On Sunday 8th July, 20 children from Years 5 and 6 represented the coastal area of Lincolnshire in the School Games, at Grantham Meres Leisure Centre, in Athletics.
After an impressive opening ceremony in the bright sunshine, we moved indoors and the competition commenced! The children participated in a range of track and field events throughout the day. The track events included a variety of different relay combinations and a 6 lap paarlauf. The field events consisted of a variety of throwing and jumping events.
The children supported and encouraged each other, both within their own team and cheering on others from the sidelines. It was also great to see our domination in some of the track events with our children demonstrating their sporting prowess.
Overall, the children performed fantastically and deserved their silver medals for 2nd place – runners up for the second year in a row! They also deserved and thoroughly enjoyed their ice cream at the end of the day!
Miss Gladding and Miss Fox
On Tuesday 3rd July, five Year 5 children set off for Grantham Meres Leisure Centre as VIP guests at the DRET Summer Cup.
This cup is one of the biggest schools sporting events in the country, with over 2000 children competing in swimming, athletics and table tennis. These five lucky children were the recipients of exclusive Golden Tickets awarded by Skegness Grammar school in recognition of their fantastic athletics achievements.
During their visit, they got to meet Olympic champions Jonathan Edwards, Colin Jackson, Marilyn Okoro, Mark Lewis Francis and Jenny Meadows (who has visited the school previously!). They chatted with the athletes and collected autographs, tried their hand at table tennis and watched some of the school’s athletics competition.
After lunch, they were treated to a visit to Grantham Bowl for a couple of games of ten pin bowling before returning back to school.
A fabulous day was had by all!
On Tuesday 26th June, 18 children from Years 5 and 6 went to Skegness Grammar School to participate in an Athletics Masterclass in preparation for the County Finals on Sunday 8th July. They were advised on each event and all practised using the equipment they will have on the day. A great morning finished with a large relay race involving all 18 of them to practise baton changes! We wish them luck for the finals coming up!
On Saturday 23rd June, we hosted our annual Summer Sizzler event, which had been eagerly anticipated by the children! Horncastle entered an impressive 4 football and 3 netball teams.
There was a high level of competition all round with teams from St Andrew's at Woodhall, Alford, Manor Leas, Holy Trinity, Stickney and Tattershall. All of the children involved demonstrated great skill along with excellent team work and sportsmanship!
The morning progressed well. In the netball, Horncastle C finished in 5th place after a tense match to decide between 5th and 6th. Two of our teams progressed through to the semi-finals but Horncastle A (the winners of group 1) ended up playing Horncastle B (the runners up in group 2). Both teams played with great respect for each other; the game finished 2-1. Horncastle A progressed through to the final where they were victorious over St Andrew's A whilst Horncastle B won their play-off match against Tattershall. It was brilliant to see the children being rewarded their hard work and commitment to netball club!
1st - Horncastle A
2nd - St Andrew's A
3rd - Horncastle B
In the football, there were an impressive 13 teams competing. In the group stage, Horncastle A and B won each of their games, Horncastle C won three and lost one whilst Horncastle D won one, drew one and lost two. Alan, the goalkeeper for Team D, needs a special mention for the impressive saves that he made in each match! Horncastle A, B and C progressed through to the semi-finals. In a closely fought match, Horncastle A played Alford A and Horncastle B played a tense match against Horncastle C. Horncastle A and Horncastle B progressed through to the final; they were still tied at full time so the game went into penalties, which quickly turned into sudden death! Eventually, Horncastle A were triumphant! In the play-off game, Horncastle C battled hard but eventually lost to Alford A, finishing in fourth place.
1st - Horncastle A
2nd - Horncastle B
3rd - Alford A
We would like to say a HUGE thank you to everybody who helped out and made the event possible! The football teams would also like to take the opportunity to thank JB Sports and the PTA for sponsoring our new football kits - they all looked very smart and performed all the better for wearing them!
All of the children involved showed a great team spirit!
On Wednesday 20th June, 22 Year 6 children played in a rounders tournament at Skegness Grammar School. They improved throughout the afternoon, working as a team and rotating subs for each game. Their sportsmanship was particularly noticeable towards each other, as well as the other teams in the competition. Horncastle B came fourth and Horncastle A, who demonstrated their fantastic fielding skills, finished first! They had a superb afternoon and I am very proud of their success – well done!
On Tuesday June 19th, three Year 5 and 6 teams represented our school in a Kwik-Cricket competition run by JB Sports. We had an amazing time and all thoroughly enjoyed the morning. This version of cricket is a great introduction to the sport. Each team has eight players; all players bowl for one over and bat (in pairs) for two overs, so that all can have a go.
Over the morning, the teams showed superb sportsmanship, deciding amongst themselves how to rotate subs, and always being fair and supportive of one another.
We are thrilled to say our three teams came first, second and third. Well done, Horncastle - I am proud of you all!
On Saturday 16th June, four children from Years 5 and 6 represented our school at the English Primary School's final at Ponds Forge International Sports Centre, Sheffield. The competition took place over the duration of the day and consisted of teams from right across the country. The boys represented our school in the Open Boys Freestyle relay. They did not let the scale of the event affect their performance; they achieved an impressive personal best of just under six seconds. Their hard work in practice proving worthwhile! The four boys are not members of a local swimming club, which makes their achievement even more impressive.
Well done boys - you are an asset to our school!
On Thursday 7th June, we welcomed Jenny Meadows, an athlete who has represented Great Britain, to our school. She led a variety of different activities across the school during the day.
At the start of the day, Jenny met the children and staff in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 for an assembly where she shared her passion of the sport and told stories of her commitment and determination to achieve her dream of being in the Olympics. After that, the children in Year 4, then Year 5, participated in a PE lesson with Jenny. During these sessions, she introduced a variety of drills along with useful hints and tips! The children were able to practise their new technique within fun games before completing a 400m run! At the end of the morning, Jenny led a second assembly in Key Stage Two. A group of children who recently represented the school in a cross country competition were fortunate to have a VIP lunch with Jenny. They shared their experiences and achievements of the event. Jenny was able to relate to the children’s experiences and give them things to think about for future training sessions and competitions. In the afternoon, it was the turn of Year Three. There was lots of excitement during the lesson; towards the end, the children challenged Jenny to a race! To finish the day, Jenny held a question and answer session with the children in Year 6. They asked fascinating questions and, as well as this, Jenny took the opportunity to ask the children about their own aspirations for the future.
We hope the children will use Jenny’s practical advice about persevering and working hard throughout life, not just in sport but whatever they are doing, to achieve their goals. We could even have a future Olympian amongst us!
The day was an incredible experience, Jenny was an inspiration to all of the children who were involved.
By Miss Gladding
On Thursday 10th May, 40 children from Key Stage 2 represented our school in a cross country event at Skegness Grammar School. The children in Year 3 and 4 ran 2 laps of the field, which was 1000m, and the Year 5 and 6 children ran 3 laps of the field, totalling 1500m. All of the children completed the distance asked of them, demonstrating their understanding of pace over a long distance with sheer determination. Out of 10 schools, the Year 3 and 4 boys team finished 6th, the Year 3 and 4 girls 4th, the Year 5 and 6 boys an impressive 2nd and the Year 5 and 6 girls finished superbly in 1st place! A special mention to Jess and Marla who dominated the girls Year 5 and 6 race, finishing first and second respectively.
A huge well done to all of the children involved!
Miss Gladding and Mrs Thomas
Tri-Golf competition - 09/05/18
On Wednesday 9th May, 18 children from Years 4, 5 and 6 took part in a Tri-Golf competition at the Meridian Leisure Centre in Louth. There were six schools competing and we split our children into two teams. They participated in eight different activities which involved them using a range of skills they learnt throughout the afternoon; some required them to chip the ball over cones at different distances and others needed more accuracy to score the highest points possible. The children thoroughly enjoyed themselves and they worked hard as a team, supporting one another. The A team came away with a trophy for second place and the B team received third place, as well as a trophy for showing great sportsmanship and valuing their teammates! Well done to all the children involved!
Some of our Year Two children were invited to take part in a multi-skills competition in Horncastle on Tuesday 1st May. We set off on the warm, bright, sunny spring day and made our way to the football field. When we arrived, the children were split into three groups and had to complete a round robin of different sporting activities such as long jump, hockey, short golf, an obstacle course and football. The children were competing against other schools in the area and, impressively, three of our children earned themselves a well-deserved medal. All children were awarded a certificate for their effort and I am pleased to say the children represented our school brilliantly.
Well done to all those children who took part.
On Friday 20th April, a group of children competed in the rounds of the Primary Schools' Team Championships swimming gala at the Meridian Leisure Centre. Competing as a large school, we had a team of girls and boys respectively. After a short warm-up, both teams swam to the best of their ability in the Medley relay; each swimmer in the team swam a different stroke whilst having to start and finish correctly. Later in the freestyle relay, the girls progressed to the final (the top 8 teams) whilst the boys finished third in their final; this meant that they will progress to the final to represent the East Midlands in June at Sheffield.
An excellent sporting attitude from all who were involved - well done!
Pupils have had a fun day today celebrating Sport Relief. All staff and pupils dressed up in sporty clothes, with some bringing in donations to the charity.
Nursery children enjoyed a bouncy castle, Key Stage 1 tackled an inflatable obstacle course and Key Stage 2 scaled a climbing wall!
In Year 6, children took part in one of Joe Wicks' school fitness videos (click here to watch), which tired them all out!
Mrs Thomas also offered Key Stage 2 children the opportunity of walking or running 8 laps of the school field, which works out at roughly 1 mile. This proved very popular and lots of children have brought certificates home from this activity.
More information about Sport Relief can be found by clicking these links.
On Friday 23rd March, a group of Year 3 and 4 children represented our school in the swimming County Finals at the Meridian Leisure Centre, Louth. The children swam a range of individual and relay events with great determination and excitedly cheered each other on throughout. Horncastle finished overall runners-up at the event whilst competing against the seven best teams in the county. An excellent achievement!
Well done to all of the children involved - an exceptional team performance!
Miss Gladding and Miss Fox
On 21st March, twelve children from Year 5 and Year 6 visited QEGS to participate in a New Age Curling competition. Many of them had never tried this sport and had feelings of both apprehension and excitement at trying the unknown. The ‘stones’ resembled small Frisbees which glided on ball bearings towards a target about ten metres away. It was surprisingly tricky to hit the target! If the stone hit the far wall and bounced back, it was disqualified.
After a short practice, the children had several games in two rounds to determine the semi-finalists. Despite there being many cheers when an opponent’s stone was knocked out of the way, unfortunately our teams didn’t progress to the next round but they did have a fantastic time and returned to school full of energy to share their afternoon with others.
By Mrs Scarboro
On Tuesday 20th March, 19 children from Years 5 and 6 walked to the astroturf in Horncastle to play in a quicksticks hockey tournament. They were split into 4 teams, with only 4 players on the pitch at any time. They started slowly but soon got into their stride. They battled hard and worked well as a team, organising who was going to be the substitute to start and who it would change to at half time. In one league, Horncastle A & D came 3rd and 4th respectively. In the other league, Horncastle B came 2nd and Horncastle C finished in 5th place on goal difference. Horncastle B progressed into the semi-final and worked extremely hard to win their match. The final was between Horncastle B and Donnington. The opposition had more chances but it was Horncastle who managed to score the decisive goal to win the tournament!
Well done to all involved!
On Saturday 10th March, children from Years 5 and 6 represented our school in a football tournament organised by JB Sports. We entered four teams - Horncastle A, B, C and D.
All of our teams played with great competitive spirit and won numerous games.
Each of them finished either first or second within their league, out of 19 teams overall, so progressed through to the quarter finals. A brilliant achievement in itself!
Horncastle A played a toughly fought game against Skegness Juniors A with great chances both ends; however, the game finished 0-0 and had to go into extra time. A winner could not be decided so the game went into penalties. It was tense for all involved but eventually Skegness Juniors A won meaning Horncastle A were knocked out. Horncastle D had another strong team performance against Alford A but unfortunately lost their game 2-0. At the same time, Horncastle B had to play Horncastle C in a tightly contested game (see pictures). Horncastle B came out on top, winning 2-0. They progressed through to the semi-finals and ended the competition in a respectable 4th place.
All of the children involved were hugely passionate about the achievements of their team! They showed dedication and commitment throughout all of their games. Overall, a great team effort! Well done to all involved.
We would like to say a huge thank you to Mr Pemberton, Mr Cotton, Mr Janney and Mr Chambers for managing our teams. Your help and support is very much appreciated.
Miss Gladding and Mrs Hartley
On Thursday 8th March, our ‘Horncastle A’ team took part in the Netball County Finals at Grantham Meres Leisure Centre. The event involved 13 teams who had either won or finished runners up within their school games region. There were a lot of close games. The team had both highs and lows; winning, drawing and losing games. They should be very proud in knowing they are one of the best netball teams in Lincolnshire!
An excellent team performance! Well done to all involved.
Year 5 and 6 netball competition - 21/02/18
On Wednesday 21st February, we took two teams of Year 5 and 6 children to a Netball Competition at Skegness Grammar School. The event was eagerly awaited as the children were looking forward to their first games against other schools! Both teams played excellently. They rotated positions throughout, working as a team to take possession of the ball and move it up the court. Team 2 finished in the middle of their league whilst Team 1 progressed through to the semi-final and then the final. They won the event with a great display of team work. Horncastle Team 1 will now progress through to the County Finals in March! A great effort from all of the children involved - well done!
By Miss Gladding
On Wednesday, a group of ten Year 5s took part in a Netball Talent Day at Skegness Grammar School, accompanied by Miss Watts and Mrs Taylor. Marla, Eve, Harrison, Ed, Joseph, Amy, Jess, Hayden, Oliver and Helaina were a great team who encouraged each other and showed a lot of enthusiasm throughout the day.
The day started by meeting a professional netball player, Hannah, who answered students’ questions about what it was like to play the sport professionally. Hannah talked about how much fun it is to be part of a netball club where you can learn a lot about the sport but also make friends along the way.
After that, the team from Horncastle got a chance to meet and practise netball skills with children from 4 other schools in the region. The games practised important netball skills such as dodging, accurate footwork and speed, all whilst attacking and defending.
Finally, our Horncastle team played 5-aside matches against the other schools. It was great to see that the children were practising the skills they had learnt throughout the morning. The team were also very supportive of each other and showed great sportsmanship, as well as fabulous netball skills.
All our team were fantastic and played some excellent netball, but Heleina deserves a special mention for receiving a ‘Golden Ticket’ from the netball coaches, for her involvement, enthusiasm and sportsmanship throughout the Talent Day.
Well done to the entire Year 5 team for a fantastic day; they worked really hard and most of all had a lot of fun playing netball.
By Miss Watts
Year 3 and 4 dodgeball tournament - 24/01/18
On Tuesday 23rd January, Year 3 & 4 had a fun-filled morning at QEGS, taking part in a dodgeball tournament which was in 3 leagues (A, B and C). Our B Team came first and our A Team had an exciting play-off as they had tied with 2 other schools in first place, finally beating the two other teams to win their league. Our C Team drew with 3 other schools in 2nd place; the competition was very close. Well done to all our players. They showed good sportsmanship throughout and were mature enough to decide amongst themselves which 4 members would play each match, and which would be reserves.
A great team effort! Well done!
By Miss Watts
On Thursday 18th January, a group of children from Years 3, 4, 5 and 6 competed in a swimming gala at the Meridian Leisure centre. The children swam in different events, both individual and relay races, and many won a medal for finishing in first place. Overall, Years 5 and 6 children finished respectively in 2nd place for the Coastal region. The children in Year 3s and 4 finished in 1st place, which means they will progress through to the County Finals in March!
All of the children who took part in the event were an asset to the school. They all swam to the best of their ability whilst supporting and congratulating each other. A superb effort - well done!
On Wednesday 29th November, 36 children from Years 5 and 6 competed in an athletics competition at Skegness Grammar School. The children participated in a range of track and field events. The track events included the obstacle relay, 1+1 lap relay, 2+2 lap relay, 6 lap paarlauf (pair run relay), over/under relay and 4x1 lap relay. The field events were made up of the chest push, standing long jump, triple jump, vertical jump, soft javelin and speed bounce.
The children behaved very well, tried their absolute best and supported each other fantastically, wishing each other luck and congratulating others on their efforts. Their hard work and determination paid off as our B team finished 6th place and our A team finished 1st! We are very proud of the children's achievements and we can't wait to support the A team in the County Finals! Well done everyone!
Miss Gladding, Miss Fox and Mrs Kerwick
On Thursday 23rd November, 12 children from Year 3 and 4 took part in an indoor football tournament at Skegness Grammar School. There were 6 teams competing from 3 different schools. The children organised themselves as to who would play which positions very maturely and which children would rotate for each game. All the children showed excellent skill and teamwork. The B team finished in 3rd place and the A team finished 2nd, missing out on first place by 1 point, concluding their brilliant efforts with a superb result. Well done to all the children involved!
Tag Rugby tournament - 14/11/17
On Tuesday 14th November, 17 children from Years 5 and 6 competed in a Tag Rugby tournament at Horncastle Football Club. The tournament consisted of 11 teams across 2 leagues. We were lucky enough to take 2 teams - 1 to compete in each league. The children played extremely well, showing excellent teamwork and skill as they progressed through the games. Horncastle B came a very close 2nd in their league, finishing 4th overall, and Horncastle A won their league before winning their final match, ending in 1st place. A very enjoyable morning had by all. Well done!
Football tournament - 17/10/17
On Tuesday 17th October, a mixed group of Year 3 and 4 boys and girls took part in a football tournament organised by JB Sports. It was a bright and sunny morning, and the children were very excited to represent Horncastle. Three teams entered and all participated fully! Each team played five matches against other schools. This resulted in a win for League A, and a second place and a fourth place for League B. Team spirit and behaviour was fantastic! Skill and sporting attitude was great, and we are very proud of all the teams.
By Miss Dawson
Cross country - 12/10/17
On Thursday 12th October, a group of Key Stage 2 children attended a Cross Country competition after school at Alford Cricket Club, Well. The children were very excited as it was their first competition of the year.
Once we had arrived at the event, we had our team talk then went through our warm up with Mrs Thomas. At that point, everybody was eager to get started! The children ran in their Year groups as boys and girls respectively. Children in Year 3 and 4 ran one lap, which was approximately 800m. The Year 3 girls ran first; Lea finished in 3rd place with Ellie in 8th and Annie in 15th. Next up was the Year 3 boys - there was an outstanding performance by Adam, who won the race by a clear way. Xavier and Ben also raced well, finishing in 8th and 14th. The Year 4 girls followed; we only had Jessie representing our school and she finished strong in 5th place. In the Year 4 boys, there was a lot of good competition: Oliver T finished in 11th, Jonathon in 12th, Oliver S in 14th, Liam in 15th and Max in 25th.
The distance of the races changed as we moved on to Year 5 and 6 races; they ran two laps on the field, totalling 1600m. First up to compete in this event were the Year 5 girls. There was another outstanding performance from Jess, who won her race comfortably. She was followed by Marla in 3rd, Eleanor in 5th and Romily and Ruby in 9th and 10th. Next was the Year 5 boys! Max finished well in 5th and was followed by Joseph in 7th. After that came Oliver in 13th, Nathaniel in 15th, Charlie G in 21st, Bertie in 32nd and Charlie P in 42nd. The Year 6 girls followed. Tallula finished in 3rd followed by Sophie, Aaliyah and Eve in 4th, 5th and 6th. Great teamwork, girls! Finally, it was the turn of the Year 6 boys, who had waited very patiently. Alex finished in 5th and was closely followed by Angus in 7th, Jay in 8th, Toby in 9th, Oliver in 11th, Noah in 12th and Jake in 19th.
Each of the races were out of approximately 50 children. All of the children ran with sheer determination!
When the children were not racing, they spent their time cheering on their friends around the outside of the course!
A huge congratulations to all of the children involved for their great efforts; we won overall as best large school, which was an excellent achievement.
A big thank you to Miss Fox, Mrs Thomas and Mrs Kerwick who also attended the event.
By Miss Gladding
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