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June 2015

Posted: 29th June, 2015


Inter School Sports Day Success.

This afternoon 24 children from year 3,4 & 5 took part in an inter school sports day. They all did tremendously well and you wouldn't have realised that it was their first time for quite a few of them to represent the school. The children had to either run a distance race or sprint and also compete in a field event (Javelin, Shot Putt or Long Jump) as well as a relay. It was wonderful to see them 'go for it' and they supported one another brilliantly throughout the competition. Mr Burdes was very proud of our children for both their efforts and the way they conducted themselves. A number of the team will now go on to represent our family of schools and compete in the finals. Well done children.

Posted: 25th June, 2015


Cricket Success!

This afternoon our cricket teams from year 4 & 5 competed in their Rushcliffe Championship. Each team had to play a series of matches with the top teams then competing for places in the finals. The boys all tried very hard and supported one another tremendously well. There was some exceptional bowling and batting from both of our teams and as they boys grew in confidence they both progressed through to the knockout stages of the competition.

The year 5 boys faced Heymann School but it proved a match too many and they lost by 20 runs. The year 4 boys had a tough draw as well with Ruddington St Peter's School (who had beaten them earlier in the day). Fantastically, the boys nurtured their self-belief and gave it their best shot. It was very close but our boys secured the win! They will now play in the county finals in July.

Posted: 22nd June, 2015


Girls' Cricket Success!

Today our year 6 girls' team competed in the Rushcliffe Kwik Cricket Championship. They grew in confidence through the afternoon with several excellent shots and accurate bowling. After coming 2nd in their pool, they progressed to a semi final match with Willoughby School. The girls on both team played hard but Radcliffe were victorious and qualified for the final against St Edmund Campion.

In the pool stages they had lost heavily to this team however, the girls 'went for it' and after a thrilling final only 2 points separated both teams. The girls may have come second but they still qualify for the county finals in a few weeks time.

Posted: 18th June, 2015


Carnarvon Cross Country Challenge

This evening 42 children represented the school in cross country at Carnarvon School, Bingham. Children ran approx. 1/2 a mile from yrs 3 & 4 with the older children running a mile. Our children really impressed with their determination and energy. Mr Burdes, Mrs Ejezie and Mr Stevens were incredibly proud of ALL of our children who tried their absolute best. Several children finished in the top 3 to win a medal with a many more claiming top 10 places. Bibi, Ben, Matthew and Millie won Bronze; William and Kiera won Silver and Harry and Jamie won gold. Excellent!

Posted: 16th June, 2015

Mr Starr's 5 metre line.


It was my Dad who got me and my brother into rugby, probably when I was about 5 years old. We would make the trip across town to go and see Nottingham play at Ireland Avenue – sadly the ground was knocked down a few years ago and a housing estate built. Whilst some of my memories are quite vague, others are vivid: sitting in the clubhouse afterwards at one of those high tables with ridiculously high chairs which I had to be “sat” on as I couldn’t manage to get up there by myself. The lemon and lime flavoured fizzy drink that I was allowed, just on match days, that came in their distinctive silver can, with a streak of yellow and green on them. Back then, Nottingham were part of the Courage League – founded in 1987 – along with: Bath, Bristol, Coventry, Gloucester, Harlequins, Leicester, Orrell, Sale, Wasps and Waterloo. It’s fascinating now to see which of these teams are: still in the top league; playing professional rugby in the league below; disappeared into the oblivion of the lower leagues.

At the time, Brian Moore was just the guy who occasionally popped over to say hello whilst my brother and I were sipping our post-match drinks; Simon Hodgkinson was the guy who “did all the kicking” and Chris Otti was the man who scored the first hat trick I ever saw. So when I saw the Bloggers’ Bench initiative I jumped at the opportunity to write about rugby.

I can only thank Bea Asprey, Paul Morgan and Premiership Rugby for throwing open a chance to write about the Prem Grand Final as well as showcasing our work leading up to the day itself. When the first piece went live, there was a sense of trepidation as I had never had any of my writing scrutinised in such a way – by other very knowledgeable people who read because of their own passion and interest in rugby. I’m not a trained journalist; most of the writing skills I have developed through teaching; what if people disagreed or expressed a polar opposite opinion? Needless to say, by the time I wrote my piece on the Prem Grand Final I had picked up enough to revise, edit, re-read, double check, get somebody else to read it, then read it out aloud before I even pressed the magic “publish” button. If this whole experience has taught me anything then it’s the importance of having a clear, valid opinion based on what you have read or seen/watched.

Posted: 16th June, 2015


Quad Kids Success!

Last night our Yr 5 & 4 Quad Athletics Teams Competed in the Rushcliffe Championship. In all 29 teams were doing their best and the standard of competition was very high. The children had to sprint 50m, throw a howler javelin, perform a standing long jump and then race a 400m run. It was tough work!
Stunningly the competitive edge of the children pushed them on to many PBs (personal bests) in the events and the results were incredible. The Royal Blue Team won with the Hawaiian Blue Team 2nd and the Sky Blue Team 4th. What a super result! Mr Burdes now has the tricky task of picking the team to represent Rushcliffe in the County Finals on 3rd July at The School Games (Summer Edition).

Posted: 16th June, 2015


Yr 6 Cricket Rushcliffe Runners Up

On Friday our Yr 6 boys team competed in the Rushcliffe Kwik Cricket Tournament at Radcliffe on Trent Cricket Ground. Joe took on the role of captain and steered the boys to victories against Sutton Bonnington, Candleby Lane, Ruddington St Peter's yr 5s and St Edmund Campion B. With such a good result the won their pool and progressed on to a semi final with Heymann. It was a nervous match but the boys pulled through with the win and for the first time: a place in the final! They faced West Bridgford school who bowled and fielded very well which made it difficult for the Radcliffe boys to get points on the board. Our team tried hard but lost to West Bridgford by 12 runs. Thank you for doing the school proud! Next week will see our Yr 6 girls and teams from yr 5 and 4 compete in similar tournaments.

Posted: 10th June, 2015


Belton Lane Basketball Rally

Our basketball team of year 6 & 5 travelled to Belton Lane School in Grantham today to compete in the final Rally of the season. They played against skilled and competitive opponents and very much held their own in some close games. I was very impressed with their team work and attitude throughout the evening. They lost their first match by 1 basket against Bottesford, drew against Belton Lane B and lost to Belton Lane A. Well done children and bring on next year!

Posted: 9th June, 2015


Year 3/4 Sports Hall Athletics Team Gold at County Finals!

Today our year 3/4 Sports Hall Athletics Team competed in the Nottinghamshire County Championships at Carlton Forum Leisure Centre. Although it was nerve-wracking final, with fantastic athletes from the top 6 schools in the county competing for the win, our children thoroughly enjoyed themselves. However, from the beginning it was clear that there was a lot of talent and the results would be close. Indeed they were! Our team won by just 6 points after a tremendously competitive set of field events and relay races. I can't wait to see what happens next season! Well done team. Mr Burdes is very proud of all of you.



Posted: 7th June, 2015


Radcliffe Achieves Gold Mark!

Radcliffe Juniors have earned the prestigious Gold School Games Mark for our efforts in keeping children active and involved in school sport. We are the first school in Rushcliffe to earn this award which is amazing. Well done children for joining the clubs and enjoying sport so much. Thank you teachers for helping with all the clubs and competitions this year.