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On Friday 24th January, children from Spruce and Juniper travelled to Nottingham Trent University to take part in the ISA U13 open table tennis competition. This was only the second table tennis fixture for some of the group and the first for others. The children were very supportive of each other and helped to umpire and score lots of games. I was very impressed with the number of games that they were able to win and Emily Garwood managed to come 4th in the girls plate competition. Several familiar faces from our previous fixture commented on how much they had improved in just a week! Hopefully we are setting the groundwork for lots more table tennis fixtures in the future as this seems to be an increasingly popular sport at The Grove
By Mr Pendry
Despite a large entry from the schools in the London North regional Independent Schools Association area and some very stiff competition with a lot of outstanding art work, The Grove art completion entries drew favourable comments from both staff from other schools and the judges!
Alexa O’Kane contributed some extremely high quality work in both the drawing and 2D art categories (separate and totally different pieces of work), and was justifiably rewarded with two first places! Which means these two pieces will go on to be entered into the national art competition later in the year.
As well as these awards, Dillon Franklin in Spruce got 2nd place in the Year 7 to year 9 category for drawing with a very sensitively drawn autumn still life, Jacob Millburn in Hawthorn got 2nd place for his excellent “conkers” vibrant pastel study and Gaia Mesonero-Perez from last year’s Pine group won 3rd place in the 3D art category.
As well as this, both Lily Gibbon and Tabitha Simpkins drawings (Poplar) were singled out as being to a very good standard and close to award level.
Overall the standard of Grove entries was to a very high standard with a deservedly high award level this year.
It was just before 9.00am when we set off for the ISA National Athletics Finals at the Alexander Stadium in Birmingham. Having qualified in the regional event at Bedford in May, Keith Adeleye, Esther Williams and Chloe Cave had already proved their worth to make these finals. All three were excited and ready to compete against children from the best independent schools in the country. After a couple of hours drive we arrived at the stadium and made our way to the London North area in the main grandstand. We made ourselves known to the area co-ordinator, picked up our race vests and settled down to watch some of the other events as we had a fair bit of time before our races started. It was all very professional, and they had everything there - AAA officials, electronic timing, a phone app for the results and an Olympic finalist/Commonwealth Games medallist (Martyn Bernard) and World Indoor Bronze medallist (Jo Marsh) handing out the medals. The events started with a bang – literally! The gun went off to start the first track event and we all jumped out of our skin as it was so loud. After watching some amazing performances, it was time for Chloe to do her best, and that’s exactly what she did finishing seventh. Keith was next on the track with the explosive 60m sprint. Unfortunately, a bash/collision with the boy in the lane next to him meant he was put off his stride, but that didn’t stop him and with only half a second covering first to last place it was a very close race with Keith finishing in fourth place. Esther was up next in the slightly longer 80m sprint. Another extremely fast race saw Esther finish less than a second off of the pace in seventh place. To reach these finals is an achievement in itself and all three did London North and The Grove proud. Well done to you all!
Year 4 Boys 60m Sprint
Keith Adeleye – 4th Place (9.58s)
Year 6 Girls 80m Sprint
Esther Williams – 7th Place (12.68s)
Year 6 Girls High Jump
Chloe Cave – 7th Place (1.10m)
Our trip to the ISA music festival was superb. Several independent schools, making up a total of around 200 children, gathered in the Union Chapel, Islington, to undertake a rehearsal and concert comprising of Vivaldi’s Gloria and Quoniam Tu Solus Sanctus, followed by nine songs, set to the poems of Enid Blyton. Both adults and children alike felt privileged to be conducted by the composer himself, Scott Stroman, who’s varied and intricate score had been prepared with children as his intended musicians. The vast choir, the participants of which ranged in age from 7 to 13 years old, was accompanied by a live band. The children were well-engaged from the outset, thanks to Scott’s clarity of explanation, copious offerings of funny moments and opportunities for us to make silly noises!
More important than any recount I could give, is the children’s recollection of the day. They have expressed how wonderful the whole experience was, in the form of ‘thank you’ letters, to Scott and his band.
‘Thank you for helping us to practise our Enid Blyton songs… as well as sharing with us the reason for writing all the songs’
Giovanna Opoku, Yew
‘It was really good to finally meet a real conductor and someone who writes songs. It felt like all of us were one big choir!’
Ewaoluwa Adekanmbi, Yew
‘My favourite song was ‘Bonfire Night’. I liked the way that it was non-stop’
Barnaby Davison, Aspen
‘Thank you Scott, for helping us to sing better. We promise we will use those exercises (pinky promise)!’
Oluwadabira Filani, Aspen
‘I loved all the passion that you taught us how to show when we are singing. It was amazing what we could do with our voices. You’ve taken my singing to the next level. You were very inspiring’
Ifeoluwa Adekanmbi, Aspen
‘I loved how you made everybody laugh and the crazy words too!’
Minnah Elakama, Aspen
‘You not only taught us to sing beautifully but you also showed me that it is not just about how high we sing, but also about the quality when we are singing’
Oyin Omotosho, Yew
‘I thought you and your band were fantastic, brilliant and magical. I was confident in myself and believed in myself and my school choir. I liked working with my school friends, we so wanted to make Mrs Berkin proud’
Toby Coles, Yew
‘My favourite song was ‘Frosty Morning’, it really warms your heart! It made me feel peaceful and happy! I am sure Enid Blyton would be very proud if she could hear us singing, don’t you think? Also, I should probably tell you that you are a great conductor and, most importantly, a funny person! You made us enjoy the festival even more!’
Gabriel Alvarez-Custodio, Yew
So, there we have it, a fantastic day enjoyed by all!
Mrs Hodges and Mrs Ramsay
On Monday 30th April some of the ski race team and myself arrived at school at 6:30am to go take part in The ISA National Open Indoor Ski Championships.
Once we arrived at Hemel snow centre the children got themselves suited and booted and onto the slope to warm themselves up, and to do a test run of the course. At 10am the first race began.
All the children got to carry out 2 runs of the race course, with their fastest time putting them onto the results table.
|Name||Age||ISA position||Overall Position||1st race||2nd race|
I would just like to say a big thank you to the parents that made it, and for all your support. The children were great, well done to everyone that took part.
We travelled to Barnet full of excitement for a day of football. With The Grove in a group of eight teams we were guaranteed seven matches so plenty of chances to show off our talent.
We started against a strong King Alfred team and list 6-0 and this woke us up a bit; with the pitch being in a cage the game was non-stop and we had to adjust to this. We followed this with a closer game against Rushmoor, losing 4-1 which was somewhat flattering to our opponents. Henry Lorenz scored our first goal of the day in this game.
Vita Et Pax were our next opponents and despite two fine, curling finishes from Elijah Martey we conceded four at the other end to lose 4-2, but things were improving. Two further losses against group winners and runners up Maple Walk and Norfolk House meant we were unable to qualify for the latter rounds but we fought hard to regain some pride.
After lunch we played Snaresbrook and had our best game of the tournament, fighting back from behind to draw 3-3, a hattrick from Elijah Martey gaining us our first point of the day. We finished with a 3-0 defeat to Salcombe and bowed out of the group in seventh place.
Whilst the day did prove to be a tough one, coming up against extremely strong opposition, we did continue to work hard and battle so a big well done to all the boys who played.
The Grove: 0
King Alfred: 6
The Grove: 1
The Grove: 2
E Martey (2)
Vita Et Pax: 4
The Grove: 0
Maple Walk: 5
The Grove: 1
Norfolk House: 6
The Grove: 3
E Martey (3)
The Grove: 0
Salcombe Prep: 3
Player of the Day: Elijah Martey
Seventeen of our finest athletes travelled to Bedford Athletics Stadium full of excitement for the ISA Regional Athletics Meet. This acts as a qualifier for the national event which was the end goal for everyone competing.
With the majority of our athletes competing in more than one event there were lots of results coming in throughout the day and everyone had to make sure they were ready for their respective events.
One of our first superb results to come in was Joseph Gwena finishing 2nd in the Year 8/9 boys long jump. As Joseph was jumping Arnold Sery was on the track finishing 1st in the Year 8/9 boys hurdles which was a great achievement and automatically put him into the national finals.
Over on the high jump mats we had Chloe Cave finish 3rd in the Year 5 girls category and then to better that Harry Dunning got our second 1st place of the day in the Year 6 boys high jump, again this meant Harry would be going to Birmingham to compete in the nationals.
Elsewhere in the field events we had two 2nd place finishes in the rounders ball throw; Amaya Saiz-Arthur in the Year 4 girls and Caitlin Hendry in the Year 6 girls. On the track our last individuals to place in the top three were Elijah Martey who finished 2nd in the 75m and Arnold Sery who finished 3rd in the 200m. Sadly our relay teams didn’t place in the top three but all ran well as a team.
Everyone who attended should be pleased with their efforts and for the younger year groups this is very good experience for coming years where they will hope to be selected again. Following the day we had confirmation of four boys qualifying for the national finals: Joseph Gwena for the 100m, Arnold Sery for the hurdles, Harry Dunning for high jump and Elijah Martey to run in the ‘London North’ relay team. We wish those four luck in Birmingham.
On the first day of term our race squad travelled eagerly to Hemel Hempstead for the ISA Ski Championships. We arrived in time to organise our equipment and have a few practise runs down the slope. Everyone had two chances of achieving a good time on the course and the squad were confident.
There was an anxious wait at the top for everyone as they watched the other competitors complete their run. After the first set of times had come in everyone was happy with how they had done, all eight of our skiers posting a time they were happy with, Henry Otto Lorenz leading the way with 14.90 seconds.
Knowing they had good times on the board everyone knew they could be aggressive and try and better this in their last run. The course was starting to get icier, meaning it was a tad quicker but also more difficult to keep control on.
More good times were posted on the second runs and after everyone had finished we had a short wait for the results to come in. We were delighted when we were presented with 1st place for our ‘A’ team in the ‘Mixed Team’ category. Harry Dunning, Henry Otto Lorenz, Sophy Pearce and Sophie Hartley-Wiley’s times all contributed towards this fantastic achievement and they should be delighted with their efforts.
Our ‘B’ team of Daniel Jemeljanenko, Alice Alder, Jacob Foster and Zayd Khan all raced brilliantly with Daniel in particular posting a very competitive time. All round it was a great day and all eight skiers can be proud. Everyone is excited for the next event at the National School Ski Race in Manchester on 4th June.
A Team - 1st Place
|Henry Otto Lorenz||U12||14.90s||8th|
B Team - 6th Place
On Thursday 9th February The Grove entered 8 runners in the annual ISA school’s cross country qualifier held in Bedford. There were 4 pupils entered in the U9 races (boys and girls) and 4 pupils in the U11 (boys and girls).
The course saw runners complete a circuit of Rushmoors fields then enter a hill climb section before re-entering the fields for a final sprint finish. The U9 boys and girls started off first with Amaya Saiz Arthur and Sophy Pearce competing. Both Girls started strongly put could not compete with some strong finishers. Amaya finished 16th with Sophy placing in 32nd.
A similar race awaited Wilfred Clark and Findlay Hovell. Again both runners started strongly, but lost places on the hill section. Wilfred finishing in 17th and Findlay 47th.
The course was beginning to cut up as the U11 races began. Carolina Diniz Fernandez-Lomana and Iman Komane both tried their very best, however in the difficult conditions the girls placed 74th and 76th respectively.
The final race for The Grove saw Ayomide Adewumi and Harry Dunning complete two laps of the very tough course. The boys ran with each other and it was great to see the support from the rest of our runners watching as well. Harry finished the quicker of the two placing in 29th with Ayomide finishing in 47th position.
It is also worth noting that over 90 children took part in certain races and The Grove children performed with great credit. A huge well done to all of the runners.
Amaya Saiz Arthur - 16th
Sophy Pearce - 32nd.
Wilfred Clark - 17th
Findlay Hovell - 47th
Carolina Diniz Fernandez-Lomana - 74th
Iman Komane - 76th
Ayomide Adewumi - 47th
Harry Dunning - 29th