North Bristol Basketball Tournament – Tuesday 4th February
Tuesday afternoon saw 7 children take part in a basketball tournament at St.Bede’s. This has always been a highly competitive tournament and one with great skill and determination. With games only lasting 8 minutes one way the team had to make an impact straight away and in our first game the pay did not disappoint. Nimble movements from Ismail, Daniel and Elliot saw Elmlea attack strong and fast with support from each other saw us score 4 goals early on in the game. Some excellent defence from Georgia kept Henbury at bay until the last minutes of the game where they scored 2 goals, a good first win under our belts. Elmlea’s second game was always going to be a challenge Vs St. Bons, with a very tall team tactical play they proved too much despite Liyana giving everything against her old school! Final score 4-0 to them. This made us even more determined in our final match Vs St. Peter and St. Paul and we made an impact straight away. With Miles in defence, he did well to watch play and pick up lots of interceptions sending them down into our attack. Libby showed her fierce side also in defence and didn’t give them a chance to get close to their basket finishing the game with a 5-0 win to us. Sadly that was the end of our journey at the tournament despite playing so well only 4 teams out of 12 could then go onto the finals stages. Well played everyone, some great basketball skill on show. Mrs Paterson, Head of PE and Sport
Netball at Badminton, Wednesday 29th January 2020
Wednesday 29th January saw 10 girls take part in a tournament against 7 other local private schools on a lovely sunny afternoon. We knew this was going to be a tough competition and the girls had fantastic determination throughout the afternoon and did not give up at any point. It took our first game to get into the flow and get our bearings although our defence was tight and only let in 1 goal Vs Badminton. Our second game Vs BGS looked as though it would be a tough one which them scoring quickly however Elmlea responded with a fierce attack and strong defence to win 3-1. After a break, we were ready to go again against Colston’s who were very strong in every element of their game with added speed! We took this one on the chin as a strong defeat, picked ourselves up and got ready for the next match Vs Clifton High. The loss had given the girls real determination in this game, their movement was fantastic and everyone worked hard, the girls came away with 5-0 win. This play continued into the next game Vs Richard Pate where we were quick to score the first goal. Richard Pate replied strongly with a defence that we struggled to break through, final score 3-1 to them. Our penultimate match saw us play the downs and what was a very evenly matched teams which gave an end to end action for the full 10minutes! Neither team gave each other an inch resulting in a 0-0 draw but still secured us with a point. Our last match Vs Redmaids was always going to be tough, they are an extremely well-drilled team but in true Elmlea style, this did not deter our determination and resilience. We were quick to score the first goal which settled some nerves going forward. We sadly missed out on another goal due to the half time whistle and some excellent interceptions made by our defence held their shooters at bay for a lot of shots. Final score 4-1 to them. Final standings at the end of the tournament saw Elmlea place 5th overall which is fantastic considering the level of competition these girls were up against. Well done to everyone who took part with special mentions to Sophia, Dilly and Liyana who played up a year group, Laura B for stepping in as GK for the whole tournament and did brilliantly and to Carys D for being awarded ‘Most Valued Player’. Mrs Paterson, Head of PE & Sport
Year 5 and Year 6 Netball Vs Cotham Gardens 28th January 2020
Tuesday 28th January saw two mixed teams of netball travel to Cotham Gardens for a friendly netball match, a late minibus meant we had to be ready to play very quickly and the girls did not let this deter them! They were in the middle of the action from the get-go and proved to be a driving force in both attack and defence. Both teams played extremely well, one team winning 5-3 and the other team just missing out by a couple of goals final score 4-2 to Cotham Gardens. Well played everyone for such a short sharp burst of competitive netball! Mrs Paterson, Head of PE and Sport
Biathlon Event at Badminton School 22nd January 2020
This was the first time Elmlea had entered a Biathlon through a Year 5 girls team consisting of 5 children and an individual Year 6 girls competition comprising of 5 children. The Year 5’s competed in a swimming relay where they swam 12 lengths between them as fast as they could. Elmlea did not hang around! They were quick to make an early lead in the first 2 lengths and continued to build on it to finish first place with a length to spare between 2nd place Badminton. On to the running event and the girls were tasked with a relay race of running 1 lap each of the Astro. Elmlea were neck and neck with Redmaids’ most of the race, our last runner managed to start fractionally before there’s so we were confident. As we were missing one team member our last runner had already ran 1 lap and was now feeling the effects and so Elmlea finished a strong 2nd place. Combining the points together from swimming and running meant that the Elmlea Year 5 team placed first over 4 other private schools. A huge well done to all the girls who took part especially as they had extra work to do!
The Year 6 girls took part in an individual event and so it was very tricky to see how they were doing in relation to the competition. Our 5 girls were competing against 23 other children that afternoon and they certainly held their on amongst strong competition. In the pool the children needed to swim 2 lengths as fast as they could including a tumble turn for maximum speed which all the children did very well at. The running event was a bit more demanding than the Year 5’s where they needed to run 2 laps of the Astro, again in true Elmlea style the girls did not give up despite finding this part the most challenging. With so many children taking part the full list of standings were not given out however a particular well done to Saskia who placed first in the swimming event and 4th out of 23 in the combined points for both events. A huge well done to all the girls, a great afternoon of sport displayed by the Elmlea children amongst very tough competition. Mrs Paterson Head of PE and Sport
North Bristol Dodgeball at St.Bede’s Thursday 9th January
A strong Year 6 squad took part in the area Dodgeball Tournament at St. Bede’s last week against some highly contested competition. The children were extremely excited to take part, especially as they had free reign to throw the balls as hard as they could (which is very different to that when taking part in lessons!) The squad made a strong start winning their first two games Vs Brentry and Bishop Road. Some fast feet and dodging together with strong throws and tactical catching meant the squad were confident going into their last group game Vs Blaise. However, Blaise caught us off guard in our first match and we took our first defeat of the tournament. Elmlea were quick to get the second game underway and we came back determined to make more of an impact which we did and won the second match, 1-1. We knew we only had minutes left until the end of the game and to get those all important points, a strong throw by Will D got their first player out, a miss catch from Elmlea meant again we were even, in the last seconds we thought we had hit another Blaise player but unfortunately it was not to be. The squad did brilliantly throughout and really showed some great sportsmanship during the games which was great to see. Well done to all who took part.
Year 6 Dodgeball Festival Monday 13th January
Nine Year 6’s took part in a fun filled Dodgeball Tournament held at Bristol Free School this week against 2 other teams from Westbury-on-Trym and Henleaze schools. This tournament was a round robin style which meant everyone played everyone achieving points for games won and drawn along the way. Both teams played very well and showed real determination and team work throughout the event which was great to see. A big thanks to BFS for hosting the event and once again to their sports leaders who umpired and ran the event very smoothly.
North Bristol Netball Fixture Tuesday 3rd December
Despite the cold, on Monday evening 10 Year 5/6 girls and boys competed in the Netball North Bristol league. They went out strong for there first game and won 2:1 with some excellent shooting from Jess and Isabelle. After a well needed break, the team went into their second game. Andres and Alejo showed great teamwork working the ball up the court. The match was so close it ended 0:0. Well done to all the children they came along to take part and thank you to our parent supporters too!
Indoor Athletics at St. Bede’s Thursday 28th Nov
One indoor athletics event was simply not enough for team Elmea last week as we entered yet another team into this fun event held again at St.Bede’s. Elmlea’s team consisted of those children who had completed indoor athletics lessons very well last term and for many have not yet represented the school in a sporting activity. Another action packed afternoon of running, jumping and throwing of which Elmlea children participated within very well. The team spirit they showed at this event was second to none, they cheered and encouraged one another and once they had completed their events all gave ‘high fives’ upon their return. This summed up the fun nature of this event, all the children enjoyed themselves and represented the school in the best possible light.
Year 3 Hockey Festival at Badminton Mon 2nd Dec
Thankfully the Year 3 Hockey Festival went ahead a week later than planned due to the wet weather and flooded astro pitch last week. A highly attended tournament with 14 teams taking part this was going to be a great playing experience for the girls. For the majority of the team this was their first experience of a hockey and what a lovely sunny, yet cold, afternoon to start their hockey journey! Elmlea played 4 games of 10 minutes against a variety of local prep school teams. With thanks to Mrs Hinkins who coached them along the way the girls really improved their skills, game play and teamwork as the tournament progressed. Well done all!
North Bristol Premier League Fixture Monday 2nd December
Elmlea played two more fixtures in their football league campaign last night at St Bedes. A new team of players, which included year 5’s, 6’s, boys and girls, battled well against a strong St Ursula’s side – losing 3-0. In their second game against Westbury-On-Trym, it was end-to-end with both teams coming close to taking all 3 points. In the end a draw was a fair result. Well done to all who took part.
Coronation Cup Thursday 28th November
Elmlea have won their Coronation Cup second round tie against Stoke Bishop in comprehensive fashion – running out 7-0 winners. An excellent team performance saw every player contribute towards an outstanding win. Special mentions must go to Will, who stepped in brilliantly for the injured Hugo; Will P, who scored a hat-trick from centre-midfield and Freddie who contributed with a man-of-the-match performance down the left wing. The quarter-final draw is expected after Christmas. Well done, boys!
Year 6 Indoor Athletics Tuesday 26th November
This week saw 28 children take part in an indoor athletics competition held at St. Bede’s. A highly contested competition against 6 other schools where boys and girls compete in running, jumping and field events all within St. Bede’s sports hall. Both girls’ and boys’ teams had an excellent start to the event within the obstacle relay where they had to quickly jump over 3 sets of obstacles before passing the baton to the next person in their team. Both girls’ and boys’ teams flew over each obstacle placing first over 2 heats which was fantastic. The rest of competition then followed with boys completing their fielding events and girls their running events then swapping over and completing the final events of javelin and relay. The children competed very well throughout placing in the top 3 in the 4×1 lap relay and chest push. Their nimble jumping skills and stamina proved too much for the other 5 schools in the speed bounce as both girls and boys placed top position, another first place came with the girls’ javelin event. A combined score from the boys and girls team saw us in 5th place over all, only 20 points behind 4th place and a marginal 2 points separating 3rd and 2nd place; it certainly was a tough competition!
Well done for everyone who took part, it was great to see so many of our children participating; the biggest team there!
County Final Cross Country Saturday 25th November
A huge well done to the children who took part in the cross country finals last Saturday at a very soggy Blaise Castle. With children from all over the County competing North Somerset again came away with the win over all! Congratulations to those who helped our County get there once again this year
Indoor Athletics at Bristol Free School 14th November 2019
Big thanks to Bristol Free School and their Year 10 sports leaders who hosted and organised an indoor athletics training session for our Year 6 team in preparation for the County Qualifiers next week. This was the first time Bristol Free Schools Year 10s had lead other children and they did a fantastic job. Elmlea children were able to practice all their events including the rather tricky turning boards in the sports hall ready for their track events. It was also great to see them fully reach their potential within the foam javelin rather than watch them throw it into the hall wall at Elmlea! I’m very much looking forward to competition next following our training visit at Bristol Free School and we look forward to participating in more sports events there in the future. Mrs Paterson Head of PE and Sport
Percy Smith Swimming Gala – Wednesday 13th November
On Wednesday our swimming squad went to Horfield for their second gala of the year. It was another competitive meet but we managed to improve on our points total from gala one. There were some great performances with the girls performing strongly across the age groups. Our next gala will be in January. Mr Weller Class Teacher
Year 6 Hockey Tournament at Colston’s School – Wednesday 13th November
This week saw 9 Year 6 girls take part in a hockey tournament held at Colston’s Independent School they were to face 3 other local private schools in the group stages. A close first game with end to end action saw Elmlea hold on to their winning lead of 1-0 Vs Tockington. Onto the next game Vs Bristol Grammar School and the girls’ confidence grew, thanks to some fast wide passing from Emily G into attack saw some fantastic shots on goal from Laura B and Carys D. Rachael W made some fantastic saves from them denying them any goals and allowing Elmlea to win the match 2-0. In Elmlea’s final match Vs Clifton High School all the girls attacked, not one opportunity was missed from making some fantastic interceptions in defence and sending the ball to attack to win the game 4-0. As winners of our group we went on to the semi final Vs a very strong Colston’s side. Again we did not give anything away and capitalised on loose balls and strong defence winning the game 1-0. On to the final Vs Redmaids High School (RMS) and what a tough game this proved to be! We spent most of the game in their attacking end with so many shots on goal but with a nimble goal keeper denied us the goals. After a 10 minute game and 5 minute golden goal both teams are still 0-0 which meant the dreaded penalty shuffle. Some fantastic keeping from Rachael W and a goal from Laura B saw Elmlea leading, RMS scored their last attempt to make it 1-1! Now it was down to sudden death and unfortunately Elmlea narrowly missed out on first place by just 1 goal! It was a fantastic game of hockey and the girls played extremely well and did not give up at any point. Well done to all. Mrs Paterson Head of PE and Sport
Y5 and Y6 indoor athletics: This week 4 teams of 8 girls took part in an indoor athletics competition held by Redmaids’ High school. The team size meant that everyone took part in a track and field event as well as a relay race at the end. Each event was organised by a Y6 student from Redmaids’ and they did a fantastic job of making the girls feel welcome and understand what they needed to do. The girls participated with maximum effort and came away with so many top three places across the whole competition which was a fantastic achievement. Elmlea even came away with 2 first places, a second and third place for the relay races; all 4 teams placing in the relay races was amazing!
Well done to all the girls who took part in such a fun afternoon of sport. Mrs Paterson
Y6 County Hockey Tournament
This week 10 Y6 girls took part in the County Hockey tournament held at Redmaids’ Golden Hill. This is always a highly competitive and contested tournament with an extremely high level of hockey. Elmlea faced 6 games against strong private schools across the county. With a shaky 1-1 start V BGS and Monkton Prep the girls took on some excellent coaching tips from Emma Hinkins and got stronger as the tournament progressed. A frustrating 0-0 draw against Redmaids’ gave the girls the motivation to be stronger in the remainder of their campaign. A 3-0-win V Clifton High and 1-0-win V Kingswood prep put Elmlea in a good standing amongst the other teams, however, they were now faced with the toughest competition at the end; Clifton College. A strong start from Elmlea showed true determination however Clifton’s positioning and quick passing were too much for us to break down. The girls finished the tournament in third place which is a fantastic achievement considering the level of competition the girls were up against. They showed fantastic skill, determination and teamwork, Emma and I are extremely proud of how the girls conducted themselves and represented Elmlea on such a positive level, well done all!
Year 5 Hockey Tournament at Redmaids’
This week saw 12 Y5 girls take part in a hockey tournament against 7 other private school teams on a rather wet afternoon. The girls played in 2 teams against some tough competition but proved themselves to be the toughest competitors of the afternoon. Some fantastic hockey skills on show by everyone and the girls really rallied together as a team, encouraging and praising each other in every match. A big well done to Winnie and Chloe for making their hockey debut and Lyiana and Lexi for being awarded players of the tournament.
Year 6 Boys Football League at St. Bedes’
We played one 7 a side match which we won 3-0 due to very skill full goals by Hugo H, Freddie G and Callum T. The game was very intense. We were supposed to play another game but the team couldn’t make it so Elmlea got an automatic win. The first half we scored 2 goals and the second half wasn’t so easy but we still scored a goal.
As a result, the two victories has put us in a very helpful position for the rest of the season. Y6 are due to play future matches at St. Bedes’ in the league. Hopefully many more victories will be coming our way. Our team consisted of Ben, Ismail, Will D, Will P, Ewan, Freddie, James K, Callum and Hugo.
Sports Gold Award 2019