition which is made up of the best teams in Staffordshire.

28 schools took part in the tournament, including schools from the independent/private sector and these were divided into 7 pools of 4 teams.

St. Edward’s started well winning all 3 of their pool matches. The boys scored 9 unanswered tries and went on to top the group.

The second part of the tournament was organised into separate cup, plate, bowl & shield competitions. St. Edward’s got through to the cup competition which meant they played 5 more games against the teams who were top of their pools.

Another superb set of displays resulted in St. Edward’s winning their first 4 cup matches, including victory over the defending champions of the past 3 years, Newcastle Under-Lyme School.

It all came down to the last game against St. Joseph’s College, Stoke. Victory for either team would mean they would win the tournament. The St. Edward’s boys produced a wonderful team performance, saving their best form for the final match. They won the game 2 tries to 0 and were crowned as Staffordshire Cup champions for the first time in the history of the school. They scored 21 tries and did not have 1 try scored against them!!

The boys were magnificent. Not only did they play some high quality rugby, they also displayed great sportsmanship towards their opponents. They were an absolute credit to the school!

A special mention must go to Leek Rugby Club and their coaches who came along on the day to support and work with the boys.

  

Last Monday the Y7 girls and boys hockey teams went to Cannock to represent Staffordshire in the U12 Midlands Hockey Championships.

Once again we were the only state school at this event and we knew that we were in for some tough competition.

There were teams there from Warwickshire, Shropshire, Leicestershire, Worcestershire, Northamptonshire, West Midlands and Birmingham.

The girls won 2 games, drew 1 and lost 1 leaving them needing to win their last game to reach the semi-finals. Unfortunately they only managed to draw this game and so finished 3rd in their section.

The boys won 2 and drew 2 games, drawing an exciting, fantastic final game against Loughborough Boys Grammar School to qualify for the semi-finals in second place on their league.

They played Solihull in the semi-final and after a very close battle the match was drawn. This meant they had to take penalty flicks.  Unfortunately they lost 2-1 on penalties. Solihull went on to play Loughborough and Loughborough won that match, which pleased us as we had drawn against Loughborough.

We finished 3rd in the Midlands which we were very proud of.

On Tuesday the Y6 girls went to Cannock to represent Staffordshire in the U11 Midlands Hockey Championships. Out of 14 schools taking part we were yet again the only state school, quite a feat in itself! This proved to be a very tough competition for the girls. They lost 5 of their games (but only by the one goal in 4 of those games) and they drew their final game. The girls really enjoyed the experience and played better with each game, gaining valuable match experience.

All three teams did St. Edward’s and Staffordshire proud and we can certainly hold our heads high in the world of school hockey. A trip to McDonalds was the reward for all their hard work!!!

 
  

On Wednesday 18/3/14 the Y7 rowing team took part in a rowing competition at Endon High School. 17 pupils took part and the results were as follows:

Boys

STE ‘A’         1st
Endon ‘A’    2nd
STE ‘B’         3rd

 Girls

Endon ‘A’    1st
STE ‘A’         2nd
STE ‘B’         3rd

Special mention must go to Joshua De Gale and Ella Barratt who both finished 1st in the individual competition.

  

The year 7 boys football team took on James Bateman on Tuesday in a league match.

We started brightly putting them under considerable pressure and soon took the lead.  We carried on dominating and led 5-0 at half time.

We made several changes and continued to play well but could not add to the scoreline which remained the same at the end of the game.

  

​On Wednesday, the Y7 and Y8 netball teams went to Cheadle High School to play in the District Netball Tournament, which was the final competition of the season. Also playing in the competition were Painsley, Endon, Moorside, Churnet View, Woodhouse, Cheadle and James Bateman.

The Y8 team won 2 matches, drew 1 match, and lost 3 matches in the competition, leaving them in 5th place overall.

The Y7 team won all of their matches and are Staffordshire Moorlands Netball Champions. They go on to represent the district in the county competition at the summer games in June.

All the girls played really well and we finally got a victory over Painsley!!

  

On Monday, the Y7 girls and boys hockey teams went to Cannock Hockey Club to play in the County Hockey Tournament.

The boys played in the morning and won all of their pool matches, beating Denstone, Queen Mary’s B, Newcastle and Friary, all quite convincingly. In the semi-final, they played Queen Mary’s A team and beat them 2-0. This meant that they had to play Newcastle again in the final as they had won their semi-final too. They had already beaten them 3-0 in the rounds, but as usual, unfortunately they weren’t so lucky in the final, losing 2-1 to the Newcastle team and their umpire, who made some poor decisions!!

The girls played in the afternoon in a round robin competition, as there were only six teams in the tournament. They beat Stafford, Friary, Wolverhampton and Walsall Grammar Schools, and drew with Newcastle. This meant that they had won the girls competition and they are Staffordshire County Champions.

Both girls and boys played some fantastic hockey, with some outstanding goals being scored by Matt Bond, Will Midwinter and Louisa Hall, who scored 10 out of her team’s 14 goals, and they are now looking forward to representing Staffordshire in the Midlands Hockey Championships at Cannock next Monday.

  

On Tuesday 11/3/14 the Year 8 Football Team played their fourth match of the season against James Bateman Middle School.

The boys produced a tremendous display and won the game by 5 goals to 1.

An excellent performance, particularly in the 2nd half. The team has now won 3 out of 4 matches and they are currently in 2nd position in the league.

  

The year 7 boys football team took on Churnet View on Wednesday in a league match.

Churnet View had informed us that their Y7 team was reasonably weak and so we mixed our team around to give as many boys as possible the chance to represent the school.

We had 2 separate teams, one for each half.

We won the first half 2-0 and won the second half 1-0 to win the game overall  by ……….work it out……..3-0.

31 boys attend Y7 football practice so it was a great opportunity to get as many involved.

  

On Wednesday of this week we travelled to Rowley Park, Stafford to compete in the Staffs County 7-a-side finals.

We were representing Staffs Moorlands in both the girls and boys tournaments.

There were 10 teams from all over the county in both competitions.

The girls drew 3 games and won 1 game to qualify for the semi-finals which they unfortunately lost to a very good St Josephs’s side, who were the overall winners, which meant we finished 3rd in the county.

The boys drew 3 games and narrowly lost 1 game which meant they did not qualify for the semi-finals  but with a bit more luck things could have been different.

It was a long day for all involved and once again our children were a pleasure to spend time with.

  

Last Friday the Y6 boys and girls hockey teams went to Newcastle Under Lyme School to play in the U11 County Hockey tournament.

The boys played in the morning and came up against some very stiff opposition in their tournament against schools from Lichfield, Cannock, Stafford and Newcastle. They lost two matches, drew one and won one which was not enough to get them into the semi finals but the team really enjoyed their first experience of tournament hockey.

The girls played in the afternoon and lost their first match to Chase but went on to win the next two, beating Newcastle “A” and “B” teams,  which left them runners up in the competition and they are now going on to the Regional Tournament to represent Staffordshire next week.

We wish the girls the very best of luck in this competition.

ALL PLAYERS STAND.

GIRLS COME ON TO STAGE TO RECEIVE RUNNERS UP PENNANT (Captain - Zoe Jones)

On Monday the Y8 boys and girls hockey teams went to Cannock to play in the U13 County Hockey tournament.

Again the boys played in the morning and once again the opposition was very tough. We played Denstone first, an excellent hockey team, who have an ex-England player, Imran Sherwani, as their hockey coach and an astro turf pitch at their school, so we knew this would be a very hard game. We lost 5-2 but played very well under the circumstances! We went on to win 3 more games, draw one and lost 1, coming third in our section of all independent schools from Lichfield, Cannock, Tamworth, Stafford, Newcastle and Uttoxeter, so just missing out on a place in the semis. Denstone went on to win the tournament but this was no real surprise!

The girls played in the afternoon and here was a similar story. Playing against independent schools with their own Astroturf pitches was always going to be a tough call. The girls lost their first three games but won their last match and finished 4th in their group. They played a playoff game and narrowly lost this to Chase School.

Our pupils were a credit to the school though as they had a lot of sitting around and waiting to do and were extremely patient and well behaved, and a pleasure to take out.

We have nearly 80 pupils coming to hockey practices every Thursday night at Westwood College so this demonstrates the commitment our pupils make to extra curricular activities.

All we need now is our own Astroturf pitch and an ex-England coach!!!

  

​Last Tuesday the Y7 and Y8 netball “A” teams went to Endon to play their final netball satellite league matches.

The Y8 team won 2 and lost 2, beating Woodhouse and James Bateman, and losing to Painsley and Cheadle.

The Y7 team won 1, drew 1 and lost 2, beating Cheadle, drawing with Woodhouse and losing to James Bateman and Painsley.

This Tuesday, the Y7 and Y8 netball “B” teams played their final satellite netball league matches here at St. Edward’s.

The Y8 team won 3 and lost 1, beating Endon, James Bateman and Painsley, and losing to Woodhouse.

The Y7 team won 3 and drew 1, beating James Bateman, Painsley and Woodhouse, and drawing with Endon.

Very mixed fortunes for the netball teams.

All have enjoyed the netball season, which is almost over.

Miss Batigan would like to thank all the girls for the commitment they have shown over the two terms in coming to practices and matches.

Next week is the District Tournament at Cheadle, which is the final netball competition for Y7 and Y8, so we wish them the very best of luck.

  

Over the past two half terms, teams from each class in school have been playing netball against each other in the annual interform netball competition.

More than 250 pupils from across the school have taken part, with one member of staff present at all her form’s matches, cheering them on – well done Mrs Cooper (again!)

RESULTS

YEAR 5       = 3rd PLACE – 5D and 5M

                    RUNNERS UP - 5T

                    WINNERS - 5S

 YEAR 6       3rd PLACE – 6L

                    RUNNERS UP – 6E

                    WINNERS – 6M

YEAR 7       3rd PLACE – 7L

                    = RUNNERS UP – 7E and 7D

                    WINNERS – 7M

YEAR 8       3rd PLACE – 8T

                    RUNNERS UP – 8D

                    WINNERS – 8S

 Well done to all players who took part in the interform netball competition, and well done to all the players who played for the winning teams.

  

​Last Thursday (6th March) eight Year 7 and 8 pupils took part in their 2nd Under-14 Badminton Tournament at Leek High.  It was a round robin tournament, meaning that all schools played against each other. This meant that all pupils had the opportunity to participate in several matches, including both singles and doubles games.

I am delighted to report that the boys’ team finished in joint 1st place with the Biddulph B team, whilst the girls’ team were outright winners! All pupils played some lovely, competitive badminton, often against players older than themselves.

Even more pleasing than winning both events, was the fact that all our pupils’ behaviour was impeccable, which was NOT always the case with some of the opposition! We all showed great sportsmanship and everyone was able to enjoy the tournament.

  

The year 7 boys and girls took part in the County Futsal finals last Tuesday at Fenton Manor sports Complex.

In the girl’s competition, 9 teams took part from all over Staffordshire, each team playing each other once.

The girls won 5 games and lost 3 games to finish in third place and narrowly missed out on qualifying for the regional finals by only 2 points.

The boy’s competition ran the same as the girls with once again 9 teams taking part.

The boys won all of their 8 games to finish clear winners and were crowned Staffs County Futsal Champions.  They will go on to the regional finals in May.

The organisers and many of the other PE teachers commented on how well our boys had played and confirmed that they were deserved winners.

Well done to all who took part, it was a long day and our pupils were a credit to the school.

  

Last night the Year 8 football team played their 3rd league match of the season against Woodhouse.

This is always one of the toughest games of the season and the boys knew that they would have to work hard to win the game.

A magnificent performance, particularly in the 2nd half, resulted in a superb 1-0 victory.

Well done to the boys.

  

On Wednesday 26th February 17 girls from Years 6, 7 & 8 took part in a rugby competition organised by Staffordshire Rugby Union. 8 teams took part from all over the county and the results were as follows:

St. Edward's 'B' finished 4th
St. Edward's 'A' finished 6th.

This was the first contact rugby competition for many of the girls and they played with great determination and effort.

Congratulations to all the girls who took part.

  

The year 7 boys played in the semi-final of the Under 12’s Staffordshire County Cup on Wednesday against Wilnecote High School from Tamworth.

It was extremely wet and windy and it wasn’t a day for the faint hearted.

The wind was helping us in the first half and we started well creating several chances and finally we scored to lead 1-0 at half time.

It was more difficult playing into the wind in the second half and we came under a lot of pressure until eventually Wilnecote drew level.  They then carried on to play well and scored again to lead 2-1.

With less than a minute of the match remaining we dug deep and managed to score the equaliser which meant the game went into extra time.

Our heads were up and we dominated extra time but could not find a winner and the game had to be decided on penalties.

After 5 penalties each the score was 3-3 and so it went to sudden death.  We scored our first penalty and Jake Willshaw saved their penalty for us to reach the final for the first time in our history.

It was a fantastic effort from the boys in terrible conditions, but we now look forward to the final later in the year.

  

On Saturday some of our pupils went to Staffordshire University to represent the Staffordshire Moorlands in the County Cross Country Championships.

There were teams from 5 districts within Staffordshire – Stoke, Newcastle, Stafford, Cannock and Staffs Moorlands. This was quite a tough muddy course for some of our athletes who are only in Y5 and running against Y7 runners. The Y8/9 race was a gruelling 2 laps! There is a killer hill at the end of the race that even the best runners find hard going!

Our runners did us proud and helped the Staffs Moorlands teams to secure 3rd place in the Y7 boys and girls competitions and 1st place in the Y8 girl’s competition.

Well done to all the runners who took part.

  

On Tuesday 34 pupils from Y7 and Y8 took part in the District Sportshall Athletics competition at Fenton Manor. Other schools taking part were Endon, Moorside, James Bateman and Woodhouse.

The track events comprised of an obstacle relay, a 2 lap race, a 4 lap race, a 6 lap race, an 8 lap race and a relay. The field events were shot putt, speed bounce, standing long jump, standing triple jump and vertical jump.

Our Y8 girls won 8 out of the 11 events and finished in 1st place.

Our Y8 boys won 6 out of the 11 events and finished in 1st place.

Our Y7 girls won 4 out of the 11 events and finished in 2nd place.

Our Y7 boys won 8 out of the 11 events and finished in 1st place.

This means that our winning teams now go to the County Finals at the inaugural Staffordshire Winter Games next Tuesday.

Special mention to Megan Jones who competed in 5 events and won all 5 - WITH A BROKEN TOE!!!!

Good luck to the teams for next week.

  

Over the past 4 months boys and girls from all years have been representing their forms week in and week out to play in the 2013/14 inter-form football competitions.

The Y5/6 competition has been keenly contested and special thanks must go to the boys from Y7 + Louie who have turned up each week to referee the matches. Without their help the competition may not have taken place.

The Y7/8 competition has been a great success and the boys deserve high praise for organising their own games without the need for a referee. This shows maturity beyond their years and is a tribute to their understanding of the sport and the meaning of good sportsmanship and fair play.

Well done and thank you to everyone who has refereed or played. The results are as follows:

Year 5

1st 5M  2nd 5S  3rd 5E

Year 6

1st 6M  2nd 6L  3rd 6T

Year 7

1st 7E  2nd 7L  3rd 7D

Year 8

1st 8L  2nd 8S  3rd 8T

  

The following pupils have been selected to represent Staffordshire Moorlands in the County X-Country Championships in February. This is a great honour as they have been selected out of the hundreds of pupils who run X-Country in this area:

Ben Tunnicliff 7D, Jay Wilkinson 7D, Will Midwinter 7D, Greg Furness 7M, Ben White 6L, Harry Poole 5D,  Megan Jones 8T, Olivia Willshaw 8E, Poppy Hinton 8L, Charlotte Nixon 7D, Georgina Jones 7M, Millie Edwards 7E, Libby Sherratt 7M, Melody Dunn 6L, Zoe Jones 6T, Olivia Barratt 5T, Lily Evans 5S.

  

On Tuesday the Y7 and Y8 netball A teams went to Fenton Manor to play in the Staffordshire Moorlands  Satellite League Round Robin Tournament.  Both teams played matches against James Bateman, Woodhouse, Moorside, Painsley and Endon.

The Y8 team beat Woodhouse and Moorside, drew with Endon and lost to Painsley and James Bateman, finishing 4th in their competition.

The Y7 team won all of their games except against Painsley, which was a very close match, resulting in a 2-0 win for Painsley.

This meant that they came 2nd in their competition.

All the girls enjoyed playing in this competition and are getting lots of netball matches this year.

The league resumes again in February with both teams looking set to do well, if only we can overcome Painsley!

  

On Tuesday the Y7 and Y8 netball A teams went to Fenton Manor to play in the Staffordshire Moorlands  Satellite League Round Robin Tournament.  Both teams played matches against James Bateman, Woodhouse, Moorside, Painsley and Endon.

The Y8 team beat Woodhouse and Moorside, drew with Endon and lost to Painsley and James Bateman, finishing 4th in their competition.

The Y7 team won all of their games except against Painsley, which was a very close match, resulting in a 2-0 win for Painsley.

This meant that they came 2nd in their competition.

All the girls enjoyed playing in this competition and are getting lots of netball matches this year.

The league resumes again in February with both teams looking set to do well, if only we can overcome Painsley!

  

​The year 7 boys played in the 4th round of the Under 12’s National Cup on Monday away against Honley High School in Huddersfield, Yorkshire.

 The pitch we played on was huge and quite boggy in places but we made a confident start creating some good opportunities without scoring. We then lost the ball on the edge of their box and they broke quickly to score against the run of play.  After we had several more chances, Honley once again broke and scored to lead 2-0.

 We didn’t let our heads drop and managed to score through Will Midwinter to trail 2-1 at half time.

 In the second half we had lots of pressure but a combination of the huge pitch and their physical strength meant we were unable to get the equaliser and we lost 2-1.

 It was a great effort from all of the boys of whom we are extremely proud.

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