ISA London South Kwik Cricket - Friday 10th June

On Friday 10th June, high from our successful qualifying in the Bexley tournament the previous day, our Year 5 and 6 cricket team went to compete in the ISA London South Kwik Cricket tournament at Virgo Fidelis.

Despite it being a very sunny and hot day, the children were in high spirits and ready for the cricket matches ahead. Our first match was against Elmhurst. West Lodge drew to field first and produced some very good on target bowling. West Lodge played well but Elmhurst were the stronger team who won 264 runs to203.

West Lodge then played Virgo Fidelis B team. We batted first and were taking a lot more risks to run if we hit the ball. We also scored some good 4s and even some 6s! It was then our turn to bowl which was accurate, on target and very rarely wide or a no ball! The team fielded well, catching some of the other team out, and West Lodge won 260 runs to 206.

We then found out our final match was for us to place third overall. We were up against Oakfield B team. Despite already playing 2 matches the team were still as energetic as they were at the start and drew to field first. Again, West Lodge proved their skill with some quick bowling but Oakfield did still manage to hit a lot of 4s and 6s. West Lodge were then up to bat, and quickly matched the amount of 4s and 6s hit. In the last over it could very much go either way. West Lodge kept calm and produced some accurate hits and good calling, and we won 280 runs to 272, a very close match.

West Lodge therefore came third overall in the tournament. The teams played wonderfully and enjoyed their day. Thank you to Miss Ayling for accompanying the team and to Mr Pring for driving the minibus and also supporting the team.

Bexley Kwik Cricket District Finals

On Wednesday 15th June our Year 5 and 6 cricket team went up to Sidcup Cricket Club ready for the Bexley District Finals with 15 other schools competing. We were given our group and found out we were to play St Stephens, Fosters and Barnehurst.
At 1pm the games began. After a pep talk from Mr McCabe and some warm up bowling and throwing on target West Lodge were ready and eager to win. They performed some brilliant and strategic batting and managed to bowl and catch some of the other team out. West Lodge won the first game 239 runs to 189. We then played our second game against Fosters primary. Again, the children worked brilliantly as a team with some strong bowling. Credit must go to Walton who made the most outstanding catch from 3 ft off the ground and with one hand fully outstretched! West Lodge won 251 runs to 216. We then found out we were up against some of the favourites to win, Barnehurst. West Lodge fought hard but their team was very strong and unfortunately we lost 201 runs to 238.

We then found out we came second overall in our group so were then moved onto a different pitch to play our last two matches. We were up against St Olaves, who we have played in a variety of sports. Both teams were equally eager and equally matched for this game, it was incredibly close and hard to tell. West Lodge just managed to pull ahead with 216 runs to 211, only a 5 run difference. West Lodge then found out they were playing for 5th place overall. We played Mayplace, who were a very strong team again. Unfortunately, our team were starting to tire by this point. We kept working hard on making our bowling on target and by working together to field, but Mayplace did beat us with 225 runs to 200. They made some very good wickets and catches which lost us runs.

Overall, West Lodge placed 6th out of 16 schools which was a fantastic achievement, and was definitely down to all the hard work the team have put in this term and all their practice in previous qualifying heats and tournaments. Special thanks must go to Mr McCabe for coaching the team and to Miss Ayling for support the team.

Year 2 visit to Leeds Castle 08/06/16

Year 2 visited Leeds Castle on 8th June 2016 in connection with their Science topics this year.

Before their workshop, the children were given a guided tour of the castle and learnt lots of interesting facts about the history of the castle. They were particularly taken with the murder holes and the use of the moat water for bathing despite having been toiletted in!

After lunch (another highlight of any school trip!) the children then took part in a drama workshop retelling the story of Sybil the Cygnet who tries to find her parents once she has hatched and meets lots of other creatures with very different habitats along the way. The children really enjoyed dressing up for this activity and remembered the story well.

The children saw lots of species of bird whilst walking through the grounds and learnt about how they attract their mates and where they nest. They also learnt the different names for the males and females and young.

We were blessed with beautiful weather for the day and the children were full of the information they had learnt at school on Thursday.

Thank you very much to the parents who accompanied us on this visit.

Years 3 and 4 Cricket - 26th May 2016

On Thursday 26th May our 3 and 4 team travelled to Royal Russell to take part in a friendly Kwik Cricket match. Having played them at home only a few weeks ago the children were geared up and excited for another opportunity, this time playing a team of their age.

West Lodge bowled first and showed a great improvement with their on target bowls, rarely giving away any wide balls or no balls. The team communicated well with each other which helped their fielding. Royal Russell showed excellent batting skills here scoring mainly 2 runs or 4 runs.

West Lodge then had their turn of batting. The boys were all able to make some hits, although Louie and Stacey managed to hit the ball far and gain us 4 runs. Royal Russell bowled us quite a few wides, and so Mr McCabe spoke to the children about using the opportunity to hit the ball back if it is wide.

Unfortunately, Royal Russell were the stronger team and won the game 150 to our 135 runs. Both teams showed a great attitude to the game and a great improvement on communication.

Thank you to Mr McCabe for umpiring and to Miss Ayling for scoring.

NSPCC Big Board Games Day - 27/05/16

On Friday 27th May, the children in Nursery-Year 4 took part in the NSPCC's Big Board Game Day. They all looked the part as they came dressed in the colour of their favourite colour playing piece and we even had a Queen from a chessboard! In assembly, we talked about where the children's donations were going and how the charity uses the money it received and we also thought about why board games are important. The children came up with very thoughful ideas including helping younger children to take turns and learn numbers and colours to keeping older children off of their tablets and phones and making them engage in real conversation!

During the morning, the children presented their games to their classes and did some demonstrations and the Year 4 children played some games with Nursery and Reception. In the afternoon, Key Stage 1 and 2 took over the two halls with a sea of Monopoly boards, Guess Who, Cranium and lots of other games. It was wonderful to see the vast array of different games and the enthusiasm of the children as they explained the rules to their games and helped their friends to understand the aims and learn the tactics for unfamiliar games. I cannot believe how many versions of Monopoly that exist and was quite amazed by the skill shown even by Year 2 children in chess!

The day was thoroughly enjoyed by all and together with the Guess How Many Dice in the Jar game run during the previous week, raised a grand total of £236 for the charity so thank you very much to everyone who donated.

There were 259 dice in the jar and the nearest guess was made by George in Year 2 who guessed 260 and won himself a box of sweet treats for half term!

I really hope that the children continue with their love of board games and are keen to play some of those that they tried for the first time on 27th May, again.

Thank You once again for your support.