Sport for All
Here at St. Laurence Junior School, we believe there is a sport to suit everybody and we do our best to find it! Sport is enjoyable, motivating and character building and our goal is that our children leave us inspired to continue their chosen sports into their adult lives.
English Schools' Table Tennis - National Finals
Runners Up - What an achievement! Our table tennis team had a great day at the Butterfly School Team Championships in Hinckley on March 10th 2018, having reached the national finals for the very first time. We played against schools from Nottinghamshire (2-6), Lancashire (5-3) and Essex (5-3) to gain second place overall - having beat two of the three teams in the overall matches. Our boys played with a tremendous amount of heart and soul in rounds lasting up to three hours. A huge thank you to the parents who accompanied the boys and helped keep spirits high throughout the day as well as the staff who coached and supported the boys on the day. Well done all!
St. Laurence Junior School enjoy a day out at Twickenham!
What a day we all had! We were lucky enough to win the trip thanks to the Old Mutual Wealth Kids First Scheme we're signed up to which promotes the rugby values of Discipline, Respect, Enjoyment, Sportsmanship and Teamwork. We brought along a coach load of children with their families and we all had a fantastic time. We were joined by 3 rugby stars: David Flatman, who played for England and now does TV punditry; Ugo Monye, ex Harlequins, England and Lions winger; and Alex Goode, current Saracens and England full-back who is a double European Cup Winner! Huge thanks to all involved in the organising and running of the day.
St. Laurence Dance Group perform at Worcester Wolves Fixture
We took a coach full of children and their families to watch Worcester Wolves v Manchester Giants in the British Basketball League top division. It was a fantastic game, enjoyed by all. In an amazing conclusion, Manchester came from 7 points behind with less than two minutes to play, to win 89-88 with a last-second 3-pointer! Not the result we wanted but great entertainment and a valuable life lesson - never give up!
Also, our after school dance group performed on court twice. They were excellent and did us proud with their pirate-themed routine! We had super feedback from the resident DJ and cheerleaders. Congratulations to all the girls and thanks to Mrs Buller for putting the routine together.
Visits to top Sporting Events
Here at St. Laurence Juniors, we offer our children and their families a number of special and unique opportunities to attend various sporting events. Over the last few years we have attended the Alexander Stadium for top athletics events and some of our children had a photo with David Weir! We have played tag on the Worcester Warriors rugby pitch several times and now have good links with Wasps too, where our children have been mascots and formed the guard of honour. We attend the British Basketball Cup Final in Birmingham every year and we regularly watch top cricket matches at Edgbaston, including England's fantastic and historic win against New Zealand in June 2015! In 2016/17, we've had visits from Worcester Wolves Basketball, Wasps Netball and England hockey player James Albery! Here is a selection of our photos:
A Fantastic Day out at the Greater Birmingham Tag Rugby Legacy Festival
A great day was had by all. The standard of rugby was amazingly high. Our teams came 9th and 13th out of 20 of the best from around Birmingham and Solihull. Jasmine was one of the players of the tournament, picking up a medal. We all got to meet Paul Sackey, an ex Wasps player and we picked up plenty of Wasps goodies too. Well done to all involved.
Euro 2016 Primary Schools Mixed Football Competition
We entered two teams into the football festival, representing Germany and Northern Ireland. Despite a slow start from both teams, we went on to perform really well. Our B team narrowly lost in the quarter-finals to our A team. Our A team then went on to beat Bournville in the semi-final and reach the final. We played amazingly in the final but unfortunately lost 1-0 to a last minute goal. We are incredibly proud of the whole squad who gave everything throughout the day, playing super football and displaying the right sporting attitude. Well done everyone!
Birmingham Winter Games
We took a large squad to the indoor athletics finals and they performed superbly to finish 3rd in the whole city. The children loved their day our and there was a real togetherness amongst the squad. They were delighted to receive bronze medals!
Our children also qualified in the basketball for the Birmingham Winter Games at the impressive Futsal Arena and enjoyed their day out despite not managing to get the results we would have liked. We got the meet the Lord Mayor as well as Alastair Patrick-Heselton, an inspirational athlete who now represents Great Britain in Para-Football. He was once at QPR but suffered in a car crash and has had to learn to play again. Here are some highlight pictures from the day:
Birmingham Key Stage 2 Gymnastics Competition
We took 5 children over to Cocks Moors Woods Leisure Centre to compete in the Birmingham team and individual gymnastics competitions. They had to perform a set floor routine and two vaults. All children performed as well as they possibly could have done, particularly in the floor routine, showing great control in their movements. As a team we finished 9th out of 21, which was very pleasing in our first competition of this kind. The judges were so impressed that they've promised to come into school and work with our children! Well done to Isabella, Ruby, Kizzie, Jack and Georgia.
Table Tennis Zone Finals
Our children reached this level for the second year running and came close to qualifying for Regional Finals. The boys played brilliantly and only narrowly missed out on the 2nd place needed to qualify. The standard of table tennis was fantastic and the boys were excellent representatives of the school in the way they contacted themselves and officiated some of the matches too. They clearly had a great time - well done lads and thanks to Mrs Reynolds, Mrs Mulrain, our coach Ed and all who have helped table tennis to grow so much here.
St. Laurence Pupils Win Wasps Mascot Competition: Wasps 9-8 Newcastle
7 pupils from year 3 won a drawing competition to become mascots for Wasps Rugby at the Ricoh Arena in front of over 10,000 people! In a close match in difficult conditions, Wasps edged it 9-8 after an exciting finish. All of our 7 mascots had an 'amazing' time. They got to meet Sting for photos, go on the pitch to watch the players warm up, run out onto the pitch with the Wasps players, then have photos pitch side. After the game, the children also got autographs and some families enjoyed the fan village activities as well. Almost 70 other people from St. Laurence went along to watch the game and support our mascots too.
'It was so much fun!' Ella
'It was amazing walking out with the players. It was so loud with the crowd going wild!' Sophie
'It was an excellent day and the players were very kind to us.' Becky
Rugby World Cup England 2015: Birmingham Fan Zone Visit
We were lucky enough to attend the Fan Zone 3 times!
First of all, we took part in a tag festival to help launch the World Cup on the opening day.
We then took a group of children to take part in a range of activities led by the RFU, Wasps and Worcester Warriors including trying to score a try attached to a bungee!
Finally, we attended a presentation on the stage for our Tag World Cup Winning Squad, as well as getting to see the Webb Ellis World Cup Trophy itself! In addition, one of our pupils, Lucy, won an England shirt for winning the Birmingham City Council poster competition. All of our children entered, creating a poster to promote the rugby values of teamwork, enjoyment, respect, sportsmanship and discipline.
Tag Rugby World Cup Event – June 2015
We entered 4 teams into this all day competition and had a fantastic time. We prepared display boards on the countries we represented – Australia, Ireland, Tonga and Scotland. We all sang ‘Jerusalem’ together to begin the day, then we had a spectacular Haka performance from Bruce, a Maori native!
On the pitch, our A team Australia won the whole event. Consequently, we were invited to a presentation at the Birmingham Fan Zone.
Girls Year 4/5 team reach Birmingham Final
Our young squad had performed very well to become District Runners-up and qualify for the South Birmingham finals. At these finals, there was a place at the Villa training ground up for grabs in the All Birmingham Final. We started brilliantly with 4 quick goals against Chad Vale to see them off. We then had to play Kings Norton again, having lost twice against them recently already. However, we seemed to have gained more determination and know how against them this time. We played superbly and looked the more likely to score in the first half. In the second half we had to defend more and Ella made a good save too. In the end, two good sides cancelled each other out and the game went to extra time and penalties! Ellie went in goal for the penalties and made two good saves. Sophie, Millie and Faye smashed their penalties in and we won an incredible game! Well done girls. We now look forward to the grand final on Friday 8th May at Bodymoor Heath (Villa training ground) 4.30pm ko. Support very welcome!
Birmingham Winter Games Presentation Evening at Tally Ho
Our basketball team were invited to attend this presigious event as Primary Birmingham Champions. They had performed so well to achieve this and thoroughly deserved their moment. It was a great evening presented by Pete Morgan and attended by several local VIPs and a couple of up and coming international athletes. Also, our newly formed orchestra attended too. They performed on stage as part of the evenings' entertainment. Our children were fantastic on stage in their first ever public performance. I was very proud watching them all! A huge well done to everyone and a massive thank you to Miss Foster for leading the orchestra. Thank you also to all of the parents and families who helped with transport and attended the event, helping to create a great atmosphere and a memorable evening.
Our school qualified to represent the Colmers Partnership in four separate events at the Birmingham Sainsbury’s Summer Games at King Edward’s School, and took away medals in all four sports!
The school has experienced sporting success throughout the year and this was a fantastic end, becoming Birmingham Champions at tennis and rounders as well as runners-up at tri-golf and third place in tag rugby.
All children loved the event as they came away with freebies and got to try their hand at other sports too like fencing and archery.
At this level of competition it is fantastic for one school to do so well. There were 36 children involved from St Laurence, demonstrating the depth of quality of sporting talent at the school. Qualification for all Sainsbury’s School Games sports was tough in the first place so to qualify in four sports was an achievement in itself.
We are very proud effort, conduct and achievements of all the children who competed for us.
11 July 2014
On Friday 9th May, our boys were fantastic from start to finish against talented opposition.
We played on a carpet like surface at Bodymoor Heath (Aston Villa Training Ground) and once again travelled there and back by mini-bus (thanks to Colmers Secondary School and Mr Carter), to make the evening more memorable.
There was a great togetherness and team spirit amongst our lads and we started the game brilliantly. Josh scored two excellent goals inside the first 10 minutes after some excellent passing moves. The one was superbly set up by Kane's through ball. At this point, we looked like scoring even more as we went close several times.
At half time we spoke about not letting the opposition back into the game and the boys executed this brilliantly. They rarely got near our goal in the second half and certainly didn't create any clear cut chances. Both Jake and player of the match George did great man marking jobs to keep their best players quiet.
Every one of our lads did his job perfectly from start to finish and we deservedly became Birmingham Cup Champions! Another great achievement, a performance and occasion to remember in years to come. Well done to all involved.
Hockey Champions Trophy
At the beginning of March, a group of Year 5 and 6 children attended a celebration evening at the Tally–Ho in Birmingham to be presented with the Birmingham Hockey Champions Trophy.
The night was hosted by Pete Morgan from Radio WM, with Birmingham Knight’s basketball captain Martin Gayle and Susie Gilbert, England and GB Hockey player in attendance.
The children had chance to talk to and receive autographs.
Birmingham Futsal Champions
Over the last few weeks, we have brought along four different teams to invitational Birmingham Futsal Competitions.
Our yr5 girls team were in great form! We won all three of our group games to progress to the final against a strong team from Perry Beeches.
In the final, the girls played really well but went 1-0 down early on. Despite lots of pressure and several chances we just couldn’t get the goal. We then heard that time was nearly up. The referee said the game was in the final minute. Amazingly, the girls managed to equalise with just a few seconds left! Perry Beeches kicked off and lost possession. We went straight up towards their goal and after a scramble, we scored the winner! An unbelievable end to the game. We felt sorry for Perry Beeches but it was a deserved victory on the balance of play.
A week later, our Year 5 boys team played some fantastic football. We won the first game comfortably 3-0. After a long rest, we weren’t quite as good in the second game and drew 1-1. This meant that we needed to beat a very impressive Lyndon Green side in order to make the final. We had lots of possession and several shots but struggled to get the goal. However, in the last few seconds, the pressure paid off and we got the 1-0 win we needed. In the final the boys were superb, comfortably beating Welford 2-0.
This means that both our girls and boys U10 teams are Birmingham Futsal Champions – a unique and incredible achievement! Well done to all involved.
Year 4 Win at the Alexander Stadium
On Friday 10th May 2013 a group of Year 4 children went to the Alexander Stadium to compete against nine other schools in the ’50 Days till Summer’ competition. This was to promote the count down to the Summer Games, where paralympians will be competing in Birmingham on the 29th June.
We competed in javelin, chest throw, long jump, 200m, 80m sprint, 60m hurdles and the 4x100m relay.
It was a great day, made even more exciting by the opportunity to meet and talk to Mickey Bushell, the 100m Gold Medal paralympians from the 2012 London Paralympics. We even saw his gold medal, it is huge!
After throwing, jumping, and running to our best ability we awaited the presentation. Here we found out that the winners would be invited to be Kit Carriers to the paralympic athletes for the next athletics meet at the Alexander Stadium which takes place in June.
As the results were announced in reverse order, we held our breath until we realised that St Laurence Church Junior School had come in first place! Well done Year 4!