On Tuesday 14th January our Y7 Indoor Athletics teams competed at a Rotherham Schools event hosted by Rawmarsh. Despite a lack of experience in this type of competition, the pupils gave a really strong account of themselves firstly through their performances but also through their conduct and support of one another. They also showed good organisation skills making sure that every event was covered. One of the most pleasing things to see was the will of our pupils to do their absolute best. The runners made this apparent with their attitude of making sure they finished one place better than it looked as though they were going to. Just gaining one extra place meant extra points to our tally. We were never outclassed in any event and there were some very impressive performances from all involved. Due to the format of the evening and number of heats, It is not possible to give final positions or placings. Although we didn’t make the top 2 teams who go on to compete in the South Yorkshire Championships, every Athlete from every school knew they had been in a battle against our spirited side.
The PE department had the pleasure of taking the year 9 team to their tournament tonight at Wickersley. The girls took on Wales in their first game and fielded excellently limiting them to just a rounder. Some brilliant batting from our girls sealed the first win. Next up was Oakwood same again from our girls in the field meant we limited them to 2 rounders. Some effective batting again made sure it was 2 wins on the board. Last game saw us play Aston which was a tough game, 2 wins out of 3 would normally see a team progress to finals day. Our girls gutted to go out to a point between two teams.
This weekend Alex, Gill, Adam and myself had the pleasure of taking Y7 students on our annual sports residential in North Yorkshire, luckily the weather held out and students had a brilliant time. Carlton Lodge staff and instructors were really impressed with our students who were excellently behaved and supported each other really well. Students got the chance to take part in lots of different challenging outdoor activities which included:
- Raft building
- High ropes
- Leap of faith
- Problem solving
- Bush craft
Bush craft proved to be a firm favourite, students got the chance to work together to build outdoor shelters, start camp fires and toast marshmallows. Team work skills were really tested in raft building when students had to work together to build a raft from scratch and then paddle around the lake on it with the whole team on it. Overall a very successful Y7 sports residential.
On Wednesday 16th May, the PE department had the pleasure of taking some of our elite athletes up to Herringthorpe for the Rotherham Schools Athletics trials. Noticeable performances included;
Jamie winning the Inter boys 800m
Ellie-Mae taking a brief break from revision to come 2nd in the 100m
Fernando coming 2nd in the 100m, against Year 11 lads
Iby placing 3rd in the 1500m, whilst fasting
Well done to everyone who took part!
Yesterday Mr Slack had the pleasure of accompanying a few very keen students to a Badminton fixture at Wales School. It was an absolute delight to see students who wouldn’t normally participate in extra-curricular activities coming out of their shells, getting involved and doing themselves & the school proud.
After many weeks of pestering from the students, the fixture was arranged and they were faced against some equally enthusiastic players from Wales. Most of them were extremely talented, played for their own badminton club and would have given me and Mr Fisher a run for our money.
Our kids showed true spirit pairing up and playing 2 against 1 to make sure everyone got a fair game. It was especially nice to see Isbah being talked into picking up a racket and getting involved despite her nerves!
The evening was an absolute success with the coach from Wales eager to return the favour and bring his students to Clifton for a rematch after Easter!
Well done to the following students:
Our Y11 boys locked horns with Oakwood for the second time this season. We were keen to gain revenge for our cup exit at the hands of the hosts in the opening game of the season. We did this in some style with a 6-0 victory.
We started the game strongly and created a couple of decent openings before we took the lead. Louis Waterhouse’s deep corner was met smartly on the volley by Brendan Walker for his second goal of the season.
We took control of the game from this point with front pairing Amaan Ghnani and Connor Coady linking up well to create chances for one another. Not for the first time this season we met an in form goalkeeper who kept us at bay. The pressure was mounting though and we doubled our advantage through Connor after a well placed cross from Amaan. The boys at the back were keeping Oakwood at bay with Jack Johnson making 3 smart blocks to repel their main threat.
2-0 at half time and we were able to up a gear after Faisal Khairy scored our third just after the break with the help of a massive deflection.
Connor then latched onto a long ball and kept a calm head to make the score 4-0 as Oakwood began to tire.
Henrik Santana gave a strong performance in defensive midfield and he scored our fifth following a rare foray up field.
Connor rounded the scoring off with a well taken lob to complete his hatrick.
6-0 at full time and an excellent performance that showed that the boys are turning into a very good footballing team.
Connor was our Man of the Match but there was not a weak link in the side.
Last night Mr Duroe had the pleasure of taking 14 Y7s to the Rugby For All Festival at Herringthorpe. Having only a handful of sessions of Rugby in their PE lessons and being up against more experienced teams outlet lads were going to be up against it.
We started the first game against St Bernard’s well-controlling possession well which eventually resulted in a try for Lewis Richardson who made a superb breakdown wing and finished well in the corner. Unfortunately, St Bernard’s were able to control territory and possession better for the rest of the game as they switched to more direct approach with several of their players able to execute a Samoan sidestep to good effect. However, they did have to work hard for their 3 tries as the entire Clifton team defended as if their lives depended on it. Definite bodies on the line stuff and none of them gave up and deserved better than the 15-5 scoreline.
The second fixture against Aston started as the last game ended with Clifton unfortunately not getting their hands on the ball enough to get anything going. Aston capitalised on a few tired bodies and their superior rugby knowledge at the breakdown. The game ended 10-0 to Aston.
For those with limited Rugby knowledge it’s 5 points for a try, so in footballing terms we lost 3-1 and 2-0.
I can’t fault any member of the team in terms of their effort and determination. This team has a lot of potential and already has an attribute that can’t be coached, grit! All of the team were willing to get stuck and make the tackles, against players that were in most cases were twice their size.
If you see any of the lads please congratulate them on their efforts, as myself and Mr Fisher have high hopes for this group. For a first game with little/no experience in the team they were excellent and it was a definite team effort. No passing to the big lad who can run through 3 people at a time. Our lads were trying to and succeeding at playing some proper Rugby!
Wales held the Y9 netball tournament last night. After hours of after school and lunchtime practices, the girls arrived with a confident head on their shoulders.
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