St Catherine’s Running Stars
On Tuesday 11th February, St Catherine’s cross-country team competed with local schools to become the best.
St Catherine’s runners have proved once again that they are talented athletes by winning stupendously at many of their races. Jack M, the reigning champion for three years in a row, came first again in all his races. He is quoted in saying, ‘I am very proud that I won all my races and pleased that my team did well.’
The final event started at Beaminster Secondary school where it was incredibly muddy, and most runners unfortunately fell over due to the marshy grounds. Luckily (even though it was windy to start with) the sun began to shine towards the end of the race. Because of the mud, the whole team had their running shoes bound with duct-tape to avoid them falling off. Unfortunately for Kieran D, he only had one shoe taped on as the tape had run out. Consequently his shoe disappeared in the sludge but he retrieved it and bravely carried on. The race progressed into the forest and finally ended up back at the start.
The team had a marvellous time and achieved excellent results. They are already looking forward to competing in next year’s races.
By Betty W
Kenway Cup Football - Match 3
St. Catherine's played their third and final group stage game of this competition at home to St. Mary's. Needing to win by a 10 goal margin to progress to the next round, the hosts started well. The visitors conceded a free kick just inside their own half which St. Catherine's captain, Lucas, rifled into the top corner to give his team the lead. Further chance came and it was Lucas who scored again, with 2 more goals to give him his hat-rick. Some fine play on the wing from Ollie was rewarded with a goal before Charlie fired one in off the underside of the crossbar. The traffic was not all one way though, with St. Mary's putting themselves on the scoreboard before half time to put the score to 5-1. St. Catherine's kept pushing after the break, trying to get that 11th goal they now needed. Ollie got himself another goal and Kian then thumped home from the edge of the box to give himself a goal and seal the victory at 7-1. Although sadly they did not progress through to the next stage of the competition.
Please read the news report below written by Kian.
On Friday 7th February, St Catherine’s football team kicked off against local rivals, St Mary’s Primary School. This highly anticipated Kenway Cup match was played in front of a strong, vocal crowd.
Previously having lost 2-0 to Symondsbury and a 2-2 draw against Salway Ash, St Catherine’s were hoping for a win. Kian V kicked off and they were straight into the attack within 5 minutes. Further pressure lead to a free kick being awarded to St Catherine’s so Lucas V stepped up and furiously drove the ball into the St Mary’s net. Further good team work built continuous pressure on the crumbling St Mary’s defence leading to further goals. With Lucas bagging a hatrick, Oliver C netted two goals and Kian and Charlie H scored one each. St Mary’s didn’t go home empty handed having scored a consolation goal late into injury time.
Mr Toohill (St Catherine’s talented coach) explained, ‘The team worked very hard and are very unlucky not to have progressed’. Charlie added, ‘I think we all did well and were unlucky not to get the result we needed’.
Despite not progressing this year, St Catherine’s are determined to come back stronger next year to win the prestigious Kenway cup.
By Kian V
Cross-Country Primary Race 1
19 runners from St. Catherine's took part in this event hosted by The Sir John Colfox Academy on 15th January. Rain in the build up had given way to sunshine but had left its mark on the course with a muddy run awaiting the children. The Year 3/4 Girls ran first, a strong performance from Tilly-Lu clinched first place, Imogen-Rose (9th), Daisy (11th) and Maddie (12th) completed the A team to give them a total of 33 which was enough to give them the victory by 1 point!
The Year 3/4 Boys ran next, a very strong showing saw Harry and Oscar fighting it out for 1st place right down to the finish. Harry held out for first with Oscar taking 2nd. Theo (5th) and Louie (19th) completed the A team who just finished second with a score of 27. Olly also ran superbly and finished 21st.
When the Year 5/6 girls ran, Ruby R finished in 17th, Faith in 34th and Ruby P in 40th, a brilliant performance from all in very muddy conditions. The Year 5/6 boys ran next, despite others starting fast around him, Jack held his own pace and by the half way point had built up a lead. He held this through to the end to win the Colfox race for the second consecutive year. The A team was completed by Charlie (6th), Toby (9th) and Kai (12th). This meant the team won the trophy by 18 points. Oscar (14th), Will (29th) and Kieran (56th) put in brilliant performances considering the conditions.
Kenway Cup Football - Match 2
St. Catherine's travelled to Salway Ash for their second match looking to get their first win. It was a great start from both teams, with the goalkeepers at either end having to make saves. Salway Ash struck first however, with a goal in the second half. St. Catherine's pushed for an equaliser but it was the hosts to scored again to make it 2-0 with 5 minutes to play. Lucas won possession in midfield and drove towards goal, some good movement from Kian created space for Lucas to drive into and he hit the back of the net. 2 minutes later a first time pass from Charlie split the home teams defence and Kian was there to finish. St. Catherine's had brought the game level but unfortunately were not able to find a winner in the dying minutes.
Kenway Cup Football - Match 1
St. Catherine's first match of the Kenway Cup was against Symondsbury School. Both teams started well, St. Catherine's challenged the Symondsbury goalkeeper many times but could not find a way through. Symondsbury scored first and then doubled their lead in the second half with good goals we couldn't do much about. St. Catherine's kept trying but could not find a way through and the match finished 2-0.
Our Year 3 attended the Dance Festival at Freshwater. This years theme was 'Celebration' and Mrs Dickson choreographed a routine to a song from the film 'Rio'. The children made fabulous wings to wear during the performance and a brilliant time was had by all.
Colmers Hill Cross-Country Race
Symondsbury School hosted the Colmers Hill Cross-Country Race, a race that was almost cancelled due to rain the week before. 16 runners from St. Catherine's were briefed on the muddy conditions and running shoes were secured by duct tape before everyone ascended to the start point. Tilly-Lu won the girls race by quite some distance which is very impressive as she was racing against Years 5/6, Daisy (10th), Imogen-Rose (20th), Ruby R (27th), Ruby P (28th) and Faith (29th) also performed brilliant performances.
Jack won the boys' race, Toby came 2nd and Harry E 3rd and along with Oscar S in 5th secured the team trophy. Further good performances came from Charlie H (6th), William (11th), Theo (12th), Oscar V (15th), Kian (27th) and Kieran (38th). Both Oscar V and Will took a tumble and crossed the finish line coated from head to toe in mud!
Year 2 Multiskills
Our Year 2 class attended a multi skills afternoon at the Sir John Colfox Academy, planned and led by young leaders. They tried their hand at a wide range of skills and everyone had a brilliant time!
Primary Leadership Academy
8 of our Year 5 Children attended the Primary Leadership Academy in Weymouth to learn how to plan and lead activities for other children. They were put through their paces and now Faye, Oscar, Finn, George, Lydia, Poppy, Ruby and Billy and full qualified Bronze Sport Ambassadors. They look forward to helping us with our sport in the school.