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Rounders Tournament  - July 2009

KSJ competed in a tournament at Newport Free Grammar School. Beating every team we played. Including Dame Bradbury's, Friends School, RA Butler, Dunmow St. Mary's and St. Thomas More and Newport.

Well done to the team!

Rounders Tournament  - June 2009

On Friday 5th June, KSJ were due to play in an Inter-School tournament at the SWCHS. Unfortunately, it was cancelled on the day. 

Undeterred, the teams from Henham and Ugley came to KSJ, and we spontaneously hosted an eight team tournament. (6 teams from KSJ and 2 teams from Henham and Ugley.)

Group One was won by KSJ B Team, with Henham and Ugley coming third.

Group Two was won by KSJ D Team , with Henham and Ugley coming second.

 

A great time was had by all.

Cricket Match - May 2009

 

On Wednesday 13th May,Katherine Semar Junior School played Friends.

Sadly, Friends were too good for us.  Meaning that we lost 11 wickets. However, we did get some superb shots. Including a six from Jonathan which hit the pavilion roof, bounced off and rolled out from underneath the fence. Putting use on a final score and grand total of 235..! 

When we started to bowl, we where accurate but Friends were getting too many runs. We were out of luck.

In the end we lost by 44 runs, we could have won; we dropped nine catches.

Thank you to Mr Lloyd and Mr Wallace for helping out and taking us. Also thanks to all the people for supporting us.    

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Cricket Report - written by Tom M (Y6)

 

On Wednesday 6th May 2009 K.S.J. played Great Chesterford- at the Anglo American Playing Fields. Thankfully, we won the toss and elected to bat (which is what we wanted to do).  

To begin with, Jordan S. and Jack O. batted first- meaning we gained 14 runs (putting use on 224, we started on 210; we had Rebecca. Skilfully, Jack hit some incredible 4s with some good support from Jordan.

Next, Josh L. and Connor M. came into bat. Considering it was Josh’s first ever cricket match, he hit some superb 4s..!

After that, Jonah A. and Alfie M. came into bat. Although they got out 5 times, they scored some classy runs.

Penultimately, Jonathan B. and Rebecca S. came into bat. Even though Rebecca who was scared of batting, she came in and scored a few runs. Also Jonathan decided that the game diagonal to use needed an extra ball- he scored a massive 6.

Finally, Tom M. and Josh B. batted. Although Josh got bowled by an amazingly brilliant ball, we managed to score some good singles and doubles due to weak throws in the fielding by Great Chesterford! In the end we scored 316 runs.

When we started to bowl, the bowling was tremendous- with wickets from: Tom, Christian, Jordan, Jack, Connor and Jonah.

Also of course, Alfie and Jonathan- who bowled maidens- bowled very well. Not forgetting Rebecca, Josh L. and Josh B. who did well with line and length.

The final score meant we won by 57 runs. Thank you to Mr. Wallace for taking us down and to everyone who supported us.

KSJ Football Team win Tournament (Large Schools)

Huge congratulations are due to the school boys football team:

On Wednesday 25th March 2009, after 5 gruelling matches, KSJ won the SWCHS tournament.
Matches were against: Dame Bradbury's, Thaxted, Felsted, Dunmow, St. Mary's (Dunmow) and RAB.

The boys were presented with their first place medals.

 

 

The girls' Football team played in the afternoon in their own tournament. They played very well.  Despite wet and windy conditions, the girls put 100% effort into every single match, making themselves and the school, very proud. 

The girls played a total of 5 matches and the team came 4th out of their group of 6, which is made up of the larger schools in the area.   Thank you very much to Ttandy Haralambous, Dan, Miss Ruoff and the Parents who supported the children in this fun event!

KSJ Netball team win League (Large Schools)

A huge congratulations to Katherine Semar's Netball team. On March 11th 2009, they travelled to SWCHS to take part in a Netball tournament.

Match 1 - KSJ Vs St. Mary's (Dunmow)    5:1 Win
Match 2 - KSJ Vs Felsted                           6:1 Win
Match 3 - KSJ Vs Thaxted                            0:1 Loss
Match 4 - KSJ Vs RA Butler                       3:0 Win

This left us as Group Winners in the Large Schools' League.

In the semi-finals

Match 5 - KSJ Vs Howe Green                   6:1 Loss

Play-off for third Place overall

Match 6 - KSJ Vs Stebbing                        2:0 win

Well done to all who played

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A team - KSJ 0: Dame Bradbury's 3
B Team - KSJ 3: Dame Bradbury's 0

One win and one loss for our footballers on March 11th 2009

Netball Tournament 2009

 

On Friday 27th February 2009, Katherine Semar sent four teams to the County High to take part in an Inter-school Netball Tournament.

The A and B team were in seeded group and teams C and D were in group 2.

All teams played to a high standard.

Overall, the A team came second and team B came third in Group 1.
The C and D teams came 5th and 6th respectively.

Each netballer will receive 5 house points for representing the school so well.

 

The full match results and the children's match reports will be added to this page once they have been completed.

 

Katherine Semar's New P.E. Kit

 

Children at Katherine Semar Junior School have traditionally worn dark shorts or tracksuit bottoms and a white, cotton T-shirt.

The P.E. kit became dirty very easily (White shows all the mud!) and as it was cotton, it soon became very creased and crumpled as it was normally stuffed into a small P.E. kitbag. Once the cotton became wet, it was difficult to dry, meaning that our children didn't look their best during P.E. lessons, and when they represented our school in Sporting events.

In addition to this, during the winter months, our children became cold during outdoor P.E. lessons, due to the thin nature of the cotton T-shirt. Furthermore, as the school uniform consists of a white Polo shirt, some children were not always changing fully into their P.E. kit.

We are pleased to unveil our new P.E. Kit.

Children may still choose to wear either dark blue or black shorts or tracksuit bottoms, but we have introduced two distinct styles of P.E. shirts. Both are available at Gray Palmer's clothing store in Saffron Walden.

During the warmer weather, we have a lightweight 'football' style shirt. This is made from breathable materials, which will help keep the children cool during the summer. It is stylish and in school colours.

When the weather is cold, we have a thicker 'rugby' style shirt. This will keep our children warmer when working outside. As the shirt is reversible, it can also be used to quickly distinguish between teams during games. If the weather feels cold enough, the children may choose to put both tops on, removing their top layer once they have warmed up.

As our uniform is changing, there will be a period of cross over time. Many families will have a perfectly adequate white P.E. shirt, and the children may continue using them for the rest of the 2008 - 2009 academic year. However, when the children have outgrown their old T-shirt, we ask that they are replaced with the new style.

The children have been polled in their opinions of the new top, and they proved to be universally popular. In fact, some children have already purchased their new P.E. shirts.
 

 

 

New Style 'football' shirt, for indoor P.E. and summer weather.

 

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We are very proud to announce that Katherine Semar Junior School has achieved the Activemark status. All schools are now automatically assessed for one of the marks through the national school sport survey, which all School Sport Partnership schools take part in.   

Schools qualify for the Activemark if:

  • The percentage of pupils participating in at least 2 hours high quality PE and school sport each week is above 90%

  • the school held a sports day; and

  • the school met or bettered the national average in three or more of the following areas;

    • percentage of pupils taking part in inter-school competitive sport;

    • the range of sports the school offers;

    • the percentage of pupils participating in sports clubs linked to their school; or

    • the percentage of pupils actively involved in sports leadership and volunteering.

      We are pleased that our P.E. provision is recognised as being better than national averages and continue to develop a comprehensive sports programme for our pupils.

KSJ Girls' 1 : Gt. Chesterford Girls' 3 

Our girls played their first competitive match on November 27th. They learnt a lot from the match, and a rematch has been arranged for February.

St. Mary's A  2 : KSJ A 2

A hard fought for draw. KSJ were two goals down at half time, and battled back to force the draw. Well done team.

 

St. Mary's B 2: KSJ B 2 

- A solid performance.

KSJ  3 Vs St. Thomas More 0
 

The A team match report 
On the first of October, The A football team played against St Thomas More.

St Thomas More kicked off and Josh L attacked straight away and then he passed it to David C who crossed the ball to Jack C. Then, he kicked a wonderful volley to the goal. However, the goalie unfortunately jumped out and saved Jack’s shot.

Later, when it was a goal kick Jonah passed the ball to David and then he passed to Jack who scored. Soon, it was half time. Katherine Semar kicked off and passed to Ben who shot well. Unfortunately, the goalie saved.

Later on, Jack scored a goal again and in the next 6 minutes Jordan S scored a third goal following some nice team work. The final score was 3-0 to us.

RAB A  0 : KSJ A 5 

- A fantastic win for our team


RAB B 1: KSJ B 4

- A great achievement

The National Cycling Proficiency Test

 

Children at Katherine Semar have the opportunity, in Year 6, of completing the cycling proficiency Programme.

This programme helps to develop observation and manoeuvrability skills, introduces the Highway Code for Young Road Users, teaches the importance of cycle maintenance and hazard awareness, and provides information and advice on being conspicuous and wearing protective headgear.

Training courses are usually taught over 6, one hour sessions following the principles of safe cycling. The course includes the basics of off-road training and on-road training, progressing from quiet roads to building confidence on busier roads.

In week 1, the children have a bike and helmet safety check. they have 5 further lessons and then sit the written theory test. They then complete a practical test. Up to 40 students can complete the course each year so the children need to bring their permission letters to school before all the places run out!

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We are very proud to announce that Katherine Semar Junior School has achieved the Sportsmark status. All schools are now automatically assessed for one of the marks through the national school sport survey, which all School Sport Partnership schools take part in.   

Schools qualify for the Sportsmark if:

  • The percentage of pupils participating in at least 2 hours high quality PE and school sport each week is significantly above the national average; and

  • the school held a sports day; and

  • the school met or bettered the national average in three or more of the following areas;

    • percentage of pupils taking part in inter-school competitive sport;

    • the range of sports the school offers;

    • the percentage of pupils participating in sports clubs linked to their school; or

    • the percentage of pupils actively involved in sports leadership and volunteering.

      We are pleased that our P.E. provision is recognised as being better than national averages and continue to develop a comprehensive sports programme for our pupils.

Cricket Match report 

 

On Wednesday 14th May, Katherine Semar Juniors played Friends School in a cricket match. We batted first, the first batting pair was Tom B and Charlie S. They batted well only getting out once. 

Next in to bat were Josh R and Charlie H. They again scored quite a few runs scored and again only got out once. Batting after that were Jonathan B and Victoria G. Jonathon hit 3 sixes and they both batted really well, it took us 5 minutes to find a ball that Jonathon lost.

Next was Callum C and Ben W. They hit all the balls they could but a lot of them went wide. The last batting pair was George D and Tamara M. Scoring loads of runs and finishing on a positive over.

Now we were fielding.

There was a lot of good bowling taking a few wickets. This game we caught lots more balls that were hit. Bradley took a fantastic catch at fine leg and George and Ben each took a catch. Jade was the only girl to bowl and bowled very well.

The final score was Katherine Semar Junior: 283 Friends School: 285 (K.S.J. lost by only 2 runs). Mr Lloyd said, ‘The team improved in every area of cricket and I couldn’t have asked for a closer game.”

We would like to say a bid thank you to Mr Lloyd and everybody who supported us.

 

 

Cricket Match report 


On Wednesday 7th May Katherine Semar played Great Chesterford in a cricket match. We batted first the first batting pair were: Thomas and Charlie. They hit lots of fours and good 1s and 2s.  

The next batting pair was Josh and Bradley. They scored runs but got out a few times. Up next was Johnathon  and Victoria. Johnathon hit 3 sixes losing one of Great Chesterford’s balls, they scored loads of runs with lots of fours, Victoria batted extremely well in her first ever cricket game

Then Callum and Ben were in bat. Only one out and loads of 1s 2s and fours. The final batting pair was George and Tam, again only getting out one and scoring loads of runs.

After an hour of batting we were fielding there was some excellent bowling and lots of wickets, Callum getting a catch and wicket in 2 bowls we put down two catches, but they were excellent efforts.

Good wicket keeping from Callum and Jade, Jade found out she was a better wicket keeper without gloves. It was a great day and everyone played well. The final score was KSJS: 257 and GC: 291, the match was close and everyone played in a fantastic spirit.

We would like to say a big thank you to Mr Lloyd, Mr Wallace and everyone who supported us and all the cricket team.

 

28th March 2008 - Inter-School Swimming Gala

On March 28th, 26 K.S.J. students visited the Lord Butler Leisure Centre to compete in the annual swimming gala. We swam well, winning some races; including the Year 6 boys relay race. Well done Katherine Semar, coming in third place. An improvement of one place over last year.

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