Phonics stars of the week

Congratulations this week to our Phonics stars of the week, who have made exceptional effort in lessons, produced excellent work and made good progress in their reading skills, sound pronunciation and spellings.

Clifton Factor Finalists!

The Clifton Factor Grand Final will be on Wednesday 9th November at 6.30pm in the Performance Hall. Tickets are £3 for adults, £2 for pupils and free for under 11s.

The finalists are:
Vaniya Farooq
2Barz (Alijah Mustafa and Shohaib Shafia)
Danielle Brownlow
Kristian Horvath
Isabelle Smith
Sunnah Hussain

Each contestant will be performing two songs and the audience will vote for their favourite. There will also be a guest performance in the interval!

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Clifton Y8 – Vs Wingfield at Middle Lane

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Clifton played their final game before the half term break against an attacking Wingfield team this evening, who were looking to cause an upset and break the momentum Clifton have built up.

Clifton got off to a poor start, as Wingfield flew out of the traps, lofting long balls to their attacking three looking to look for space behind the defence. If it wasn’t for the collaborative efforts of Haris Hussain and Chad Carney, we would have certainly been 3 – 0 down in the first five minutes.

It was Wingfield who broke the deadlock after ten minutes, with a lovely threaded ball which left the back line for dead, Ibby Bostan could do nothing as the ball was tapped home. This resulted from a rally cry from the team captain, Chad trying to wake the back four up.

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The partnership of Hewitt and Ward seems to be a fruitful one, as they combined again to play Hewitt through for his forth goal in 2 games. This lad cannot stop scoring! It was followed by two in quick succession, Bogdan, Sivak and Jake Allen all playing some good passing football to allow Jamie Hartley to venture forward, who then played in Alex Ward with a nice chip finish from close range.

A set piece from a corner allowed Logan to score his second, firing a looping header that was out of the reach of the Wingfield keeper. Wingfield were very much a threat, exposing the lack of experience in defending at a unit for this relatively new back four. If it wasn’t for the heroics of Ibby Bostan, we’d have been behind, the highlight was a fantastic double save from a set piece. A low drive at close range forced Ibby to smoother a shot, only for a poor clearance to be lashed back at him, forcing him to parry it over the bar. It was almost like he had scored, the Clifton faithful cheering the lads to dig in and defend.

At half time, the lads knew they were in a game, the scoreline flattered them.

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The second half got off to a bad start, not really switched on, the back four were beaten again, the Wingfield wingers combining to pass the ball into the net.

Jamie Hartley decided that this was unacceptable. Literally from the restart, he noticed the keeper was off his line, so he decided to have a pop from the halfway line, reminiscent of Xavi Alonso against Newcastle with several Stevie Gerrards screaming at him… until he beat the keeper. 4 -2.

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The Clifton partnership of Hewitt and Ward were clever enough to split their players and mark the Wingfield defence, they latched on to two balls and scored a goal each. Hewitt secured his second hat-trick in 2 games. Ward’s second goal in particular demonstrated his great technical ability, beating his man and two other defenders to then take it around the keeper and slot it home. 6 -2.

at this point, Wingfield decided to throw the proverbial kitchen sink at Clifton, going to three at the back and four up front. Silly set pieces allowed Wingfield to pull one back. Then a bizarre choice by Ibby Bostan allowed in another, I think he must have been bored of using his hands as the keeper! 6 – 4.

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A late moment of madness from Roman Bogdan, who was again outstanding in the centre midfield role, resulted in a late free kick. He must have thought he was the keeper when he rose up high like a salmon in fresh water to palm the ball away from goal outside the 18 yard box.

In the end, the result was a well fought one and deserved. A good Wingfield team tested our resolve. We go in to the break with four consecutive wins. Man of the match goes to Logan Hewitt for back to back hat-tricks.

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Tonight’s team were:

Ibby Bostan
Callum Coxen-Brown
Haris Hussain
Chad Carney (Captain)
Dom Boyle
Tomas Sivak
Roman Bogdan
Jamie Hartley (1 Goal)
Jake Allen
Alex Ward (2 Goals)
Logan Hewitt (3 Goals)
Callum Billen
Alex Mace

 

Clifton Park Soap Box Race with Bluebell Wood

Clifton Community School Design and Technology Faculty entered a hugely popular Soap Box Racing event on Saturday 1st October.  A talented team of Year 11 pupils were chosen to run the Soap Box originally built by Mr Bullock in 2008.
Mr Thomas as team manager got the team sorted on the day and they made the start line in high spirits.  After our first run through Clifton Park it was obvious that we were very fast and recorded a really fast time.  Throughout the day we were consistently in the top 5 and by the end of the finished in a very impressive 4th place out of the 40 vehicles that were entered.

A superb effort and something to build on next year.

Team Members;

Luke Billen (Driver)
Luke Rodwell (Pit Crew)
Elton Tshuma (Pit Crew)Adam Hughes (Pit Crew)
Jack Dudhill (Pit Crew)

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Phonics stars of the week

Congratulations this week to our Phonics stars of the week, who have made exceptional effort in lessons, produced excellent work and made good progress in their reading skills, sound pronunciation and spellings.

September 100% Attendance

Well done to Years 7, 8, 9 & 10 on achieving 100% attendance for September!

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Y7 Boys Football Success

Today the y7 boys hosted Maltby. The game kicked off in Usual y7 style with both teams attacking frantically. The first 20 minutes was a case of who took their chances better and unfortunately for Clifton it was Maltby who were the more clinical. Clifton found themselves 3-0 down with Maltby only having 3 shots on target! After some management changes and players being deployed in different areas Clifton struck back after the Maltby centre half handled in the area (definite penalty and great refereeing by MRO) Finley chadburn dispatched the pen with ease. Clifton were really pushing on now and some delightful skill from Josh Humpries the Maltby full back tried to kick Josh over the fence . Another penalty awarded (again great refereeing from MRO) this time Josh dispatched the pen away with ease. Halt time 3-2 in Maltbys favour but Clifton were back in the game! The second half started and Clifton were displaying some football that the older year groups would be proud of. Some slick moves, amazing work rate, and a real desire to win . Clifton pegged Maltby back 3-3 Josh Humpries turning his man inside out not once but several times and he fired into the bottom corner for a great solo goal . Maltbys heads were dropping and Cliftons pressure was relentless.  A goal mouth scramble in the Maltby area fell kindly to Marian Ziga who lashed and I mean lashed the ball home into an empty net from 1 yard! 4-3 and the lads were wanting more. Their keeper made save after save and we hit the woodwork again and again then the ball dropped to Finley Chadburn who struck a dipping half volley from 25 yard which flew into the top corner. 5-3 and we could smell a well deserved victory. With the game coming to a close Josh whipped in a corner and Billaal Farooq leaped at the back post to head an unstoppable header past the goalkeeper. 6-3 and we were in dream land . The final whistle blew and cheers rang around the astro turf . A well deserved victory and an outstanding and by far the best performance so far by our y7 boys !!!!! Myself and Adam could not have asked for more and this has really made both ours and the boys have a great start to the weekend .

Come on you Y7’s!

Well done
Luke steane
Billaal Farooq
Kurtis Rich
Dylan Whatley
Owen Bailey
Omar Shafia
Josh Humpries
Finley Chadburn
Marek Sivak
David Santana
Asher Buckingham

Girls Football at Home

The girls had their first home game last night, we had a good mix of girls from Y7-Y10 which was really pleasing. Read more

Rotherham Schools Cup Vs Rawmarsh – Y8

Y8 were involved in a 9 goal thriller recently against a well organised Rawmarsh team. A good turnout with 13 students representing the school with some notable misses through injury and suspension.

Clifton looked well organised early on, making sure that they defended well from the back and looked to catch Rawmarsh on the break on the well watered surface at Middle Lane. Clifton making use of the fast paced pitch by threading balls over the top and through to Logan Hewitt, who let the line again tonight.

It was Alex Ward who broke the deadlock, latching on to a superb lofted ball from midfield and slotting home past the keeper with a low drive.

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Clifton added another in quick succession, Alex Ward taking advantage of a mistake from the opposition midfield to lob the keeper who was off his line from 25 yards. A well deserved lead.

A change at centre back saw Tomas Sivak come off injured and Haris Hussain deputise for him in an unfamiliar role. He worked very hard st the back for 15 minutes to make sure that Rawmarsh didn’t break the Clifon defences.

A poor goal kick however saw the visitors let back in, being gifted to the opposition’s no.9 who dispatched with a tidy finish. Rawmarsh struck again, with a superb effort form 20 yards in which Ibby Bostan had no chance, 2 – 2. Clifton were back ahead after a push on Logan Hewitt inside the 18 yard box gave Clifton the opportunity to score from the spot, Jamie Hartley with a cool, low finish into the right corner, 3 – 2.

After a reality check and knowing they were in a game, Clifton came out of the blocks flying in the second half. A set piece from the corner saw Roman Bogan rise above everybody else and produce a fantastic bullet header into the corner. A well deserved goal for a young man who was immense in the middle of the park today.

A fifth from Clifton was capped by an even better drive from midfield, Jamie Hartley was fed a superb ball down the left by Chad Carney, Jamie then driving it from 25 yards down the keeper’s throat. Smiles all round from the lads who all clapped an admired such a great effort.

Clifton had 15 minutes to see out the match, but weary legs and lack of concentration cost us two quick goals. The lads really dug in, every man defending and a couple of great saves helped us along. Tomas Sivak, despite being injured, came back on and made himself count.

The whistle went to complete Clifton’s first win this season, a thrilling 5 – 4 victory. The spectators for Clifton were elated and Clifton march on and in to the next round, knowing they played well, but have work to do!

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These boys were spectacular tonight and were an absolute credit, gracious in victory, shaking hands with all the staff and team at Rawmarsh as well as giving them their deserved three cheers. It made my week to see these lads encourage, dig in and in some cases, bleed for each other, refusing to give in.

 

Clifton meets Bake Off Winners

The 2nd Clifton meets Bake Off competition was well supported by pupils from all year groups. Read more