It was just before 9.00am when we set off for the ISA National Athletics Finals at the Alexander Stadium in Birmingham. Having qualified in the regional event at Bedford in May, Keith Adeleye, Esther Williams and Chloe Cave had already proved their worth to make these finals. All three were excited and ready to compete against children from the best independent schools in the country. After a couple of hours drive we arrived at the stadium and made our way to the London North area in the main grandstand. We made ourselves known to the area co-ordinator, picked up our race vests and settled down to watch some of the other events as we had a fair bit of time before our races started. It was all very professional, and they had everything there - AAA officials, electronic timing, a phone app for the results and an Olympic finalist/Commonwealth Games medallist (Martyn Bernard) and World Indoor Bronze medallist (Jo Marsh) handing out the medals. The events started with a bang – literally! The gun went off to start the first track event and we all jumped out of our skin as it was so loud. After watching some amazing performances, it was time for Chloe to do her best, and that’s exactly what she did finishing seventh. Keith was next on the track with the explosive 60m sprint. Unfortunately, a bash/collision with the boy in the lane next to him meant he was put off his stride, but that didn’t stop him and with only half a second covering first to last place it was a very close race with Keith finishing in fourth place. Esther was up next in the slightly longer 80m sprint. Another extremely fast race saw Esther finish less than a second off of the pace in seventh place. To reach these finals is an achievement in itself and all three did London North and The Grove proud. Well done to you all!
Year 4 Boys 60m Sprint
Keith Adeleye – 4th Place (9.58s)
Year 6 Girls 80m Sprint
Esther Williams – 7th Place (12.68s)
Year 6 Girls High Jump
Chloe Cave – 7th Place (1.10m)
Our trip to the ISA music festival was superb. Several independent schools, making up a total of around 200 children, gathered in the Union Chapel, Islington, to undertake a rehearsal and concert comprising of Vivaldi’s Gloria and Quoniam Tu Solus Sanctus, followed by nine songs, set to the poems of Enid Blyton. Both adults and children alike felt privileged to be conducted by the composer himself, Scott Stroman, who’s varied and intricate score had been prepared with children as his intended musicians. The vast choir, the participants of which ranged in age from 7 to 13 years old, was accompanied by a live band. The children were well-engaged from the outset, thanks to Scott’s clarity of explanation, copious offerings of funny moments and opportunities for us to make silly noises!
More important than any recount I could give, is the children’s recollection of the day. They have expressed how wonderful the whole experience was, in the form of ‘thank you’ letters, to Scott and his band.
‘Thank you for helping us to practise our Enid Blyton songs… as well as sharing with us the reason for writing all the songs’
Giovanna Opoku, Yew
‘It was really good to finally meet a real conductor and someone who writes songs. It felt like all of us were one big choir!’
Ewaoluwa Adekanmbi, Yew
‘My favourite song was ‘Bonfire Night’. I liked the way that it was non-stop’
Barnaby Davison, Aspen
‘Thank you Scott, for helping us to sing better. We promise we will use those exercises (pinky promise)!’
Oluwadabira Filani, Aspen
‘I loved all the passion that you taught us how to show when we are singing. It was amazing what we could do with our voices. You’ve taken my singing to the next level. You were very inspiring’
Ifeoluwa Adekanmbi, Aspen
‘I loved how you made everybody laugh and the crazy words too!’
Minnah Elakama, Aspen
‘You not only taught us to sing beautifully but you also showed me that it is not just about how high we sing, but also about the quality when we are singing’
Oyin Omotosho, Yew
‘I thought you and your band were fantastic, brilliant and magical. I was confident in myself and believed in myself and my school choir. I liked working with my school friends, we so wanted to make Mrs Berkin proud’
Toby Coles, Yew
‘My favourite song was ‘Frosty Morning’, it really warms your heart! It made me feel peaceful and happy! I am sure Enid Blyton would be very proud if she could hear us singing, don’t you think? Also, I should probably tell you that you are a great conductor and, most importantly, a funny person! You made us enjoy the festival even more!’
Gabriel Alvarez-Custodio, Yew
So, there we have it, a fantastic day enjoyed by all!
Mrs Hodges and Mrs Ramsay
On Monday 30th April some of the ski race team and myself arrived at school at 6:30am to go take part in The ISA National Open Indoor Ski Championships.
Once we arrived at Hemel snow centre the children got themselves suited and booted and onto the slope to warm themselves up, and to do a test run of the course. At 10am the first race began.
All the children got to carry out 2 runs of the race course, with their fastest time putting them onto the results table.
|Name||Age||ISA position||Overall Position||1st race||2nd race|
I would just like to say a big thank you to the parents that made it, and for all your support. The children were great, well done to everyone that took part.
We travelled to Barnet full of excitement for a day of football. With The Grove in a group of eight teams we were guaranteed seven matches so plenty of chances to show off our talent.
We started against a strong King Alfred team and list 6-0 and this woke us up a bit; with the pitch being in a cage the game was non-stop and we had to adjust to this. We followed this with a closer game against Rushmoor, losing 4-1 which was somewhat flattering to our opponents. Henry Lorenz scored our first goal of the day in this game.
Vita Et Pax were our next opponents and despite two fine, curling finishes from Elijah Martey we conceded four at the other end to lose 4-2, but things were improving. Two further losses against group winners and runners up Maple Walk and Norfolk House meant we were unable to qualify for the latter rounds but we fought hard to regain some pride.
After lunch we played Snaresbrook and had our best game of the tournament, fighting back from behind to draw 3-3, a hattrick from Elijah Martey gaining us our first point of the day. We finished with a 3-0 defeat to Salcombe and bowed out of the group in seventh place.
Whilst the day did prove to be a tough one, coming up against extremely strong opposition, we did continue to work hard and battle so a big well done to all the boys who played.
The Grove: 0
King Alfred: 6
The Grove: 1
The Grove: 2
E Martey (2)
Vita Et Pax: 4
The Grove: 0
Maple Walk: 5
The Grove: 1
Norfolk House: 6
The Grove: 3
E Martey (3)
The Grove: 0
Salcombe Prep: 3
Player of the Day: Elijah Martey
Seventeen of our finest athletes travelled to Bedford Athletics Stadium full of excitement for the ISA Regional Athletics Meet. This acts as a qualifier for the national event which was the end goal for everyone competing.
With the majority of our athletes competing in more than one event there were lots of results coming in throughout the day and everyone had to make sure they were ready for their respective events.
One of our first superb results to come in was Joseph Gwena finishing 2nd in the Year 8/9 boys long jump. As Joseph was jumping Arnold Sery was on the track finishing 1st in the Year 8/9 boys hurdles which was a great achievement and automatically put him into the national finals.
Over on the high jump mats we had Chloe Cave finish 3rd in the Year 5 girls category and then to better that Harry Dunning got our second 1st place of the day in the Year 6 boys high jump, again this meant Harry would be going to Birmingham to compete in the nationals.
Elsewhere in the field events we had two 2nd place finishes in the rounders ball throw; Amaya Saiz-Arthur in the Year 4 girls and Caitlin Hendry in the Year 6 girls. On the track our last individuals to place in the top three were Elijah Martey who finished 2nd in the 75m and Arnold Sery who finished 3rd in the 200m. Sadly our relay teams didn’t place in the top three but all ran well as a team.
Everyone who attended should be pleased with their efforts and for the younger year groups this is very good experience for coming years where they will hope to be selected again. Following the day we had confirmation of four boys qualifying for the national finals: Joseph Gwena for the 100m, Arnold Sery for the hurdles, Harry Dunning for high jump and Elijah Martey to run in the ‘London North’ relay team. We wish those four luck in Birmingham.
On the first day of term our race squad travelled eagerly to Hemel Hempstead for the ISA Ski Championships. We arrived in time to organise our equipment and have a few practise runs down the slope. Everyone had two chances of achieving a good time on the course and the squad were confident.
There was an anxious wait at the top for everyone as they watched the other competitors complete their run. After the first set of times had come in everyone was happy with how they had done, all eight of our skiers posting a time they were happy with, Henry Otto Lorenz leading the way with 14.90 seconds.
Knowing they had good times on the board everyone knew they could be aggressive and try and better this in their last run. The course was starting to get icier, meaning it was a tad quicker but also more difficult to keep control on.
More good times were posted on the second runs and after everyone had finished we had a short wait for the results to come in. We were delighted when we were presented with 1st place for our ‘A’ team in the ‘Mixed Team’ category. Harry Dunning, Henry Otto Lorenz, Sophy Pearce and Sophie Hartley-Wiley’s times all contributed towards this fantastic achievement and they should be delighted with their efforts.
Our ‘B’ team of Daniel Jemeljanenko, Alice Alder, Jacob Foster and Zayd Khan all raced brilliantly with Daniel in particular posting a very competitive time. All round it was a great day and all eight skiers can be proud. Everyone is excited for the next event at the National School Ski Race in Manchester on 4th June.
A Team - 1st Place
|Henry Otto Lorenz||U12||14.90s||8th|
B Team - 6th Place
On Thursday 9th February The Grove entered 8 runners in the annual ISA school’s cross country qualifier held in Bedford. There were 4 pupils entered in the U9 races (boys and girls) and 4 pupils in the U11 (boys and girls).
The course saw runners complete a circuit of Rushmoors fields then enter a hill climb section before re-entering the fields for a final sprint finish. The U9 boys and girls started off first with Amaya Saiz Arthur and Sophy Pearce competing. Both Girls started strongly put could not compete with some strong finishers. Amaya finished 16th with Sophy placing in 32nd.
A similar race awaited Wilfred Clark and Findlay Hovell. Again both runners started strongly, but lost places on the hill section. Wilfred finishing in 17th and Findlay 47th.
The course was beginning to cut up as the U11 races began. Carolina Diniz Fernandez-Lomana and Iman Komane both tried their very best, however in the difficult conditions the girls placed 74th and 76th respectively.
The final race for The Grove saw Ayomide Adewumi and Harry Dunning complete two laps of the very tough course. The boys ran with each other and it was great to see the support from the rest of our runners watching as well. Harry finished the quicker of the two placing in 29th with Ayomide finishing in 47th position.
It is also worth noting that over 90 children took part in certain races and The Grove children performed with great credit. A huge well done to all of the runners.
Amaya Saiz Arthur - 16th
Sophy Pearce - 32nd.
Wilfred Clark - 17th
Findlay Hovell - 47th
Carolina Diniz Fernandez-Lomana - 74th
Iman Komane - 76th
Ayomide Adewumi - 47th
Harry Dunning - 29th
On Sunday 5th February 2017 The Grove competed in their third national completion this year with high hopes and full of confidence. This time around it was Under 9 and Under 11 girls that were competing, due to the location of the event we travelled up to Shrewsbury on the Saturday afternoon and stayed overnight so that everybody was feeling fresh and ready to go bright and early on Sunday morning.
After a short journey, we arrived at Adcote School to begin their warm up in preparation for their group sequence in which the girls had choreographed their own moves combined with the acrobatic criteria of the competition. In order to gain full composition marks the girls needed to demonstrate good use of the floor with a variety of moves, leaps or jumps, balance, strength, flexibility, dynamic moves, musical interpretation and originality. To some, this may seem like a lot to handle and perform under the added pressure of an audience and the judges combined. However, every single one of the girls dealt with this fantastically, thoroughly enjoyed themselves and proved to everybody what they are all capable off.
The criteria for routines are always very specific. Below is a list of the certain deductions that are applied for the duration of the group sequence. The group sequence that the girls took part in was a separate competition and therefore marks are not added to the overall team score.
- For vocals, i.e. words in the music 0.2
- Illegal banned music 0.5
- For no music used 0.5 For over time or under time 0.2
- For stopping musical recording early 0.2
- Finishing before or after the music 0.2 For missing tumble run 0.5
- For stepping out of the floor area 0.1 each time
- For small execution faults up to 0.2
- For medium execution faults 0.3
- For large execution faults 0.4 - 0.5
- Touch of floor 0.3
- For a fall 0.5 For missing move 0.3 per move for less than ten performed
Next up for the girls was their vaults (set and voluntary). Firstly, was the ‘set’ vault, each gymnast was allowed two attempts, with their highest score being the one that counted. Next came the ‘voluntary’ vault. For this routine the girls had a number of moves of their choice that they could perform in order to gain higher marks. Every one of them felt comfortable with the specific move they chose and showed that they were more than capable. For weeks the girls had been working hard to ensure they were fully prepared to give the best performance that they could, all of their time and effort paid off as they made themselves and the school very proud.
- Squat on, immediate straight jump off from squat position 8.00
- Through Vault 9.50
- Straddle Vault 9.50
- Handspring 10.00
Finally, it was time for the girls to perform their floor routines. First was the ‘set floor’, this was to be performed along a strip of mat approximately 2-metre-wide with the girls being allowed to start at whichever end they preferred.
Evaluation of Marks
- 1 Stand showing good posture (3 secs)
- Forward roll immediate straight jump 1.4
- 360 Spin 1.0
- Cartwheel 1.0
- 4 ¼ turn backwards on toes 0.4
- Chair balance (3 secs), to arabesque balance (3 secs) 1.4
- Cartwheel ¼ turn inwards to join feet, then star jump 1.4
- Backward roll to straddle stand 1.0
- Forward roll, 180 half turn high straight jump 1.4
- 10 x bonuses can be gained at 0.1 each = 1.0
Final total 10.0
The last routine of the day for the girls was their voluntary floor, these were to be performed on a 10 x 10 metre mat area.
The criteria stated that the girls must attempt to use their entire body to demonstrate acrobatic elements artistically performed, movements and linkages combining liveliness, poise, balance, variations of moves, change of pace, musical interpretation and must use the floor area as fully as possible.
Similar to the group sequence, the floor routines were performed to music that the girls had chosen and choreographed themselves. Through lots of hard work, all of the girls had all managed to perform their routines in perfect correlation to their instrumental of choice, once again proving to everybody the potential that they have.
Once every gymnast from every school had completed their routines and sequences it was time for the award presentations. There were many schools competing in the competition, however this did not stop the Under 9 girls successfully managing to finish third and take home bronze medals. The Under 11’s came in a close 4th and were very unlucky to not pick up a medal. However, with the next competition coming up very soon, we are all sure that from what all of the girls have shown that there is definite future successes to be had in the future.
We would like to thank all of the staff and parents that made the long journey to support the girls on the day, it is always greatly appreciated.
Mr Thompson and Mrs Paris
Under 9 girls:
|Name||Set Vault||Voluntary Vault||Set Floor||Voluntary Floor||
Under 11 Girls:
|Name||Set Vault||Voluntary Vault||Set Floor||Voluntary Floor||
ISA Regional Athletics – Bedford International Athletics Stadium
With excitement in the air, 30 children headed to Bedford for the ISA Regional Athletics. Once again we had a strong squad and were expectant as the first runners and riders took to their events. With a good mix of experienced and newcomers, it was pleasing to see how at ease all of the children look, albeit I am sure inside there were plenty of butterflies.
As the day progressed the results began to churn out. The relay runners all ran very hard and we succeeded with 4 out of 6 qualifying for the finals later in the day. Harry Dunning in the throw, gained a strong top 3 place as did Caitlin Hendry. Caitlin has an anxious wait ahead of her to see if she has managed to make it to two National finals in a row. We then gained our first gold medal of the day with Arnold Sery storming home and gaining a place in the nationals in the 75m hurdles, he subsequently followed this up with a bronze in the 200m. Charlotte Ingram also ran well, with a bronze in the hurdles and Chloe Cave claimed her first regional medal of the day with a bronze in the 60m sprint. Out in the field events we gained three more medals. Khush Shah with a bronze in the Year 6 throw, Rahul Thakrar a silver in the Year 5 Boys Shot Putt and an amazing result from Year 3, Amaya Saiz-Arther, who won the girls throw, even though she was competing with a girl one year older than her.
We finished off the day in fine fettle. Joseph Gwena, a national winner from last year, smashed the Long jump and the Year 7 100m, gaining two golds and entry into the nationals squad. Harry Dunning followed up his bronze with a gold in the Year 5 high jump and the Year 4 girls relay team came home in 3rd place.
An amazing day with a bag full of medals and national finalists, with a few result still to be confirmed we are hopeful of some more to add to the list.
Amaya Saiz-Arthur – Year 4 Throw
Joseph Gwena – Year 7 100m
Joseph Gwena – Year 7 Long Jump
Arnold Sery – Year 7 Hurdles
Harry Dunning – Year 5 – High Jump
Rahul Thakrar – Year 5 Shot Putt
Charlotte Ingram – Year 8/9 – Hurdles - Bronze
Chloe Cave – Year 4 – 60m – Bronze
Year 4 Relay – Bronze: Chloe Cave, Tiya Mistry, Amaya Saiz-Arthur, Alexa Berkin-Evans
Khush Shah – Year 6 Throw - Bronze
Arnold Sery – Year 7 200m - Bronze
30 Year 3 to 8, excited children headed to Bedford for the regional round of the ISA Athletics Competition. The end reward would be a trip to Birmingham for the finals. Last year we were fortunate enough to get 4 children to the finals and this year we were hopeful of bettering this.
We were hopeful a handful of individuals who had been training well would achieve the expected results. Michael Nwankwo, last year's shot putt winner, produced three fantastic throws to gain his 1st place and a ticket to the finals. He did this in front of a very impressed ex Olympic Bobsledder, Colin Bryce, more famous for his role as commentator in the World Strongest Man. He also jumped well in the High Jump, but we are waiting on the results. Injila Ocal, doing the same event for the girls also won and was seen jumping around in a jubilant fashion, very pleased with herself and rightly so. Other expectant winners were not so lucky. Elijah Muya was now competing against a year group above his own and produced a very good 2nd in the Long Jump and a 5th in the 100m. Arnold Sery also missed out on gold after being piped on the line, gaining another silver.
Joseph Gwena who was so impressive last year, both at Sports Day and Birmingham, swapped the 600m for the long jump and gained a 2nd place. In the 150m he stormed to gold winning by a good 50m. Which over a short race was akin to Usain Bolt. An excellent effort from Joey.
We also had a group of hopefuls. Harry Dunning and Oluchi Nwuga in the Year 4 High Jump, Caitlin Hendry and Eamon Bradley in the Year 4 Girls and Boys Throw. They all tried very hard and we think we may have a few medals from this group, with Harry and Caitlin almost certainly getting a gold.
Other good results were Charlotte Ingram in the Year 7 girls 100m where we think she came 3rd, Chloe Cave (Year 3), ran well in the Year 4 600m. Amy Pattinson ran with good fight, determination and effort, albeit against strong opposition and the Year 5 and 6 Girls all ran well but we don't believe they gained places in the finals or the top 3. Finally the Year 5 boys may have gained some success. Khush Shah in the throw and Zaid Sultan in the relay squad but as results are unofficial we will have to wait a little longer before confirming all of these results.
All in all the boys and girls ran, jumped and threw with all that they could. Well done on a successful day and we will have our fingers crossed for the official results.
With the weather looking increasingly bad we were very unsure as to whether the events would be completed, but thankfully after 4 rain delays and a damp track later the results were in. Mr Wilkinson