Recently, we had the absolute pleasure of taking Chad, Fernando, and Ellie-Mae to the South Yorkshire Athletics Championships at The Keepmoat Stadium, Doncaster. Read more
Last night the Y8 team added another victory to their impressive start to the season. Read more
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:
The year 8’s took to the field last night in the Rotherham Cup against Rawmarsh who we beat on route to last year’s cup final. Read more
Last night the Y7 boys travelled to Dinnington to compete in the Y7 Futsal tournament. We were disappointed on arrival to see that some of the other schools had failed to attend but we still got 3 games and the lads had a good experience. Read more
Mr. Slack and Mr. Duroe had the absolute pleasure of taking Bradley Bean from Y8 to the Rugby For All Celebration event on Saturday 10th February and this wasn’t just because we got to see the 6 Nations fixture between England and Wales! It was a result of Bradley exhibiting excellent attitudes and character that meant he was selected for the trip.
Bradley himself will admit that he was nervous when we first arrived. This wasn’t helped by the first thing that an RFU representative said to him: “Are you ready to walk out in front 90,000 people?” Bradley soon relaxed though, when this was corrected to 82,000 people. It was also evident that Bradley’s confidence grew as soon as he put on the kit that had been provided by Canterbury. Unfortunately, due to the Chinese New Year, the rugby shirts that had been designed by schools, which Bradley and the rest of 80 participants at the celebration event were due to wear, are still England bound on a shipping container. However, Bradley certainly did look the part in the substitute hoody and was starting to feel the part.
The day had a jam packed itinerary which included: a Q&A with RFU ambassadors, rehearsal of flag bearing, a talk from an England U18 coach and the Head of Creative Development from Google, and finally flag bearing on the pitch at Twickenham as England and Wales took to the field.
As part of the Q&A with current England rugby players Heather Millar-Mills (50 caps) and Eliis Genge (5 Caps) Bradley met both ambassadors and had a photo taken with them (an opportunity I didn’t pass up either!) After meeting the players, Bradley and the rest of the participants were taken through what they were required to do once they arrived at Twickenham and went onto the pitch. Now fully briefed, Bradley couldn’t wait to take his place on the pitch, which he was happy to tell the journalists that were covering the event during his interview. This comprised part of Bradley’s media duties.
After lunch Bradley heard from England U18 coach, Russel Eanrshaw and Google’s Head of Creative Development, Kirk Ellis. The message from this talk was clear that Clifton are in good company in our way of thinking – ‘take risks’ and ‘learning from mistakes’ is how they approach tasks to ensure resilience and creativity. What is good enough for Google and England Rugby is good enough for Clifton students as they follow the Clifton Way.
The last part of the day was for Bradley to take the pitch and welcome the players at they took to the field at Twickenham. Tom and I were lucky enough to be in the stand just behind where Bradley was taking up his duties on the North try line. When Bradley completed his flag bearing duties he was able to join us in the stand to watch the action. Knowing that he had been nervous, we asked if it was alright. His response ‘That was brilliant! I can’t believe I’ve just been stood there. It was awesome’. The look on his face was priceless and no words will get across the appreciation and excitement Bradley clearly had for what he had just done.
Bradley then took in the game, watching Jonny May cross the whitewash twice, right in front of us, in very difficult conditions. Not only did Bradley watch the game but he was keen to learn and tested mine and Tom’s rugby knowledge to its limits.
No article can fully do justice to what a fantastic day Bradley had and how difficult it would have been to find a better student to represent Clifton. Bradley ticked off pretty much all of the criteria from the Clifton Way during the day, which is not a surprise given how he conducts himself around school.
Having won a close game 2-1 the last time we locked horns with Wickersley, we knew that we were going to face a tough battle on a sticky surface. We started slightly the better of the two teams and were passing the ball confidently but chances were few and far between for either side. We took the lead through Faisal Khairy with a shot from outside the area that caught the home keeper by surprise. We held our lead until the break.
We were aware that Wickersley would carry the fight to us in the second half. They did this in the opening minutes when two brilliant blocks from full back Jack Johnson preserved our lead. At the other end we were struggling to create many chances and a similar goal to our opener drew the home side level.
We came out and played more on the front foot with Wickersley playing on the break. They were still creating the clearer chances though and a breakaway led to a one on one with the forward rounding keeper Rio Barker. Jack somehow managed to get back and scramble the ball off the line.
It looked as though both sides would have to settle for a draw but with 30 seconds to go more heroic blocks in our defence gained no reward as Wickersley managed to steal the win. Disappointment for our boys but lots of heart and effort and great conduct. Louis Waterhouse gained the man of the match award. He was pushed all the way by skipper Brendan Walker.
Mrs. Reed had the absolute pleasure of taking Malak, Alex and Ellie to the South Yorkshire Cross-Country Champs on Saturday 3rd February and despite the freezing, wet, muddy conditions, the three of them were a real credit to Clifton.
On the 14th December 2017 it was Y7, 8 & 9 Netball ‘bowling & burger’ Christmas party! We all had a brilliant time and the girls were fab!
As well as celebrating their commitment and effort, every team member also nominated players within their teams for various awards.
The award winners are below:
Outstanding Player – Neve
Most Improved Player – Billy-Jo
Team Player – Ellie
Outstanding Player – Zanerrah
Most Improved Player – Zayna
Team Player – Hallina
Outstanding Player – Ameerah
Most Improved Player – Sandrine
Team Player – Ellie
Netball Role Model – Malak
Well done girls!
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