Beachborough arrived at The Grove for the final fixture of the term and what a great game it turned out to be. With a lovely atmosphere between the two teams the game began. The first quarter started well for the girls and they straight away dominated the play with some lovely passes through the centre third to our attacking players. Schekinah Okosieme scored with her first attempt making the score 1-0 into the second quarter. The game became more competitive as Beachborough started to settle and put together some good passes. Despite some tight marking from The Grove, Beachborough scored with a super attempt a fair distance from the goal. The Grove responded and Emily Pugsley managed a second goal under pressure just before half-time. The third quarter was dominated by The Grove with the majority of possession in our attacking third. Schekinah Okosieme managed a third goal but we did have a number of chances that unfortunately we didn’t capitalise on. The final quarter was exciting and Beachborough fought back admirably. Ewa Adekanmbi and Oyindamola Omotosho worked extremely hard as Goal Keeper and Goal Defence intercepting and marking well preventing Beachborough from scoring. The final score finished at 3-2. What a great way to finish the season.
The Grove: 3
S Okosieme (2), E Pugsley
Beachborough School: 2
Players of the Match: Ewa Adekanmbi, Ife Adekanmbi, Oluwadabira Filani
The boys were in great spirits starting the match after their win last week against Bedford and Akeley. They battled well pushing the ball up to Beachbrough's end of the pitch repeatedly but being denied the goal due to some brilliant defending and keeping by the opposition. The boys continued trading shots till half time with no goals being scored by either team.
The second half started well but an early mistake led to a goal being scored by Beachbrough. The boys determinedly fought back with so many near misses, before finally Toby Coles managed to level the score to one all. The boys continued to push the ball up to Beachbrough's goal but were denied again and again. A mistake in the last five minutes allowed Beachbrough to score the match winner. The boys played really well with Seth Okesola showing so much progression in his skills and gaining man of the match.
The Grove: 1
Beachborough School: 2
Man of the Match: Seth Okesola
During the morning session they attended an Internet Safety Workshop in which they increased their understanding of how to use the internet with safety and how to cope if they were ever a victim of cyber bullying. They understood the importance of using sites, when browsing the Internet, which are appropriate to their age due to the content they portray. The role-play activities offered, were well received and it became apparent that all the children developed a deeper understanding of the meaning of the word 'friends' when online. After a short video about the importance of 'privacy settings' on different electronic devices they may use, all children agreed that these needed to be checked regularly to maintain their safety when online. Also personal information should never be shared as their 'friends' are already familiar with it and only a stranger would inquire about it: A password is like a toothbrush...you would not share it with anyone!' Our children learnt to create a password which was, in its simplicity, quite difficult to identify by others, along with exploring how to act when a message, they may receive, would make them worried or confused. It was comforting to see their awareness of the steps to take in order to keep themselves safe in both instances.
Sycamore created an amazing 'rap' which depicted all the learning they enjoyed throughout the day with an effective choice of vocabulary and rhythm to captivate any child, this received the full approval of the Safety Centre Teacher who ran the session.
In the afternoon Sycamore Class ventured around Hazard Alley in small groups and dealt enthusiastically with a wide range of situations such as making a 999 call, due to spotting a fire in their home, or noticing someone having difficulty when in a lake as well as revisiting the Green Cross Code and safety in the car. These instances were very realistic as Hazard Alley represents a small area of a town, with crossing, railway, vehicles and houses. . Our children showed great team ship as they supported each other through these experiences and many a lesson were learnt today.
The trip has fulfilled all expectations and the most rewarding aspect of it was to witness all that our children returned to The Grove being better equipped when using the web and in particular social media.
Today, The Grove School welcomed an Islamic Visitor who gave a talk about Islam to Yew and Aspen and Acacia and Pine.
Yew and Aspen were introduced to the concept of Islam with Pilgrimages as a focus. She spoke about the five pillars of Islam, teaching the children the Arabic words for each pillar. The children sat beautifully and were well engaged throughout. There was a Qu’ran ( not sure how to spell this?!), along with prayer beads and prayer mats for the children to look at. The children asked some interesting and probing questions, sparking some super discussion. They were also treated to tasty dates and a very special, personal gift: A copy of their own name, written in Arabic, on gold paper.
Acacia and Pine explored the Holy Book called the Ku'ron and viewed the meaning of some passages linked to forgiveness, bullying and anger. Our children discussed these important topics and explored how the Ku'ron advises Muslim to behave. Through practical tasks involving group work, water and paper everyone gained a deeper understanding of this Holy Book.
Mrs Kenton & Ms Casiraghi
On Friday 16th March, our Under 8s had a 3-way Fixture at Akeley Wood with Bedford Modern School. It was a lovely fixture, where Bedford Modern brought along an 'A' and a 'B' team. When the teams were not playing, the older children from Akeley Wood did some drills with the girls. It was all very friendly and relaxed, and the girls really enjoyed the atmosphere.
Our first match was against Bedford Modern 'A' team. After a nervous start, the girls soon got into a rhythm and started to play well. Their marking and defense was good, and they stopped a few goals from being scored. The final score was 0-0, and the girls were very proud of this performance as these girls were very strong.
Our second match was against Akeley Wood. We started very well, with some excellent passing from the girls. They were getting very confident now and were moving into a space. We scored two goals in the first half, Shekinah Okosieme and Emily Pugsley were moving well into the space. During the second half, Akeley Wood gained more confidence and possession of the ball, however, our defence from Oyindamola Omotosho, Vera Padhiar and Chloe Chan kept the ball away from Akeleys Goal. The final score was 2-0 to The Grove.
Our final match was against Bedford Modern School 'B' Team. We had gained a lot of confidence in the previous game. The team worked extremely well passing the ball into space, moving into space and marking the other team well. Ife Adenkambi and Dabira Filani worked well moving the ball to Shekinah Okosieme and Emily Pugsley. The final score for this game was 6-0 to The Grove!!
Overall the team gained more confidence during the afternoon, and I think they had an amazing experience at Akeley with the older children teaching them some skills.
Well Done Girls!
The Grove: 0
Bedford Modern School 'A': 0
The Grove: 2
S Okosieme, E Puglsey
Akeley Wood School: 0
The Grove: 6
Akeley Wood School: 0
The Grove U8's first match was against Akeley where the boys started well moving the ball up the pitch fluidly and with pace. The match continued at this pace with Toby Coles, Keith Adeleye and Oliver Whittam working well up front to dominate the game. Everytime the ball entered their half the excellent defense of Gabriel Alvarez-Custodio, Kyle Dissanayake and Barnaby Davison cleared the ball back up to the midfield players. The boys scored an excellent five goals win 5-0 in their first match of the fixture.
The second match against Bedford Modern started in the same manner with the boys pressing their advantage early on and again dominating the match. They scored a further four goals with Oliver scoring his second hatrick of the day. The boys worked well in a team and this shows in their amazing results.
The Grove: 5
O Whittam (3), K Adeleye (2)
Akeley Wood School: 0
The Grove: 4
O Whittam (3), K Adeleye
Bedford Modern School: 0
Man of hte Match: Toby Coles
Continuing our yearly tradition, we hosted Birkenhead School from the Wirral as part of their annual football tour.
Looking to bounce back from midweek defeat we started well, putting pressure on our opponents. We were however coming up against a very confident team who weren’t fazed by this pressure and were moving the ball around with great skill.
When we did eventually win the ball back we were unable to keep it for long passages, although the introduction of Keith Adeleye and Kanye Nwuga gave the team more attacking pace and we threatened on the counter attack at times.
We weren’t able to keep out our opposition and they found joy in front of goal, partly through skill and partly through our lack of marking, with us gifting them far too much space in our penalty area.
The boys can be more pleased with their efforts in this game compared to Wednesday, as they did threaten going forward, and did continue to work to try and stop Birkenhead.
The Grove: 0
Man of the Match: Kanye Nwuga
A senior fixture for netball and with the sun shining for a change it made for a lovely afternoon. The girls led their own warm-up and already were working well as a team with a lovely atmosphere amongst them. The game started very competitively and it was clear that the game was going to be evenly matched throughout. Passing from both sides was quick and a little frantic in the first quarter with both sides losing possession with rushed passes. After the first quarter the score was 2-1 so there was lots to play for going forwards. After a few changes with positions the second quarter was equally competitive. Maya Shah made some super movements into space taking the ball with ease and helped to move the ball into our attacking third with support from Oluchi Nwuga and Caitlin Hendry. The score at half-time was 6-3 with 2 further goals from both Caitlin Hendry and Iman Komane. With some position changes again into the third quarter The Grove demonstrated some really tight marking in defence and made it really difficult for Beachborough shooters to get into the circle. Mariam Elakama played very well in Goal Defence in this quarter staying close and intercepting a number of passes to a very competent Goal Attack. Although The Grove didn’t score in this quarter despite chances, they also managed to stop any score from Beachborough. The final quarter of the game was very tight and although the girls all worked hard, tiredness became the main factor for the final loss of 7-4. What a super game though and all girls were an absolute credit to the school.
The Grove: 4
C Hendry (3), I Komane
Beachborough School: 7
Player of the Match: Mariam Elakama
Our colts made the short trip across Milton Keynes to Broughton Manor for their penultimate match of the season.
Unfortunately, the boys just couldn’t retain any possession of the ball and were merely clearing it to our opposition who came straight back on the attack and eventually broke down our defensive door.
Daniel Jemeljanenko pulled off some superb saves to keep the score line as low as he could and both Gbolahan Asade and Giannis Rigas put their bodies on the line to block attempts at goal.
This wasn’t enough to stop Broughton though, as they enjoyed themselves relentlessly attacking our goal. We host touring team Birkenhead on Friday and will have to be better.
The Grove: 0
Broughton Manor: 8
Man of the Match: Daniel Jemejanenko