On Friday 18th March, all of the Year 1 and 2 children took part in a football and netball festival at Pennthorpe School. It was the first experience of visiting a different school and playing against other schools for all of the children and they represented Slinfold fantastically. They demonstrated our Christian Values and Golden Code throughout the afternoon and their fantastic behaviour was recognised by a member of staff from a different school.
We played lots of matches, rotating to play against different teams and schools. The children did very well and persevered throughout their matches, showing great determination and teamwork. We had a brilliant time and enjoyed practicing our football and netball skills and most importantly, had lots of fun!
On Wednesday the 23rd March, we took a team of year 5 and 6 children to compete in Horsham Rugby Club's 7-a-side Tag Rugby Competition.
There were 9 teams in total from 5 schools and during the group stages, where we played 4 different teams, we saw an amazing improvement in our skills as the games progressed. We finished joint third after winning 1, drawing 2 and losing just 1 game. Sadly, we were moved down to 4th place due to try difference.
After the group stage, four rugby balls were awarded to teams who had shown the values of rugby - respect, sportsmanship, effort and resilience - We were very proud to be awarded one of these balls, the referee who chose us commented that he had witnessed our team showing great resilience after our defeat, keeping our heads up and coming out for the next game determined to do better - and we did!
To finish the afternoon all teams played against their equally placed team in the opposite group. This was a longer, 10 minute, game and we came out strong, with excellent effort put in by every player. Sadly, despite our best efforts the game finished with a 5-3 loss.
Miss Esposito and I were very proud of our children, who demonstrated our school values throughout. A special mention goes to our teams Man of the Match Luca, who was given a rugby ball due to his excellent attitude and team work.
Team - Luca, Matthew, Sam, Josh, Harry, Aden, Charlie, Daniella, Lexie and Tate
On Monday 21st March, we took a team of 9 children to Leechpool school to take part in the Year 2 Football League. Our first match ended in a huge victory over Leechpool with a 6 – 0 win, with goals scored by Archer, Henry and Ewan scoring his first hat trick. Our second Match was played against St Robert Southwell and the team played fantastically well, but unfortunately this game ended in a 3 – 1 defeat. The team remained in high spirits are went on to play Heron Way and with a further hat trick scored by Ewan the team went on to win 3 – 0. Our futher 2 games against St Marys ended in a 3 – 0 loose but the children showed great perseverance when playing and Heron Way and this game ended in a very tight 3 – 2 loose. The children’s hard work and determination resulted in them coming 4th place in the league.
The children all showed fantastic sportsmanship and displayed all of our school values. It was a pleasure to be able to take the children out to represent the school, we are very proud of them all.
Team - Ewan Mann, Willow Steere, Henry Fleming, Alfie Brown, Lewis Tugwell, Kim Fairs, Archer Angell, Jay Rangecroft and Sienna Newlans
On Friday 18th March, we took a team of Year 4 and 5 children to play in the Year 5 football cup. Our first match was against Shelley, Tate started Slinfold off with an impressive goal, followed by another by Arthur. Unfortunately, Shelly came back with 2 goals and the game ended in a draw. The meant we had to take part in a footgolf decider, which unfortunately we lost. The team remained in high spirits and in the second phase, we made up for the disappointment of our footgolf defeat when playing Leechpool, with a 7 – 0 victory, with a goal scored by George, and Teddie and Arthur both scoring a hat-trick. We continued our run of victories, when playing St Mary’s with a 3 – 1 win, with goals scored by Tate and Teddie and during our final game against Southwater we won 2-1 with goals scored by Tate and Arthur. Our straight run of victories saw us come top of the lower tier and ninth overall.
Well done to the tem, you worked incredibly hard on the night and displayed fantastic sportsmanship alongside all of our school values.
Team - Tate, Teddie, Arthur, George, Theo, Grace, Freddie and Archie
Year 6 Football Tournament On Friday 4th March, Slinfold competed in the Year 6 Football Tournament at Tanbridge School. We were the smallest school competing in the tournament and the team played incredibly well throughout, frustrating their opponents with some excellent defending and causing some surprise results along the way. After narrowly losing their first match against Leechpool A by 1 goal to nil, Slinfold then drew 0-0 with Heron Way B team. Their third match saw Slinfold defend brilliantly, with Matthew excelling in goal, against Southwater A. Southwater finally broke the boys’ resistance and scored 2 goals in the last 3 minutes to defeat our team. Our final group match saw us secure a well-deserved 2-0 win against Castlewood with Luca and Harry scoring the goals. After finishing 4th in our group, Slinfold progressed to the plate competition where we beat Southwater B in the semi-finals thanks to Harry’s goal and more excellent defending. We then reached the final match, which would determine who finished in 5th or 6th place, where we faced Leechpool A for the second time. An end to end match finished 0-0 so the two teams shared 5th place. All of the boys played brilliantly and our defensive organisation was excellent as we only conceded 3 goals in 6 matches. They worked tirelessly and displayed our school values throughout the competition.
Team: Matthew, Oliver, Josh, Alistair, Sam, Luca, Harry
On Wednesday 16th February, we took a team of 11 swimmers to Pavilions in the Park in Horsham to take part in a Horsham Schools Swimming Gala. The team swam incredibly well, with Amy and Matthew taking part in the Club Swimmers event and our other 9 swimmers taking part in the Non-Club swimmers event.
The event started with the individual races, whereby Harry started strongly with a 3rd place in the 25m freestyle race, followed by Amy’s 4th place in the 50m backstroke, Charlie’s 3rd place in the 25m breaststroke and Josh’s 4th place in the 25m backstroke. Matthew then stormed through to a 1st place win in the 50m breaststroke race which then spurred the rest of the team on, leading to Pixie winning her 50m freestyle race. In further individual races, Amy took an impressive 3rd place in the 25m butterfly and Matthew took 2nd place in the 100m freestyle.
Having competed so well in the individual races, the team felt confident going into the relay races. Emily, Betsy, Pixie and Tate took our first relay win in the 4 x 25m freestyle event. This was followed by our second relay team of Betsy, Harry, Pixie and Emily taking 2nd place in the 4 x 25m medley.
Our next relay race was the 4 x 25m ball float relay where Tate, Teddie, Harry and Betsy took 2nd place. This was followed by our final relay, whereby we went out with a bang, gaining a 1st place in the 4 x 25m float relay, thanks to the hard work of Pixie, Josh, Emily and Betsy.
This finalised Team Slinfold’s overall 3rd place, which was a fantastic achievement.
The team were a credit to the school, showing our core values of courage, compassion, respect and responsibility whilst displaying fantastic sportsmanship throughout.
Team – Matthew, Amy, Pixie, Betsy, Emily, Harry, Tate, Josh, Teddie and Charlie.
On Thursday 10th February, we took 8 pairs of children to take part in a New Age Kurling competition held at Millais School. Being a sport we have never played before, the children we a little apprehensive on arrival; however the children showed all of our school values, showing courage, responsibility, compassion and respect and represented our school incredibly well.
Our teams played extremely well, with 2 of our 8 teams making it through to the semi-finals. These were both incredibly close games, and Slinfold ended up with teams coming 3rd and fourth as well as 6th, 7th, 8th and 9th.
Teams – Amina, Jasmine J, Evie, Skyla, Gracie, Katherine, Lucie, Lotti, Archie, Mason, Grace P, Neve, Lily, Grace W, Cam and Freddie H.
On Wednesday 9th February, Slinfold competed in a Basketball tournament, hosted by The Weald School. Our first game, against Loxwood, had an impressive start with a basket scored by Luca from almost the half way line, followed by another great basket from Sam. Unfortunately, Loxwood came back fighting and the game finished 8 – 4 to Loxwood.
Our second game was against Camels Dale, again finishing 8 – 4, with 2 baskets scored by Sam and Betsy.
Our third match of the afternoon saw us take on Barns Green, which was a tough game all round and ended in a 2 – 0 loose.
We went into our fourth and final game, still feeling confident. This was against St Mary’s and the team played extremely well. St Mary took the lead, but the team stayed strong and Tate scored a fantastic basket to finish the game on a draw.
The team were an absolute credit to the school, displaying our values and good sportsmanship throughout this event, as well as playing some excellent Basketball, a port we do not often compete in.
Team – Teddie, Tate, Daniella, William, Sam, Luca, Aden, Betsy, Oliver.
Slinfold surge to Hockey Tournament victory!
On Thursday 9th December, Slinfold competed in the Quicksticks Hockey Tournament hosted at The Weald School. An impressive start saw Slinfold win their first match against Petworth by 1 goal to nil with Teddie scoring an incredible back-flick goal to win the match.
Their subsequent 3 matches were against teams from Billingshurst School and they won the first of these, 4-0, with Harry and Sam scoring 1 goal each and Daniella scoring 2 goals.
The third fixture saw a 6-0 victory with Teddie scoring an impressive hat-trick and Daniella, Harry and Sam adding further goals.
The final group fixture was a frustrating 0-0 draw with few chances but this meant that Slinfold won their group having scored 11 goals and conceding 0.
The final pitted them against Southwater Junior Academy. Southwater were by far the strongest team that Slinfold had faced and they took a deserved lead after some skilful play. With time ticking away, Harry launched a speedy attack, evading and outpacing two Southwater defenders before equalising with a fantastic reverse stick finish. Southwater appeared stunned by the equaliser and within 30 seconds, Harry had dashed down the right wing and crossed to Teddie who struck a perfectly-timed shot into the goal.
Slinfold defended resolutely for the remaining few minutes and held on for a throughly deserved tournament victory.
The team performed superbly throughout the competition and displayed our school values impeccably, particularly with the courage they showed in the final.
Team: Sam Lewis, Matthew French, Harry Pateman, Tate Rangecroft, Daniella Cornwell and Teddie Curtis.
Year 3 + 4 Horsham Schools' Football League - Week 2
Slinfold clinched the Division 2 league title on Friday 22nd October after another exciting afternoon of football. After heading into week 2 at the top of the table, Slinfold's first match was against Heron Way B team who were 2nd in the league. A tense match with few chances finished as a 0-0 draw, largely thanks to two excellent saves from Archie.
Our second match against Castlewood couldn't take place as our opponents had to withdraw from the tournament, so we were awarded a 2-0 win. We decided to play a friendly against Southwater B team in place of this fixture and a confident performance resulted in a 2-0 win with Freddie putting in an all-action performance in midfield and Arthur scoring both goals.
Our 3rd match against Northolmes was a really exciting encounter! We hit the post twice and had several shots well saved before eventually taking the lead through a goal from Arthur just before half-time. Northolmes equalised before Fynn and Theo won several tackles in midfield and put Arthur in on goal to score again and make the score 2-1. With only 10 seconds remaining, disaster struck, as the Northolmes striker surged forward and scored a fantastic second goal which secured a 2-2 draw.
We went in to our final fixture against Shelley B team with a 2 point lead over Heron Way B, knowing that a victory would secure the league title. A close match ensued with excellent performances from Grace in midfield and Dylan in defence. However, the decisive moment came when Arthur raced clear and slotted the ball into the goal to give Slinfold a 1-0 lead which they managed to protect until the final whistle blew.
Winning the league is a fantastic achievement for the team and they worked so hard throughout their 8 matches. We really missed George, who was unwell for the second week, but Dylan came in to the team and played brilliantly in defence. Throughout our 8 matches, we scored 14 goals and only conceded 2 - with 7 clean sheets for Archie and our defence in those 8 matches!
Thank you to all the parents who came to support the team and cheered them on to a thoroughly deserved victory.
Team: Archie Forster, Fynn Howell, Dylan Pennock, Freddie Hogarth, Theo Barter, Grace Wheeler, Arthur Fleming (and George Waddington in Week 1).
Year 5 + 6 Horsham Schools' Football League - Week 2
On Friday 15th October, Slinfold completed their fixtures in the Horsham Schools' Year 5 + 6 Football League at Tanbridge School. Going in to this week in 5th place in the league, Slinfold knew they needed to get off to a good start to boost their league position.
Our first match was against top of the table Castlewood School and an excellent performance saw Slinfold emerge victorious by 1 goal to nil thanks to a great goal from Harry.
Our second match of the afternoon saw us take on Rusper. After a slow start to the match, Slinfold eventually found their rhythm and a goal from Harry, and a hat-trick from Tate completed a 4-0 win.
We went in to our final fixture against Northolmes knowing that a victory would guarantee 3rd place in the league. After an excellent start, in which Teddie gave us the lead with a header, Northolmes grew in to the game and equalised in the second half. The final few minutes saw chances for both teams to win but our excellent defence kept Northolmes out and we secured a 1-1 draw. Other results then went in our favour and we finished in a highly respectable 3rd place behind league winners, Cowfold, and the runners up from Nuthurst.
After conceding 5 goals in our first match against the league winners in week 1, Slinfold only conceded 2 goals in the subsequent 5 matches. We also ended up unbeaten in our final 4 fixtures of the season which demonstrates how the team gelled together and grew in confidence. The team were wonderful ambassadors for the school in terms of the way they displayed our values and showed good sportsmanship throughout this event, as well as playing some excellent football.
Team: Matthew French, Josh McCarthy, Charlie Hogarth, Sam Lewis, Luca Doxford, Harry Pateman, Teddie Curtis, Tate Rangecroft.
Year 3 + 4 Horsham Schools' Football League - Week 1
On Friday 8th October, Slinfold competed in Division 2 of the Horsham Schools' Football League at Tanbridge School.
Our first match was against Leechpool B team and a strong performance, in which Grace played particularly well, resulted in a 3-0 win thanks to goals from George, Arthur and Freddie. The team followed this up with an excellent display in a 4-0 win over St Robert Southwell B team. Freddie and Theo scored one goal each and George added 2 more goals.
Tougher matches followed and a strong defensive performance helped us to a 1-0 win against Southwater B team. George scoring the decisive goal after an excellent run and pass from Arthur. Our final match of week 1 was against a strong team from St Mary's School in Horsham and a fine finish from Arthur, along with an excellent save from Archie helped us to another 1-0 win.
The team were an absolute credit to the school, displaying our values and good sportsmanship throughout this event, as well as playing some excellent football. They will return to the same venue in 2 weeks time, hoping to continue their excellent run of form over the remaining 4 fixtures.
Team: Archie Forster, Fynn Howell, Freddie Hogarth, Arthur Fleming, Theo Barter, Grace Wheeler, George Waddington.
Year 5 + 6 Horsham Schools' Football League - Week 1
A team of 8 footballers represented Slinfold in the first week of the Year 5 + 6 football league. Playing with 6 other teams in the small schools' league, our first match was up against a well organised and skilful team from St Peters in Cowfold and we were on the receiving end of a 5-0 defeat. Our second match was a very tight contest against Nuthurst and despite a much improved performance, we were unfortunate to lose 1-0.
Our 3rd and final match of the first week saw us play with much more desire and belief. An early goal boosted our confidence and we ended up defeating St Johns 4-0. Harry scored a hat-trick and Teddie added another goal.
We return to Tanbridge for the second and final week of the league on 15th October, hoping that we can take our improved form into our remaining fixtures against Castlewood, Rusper and Northolmes.
A link to the tournament report can be found here:
Team: Harry Pateman, Alistair Lovett, Josh McCarthy, Luca Doxford, Sam Lewis, Charlie Hogarth, Teddie Curtis, Tate Rangecroft.
KS2 Cross Country -
On Wednesday 10th November we took a team of approximately 35 runners to The Weald’s Cross-Country event. Slinfold children put in a number of fantastic performances across the different races, and in both of the events where we had a full team of at least 6 runners, we finished in 3rd place. Our children were fantastic in the way they demonstrated our school values and gave their all during the races. Even more impressive was the team spirit and camaraderie that they showed in supporting fellow Slinfold runners, as well as applauding the runners from other teams. One performance that needs particular mention was Tate finishing in 2nd place in the Year 5 boys’ race. Congratulations to all of our fabulous runners who will be receiving their certificates in next week’s celebration worship.