On Thursday 28th April, I had the pleasure to accompany 28 of our Y6s to the country finals of indoor athletics at UWE Bristol. The children competed against 12 other schools from the South West in events such as sprinting, relay, javelin and speed bounces. The children all performed to a very high standard showing great sportsmanship throughout the day. We finished a very respectable 7th place overall and everyone left with huge smiles on their faces. Thank you to Mrs Saunders, Mrs Kidd and Mr Jones for their support. Well done everyone.
There would be many superlatives we could use to describe the girls' knock out football match this afternoon against St Vigor & St John's Primary School: excellent, epic, extraordinary, brilliant... they are many more we could use.
This quarter final game was exciting from the very first kick. It was end to end quality football with neither team able to break through their oppositions defence. At half time it was 0-0. The second half began in the same manner with Rosie our goal keeper making several exceptional saves on her debut. When the full time whistle blew and five minutes of extra time were played without any goals, the girls were ready for the penalty shoot out.
The penalty shoot out which followed was the most exciting , extraordinary and memorable one in Saltford School's history.
It took an unbelievable 24 separate penalties to decide the winner which was eventually scored by us!
Many, many congratulations to our 10 super heroes . A special well done to Rosie T in Y5 who stepped up to be our fabulous goal keeper at the last minute due to illness and thank you to all the supporters who provided the electric atmosphere. Bring on the semi finals !!
Many congratulations to both our Y4 gymnastic teams who competed today at the annual Baskervilles gymnastics competition. It was wonderful to see them performing their skills during their routines which they have been practising before and during school for the past couple of weeks. It was wonderful to see them demonstrate their brilliance and we are very proud of them. Each team came second in their group out of nine schools and Sophie and Scarlet each won a bronze medal for their individual performances. Many congratulations to them all.
A special mention and thanks to Erin in Year 5 who volunteered to come in before school and help coach the teams. Thank you to all the parents who helped with transport and to Mr Burston for organising the event.
Saltford players in the team
Keynsham Hockey Club’s U10 team took part in the end of season Avon Hockey tournament on Sunday 6th March and won the Plate competition. The team included 3 players from Saltford year 5: Erin, Seren and Anselm. In the morning they played in a group of 4 teams: they were narrowly beaten 1-0 by by Firebrands (who went on to win the Shield), beat South Glos 5-0 (including a goal by Erin) and drew 1-1 with Team Bath Buccs. This meant that they finished 3rd in the group on goal difference so went into the Plate knock-out competition in the afternoon.
There they beat South Glos B 1-0 in the quarter-finals (with the goal by Anselm), beat Bristol & West 2-0 and in a very exciting final beat Weston-super-Mare 1-0. Seren was the team’s excellent goalkeeper all day and let in the fewest number of goals of any team in the whole competition. The team played superbly well throughout the day and completely deserved their win. They were then awarded their medals and trophy by the tournament organisers.
Keynsham Hockey Club runs training sessions for primary aged players every Friday 4.30-5.30pm during term-time throughout the year (except the last Friday of each term). The club is actively looking for more players from year 3 upwards. If your son or daughter would like to have a go, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.keynshamhockey.club for more information. Children are welcome to attend a session free of charge to try it out.
Gymnastics do Saltford Proud
A wonderful game to watch.
A wonderful game of football was played on Thursday evening between our Y5’s and Oldfield Park Junior School despite the hail, rain and freezing temperature! Our team showed great resilience against the strong opposition who scored early on after kick off. Saltford settled down quickly however and played such delightful attacking football which was rewarded with three goals in the first half and two more in the second. OPJS showed such wonderful sportsmanship; they were unlucky not to score anymore goals albeit thanks to Fred’s great goalkeeping! Final score: 5-1! We await eagerly to find out our next opposition to see how far this incredible team can go....
Saltford girls shoot 6
Another fantastic performance from our Year 6 girls team on Tuesday 30th November when they played against St Saviours in the next round of the Bath & District Schools Cup Competition. There were goals galore in the first half: Ava (1) Isabella (1) and from Megan (2) At half time Saltford were 4-1 up and went on to score another 2 ( Ava,1, and Megan got her hat trick) after the break to put the game to bed at 6-1. Many , many congratulations girls - We can’t wait to watch you play in the next round.
We have entered 3 teams into the Bath & District Schools Cup Competition this season and on Monday 29th November Mr Bowkett and Mrs Brook had the pleasure accompanying our Year 5 team to play against Moorlands Junior School in their first round. Saltford attacked from the start and their early pressure was rewarded when Harry found the back of the net after the first quarter of the game. Moorlands responded with a powerful shot outside the box to level the game before the second half. It was a tense second half with both teams eager to make it through to the second round but it was Saltford who finally put the game to bed with a wonderful cross from Jack to Harry to score again- Well done boys- bring on round two!
Following our inter-school competition, Mrs Brook and Mr Bowkett took 22 hopeful runners to the BANES school cross country competition held at the Glasshouse Recreation Field. The Year 5 boys got us off to a flying start with Harry and Fred in the front pack throughout the race. Harry K finished the fantastic race with a brilliant gold medal with Fred narrowly missing out on a podium place, coming home an incredible 4th! The Year 5 girls’ team made an incredible start with Souad sprinting from the off and leading the race from start to finish to claim the gold medal. Nicole was then next over the line from the Saltford team, claiming bronze place after a scintillating sprint finish to pip third place. Year 6 boys were up next with high expectations set by the year 5s. They did not disappoint, with William biding his time in 2nd throughout the race to then put on the afterburners to power through to finish 1st. With the pressure mounted on the Year 6 girls to complete the set of golds, they made a controlled start with the whole team running in a tight pack around the course, encouraging each other as they started to move away from the pack. This continued throughout the race with them finishing very strongly. Special mention to the top 4: Megan, Ava, Lila, Amelia who finished 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th respectively. Well done to all that participated, everybody ran brilliantly showing great resilience. A special thank you to Mr Burston, Miss Wilson and Mr Banahan for organising and hosting us.
The most exciting penalties of 2021!
On Tuesday 9th November, 2 teams from Saltford represented the school at the BANES girls football tournament. Each team played 5 games in their pool. Both teams got off to a brilliant start with the ‘A’ team beating St Stephens ‘B’ 2-0 and the ‘B’ team drawing the local Saltdag derby 1-1. Following these group stages the A team progressed to the semi-finals on goal difference to face St Stephens ‘A’ team. The ‘B’ team unfortunately were unable to progress, although showed some fantastic skills, scored some amazing goals and displayed brilliant teamwork throughout. Saltford ‘A’ won their semi-final 2-0 scoring a goal near the end to put the game to bed. They met Oldfield Park ‘A’ in the final (a team they had already lost to in the group stages) the game was on a knife edge after full time with neither side able to penetrate the oppositions defence. The game went on to penalties, with both team’s keepers making some incredible saves. Unfortunately, it wasn’t to be, and Saltford lost 1-0. Well done to all the girls who participated, and thank you to all the supporters. A special thank you to Mr White whose coaching skills inspired the team throughout. Thank you to Mr Burston and Beechen Cliff Sports Ambassadors to who without we wouldn’t be able participate in such events.
Well done Team Saltford
On Thursday 14th October, our year 6 girls hosted Combe Down Primary School to play in the first round of the BANES School Cup Competition. Throughout Year 5, the girls trained every Thursday with Emily from Bath City so were extremely excited to be playing in their first competitive match. It was evident from the kick off that they were the stronger team, scoring their first goal within the first 5 minutes. By half time the girls were 5-0 up and held on to this fantastic score line throughout the second half when, in the spirit of sportsmanship we played 6 of our players against their 8! A massive congratulations to all of our girls: Megan, Sophia, Elen, Nia, Maya, Lila, Ellouise, Erin, Ava and Isabella. We can’t wait to play St Saviours in the second round!
On Friday 15th October, our year 6 boys hosted Combe Down Primary School to play in the first round of the BANES School Cup Competition. Although our boys didn't manage to score aginst a very strong Combe Down side, they continued to create chances, dug in deep and made some superb tackles. The boys were congratulated by the numerous memebers of staff who came aloing to support them. They all showed superb resillence, great teamwork and excellent sportsmanship. Congratulations to: Peter, Seb, Thomas M, Thomas B, Tommy, Louie, Kas, Jacob and Seb. Thank you to all of the parents and staff for their support on the day.
On Wednesday 13th October, 14 year 6 girls took part in the Keynsham & District Netball Hi 5 Competition at Wellsway. Both teams played exceptionally well, winning many matches in their pools. Unfortunately, they then had to play each other in the next round which meant only one team could go through to the final. The final was against St Johns A team and was a closely fought match, losing by only 1 goal. Saltford came 2nd overall. Well, done to all girls that took part and a big thank you to all parents and siblings that came to support.
On Monday 11th October, KS2 were invited to take part in the annual inter-school cross-country competition. There was a buzz around the school leading up to the event, with some children taking part in their very first KS2 competition.
The day started strongly with the Year 3 setting a high standard of competition. The Year 3 girls started with a blistering pace before settling. Florence broke away from the pack early to claim 1st place closely followed by Summer Louise and Ava. They were followed by the Year 3 boys, with Benji and Christopher battling it out for first place with Benji eventually crossing the line ahead. With Tommy just beating Eliot with a sprint finish to claim 3rd.
After break, it was the turn of the Year 4 girls. Clara F continued from her form last year to yet again claim gold. Freya on her debut race came in 2nd followed by Daisy who improved from 4th last year to claim a podium position. The Year 4 boys was an equally competitive event seeing Charlie and Oscar repeat their 1st and 2nd places from last year with Freddie coming 3rd.
After a carb loading lunch, the year 5 girls were up. An incredible competitive event with Souad coming 1st on her debut. Followed by Jess and Nicole in 2nd and 3rd respectively. The Year 5 boys matched the girls in competitive spirit. After narrowly missing out on a medal last year, Finn grabbed 1st place leading from the front, closely followed by last year’s winner Harry in 2nd and Jack in 3rd, who just just beat Leo in a photo finish.
Finally, the Year 6’s did not disappoint and finished what was already a brilliant day on a high. The girls showed great maturity and ran with ease and class. With Megan following suit from her brother to grab a medal in 1st. Followed by last year’s winner Ava in 2nd and Lila repeating last year’s performance with a strong 3rd place. William claimed first place again having followed Sam for much of the race who claimed 2nd with Reuben coming 3rd.
Thank you to all that participated and spectated. There were times when Mr Bowkett and Mrs Brook thought we had ended up at the London Marathon by mistake. It was a pleasure to watch the children participate with great resilience and passion. A big thank you also to all 20 sports ambassadors (including ex pupils) and Mrs Burston without whom the competition could not take place.
See you all next year.
On Friday afternoon, Mr Bowkett and Mrs Brook had the pleasure of accompanying eight year 6 boys to St Martins Garden in their first round of the BANES School Football Cup. Fantastic football from the start with some well worked passes. Saltford started particularly strongly passing the ball and using Ollie and Leon on the wings to spread the play. William opened the scoring with an easy finish after a superb through ball. Saltford continued to pepper the St Martins goal scoring 4 goals in quick succession. Jack, Seb and Kas, defended expertly soaking up pressure with James making some fine saves to maintain the lead. After a strong Saltford attack, St Martins managed to break and score on the counter attack at the start of the second half. Following this there was some super end-to-end football with Louie coming off the bench to score 1 and Leon cut in from the wings to score 2. St Martins fought to the very end making the final score 7-3 to Saltford. Well done boys! Let’s hope our other team can follow suit this Friday. Thank you to all the parents who helped transport the team to Bath and for your fantastic support.
Football and new friends
Last Wednesday, Mrs Brook accompanied a team from Year 6 to the annual Bristol Community of Purpose football Tournament at UWE. The programme, which we have been involved with for the last year, brought together 20 primary schools from across the Bristol area that were diverse in ethnicity, race, class, faith and geography to give them the opportunity to do what children do best, which is to connect and build friendships.. We teamed up with West Town Lane Academy to play several matches against the other schools. Throughout the day, we played seven matches winning three, drawing two and losing two leading to a very respectable fourth position overall. Many congratulations to all of the children and a huge well done to those who represented Saltford School: Jayden, Kas, Tamika, Tommy and Jack. Our joint team were given a special mention at the end of the tournament by the organisers for their excellent attitudes and display of fairness and mutual respect towards the other teams. We are all so proud of the way they interacted throughout the day.
Well done to the children who took part in a thrilling basketball tournament at St. Nicholas School, Radstock on Wednesday 30th June. They won 4 games out of 4, the last one being decided by a "golden basket" after a tie in normal time. The children conducted themselves brilliantly throughout the event and many thanks to the parents who helped transport the children to and from the event. Thank you to Matt, our basketball coach, who ensured that the children were brilliantly organsed. Thanks also to Mr Burston for helping to organise the event. Well done Saltford!
New skills and new friends!
A group of Y5 children have been involved in a wonderful opportunity this term with The Community of Purpose program. Over the last few weeks we have enjoyed numerous training sessions with a group of children from West Town Lane Academy. All of the children have loved playing football, learning new skills and above all, making new friends. Thanks to Becca and Paul from the program for their enthusiasm in providing this wonderful opportunity for us; the children have thoroughly enjoyed the whole experience.
Due to the current restrictions, the annual tournament which involves 20 other schools in the Bristol area will now take place in September- watch this space for more information next year!
Saltford girls bring home silverware
On Thursday 24th June, 3 teams from Saltford represented the school at the BANES girls football tournament. There was brilliant football throughout the day, with all 30 girls playing out of their boots. Every team played 6 games in total, showing great energy and enthusiasm throughout. The ‘A’ team won all three of the group matches making a fantastic start to the competition, the ‘C’ team who were in the same group were narrowly beaten by the ‘A’ team in the group following on from a hard-fought win and draw. The ‘B’ team battled and challenged every team in the group but unfortunately lost two and drew one. From the group stages, teams were seeded into a cup and plate competition. The ‘A’ and ‘C’ team were seeded into the cup. The ‘C’ team unfortunately didn’t get the results they deserved, but their players demonstrated some fabulous football and will definitely be the ones to watch next year. The ‘A’ team drew their first game in the cup 0-0, followed by a hard-fought win against the ‘C’ team. It was all to play for in the last game of the cup, with the winners between Moorlands and Saltford winning the cup overall. Both teams came close rattling the woodwork, but our own Heta ‘Beckham’ carried on her scoring streak to score in the last 30 seconds to win the cup, well done ‘A’ team! The ‘B’ team following on from the group stages, regrouped and rallied to begin the plate with a 0-0 draw. The team then went on to win their next game 2-0. Again, with it all to play for in the last game between Moorlands and Saltford, Saltford went down 1-0. Maya scoring to equal it 1-1. With the game on a knife edge, from almost in their own half Maisy scored what can only be described as… a screamer. The ‘B’ team going on to win convincingly 3-1 and win the plate overall. Thank you to Bath City Foundation and School Sports Partnership without whom none of today would have been possible. Thanks also to all the parents who helped with transport the teams. Well done girls!
Success for Saltford Cricket Teams
On Thursday 10th June, three cricket teams, from Saltford School, competed in the annual BANES schools cricket tournament ,at the Sulis Club in Bath, for the first time since 2019. The focus as always was on the children having fun, practising their skills and enjoying the thrill of competition-and hopefully making a friend or two along the way. The A, B and C teams played in the group stage first, coming first, second and third in their respective groups. Both the A and B teams qualified for the quarter finals of the cup competition whilst the C team qualified for the quarter finals of the plate competition. Following more exciting cricket, the B and C teams were knocked out of the competition and went on to play one more friendly game each before tea. The A Team went on a surging run of victories beating teams in the quarter and semi final to reach the final and cricketing glory. Saltford A played Oldfield Park in an exciting final and eventually won by more than 50 runs to lift the cricketing cup. Well done to all the teams who competed, demonstrating fantastic sportsmanship and skills. All the players were a credit to Saltford School. Thank you to the parents for providing transport to the Sulis Club and support for those who stayed and witnessed a fun day of cricket. Finally, thank you to Dave Burston who organised the tournament, Mr Bowkett and Mrs Brook for organising the Saltford teams and to Mr Bowkett, Mr Evans and Mr Boyle for coaching the teams on the day. Hip-hip...hooray!
What is there not to love about watching a game of cricket in the sunshine?! 17 of our Y6 girls represented the school at the annual B&NES Kwik Cricket competition held at Glasshouse Playing Fields on Monday 14th June. Our two teams enjoyed numerous matches throughout the day playing plenty of competitive cricket. One of our teams lost two of their matches in the morning but after lunch began a winning streak to win their final two of the day! The other team remained unbeaten throughout the whole day, playing some incredible cricket, fielding some magnificent balls and deservingly winning a place in the final against St. Stephens. The final match was incredibly close which didn’t fail to entertain the large crowd of supporters. There were plenty of fours and sixes scored and numerous runs but after in the end it was St Stephens who ‘pipped us to the wicket ‘by just three runs! Many congratulations to all of our girls who took part and thank you to all of the parents who helped with transport and supported the teams throughout the day. Thank you also to Dave Burston for organising the whole event.
Year 6's wait was finally over - with a win!
Another glorious June day, another superb football match! This time we welcomed Oldfield Park Junior School to play in a friendly against our Y6 boys’ team. We had high hopes for this team this season but as with many other events, the Virus put those plans on hold! This game however quickly lived up to the high expectations and didn’t fail to disappoint any of the spectators- parents, staff and former pupils alike. Within minutes of the kick off, Saltford peppered the goal line. It was Alfie’s strike with a whopper into the back of OPJS’s net which sealed the first well deserved goal. The second and third quarters of the game didn’t see any further goals but the skills and great football on display provided such superb entertainment that even Gareth Southgate would have been pleased. In the dying seconds of the final quarter, Alex weaved himself and the ball through the oppositions defence to seal the win for Saltford with wonderful strike;ecstatic celebrations from everyone including Mrs Brook and Mr Bowkett followed! The girls’ match is next .....keep watching this space!
Good to be back.
We were delighted to welcome Oldfield Park Junior School to play some friendly football on Monday 7th June. After the dismal weather in May, we finally played this match under glorious June sunshine with the boys’ smiles matching the sunny weather! All 20 have been training regularly on Mondays with Mel from South West Soccer and were very excited to play their first match. The first half was highly competitive with two excellent goals from William and Leon and some superb saves from Jack W in goal. The second half was equally exciting with a lovely goal from Thomas M. All of the boys finished the game with even bigger smiles than they started with -a truly wonderful sight to see!
Well done to: Jack W, Kas, Seb, Leon, Freddie, Ollie, Zane, Will, Jacob, Sam P, James, Jack F, Peter, Sam A, Adrian, Jack S, Jayden, Thomas, Louie and Tommy. Thank you to Mel for coaching the team and to Mr Bowkett for refereeing.
The Peloton gathered early on Tuesday 11th May for the ‘One Day Classic’ event on the school field, otherwise known as the ‘Salterium’ . Riders from Class JG & Class NS participated in a series of highly competitive races as well as receiving some expert coaching tips from Mark Smith from British Cycling. By the end of the day, the children were exhausted having enjoyed a wonderful, energetic event and it was clear to spot a future Geraint Thomas, Chris Froome, Lizzie Armitstead and Laura Kelly amongst our talented bunch. Many thanks to Mark Smith for leading this exciting and memorable day.
Gold, Silver and Bronze
We are absolutely delighted to share with you the results of the Year 6 In-School Virtual Pentathlon Competition: The outstanding collective points won by the girls’ team resulted in them topping the table and beating all the other nine teams! Furthermore, Zara and Phoebe’s individual scores earnt them an incredible silver and bronze medal respectively. In addition, the boys’ team thoroughly deserved their second place in the table, beating five other schools convincingly. Meanwhile, Ellis’ incredible individual display of athleticism earnt him the gold medal, beating 34 other competitors. Many, many congratulations to all of the children who took part…. Is that Tokyo we can hear calling?...
Great to be back!
On Wednesday 17th March, we were thrilled to welcome back Dave Burston to school to work with a group of children from Y2 & Y6. Each child competed in five events including; sprinting, balancing, throwing and catching, speed bouncing and skipping. The Y2's were given personal challenges whereas the Y6’s scores were recorded and will be compared to the results from different schools. ( we will know the overall results soon. ) All the children thoroughly enjoyed themselves and all of them demonstrated a very high standard of skills and ability. Thank you to Mr Burston for organising such a fun and competitive event.
Well done Y2's: Tommy, Bailey,Charlie, Elliott, Benji, Lauren, Sienna ,Summer Louise, Grace and Chloe.
Well done Y6's: Harry, Barney, Tom, Elis, Ewan, Niamh, Maisy, Zara, Heta and Phoebe.
Flying start to inter-school competitions.
On Monday 9th November, KS2 were invited to take part in the inaugural inter-school cross country competition. There was a buzz around the school leading up to the event, with some children taking part in their very first KS2 competition.
The day started strongly with the Year 3 bubble setting a high standard of competition. The Year 3 boys all started positively with great determination. Eventually Charlie T broke away from the pack to claim 1st place closely followed by Oscar B and Theo W. The Year 3 girls were lead by Clara F from the start who claimed hard fought win, followed by Robyn H and Esther W.
Next up to compete, was the Year 6 bubble. It was fiercely competitive from the start with the all the boys determined to win a medal. Ewan S sprinted ahead of his peers to take a well deserved 1st place, repeating this feat from last year. Tobias F followed in second, with Tom H pacing himself well to take the bronze. The girls then followed suit by another well run race by all, with twins Isla and Darcy W claiming 1st and 2nd place respectively, with Phoebe L pushing them all the way to the end to take 3rd.
Year 5's were next to take place on the starting line. Yet again they showed us all Saltford grit and determination. Ava D claiming 1st place, Amelia L hot on her heels in 2nd with Lila O in 3rd. The boys race proved to be hotly contested, ending with a photo finish to determine 3rd place. 1st place was awarded to William A, 2nd Seb K, with Jack F narrowly claiming 3rd.
Last but not least the Year 4s were up, rounding off the morning on a high. Again, another photo finish was required for 3rd place in the Boys, with Jack B claiming the bronze, Harry K won gold and Anslem W claiming silver. The girls race was equally competitive with Nicole F claiming 1st, Harriet C and Poppy D then finished 2nd and 3rd respectively.
Thank you to all that participated and spectated. There was great sportsmanship by all involved, which saw some fantastic competitiveness. A big thank you also to all helpers who without, the competition couldn't take place.
We can't wait to see what happens next year!
Mr Bowkett and Mrs Brook
8 goals scored and 3 conceeded
Many congratulations to our Y6 mixed football team who represented the school on Monday 9th March at Odd Down competing against 11 other schools. Throughout the day, the children were a pleasure to accompany, scoring a total of eight goals between them and only conceeding three. Many congratulations to them all.
Well done girls!
Very proud of our girls today at the Bath & District Hi 5 Netball tournament at Ralph Allen school. They won all games, first against OPJS B team 12 - 0, then St Mary's 5-0, then OPJS A team 3-0 and finally Bathwick 3-1.
They are winners of the Bath & District Hi 5 tournament. Well done to all the girls and thank you for all the parents for their support. Thank you to Mrs Hathaway for coaching the team.
Many congratulations to our Year 3 and Year 4 gymnasts who each earnt themselves a medal at the annual Baskervilles competition on Friday 28th February. The children competed at two levels: Level One which was for those less experienced gymnasts and Level Two for those with more experience. The children have been working hard practising their routines before school, expertly coached by Mrs Lewis.
Megan from Year Four, Erin, Seren, Poppy and Joshua from Year Three, competed in the Level Two category which was an extremely competitive one. The judges even commented that the standards this year were higher than previous years so when it was announced that Saltford had won Bronze, we were all ecstatic!
Our less experienced gymnasts from Year 4 were: Amelia, Lulu, Nia, Lila and Ellie. These girls were awarded first place and each given a gold medal in their catergory. In addition, Ellie was awarded a bronze for her outstanding individual routine.
Many, many congratulations to them all and thank you to Mrs Lewis for all of her superb coaching.
On Thursday 13th February, Mr Bowkett and Mrs Brook accompanied 10 Y6's - two teams, to the B&NES Quicksticks Hockey Tournament to compete against 12 other local primary schools.
The schools were divided into 4 pools and each school played in a round robin competition to begin with. Many goals were scored during these initial matches which led to one of our teams- Saltford B, qualifying as Runners Up in the Cup Competition. Our other team- Saltford A, finished in third place and went through to Plate Competition.
In the next round, The Quarter Finals, Saltford B were drawn against OPJS A. The game was very closely contested that extra time had to be played before OPJS eventually scored putting Saltfiord B out of the competition.
Saltford A meanwhile, were dominant in both their QF and SF matches winning them both convincingly. They met High Littleton in the final which was one of the most exciting matches ever witnessed. The atmosphere under the floodlit pitch was truly electrifying. Again, extra time had to be played to decide the winner and it was a brilliant team effort from our players which gifted Leo the ball to score and win the match for Saltford School! Many congratulations to them all.
Saltford A: Leo, JJ, Tom C, Mo and Kaiya.
Saltford B: Cooper, Adam, Phoebe, Belle and Stella.
Baskervilles competition medals haul
On Tuesday 28th January I had the pleasure of accompanying 10 children from Y5&6 to attend the annual gymnastics competition at Baskervilles gym in Bath.
The children competed at two levels: Level One - which was the category for the less experienced gymnasts and Level Two, the category for those children with more gymnastic experience.
All the children were given a routine to learn and perform on the vault and on the floor which they have been practising before and during school this term.
Many,many congratulations to all of the children, each of them winning a medal!
Our more experienced team were awarded gold medals- 1st place overall out of 15 teams and our less experienced group were awarded bronze medals -3rd place out of 11 teams.
A special mention to Zara who won herself an individual gold medal, to add to her gold team medal, for her outstanding performance and also to Tom and Phoebe who were both awarded individual bronze medals, to add to their gold team medals.
Everyone should be very proud of their efforts as they completed their routines with such flair and finesse that it was very clear to see how much hard work and determination they dedicated to learning their routines.
Many, many congratulations to: Zara, Phoebe, Chloe, Ava and Tom. Also to: Poppy, Holly, Stella, Theo and Leo.
Thank you to Mrs Wetherley, Mrs Gregory and Ms Corlett who transported and supported the team. Also a special thank you to Mrs Lewis for all of her hard work with coaching the children to such a high standard.
Congratulations Team Saltford
Another year, a different Year 6 team but remarkably the same result! For the third consecutive year, Saltford school continues to be the reigning champions at the annual indoor athletics competition which was held this week at Wellsway School. Our Year Six team competed against five other Primary Schools in relay, obstacle and hurdle races as well as javelin throwing, the triple jump and speed bounces. It was an extremely competitive event which showcased all of the talented children we have at our school. Many, many congratulations to the all of the children.
Thank you to Mr Bowkett, Mr Godwin and Mr Boyle for their support and to Dean Garrett, Beth Jones and Dave Burston for organising such a wonderful event.
Mrs Brook, Mr Boyle and Mr Bowkett accompanied their Year 5’s football team when they travelled to St Martin’s Garden Primary School on Monday 9th December to play in the second round of the knock out cup football league. Our boys started the match strong with Tobias finding the back of the net within the first 5 minutes after kick off to give Saltford a 1-0 lead. The opposition however, responded immediately and scored with a wonderful volley to level the match 1-1. After leveling the score, the opposition scored 5 more goals with a few more brilliant saves from our goalkeeper, Joe. Our Year 6 opposition team were the stronger team on the day which has, unfortunately, brought our Year 5 cup matches to an end. Our Saltford boys however, showed remarkable resilience throughout the match and despite going behind, they never gave up and continued to battle throughout the entire match, demonstrating many wonderful football skills throughout. Well done Saltford! This was a superb learning curve for the boys and a great experience to have the chance to play an older team in a school cup competition.
Saltford beat Moorlands on penalties to reach the next stage.
On Wednesday 20th November, our Year 5 football team travelled to Moorlands Junior School to play against them in the first round of the Cup Competition. It was an enthralling match to watch with end to end action throughout the first and the second half. Neither Saltford nor Moorlands could find the back of either net despite numerous shots on target from both teams. The prospect of penalties became a reality after full time and extra time was played without any goals. In the end, it came down to Tom who kept his nerve and fired home the emphatic winning shot! Final score: Saltford 2-1. Well done boys! St Martin’s Garden Primary School are our next opponents!
Silver standard at National Karate Championship
Congratulations to Joshua in year 5 who travelled to Sheffield to compete in the National Karate GKR Karate Championship on Saturday 16th November. We are delighted to report that he achieved a silver medal at national standard.
Joshua had been unwell leading up to the championships, leaving him little time for training, but he was determined to compete. With the support of his whole family and his Sensei (coach) he managed to pull off the silver medal. We commend Joshua for his tenacity and determination and his teacher and school friends will enjoy sharing in his success when he brings his medal into school.
In order to qualify for this National Karate GKR Championship, Joshua competed earlier in the year at the Qualifier Championships in Birmingham. Here he displayed great resolve in his Kumite (sparring) resulting in a gold medal. He also achieved a silver medal in Kata.
Joshua's parents and the school are extremely proud of him, particularly as he puts in lots of practice at home without going to extra Karate lessons. Keep up the good work, Joshua.
Ten boys from Y6 represented the school on Wednesday 13th November at the annual 7 aside boys football tournament at Odd Down Sports Ground in Bath.
In our pool were: The Meadows, St John’s RC Primary and St Keyna. We started very strong scoring an amazing six goals in our first match against The Meadows and only conceding 2. The next game against St John’s was much closer but we eventually managed to score against them, keeping a clean sheet. St Keyna were our final opponents in the pool. It was another extremely close match which they eventually won 1-0 against us. Saltford were very happy to finish in second place in this group stage which meant we played Moorlands next, in the knock out round. Our boys played brilliantly and after full time the score was all even at 1-1. Five minutes of extra time was needed which saw Moorlands score the winning goal. Final score 2-1.
Nevertheless, our boys can be extremely proud of themselves for their efforts at the tournament. Throughout the entire afternoon they demonstrated many footballing skills as well as a lot of determination, resilience and amazing teamwork.
Many, many congratulations to: Tyreik, Sam, Oscar, Adam, Jared, JJ, Tom, Oliver M, Oliver T and Freddie. Thank you to the parents for transporting the team and to all of those who cheered them on from the sidelines. Thanks also to our wonderful coach, Ricky.
Salford win in dramatic style
The Y6 boys’ football team celebrated on Friday evening with a win on penalties against St Keyna to progress to the next round of the B&NES Schools Cup Competition.
This was the boys’ first game and they quickly demonstrated how skilful and determined they are. The match was fast and furious from kick off with the majority of the first half spent in the oppositions half. At half time it was 0-0 and all to play for.
Going into the second half, Saltford continued to put pressure on St Keyna with more and more accurate passing, communication on the pitch and a volley of chances. However, neither team could break the deadlock and at full time the match remained a tie , 0-0, leaving the game to be decided on the unpredictability of penalties.
Again, all square after 6 each, (4 goals and 2 misses from both teams!) leaving Freddie in goal to make the winning save! A very dramatic end to a wonderfully competitive and good spirited football match.
Many congratulations to: Freddie, Ty, Adam, Ollie M, Ollie T, Tom, Sam, Jared, Oscar and JJ.
Maximun 9 points achieved in the Group Stage!
Nine girls from Y6 represented the school on Wednesday 6th November at the annual 7 aside girls football tournament at Odd Down Sports Ground in Bath.
It was an absolute pleasure to accompany the girls who demonstrated such a flare for the games despite only forming a month ago. For some of the girls, this was their first ever football game! Throughout the whole tournament, they showed a fantastic attitude and sportsmanship and continually encouraged each other on and off the pitch. In our first game we played St Keyna and won 2-1, in the second game we played Moorlands and won 2-0 and in the final game of the group stages, we played Chandag and won 3-1! The girls had achieved their aim by winning three out of three matches in the group stages and just missed out topping the table on goal difference to finish runners up. Next, in the knock out stage we met St Stephens. Despite our girls continuing to give 100% throughout the entire match, we were outplayed by the skills of one of their girls whose outstanding football won them the game, knocking out Saltford from the competition. Nevertheless, our girls can be extremely proud of themselves for their efforts at the tournament. To have won three out of four matches at their first competition is a truly remarkable achievement for them all.
Many, many congratulations to: Ava, Eva, Amelia, Holly, Poppy G, Mo, Stella Freya and Belle. Thank you to the parents for transporting the team and to all of those who cheered them on from the sidelines.
Congratulations to Emma and Eryn
We are very proud of Emma and Eryn from class NJ who achieved 2nd place in the Dream Legacy cheer and dance competition at NIA Birmingham on Sunday. They are both members of Phoenix Allstars cheerleaders.C
Girls’ team gave their best effort in exciting cup game.
On Wednesday 23rd October, one of our girls’ football team travelled to Bath to play Weston All Saints Junior School in the first round of the B&NES School Football Knock Out Cup Competition.
The girls showed great composure and resilience throughout their first ever game and never gave up trying to find the back of the opposition’s goal net!
Despite all of their efforts, they were outplayed by an equally determined WASPS team whose goalkeeper was kept busy throughout the entire match. At the final whistle, it was just their one and only shot on goal that found the back of our net
which separated the two sides. Despite the score line, our team left Weston with their heads held high and smiles on their faces. Well done girls- you should all be very proud of your efforts.
Thank you to all of the parents who transported the team and gave many words of encouragement from the sidelines.
Congratulations on your golfing achievements
There was an extra reason to celebrate on Zane’s 9th birthday recently. He heard that he had got in to Somerset Under 12’s squad for golf, having tried out at the age of only 8.
The icing on the cake came with the news that he had reduced his handicap to 30 while on golf tour, which meant he was then able to join the Yellow Tee members at Saltford Golf Club.
Well done Zane. We're looking forward to following your progress.
Success at the start of 2019
Authentic cross country conditions were on offer last Wednesday 9th October when twenty of our finest distance runners participated in the wind and rain at the annual B&NES schools competition. The year five boys raced first with an outstanding individual performance from Ewan who led the pack from the very start to the cross the finish line in first place, earning himself a gold medal. Tobias ran home in 9th place overall with Tom closely behind him finishing in 11th place. Harry finished in 23rd place and Barney 33rd.
The Y5 girls competed next. Darcy was pipped to the post into third place and thoroughly deserved her bronze medal. Abbie crossed the line in 4th place just missing out on a medal by the smallest of margins. Phoebe L sprinted the last fifty meters to finish in 8th place , Zara was 11th and Niamh 15th overall.
Oscar F was the first Saltford Y6 runner to cross the line. He finished in 9th place closely followed by Sam W in 10th, JJ was 20th, Matthew 24th and Adam 27th.
A sprint finish saw Phoebe S thoroughly deserve her bronze medal in the year 6 girls race. Ava finished 7th, Freya, 11th, Belle 13th and Stella finished in 17th place.
Overall, both of our year 5 teams ( boys and girls) and our year 6 girls team won first place out of all of the 17 schools that entered. A truly remarkable achievement.
Many, many congratulations to all of the children. They ran absolutely brilliantly despite the heavy rain and somewhat slippery conditions under foot. Each heat consisted of approximately fifty children from across B&NES and it was clear to see all of training from the Saltford children paid dividends.
Thank you to all the parents who either transported the children and to all of those who cheered them on from the side lines.
Our girls take the plunge
Belle M and Holly K took up synchronised swimming with Team Bath at the University of Bath in September last year. They've had a fantastic first ten months with the U12's squad, coming 2nd in the SW regional competition in June and 12th (out of 23 teams) in the Swim England National Combo Cup at the Olympic Aquatic Centre in London last week. They have the last competition of the season on Saturday at Culverhay pool.
Well done girls!
Saltford 6 Newbridge 0
The long awaited football cup semi-final kicked off, with immense anticipation, with the Saltford team playing in blue bibs, due to a kit clash. The first shot on goal came from the exuberant Saltford team- eager to open the scoring: a long range shot to test the keeper’s mettle-just wide of the post! Another shot followed in quick succession-this time wide of the other post. A positive start by Saltford.
More Saltford pressure followed, on a very hot summer afternoon, a week before the summer holiday break-the great ocean of time. Another shot wide from the blue bibs. Jack, in defence for Saltford, stopped every counter attack to feed the front players; heaping even more pressure on the valiant Newbridge defence and overworked goalkeeper. Finally, the deadlock was broken on 5 minutes with a precise cross, tapped in by Harry at the far post. 1-0 to the hosts.
After the restart, Newbridge played their best move with quick passing from defence ending in a shot wide of the Saltford post. Ollie, the Saltford keeper, made his first goal kick of the game reaching Ed on the left wing for another surging run, putting enormous pressure on the Newbridge midfield and defence. The Saltford wingers made life very difficult for the Newbridge players the whole afternoon under the scorching sun.
A rare mistake in the Newbridge box saw Tom reacting at lightning speed, latching onto the ball, rounding the keeper and coolly slotting the ball into the back of the net. 2-0 Saltford. Shortly after the restart, Tom made another blistering run towards the Newbridge goal, unleashing a tremendously powerful shot from 20 yards with the ball bursting the net. 3-0! A relentless opening 10 minutes from Saltford.
However, Newbridge kept their heads up and continued to try to get back into the game with resilient defending and counter attacks. For a brief moment, Saltford switched off, resting on their laurels momentarily, conceding a corner from Newbridge pressure. Ricky reminded his team to keep their concentration and soon the boys were communicating and pushing forwards again. In the next corner for Saltford, the boys worked a new training ground tactic-four players stood shoulder to shoulder then spread out into the box at speed as soon as the corner kick was taken. This made the Newbridge defence’s job even harder-making it very difficult to mark the attacking players. A corner tap-in was saved! Close!
Saltford surged down the wing again eager for more goals. Ed’s lightning pace beating two players before whipping the ball into the box for Charlie to slot the ball home. Goal! 4-0. In the dying seconds of the half, Ollie, the fresh Saltford keeper, had to spring into action to close the angle and cleared the ball from a Newbridge counter attack. Newbridge were not giving up just yet.
Newbridge kicked off the second half positively. They were rewarded immediately with a penalty after a trip in the 18 yard box. Saved! Ollie quickly dived to his right, stopped the ball and drop kicked it into the opponents’ half for a goal scramble ending in a corner. Cleared! The pace of the game continued from where it left off in the first half; both sides trying their best to score goals and stop the other team from scoring. More shots just wide from Saltford. Corners cleared. Ed then controlled a goal kick from Ollie and put his laces through the ball which flew into the bottom corner of the goal. 5-0!
Newbridge attacked, after the restart, with a huge kick that bounced over the Saltford keeper. Ollie raced to the goal line to safely gather the ball eager to keep a clean sheet. Newbridge still had their heads up-never giving up. Saltford attacked again. The keeper came to save, half blocked the shot and the ball trickled over the goal line. 6-0! Newbridge attacked straight after the restart, taking it round Ollie in goal then shooting wide from an impossible angle-the closest to scoring yet for Newbridge. More corners followed in the last few minutes; more goalmouth scrambles; more shots; more saves. Could there be any more goals in this thrilling semi-final? Finally, the whistle blew on a classic cup football game full of goals, fair play, resilience and sportsmanship. The beautiful game played by two committed and competitive sides. A joy to watch. Commiserations to the valiant Newbridge players and huge congratulations to Saltford who will be playing Moorlands in the final.
Thank you to Ricky for coaching and encouraging the team, Mrs Brook for organising the matches, Mr Martin for refereeing the game fairly and the vocal parents(super fans) on the touchline. A huge well done to the wonderful Saltford team. Good luck in the final boys.
Fun in the sun!
On Monday 15th July ten of our Y4 children took part in the WMAT Y4 Rounders Festival at Wellsway School which was organised by Mrs Burston. On arrival, the children were divided into six different teams which were a mixture of all the participating primary school in our WMAT cluster. Before the five games were played, the children practised their throwing and catching skills as well as making some new friends. The afternoon was a huge success and everyone thoroughly enjoyed themselves. Thank you to Mrs Burston, the young Sports Ambassadors, the parents and to Mrs Dixon who all accompanied the children.
To round off a busy sporting year, 22 children travelled to Bath Leisure Centre on Friday 5th July to take part in the annual schools gala. This event is always a highlight in the sporting calendar and this year was no exception. Once again, the standard was exceptionally high with many Club swimmers participating from the other local schools. We started the gala very strongly; Tayla’s 100m Individual Medley was worthy of a place in the GB squad! The next sixteen events comprised of 50m and 25m swims and relay races. Saltford won eight of these races with strong individual wins from: Daisy and Ewan. Saltford came 2nd in five further races and 3rd in the remaining three races. Many, many congratulations to: Tayla, Daisy, Georgie, Millie, Ben, Ollie H H Ollie K, Jake, Chloe, Tessa, Frankie, Lily, Kobi, Ben, Ewan, Barney, Ella, Daniel H, Daniel B, Fergus, Amelia and Anselm. Everyone swam brilliantly and should all be extremely proud of themselves. We finished in second place overall, narrowly missing out on the top spot by just two points!
Thank you to Mr Lye for coaching our superb team. Thank you also to Mrs Hathaway and Mrs Oliver for all of their help and to all the family members who cheered the team along.
Mrs Brook 05.07.19
The best athletes in the West of England
Many congratulations to our Year 6 Quadkid athletes who were crowned the county sports champions on Tuesday 2nd July at Wesport’s 2019 Summer School Games Competition.
This fantastic event, which was attended by 45 Primary Schools and 10 Secondary Schools, began with the Opening Ceremony where the children were reminded of The School Games Values: Respect, Determination, Teamwork, Passion, Self Belief and Honesty. Simran Kaur a Team GB para athlete gave an inspirational speech informing us that she too had participated at this very event in 2017 before qualifying to represent her country.
Throughout the day, the School Games Values were evident. The children’s passion, determination and self belief were in abundance as they competed against 19 other teams from the South West, creating a truly extra special atmosphere. We were all ecstatic when the results revealed that Saltford were crowned The 2019 County Sports Champions with their staggering total score of 1768 points for each discipline: 600 metres, Javelin, Sprint and Long Jump.
Furthermore, Jake S and Brooke T were each awarded individual bronze medals, Ed N, a silver and Holly S a gold!
Thank you to the parents who kindly offered to transport the children, to Mrs Smith who provided the much needed gazebo and to Wesport for organising a such a brilliant event!
Once again our children were invited to attend another cluster festival which was organised so brilliantly by Mrs Burston and her team of Y8/9 Sports Ambassadors. On Monday 1st July, our Year 5 children mixed happily with the other children from St Johns, Chandag and Marksbury to practise their skills with the javelin, shot put, sprinting, hurdles and the triple jump to name a few. All the children finished the afternoon with huge smiles on their faces having either learnt a new skill, improved on another or having made a new friend. Thank you to the parents and grandparent who walked to and from Wellsway with us, to Mrs Burston and to all of the wonderful Sports Ambassadors
Spectacular sports in the summer sunshine
On Monday 25th June, the year 5 children from HR and AB attended an athletics festval on Wellsway sports field. After marching along the pavement from Saltford to Wellsway School, the children had a well earned rest to eat their lunch under the shade of the trees. Having replenished their energy, the children were placed into groups, with children from other local schools by Mrs Burston, who organised the event. The children were then guided through a carousel of athletics activities, including relay, long jump, javelin and discus, led by year 8 sports ambassadors from Wellsway School. As the temperatures were very high the children took breaks in the shade and rehydrated themselves continually, with water and snacks, throughout the afternoon. Well done to all the year 5 children, who competed in the festival, practising and aqcuiring new skills, demonstrating sportsmanship and making new friends. Thank you to the large number of parents who helped to walk the children safely to Wellsway school. A special thank you goes to Mrs Burston for organinsing such a wonderful event and to the sports ambassadors who led by example, encouraging and inspiring the children.
Mr Boyle 27/06/18
Fun in the Sun!
On Thursday 27th July, Class HR walked to Keynsham Cricket Club to participate in a cricket festival with other local schools. It was a lovely sunny day so we enjoyed our packed lunches in the fields on route. The afternoon was spent learning the skills needed for kwik cricket and playing games. Thank you to all of our parents helpers for joining us - the trip would not have been possible without you.