The Leopards football event coincided beautifully with Outdoor Classroom Day and we spent a fabulous afternoon outside playing football. The surface was quite slippery which resulted in a few grazes and knocks! Every Leopard put so much effort and determination into their games - a huge Well Done to you all. Bianchi and Keble came equal 1st but the scores were very close.
On Wednesday 6th November we held our first House Competition. The weather was kind to us and we were able to play outside which made things easier. All the children took part and I was very impressed with everyone's efforts and particularly great teamwork with those more experienced players helping their novice peers. Yonge finished 1st...but Well Done to all.
After school on Wednesday 6th November, 13 very excited Y3/4 children attended the Gymnastics Practice at Kings' School. The idea behind this event is to introduce the children to the routines required for the competition in January 2020. Now the real work starts as the squad will start practising in their own time and at school with the aim of being selected to represent Otterbourne in the competition.
On Tuesday 22nd October 14 Otterbourne children took part in a football festival after school at Henry Beaufort. Each team played 4 matches against other local schools with the emphasis being participation and having fun.
The B Team was made up of Omar, Aalok, Charley H, Owen, Ollie S, Tommy & Cameron. Omar and Aalok shared the captaincy. Tommy was an absolutely superb goalkeeper making more than a few dramatic saves. The results were mixed but the team demonstrated excellent teamwork.
The C Team comprised Rafferty (GK and Captain), Sonny B, Sonny W, James, Layla, Ciara & Seth. Again we saw lovely sportsmanship and determination.
Huge Thanks to all the parents who helped with transport and also to Zach Jones and Charlotte Jones (Y6, Sport Council) for managing the teams. They were absolutely brilliant in their role demonstrating knowledge, care and maturity.
Yesterday Otterbourne won the Aqua-splash competition for the 3rd successive year. This means we have qualified for The Hampshire Games in June 2020. This is an absolutely amazing achievement and I am so proud of our Y3/4 swimmers who performed so well. Every swimmer put 100% effort and determination into their races. The children represented Otterbourne superbly and supported each other throughout the competition. A huge Well Done to Ellie L-B, Arianna, Amelie P, Amelia W, Alex T, Rafferty, Miles & Jackson.
Lucia Bertacchini (Y6) has been awarded the U11 Athlete of the Year from WADAC. She formed part of a team that saw the first ever victory for the club for the U11's team in the Wessex Athletics League. Individually, Lucia won one of the four fixtures. Huge Congratulations Lucia...is this the future Katarina Johnson-Thompson?!!
Caitlyn Hatfield, who left Otterbourne 3 years ago was a member of the DSS-GB Team this summer and swam with them at the DSISO European Swimming Championships in Sardinia. She was the youngest on the team but still made finals of the 50 free and 50 back and missed the final of the fly by one place. She was the fastest junior in all these events. We are trying to arrange a suitable time for Caitlyn to visit us at school and talk to the children about her recent amazing achievements. What an inspiration for us all!
A few well done's to be said...
Helena Reid (left Otterbourne this summer) has represented her secondary school, Mountbatten in a netball match. They beat Crestwood 16-7 - well done!
Georgie Valler (Y5) has recently joined Penguins Swim Squad and last week-end took part in her first formal gala. Georgie achieved a comparative swimming performance award of Bronze for her backstroke. Well done Georgie!
A huge well done to all the Y3/4 children who took part in the swimming trials earlier this week. I was very impressed with the standard of swimming and determination that each child showed. Every swimmer put 100% effort in. I found out that for some children it was the first time that they had swum lengths - how fantastic is that! Even more impressive was the peer support and encouragement - that is what makes our Otterbourne children so special.
Thank you to all the parents who helped with transport, time-keeping and general chivvying - we simply could not do this type of event without your help. Thanks to Mrs H-Jobbins for being photographer on the day!
The team has been selected and is up in school!
On Wednesday 25th September 31 Otterbourne pupils from Y3/4 & Y5/6 took part in a table tennis tournament against other local schools.
The Y3/4 competition was just for fun so there was no scoring. This gave the children the chance to represent their school in a sporting capacity but with no pressure. Well done to -Amalie C, Connie, Jess S, Esme, Ella W, Elodie, Daisy, Gianluca, Arthur T, James K, Jamie J, Rafferty, Keanu, Samuel & Jake Tear.
The Y5/6 competition was a qualifier for a county tournament so there was a lot to play for. All of our children tried really hard but unfortunately we did not come out on top. Well done to - Lucia, Freya, Florence T, Livvy G, Millie P, Connie R, Ciara G-C, Layla, Felix H, Zach, Austin, Lewis, Tommy, Ollie S, Owen & Ben S.
Huge thanks to Mr O'Dowd, all the parents (plus the lovely Maddie G) for managing the teams. I really could not have managed this event without your help!
Apologies for the delay in writing about the girls football tournament which took place last week - I have been busy getting to know the Year R children!!!
We played quite a few matches - drawing all but one which we just lost 1-0. We came 3rd overall in our pool so did not progress through. However, the progress that the girls made from the start of the tournament to the end was very impressive. The confidence and quality of passing grew as each match was played. Huge thanks to Mr Diaper for taking control of the team and giving them great tips.
Well done to Lucia (captain), Charlotte, Freya, Sky-Rose, Emmy, Olivia, Layla, Amalie & Florence Terry (GK)!
I would like to make a special mention of Amalie Calliste (Y4) who more than held her own in every match - a talent to watch in the future.
A huge Well Done to Amy Wilson, Miles Reid and Jackson Purdie who competed in the above skiing competition recently. The team came an impressive 3rd overall in the mixed team event (cat 1-4 - all age groups).
Yesterday a squad of 9 boys took part in a football tournament at Kings' School. The boys won their first 2 matches against Colden Common and St.Bedes. Both scores were 1 - 0. This saw us through to the semi-final against Weeke. The boys played well but ended up losing 1 - 0. In the 3rd and 4th play off the team played superbly winning 3 - 0 against John Keble. So the team finished 3rd overall out of 13 schools - a fine start to the sporting year. Well done to Felix (captain), Zach, Jonny, Austin, Lewis (GK), Kylan, Henry, Isaac & Ben.
We took 2 teams to a round robin tennis tournament at St. Swithun's School in Winchester. There were only 2 schools taking part which gave the children the chance to play singles, doubles and have a go at scoring. I was so impressed with the effort that all the children put in - some had very little tennis experience. Equally impressive was the way that these children represented Otterbourne School so superbly with excellent manners and behaviour.
A Team Miles, Rafferty, Izzy & Ciara 1st overall
B Team Ethan, Elliot, Daisy & Jessica 2nd overall
I started off taking 6 children to the IZB Event, 6 became 7 and 7 became 10 thanks to a few siblings. Unfortunately we were the only school to enter the basketball but the SGO were happy to still run the session for us which included some skills and a match. I thoroughly enjoyed the IZB and I know the children had a fantastic time learning this new sport. Some of the children had never represented the school before and it was such a pleasure to see their smiling faces and the confidence that grew as time went on. Well done to Amy, Loretta, Ellie (last minute participant!), Jacob, James, Samuel, Will, Isaac, Seth and Daniel ( 3 extra siblings!).
On Friday 5th July Mrs C organised a cricket match which Arthur Terry had won as part of our Staff Promises.
Arthur selected 7 other children to join him and 2 teams were organised. Arthur was captain of one team which consisted of himself, Jake, James K and Florence Thomas. Big sister Florence was captain of the other team and was joined by Alex, Henry and Orren.
Everyone had a chance to bat and bowl. It was very close and the match was won on the last ball when Orren hit a 6. Well done to Miss Terry's team!
As is the tradition of all good cricket matches the children enjoyed a match tea of apple juice and donuts.
Well done...to Georgie Valler for successfully trialling for Winchester Penguins Swimming Club. A fine achievement and well deserved.
Well done to Daisy Robinson for a brilliant performance at the Petersfield Town Juniors Competition recently. Daisy plays for Winchester City Flyers and for this competition the team were split into W C Kites and W C Flamingos. Out of 16 teams the final ended up as a Winchester Derby! Daisy (playing for the Kites) narrowly lost to the Flamingos (who are a division higher in the league).
Wow what an amazing day we had yesterday at the Hampshire Games! We took 20 Y3/4 children in total - 10 in our Tri-Golf Team and 10 swimmers.
Mrs Simpson took charge of our golfers - Phoebe, Millie, Amalie, Esme, Daisy, Cameron, William, Hudson, James & Jesse. All played brilliantly and even achieved the highest ever score in one game! The team ended up in 7th position (out of 14 teams) overall throughout Hampshire. What a fantastic achievement - and even more so as a couple of our players had not played golf before. Mrs Simpson was hugely impressed by the excellent teamwork and behaviour of the children.
Miss Hutchings and myself were amazed and astounded by the performance of our Y3/4 swimmers. They competed in 25 races and I can honestly say that every child performed their absolute best and represented Otterbourne School so beautifully in terms of behaviour and sportsmanship. Otterbourne finished 3rd overall - a truly superb achievement. A huge Well Done to Layla, Ciara, Georgie, Olivia, Aariana, Tommy, Sonny W, Harrison, Miles & Ollie.
I always love hearing about sporting achievements out of school. A huge well done to Millie Peacock (Y4) who competed in her club - Southampton Gym Championships at the "Next Steps" level of the Rythmic Gymnastics. Millie performed a hoop routine to music and finished 1st in her age group. This is a fantastic achievement anyway, made more so because Millie only started gymnastics last September and rhythmic at the beginning of April. It is no surprise that Millie has been asked to join the club squad.
This morning we had a fantastic time at the Penguins Swimming Gala @ River Park. All of our swimmers tried their best and performed really well. The event is primarily aimed at Y5/6 swimmers however, an individual race for 3 Y4 swimmers is also included. Well done to Tommy, Georgie & Ciara for representing themselves and Otterbourne so well.
Our girls squad of Ellie, Ella, Livvi & Charlotte came 2nd in the Mixed Stroke Relay. The final was tough and we came 6th (we thought we came 5th!!) - still a fine achievement.
Our boys squad of Toby, Ralph, Alex and Henry swam well against strong opposition. Unfortunately they did not make it through to any of the finals but did take part in the Invitational Relay. A huge pat on the back to Alex for gallantly giving up his place to let Tommy take part. The boys achieved a super 4th place.
Thank you to all parents who helped with transport and stayed to cheer the children on. Huge thanks to Mrs Green for helping poolside and keeping me sane.
We took a Y5 and Y6 team to the Quad Kids Competition yesterday. Each team was made up of 4 girls and 4 boys. Each competitor took part in the vortex javelin throw, long jump, 75m sprint and 600m middle distance run. All of our children performed well and tried their best. Our Y5 team finished 5th and the Y6 team finished 6th. Special mention must go to Faith who performed superbly in the long jump and Lucia who ran an outstanding 600m winning her race by a hair's width.
Y5 team comprised Lucia, Florence Te, Florence Th, Charlotte, Felix, Kylan, Jonny & Zach.
Y6 team comprised Mia, Ella, Olivia K, Faith, Ralph, Alex, Taylor & Harry M.
Wow what an amazing day! I am so proud of our girls and everything that they achieved on Monday. Apart from Daisy and Willow the rest of the team had very limited cricket knowledge at the start of the day. However, by the end of play they were all transformed into cricketing superstars. We won our first match v. John Keble, lost our second v. Western B and won v. Fryern. This meant we finished 2nd in our pool and our next match was v. Colden Common who had won their pool. Unfortunately we lost this match. Our final match was to decide 3rd and 4th place. The match was really close - we ended up losing to Western A by 1 run! So we finished 4th overall - a superb achievement. Well done to Daisy (captain), Willow, Olivia D, Livvi G, Freya, Helena, Hannah & Charlotte. Daisy was a great captain sorting out the bowling order and batting pairs. Willow bowled fantastically and got a super stumping. Livvi went from strength to strength throughout the day and managed to survive some top class bowling from the opposition without losing a wicket. Freya also improved as each match played out. By the last match Freya asked to bowl an over - something she would not have anticipated at the start of the day. Not only did she bowl but she bowled well. Helena showed herself to be a good all-rounder getting stuck in to all aspects of the game particularly with the fielding and going for catches. Olivia D proved herself an excellent bowler. As the matches progressed and her confidence grew she proved herself a very useful member of the team. Hannah was our wicket keeper who started off the day with very little knowledge of what a wicket keeper is supposed to do. By the end of the day Hannah became a demon wickie calling "Howzat" and stopping any ball that came her way. Charlotte's forte is definitely her batting and she really notched up the runs for us getting quite a few boundaries along the way. Well Done girls!
We had a mixed bag of results at the Kwik Cricket Tournament yesterday. We won the first two matches fairly easily taking quite a few wickets. Well done to Hugh for the superb stumping in the Western match! Our last two matches were much tougher and unfortunately we lost both of these which saw an end to our part in the competition.
All of the team played brilliantly and worked well together which was lovely to see. Ben's devious spin bowling was very impressive and I was hugely proud of the way that Taylor took his role of captain so seriously and diligently. The way that Taylor coached some of the younger players and managed the batting and bowling order was a joy to see - a huge pat on the back for him!
Well done to Taylor (captain), Toby M, Daisy, Austin, Lewis, Ben, Zach & Hugh.
Our Otterbourne Ski Team raced superbly at the week-end to finish 5th out of 12 schools. A huge Well Done to Mia Reid, Miles Reid, Charlotte Jones, Amy Wilson, Jackson Purdie & Campbell Purdie. All our skiiers received a medal and Mia Reid was presented with a shield for achieving the fastest Otterbourne time (15.02 seconds).
Yesterday 12 Y3/4 pupils from Otterbourne took part in a multi-skills competition. I am so proud of all the children for trying so hard at each event, working brilliantly as a team and being supportive to each other. Well done to - Soren, Dan, Daniel, Seth, Theo, Cameron, Jessica, Lilly, Harriet, Ella, Paris & Millie C. The children will be presented with certificates shortly. Huge thanks to Mrs Simpson and Mrs Hinton for their help.
Well done to Kylan (captain), Felix, Zach, Austin, Lewis, Freya, Sky-Rose, Emmy, Florence Terry & Olivia-May for playing such fantastic golf yesterday, showing great sportsmanship and representing your school so brilliantly.
Our Year 3/4 team played superbly demonstrating great golfing skills. Well done to Ciara (captain), Millie C, Phoebe, Amalie, Layla, William, Hudson, Cameron, Jesse & James. The team won overall which was a tremendous achievement so the next step is the Hampshire Games in June.
Thanks to all parents who helped with transport. In particular Mrs Guthrie-Coles and Mrs Melvin. Unfortunately I chose (?) the longer, scenic route which resulted in Mrs G-C and Mrs Melvin taking an even longer scenic route as they were following me and I lost them!! Oh well we got there in the end!
London Marathon Sunday 28th April 2019
A huge well done to Mrs Ryves (mum of Connie and Florence) for not only completing the London Marathon but for securing a fabulous time too. What an inspiration to us all!
Despite the rain we had a fantastic morning at the Annual Fair Oak X-Country event. All our athletes performed superbly demonstrating excellent individual effort and teamwork.
Y3/4 Girls finished 7th out of 25 teams (Phoebe, Layla, Connie, Georgie & Olivia)
Y3/4 Boys finished 10th out of 25 teams (Ollie, Owen, Noah & Tommy)
Y5/6 Girls finished 4th out of 29 teams (Olivia K, Ella, Hannah & Lucia)
Y5/6 Boys finished 10th out of 29 teams (Felix, Alex, Omar & Taylor)
I am so proud of all the children but special mention must go to 2 children. Olivia K was leading the race, slipped on the wet grass but got straight up and carried on to finish her lap in 2nd place. What a show of true resilience. Lucia demonstrated true sporting excellence as she managed to regain approximately 12 places resulting in the team coming in 4th overall.
3 of our Y3 children - Jess, Orion & Hudson played for the Trojans U8 Rugby Team in the Winchester Mini Rugby Tournament this week-end. The team won all 5 of their matches which is a fantastic achievement. They all made a significant contribution in the matches but most importantly they had a great deal of fun! Well done - I am looking forward to them being in Y5 so they can represent the school at the Tag Rugby Festival.
As most of you are aware, Otterbourne CE Primary School provides the children with opportunities to participate in a wide variety of sport. This comes in the form of House events, friendly matches with other local schools, competitive School Games (SGO) events and Inclusive Competitions which are less competitive.
With regard to the SGO events which usually qualify the winning team to proceed to the Hampshire Games we will always try to send our strongest athletes. The standard at these events can be extremely high and it isn't beneficial for a child to participate in a competition which is at a level that does not match their own standard. In addition, we are a competitive school and as such would want to enter these events with the possibility of finishing well.
I am aware that this may mean that some children may not represent the school at this level, and this is the reason why we have friendly matches against other local schools, organise plenty of House competitions within school and take different children to the Inclusive Competitions whenever possible.
In the Autumn term of each year, the KS2 children can attend swimming trials organised by us so that we have a record of swimming times to help with selection for the swimming galas. Similarly, the House X-Country gives us an indication of who the strong runners are; this helps with x-country team selection.
We aspire to provide opportunities for all children, and with this in mind, we continue to seek new types of sports and activities to introduce in to our school - please get in touch if you have an idea which might be of interest.
On a beautiful sunny afternoon 12 Y4 & 5 children took part in the Annual Gregg School X-Country Competition.
Y4 Girls - Connie (13th), Layla (14th) & Phoebe (15th)
Y4 Boys - Tommy (13th), Ollie (14th) & Owen (28th)
Y5 Girls - Lucia (1st), Charlotte (9th) & Eva (19th) - 1st overall!
Y5 Boys - Felix (20th), Kylan (27th) & Omar (28th)
Mr Geraghty was really impressed by the high standard of running and the stamina of the children. I must mention the absolutely superb performance by Lucia Bertacchini. Lucia won in a spectacular head to head final sprint demonstrating superb athleticism and a desire to win.
Charlotte Jones (Y5) captained the Trojans U10 Girls Hockey Team at the Hampshire In2Hockey tournament on Sunday 24th March in Haslemere, Surrey. They finished 3rd - well done. In addition, Charlotte regularly plays in the Trojans U12 A team who are currently fighting for top of Hampshire Division 1 - a fine achievement.
Ollie Salisbury (Y4) was selected for the U10 Trojans Boys Team to play in the same In2Hockey Tournament as Charlotte. The In2Hockey Tournament is a tournament where each club puts forward their strongest team - so selection for this is impressive. Ollie's team won this tournament and are through to the Regional Tournament on Sunday 28th April - Good Luck Ollie and the rest of the team!
Apart from 1 change with Toby M replacing an unwell Rico the team remained the same. The format of the event was similar however, we were against much bigger schools - some with a 5 form entry which meant the competition was much stronger. As always everyone performed their absolute best in all events. Otterbourne finished 15th out of 16 schools which is a fantastic achievement particularly as this is the first time that we have got through to the County Final.
We took 6 boys and 6 girls from Y5/6 to a fantastic Sports Hall Athletics Competition @ Kings' School. Our team of Hannah, Helena, Ella, Olivia K, Mariam, Lucia, Kylan, Lewis, Enrico, Ralph, Alex and Felix took part in various sprints, relays, jumps and throws. Everyone did their absolute best with the result being...we finished in 1st place. So it is off to the County Finals we go!
We had a fabulous day out on Thursday 21st March at the Winchester and Eastleigh District Schools Tag Rugby Festival. Our nominated country was Canada and so we decorated our gazebo with flags, bunting and balloons. Not to forget the Canadian flags tattooed onto our faces! As a result we did win best decorated team so all the children went home with a t-shirt as a prize. Our results were mixed but lots of tries were scored and there was a great deal of tagging done too which was fabulous.
Photos to follow soon.
Rico (captain), Taylor, Alex, Jonny, Toby, Ralph, Caleb, Emily, Helena, Hannah & Daisy - well done to you all as every member of the team contributed fully to the play.
We took 2 teams to the Hockey Tournament @ Thornden on 20th March. Otterbourne 1 was made up of Year 6 players and Otterbourne 2 consisted Year 5 players. All children played well with both teams winning, losing and drawing matches. The final result was Otterbourne 1 came 4th and Otterbourne 2 came 3rd - well done to all!
Otterbourne 1 - Olivia Knight (captain), Helena Reid, Ella Hunter, Hannah Websper, Emily Essex, Daisy Robinson, Taylor Dodd & Harry Mountjoy.
Otterbourne 2 - Freya Kelly (captain), Willow Hinton, Lucia Bertacchini, Charlotte Jones, Zach Jones, Lewis Yuill, Austin Yuill & Kylan Dubsky.
On Friday 15th March we took a swimming squad to Fleet for the Hampshire Primary Schools Relay Gala. Otterbourne came 5th in both the freestyle relay and medley relay. Well done to Ellie Tutton, Ella Hunter, Toby Essex, Ralph Warin & Alex Ward.
On Monday 11th March Mrs Compton and Miss Hutchings took a football and netball team to play against Twyford St. Mary's Primary School. As always the football was very closely contested and resulted in Twyford pipping us to the post 4 - 3. Well done to Charlie, Rico, Toby M, Harry, Isaac, Taylor & Toby E.
Our netball team of Daisy, Emily, Livvi, Olivia, Hannah, Helena, Mia & Florence Thomas played superbly in their first netball match. After 3 quarters of the match the score was 7 - 7 however, Otterbourne played faultlessly in the final quarter winning 12 - 7! All the team played so well and worked brilliantly as a team. Well done to Mia for being a fabulous captain. We are hoping to arrange a re-match here at Otterbourne.