Academy News 13th March
Last Monday night I had the pleasure of travelling to Aldridge with Mr Renshaw to watch our Youth Speaks team compete in the next round of the competition. The winners were destined to go forward to represent the area in the next round due to be held in Abergavenny next month.
We had already been chosen to represent Staffordshire and this round would see the best teams from Staffordshire, Stoke-on-Trent, Shropshire and the West Midlands competing.
Our team, consisting of Charlie Shaw, Katarina Sherratt and Sofia Rezzano-Rayner gave a fantastic talk on what it is like to be child growing up in the modern world and the pressures that they face.
I am delighted to say that they won the competition and we now look forward to see how they do in the next round of this prestigious competition, run by Rotary.
Last Wednesday this week the Year 7 boys played a league match against Endon High school. It really was a game of two halves, as the famous saying goes, with Endon dominating the first half. They could have scored within the first four minutes, hitting the goalpost and then missing an easy chance at goal when the ball rebounded kindly. Despite St Edward’s scoring a goal soon after, Endon then scored three goals in relatively quick succession, despite some valiant saves by Spike McDonald. After a positive team talk at half time, St Edward’s were able to take back control in the second half and both teams played some good football. However St Edward’s were unable to take advantage of their greater possession in the second half and the match finished 3-1. The boys should be congratulated for their resilience, high work-rate and for playing the game in a friendly, sportsmanlike manner. It was an enjoyable match to watch! Many thanks to Eammon Clowes’s dad who volunteered to stand in as team coach in Mr Salmon’s absence.
The Y7 girls’ netball A and B teams travelled to Endon this week to play in the Staffordshire Moorlands District Satellite Netball League. They played matches against Churnet View, Endon, James Bateman, Moorside and Cheadle.
The A team drew 2-2 with Moorside in the first game and then went on to win all their other games. The B team played four games, as Cheadle didn’t have a B team. They won two games, drew one and lost one, resulting in six wins overall for St. Edward’s, two draws and one defeat. They now await the announcement of the League Winners.
This week both the Y8 and Y7 A teams travel to Cheadle to play in the Staffordshire Moorlands District Tournament.
The boys’ hockey teams from all four Years travelled to Denstone College last week to play some matches against four of their teams from Year 7. When we arrived, we were greeted by Imran Sherwani, who played hockey for Great Britain and won a gold medal in the 1988 Olympic Games in Seoul. Imran is Director of Hockey at Denstone and coaches their boys’ teams.
Our Y8 team played their Y7 A team, winning two and drawing one of their mini games. Our Y7 team played their Y7 B team and won one and drew two of the games. Our Y6 team played two matches against Denstone and one against Old Vicarage School from Derbyshire, drawing two and losing one game. And our Y5 boys, who for most, this was their first competitive 7 a side hockey matches, played remarkably well against boys two years older than them and came away with one win, one draw and one defeat. All the boys enjoyed playing these games and are looking forward to lots more matches over the coming weeks.
On Thursday we hosted the Shakespeare Festival and this saw pupils from schools across Stoke on Trent and Staffordshire join us for a morning of fun and excitement.