The Forest Vase

vaseThe Forest Vase Final was finally upon us and after a tough route to the final, there was both nervousness and excitement among the lads.

After settling into the game it was Nottingham Academy who had the first chance of the game and if not for a great last ditch challenge from Toby Hullis would have taken the lead. From this point forward the first half was dominated by West Bridgford with Matt Floyd leading from the back and Josh Steer and Alex Swallow playing some beautiful passing football in the middle of the park.  It looked as though it was only a matter of time before we took the lead. Nottingham Academy held on till half time and we went into the break at 0-0.

The second half began and 10 minutes in Nottingham Academy took the lead with a long ball from the back, evading our centre halves leaving the opposition centre forward with an easy finish. 1-0 down and 20 minutes left on the clock West Bridgford once again started to apply pressure and got back to their passing football. With the game becoming more stretched chances were being created at both ends of the field, although it was once again the West Bridgford lads who looked the most dangerous with ball after ball, being put into the Nottingham Academy box. The best chance possibly came in the final seconds of the game with a corner being put into the box again and all the players, including keeper Elliot Seaton, looking to get their head on the ball. The ball broke loose on the edge of the box and a controlled half volley just went over the bar.

A massive credit must go to all the boys who played last night in terms of the way they tried to play football and also how they conducted themselves throughout the evening. A thankyou also goes out to all staff , students and parents who came to show their support last night and throughout the year.

Show Racism The Red Card 2017 Awards Ceremony

groupYoung people from The West Bridgford School see their anti-racism work recognised in Show Racism the Red Card’s National School Competition Award Ceremony.

Gareth Southgate, England Manager, was guest of honour at Show Racism the Red Card School Competition 2017 Awards Ceremony, held at Leicester City FC’s King Power Stadium on Wednesday 3rd May.

Gareth presented young people from schools throughout England with prizes for their anti-racism themed artwork, creative writing and film entries, alongside other high-profile guests during the ceremony, hosted by BBC sport presenter, Manish Bhasin.

PosterThe winners and their families and teachers were able to come to the Keith Weller Lounge at the club to see their entries on display as part of an exhibition of all entries, get involved in some football skills with Mr.Silky Skills, Richard Briathwaite and have a tour of the stadium, including photos with the Premier League trophy.

Guests included players from Leicester City FC Ladies, Leicester Riders, Leicestershire County Cricket Club, players and managers including, Dave Bassett, Anwar Uddin, Jason Lee, Frank Clark, Scott McGleish, Luther Blissett, Brendon Batson and Dave Bennett.

“Participating in this nationally recognised competition has provided the ideal platform for our students to explore the impact of racism on individuals and communities, as well as deepen their understanding of their own part to play in helping the communities they belong to be inclusive, safe and happy for everybody.”

individualShow Racism the Red Card's Chief Executive, Ged Grebby said: "It is fantastic that Leicester City Football Club agreed to host this year’s School Competition Award Ceremony. The club’s achievements last season were an inspiration to so many people, and we think the winning entries from this year’s anti-racism competition will also inspire people from across the UK and beyond.’’

“The competition sees thousands of young people take part annually and it is a hard job for the judges to pick the winners from so many great entries. This year there were some wonderfully original entries and we would like to thank all of the teachers for promoting the competition in their schools.”

“SRtRC would also like to congratulate all the winners of the 2017 School Competition on their achievement. This event is a fantastic example of the hard work and commitment of thousands of young people and the enthusiasm the SRtRC campaign inspires. Our colleagues and sponsors as ever have been very generous in their continued support and backing of the event.”

Well done once again to Emily Townsend, Aniela Bialek, Katarina Goliasova, Matthew Woodcock, Oliver Graham-Turpin, Katrina Culshaw, Lucian Munro and Louis McKinlay.

Photographs credited to John Harris from https://www.reportdigital.co.uk/mic
 

BRIDGSTOCK 2017—3 ROCKING NIGHTS

DSC 9492Yet another ‘Best one yet!!’

For the past 8 years, I have overseen the Bridgstock performances and every year I am still amazed. Bridgstock is organised and run by sixth form students and is a highly successful example of how fantastic young people are.

The musical talent of our students always shines out, but also the high organisational skills of the Sixth Formers, the levels of excitement from all the students involved and the joy of seeing all the students work as one big ‘Bridgstock family’ always makes this event one of the highlights of my, and many other staff and students, year. Parents comments when walking out is always the same as mine, amazement, as each year just gets better and better.

Tickets sold out for the two Bridgstock performances in record time this year, with all 320 tickets selling in 72 hours. This resulted in the Sixth Form organisers making the decision to put on a third night for the first time in Bridgstock history and audiences were not dis-appointed. Spirits and energy levels were high across the three nights as the huge musical talent of our students, from Year 7 through to Year 13, shone through in stunning performances. Audiences were also entertained by performances from a teacher band and a com-bined student-teacher band. This year songs included Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons – ‘December 1963’, George Ezra – ‘Blame It On Me’, Wild Cherry ‘Play That Funky Music’. The encore saw all the students dressed up as fairy tale creatures to sing Smash Mouth’s ‘I’m A Believer’. If you missed it this year, enjoy the extravaganza of photographs and vid-eo that this West Bridgford post brings you.

Thank you to everyone for their continued support on this now truly embedded event in the West Bridgford School’s community. There is already a buzz amongst staff, students and parents about next year’s concert, and the three nights maybe to return. We hope to see you in the audience next year.

To see the full Youtube play list for this year’s Bridgstock click here.

To see a gallery of pictures click here.

Show Racism The Red Card 2017

IMAG1679In February, we launched SRtRC - a national competition for schools to explore the topic of race equality and the impact of racism on individuals and communities, in a creative way. We were delighted to have over 100 pieces of work submitted for judging; from paintings, creative writing, multi-media, models and even a cake!

As we could only submit six pieces of work, one for each category, our team of student and staff judges had the difficult task of judging all pieces entered. It was tough selecting as there were so many incredibly thought-provoking and visually stunning pieces of work. However, we got there in the end and sent our entries off just before the Easter holiday.

At the beginning of this term we received GREAT news from the SRtRC team informing us students from our school had not only won one…but three categories out of the six! This was beyond what we could have ever expected, particularly given this is a national competition.

So, in follow up, our winning team are looking forward to attending the Awards Ceremony next week where they will enjoy a fun afternoon with entertainment and Gareth Southgate, England football manager, will present all winners with their well-deserved award. We will update you with some pics and news about the event.

Once again, I would like to thank all parents and carers who support our work linked to culture and diversity. It really does make a difference in our school community; a place where every student has the right to feel safe, included, happy and accepted for who they are as well as playing their own part in helping others feel this too.

SRtRCHuge congratulations to our winners:

Emily Townsend - poem

Aniela Bialek - painting

Katarina Goliasova, Katrina Culshaw, Lucian Munro, Oliver Graham-Turpin, Louis McKinley and Matthew Woodcock for their short film.

 

beauty race By B Taylor
Everyone is beautiful By C Devlin, N Leach,
A Apps and R Campbell
eyeBy P Hague
football By E Straw
HandshakeBy E Martin 
JudgesSome of the Judging Panel

School News Report Day

School Report

As playwright Tom Stoppard once said ‘I still believe that if your aim is to change the world, journalism is a more immediate short-term weapon.’. On 16th March 2017 30 students in Year 8 at the West Bridgford School got that rare opportunity to make their mark.

The students conscientiously prepared their topics in editorial meetings leading up to the day, and whilst they worked to always keep to the values of the BBC in being fair and impartial, they also got an opportunity to shed light on those issues that they felt were important. At 7:45am the students were desperately raring to go, with their microphones, carefully scripted interviews and BBC lanyards, they not only looked every bit the BBC reporter, but they were prepared too. Students didn’t shy away from controversial issues, covering debates such as uniform, animal rights and the importance of mental resilience. Students raced towards their 2pm deadline and even though it was hectic at times, all teams managed to get their broadcast uploaded on time which went live by 4pm.

A fantastic day was had by all and the students produced some impressive news broadcasts and articles.

Thank you to all staff that offered themselves up for interviews and to Ms Kane with helping support on the day. All reports are available on the School News Report blog- http://westbridgfordschoolreport.blogspot.co.uk/

 

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