In the News
Boys Year 6 Football – Brockenhurst College
Just before the end of term, Mr Dunningham accompanied our Year 6 boys to football competition at Brockenhurst College.
All the boys were challenged by the skills element and held their own in the match play, gaining in confidence and team play as the event progressed. The team worked very hard to gain an understanding of how they wanted to play in both tactics and positioning. They showed excellent resilience in their matches, particularly when earning a hard-fought draw in the first round.
Winning some matches with some skilful play and excellent attacking was a great way to end the day. You can always tell a good match by the state of the boys’ knees and they were very muddy!
Thank you to all the parents for your support to enable the boys to participate, it is much appreciated.
Year 3 and 4 Cross Country Team and Individual event - Gangwarily
What an exciting day we had running around a very muddy 1km course. This was the first experience some of our Year 3 and 4 children had to participate in any sporting event with other schools and to represent Ringwood Junior School and they did themselves and the school proud!
The course was challenging, long and slippery with 100 competitors in each race but they all finished with a smile, a muddy face and having had fun. Some of the children were even lucky enough to receive medals!
Both girls’ teams were fabulous showing great teamwork and determination to help each other along the tricky course. The fastest 3 Year 3 boys were able to claim the silver medal with outstanding results for George (4th) this time just missing out on an individual medal! and Milo (7th). The Year 4 boys continued fantastic results for us with Josh achieving an individual bronze medal and helping the fastest 3 to a team bronze too!
We can't wait for the next Year 3/4 Cross Country relay event at the end of May!
Year 6 Hockey - Brockenhurst
On a freezing day, our intrepid hockey players participated in a non-stop tournament against some very well-practised and confident teams from other schools in the area. For some of the team members, this was their first experience at a New Forest Schools Sports competition. Any nerves were well hidden as both teams tackled each match with confidence and the desire to win.
After the group stage, we settled into our stride and started to score and defend better, always demonstrating respect for each other and the other teams. In between matches, it was fantastic to see both teams taking responsibility for their own skill and match play development, with only a few tips from me.
I would like to thank all the dedicated parents, who cheered from the side lines. This helped our teams to come 3rd in the second division and to win in the fourth division. We were all thrilled to be able to walk away heads held high with some gold medal and no major injuries!
Year 5 and 6 Cross Country – Gangwarily
Finally, we enjoyed a sunny and slightly warmer day to compete in the County Qualifier race. However, this was most definitely not a jog in the park, as competition was fierce with all 4 races having at least 100 competitors and the course was extremely muddy and treacherous. I was pleased to be able to congratulate all our runners at the finish line in one piece and with both their shoes on as some children lost trainers in the mud along the way!
All children ran with their hearts and we are pleased to announce with the following amazing results:
Year 5 boys 5th as a team and 13th out of 19 teams.
Year 6 girls 8th as a team out of 15 teams.
Year 6 boys 7th as a team out of 24 teams.
Special mention goes to Elliott, who finished in 14th out of 116 Year 6 boys) and Fred, who placed 8th out of 100 Year 5 boys. They both were disappointed to have narrowly missed out on selection to represent the New Forest at the County Competition by 5 seconds, however I know they gave 110% and am super proud of all our runners!
Year 5 & 6 Sportshall Athletics (Qualifier - Ringwood School) & New Forest District Final (Testwood School)
We entered 2 teams into the New Forest District Qualifier in the middle of January to compete in a fun but competitive indoor event based on athletic principles. They each participated in a run, jump and throw event and a team relay using kick boards to pivot and turn at the end of the hall.
Mr Dunningham gave the children lots of top tips along the way and both teams achieved top spots against the other 5 teams in their races. As you can see from the children’s faces, they really enjoyed working individually and as part of teams to places (red) 2nd and (green) 3rd with hardly any points deciding the top 3 spots!
This ensured that both teams qualified to represent RJS at the District Final on Saturday.
I was able to support the children this time and it was fantastic to see so many supportive parents cheering from the spectator’s area. It certainly helped our confidence levels at this competitive event. Well done to Stan for stepping up and joining the teams without much notice, he made a noticed contribution to the team scores. All children were so supportive of each other, it was a privilege to witness their natural talent and determination. We were delighted to be able to finish 7th (Red) and 9th (Green) out of 11 teams.
" Even though we couldn't practise as much as the other teams, we have natural talent," said Georgiana.
Year 3 & 4 Girls Football – held at Ringwood School
On a chilly afternoon, our two teams took part in a football event at Ringwood School. It was wonderful to see such support for this event by other schools and by our supporting parents and all the girls had a great time and enjoyed the football.
First, we honed our footballing skills through a series of challenges set by Ringwood School Sports Prefects with dribbling, shooting and passing accuracy stations. Then, we were able to play short matches against the other schools and we improved our teamwork, communication and resilience during this time. It was a great feeling to get the ball in the back of the net on a couple of occasions and although we hadn’t played together in these teams before, we showed fantastic support for each other.
Year 5 and 6 Boys Table Tennis - Testwood
Walking into the Sports hall, full of 16 table tennis tables, we felt slightly overwhelmed to begin with, especially knowing there were another 9 boys teams battling it out across the tables.
However, we settled into a short warm up and then started our matches although initially we had a tough draw against some really strong players. It was incredible, as a spectator, to watch and the standard was extremely high from all teams. As a teacher, I was really impressed with the behaviour of both our teams as they demonstrated Sportsmanship and focus throughout.
Both teams played further tiered matches and we found our rhythm and in fact we ended up in a play- off against each other for the Gold Medal, which the Blue Team managed to steal. Fabulous effort boys and very entertaining to watch! Mrs Cleeve – Sports Leader
Can Do Festival - Year 5 & 6 – Totton Leisure Centre
What a fantastic opportunity to try different sports and support and encourage one another along the way! Well, we were also surprised to be in the company of an Olympic Gold Medallist – Aaron Phipps! It really made our day even more special and as you can see he joined in with the activities.
Aaron is a GB Paralympian wheelchair rugby player and has visited our school a few years ago to talk about his life and experiences. He is extremely motivating and personable and the children at Can Do really warmed to him. We tried Boccia and Indoor curling, which were favourites amongst our competitors and we worked as a team in seated volleyball and unsighted football and guided obstacle walking. Alex and Jude were awarded medals for displaying the School Games Values
Year 5 & 6 Cross Country – Gangwarily
It was fantastic to be able to take 6 teams of boys and girls across Year 5 and 6 to the NFSSP Cross Country relay event and to also have so much support from parents from the side lines. This was especially appreciated when the weather took a turn for the worse as the girl’s race started and it rained heavily. This did not deter our girls and they worked as a team to place 10th (Reds) 16th (Blues) and 19th (Greens) out of 35 teams. We were really proud of their fantastic effort and this placed a little pressure on the boys to perform just as well.
“Before our race, all girls huddled together to give each other positivity and to help with any nerves,” Eva.
Out of 43 teams, the boys worked hard to place 6th (Reds) 15th (Greens) and 36th (Blues). This was well-deserved as for some this was their first cross country competition so they overcame some nerves and they were all excited at the end when they discovered that an individual event will take place in January next year.
“We all helped each other with words of encouragement, which we needed as the circuit was around 1 mile, which was a little longer than expected,” Elliot.