The boys football team started off this term with a trip to Mansfield for the Derbyshire small schools county finals. This is an incredible achievement to be representing the High Peak area at this event. The boys worked together as a team qualifying through the group with ease winning, 1-0,3-0,2-0, and into the semi-finals. Worked so hard and stuck to our principles of playing football from the back, with some class and quality skills on display. The semi-final finished 0-0, meaning extra time which still could not separate the teams. The game went to the incredibly tense penalty shoot-out. These boys are 9&10 years old; such pressure on young shoulders. With our first 3 takers nominated and taken there was still nothing to separate the two teams. It took 8 penalties each for us to unfortunately lose out. What a performance they gave though, not conceding a goal all day and taking it right to the last kick to lose to the eventual winners. We may have had to carry the boys off high on our shoulders that day as they dealt with the bitter disappointment but they learnt how to take knocks and pick themselves up again and one day they will be on the other side of this and will have learnt from this experience but for now they have super memories they will take with them to High School with a bright future ahead. Huge well done to Zak, Oisin, Jack C, Jack W, Evan, Max, Fergus & Owen. 4th in Derbyshire is an achievement to be proud of.
On the same day a team went to the table tennis finals with Mrs Keeling and Mrs Taylor. Mrs Keeling commented on theteam’s positive attitude to learning a newskill, a great attribute to have. Trying something new can be scary but who knows where it might take you if you find enjoyment in it? It was a tough afternoon not least because there were some problems in the organising of the event, but the team took this all in their stride and did their very best. Well done Edward, Archie, Matthew, Denny, Emily, Jaz, Sophie, Sydney, Harvey, Ethan, Dylan.
We also had the High Peak Cross Country finals. The course was brutal and incredibly tough for all the runners. We learnt what it feels like to push ourselves, what it feels like to give everything, and that afterwards we will be Ok; we learnt this in a safe positive environment supported by a great group of friends, team mates and helpers. There were some stand out runs, with the pick of the day being Jack Cook. A sprint finish after 1 mile to finish second place in the High Peak! This really was the race of the day with the boys Year5/6 winning this as a team as well with the strength in depth behind Jack. Also, Erin Ramsay in the girls race with a superb 4th finish. At the younger ages, the girls all finishing close together and, in the boys, certainly some talent to come in future years.
The High Peak Gymnastics competition marked the start of the indoor sports; this competition takes the most amount of preparation and practice of any that we attend. The team had worked hard for weeks both at school and at home working through their routines and memorising the 2 different routines. This is a lot harder than it seems and then to perform on the day all on your own with lots of people watching on takes some bravery. This year the team were superb, and every single child stood tall and proud to represent their school. The red team finishing in incredible second place and single medals for the team in High Peak competition. Well done to all.
The last competitive event was the Basketball competition. Historically we haven’tdone particularly well at this event as it’s not something we really play in school . Year 6 had a little practice this year which showed on the day with the team going right through to the finals to lose out to a deserved New Mills Primary team. The year 5 team showing a lot of potential for next year too!
With competitive sport finished did the sporting calendar calm down? Of course not, we had lots of fun festivals planned. The year 4’s got to try a new racket festival whichwas a great success and there’s definitely some children there who could perhaps find a racket sport club. Please see Mrs Mills for details. Another new festival was the all- day dance festival at Buxton community school, what a fabulous day full of sparkle and shine our year 5/6 dancers had. We got to perform the piece from nativity and we really did sparkle. Finally, we finished off with the Reception and Year 1 activity mornings. It is great to get our youngest children used to going out to sports events at this young age as then it is not so scary when they get to juniors. It’s also a great opportunity for the New Mills High school young leaders to plan, deliver and review the events for the younger children. It is a great fun morning for both sides. Phew another busy and highly successful term in every respect term finished. Next term we have Boccia, Benchball, Dodgeball and more dance to come!
Merry Christmas and enjoy a rest.