Year 3, 4, 5 and 6 Cross Country at TLA - 29/9/2022
There were fantastic performances all around from our pupils at the Cross Country event hosted by TLA yesterday. They showed great determination to get around a very long course and even produced some exciting sprint finishes when crossing the line, largely due to the wonderful support the pupils gave to each other. When each pupil came around the final corner, they could hear all of their teammates chanting their name! The standout performances were from Sasha, who came 4th in the Year 3 and 4 Girls race, and Armelle, who came second in the Year 6 Girls race. St Catherine's came third overall in the Year 6 Girl's race. Well done everyone on such a huge effort!
Year 1 Multi-Sports Festival at TLA - 26/9/2022
Our LASP calendar of sports kicked off with a fantastic Year 1 Multi Sports Festival at The Littlehampton Academy. All of the pupils were amazing with their determination (our LASP focus quality this half-term), sportsmanship and energy. Nine different sports were showcased and they loved trying these out with Basketball definitely being a favourite. All the pupils are excited to take these new skills into the rest of this year!
Year 5 and 6 Girls Football Euro Finals - 11/7/2022
On a day where the mercury hit temperatures to rival the upcoming World Cup in Qatar (just missing the floating air conditioning!), St Catherine’s Year 5 and 6 girls football team made their way to the Angmering school astro pitch to take part in the Southern Girl’s Euro finals. The team consisting of Armelle, Maisie, Elizamary, Evelyn, Imogen, Alisha, Olivia, Poppy, Tilly and Ruby started the tournament against Goring where despite hitting the woodwork countless times (and goalkeeper more than that!) they couldn’t make the breakthrough. Pinpoint passing by Armelle created several chances while Alisha kept things tight at the back. Unfortunately, the inability to convert chances allowed Goring to capitalise and to score the winning goal against the run of play.
The second game followed a similar pattern where St Catherine’s banged on the door constantly but failed to find a breakthrough with exciting play by Maisie and Poppy setting up numerous chances. Again, St Catherine’s found themselves on the end of some nice counter attacking play by the opposition (English Martyrs), who were more clinical in front of goal, consigning St Catherine’s to another defeat.
A change of fortunes in the next game saw St Catherine’s win a hard-fought game against River Beach. Imogen and Olivia led the way in securing a well-deserved win. It was backs to the wall stuff for the team against a very strong Goring team. As she had done all through the tournament, Evie shone in goal pulling off some fantastic saves (these performances were rewarded with being named St Catherine’s player of the Tournament). Despite her best efforts and those of Ruby St Catherine’s were unable to pull off the upset and two late goals by Goring saw them run out winners.
Another defensive master class by Elizamary against Goring secured a draw in the Playoff game. A draw that was nearly broken by a Tilly wonder goal, who after picking up the ball in her own half, dribbled into the opponent’s box and finished superbly only to have it cruelly called back by the referee. The players' determination and ‘never say stop’ attitude saw them named the ‘Team of the tournament’ which was a fitting tribute to the work they have put in over the last few months in their after-school football club.
The players were delighted with the number of supporters who came to watch, and they would like to thank them as well as the Angmering Sports and PE Department who put on a great event.
Year 1 & 2 Cricket Festival at TLA - 30/06/2022
Another week and another trip to TLA this time for the Year 1 and 2 cricket festival, and what a trip it was. Fielding a team consisting of Sophia, Khaleesi, Ryleigh, Munashe, Joshua, Tilly, Thomas and Haris. They were put through their paces in several cricket events designed to test their skills.
First up was the ‘bowling at the stumps’ event where Tilly got to display her impressive bowling skills that she has been honing at multi-sport club on Wednesdays. Next it was onto the ‘beat the fielder’ challenge, some excellent batting from Joshua who was able to pick his spot with excellent precision.
A quick pitstop for some drinks and then it was onto the ‘lose a limb’ game, where the players got to show off their catching skills to the TLA sports crew. Some of the fantastic fielding by Ryleigh was a joy to watch while it was fantastic to see how far Haris has come with his fielding, a testament to the work he has been putting in to overcome his fear of a ball coming at him!
It was the turn of Munashe and Sophia to shine in the ‘bucket challenge’ with Munashe showing some lightning speed to return the ball while Sophia put her body on the line to make an excellent diving stop and although a little bruised by it, she got right back at it.
Following this it was on to the ‘power hitting’ challenge, here Thomas showed tremendous power to clock an exceptional speed which wowed the onlooking crowd. After some fine tuning of her technique, Khaleesi displayed unnerving accuracy in the ‘bullseye’ challenge getting closest to the bullseye on a number of occasions.
The last event saw the players come together as a team to work on returning the ball to the stumps. It was a wonderful show of teamwork and communication. The players would like to thank their fans, LASP for organising events and as ever the Littlehampton Academy Sports Crew.
Year 5/6 Rounders and Cricket - 23/06/2022
A bumper day of sport for Year 5 & 6 as they represented the school in both cricket and rounders. First up a trip to Rustington cricket club for the Sussex cricket festival where they faced Goring, St Wilfrid's and North Lancing. The day started under dark clouds as the rain fell and the forecast was not looking good. Thankfully the decision was made to persevere with the tournament as the rain lifted. It was a baptism of fire for the St Catherine’s players, who have only recently started playing cricket in PE, in their first game against a very strong Goring team. Although things didn’t go as planned the players persevered with some fine bowling from Lucy and Filip while Jensen and Kiera showed prowess with the bat.
In the next game against St Wilfrid's, the team improved and started to get the hang of things. There was some excellent bowling from Elizamary and Harley ably assisted by Noah provided a gettable run chase. Alas it was not to be as although the team batted well and showed some nice technique, they fell short of the target. Lunch – the highlight of any day’s cricketing – followed during which the players ran through some more cricketing activities such as fielder placement when bowling as well as some batting tips from Harley’s grandad.
This extra work was evident in the last game against North Lancing where Viktor and Tilly lead the bowling attack while at the other end Aiden was prolific with the bat. The players showed great leadership in being able to set their own fielders and it was great to see how they encouraged each other – which was commented on by the umpire and opposing coaches.
Next, a quick trip to TLA as Year 5/6 took part in the LASP rounders tournament. Here, the team of Poppy, Armelle, Ashton, Samuel, Harry, Tristan, Jennifer and Tian started the competition against Rustington where an early home run by Armelle got the team of to a flying start. Unfortunately they were unable to hang on and were beaten despite the best efforts of Harry and Poppy. It was onto the next game where another spirited performance saw St Catherine’s push all the way with some excellent play from Ashton and Tian.
In the final game, the inability to convert some outstanding hitting, especially from late addition Jenny (who answered a last minute SOS call to help the team) and Tristan, saw them lose by the narrowest of margins to Summerlea. The play in both competitions by the Year 5s bodes well for the future as does the Year 6 play in their respective new schools.
As usual the players would like to thank all those who helped organise the tournaments and for all those who supported them (in particular Ashton's dad who provided the pre-tournament snacks for the rounders).
English Martyrs Invitational Football Tournament - 8/6/2022
Greeted by a warm welcome and heavy showers, St Catherine’s football team (Harry Atkinson, Jack Brennan, Aiden Stephenson, Tristan Fielding, Lennox Jude, Ethan Pedwell and Harry May) sought shelter upon arriving at English Martyrs Primary School. Under the welcome cover of the reception class playground the players gathered, the starting team was picked and tactics discussed as the team prepared for their first encounter. In front of a bumper crowd the purples started the tournament against English Martyrs (red) in which they had to deal with a tricky number 9 who was a threat throughout the game. Luckily for St Catherine’s, Ethan and Lennox were on top form to keep things tight at the back, assisted by terrific saves from goalkeeper Tristan – whose fantastic goalkeeping would become a feature of the tournament. Despite this the number 9 was able to make a breakthrough but not to be disheartened, the team responded, scoring the equalizing goal almost instantaneously from the kick-off. Some intricate passing opened up the defence allowing Aiden to coolly slot the ball home. Despite piling on the pressure, St Catherine’s were unable to break the deadlock and the game ended in a draw.
A slow start in the second game saw St Catherine’s fall two goals behind to St Wilfrid’s before showing more of their tenacious fighting spirit to mount a thrilling second half comeback. A goal from Jack saw momentum swing St Catherine’s way to set up an exciting finish. Some great playmaking by midfield maestro Harry Atkinson led to Harry May popping up to get the all-important goal that secured the draw. A defensive master class against St Mark's with dogged defending from Harry May and Lennox, including an excellent block from Ethan, along with great pressing from the midfield and attack kept the clean sheet intact. At the other end, some fast-paced counter attacking lead by Jack and Aiden almost broke the stalemate. Jack, who had been a thorn in the oppositions side all through the game, was very unlucky not to be awarded a penalty. It was turned down by the referee much to the amazement of Harry’s younger sister Lottie. The final encounter against eventual tournament winners English Martyrs (white) was a tale of what could have been. The final score not reflecting what was a very close encounter. English Martyrs (white) being more clinical in front of goal being the deciding factor.
The team’s great performances resulted in them finishing in 3rd place. The players would like to thank English Martyrs School, the Oscar Romero sports crew, the referees and their fans for both the lifts to the venue and their support.
LASP Quad Kids Athletics Year 3 & 4 (23/05) & Year 5 and 6 (12/05)
A big couple of weeks for athletics in St Catherine’s with both Years 5 & 6 and Years 3 & 4 taking part in their respective LASP tournaments. The events for both groups consisted of a 60m sprint, a 600m run, a vortex throw and standing long jump as well as a team relay. First up were the Year 5 & 6 team comprising of Alisha Buwembo, Ziona Kuriakose, Kripa Biju, Jensen Fellingham Orr, Filip Ciesielski, Jack Brennan, and Juliana Fekova. With each team member given the task of setting a personal best in each event, they got down to it with focused intent. As each team member took part in every event there was a lot of action going on. In the 60m Ziona showed blistering to speed to record a GREAT time and set the bar high for the rest of St Catherine’s. While over in the vortex throw Philip and Kripa displayed textbook throwing technique and finished near the top of their group. In the jumps, Juliana and Jack brought back memories of Tokyo 91 where Mike Powell and Carl Lewis battled it out to see who would be victorious. Jensen and Alisha showed tremendous tenacity to keep going in the 600m under trying conditions. The team came together for a strong finish to place third in the relay.
A week later it was the turn of the Year 3 & 4 team to show off their athletic prowess. For Year 3, there were some impressive performances from the pairing of Benji and Brooke who took the energy they show in PE to the 600m run. Callum and Mia did fantastic in the jumping portion. Isabel displayed great technique in her 60m heat finishing 3rd. Logan and Sasha (who displayed notable school spirit to help out Year 3) showed intense determination to get through the 600m with Sasha encouraging Logan at every step. The Year 4 team performed brilliantly to finish 3rd in the competition. Jacob Leggatt and Lucy starred in the sprint while Abel and Scarlett did tremendously well in the jump section. The vortex throw was where Emily and Charlie shone displaying great arm power to achieve some impressive distances. Both Stanley and Kiera were outstanding in the 600m with Kiera leading the race only to be pipped at the post. The performance of the day was saved for last where the Year 4 relay team romped home to a comfortable win the relay race.
The athletes would like to thank LASP, TLA sports crew and their supporters for making it a very enjoyable event.
Year 1 & 2 Mat Ball at TLA - 6/4/2022
It was with great excitement that the Year 1 and 2 pupils made their first trip to represent St Catherine’s at a LASP tournament. The players, Christelle, Maggie, Ruby, Nuala, Harrison, Harry, Joshua and Theo who had been honing their mat ball skills in PE, were ready to take on the challenge.
The tournament got off to a flying start with a resounding win against River Beach with some terrific play from Joshua and Christelle. This was followed by a tough loss to the overall winners Arundel where the team showed great spirit to keep battling to the end. In the next games some tenacious defending from Harrison and Ruby secured a draw against St Philip's after a great fight back and this momentum was taken in to the next game against Rustington where another determined team performance lead to victory. Two tough losses followed one against a strong Lyminister team and a loss in a hard fought encounter with Summerlea despite the best efforts of Maggie and Harry.
In their final three games the team came together with some great encouragement and play from Nuala and Theo to secure 2 wins including a nail-biting 5-4 win in their final game against Summerlea. The players were cheered on throughout by some fantastic support and were delighted to receive their awards at the end of the competition having done the school proud. The players would like to thank the TLA sports crew, LASP and their supporters for making it an enjoyable first foray into representing the school.