On Saturday 29th April, some of the netball team, along with Mrs Campbell, Miss Gray, Miss Morley and some parents, headed off to the Copper Box arena to watch a Super League Netball match between Surrey Storm and Hertfordshire Mavericks. This was a great opportunity for the girls to witness high performance netball between two top flight teams. The girls thoroughly enjoyed the game and were surprised at how fast paced the game was. At the end of the match, the girls were lucky enough to be invited onto the court to meet the Hertfordshire Mavericks. They had a group photo with the team and received autographs from the players. It was a great evening and hopefully the girls have been inspired by the quality netball that they saw.
Year 5 have been making their own Spanish mini books based on the ‘Brown Bear’ story by Bill Martin Jr. This week they read their stories to Year 1NC to practise their pronunciation and increase their confidence in speaking Spanish. The year 1 children enjoyed looking at all of the pictures in the story and even learnt some Spanish words!
Congratulations to all the children in Years 3 and 4 for a superb effort in their production of ‘Ali Baba and the Bongo Bandits’. They have worked tirelessly over the past few months, learning their lines, songs and dances, and everyone performed with confidence and enthusiasm. Muhammad and Aina’s narration was clear, Zachariah made us laugh with his portrayal of ‘Flossy Baba’ and the audience were in awe when Finlay, as ‘Genie’, took ‘Ali’ and ‘Princess Satsuma’ (played by Daisy and Michaela) flying high on his magical carpet. Under Jacahri’s leadership, the ‘Sandal brothers’ got up to all sorts of mischief, while Salma as ‘Bongo’ led a band of thieving Bandits! Meanwhile, back at the palace, ‘Sultan Pepper’ (played by Jackie) was unaware that the evil ‘Vizier’ (Dannika) was fooling the market traders and citizens of old Bagdad, hoping to take the throne himself. Luckily, ‘Guard Achoo’ (Arsh) and his efficient troop of (unfortunately named) men managed to resolve the crisis and restore calm!
On Wednesday 22nd March we competed in the WGPS Inter School Cross-Country Meeting which entailed two laps from Woodford Green Cricket Club pavilion and round the Winston Churchill Statue, a distance of about 1400 metres.
There were four races, Under 9 Girls, Under 9 Boys, Under 11 Girls and Under 11 Boys; with six runners in a team and the first four scoring.
Five other schools competed, the hosts Woodford Green Prep, Bancroft’s, St Aubyns, Braeside and Normanhurst.
Thankfully the heavy rain earlier in the day stopped and the sun tried to emerge just as the event got underway but conditions were to prove slippery!
Despite falling flat on their faces at the start, and trailing at the back of the pack, both Sheni and Yusuf finished in the top ten in the U11 Boys race to be our leading individual performers. However the best team performance was by our U9 Girls squad of Aina, Dannika, Anjani, Humaira, Mariam and Simreth who came 3rd and duly received Bronze medals at the award presentation.
When all the events were totalled up, Avon House came 4th out of six schools, behind Bancroft’s with St Aubyns beating Woodford Green Prep to the title.
Well done to all our runners and a big thank you to the parents who came along to support – it is greatly appreciated.
On Friday 17th March two Avon House teams competed in the London North ISA U11 mixed hockey tournament at Old Loughtonians with varying fortunes.
The B team lost their first two matches 1-0, including a loss against Howe Green A, the eventual runners-up, before rallying with a resounding 3-0 win against Swaminarayan which helped secure 4th place in a group of six teams.
The A team were involved in a tight, low scoring group of just five sides due to a late withdrawal and a 2-0 win against Howe Green B, a 1-1 draw with Rushmoor ,who went on to win the event, and two goalless draws sealing first place in the group on goal difference and progression to the semi-finals.
Sadly the goal drought continued and another cagey 0-0 resulted in a dreaded penalty shoot-out with three players per side facing the challenge of converting a penalty flick.
Howe Green deftly put two flicks into the the top left hand corner that not even Dharmadev, who had been almost unbeatable, could save and we lost by the cruellest of margins 2-1.
In the 3rd / 4th place match, which started immediately owing to late-running, the side were perhaps understandably a little deflated and lost 1-0 to Gatehouse to come away empty- handed after a morning of tense, competitive tournament play.
Well played Tej and all involved at the end of a hockey season which saw the school come fourth in the National ISA U11 Boys tournament and second in the Redbridge Mixed U11 event too.
On Thursday 16th March the U7 Boys 5 a-side football squad went with Mr Bowers to the Bobby Moore Power League Centre in Barnet to play in the London North ISA competition.
In our first appearance in this event last year, after a shaky start, the team went on to win the Shield in the Consolation event and we were resigned to having an emptier trophy cabinet, having had to return the Shield to the organisers before play started.
There was no need to mope, as this year the team went so much further and overcame eighteen other sides to win the whole competition and become champions, returning with a large silver cup !
The team of Callum, Zain, Stephen, William, Charlie, Eisa and Sahib were unbeaten all day.
In the group stage they beat Mulberry House 2-0 and repeated that score line against Lyonsdown B team. They beat Kings House 2-0 again and then drew 2-2 against Oaklands to finish top of the group.
In the semi-finals they overcame Maple Walk 4-2 to reach the final where they faced Knightsbridge.
The final was a tense and exciting affair with Avon House trailing 1-0 before substitute Eisa scored a priceless equaliser to take it to a penalty shootout, which as so often is the case, saw a goalkeeper become the hero.
Callum, in his first tournament as a goalkeeper, saved a couple of penalties before slotting away the decisive penalty himself to clinch a 3-2 shootout victory and prompt jubilant celebrations.
The whole squad were outstanding with Charlie scoring most of the goals and Stephen proving solid in defence. William’s energy and pace, Zain’s enthusiasm and Sahib’s tackling all contributed to our success.
Thank you to our travelling contingent of supportive parents and well done to Mr Bowers and the successful squad.
On Thursday 16th of March 8 children from Avon House Prep School travelled to Forest School to take part in the Inter School General Knowledge Quiz Championship. They consisted of 2 teams with one child from each year group in the Prep School in each team. The competition was very close and Gatehouse School eventually won.
Congratulations to all the children who took part and many thanks to the parents who came along to support their children.
On Monday 13th March, Year 6 was invited to take part in the Redbridge Junior Citizen Scheme at Hargreaves Campsite, Romford. The aim of this session was to teach pupils about personal safety, life skills and how to develop responsible attitudes.
Each group took part in a variety of sessions including: learning about the dangers of knives, how to travel safely on the bus and train, internet and phone safety, and what to do in the event of a fire. Some of these sessions were led by local police officers and firefighters.
The ECO Council ran a Captain Wasteless challenge to the whole school. Please follow the link below to discover the results!