West Oxfordshire Swimming Gala:
The Blake School boys’ swimming team continued their success last week with an outstanding win at the West Oxfordshire Schools' Gala. The team produced some superb performances, whilst supporting each other; as a result, they have qualified to swim at the Oxfordshire School Games. Well done; a fantastic achievement.
After a superb performance at the Witney Schools Tournament, our Year 4 tennis players continued their success to become runners up at the West Oxfordshire Tournament, on Thursday 6th June. The children will now go on to compete at the School Games in July. What a fantastic achievement!
Year 4 Quad Kids Athletics:
On Tuesday 14th May, the Year 4 Quad Kids Athletics Team competed in the Witney Schools Competition. Each athlete completed 4 events: jumping, throwing and two running competitions; they were awarded points for their performances. All the children put in a tremendous effort and supported each other. When all the points were counted, their brilliant achievements earned them 1st place. We are very proud of them all.
Oxfordshire School Games Cross Country:
After a superb performance in the West Oxfordshire event, The Blake School Year 4 Boys Cross Country Team qualified for the County Finals.
The event was held on Tuesday 2nd April at Tilsley Park in Abingdon in very wet conditions.
After walking parts of the course to familiarise themselves, the eight strong team of boys lined up for the start.
The course was varied, along paths, fields and wooded areas. All the boys ran brilliantly, demonstrating great effort and determination, and as a team we managed to finish in 5th place out of the 15 primary schools in Oxfordshire that had qualified for the final. This is a fantastic achievement, and despite being very wet and cold the boys all seemed to enjoy themselves. We are very proud of them all.
Witney Schools’ Netball League:
Over the past two weeks, children from Years 5 and 6 have been competing in the Witney Schools’ Netball League. The children have played 3 matches, and have all displayed high levels of skill and determination to achieve 3 wins out of 3. The teams that played included lots of different children, and their ability to work together and compete as a team was very impressive. The excellent results they achieved will earn them a place in the final group, and we look forward to these matches. A huge well done to all the children who played.
Blake: 13 - Queen Emma's: 5
Blake: 13 - Tower Hill: 5
Blake: 13 - Our Lady of Lourdes: 3
On Friday 8th March, the girls’ football team played their final group game at home against West Witney Primary School. The team made a steady start. There was some good work in both attack and defence, but we were unable to get on the score sheet initially. After a few good chances we finally found the back of the net and this opened up a run of excellent goals. West Witney played very well and did put us under some pressure in defence; they were also able to score to make the final result Blake: 5 West Witney: 1.
This was another strong performance from the girls, which will see them through to the semi-finals. Huge congratulations to all who played.
Witney Schools Netball Tournament:
On Tuesday 26th February, 21 Children from Year 6 went to Wood Green School to compete in a Netball Tournament. There were 3 teams from The Blake. All of them performed brilliantly and had lots of fun in fantastic weather! The teams, as always, supported each other and showed some excellent skills. We finished 3rd in both the A team and C Team tournaments and 2nd in the B Team tournament. It was a wonderful achievement for all the teams. Well done to all who took part.
Girls’ Football - Tuesday 12th February:
The Blake School Girls’ Football Team played their second match on Tuesday 12th February against Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Primary School. The team built on their success from the first game and it was clear to see a growth in confidence from our players. Michelle Szulc and Lottie Harris were rock solid in defence, while Sadie Bridgman and Lydia Meller made impressive debuts, getting into some good positions and making some superb runs. Grace Horne played really well in goal and made some important saves, keeping a clean sheet. The captain, Claudia Albert, played her role brilliantly, supporting and encouraging, as well as displaying great individual skill and understanding. Seren St Clair also played a vital role in building team confidence. She had her scoring boots on for this game, working tirelessly, and was pinpoint accurate in front of goal, scoring a double hat trick. Another superb match played in great spirit on both sides. A fantastic achievement.
Final Score: Blake – 6, O.L.O.L. – 0
Girls’ Football - Wednesday 6th February:
A team of Year 5 and 6 girls represented The Blake School at football on Wednesday 6th February in the first league game against Tower Hill School. The team made a strong start, scoring within the first minute. This settled some nerves, and they built on this to produce an excellent team performance. Experienced players supported their team with lots of encouragement, and this was key to their 6-2 victory. The girls clearly enjoyed themselves, and excellent sporting behaviour was displayed by both teams. It was a pleasure to watch. Well done girls.
Sports Hall Athletics:
On Monday 28th January, a group of Year 6 pupils represented The Blake School at the Witney Schools’ Sports Hall Athletics competition, which was held at Wood Green School. Each athlete took part in a number of different events including running, jumping and throwing. The team showed fantastic effort and produced some really great performances; for some it was the first time that they had competed in these events.
After all the scores were added up, we are delighted to report that our team managed to achieve 3rd place out of 12 schools. We are very proud of them all.
Witney Schools Football League
On Friday 25th January, The Blake School Football Team played in the Witney Schools League Final against Aston and Cote School.
The Team from The Blake had qualified for the final and remained unbeaten, however we knew this would be our toughest test.
The Team, despite our best intentions, were hesitant in the first half and struggled to find the form that we had enjoyed previously. Aston were a strong side and were playing with skill and confidence. Both teams had chances in the first half, but managed to stand firm, and the score was 0-0 at half time.
The Blake found some rhythm in the second half and used the width of the pitch to good effect. We were rewarded with a goal, but Aston came back strongly to equalise.
The rest of the game was played out with more chances at both ends and eventually went to extra time.
Five minutes each way were played, and The Blake found their touch and quality creating a number of great chances. They eventually netted the winning goal with about a minute to go.
Many congratulations to the team who have worked exceptionally hard throughout the competition. They have shown tremendous team work and we are very proud of them.
Congratulations also to Aston, who played outstanding football and made the final an extremely tough contest.
Calum Hovard (captain), Leo Adderley, Keenan Sprague, Tom Siret, Claudia Albert, Tyler Wells, Sam Jackson, Asher Wright, Orhan Mustafa, Connor Hitchman.
On Wednesday 9th January a group of Year 6 boys and girls from The Blake School competed in the Witney Schools Swimming Gala. There were eleven schools taking part and the standard of competition was high.
The Blake School swimmers performed brilliantly, with each competitor showing tremendous effort in their particular race.
There were some superb performances. After all the points had been counted, we are very proud to announce that the girls’ team finished 3rd overall and the boys’ team won their event; they will now go on to compete in the West Oxfordshire finals.
A fantastic result and very well done to all those children who competed.
Witney Schools’ Football League Semi-Final:
After successfully making their way through the group stages in a very assured way, The Blake School Football Team qualified for a Semi-Final contest against The Batt School. The game was played in less than perfect conditions and, after a slightly nervous start and a tight first half, the team found their rhythm and displayed some excellent football in both attack and defence to secure a fantastic 4-1 victory. This sets up a final against Aston and Cote. All the players worked exceptionally hard and showed great teamwork and support for each other. We are very proud of them all and wish them the very best of luck for the final, which will be played in the New Year.
Witney Schools’ Football League:
This term we have been competing in the Witney Schools’ Football League. Players, mainly from Year 6, have played in 5 matches and have managed to maintain an unbeaten record to reach the Semi Final stage.
The team have played some excellent football, only conceding two goals throughout the group stage, and have shown great team spirit in supporting each other. They have managed to score 24 goals.
Results were as follows:
Blake 5 Ducklington 0
Blake 3 Aston and Cote 1
Blake 9 Queens Emma’s 0
Blake 5 Witney Community Primary 0
Blake 2 Tower Hill 1
The Squad are:
Leo Adderley, Claudia Albert, Connor Hitchman, Calum Hovard, Sam Jackson, Orhan Mustafa, Tom Siret, Keenan Sprague, Tyler Wells and Asher Wright.
We wish them every success in their Semi Final match.
Year 6 Witney Schools Hockey Tournament:
On Wednesday 31st October, a team of Year 6 children from The Blake School competed in the Witney Schools Hockey Tournament. They performed brilliantly as a team and won their group comfortably. They then progressed to the final stages, where they narrowly lost one game and won the other to finish runners up overall. This means that they will now go on to represent The Blake at the West Oxfordshire Tournament. Congratulations.
West Oxfordshire District Cross Country Competition:
On Thursday 18th October, a group of Year 4 and Year 6 girls and boys went to Bicester to represent The Blake School in the West Oxfordshire District Cross Country Competition.
We entered teams in four races: Under 9 Boys, Under 9 Girls, Under 11 Boys and Under 11 Girls.
All the runners did a fantastic job; everyone completed the course and took part in the races, with over 150 participants in each.
We are very proud of all our runners and extremely pleased to report that our Under 9 Boys all finished in the top 22 places to win the event and qualify for the County Final. A special mention to Rhys Jones, who finished 3rd in his race. An outstanding achievement.