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Boccia - All Hallows Catholic College on 11th October 2017

On Wednesday, children from years 3-6 represented the school in a Boccia tournament against other schools from the All Hallows Learning Community. In order to be successful in this game, you need to have excellent hand-eye co-ordination and understand how much power to put into your throw. Even though the children found it quite difficult at first, they persevered and improved throughout. Team 1 finished in 6th place and Team 2 finished in 9th place. Well done to all those who took part!
Player of the Tournament: Lauren Evans

 

Cross Country - Eaton Bank Academy on 5th October 2017

On Thursday, children from years 3 and 4 took part in a cross country competition at Eaton Bank. The 1 mile course took the children around a very muddy Eaton Bank field - apologies to the parents who also got a little bit muddy! All the children pushed themselves to their limit and did the school proud. Special mentions go to Abby Ratcliffe who came 13th, Peter Bradshaw who came 17th, John Simpson who came 18th and Liam Clarke who raced against children a year older than himself! Well done everyone!

 

Boys' Football - Saint Mary's vs Marton on 2nd October 2017

The boys' football team faced Marton in their first match of the season on Monday night. The game began with both teams having chances to score, but it was the boys who took the lead after Callum Aidley released a speculative strike which flew past the goalkeeper. Marton then pushed forward trying to get an equaliser, but a fantastic performance from Caleb Bernard and Ross Colclough in defence kept them at bay. The boys then began to press forward again and had multiple opportunities to score more but it took another fantastic strike from Laurence Horan, near the end of the game, to make it 2-0. The match finished 2-0 and the boys were overjoyed to start the season with a win. Well done boys!

Man of the Match: Callum Aidley

Goal Scorers: Callum Aidley, Laurence Horan

 

Girls' Football - Congleton High School on 28th September 2017

After weeks of practice, the girls' football team took part in the Congleton Vale football tournament against schools from around Congleton. After a shakey start where they lost 3-0 to Quinta, the girls gained their composure and were close to gaining a much needed draw against Marton until they conceeded a last minute goal. The girls were determined to win their next game against Black Firs 2, and after multiple shots on their goal, Ela Epcim scored to win the match. The final game was a very close contest with Marlfields. They took the lead early in the first half but the girls did not want to finish the tournament with a loss and with the last kick of the game, Maisie Gallagher scored an equaliser. Player of the Tournament was Emma Mitchell.
 

Cross Country - All Hallows Catholic College on 27th September 2017

On Wednesday, children from years 3, 4, 5 and 6 took part in the first All Hallows Learning Community Competition of the year - Cross Country. The course led the children around the All Hallows' field and included a hill that was dumbed 'The Killer'. The children really did push themselves to their limit and did the school proud on a very tough course. Special mentions go to Maisie Gallagher who finished 2nd in her race and Peter Bradshaw who finshed 3rd. When all the scores were collected in, it was announced that we had come 2nd overall. Well done to everyone who took part!
 

Golf Session

Over the past 2 weeks, children from KS2 have been lucky enough to receive golf coaching from a professional from Astbury Golf Club. In the first session, they looked at how to grip and swing the clubs and then had a competition to see who could drive the ball the furthest. The second session, aimed to improve the children's ability to chip the ball. Everyone at Saint Mary's would like to say thank you to Dave Cullen for giving up his time to come in and coach the children.

Astbury Golf Club have kindly offered a free taster session to any child from Saint Mary's. Please ring Astbury Golf Club to book your child in and mention the school name.

 

Girls' Football - All Hallows Catholic College on 15th February 2017

On Wednesday afternoon, the girls football team took part in a competition against schools from the All Hallows Learning Community. The girls began the tournament fantastically well by winning their first 2 games 6-0 and 3-0 but then came up against 2 strong sides from St. John's and St. Alban's. The girls sadly lost these games but were determined to win a medal for the school. They needed at least a draw from their final game against St. Gregory's to clinch third place and thankfully it finished 0-0. Well done girls!

Player of the tournament: Ela Epcim

 

Visit from Olympic Gold Medalist - Matt Langridge MBE

On Wednesday, the children had a surprise visit from Olympic gold medallist Matt Langridge MBE. He kindly offered to come into school to give an assembly and answer questions on his career as a rower and to show off the medals he had won. The sports ambassadors were even given the opportunity to hold and wear Matt's gold medal from Rio, silver medal from Beijing and bronze medal from London. Everyone at Saint Mary's would like to say a massive thank you to Matt for giving up his time to come into school.

 

Basketball - All Hallows Catholic College on 1st February 2017

On Wednesday, the basketball team took part in the annual All Hallows Learning Community basketball tournament in the All Hallows sports hall. They came up against some very strong opposition who clearly had been playing basketball for clubs outside of school. It would be great if we had some children who played for clubs outside of school in order to make us more competitive against other schools. Having said that, the children improved their ball handling and understanding of the rules throughout the tournament and ended up in 5th place. Well done to everyone who took part.

Player of the tournament: Alex Eden

 

Boccia - All Hallows Catholic College on 18th January 2017

On Wednesday, Evie Manning, Layla Olive and Jessica O'Donoghue represented the school in a boccia tournament against other schools from the All Hallows Learning Community. In order to be successful in this game you need to have excellent hand-eye co-ordination and a great understanding how much power to put into the ball when you throw or roll it. The girls performed brilliantly and won every game apart from one. This meant that they were crowned Champions of the tournament! Well done girls!

 

Years 3/4 Football - All Hallows Catholic College on 7th December 2016

On Wednesday, the year 3/4 football team took part in their first football tournament on the new 3G surface at All Hallows. The children played against some very tough opposition from schools who are part of the All Hallows Learing Community. It was clear to see that many of the other teams had children who played for clubs outside of school so it was very difficult for our boys to compete at times. However, they improved throughout the tournament and gained some valuable experience of how to play as a team. The boys ended up in 5th place.

Player of the tournament: John Simpson

 

Football - All Hallows Catholic College on 16th November 2016

On Wednesday, the football team took part in the annual All Hallows Learning Community Football Tournament on the new 3G surface at All Hallows. It was clear to see how much the children's footballing ability had improved over the past few weeks, as they were more focused on marking their opponents and moving into space to make it easy for their teammates to pass to them. The team ended up on the same points as third place but sadly missed out on a medal due to goal difference. Well done to everyone who took part!

Player of the tournament: Callum Aidley

 

Football - Congleton High School on 10th October 2016

On Thursday, the football team took part in the Datastor Cup on the new 3G pitch at Congleton High School. Sadly, the team began the tournament by losing their first 2 games against Astbury and Black Firs. After discussing with the boys where they needed to improve, the boys realised that they needed to have more shots on goal and mark their opponents closely. This worked as the boys beat Woodcocks Well in their third game 2-0 with goals from Laurence and Jack. The boys then came up against a strong team from Smallwood in their final game and sadly lost so did not make it through to the next round.

Goal scorers: Laurence Horan 2, Jack Pipon 1

Player of the tournament: Laurence Horan

 

Tag Rugby - All Hallows Catholic College on 26th October 2016

On Wednesday 26th October, children from the All Hallows Learning Community took part in the annual Tag Rugby Tournament on the All Hallow's field. Teachers from all the primary schools were amazed at the ability of the children as they showed tremendous skill in being able to dodge opponents, carry and pass the ball and defend as a team. However, the most pleasing aspect of the tournament was seeing the acts of sportsmanship shown from each school. No matter the result everyone congratulated each other on how well they had played and at times would even give advice on how to improve.

 

The results of the competition are below:

1st. St. Paul's A

2nd. St. John's A

3rd. St. Alban's A

4th. Saint Mary's A

5th. St. John's B

6th.St. Alban's B

7th.St. Gregory's A

8th.St. Paul's B

9th. St. Benedict's B

10th. St. Benedict's A

11th. St Benedict's C

We must also say a massive thank you to the Sports Leaders who both refereed and coached the children. Without their support the competition could not have taken place.

Well done to everyone who took part!

 

Football - Saint Mary's vs Marton on 20th October 2016

On Thursday, the football team faced Marton in their second game of the season. The boys began the game by dominating possession and the majority of chances, however, Marton were clinical in front of goal and so ended up leading at half time. Even though they were losing, the boys continued to pass and move the ball with speed and accuracy after the break. Marton struggled to deal with this style of play and the boys were able to get back into the game courtesy of 2 goals from Kristian Bartlett. Marton then seemed to raise their game and began to shoot at any opportunity. It paid off for them as they ended up 6-2 winners. With a little work on our shooting and marking I feel the team will be a match for any school we play.

Man of the match: Sam Sharp

 

Football - Saint Mary's vs Quinta on 13th October 2016

The school football team played their first game of the season on Thursday. They would face a tough test against Quinta. The game began with both teams having multiple chances to score but it was Quinta who took the lead. Almost immediately after the goal, Kristian Bartlett received the ball just outside of their box, he turned and hit it into the bottom corner to draw the teams level. Again chances were seen at both ends with Charlie Candlin and Sam Sharp pulling off some great saves but sadly, Quinta were a more clinical in front of goal and went on to win the match.

Man of the match: Lawrence Horan   

 

Girls' Football Tournament - Congleton High School on 30th September 2016

After weeks of practice, girls from year 5 and 6 took part in a football tournament against schools from around Congleton. After a shakey start where they lost 3-0 to Black Firs, the girls gained their composure and went on to draw their next match 0-0 with Mossley. The girls were determined to win their next match and after their keeper had made a string of great saves, Jessica Tayler scored to help us to a 1-0 win over Marton. This win seemed to spur the girls on as they went on to win their final 2 group games 2-0 (Buglawton) and 3-0 (Scholar Green). This meant that the girls had qualified for the semi-finals where they would play Marlfields. The game began very evenly, with both teams having opportunities to score. Sadly, the girls conceded just before and after half time which meant their heads dropped and Marlfields then went on to score a third. Well done to everyone who took part.

 

Cross Country - All Hallows Catholic College on 28th September 2016

On Wednesday, children from years 3, 4, 5 and 6 took part in the first All Hallows Learning Community Competition of the year - Cross Country. The course led the children around the All Hallows' field and included a hill that was dumbed 'The Killer'. The children really did push themselves to their limit and did the school proud on a very tough course. A special mention goes to Maisie Gallagher who finished 4th in her race. When all the scores were collected in, it was announced that we had come 4th overall. Well done everyone!
 

Kwik Cricket Competition - Congleton Cricket Club on 21st June 2016

After weeks of practice, children from year 5 and 6 took part in a cricket competition against schools from around Congleton on Tuesday. The children gained some excellent experience into the different rules that need to be followed during cricket games and how to perform the different bowling and batting techniques. The team won 2 games and lost 2 games meaning that they came 3rd in their group. Well done everyone.
 
Player of the tournament: Liam Day
 

Athletics Competition - All Hallows Catholic College on 18th May 2016

On Wednesday, children from year 5 and 6 took part in the annual All Hallows Learning Community Athletics Championships at Macclesfield Track. The school had won this competition for the last 2 years so the pressure was on for the children to do it again. Every child performed brilliantly and below are their results.
 
  Boy's A Boy's B Girl's A Girl's B
50m James (2nd) Jacob (3rd) Poppy (2nd) Kathleen (2nd)
100m Ben (4th) Max (4th) Emily (1st) Jessica (1st)
200m Kristian (4th) Zack (1st) Megan (1st) Tiffany (3rd)
400m Liam (5th) Aidan (1st) Madison (2nd) Emma (3rd)
800m Patrick (1st) Sam (4th) Molly (4th) Alex (4th)
Discus Liam (2nd) Zack (3rd) Madison (1st) Kathleen (1st)
Javelin James (1st) Aidan (5th) Molly (1st) Alex (2nd)
Shot Kristian (6th) Max (2nd) Megan (1st) Emma (2nd)
Long Jump Ben (3rd) Jacob (2nd) Emily (2nd) Grace (6th)
High Jump Patrick (2nd) Sam (4th) Poppy (2nd) Jessica (2nd)
Relay 2nd 2nd 2nd 2nd
 
When the points were added up the:
Boy's B came 1st
Girl's B came 2nd
Boys A came 3rd
Girls A came 1st.
 
When adding up the overall results it was confirmed that we had won the competition for the 3rd time in 3 years! Well done everyone!

 

Girls' Football Tournament - Congleton High School on 20th April 2016

On Wednesday evening, the girls football team took part in the second round of the football league. After winning just 1 game in the previous round, the girls were determined to improve on this. Their first game was against Black Firs B and after a tight first half, where the girls were winning 1-0 they raised their game in the second half to win 4-0. Their next game was against Quinta who were a few places higher in the table. The girls started the game magnificantly and took an early 1-0 lead. Quinta then started to place pressure on our defence but the girls stood talk and would not let them score meaning they won 1-0. The final game came against Marlfields. After a very tough previous game the girls did not start to their potential and went down 1-0. This spurred the girls on to fight harder and they managed to get 2 quick goals just before half time to take the lead. They then scored another goal in the second half to win the game and take 3rd place overall. Well done girls!

Player of the Tournament: Holly Pipon

 

Hockey Tournament - Congleton High School on 25th February 2016

On Thursday, the hockey team took part in a tournament against schools from around Congleton. The tournament began well with the team winning their first two games 3-0 (Quinta B) and 1-0 (Black Firs B). They then lost their 3rd game 1-0 against Marlfields B but the team were determined to put this right in their last group match. After a quick team talk the team went out and played magnificently, winning 2-0 against Quinta A. This meant that they would win the group and play Mossley in the semi-final. After a very close game, that went into extra time, the semi-final ended up 0-0. This meant that the team with the highest goal difference would go into the final. Thankfully that was us. We would face Quinta A in a very closely fought final. Sadly they scored the only goal of the game which meant that we came runners up. Well done hockey team!

Player of the tournament: Corey Rogers / Tiffany Walker

 

Basketball Tournament - All Hallows Catholic College on 10th February 2016

On Wednesday, children from year 6 took part in a basketball tournament against schools from the All Hallows Learning Community. The children had a great afternoon out, learning the basics of basketball and playing matches. The team ended up coming 3rd in the tournament and were beaten only by St. Albans and St. Johns.

Players of the tournament: Patrick Jones for his dribbling and shooting ability and Max Enright for his defensive ability.

 

Football Tournament - All Hallows Catholic College on 8th December 2015

Children from year 6 took part in the All Hallows Learning Community Football Tournament this week. They began the tournament in fine fashion, winning 2-0 courtesy of a bullet header from Megan Beech and a great solo effort from Emily Moody. Sadly we lost the second game 1-0 against St. Albans but only due to the cross bar and post denying us twice. The team came out strong in their next game, winning 5-0 against Christ the King, with goals from Patrick (2), James, Jacob and Zack. The goals kept on coming in their next game as well as Patrick, Jacob and Megan all scored to claim a 3-0 victory against St. Pauls. In the final game the team had to face St. John's who had won every game comfortably. After going 2-0 down early in the game the team were determined to finish on a high. St John's continued to pile of the pressure and Liam pulled off 6 incredible saves to keep us in the game. Patrick then managed to score to very late goals to secure a draw meaning that we had come 3rd in the tournament. Well done everyone!

Players of the tournament: Patrick Jones / Megan Beech

 

Basketball Tournament - Eaton Bank Academy on 1st December 2015

On Tuesday, Mr Mercer and I accompanied 2 teams to the Congleton Schools' basketball tournament. Both teams played really well and whilst they did not successfully reach the final stages of the competition, they impressed me with the level of skill and sprtsmanship they displayed. I was particularly pleased with how well the children’s basketball skills have improved since Mr Mercer has joined Saint Mary’s. On an even more positive note, I was extremely proud of a group of children after the tournament had finished. Patrick Jones, supported by his friends, spotted one of our grandparents arriving at the High School. Patrick insisted that we went to find her, as he was concerned that she wouldn’t know where to go. Well done Year 6 this is a superb example of citizenship.

 

Football - Saint Mary's vs Havannah on 16th October 2015

On Friday afternoon, the boys played Havannah in the next match of the football season. In the first half both teams had multiple chances to score but sadly we were unable to find the back of the net. Havannah, on the other hand, scored two very good goals that Max could do nothing to stop. The second half went in a simialr fashion with both teams playing some very good football but we were unable to score. The boys ended up losing 4-0 but it was not a fair reflection on how the boys played.

Man of the match: Jacob Phelan-Godfrey

 

Tag Rugby Tournament - All Hallows Catholic College on 14th October 2015

This week children from years 5 and 6 took part in a tag rugby tournament against schools from the All Hallows Learning Community. The B Team got some vital game experience to help them understand how to play the game properly in the future. They did not have the best of starts as they had forgotten to look where they were passing the ball and to run at the other team when they had the ball in their hands. After a discussion with Mr Mercer and Mrs Nolan they realised that they needed to this and then began to play much better.

The A Team did exceptionally well. They began the tournament tremendously by beating the first 6 teams that they played with Aidan, James and Emily being the stand out players. They then came up against 2 very strong sides from St. John's and St. Paul's who both sadly beat us. It would come down to the final match to see where we would end up. The team were determined to finish on a high and thats what they did, winning 7-0. The final positions were read out and the A Team ended up in 2nd place behind St John's. Well done everyone!

Player of the Tournament:

A Team: Aidan Lynch

B Team: Grace Kennedy

 

Girls' Football Tournament - Congleton High School on 2nd October 2015

On Friday, girls from years 5 and 6 represented the school in the Congleton Vale Football Tournament at Congleton High School. They were placed in a very difficult group but were determined to go one better than last year where they narrowly missed out on the semi-finals. They began their first game in exceptional fashion, winning 6-0 against Buglawton. They then carried their high level of performance onto the next game by beating Scholar Green 5-0. The girls were on a high but knew the next 2 games would be tough ones. They came up against Black Firs B in their third game and played out of their skins, sneaking the win 1-0. The girls were now guaranteed a place in the next round but wanted to win the group. A draw was all they needed against Quinta A. After going down 1-0 early in the game a slight tactical change allowed the girls to be more attacking and they broke away and scored to make it 1-1. A lapse in concentration allowed Quinta to take the lead and but with 2 minutes left the girls pulled a goal back to draw the match 2-2. The girls were in the semi-finals against Havannah. The girls were outstanding in this match and ended up beating them 5-0! The girls were in the final of the tournament for the first time in the school’s history!

They would be playing against a very tough side in Black Firs A in the final. The game began very tight with little to split the teams until Grace Kennedy received the ball near the half way line and began running with it. Before she knew it she was in front of goal and managed to slot the ball in the bottom corner. The girls were 1-0 up. It stayed like this until half time but a lapse in concentration meant that the Black Firs pulled a goal back straight after the break. Again there was little to split the teams and the referee blew the whistle to end the game 1-1. This meant that the girls shared the trophy with Black Firs! Well done girls! CHAMPIONS!

 

Goal Scorers:

Emily Moody 6

Megan Beech 6

Molly Cooke 5

Grace Kennedy 2

Tiffany Walker 1

 

Player of the tournament: Megan Beech

 

Football - Saint Mary's vs Mossley on 1st October 2015

On Thursday, the boys played their first match of the season against a very strong Mossley side. Sadly the game did not go the way the boys had liked and they ended up losing the game. However, there were some stand out performances from the boys. Liam Day and Laurence Horan were outstanding. Before the game Liam had never played in net before and ended up pulling off some unbelievable saves. Laurence was also playing against boys 2 years above him but more than matched them in midfield. Well done boys.

Man of the match: Liam Day/Laurence Horan

 

World Cup Tag Rugby Tournament – Congleton Bears Rugby Club on 26th September 2015

Last Saturday children from years 5 and 6 took part in a tag rugby competition run by Congleton Bears Rugby Club. Considering the children had only had a few weeks practice their performance levels was brilliant. They began the tournament against Quinta B and beat them 7-6 but then faced 2 very good sides from Buglawton and Havannah which they sadly lost. The children were determined to finish the tournament on a high and ended up beating Scholar Green 6-3. A special mention goes to James Goodwin who scored a phenomenal 14 tries in 4 games!

Player of the Tournament: James Goodwin

 

Basketball Tournament - All Hallows Catholic College on 1st April 2015

On Wednesday afternoon, children from year 5 and 6 took part in a basketball competition against schools from the All Hallows' Learning Community. Due to high interest from children wanting to take part in the competition, 4 teams were entered. All of the children enjoyed themselves and it was clear to see how much children had improved from their last tournament. The A team did exceptionally well and came close to winning the competition but were sadly beaten in their final game by a vey strong side from Christ the King. Results were as follows:

League 1
A Team - 2nd
Players of the tournament - Lewis Jackson/Megan Evans

B team - 4th
Players of the tournament - Sam Morrey/Emily Moody

League 2
C team - 3rd
Players of the tournament - Joey Thomas/Kathleen Thomas

D team - 6th
Players of the tournament - Oliver Ingram/Grace van Oss


Football - Saint Mary's vs Marton on 25th March 2015

On Wednesday the boy’s football team had a fixture against Marton Primary School. The match started with both teams very evenly matched with chances being missed by both sides. Marton snatched a goal just before half time as a throwing was not dealt with and their striker turned and struck the ball past Sam Morrey. The boys were determined not to lose the game and after a few tactical changes by Mr Mercer the boys started playing the football that they knew they could. With 2 minutes left Lewis Jackson tackled their defender and passed to Patrick Jones, he crossed the ball perfectly to Jack Price who slotted the ball past their goalkeeper. The game finished 1-1. Well done boys!

 

Football - Saint Mary's vs Mossley on 19th March 2015

The football team took part in their 5th match of the season yesterday against a very strong side from Mossley. Mossley took control of the game early and had many chances to take the lead only for Sam Morrey to pull off some excellent saves. Sadly the pressure told and the boys went into half time 2-0 down. After the break the boys came out fighting and had the majority of chances with Jack Price and Alex Comer going close to scoring. Mossley then stepped up a gear and unfortunately the boys could not keep up with them. The score ended up 6-0 to Mossley but the boys played their hearts out and really did the school proud.


Congleton Primary School's Swimming Gala - Congleton Leisure Centre on 16th March 2015

On Monday the annual Congleton Schools Swimming Gala took place at Congleton Leisure Centre. Children from years 5 and 6 represented the school and performed brilliantly. Below are the results.

Conall Lynch - 50m breaststroke - 1st
Lewis Jackson - 25m backstroke - 7th
James Goodwin - 50m freestyle - 3rd

 

Thomas France - 25m breaststroke - 1st
Boys 4x25m relay - 2nd

Megan Beech - 50m breaststroke - 5th

Sydney Higginson - 25m backstroke - 3rd

Jasmine Boon - 50m freestyle - 5th

Grace Kennedy - 25m breaststroke - 6th

Girls 4x25m relay - 5th


The boys team did fabulously and came second overall. Cruelly they missed out on winning by the closest of margins. Having received exactly the same points as 1st place the judges went on the number of 1st places that had scored in individual races. Amazingly, this too was exactly the same so they then had to go on the number of second places that had been scored and sadly they had 1 more than us.

 

Special mentions go to Thomas France and Conall Lynch who came 1st in their races. Well done boys!

 

Cross Country - Daven Primary School on 3rd March 2015

On Wednesday children from year 4 took part in the annual cross country meeting at Daven Primary School. All the children performed brilliantly on a very tricky course and really did the school proud.

The results are as follows:-

Boys: Kristian Bartlett 27th, Liam Day 55th, Wiktor Nowicki 59th and Sam Sharp 67th.

Girls: Jessica Taylor 12th, Eve France 17th and Rachel Vitta 51st.

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Hockey Tournament - Congleton High School on 26th February 2015

On Thursday, students from years 5 and 6 took part in a hockey tournament at CHS against all primary schools from the Congleton area. Considering the children had never played in the same team together they performed very well. They struggled in their opening match against a very good Quinta side but improved game after game and ended up winning their final match 2-0 against Black Firs B.

 

Basketball Tournament - Eaton Bank Academy on 12th February 2015

This week children from years 5 and 6 took part in a basketball tournament at Eaton Bank Academy. Both the A and B teams played some excellent basketball and learnt how to position themselves defensively. Sadly neither team got enough points to make it into the Finals but it was clear to see how much they improved throughout the tournament.
 

Girls' Football Tournament - Congleton High School on 5th February 2015

On Thursday, the girls' football teams took part in a tournament at Congleton High School. The B team played some excellent football and gained some valuable experience playing together. The A team started the tournament really well winning both of their first 2 matches. Sadly they lost their next 2 which meant they did not make it through to the semi-finals. However, it was clear to see how much the girls enjoyed playing together and how they had improved their team working skills. Well done girls!

 

Football - Smallwood vs Saint Mary's on 4th February 2015

On Wednesday, the football team travelled to Smallwood for their first game after the Christmas break. The boys started the game magnificently in very tough conditions. They kept the ball on the floor and passed their way around the opposition only for the Smallwood goalkeeper to pull off 4 top draw saves. The boys were determined though and kept attacking. 2 quick goals for Jack Price meant that we went into half time 2-0 up. After the break Smallwood came out strong and scored quite early on. Sam Morrey then pulled off 2 great saves to keep us in the lead. Thankfully the referee blew his whistle to mark the end of the game and the boys started 2015 with a win. Well done boys!


Bikeability on 16th January 2015

The Year 5 children have been taking part in the Bikeability programme this week. Despite it being very cold and windy they did really well and hopefully will have gained the skills and confidence to ride their bikes on the road. 

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Reindeer Run on 19th December 2014

On the last day of the Christmas term all the children took part in a Reindeer Run to raise money for The Cheshire East Hospice. It was a huge success as we raised an unbelievable £1276 including Gift Aid!!! This money will make a huge difference to many with life-limiting illnesses at so we would like to say a massive thank you to everyone who sponsored the children or helped out on the day.

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Football Tournament - All Hallows Catholic College on 10th December 2014

This week children from years 5 and 6 took part in a football tournament against other schools from the All Hallows Learning Community. The A Team did the school proud and ended up 4th after winning 3 games, drawing 1 and losing 2. The B Team performed fabulously and ended up 2nd on goal difference after winning every game apart from 1. Well done everyone!

Special mentions go to Jacob Phelan-Godfrey and Grace Kennedy due to there outstanding performances.


Trips to Eaton Bank Academy on 2nd and 9th of December 2014 

This week children from years 4 and 6 took part in a PE session at Eaton Bank Academy. Sports ambassadors from the academy led sessions in trampolining and gymnastics which they loved. The children attempted different skills on the trampoline and performed a routine that they had created in gymnastics. Conall Lynch even managed to perform a flip in his routine! Thank you to everyone at Eaton bank who Made our trip so enjoyable.
 

Datastor Cup - Football Tournament -Congleton High School on 13th November 2014

Boys from Year 5 and 6 took part in the Datastor Cup at Congleton High School this week. They came up against some very tough opposition in this tournament but they certainly held their own. We began the tournament with a 1-0 defeat (Quinta). The boys came off the pitch looking very downhearted but were determined to improve in the next game. They did just that and drew 0-0 (Smallwood). We had chances to win it but sadly Jack Price's wonder shot hit the post rather than sneaking into the corner of the net. The team didn't seem to come out in the 3rd match as we lost 5-0 (Marlfields). Again the boys were determined not to lose like that again and so defensively they improved dramatically. The boys began to understand how to stick to their positions and mark the opposition to make it difficult for them to score. They certainly did the school proud as they threw their bodies in front of the ball trying to stop them from scoring. Sadly they lost 2-0 (Mossley) but they came off the pitch looking a lot happier with themselves. We then went onto play brilliantly in the next match and came away with a 1-1 draw (Buglawton). Jack Price's quick feet made it impossible for their defence to stop him without fouling him. He was awarded a freekick and stepped up to it himself. He crossed it Jacob Phelan Godfrey who slotted it into the back of the net. The boys finished the tournament with a very difficult match against Black Firs. They sadly lost 2-0 but again there was definite signs of improvement in how they played.

Special mentions go to Joey Thomas who played excellent football on the right wing and Thomas Vitta who played his first ever football match and was exceptional in net.

 

Tag Rugby Tournament - All Hallows Catholic College on 22nd October 2014

This week, year 5 and 6 travelled to All Hallows to play in a tag rugby tournament against schools from the cluster. After a brilliant start where they won 7-0 (Christ The King B),6-0 (St. Alban's B) and 1-0 (Christ The King A) they came up against a tough test from St. John's A. This match could have gone either way but ended up 2-2 thanks to Thomas Vitta who ran in a last minute try to snatch the draw. The team then continued to impress by winning their next 4 games 4-1 (St. Paul's A), 3-1 (St. John's B), 3-0 (St. Paul's B) and 5-0 (St. Alban's A) but were then sadly were beaten 2-1 by a last minute try from St. Greg's. The team rallied around and were determined to finish with a win which they did 4-0 (St. Benedict's).

The team came in 3rd out of 11 teams, just 1 point behind the 1st two teams! So close!

A special mention goes to Conall Lynch who scored the most tries in the whole tournament - a massive 17!

Well done everyone!

Try Scorers:
Conall Lynch 17
Thomas Vitta 10
Sam Morrey 2
Sydney Higginson 2
Joey Thomas 2
Jack Price 1
Ellie Kiely-Copestick 1
Oliver Ingram 1
 

Football - Quinta vs Saint Mary's on 16th October 2014

On Thursday, the football team faced a very strong Quinta team. After a magnificent first half performance where James Goodwin was by far the best player of the pitch the team conceded late on to go 1-0 down. However after half time the team did not seem to be on their game and Quinta took advantage by scoring one after the other. The boys came off deflated but they can be very proud of their first half performance.
 

'Quick Sticks' Hockey Tournament -Congleton High School on 15th October 2014

On Wednesday, 6 children from year 6 represented the school in a ‘Quick Sticks’ hockey competition at Congleton High School. They showed off their excellent dribbling and passing techniques and it was clear to see how much they improved throughout the tournament. The team ended up in 4th place out of 8 schools which is an excellent result considering many of the team had very little previous knowledge of hockey before the tournament.

 

Well done Year 6!


Football - Saint Mary's vs Black Firs on 9th October 2014

The boys faced the though test of Black Firs this week. Both teams had their opportunities during the game and they were only kept out by the man of the match performance that Sam Morrey produced in net. The first half could have gone either way after Jack Price hit the bar but Black Firs went into the break 1-0 up. After an inspiring team talk from Mr Ebden the boys came out strong in the second half but were caught out from a corner to go 2-0 down. All looked lost until Alex Comer latched onto a pass from Jack and rifled it into the roof of the net giving their goalkeeper no chance. Sadly Black Firs scored another with the last kick of the game to make it 3-1 as we went to get a late equaliser.
 

Football - Scholar Green vs Saint Mary's on 2nd October 2014

On Thursday, the boys played their first match of the season against Scholar Green. The boys played some excellent football and went 2-0 up courtesy of 2 goals from Jack Price. Scholar Green pulled one back just before half time after a mix up in defence which left the boys a little deflated. They came out strong in the second half though and efforts from Lewis Jackson and Jack Price had to be magnificently saved by their goalkeeper to keep them in the game. Mr Mercer blew the whistle for full-time and the boys celebrated their first win of the season. Well done boys!
 

Girls' Football Tournament - Congleton High School on 26th September 2014

Last Friday the girls’ football teams represented the school in a tournament at Congleton High School. The B team got some valuable experience playing together but came up against some very strong opposition and were sadly unable to win a match. However, the A team did exceptionally well and made it to the semi finals. They played some brilliant football and went on to win their group scoring 6 goals and did not concede a goal. Unfortunately they lost in the semi-finals to Black Firs A but they really did the school proud and got further than the girls had ever gone before. Well done girls!

 

Team Building Activities - w/b 1st September

Children throughout the school took part in a range of team building activities to help improve their leadership and team-working abilities. They were set a variety of different problem solving tasks to complete in as quick a time as possible.

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Congleton Vale Football Tournament – Marfields on 17th May 2014

The boys found the Vale football tournament tough on Saturday morning as they were placed in a group with the best teams!  We were also without a couple of our key players.  However, we did manage to win our final game (thankfully not in the dying seconds of the match this time) so the boys went home with smiles on their faces!  Thank you to Mr Ebden giving up his time to prepare the boys.

 

Football – Marton vs Saint Mary’s on 8th May 2014

Following a superb performance last Friday at Marfields to win 2-1 in the dying seconds, I have to say that we were definitely not on top form and certainly missed James in defence.  However, I have put the performance down to pure exhaustion due to the hard work being undertaken in class at the moment!! The first five minutes of the match should have been a goal fest as we made shot after shot on target.  Suddenly fortunes turned and we conceded two goals in quick succession before scoring one to bring us back into the game with a fighting chance.  We then scored an equaliser which I thought might signal the start of a comeback, but before I knew it we had conceded yet another.  We then worked hard to equalise twice more before finally (with just seconds left on the clock again) we scored the winning goal making the final score 4-5.  Phew!

 

Girls’ Football Tournament – Congleton High School on 8th May 2014

The girls arrived at Congleton High School looking very smart in their new football kit for the girls’ football tournament. Their first match was against Mossley. The match was end to end with some excellent passes and shots at the goal from Saint Marys. They won that match 1-0 with a superb goal by Megan Beech. The next match was against Quinta and the heavens opened! Rain poured heavily and the girls were soaked. (Mrs Thomas returned from the girls’ football looking like a drowned rat!).  The match was abandoned after half time as it was getting slippery under foot. Although it was 2-0 to Quinta, this game will be replayed another time (luckily). In summary Saint Marys were undefeated! It was a real shame the tournament was abandoned as it looked as though we would have enjoyed some successes on the night.  


Cross Country Competition on 30th April 2014

On Wednesday, we went to the year 5/6 cross country event at Daven Primary School and although there was quite a heavy downpour during the girls' event, it was lovely to see all the children cheering each other on. Overall, Saint Mary's boys came first in the small schools' category with top 20 finishes from Conall Lynch (6th), Thomas France (11th) and Alistair Nickson (12th).  Whilst the girls were not placed, they did extremely well and they should all be proud of themselves.  

 

Football – Saint Mary’s vs St Mary’s Astbury on 22nd April 2014

An exciting football match was played against St Mary’s Astbury this week.  Although we dominated the first half, Astbury went into the second half with a 1 goal lead.  The second half started with another goal from Astbury. However, fortunes turned when Alistair, set up by Jakub, scored our first goal, which was quickly followed by another 5, bringing the total to an amazing win of 6-2, with Alistair and Luke both scoring hat tricks.


Netball Tournament on 11th March 2014

On Tuesday afternoon Saint Mary's took part in the Hi 5 competition at Black Firs school. They played Havannah and Smallwood. Although a fantastic effort, with some great passes, they lost to Havannah 7-1 in the first game. There were many attempts to score and Ellie managed to score the one goal.  However, the children raised their game for the next match against Smallwood and beat them by a fantastic 5-0! They demonstrated speed in the game with accurate passes to each other and were very impressive to watch. Goals in this match came from Lewis (2) Hannah (2) and Thomas (1).

Great sportsmanship throughout. The team look very promising for the rest of the league!

 
Swimming Gala on 10th March 2014

On Monday Saint Mary’s swimming team competed against 12 other schools in the inter schools swimming gala at the leisure centre.  The boys came second in the split groups and overall the school came fifth.  The team comprised of Jasmine, Megan, Tom, Miya, Chloe, Ellie, Hannah, Tom, Conall, Liam, James and Luke.  The children were a credit to the school.


Football – Smallwood vs Saint Mary’s 5th March 2014

We went to Smallwood School on Wednesday and managed to draw 2-2. We were shocked when Smallwood scored a goal in the first 30 seconds but Alistair soon equalised in the box. Alistair shone again when he passed the ball with his back-heel to Liam who kicked through the goalie’s legs. Despite the fact that we were a much stronger team, narrowly missing many shots at goal, Smallwood managed a late equaliser. We look forward to playing them again soon.

 

Y5/6 Basketball Competition on 12th February

On Wednesday, Miss Ebden took fourteen Year 5/6 boys and girls to All Hallows to compete in a basketball competition. All the children played brilliantly and showed a fantastic team spirit. Team A came third in the competition, out of six schools, which was a great result after little practice. However, Team B came first!! The children were all delighted with the results, and are keen to carry on practising their skills!


Girls’ Football Tournament on 6th February

Our girls’ football team played brilliantly last night.  I was unsure about how we’d perform against more experienced sides, but I was delighted with the team.  We won 2 games, drew 1 game and lost 2.  If it wasn’t for a last minute goal in one of the games, I think we would have been through to the semi-finals – so I have to say that we were a bit unlucky too.  I was particularly impressed with our performance against Black Firs A Team, who were truly magnificent and yet we only conceded one goal.  We also very nearly scored in that game too!  Fantastic sportsmanship throughout – well done girls!

 

Middlewich “friendly” Football Tournament on 11th December 2013 

Team “Price”

Saint Mary’s vs Wheelock Primary 0 - 0

The first match was very close and nothing could separate the two teams, both of which deserved to win in order to kick off their campaign.  Unfortunately, we could not find the back of the net, but we showed great strength as a team.

Saint Mary’s vs St Mary’s Middlewich 0 - 2

Our next game was very unfortunate because we lost to two very simple goals and, worse still, both of them were set up by Alex, Mrs Humphries’ son!


Team “Kennedy”

Saint Mary’s vs Wheelock Primary 0 – 6

In our first match, we had amazing stops by our keeper Sam, with help from team-mates Jake and Jakub.  Lewis and Conall played up front and, unfortunately, couldn’t work as a team on this occasion in order to score some goals.  In the end, we shook hands and walked off the pitch still feeling confident about our second match.

 

Saint Mary’s vs St Mary’s Middlewich 2 – 1

In our second match, Conall crossed the ball in to get it to Lewis, which resulted in a home goal as the defender tried to clear the ball.  Later on, Conall crossed the ball into Lewis who volleyed it into the bottom left corner, making the score 2 – 0. After half-time, we went back on and their goal keeper hit it down the pitch and a tall blonde girl dummied a shot, Sam dived and the girl ran past him and hit it into the goal.  When we kicked off after that goal, Conall got the ball and ran around the pitch with it for the last few minutes to ensure the victory was ours.  When the final whistle went, we went to shake hands with our heads held high.

 

Year 3 / 4 team

We played St Mary’s Middlewich twice and we won 2-1.  Jacob scored two goals and they were all set up by James.  The first goal was a header and it was a bottom corner goal.  Corey saved two goals and was a bit unlucky to let in one in during the second match.  In the second game, we also won and scored three goals (scored by Kristian, Jacob and Patrick).  We won both games and altogether we scored five goals.  As well as the goals we scored, our team played very well!

Girls' Football Tournament at Congleton High School on 6th February 2014

On Thursday the 6th February, Saint Mary’s entered a girls’ football tournament competing against other local primary schools.  In spite of taking a relatively inexperienced team, the school enjoyed success in the group stages by winning two of their games with goals from Megan Beech and Megan Smith.  The team was strong in defence too, only conceding two goals throughout the whole tournament. 

 

Basketball Tournament at All Hallows on 12th February 2014

On Wednesday 12th February, fourteen Year 5 and 6 boys and girls from Saint Mary's Catholic Primary School went off to All Hallows to compete in a basketball competition. All the children played brilliantly, and showed a fantastic team spirit. Team A came third in the competition, out of six schools, which was a great result after little practice. However, Team B came first!! The children were all delighted with the results, and are keen to carry on practising their skills!

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