School Journey

School Journey - Day 4

‘Last night’s Team Games allowed West Lodge to show off their rapping, drawing, shoe tower building, egg protecting and gargling skills with Heayberd’s Pink Panthers just managing to defeat Weighill’s Wonderful Wacky Whites, Sandys’ True Colours and Burke’s Pineapples. Each team worked superbly well…unfortunately the same could not be said for staff captains! Maybe Mr Sandys and Mr Weighill were too exhausted from their epic badminton match!

A fun morning was spent at Becasuc (Sweet Tooth) where the children learnt how to make sweets; they were already experts at eating them! This was followed by another round of games in the woods and a walk around the local town culminating in more sugar…a crepe!

West Lodge then enjoyed free time on the beach in the beautiful sunshine. Whilst the boys dug a great big hole, some of the girls created foot spas for Mrs Webb, which she greatly appreciated in the warm weather.

Tonight’s activity is the highly anticipated disco but before that, French cuisine…coq au vin as well as escargots…bon appetit!’

School Journey - Day 3

“After last night’s successful sandcastle competition on the beach, West Lodge children and teachers thankfully all managed to get to sleep earlier than the night before.

Agincourt and Etaples proved to be very successful excursions today. The children really enjoyed making their decorative coats of arms shields as well as learning about the Battle of Agincourt. They were then a credit to West Lodge with their respectful behaviour at Etaples cemetery.

Room inspection scores continue to improve with the children showing off both their creative towel formations, as well as realising their beds need to actually be made!’

School Journey - Day 2

After a successful first night’s sleep, West Lodge woke up with a spring in their step!  The morning was spent doing Bear Grylls proud making waterproof shelters in the forest.  This proved to be relatively successful with almost everyone staying dry after Ms Webb poured a watering can over each shelter.  One group was particularly pleased with their sunbathing area, whilst another went into great detail about how their toilet facilities would be used.

The children and staff then enjoyed being taught about how to make croissants and pains au chocoat at the local boulangerie, almost as much as devouring them afterwards!

A sunny afternoon was spent at a snail farm, which was a lovely albeit surprising experience.  The children were fascinated finding out about the lives of snails.  Most of the West Lodge children held and even tasted this French delicacy!

It has been a brilliant day, which will be topped off with an evening visit to the beach for some fun activities.

School Journey - Day 1

School Journey News Year 5 & 6 had a wonderful first day in France.  A smooth journey across the Channel in the morning was then followed by a beautiful sunny day.  This allowed everyone to enjoy the French countryside, including a tour of Vimy Ridge.   On arrival at the PGL Centre, friendly and welcoming staff ensured a lovely first meal and some yummy birthday cake!   Room inspections were somewhat a bit of a shock and room for improvement across the board is most definitely required!

Year 2 Trip to the Barbican

Year 1 and 2 went to the Barbican on Friday 17th March to listen to the LSO.

Here are some reports by a couple of the Year 2 children...

ISA National Netball Tournament

On Saturday 25th March, our U11 team travelled to Oundle School in Peterborough for the final Netball event of the year, the ISA National Tournament. We left school at 7a,m (ON A SATURDAY!!!) to make the 2 hour journey. The school was amazing and we were all in awe of the facilities.

The tournament was tough with the best ISA school netball teams from all over the country competing.

The scores in the heats were as follows: (West Lodge score first)

Grantham Prep: 12-5

Falkner House: 3-7

Hale Prep: 7-4

Gateway: 5-2

Littlegarth: 9-0.

 

Despite winning 4 out of our 5 matches, we were placed 3rd in our group and so were put into the 'Plate Tournament' but with a bye to the semi finals. Unfortunately, our GS and GK sustained ankle injuries in the final match and so would be unable to play the remainder of the tournament,

 In the semi finals, we faced Littlegarth again. With our 2 substitute players, playing the best they've ever played, this match was extremely exciting and went to extra time with one team needing to score 2 clear goals to win. Our GA stepped up and scored 2 goals in quick succession!

We were then due to meet Lingfield in the Plate Final. After the last time these two teams met, we knew this would be a tough game and that their coach knew our strengths and would have coached her team accordingly. However, despite great play by Lingfield, West Lodge won 8-7!!!

The girls were absolutely exhausted but delighted with their result. What a way to end their Primary School Netball careers!

I hope that all girls continue to play at their new schools and they continue to improve and enjoy the sport.

U11 End of League Tournament

On Wednesday 15th March, Farringtons hosted the End of League U11 Netball Tournament. Having narrowly missed winning the league, West Lodge were determined to do well at this tournament.

First up were Colfes which was sure to be a tough game. They had worked hard on their tactics and were marking our strongest players hard. However, West Lodge managed an 8-8 draw. Nest up were Breaside (the winners of the league) and so West Lodge were anxious, yet focussed. This match ended in a 5-1 win to West Lodge! Blackheath Prep were next and feeling confident from the last match, West Lodge played brilliantly and won this match 9-0. Straight on to face Farringtons which again, promised to be a tight match. But, with some excellent shooting, West Lodge won 6-5. Finally, West Lodge faced Babington House. These were unknown to us as they had forfeited their game with us in the league. This game resulted in a 13-0 win to West Lodge.

West Lodge had won the tournament! They returned to school with a trophy, medals and BIG smiles!

U11 London Live Netball at the Copperbox

 

On 11th March, our U11 team entered a tournament at the Copperbox Arena at the Olympic Park. 8 schools took part and there were 3 short matches in the heats. West Lodge faced Pembridge Hall School first and won 5-2. Next up were Clockhouse Primary and again, West Lodge played very well and won 9-0. Finally they played Atkins Primary and again, won 6-0.

The girls were very excited that they had played so well in such a prestigious venue and couldn't wait for the semi final against Velmead Juniors. They won this match 6-1 and excitement hit new levels as they realised they had qualified for the cup final which was to be played that evening at half time of the Surrey Storm v Hertfordshire Mavericks match.

When we returned to the arena in the evening, the crowds were gathering and the film crews were set up ready for the Superleague game (and the Cup Final) to be televised on Sky Sports. The girls got to be mascots for the two Superleague teams, walking out onto court with them before the match, then watched the game until half time.

In the final, West Lodge faced Bishopsgate Prep School and in the first half, were winning 3-1. However, in the second, Bishopsgate upped their game and tiredness kicked in for West Lodge and the final score was 6-4. The girls were devastated!

The team played so well throughout the day and coped well with such a long and exciting day and I am immensely proud of them. What an experience to have played Netball in an Olympic venue at the age of 11!