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Ashley Sports Day

Tuesday 17th and Wednesday 18th July

This week saw our biggest days of the sporting calendar - Sports Days! Tuesday was a day of field events with the children competing in their classes for points, encouraging everyone to take part and have fun. Activities included welly throwing, long jumping, assault courses and even a 'water sponge relay'! Infant class winners were Badger class and junior winners were Eagle class!

Wednesday saw the more traditional side of Sports Day with races along the track including sprints, long distance, egg and spoon, three-legged and even a sack race. We were also very pleased to see our largest number of parents in a long time take part in the Parents Race! Well done to Shannon House for winning! Thank you to all the parents for coming and cheering them on and to all the teachers for organising and preparing the children.

Year 4 tennis tournament - 12th July 2018

District Sports - 10th July 2018

On 10th July, nearly 50 Ashley pupils took part in the annual District Sports. It was a fantastic day which was enjoyed by all.

Overall Ashley school came 5th!

A special mention goes to the following children who made it to the final and were awarded these places:

Joshua Lavery (Y3 throw) – 1st place

Sophie Ward (Y3 sprint) - 2nd place

Charlie Hathaway (Y4 sprint) - 1st place

Benjamin Edwards (Y4 long distance) - 3rd place

George Upsdell (Y5 sprint) - 2nd place

Evie Bedford (Y5 long distance) – 1st place

Lily Martin (Y5 throw) – 2nd place

Anthony Michaelides (Y6 sprint) - 2nd place

Anthony Michaelides, Lewis Cooling, Luke Oryem, Lance Lavery and Danny Settle (Y6 relay) - 3rd place

As well as their results the children must be congratulated on their behaviour and energy throughout the afternoon - there was a real sense of team spirit, looking after each other and cheering one another on. It was wonderful to have so many different children representing the school. It was also really lovely to see the children cheering and supporting their friends from other schools as well. Finally, a huge thank you to Mr Phil, Miss Beeby and Miss Beresford for supporting the children. Well done Team Ashley! 

Year 6 Ashley Cricket Team came 3rd! - 9th July 2018

INTOTRI - School's triathlon events - 24th June

Three girls from Year 4 have represented Ashley School at the Intotri triathlon events. Grace did an amazing swim, Elizabeth completed the bike leg and Isla finished in style on the run. The girls were all a little nervous as they had never done anything like this before but they showed how brave they were by getting stuck in! Well done girls :)

Year 5 Hi 5 Netball Tournament at Burhill - Friday 4th May

On Friday 4th May, Andrew, Billy, Joe, Matilda, Molly, Isla, Casey and Charlotte took part in the Hi 5 netball tournament at Burhill. We played 3 matches against Bell Farm, Cardinal Newman and Burhill and drew all of them! Although frustrating that we didn't win any matches, we had 3 incredibly close matches and everyone played brilliantly. Well done everyone!

Year 3 and 4 Topgolf - Tuesday 1st May

On Tuesday 1st May, 10 children from years 3 and 4 played Topgolf with 8 other schools.

Reported by Evie and Daniel: First, we putted cones down and then we chipped into yellow, purple and red circles made out of cones. After that, we used a wedge to chip into a small yellow circle. We then putted blue, yellow and green cones before finally chipping the ball into a box. It was great fun!

District Cross Country - Saturday 28th April

Reported by Miss Greaves: On Saturday 28th April, 32 children in years 4-6 at Ashley took part in District Cross Country at Notre Dame. There were 17 different schools and over 350 children all together! The children ran either 1.2km or 1.8km around a cross country route. Even though it was pretty cold, everyone tried incredibly hard and really enjoyed themselves! A special mention goes out to Charlie Hathaway who came 3rd in the Under 9 Boys and Evie Bedford and Lily Martin who came 1st and 3rd in the Under 10 Girls! There was huge team spirit from all of the children and it was great having so many parents there supporting our runners – thank you.   

The Golden Mile

The children are all really enjoying their Golden Mile. Here are some quotes from the children!

 

Carla Lee: "I love running with my friends."

Myla Stavrou Perrin: "When we started I found it really hard but it's getting easier each time."

Ben Russel: "I find it really tiring but I always feel good afterwards!"

Year 4 Mini Tennis competition

 On 25th April, Daniel, Harry, Amber and Olivia T head off to Walton Tennis club for a competition.

Reported by the children: Each match was 5 minutes long and the winner was whoever got the most amount of straight points. First we played Manorcroft and our total score was 36-10 to us! Next, we played Cardinal Newman and got 38 points in total. After that, we played Cobham-free school and 3 of us won. We then played Sayes Court and managed to continue our winning streak! We won our semi-final and were extremely happy to be in the final against Saint Geroge's. Unfortunately, we lost our last match but we came 2nd out of 12 schools so were very pleased! Well done everyone!

The Golden Mile - starting after Easter

Starting after Easter, Ashley school are introducing the golden mile. Twice a week, the children will run (or do another activity of choice) for 15 minutes as a whole class! The aim of this is to get our children moving as much as possible. Schools that are already involved say that they really value it. It improves learning readiness, concentration and behaviour – which leads to better attainment. They see how it builds the children’s confidence, resilience and determination while they are enjoying being outside in the fresh air, running with their friends. We are looking forward to seeing the impact this summer!

Year 5 Netball Match against Grovelands

On 22nd March, Charlotte, Isla, Andrew, Joe, Casey, Matilda and Billy played a netball match against Grovelands. They played fantastically and ended up winning 5-2! Well done Ashley :)  

Year 6 High 5 Netball Tournament - 22nd March 2018

On 22nd March, Imogen, Lucy, Daniel, Talal, Anthony , Lara and Anabelle headed to Holy Family school to play in a netball tournament. Report by Imogen Thomas and Talal Faraz:

On Thursday 22nd March, Year 6 went to the Holy Family school and played in a netball tournament.

Ashley’s first match was against St Judes and we won 3-0, Imogen scoring 1 and Daniel scoring us 2! The second match was against Bell Farm and unfortunately we lost 2-0 although we put up a good fight. The next match was against Thorpe Lea and the score was 5-3 to them. After that, we played Burhill and won 2-0 with Lucy scoring both goals! Our final match was against St James and we lost 1-0.

Everyone had a wonderful day and overall Ashley came 7th out of 12. Well done team!

Year 5 Netball match V Cleves

On 8th March 2018, the Year 5 Netball team played Cleves school. Although a last minute match, Ashley school never fail to put in 100% effort! We did brilliantly well. A special shout out goes to Isla Cogavin who didn't let a little fall stop her! The final score was 2-2.

Year 6 Netball match V Cardinal Newman

On 15th March 2018, Ashley school Year 6 team headed to Cardinal Newman for a netball match. What an intense game! Everyone gave it their all and played fantastically. A particular mention goes to Lucy Hart who stood out during this match moving very quickly around the court! We came away with a 3-3 draw. Well done Ashley!

 

Spend a day with Mr Phil!

 

James Taylor won "Spend a day with Mr Phil" at the Summer Fayre last year and November 30th was a day James will never forget.

James was picked up from his classroom at 9am and spent an hour and half on the field having a 1 on 1 session with Mr Phil. They worked on all aspects of football and ended up with a game which James won!

After break James had to organize the football kits for the afternoon girls tournament and spent time coming up with tactics and positioning for each individual player. He also wrote an email for the office to send out to all parents about bringing back football kit.

In the afternoon James helped at the girls football tournament, he led the warm up with the girls and spoke to them about their positioning and tactics. In the first game we had a penalty and James decided Lily would take it, great decision...... She scored!

With the girls winning the football tournament James can say that he has 100% record in his managerial career!

James ended up with a present from Mr Phil of a Pro Direct tracksuit for all of his hard  work throughout the day.

Cobham Rugby Festival November 2017

Reported by Lance and Lenny:

On 17th November, Ashleigh, Lance, Lenny, James, Aidan, Darcey, Lucy, Danny, Lara and Henry took part in the Cobham Rugby Festival. We played 6 matches against some very strong teams and amazingly we won them all! Lance and Danny both stood out as playing fantastically and they scored many tries for our team. We all had a brilliant afternoon and want to thank Mr Phil for supporting us.

Year 5 and 6 girls football team!

Year 6 Football Tournament at Royal Holloway University

Thursday 9th November 2017

Reported by Joe and Lewis:

On the 9th November 2017, Ashley football team (Joe, James, Lance, Isaac, Lewis, Tom, Luke, Aaron and Danny) competed in a football tournament at Royal Holloway University. We were in a group with St James, Bell Farm, St. Ann’s Heath, Hive and Stepgate. The top 3 schools in each group progressed to the quarter finals. By winning 3 games and drawing 2, we managed to come 3rd and get into the quarter finals! Our first game in the knockout stage was against St. Judes. The match was incredibly even and the game went to a penalty shootout. Thankfully, we managed to win the shootout 4-1 and get into the semi-finals. We were really chuffed! The next game was against St. James and if we won, we would be in the final. Once again, the game was tight and Ashley had a few chances including Lewis hitting the post! Unfortunately, in the dying seconds, they snatched the victory and left us devastated. Overall we had a really good day and played some great football.

Ashley Infant and Junior Sports Council 2017-2018

Cricketers: Fourth Best in Surrey!

Thursday 13th July

Joe Paddon reports:

Yesterday, having won the Elmbridge Kwik Cricket tournament, we travelled to Sunbury cricket club to play in the Surrey Cricket County Finals! There were two teams competing and firstly we were split into four groups of three teams; this was the group stage. Our first game was a thrilling match in which we set a target of 232 for the opposition to score. They were going very well and were tied with our score with two balls left. Incredibly, Lance Lavery bowled an amazing ball that hit middle stump. They were now on 221...and we were on course to win! It was the last ball and our opposition had to hit a 6 to win. Lance bowled, and thankfully he didn't make a connection so we won the game by five runs.

We then had a twenty-five minute rest before our next game versus Bushy Hill. It was our 2nd game and a win would give us the opportunity to compete for the trophy. Once again we batted first and did slightly better by getting 242 for Bushy Hill to chase. We got several early wickets and came out winners by 44 runs, with Bushy Hill only being able to reply with 198 runs. We sat down for lunch knowing that the trophy was up for grabs.

In the afternoon session we would be in a group of four, and whoever came top of the group would win the trophy. Unfortunately we dramatically collapsed in all three games (possibly due to two days of Sports Days prior to the event!) in the second group stage and ended up 4th. However, we are absolutely thrilled with our achievement as we can officially call ourselves 'the fourth best team in Surrey'! We certainly all went home with smiles on our faces

Ashley Sports Day

Tuesday 11th and Wednesday 12th July

This week saw our biggest day of the sporting calendar, and this year we turned it into two days... Sports Day!! Tuesday was a day of field events with the children competing in their classes for points, encouraging everyone to take part and have fun. Activities included welly throwing, long jumping, football dribbling and even a 'water sponge relay'! Huge congratulations to Fox class who were the overall winners for the day. Wednesday saw the more traditional side of Sports Day with races along the track including sprints, long distance, egg and spoon, three-legged and even a sack race. We were also very pleased to see our largest number of parents in a long time take part in the Parents Race! Well done to House Berkley for winning, by two points! Thank you to all the parents for coming and cheering them on and to Miss Penney and Miss Greaves for their organisation and preparation.

Ashley School Triathlon Team

Sunday 9th July

Despite the incredibly early start, Imogen Thomas, Lance Lavery, Lucy Hart, Max Fernandes, Dan Elderkin and Aidan Murphy McCreath had a fantastic time competing in the Elmbridge Triathlon, held at the Xcel Leisure Centre. The school team comprised of Imogen, Lance and Lucy each completing all three phases and Max, Aidan and Dan forming a 'team within a team', completing a leg each (Dan running, Max swimming and Aidan cycling). The children all performed exceptionally well and came a brilliant 5th (out of 12 schools taking part). A huge well done to all of the children and a big thank you to the parents for supporting them. "IntoTri" hold triathlons every month at the Xcel, specifically aimed at children. If you think your child might like to take part in future events please look at their website - www.intotri.com. We'd love to have even more teams entering next time!

District Athletics

Thursday 6th July

We had a fantastic day yesterday at Woking Athletics Club despite the unrelenting, blistering heat. All of the children jumped, threw and ran their hearts out and we had some fantastic results:

Year 3

Boys throwing - Connor O'Herlihy - 6th

Girls throwing - Taylor Warren - 1st

Girls long jump - Olivia Thomas - 4th

Year 3 overall - 7th

Year 4

 Boys 600m - George Upsdell - 5th

Boys sprint - George Upsdell - 2nd

Boys long jump - Sam Condron - 3rd

Boys throwing - Noah Wilson - 4th

Girls 600m - Lily Martin - 1st

Girls long jump - Chloe-Jane Evea - 2nd

Girls throwing - Lily Martin - 2nd

Year 4 relay team - 3rd

Year 4 overall - 1st! 

Year 5

 Boys 600m - Lance Lavery - 5th

Boys throwing - Lance Lavery - 1st

Girls sprint - Natalia Gorrin - 5th

Girls 600m - Lucy Hart - 6th

Year 5 overall - 7th

Year 6

 Boys sprint - Louis Powell - 5th

Boys 600m - Tom Jenkins - 5th

Boys long jump - Louis Powell - 3rd

Girls sprint - Lily-Anne Gibson - 5th

Girls long jump - Georgia Thomas - 2nd

Y6 Girls relay - 5th

Year 6 overall - 6th

ASHLEY SCHOOL OVERALL - 5th out of 11 schools.


As well as their results the children must be congratulated on their behaviour and energy throughout the afternoon - there was a real sense of team spirit, looking after each other and cheering one another on. It was the largest number of children we have ever taken to District Sports (nearly 50!) so it was wonderful to have so many different children representing the school. It was also really lovely to see the children cheering and supporting their friends from other schools as well. Well done Team Ashley! 

 

Ashley School representatives at Surrey Youth Games

Tuesday 27th June 2017

Over the last couple of months a large number of Ashley children have been taking part in a whole host of sports to train for the Surrey Youth Games. The P&G Surrey Youth Games 2016 is a multi-sports competition, spread over the weekend of 17th and 18th June, in which all eleven districts and boroughs in Surrey entered teams into a variety of indoor and outdoor sports. There were sports for all ages, including events for young people with disabilities. The children - many of whom had never tried the sports they were playing before - attended local coaching sessions in the two months prior to the Games. For many of the players selected the event was their first experience of countywide competition, and was held at the prestigious Surrey Sports Park in Guildford.

Ashley school had a number of representatives for Elmbridge Borough and performed exceptionally well:

Taylor Warren – Tennis (Won 3 singles and 1 doubles, Team 4th)

Louisa Carrodus – Judo (Bronze Medal)

Eva Freeland – Football (Silver Medal)

Maisie Freeland – Football (Team 5th)

Lucy Hart – U11 cricket (Silver Medal)

 

Year 5 Cricket Team through to County Finals!

Monday 19th June 2017

Mr Phil reports:

Year 5 boys played in a cricket tournament on Monday at Reeds School. They played against some very good teams in very hot weather but performed fantastically well.

In the group stages we ended up beating Cleves School and Hinchley Wood School which progressed us through to the semi final where we beat Cardinal Newman School in a very tight game.

In the final we had a rematch against Cleves. We started off very nervously but ended the game getting 6 wickets in the last over meaning we came out victorious. The boys were amazing from start to finish, from applying their sun tan lotion to batting and bowling.

We have progressed through to the county finals which will be in mid July. We are very much looking forward to this and if the boys play as well as they did on Monday we could have some future England stars.

Year 5 Netball Team win the league!

Friday 16th June 2017

Miss Penney reports:

Over the previous two terms, the year five netball team have played in a number of matches against other local schools with all scores being recorded and points going towards a league. Winning six out of the eight matches played, and the majority of those being won convincingly, the team were very excited to hear that they had WON the overall year five league within the Elmbridge and Runnymede Borough!

The season culminated in a tournament on Wednesday: the team played fantastically all afternoon and won the overall points in the round robin stage. They then went through to the final to play CFS (a team they had just beaten 4-1), and despite Ashley dominating the game and showing fantastic skills, they unfortunately lost the match 3-1. A proud result though to be runners-up, having played some very exciting games and had lots of convincing wins. 

The team have shown outstanding dedication, sportsmanship and camaraderie throughout the entire netball season (come rain or shine!) and I am exceptionally proud of them all. Bring on the next season!  

U8 & U9 Girls' Biathlon

Tuesday 9th May 2017

Lily and Eden report:

On the 9th May, 12 girls from Year 3 and 4 went to a Biathlon event at Notre Dame. We swam 50 metres and then ran 800 metres. We all had a lot of fun competing against 6 other girls. We were extremely nervous when we were sitting beside the very cold pool and unfortunately it was boiling in the waiting room! The event was over very quickly but we all thoroughly enjoyed it. We were all so proud of each other and we hope to compete in more Biathlons in the future.

Year Four Tennis Tournament

Monday 24th April 2017

Chloe-Jane Evea, Zach Cheung, Thomas Lowe and Catherine Boon report:

On Monday we travelled to Stompond Lane to take part in the Elmbridge Schools Tennis Tournament. When we arrived we had some time to practise before Rob, the tennis coach, asked us all to come and sit down and he told us the rules. Our teams played lots of different schools and both teams lost two matches and won three matches. Unfortunately we were just 1 point off going into the final but we were really happy that we came 3rd out of 12 teams.

Netball vs Burhill

Tuesday 21st March 2017

James Maloney reports:

On Tuesday 21st March, the Year Five netball team played a match against Burhill. As soon as started we knew that we were dominating the game. Imogen and I both scored in the first quarter so we were heading for 2-0. The second quarter was not very different as Lucy, Talal and Kate controlled Burhill's 'D'. Lucy scored to help us keep our lead at half time. The third quarter was even better as Kate scored three magnificent goals and Danny also scored one. Burhill hadn't even had a shot; our defence was so strong! Our passing was also exceptionally quick and accurate. At the start of the fourth and final quarter, we were leading 7-0. The goals didn't stop there though as I scored two more goals to give us a total of nine goals to none. When the final whistle blew we couldn't believe the final score: it was a really impressive victory and we left feeling very pleased with ourselves.

District Cross Country

Saturday 18th March 2017

Miss Penney reports:

Last Saturday, 23 children from years 3-6 took part in the District Cross Country Running event, held at Notre Dame School. With fifteen local schools taking part and nearly 100 children per race, it was an exciting opportunity for the children to represent their school. After six weeks of intensive training sessions running round and round our school field, the children were very excited to see that the event’s course was made up of a combination of woodland paths, tarmac and grass fields – proper cross country! The U9 groups, a combination of Y3 and Y4 children, ran 1.2km, with the girls and boys respectively coming 5th and 10th. A special mention for Evie Bedford (4th individually) and Lily Martin (5th indiviudually).  The U10 and U11 groups each ran 1.6km, with the U10 girls and boys both coming 10th collectively; a special mention for Lance Lavery who came 4th individually. The U11 girls came 11th collectively. Louis Powell was our soul representative for the U11 boys and put in a magnificent performance, finishing in the top half. There was huge team spirit from all of the children and it was great having so many parents there supporting our runners – thank you.   

Netball vs Cleves

Thursday 16th March 2017

Daniel Whitehouse reports:

On Thursday, the year five and six netball  team travelled to cleves for a sure to be hot-headed match! The year sixes played first and unfortunately lost by quite some margine. Seeing this, the year fives became quite apprehensive and intimidated! It was our turn after, and, it was hard. In the first quarter, Cleves scored the opening goal and we levelled it out with it being 1-all. The second quarter  ended with the score 2-1 to Cleves; this set us back but we knew we had to win. The third quarter was tiring but Andrew Lee got a goal to level out the score to 2-2. The last quarter was tense. Incredibly hard. We needed a goal. And… We did! Lara Clayton scored a magnificent goal to finish the match of 3-2 to us, Ashley. Here’s a quote from Hannah Mukasa: “ The game was…fantastic!”

Year 5 Yoga Workshop

Thursday 9th March 2017 

On Thursday morning all 62 children (and adults!) in Year Five were treated to an inspirational Yoga session from Faye Koe - the biggest class she had ever taught! The children were first told the story about 'the weed and the big tree', which comes from the translations and commentary by Sri Swami Satchidananda on The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali. This taught the children the importance of having a supple body, as well as how a supple body will always be healthy and tension free. Following on from this the children learned a number of different yoga poses including apanasana, setu bandha, lying twists, cat balances and downward facing dog, to mention just a few! The session was ended with some calming relaxation, exploring how each body part felt as well as focussing on their breathing. As Faye commented, "I have never seen a room of 62 children before, all with eyes shut and calm; a lovely moment for me and the teaching staff!" The children were all particularly calm and focussed for the remainder of the morning - maybe every morning should be started with a yoga class?!
Thank you very much Faye! (Faye Koe, owner of 'Body Soul Yoga Surrey' and British Wheel of Yoga Qualified and Certified yoga teacher).

Netball vs St. Ann's Heath

Tuesday 7th March 2017

Lucy Hart & Imogen Thomas report:

On Tuesday 7th March Lucy Hart, Imogen Thomas, Lara Clayton, Megan Attwood-smith, Grace Bannister, Daniel Whitehouse, James Maloney and Talal Faraz played a very tense and exciting netball match against St Ann’s Heath. Everyone on the team tried hard and Miss Penney said it was the best netball match we had played. In the first quarter Daniel and Talal scored one goal each, in the second Quarter Megan scored, in the third quarter Lara scored and in the fourth quarter James scored. The final score was 5-0 to us! We were about to score again just as the final whistle blew! Everyone loved playing the game and can’t wait for the next match.

Netball vs Cobham Free School

Friday 3rd March 2017

Annie Campbell reports:

On Friday afternoon the year five netball team had two matches against Cobham Free School. It was great having loads of parents cheering us on. Our opponents were extremely friendly and played well. The first match was an exciting, eventful game (including having a fire alarm in the middle!) and everyone tried their hardest. CFS played really well and the final result was 7-2 to them. It was disappointing for us but we had fun and that is what matters. Miss Penney was an encouraging, hard-working coach and helped us a lot.

Football vs Manorcroft School

Friday 3rd March 2017

Callum Mepsted reports:

On Friday 3rd March Ashley travelled to Manorcroft for their penultimate game of the season. The game kicked off with Ashley passing it around well in their half, when they quickly counter attacked and Samuel found himself crossing the ball into the Manorcroft box. Callum connected sweetly with it as he tapped round the keeper - 0-1 Ashley. As Manorcroft kicked off, they lobbed the ball over the back of Ashley’s defence, then scoring to make it 1-1. Ashley was falling apart as Manorcroft made it 2-1 and then 3-1 and then 4-1 in the first half. Second half. Callum was subbed off for Tom as the second half got underway. A free kick was given to Ashley with Tom crossing it in to meet Samuel’s head just putting it wide. Daniel was then subbed on for Zach who made a few tackles in defence. A much better second half for Ashley when Callum took a shot rebounding off the keeper for Jake being in the right place at the right time to hit it in the bottom right.4-2. Ashley’s chances came and went in the second half with the game ending 2-4. Well played both teams!

Football vs St. Paul's School

Tuesday 28th February 2017

Joe Paddon reports:

On the 28th of February 2017, Ashley school played at home to St Paul`s School. Parents gathered on the Harmony Centre steps to watch the game. The game kicked off with Ashley on the front foot pushing for the opening goal and about 10 minutes into the game Aaron Mortimer struck a shot which went in the bottom corner of the net. Soon after that, James Maloney got a second goal for Ashley who were on a roll now. Ashley kept on searching for a third goal  and it eventually came with a fierce cross by Lewis which was unfortunately turned into his own net by a St Paul`s defender. Ashley went into the break with a 3-goal advantage over their opposition. The second half began with St Paul`s gradually getting a foot hold in the game but with about five minutes left Joe Paddon struck a sweet volley into the roof of the net after a fantastic throw by Lance Lavery. 4-0! In the dying seconds of the game, a few mistakes at the back for Ashley led to a good goal by St Paul`s who denied Ashley their first clean sheet of the season. The final whistle blew and Ashley had picked up their first win of the season against St Paul`s!

Netball vs St. Anne's, Chertsey

Tuesday 28th February 2017

Year 5 - Imogen and Megan report:
Despite the pouring rain, freezing temperature and strong winds, Imogen, Lucy Hart, Andrew, Lily, Talal , Lara Clayton, Daniel W and Kate played a fierce netball match against St Anne’s School. We missed a few goals because our hands were cold and slippery, so it was hard to grip the ball. It was a tough match as everyone’s hands were as cold as ice! The final score was 2-2! Imogen and Daniel W scored a goal each. As the whistle blew for the end of the match, we were about to shoot, but we didn’t have enough time to score the winning goal. It was a fun game and we can’t wait until we play the next netball match!

Surrey School Games Dance Festival

Thursday 24th February 2017

Maeve and Jemima report:
On Thursday 23rd February, Miss Penney and Miss Greaves took Ashley Dance Squad to Surrey Sports Park, Guildford for the Surrey School Games Dance Festival. While we were there we were encouraged to develop six values: honesty, team work, self-belief, passion, respect and determination.
When we arrived at the festival we took part in a very active, lively warm up before moving on to two workshops. In each of the workshops we were with two other schools and we learnt different dances using different styles of dance. The first workshop was a Kung-Fu dance which we did to Kung Fu Panda. The next workshop was a hip-hop dance to ‘Can’t Stop the Feeling’.
Over lunchtime we had a chance to rehearse the dance we had been learning at school, and we also saw other schools’ dances so we knew what we were up against! After lunch everyone took part in a big performance, performing the dances we’d learnt that day with the other schools as well as our own dance with just our group.
We had a really good day; it was great learning lots of different dances whilst having lots of fun, and also performing in such a big hall in front of so many people!

New Football Kits!

A HUGE thank you to Pro-Direct for sponsoring our Year 5 and Year 6 football teams and treating them to a new, bright and shiny kit. Our teams now look even smarter than usual when they play matches against other schools. Please see the photos below of the Year 5 boys and Year 6 boys modelling the kit!

 

Year 6 Football - Ashley vs St Pauls'

Wednesday 22nd February

Tom Jenkins reports:

On Wednesday 22nd February, Ashley school played St Pauls'  - another home game on Ashley turf. The crowd was roaring with cheers, as Ashley started the game. It started the game off when Jake scored the first goal of the half within just a few minutes. Jake scored another during the first half, creating an immense atmosphere to go around the game. Samuel M then scored another great goal! He tapped round the keeper, keeping the score at a high level. Another goal for Jake, ending the first half. St Pauls' were doing very well, until Tom scored two goals in a row to make it 6-0 to Ashley. Samuel and Jake both then scored another brilliant goal each. The last two goals were from Yonotan, ending the game 11-0 to Ashley. Man of the match was Daniel K for his faultless defending. Both teams worked very well, and deserved a good rest afterwards. Our first win of the season and what a win!

Year 6 Football - Ashley vs St James'

Friday 10th February

Jake Meek reports:

On the last day of half term, Ashley school and St James battled it out  in a 30 minute football game on the Ashley turf.  It was the home team to get the game underway as everyone was ready and buzzing to play. The game started with the ball being played around the pitch until a late first half goal for Jake Meek and an assist for Tom Jenkins with Jake blasting it top bins.1-0 Ashley. While the second half started Alex Young was subbed on for Samuel M and a few subs for St James. St James had an early free kick and a magnificent save from the new Ashley goalkeeper, Samuel N. Later on, Ashley earned a counter attack. With Jake up front, with a few skills, going around the St James defender, skimmed the post.  Unfortunately, with the final kick of the game and the whistle already in the referee’s mouth, St James got a good chance and finished the score sheet up with a 1-1 at full time. Our first points of the season!

Year 6 Talented Trip - High Ashurst

Friday 3rd February

On a very chilly Friday morning, Miss Penney and Phil took 10 of year sixes most talented sports people to High Ashurst for a day of challenges, team building and skills development. In the morning, the children had to work closely as a team to tackle a low-ropes challenge course which required a huge amount of coordination, communication and balance. 

"I was surprised at how difficult it was; it looked really easy at first!" - Georgia.

"We certainly couldn't have tackled even the first obstacle without working together; we all had to rely heavily upon each other." - Jake.  

After lunch, the children had to work in smaller teams for the high-ropes crate challenge and even Miss Penney and Phil had to overcome their fear of heights and had a go! Whilst some of the children were suspended up high, balancing on top of the crates, the rest of the group were either part of the safety team ensuring everyone up high was kept safe, or helping pass the crates and stack them.

"I was really worried at first, but as we worked together as a team I gradually increased my trust and felt far more safe and comfortable in what I was doing." - Tom

It was a fantastic day and the children all left the site feeling they had achieved a goal as well as having increased their confidence, communication and resilience skills.   

Sports Journalists visit Elmbridge Xcel

Wednesday 7th December

Last Wednesday, Ashley's Sports Journalists were treated to a guided tour of the new Xcel Leisure Centre to find out how it can be used by the local community and to learn more about the construction process, as well as finding out how sustainable to building will be.

See Daniel Whitehouse's newspaper report below:

Year Five Netball vs Grovelands

Thursday 24th November

Lucy Hart (Sports Journalist) reports:

On Thursday 24th November, eight year 5 children went to play their first netball match against Grovelands School. They played AMAZINGLY in all four quarters. In the first quarter, Lucy Howard scored two goals and Danny settle scored one. In the 2nd  quarter, Imogen Thomas scored  two goals. Daniel Whitehouse scored one in the 3rd quarter. In the last quarter Lara Clayton scored one and Talal scored one. In the end the score was 8-1 to Ashley! We all had lots of fun and really enjoyed it. After the match we shook hands and went back for biscuits and juice.

Skipping Workshops

22nd, 23rd and 24th November

Daniel Whitehouse and Joe Paddon (Sports Journalists) report:

This week, all of the children at school have taken part in a skipping workshop with Lizzie Juffs, National Skipping Coach. From our youngest children learning the basics of how to skip right through to our older, more accomplished skippers doing ‘Double-Unders’, ‘The Pretzel’, ‘Double-Dutch’ and even French skipping, all of the children were challenged and stretched to the very best of their ability. Our sports journalists, Joe Paddon and Daniel Whitehouse, have been interviewing some of the children about their workshop:

“It was great fun; we learnt so many different skipping techniques” – Jake & Freya, Eagle Class

“’Keep the Kettle Boiling’ was a great way for our whole class to be involved in a game. We have been playing it at breaktime, too!” – Anthony & Lily, Kestrel Class

“I didn’t know how to skip backwards until Lizzie taught me.” – George, Robin Class

“My favourite game was shark attack. I gave the workshop a 10/10!” – Lily, Frog Class

Our Year Five Play Leaders are going to continue the skipping craze with regular skipping games and challenges on the playground. Can you beat your personal best?!

Surrey Leadership Academy

Monday 21st November

Lucy Howard reports:

On Monday 21st November, ten Year Five Play Leaders went to the launch of the Surrey Leadership Academy to learn how to be a fantastic leader. The morning was started with an inspirational talk by Paralympic-Judo medallist, Ian Rose. We discussed the six main qualities a good leader should have: determination, honesty, respect, passion, teamwork and self-belief.

We then took part in two workshops; the first one in the morning was about games we could lead on the playground. Some of our favourite games were ‘Rats and Rabbits’, ‘Human Knots’ and ‘Twinkle Toes’. They gave us a really helpful booklet to help us run these events back at school – we’re really excited about planning and organising a ‘Run XC’ event next term!

In the afternoon we took part in a ‘PhysiFun’ workshop which taught us even more activities and healthy lifestyle games that we could take back to school and lead other year groups in. We used ‘STEP’ cards to help us learn the games and then we had to teach these games to another school.

The day was great fun and we all came away feeling excited to share our ideas with the other Play Leaders, as well as helping others to play the games at lunchtimes.

Year Three Hockey Tournament

Tuesday 8th November

Lucy Hart (Sports Journalist) reports:

A team of eight year threes went to Ashford hockey club to play in a hockey tournament. Six children played in each eight minute match.

Match 1: Unfortunately, Ashley didn’t get off to a strong start. They lost 2:0 but Charley Warren was close to scoring.

Match 2: Ashley won 2:0. Taylor Warren set Conner O’Herlihy up to score and he tapped it in the goal. Conner scored once more.

Match 3: Conner scored the first goal of the match. The other team scored a goal and another close goal by Charley but the score remained 1:1.

Match 4: It was a close game. Katy Ellis nearly scored but the score ended at 0:0.

Match 5: Another winning game for Ashley. Taylor scored, swiping the ball into the goal and the final score was 1:0

Match 6: Again, Ashley was the stronger team and Taylor scored for the second time in a row. The score was 1:0.

Semi-final

Match 7: Not a good match for Ashley, the other team scored and Ashley sadly lost 1:0.

Match 8: Ashley won the match! Conner scored the winning goal. Taylor saved an amazing goal which stopped the other team from winning. The end score was 1:0.

Over all Ashley came 3rd out of 13 schools and the team   were presented with a bronze medal each. A fantastic achievement after just a half-term learning hockey skills – well done year three.

Scintillating Nerf Session

Wednesday 19th October

Joe Paddon reports:

On the 19thof October Year 3 and Year 5 had a treat of having 'Nerf' PE session. Both years were eagerly anticipating this session and they loved it. The coach, Angus, split us into 3 groups. We played the same game for the whole hour but the rules were changed slightly as it went along. On every round the teams had to pick a medic, both medics shook hands at the start so that the teams knew who they were.

This PE session took place on the field with tents to hide behind and it was awesome! All three teams played about 5 games of constant charging around shooting bullets at their opponents. The basic rules are 2 teams played at a time , the medic  had an area where he couldn`t be hit, if his team mate got hit the medic had to come out of his area to  free the player so that he or she could come back into the action. If the medic was hit, the game ended and we had a winner. The excitement was on another level in this session and you could tell by their grinning faces as they tried to shoot their opponents.

A club will be opening after school on Wednesdays (year 3 and 4) and Fridays (year 5 and 6) for an hour each week. Lots of people are intrigued by this club!         

Sports Council Training

Thursday 22nd September

On Thursday 22nd September, Ashley’s newly elected Sports Council travelled to Cleves School for Sports Crew training along with ten other schools. Most other schools choose their Sports Councils from years five and six, so it was great to be able to show off our youngest members in years three and four! The children started off the morning with some team building activities and challenges to test their teamwork skills, before then spending the rest of the morning developing their leadership skills through helping deliver multi-skills competitions. The morning culminated with an exciting opportunity to partake in a ‘Run XC’ event, something the children are very eager to organise and deliver back at school.

“The morning taught me not only how to organise events, but also how to include everyone and get everyone involved” – James, Year Five.

“I’m so excited to organise more sporting events at school now!” – Charley, Year Three