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2016-2017 Match Reports

School games final (14/07/2017)
The school games final is held at the end of every academic year and a school from each of the Birmingham partnerships represents their area in a certain sport if they won their qualifying rounds and this year we had qualified to take part in Handball, Boccia and Kurling. Junaid, Govindrai and Hadeel made up our Boccia team, and after several rounds of great action they finished in 4th place, unfortunately just missing out on the bronze medals. Ibraheem, Zeeshan and Dannish had better luck and won their early matches so they advanced into the final, where they were guaranteed a silver medal at the very least! They played superbly well once in the final and were able to win the game, meaning they were the overall winners and were able to take home the gold medals! Our Handball side, made up of Sala, Amina, Asad, Sidrah and Swalaheen, played fantastically as well. They won their first couple of games with Sala and Amina bagging several goals between them before narrowly losing to a stronger side. At the end of the group stage, we occupied 2nd place meaning we advanced on to the semi-finals! It was a very tight affair and we fell 3 goals behind our opponents but we pulled level within a couple of minutes. We couldn't stay with the opposing team and they scored another and ended up winning the game by a single goal! We still had a chance at winning a medal as we then played in the 3rd place play-off but it was again against a strong West Heath team. It was another closely fought, end-to-end game with both teams scoring early goals. We took the lead but West Heath fought back, scoring twice in quick succession towards the end of the match and they held on to their lead for the remaining few minutes with some resolute defending meaning that we finished in 4th place, just like the Boccia team! Overall, we had a great day and are so proud of all the children for trying their hardest throughout the day in every match they played in, and to finish 4th in Boccia and Handball out of all of the schools in Birmingham is an amazing achievement, but to win the Kurling is an even better one so well done everybody!

Year 5 cricket festival (04/07/2017)
We took a team of year 4 and 5 cricketers to Handsworth Cricket Club to take part in a Chance to Shine Cricket festival where they played brilliantly. Our first match was against Groves School who chose to bat first and we were able to take several wickets in their innings through some excellent bowling from Sahd, Ibrahim and Ahdam! We fielded really well too, preventing them from scoring many runs and when we batted, we found the boundaries several times which meant we ran out comfortable winners in the end! However, our second match was as tight as it possibly could have been! We batted first this time around and did a great job to score 260 thanks to some big hits from Samir and Adam. When we were bowling, we kept it tight for the first few overs but then Wilkes Green picked up their run rate and narrowed the gap between the scores. The match came down to the final over and unfortunately for us Wilkes Green were able to score 2 more boundaries which meant they won the match by 1 run! Our final match was against Groves C and we were fielding first and were able to take a few wickets to reduce their score and similarly to our previous matches we put in a very strong batting performance with Ibrahim and Rehan scoring quickly to give us a win by over 100 runs! We had an excellent day out and were unfortunate to miss out on the final by losing 1 match by 1 run, but nevertheless we displayed some great cricket all day!
Handball final (03/07/2017)
After winning the Handball tournament last week, our team progressed onto the local finals, where we faced two other schools, Adderley and Regents Park. We all played each other and whoever won the most or had the most points at the end, advanced into the School Games final to represent the Small Heath Partnership on Friday 14th July! Our first match was against Adderley and we got off to a great start with Amina and Salahuddin scoring early goals to put us in control. Asad, in goal for us, made some terrific saves to maintain our advantage and Swalaheen grabbed a quickfire double to extend our lead further. We played so well and were able to minimise their chances throughout the match and ran out 6-1 winners! Our second match against Regents Park was a different affair. We looked a little tired after battling so hard in the first match and they were able to exploit this by twice taking the lead, although on both occassions we were able to quickly equalise. In the second half though, Regents Park scored another two goals, whereas we only managed to find the net once despite giving it our all. Regents Park closed out the game and won 4-3, which also meant each side had won once and lost once so the only thing separating us was goal difference. There were only two goals between all three sides but thankfully, because of our big win over Adderley, we finished in 1st place on the day! We have now qualified for the School Games final next Friday which will be amazing!

Handball competition (27/06/2017)
On Tuesday 27th June we entered 3 teams into a Handball competition at Small Heath School. Our "A" and "B" teams both played well enough in the group stages and won enough of their matches to qualify for the semi-finals of the tournament. Our "B" team were in a thrilling encounter against Regents Park A as it ended 4-4, with Leyla, Samir and Hamza all grabbing goals. The match went to a golden goal extra time period but unfortunately for us, Regents Park were just a shade too good and managed to get a winner early in extra time, meaning we were into the 3rd place play-off to play against the team that lost the other semi final. In that match was our "A" team and Regents Park B. Our "A" team were off to a flying start with Sala scoring in the first 15 seconds and we further extended the lead with goals through Swalaheen and Amina. Our goalkeeper, Asad, pulled off a couple of great saves but Regents Park managed to get a couple of goals back so we entered the last minute with a slender 5-4 lead. Regents Park had one last attack but thankfully for us, Asad stood up tall and tipped the ball over the bar to preserve our slender lead. The game ended not long after so we were through to the final! Before the final was the 3rd place play-off with our "B" team. It was a tight game but Samir and Hamza scored a goal each and the whole team defended brilliantly throughout. Despite Umayma making a couple of big saves in goal, Regents Park scored late on but we hung on to the lead and won 2-1, meaning our "B" team finished in 3rd place on the day! The last game of the evening was the final between Montgomery "A" and Regents Park A. They had beaten us in the very first match of the tournament so we were looking to improve against them which we did. We were off to a quick start, scoring 3 goals in the first couple of minutes but they hit back with a great team goal. Sala, Amina and Swalaheen all doubled their goal count in the game and thanks to Sidrahs defence and some more great saves from Asad, we ended up taking a very hard fought 5-1 victory! We have qualified for the local final which will take place on Monday 3rd July where we will play 3 other schools for a place in the Birmingham finals! 

KS1 & KS2 Sports days (w/c 26/06/2017)
Here at Montgomery, we ran sports day for every year group in the week beginning on Monday 26th June. The KS1 children worked their way around throwing, jumping and running events as did the KS2 children, although they differed slightly from the younger children’s activities. For the throwing events, KS1 threw the howler and the bean bag as far as they could, for the jumping events they did long jump, speed bounce and hop scotch and for the running they did short hurdles and short sprint races. The children rotated round all 3 events and did superbly well with Hanzala from Badgers dominating the throwing, Sala, Aleeza from Foxes winning a variety of events, Sally from Polars doing very well and Zak and Safa from Koalas performing brilliantly across the events! To help all of the children to understand what they were required to do at each station, we used our Year 6 Young Leaders to guide and teach their younger schoolmates and they did an amazing job!

The KS2 sports days were changed slightly, compared to the KS1 sports day. As well as a sprint and hurdle running race, there was also a team relay, instead of hop scotch jumping there was triple jump and all 3 throwing events were different, with javelin, shot put and discus being competed in. Qasim from Sharks showed his strength across all the events, as did Isa in Cheetahs, Anum in Alligators and Aizah and Sarah in Buzzards performed magnificently, too! The top 2 finishers in each event have qualified for the finals which will take place on Monday 10th July where we will have parents coming in again to watch, and each class from KS2 will be attending as well meaning the atmosphere is sure to be electric!

Pakistan v South Africa ODI (07/06/2017)
We were lucky enough to have the chance to take a group of children to Edgbaston Cricket stadium to watch the Pakistan v South Africa ODI in the ICC trophy. We arrived and the game was underway with South Africa batting but their innings quickly took a down turn as the Pakistan bowling attack removed the opening 4 South Africa batsmen for just 90 runs. The atmosphere was building and getting better by the minute and after reaching 118-6 the South Africans were in danger of collapsing as they couldn't handle Hassan Ali's fast bowling as he took 3 wickets and 2 catches but South Africa rallied and David Miller scored 75 not out to help them finish on a respectable 219. Pakistan were off to a flying start with their batting as debutant opener Fakhar Zaman helped himself to 31 from 23 balls before the South African bowlers took 2 wickets and slowed the Pakistani batters down. The rain began to fall and the match was halted with the scores close. Play was unable to continue and Pakistan were awarded the win using the Duckworth-Lewis method!

Year 3 & 4 Cricket competition (02/05/2017)
Our year 3 & 4 cricket team took part in a tournament at Castle Bromwich Cricket Club and played brilliantly to finish in 3rd place! Our first match was against English Martyrs and we batted first and despite a couple of wickets in the first couple of overs, we recovered well with Kaisar hitting a great boundary and Ibrahim also hitting a 4. We posted a score of 211 for English Martyrs to chase but they were unable to surpass it as Zak R took two brilliant catches, Ahdam bowled one of their batters, took a catch and ran out a batter and Sahd also managed to bowl one of their players out! They finished with a score of 204 so we had started brilliantly with a win!

We played Holy Family when we were fielding Ahdam caught someone out and again Ahdam bowled someone out. And Ibrahim bowled two people out it looked like a tough match. Sahd bowled someone out. When we were batting Sahd hit a four and Ibrahim and Hamza finally Kaisar then sir told us the score. We scored 213 and holy family score is 223 so they won the match. By Owais, year 3.

Our final game was against Yorkmead who were a very strong side. They chose to bat first and hit a few 6s but our players were undeterred and Ahdam and Rehan both took catches, Sahd and Ibrahim bowled out a batter and Hamza managed to get a run out. When it was our turn to bat we did really well and posted our highest score of the day thanks to Ibrahim and Ahdam who both hit huge 6s and Zak A and Owais who hit a 4 each! Unfortunately however, 220 wasn't enough to win the game for us though but we did finish in 3rd place so we got to take home a bronze medal each. Ibrahim, Zak A, Ahdam, Sahd and Zak R all won a passion badge as well for their enthusiasm and hardwork throughout the tournament! Well played everyone!

Tri-Golf competition (27/04/2017)
On Thursday 24th April we participated in a Tri-Golf competition at Hatchford Brooks Golf Club. We took a Year 3 & 4 team as well as a Year 5 & 6 team and they rotated around several stations which had different golf games on where they needed to play quickly to score as many points as possible in the time allocated. The stations included games such as Target chip, Cross the river, Putting Frenzy and Dominoes and required the children to use a variety of different golf shots and skills. Overall, both of our teams finished in 4th place in their age groups so they only just missed out on the medal positions but they still had a great time! Well done Mustafa, Zach, Mohannad, Danyal, Sonia, Lubna, Isa, Usman, Rayman, Umayma, Kazia, Yasmin and Munyah!

Boys Football tournament at West Brom Academy (05/04/2017)
We were invited to play in a Year 3 and 4 football tournament at West Bromwich Albion Academy. We played four group games, of which we won three matches and drew one, without conceding a goal! Our opening fixture was against Our Lady Fatima and we were able to dominate the play all game. Ahdam, Hamza and Mustafa all found the net and we won the game 3-0. Next up was Jervois. This game was much tighter as both teams attacked well but defended strongly and Hasnain made a great save to keep the score at 0-0. We were able to break the deadlock through Ahdam who hit a shot which was heavily deflected. It looped over the Jervois keeper and in and that was the only goal of the game. Our third game was against Four Dwellings and it was again a close game. This time though neither team could find a way through and it finished 0-0. Our final group game was against our big rivals, Percy Shurmer! We were back to our best and were able to pick them apart. Ahdam scored a brilliant opener, dribbling from the halfway line around 3 Percy players and slotting home. Hamza scored a penalty and Hasnain rounded off the win by slotting the ball into the corner. We won our group and qualified for the bronze medal match. We played Woodhouse and they started well and scored two early goals but our boys didn't let their head drops and battled back. Sadly, we couldn't find a way through so Woodhouse were the victors and we finished in 4th place overall which is a great result as it was the first time our boys had played together! Great job Zak, Ahdam, Hamza, Zak, Rehan, Hasnain and Mustafa!

High 5 Netball tournament (04/04/2017)
Our High 5 Netball team participated in a tournament at Moseley school on Tuesday and finished in 5th place overall after they won two and lost two of their matches. We started the day by facing Bordesley Green B and narrowly lost 1-0 despite some resolute defending. Our second fixture was against Audley B and we really stepped up our game to win 4-0, with Amina scoring three and Umayma netting the other! Our third game was a similar outcome, we displayed some brilliant passing and moving and Amina netted twice to win the game 2-0. In our final group game we faced English Martyr's. It was a hard fought game with few chances but English Martyr's were able to score once and defend well to claim the win. We finished in 3rd place in our group so we just missed out on the Bronze medal match and we came in 5th place overall which is a fantastic result. Well done to Sidrah, Asad, Summaiyah, Zaina, Amina, Umayma and Sala!

Boccia and Kurling competition (04/04/2017)
We took three teams to compete in a boccia and kurling competition at Sutton Coldfield College and as well as having a great time, our children performed brilliantly! Well done to Junaid, Musa, Ruqqayah and Halima who beat a host of other schools to finish first in the boccia, Malikah, Zeeshan and Hadeel came 3rd in the kurling and Musa, Halima, Malikah and Zeeshan came 4th in boccia, narrowly missing out on winning a medal each!

Girls football v Blakesley Hall (03/04/2017)
Our girls football team faced Blakesley Hall in a friendly match here at Montgomery on Monday 3rd April and we played four quarters so both teams could rotate their players and give all the girls a chance to play. The first three quarters were all very tight affairs and despite a few Blakesley Hall players showing some fantastic turns and dribbles to get away from our players, they were unable to find the net and open the scoring. In the second quarter Anum fired a volley against the crossbar and Nadia made two amazing saves for us and the scores stayed level. It was a similar story in the third quarter as Blakesley Hall turned up the pressure on our defence but they stood tall and Summaiyah tipped one effort round the post and smothered another dangerous shot to preserve our clean sheet. In the fourth and final quarter the deadlock was finally broken. We won a corner and Sala crossed it in, the ball pinged around inside the box and fell kindly to Leyla who ran onto the ball and shot into the bottom corner to give us the lead! A few minutes later we were able to counter attack as Blakesley Hall were pushing up looking for an equaliser and a swift through ball from Aisha released Anum who was one-on-one with the goalkeeper. Anum kept her cool and slotted the ball low and into the corner away from the keeper to double our advantage! The match finished 2-0 to Montgomery so it was a great win for us but both teams were excellent all game. Well played Anum, Sidrah, Aisha, Nadia, Aleina, Lorena, Myesha, Innayah, Malikah, Amina, Leyla and Sala!
Netball High 5 v Marlborough (29/03/2017)
On Wednesday 29th March the netball team went to Marlborough school to play a match. Firstly, we did some shooting practise and then we started the match. Marlborough didn’t have the right team so they forfeited and we won before we even started! But, they still wanted to play so we had a match against some other players. Each quarter lasted for 6 minutes and in the first quarter no teams scored. In the second quarter, Amina scored and excitingly, Asad scored in the third quarter. Marlborough scored six and we scored two altogether so if they wouldn’t have forfeited they would have won!

By Amina and Zaina

Netball High 5 v Bordesley Green (23/03/2017)
We travelled to Bordesley Green School with our Netball High 5 team to play against their team. It was a really tough game but our guys put in a much improved performance compared to when we played them a few weeks previously. The first quarter was very tight with both teams having lots of shots and it wasn't until the last minute of the quarter that a point was scored. Unfortunately for us, it was Bordesley Green who scored it and they backed it up with another quickly afterwards meaning we ended 2-0 down despite the teams being very evenly matched. Sala, Isa and Umaymah strung together some great moves and were swiftly in the opponents "D" but they just couldn't quite finish off the moves! The second quarter was a different story though as the two late scores had fired up Bordesley Green and they added another few points to their tally with some near perfect shooting from their Goal Shooter. In the third quarter, both teams cancelled each other out and nobody was able to score any points. Asad and Sidrah were doing a great job in defence for us blocking multiple attempts and setting up Innayah and Sala to break away and counter attack but they were well matched by the Bordesley Green defence! The final quarter was much like the first with both teams having a host of shots and not many going in! Amina finally found the net and we were on the scoreboard but a couple more expert shots from the Bordesley Green attackers meant they "won" the final quarter too. It was a great match and we are definitely improving but Bordesley Green fully deserved their victory!

Dodgeball competition (21/03/2017)
We took a team of 10 children to participate in a Dodgeball competition at Small Heath School and they got off to an absolute flyer in the first match, comfortably defeating Greet thanks to some brilliant catching by Isa and Eldon and some great direct hits from Sumaiyah! Our second game however wasn't plain sailing. We faced Somerville and they came flying out of the blocks by taking Suldan, Ayaan and Laiqa out of the game within the first minute. Musa did a great job of evading the opposing dodgeballs for some time and we were given a glimmer of hope by Usra who struck quickly to eliminate two Somerville players but unfortunately it wasn't enough and Somerville went on and were able to knock out the rest of our side. Due to the groups being small we faced Greet again and they were looking for revenge! Again, we had a slow start and lost Raffeh and Yousef early in the game and after Eldon and Suldan both caught a ball each we were back in the lead but once again Greet stood firm and played cautiously and slowly eliminated enough of our team and when the buzzer sounded they had four players remaining whereas we only had two left so they were awarded the victory. When we played Somerville for the second time we put in a much improved performance and didn't lose any players early on like we had done in the past couple of matches. The game was swinging from their favour to ours with both sides making great catches but players were getting out cheaply as well and because of this neither team fully got the other side out and the match ended as a draw! Thankfully the draw meant we qualified to play in the bronze medal match against Parkfield! It was a tense affair as all the other teams were spectating and yet again it was a really tight encounter. The game ebbed and flowed and at one pint we had a three player advantage over Parkfield but a dropped catch from us and a couple of great hits from one of their girls turned the tables completely and they were in the lead! Sadly we couldn't overturn the deficit and Parkfield narrowly won by having just a single player more than us left at the end of the match! This meant we finished in 4th place overall, just missing out on the bronze medal but all our children had a fantastic time! Musa was awarded the "Passion" badge as he played every match with a huge smile on his face and didn't argue or complain when he was out!

Rugby Mega Fest (15/03/2017)
"Today was a really splendid afternoon, because year 4 and year 5 went to a tag rugby tournament and played against 3 other secondary schools. We went Wash Lane Hobmoor School.The first game we played was called ball tag.How to play:there was four teams of six, one person from each team took a ball and once the hoop was empty two people from each team were running to get each other teams rugby balls.Unfortunately,the PE coach changed it and if other people from other teams were holding a rugby ball that was from our hoop we tagged them then they had to leave the ball.At the end of that game,one of the PE coaches awarded some of us honestly stickers because we were playing fairly.The next game we played was rounders.How to play:two schools playing together one school was each taking turns at kicking the rugby balls or throwing them.Then you have to run around four cones before the other team make three passes with the rugby ball but it has to be three different people and if the person who kicked/threw the ball ran around the cones before the other people made three passes then it will be a rounder to the team who kicked/threw the ball.If the person who kicked/threw the ball stopped at the second base that will be half a rounder.The third game we played was called hares and hound.How to play:the person who has the rugby ball is the hares and you will have to run/skip/walk/crawl with the ball and when the PE coach says STOP! the hares and the hounds will have to stop wherever they are and if the hound can reach the hares it would be a point to the hounds."
By Iqra in Cheetahs

"On the 15 th of march ,we went to a rugby tournament.We played rugby games and it was so fun.Also Steve (a sport coach) gave us sport value stickers.I really liked when Miss Read awarded us certificates so that Mr Bailey could award us.Me and my friend Iqra got some sport value stickers how amazing! I thank all the sport coaches for letting me go .Thank you for all of your opportunities of helping me to play rugby.I appreciate it very very much."
By Inayah, cheetahs class.

"Today was a fabulous day! We went to a rugby tournament. We played lots of games. We started to play a game that you had a nest and you had to run and get the balls from the middle but when the balls ran out you had to start stealing balls from other teams. Next we played a game that we had to pass to our partners and when Tyler (the referee) shouted "escape" we had to defend the goal and stop them going through by tigging them. After that we played a game where we had to kick or throw the ball and we had to run around the cones or we could stop at cone 2 and you get half a rounder. Finally we played a game that we had to be a hare or a hound and if you were the hare you took the rugby ball and the hound had to follow you. The aim of the game was when you stopped you had to reach out and touch your partner. Then we all went in our teams and we gave out badges and i got a self-belief badge! I want to thank all the sports coaches for inspiring me to play rugby! Thanks so much!"
By Zak - Crocodiles

Year 1 and 2 multi-skills festival (07/03/2017 and 10/03/2017)
We were lucky enough to be invited to take part in a multi-skills festival and were able to take the whole of Year 1 on Tuesday 7th March and all of our children in year 2 on Friday 10th March to experience it! The children were led around the various activities from young leaders from schools such as Swanshurst, Al-Hijrah and Ark Boulton and they had 3 minutes on each station to score as many points as possible. Each station had a different task for the children, and they ranged from basketball dribbling, to cricket bowling, to target throwing, to slalom running, to an "over and under" relay to throwing and catching and to walking on a balance beam with a quoit on their head! It was so much fun for all of the children involved and we are certainly very lucky to have been able to take everybody from year 1 and year 2 to take part and enjoy themselves!

Aston Villa cup competition (15/02/2017)
Aston Villa invited us to take part in a football cup competition so we took a team of 6 children to represent us. We played loads of matches winning 2, drawing 1 and losing 3 throughout the day. Izhaan did brilliantly to score 3 goals and Azhar was a rock in defence throughout the tournament but an extra congratulations has to go to Junaid who was awarded a special determination medal for his hard work for the team in every single match! Well done Junaid, Azhar, Izhaan, Ibraheem, Hadeel and Malikah!

"Rock Up" climbing session (14/02/2017)
On Tuesday 14th February we were lucky enough to be able to take 28 year 4 children to the "Rock Up" rock climbing centre in Birmingham for an afternoon of fun climbing. The children started by getting harnessed up and had a safety talk before being allowed to begin climbing and once they finished that they were let loose on the walls! There were a huge variety of different types of walls to climb and Lewin and Rayeema wasted no time at all in racing to the top of the "timed" wall before anyone else had even got half way up any of the other walls! The children showed no fear throughout the climbs with everyone accepting and attempting to overcome the challenges of the walls and the instructors were very impressed with what they saw! Here are a selection of photos from the visit:

Winter School Games final (10/02/2017)
After winning their local tournaments, both our Year 5 and 6 Hockey team and Year and 4 football team took part in the Birmingham Winter school games final. We were representing the whole of the Small Heath partnership and were pitted against schools representing their partnerships in the final showdown! Both teams were entered into a group initially and after a slow start from our footballers who lost their opening match 4-2, they played in one of the most entertaining draws of all time which ended 5-5 after being 4-1 down with 6 of the 10 minutes played! This ignited their scoring touch, winning their final two games 6-1 and 5-2 respectively with Hamza, Usman and Ahdam combining sublimely meaning we finished 2nd in the group and faced Prince Thorpe in the next round. Unfortunately however, despite scoring twice, Prince Thorpe were too strong for us this time and were victorious as they netted 4 times despite Nadia making several fantastic saves throughout the match, and this meant that we ended up finishing in 6th place which was brilliant!

Our Hockey team had similar fortunes to the footballers but in reverse order as they came flying out of the blocks winning their first two matches of the day with Ishraqul and Sala bagging the goals. The third match was a hard fought one and some resolute defending from Amina and Aisha kept our opponents at bay until the last few seconds when the broke through and equalised and the game finished as a 1-1 draw. In the final group match, our opponents were worthy 2-0 winners with some slick play and deadly attacking and we ended in 2nd place again in the group. Only the winners of the four groups progressed to the semi-finals but due to the number of points we collected, we were the "best placed" runners up and this meant we finished 5th overall!

To finish in 5th and 6th places in the whole of Birmingham is an amazing achievement so Sala, Aisha, Amina, Ishraqul, Yusuf, Ahdam, Usman, Hamza, Nadia, Anum and Ramana, you should all be very proud of yourselves!

Year 5 & 6 tennis tournament (24/01/2017)
As we did with the year 3 & 4 tennis tournament the previous week, we took three year 5 & 6 teams to compete in a competition at Billesley Tennis Centre. Each team consisted of four players and they rotated round playing several other schools who were in the same groups. With so many matches being played, all our teams inevitably had their ups and downs with every player winning, drawing and losing throughout the course of the tournament. In the end,  our "A" team finished 3rd in their group, our "B" team finished 2nd in their group and our "C" team finished 3rd as well but unfortunately they all narrowly missed out on qualifying for the finals later in the year! Congatulations Sala, Asad, Myesha, Innayah, Samir, Ishraqul, Fatima, Imaan, Amina, Maleehah, Idrees and Mohammed Ali!

Year 3 & 4 tennis tournament (17/01/2017)
We took three tennis to a tournament at Billesley indoor tennis centre on Tuesday 17th January. The four players in each team played their singles matches at the same time and we rotated round and played against a host of other schools throughout the afternoon. Our "B" team came flying out of the block with Hamza, Zak, Ramana and Nadia all winning their first couple of matches while our "A" and "C" had a slightly slower start as they had a mix of wins, draws and losses. At the end of the tournament it was announced that our "A" and "B" teams had both finished in 2nd place in their group and our "C" team finished in 3rd place in theirs which was a great result as each team had been practising hard in the week leading up to the competition! Well played Ahdam, Usman, Anum, Aaminah, Aleena, Rayeema, Harron, Muhammed Ali, Hamza, Zak, Ramana and Nadia!

Aston Villa football tournament (16/01/2017)
Our para football team participated in a tournament at Aston Villa Football Club on Monday 17th January. We played a total of three games, winning one and losing two which unfortunately meant we didn't progress to the school games finals to represent our local area on February 10th but we all still had a fantastic time! In our first match, we faced Regents Park whose players showed great finishing skills and were simply too good for us and they ran out 2-0 winners despite Habiba covering every inch of the pitch and thwarting numerous Regents Park attacks. Our second game was against West Heath school and it was a much tighter match. Both teams had plenty of shots but Govindrai made several fantastic saves to keep the scores level, as did the West Heath goalkeeper. Ibraheem set up Izhaan perfectly and he fired the ball home but the referee disallowed the goal as there was a hand ball in the build but Izhaan wasn't discouraged and just two minutes later he opened the scoring after Habiba brilliantly won the ball from the opposition and passed to Izhaan who turned and rocketed a shot into the top left hand corner to give us the lead. We held on with Malikah and Hadeel defending strongly to claim the 1-0 win! In our final match we came up against a very strong Parkfield team who dominated proceedings and won 3-0 despite Junaid playing like a human wall in goal and blocking almost everything and Azhar who won the ball and broke down a lot of Parkfield attacks! We eventually finished 3rd in our group narrowly missing out on progressing to the school games finals but we all had a fantastic time!

Year 3 & 4 football local final (29/11/2016)
On Tuesday 29th November, Hamza, Anum, Nadia, Ramana, Ahdam and Usman played in the final of the tournament they won back in October. They faced Bordesley Green school and played two 10 minute halves with the winner going on to represent the Small Heath partnership at the Birmingham Games final in February. The game started with both teams a little nervous because of the occasion but after a couple of minutes everyone on both teams settled down and played really well. Ahdam tested the Bordesley Green goalkeeper early on with a couple of shots from long range which he did well to keep out but it was third time lucky for Ahdam as he managed to win the ball high up the pitch and slot the ball into the corner, giving us a 1-0 lead! Bordesley Green fought back and had a great chance to level the game but they couldn't take it and soon afterwards we were into a 2-0 lead, Ahdam again scoring after some nice play between himself, Hamza and Usman! We made it to half time still 2-0 ahead thanks to a fantastic save from Nadia, who dived low to her left and got a fingertip on the ball to turn it round the post and away to safety. Bordesley Green pressed hard in the 2nd half with almost all of the play coming in our half but some resolute defending managed to keep them at bay with Anum being forced into a great save with her legs when the Bordesley Green striker looked certain to score. Usman wrapped up the win for us midway through the 2nd half after he danced past two defenders and calmly placed the ball in the corner of the net, making it 3-0, and the score remained at that for the rest of the game! At the end of the match, both teams chose a "player of the match" from the other team and we gave the Bordesley Green goalkeeper that award as he made several fantastic saves, and they awarded it to Hamza who was brilliant all over the field! Everybody played as well as they could have and now we look forward to the Birmingham finals in February!

Judo taster sessions
Throughout October and November we were lucky enough to have a judo coach from Destination Judo come into our school and deliver taster sessions for all of Key Stage 2! He began by teaching a few Japanese words to our children as judo is of course a Japanese sport so we now know that "Sensei" means teacher, "Dojo" means a hall or school where the learning takes place, "Judogi" are the clothes you wear in judo, "Tatami" means the mat where judo takes place "Hajime" means begin and "Mate" means stop! The children learnt how to safely move around the tatami and then began learning how to hold their opponent by the sleeve and lapel of their judogi and were then shown how to pin their opponent to the ground for 20 seconds which is how a person wins a judo match. Mr Bailey was used to demonstrate this against the Sensei and he was unable to break free (even though i am sure he could have if he really tried......) and using the techniques that had just been displayed, the children had a go at doing it themselves with a partner and many were able to keep them down for the entire 20 seconds and "win" the contest! All in all, it was a fantastic opportunity for the children to take part in something that the majority of them have never done before and i know that quite a few of them have enrolled in judo classes outside of school which is great news!

Year 3 & 4 Gymnastics (15/11/2016)
On Tuesday 15th November we took 2 teams to compete in a year 3 and 4 Gymnastics tournament at Starbank school. Our teams had to complete a floor routine and perform a vault and dismount in front of the judges which they were then given marks out of 10 for. The floor routine went really well with everyone staying calm and expertly remembering their routine and executing it fantastically and on the vault, everyone performed brilliantly again and Hasnain scored 9.7 out of 10 which was the highest score of anyone on the day! In the end, our "A" team scored 108.3 points and our "B" team scored 105 points which meant our "A" team finished in 3rd place and took home the bronze medal and our "B" team finished in 5th place and we even got to meet Jennifer Pinches who competed in Gymnastics for Great Britain in the 2012 London Olympics! To add to our success, Rehan, Rahaf, Shuaib and Rowan were all awarded the "Self-Belief" badge by the judges! Well done Shuaib, Hasnain, Usman, Rowan, Aaminah, Sarah, Rehan, Haroon, Dannish, Rahaf, Nadia and Anum!

Primary Panathlon (08/11/2016)
Zeeshan, Dannish, Junaid, Ibraheem, Izhaan and Govindrai represented us in the Primary Panathlon challenge and finished in 2nd place overall! We took part in games and activities such as Boccia, Kurling, Parachute popcorn, table cricket, volleybat, football and tennis! After moving round each activity and accumulating points we were awarded the silver medal and this fantastic trophy to proudly display. What a great day!

Edgbaston cricket coaching and tour (17/10/2016)
Asad, Zumer, Sala, Ibrahim, Haroon, Nafis, Raees, Ishraqul, Ibrahim, Yusuf, Faizan, Samir, Samuel and Dannish went to Edgbaston Cricket centre. Firstly, we did a warm up by catching the ball and playing basketball with the ball, then the coach separated us in groups of 2 and we needed to do catching, then the coach separated us into groups of 4 and we did some more catching. Secondly, we played a match of lords cricket but only one team could bat, then they changed the coach and we played a match. After that they changed the coach again and we learned how to throw and aim at something. After that, they invited a professional cricket player called Ateeq Javid over and we asked some questions about him, then he signed some bats that we got to take home and we said happy birthday to him! At the end we saw all of Edgbaston cricket stadium, so thanks to Mr Bailey and our teachers for letting us go in the stadium! 
By Asad

On Monday 17th October me and some of my friends went to Edgbaston. We got there by going on the minibus. The first match we played was continuous cricket, we had to try and hit the ball as far as we can. If we did not hit the ball with the bat you still had to run no matter what. It was so fun and it was better than staying in school! After that we all had a break and were ready to play another match. The person who taught us was Danny. After playing continuous cricket we played a match of the same game. Harry, who was our coach, taught us. However, this time he was bowling, not us. I was a fielder with all my friends but we still got a chance to bat. This would only happen if we got the whole team out. Salahuddin was the best cricketer going in my opinion, and everyone else’s too!

The last and final match we played was quick cricket. Kally was the one who taught us. This game was most unique out of all of them. It was unique because we had to run on the side of the wicket not straight forwards and that made me baffled. Also, we had to carry on running until we were out. It was so fun. Later on in the day, we were behaving so good that we got to have a tour around the whole of Edgbaston stadium. We went to the office, then we went in the lift to go to the highest seats of them all. It was really high and I was very scared. We went to the umpires room as well and this is where the umpires sit. We also got cricket bats to take home.
By Zumer

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Year 3/4 football tournament at Small Heath school (04/10/2016)
On Tuesday 4th October we entered an “A” and a “B” team to participate in a year 3 and 4 football tournament at Small Heath school and they both did really well. Our “A” team played a total of four group matches and won them all, the first against Blakesley Hall 3-0, 4-0 against Al-Furqan, 2-0 when we faced Starbank and 3-0 against English Martyrs with Usman finishing as our top scorer with an impressive tally of 6 goals! Our “B” team didn’t get off to a great start as they were defeated 3-0 by Starbank but improved greatly in the next match to draw 1-1 against English Martyrs and Rehan scored our goal despite being the goalkeeper! Their final game was against Starbank and that also ended in a 1-1 draw, this time with Hasnain scoring a fantastic solo goal by dribbling past three opposing players and coolly slotting the ball in the corner of the goal! Because our “A” team won all of their matches, they qualified for the final and faced English Martyrs. A great team moved resulted in Hamza finishing low and putting us 1-0 ahead but not long after English Martyrs equalised with a great headed goal from a kick-in and the score stayed at 1-1 for the remainder of the match. Both teams remained evenly matched throughout extra time and a sudden death penalty was played to determine a winner. All of our players were brave enough to volunteer to take a penalty with Ahdam, Usman and Nadia converting theirs and English Martyrs matched us until Hamza scored his and Ahdam made a great save to win us the tie and qualify for the local final which is to be played at a later date! To top it all off, for their fantastic display of attitude and hardwork for their teams, Nadia and Rehan were both awarded the “Determination” badges by the competitions referees!

Boys football tournament at Hallfield School (29/09/2016)
On Thursday 29th September we were invited to Hallfield School to take part in a boys football tournament. It started well with the team winning against Clifton and drawing their next group game against Chandos meaning we finished on 4 points. The final group match between Clifton and Chandos was a nervous affair as we were relying on a draw or a Clifton victory in the hope we could top the table! It was a tight game and, thankfully for us, Clifton managed a "snatch and grab" 1-0 win so we finished 1st, Clifton 2nd and Chandos in 3rd place in the group! As we topped the group we progressed directly to the final in which we faced Thornton who had just defeated our sister school Percy Shurmer. It was another cagey match that was evenly contested but Thornton snuck a late goal and held on to the lead to win the game and the tournament overall and we finished as runners up with Haroon being awarded the "player of the tournament award" for showing his skills and determination throughout the competition!

Basketball tournament (27/09/2016)
After the success of the Hockey tournament we participated in the previous week, we took part in a Basketball tournament where we did really well once again. We took two teams and our "A" team played brilliantly to win their 3 matches without even conceding a point! Sala, Ishraqul and Umyma all scored plenty of baskets to take us through to the semi-finals. Our "B" team only played 2 matches due to another team not being able to attend and they won 1 and lost 1 of their matches with Armees scoring a couple of great solo efforts! In the semi-final, our "A" team faced Starbank and they narrowly came through 2-0 and played Greet in the final. As the same as the week before in the Hockey tournament, the game went to extra-time after drawing 2-2 and in the 1 minute of over-time Greet nicked a basket to prevail 4-2 meaning we finished 2nd on the day and Sala was awarded the "Self-Belief" badge for not giving up and encouraging his team through the tournament! 

Hockey tournament (20/09/2016)
Our first tournament of the 2016/2017 year was Hockey which took place at Small Heath school. We took 3 teams to represent us and they ended with mixed fortunes as our "A" team won but lost 4 of their matches, our "B" team won 3 and lost 1 of their matches while our "C" team won 2, drew 2 and lost 1 match overall! Our "A" team finished in 6th place overall with the "C" team finishing 4th in their group but our "B" team topped their group meaning they qualified for the final on the day which they played against English Martyrs. It was a really tight match that was 0-0 during normal time and during the 1 minute extra time both teams found the net to take the match to the a penalty shoot-out which lasted for several penalty shots each before Miss Reed decided enough was enough and there was no separating the two teams on the day so we have both qualified for the local finals which will take place at a later date! To add to the success, Fatima and Aisha were both awarded the "Teamwork" badge for their hard work throughout the tournament!