Primary Cross country races
26 children from Year 4, 5 and 6 enjoyed a rare morning of sunshine today as they competed in this highly competitive event. All the children pushed themselves to do their best, with everyone managing to run the whole course without stopping - a great effort. Well done to everyone for showing determination and super running skills, with a special congratulations to both the team medal winners and those individuals who came in the top 10 in their race (which means that they will compete at the Level 3 event in November). A particular mention to Dan for winning his race in an exciting sprint finish!
Key Stage 1 Multi Skills Festival
Some of the year 2 children had a fabulous morning at St Katherine's school competing against some local schools at the Multi Skills Festival. Golden Valley came a fantastic 4th out of 12 schools. Amazing! Well done Team GV!
Multisports Festival at Hutton Moor
Sixteen Year 4, 5 & 6 children spent the morning at Hutton Moor Leisure Centre taking part in sports they may not previously have tried. During the first session, the children tried out a range of activities based around cricket skills. Then we had the opportunity to try out fencing and laser shooting, both of which are part of the Modern Pentathlon. Our Year 5 and 6 children were very lucky to receive training with Modern Pentathlete World Champion and Olympian, Samantha Murray, who also awarded Golden Valley with our School Games Mark Gold Award.
Laser Run and Fencing Event
Two teams of Year 5 children represented Golden Valley at a Laser Run and Fencing event. The children had a quick tutorial of Fencing, then competed in a knock out competition. All of the children picked up the technique quickly and did themselves proud. Ethan came second out of the boys, to win a silver medal.
Next, the children learnt how to accurately shoot a laser gun at a target. The shooting skills of both teams impressed the sports coaches. Some of the children even managed 5 hits with 5 shots, amazing! The children had to combine running a lap and then shooting the target twice before tagging their next team member to do the same. The two teams came 1st and 2nd in the heats and progressed to the finals. In the final, nerves got the better of some and their shooting was not as accurate. The last member to go in each team, kept their cool and hit the target with their first 2 shots overtaking the other teams. This resulted in them finishing 1st and 2nd winning gold and silver medals.
The children demonstrated great team spirit and determination. They were a pleasure to take and did Golden Valley and themselves proud.
Wesport Spring School Games
This event is one of the highlights of the sporting calendar as it brings all the top teams from across Avon together to compete in a range of sports. All teams have earned a place in this event by finishing in the top two at Level 2 events so the level of competition and skill is extremely high. Golden Valley participated in both the netball and cycling events.
Our cycle team of Tom, Tom, Maisy and Ruby competed brilliantly in two relay races over the testing course, demonstrating excellent bike handling skills, energy and determination to finish a fantastic second place overall. A massive congratulations to all four of them for producing such an excellent result!
North Somerset cross country finals
Thirty two children from Years 4, 5 and 6 raced over a fast course at BGS Sportsground, scoring points for their team. They all showed great determination and stamina to complete their races, with some outstanding notable performances from Dan (10th place), Fleur and Charlie (4th place) and Lucy and Tom (3rd place). Special congratulations to Fleur, Charlie, Lucy and Tom who will progress to the Level 3 competition at Ashton Park in November and to the Year 6 boys team who won Gold overall in their category. Well done to all the runners for pushing themselves and behaving impeccably throughout the event and a massive thank you to the adult helpers who supported them.
Football Cluster Tournament
In glorious autumn sunshine last week, 10 boys and 10 girls from Y5 & Y6 represented Golden Valley in the local Cluster football event at Nailsea School. All played with great enthusiasm and energy, showing good footballing skills and teamwork. The girls, many of whom were playing in their first ever competitive match, played well in three closely-fought matches. The boys team excelled themselves, finishing second overall so will now progress to the next round in a few weeks time. Congratulations to all the players for their energy, effort and great attitude, as well as a huge thank you to Mr Hill for coaching both squads.
Year 6 Go Cycling event
Last week, in gorgeous autumn sunshine, twelve Year 6 children had the opportunity to compete in the Go Cycling event at Kingshill School. Three mixed teams of four competed against other schools in a relay format over an exciting and challenging loop course, having received expert guidance from Heidi (British Cycling) beforehand. All teams raced twice over the course with the second race proving extremely close. All GV teams made huge improvements to their times from the first to second race and Team B were just two seconds behind the overall winners. A massive congratulations to all the children for their fantastic effort, bike handling skills and superb attitude throughout the event.
Year 5 Laser Run and Fencing competition, May 2018
Eight children from Year 5 represented Golden Valley at the Laser Run and Fencing competition against other North Somerset schools. The children were introduced to, a new sport and one of the elements of the modern pentathlon, shooting. An Olympic coach taught them how to shoot a laser pistol to hit a target. The children had to hit the target 3 times in a 50 second period and then run 400m to tag their next team mate. The children from GV picked up the shooting quickly and were successful to securing the Bronze medal position. Well done!
The children were also given the opportunity to learn the basics of fencing and try them out in a knock out tournament. All the children enjoyed taking part and learning new skills.
Year 4 Archery and Tri-golf
On Wednesday 25th April, 14 children from Year 4 attended a sporting event, which was organised by the North Somerset PE Association, at St Katherine’s school. The children were split into two teams and had the opportunity to participate in a variation of challenges within either tri-golf or archery. Despite the weather being particularly windy, the children applied their Secrets of Success and continued to push themselves by never giving up. All the children showed great team work by supporting one another, and competed with enthusiasm and energy throughout the morning. Well done Year 4!
Year 5 Archery Finals
Four children from Year 5 represented Golden Valley Primary School at the West Schools Spring Games. This event took place at BGS sports ground with over 800 children taking part in many different events. The GV team had secured their place in the Archery final by winning a bronze medal at the North Somerset Schools regional tournament in March. There were 8 teams from across Bristol, North Somerset, South Gloucester and Bath and North Somerset in the finals. The GV team performed well and hit the targets with many of their arrows. Well done, we are very proud of you and your achievements.
Year 5 Sports Tournaments - Term 4
During Term 4, some children from Year 5 took part in Rugby, Hockey and Archery Tournaments. The selected children, represented Golden Valley, at these tournaments against other North Somerset schools. In rugby and hockey, they all worked well together as a team to compete in a number of matches. They were successful in scoring goals/ tries and preventing their opposition from scoring too. In archery, the team demonstrated great skill and scored enough points to secure Bronze medals. Well done everyone!
Year 3/4 Multisports Festival
Last week a team of Year 3/4 children attended the North Somerset Change4Life Multisports Festival at Hutton Moor Sports Centre. The aim of the festival was to highlight and celebrate the importance of physical activity in supporting healthy active lives. It was lovely to see the children engaging in such a variety of activities, challenging themselves to learn new skills and to push themselves. Activities included fencing, curling, speed stacking and laser shooting. A huge well done to all the children who participated and showed excellent team spirit.
North Somerset Dodecathlon Event
16 children from Year 3 and 4 recently attended the North Somerset Dodecathlon Event, which comprises twelve different sporting activities. Each team competed against other schools, scoring points for each activity. A special mention to the Year 4 team who scored the maximum 100 points in the skittles challenge! All children demonstrated great enthusiasm and determination throughout the morning and were rewarded by being presented with a medal to take home. Congratulations to all and thanks to the adult helpers who attended.
PE Association Primary Schools Swimming Gala
Last week, eight children from across Year 4, 5 and 6 participated in an extremely competitive swimming gala at Hutton Moor pool. They acquitted themselves really well, showing great determination and effort to achieve their very best and, as a result, achieved some excellent results to place 4th overall out of 19 teams. Special mention to Ella, Finn and Charlie who all won individual medals, and to Charlie, Grace, Kieran and Freya who won a silver in the Team Noodle race. Congratulations to all the swimmers for their fantastic efforts and thanks to Suzi and Lorraine for helping on the day.
Three teams from Golden Valley walked across to Nailsea School for the Year 5 and 6 Football Tournament. We took two boys teams and a girls team as well. The girls performed extremely well, coming third in their group. However, they were unbeaten in all of the games. The boys were also successful in their performance with one team managing to qualify to the semi-finals, only to lose out through the heartbreak of penalties.
It was a successful day for all the children involved as they were able to showcase their footballing talents. Well done to all.
School Sports Organising Crew
Four Year 5 children recently attended the North Somerset PE Association training for Sports Organising Crew. They completed a number of different activities including kurling, setting up and teaching virtual league games and discussing the school games values. The children demonstrated excellent focus and enthusiasm throughout the training and will be busy helping to support PE and sporting activities at Golden Valley.
North Somerset Primary Cross Country Races
In typical cross country weather (drizzly rain and cold winds!), our Year 4, 5 and 6 boy's and girl's teams ran superbly to record our best ever performance at this annual event. All runners performed to their very best, demonstrating great fitness, determination and perseverance to complete the course. Special mention to the Year 6 Girl's tem who won a team silver medal and to Skye, Fleur and Charlie who will be invited to compete at the Level 3 event in November. Also to Lucy and Genevieve who finished in the top 10 in the Year 4 'fun run' event. Many congratulations to all our runners and thanks to the adult helpers who supported the team so well.
PE Association Year 3 & 4 Quadkids Event
In the picturesque setting of St Katherine's School sports field, 5 boys and 5 girls from Years 3 & 4 participated in a highly competitive but enjoyable Quadkids event. This consisted of five different sports (an extra one was added this year!) including a 50m sprint, a 400m endurance run, standing long jump, a vortex throw and speed bounce. All the GV team performed fantastically well, putting in great effort and enthusiasm into their events, and demonstrating excellent all-round athletic ability. A huge well done to all the children who competed so well and a thank you to the adult helpers who supported so ably.
Inclusive Kurling Event
Eight children from Year 4 and 5 enjoyed an opportunity to represent Golden Valley at this innovative event. They participated in a range of kurling games as well as making their own medals to take home as a momento. Congratulations to them all for competing so well, demonstrating a great attitude throughout.
Year 6 Cricket Tournament
On the hottest day of the year so far, ten boys from Year 6 took part in the North Somerset Kwik Cricket Tournament. The boys played really well in the heat and demonstrated some fantastic bowling, fielding and batting skills. They pulled together as a team and supported each other throughout the tournament. In between matches, the boys took cover in the sun tent, under the parasol and in the shade of the trees and drank plenty of water. Great effort everyone!
North Somerset 'Open' and 'Inclusive' Tennis Tournaments
Eight children from Year 5 and 6 braved the hot conditions to play several tennis matches against other North Somerset Schools. They demonstrated excellent forehands, backhands and serves throughout, playing some great shots and competing in some super rallies. All children from the 'Inclusive' Tournament also enjoyed a skills session and received a medal for their efforts, whilst the 'Open' players won through to take 3rd place overall so received a bronze medal.
Year 6 Quadkids
Children from Year 6 took part in an athletics event against other schools in North Somerset. The children all competed in the 4 events: 75m Sprint, 600m run, standing jump and vortex throw. All of the children gave 100% and pushed themselves to do their best. We were particularly impressed how they all tackled the 600m run (3 laps of track). They kepy going to run the whole way and even managed a sprint for the final stretch. Well done!
Year 5/6 Girls' Cricket Tournament
Ten girls from Years 5 and 6 took part in the North Somerset Cricket tournament against 14 other schools. The girls worked together fantastically and were a strong team. The girls won their first game 264-250 and went through to the quarter finals. In the quarter finals, they lost by 10 runs to the team that went on to win the whole tournament. GV then played 2 more games; one ending in a win and the other in a draw. Throughout the tournament, the girls improved in their bowling, fielding and batting skills and worked together really well.
Well done girls!
A squad of 12 children from Year 5 took part in the North Somerset Primary, Level 2 Rounders Festival. The team improved their play with each game and they worked together well as a team. They developed strategies to enable more effective fielding, which prevented their opponents from scoring too many rounders. All of the children showed great determination and grew in confidence throughout the tournament. Some super rounders were scored and there was some fantastic fielding. Well played everyone!
A squad of 12 boys and girls from Year 5 represented GV at the North Rugby Finals. The team played some challenging matches which tested both their skills and team work. They won 1 game and lost 3 but still made it to the Quarter Finals, due to the number of Tries they scored in the games. The team showed determination and resilience and their skills improved with each match. They demonstrated great team spirit, taking it in turns to be off the pitch and encouraging each other throughout. In the quarter finals we lost against the team that went on to win the whole tournament. The team should be very proud of their achievements. Well done!
A group of children in Year 5 represented GV at the North Finals for Hockey and Archery. The two hockey teams played some tough matches but showed determination and resilience. Their hockey skills improved with each match and they demonstrated great team spirit. The Archery team also demonstrated resilience, improving their skills throughout the tournament for a close finish. Well done!
Somerset County Cup Event
Last week, a squad of 10 Year 6 boys travelled to Bridgwater Academy to play in the prestigious County Cup Finals against the other 11 top primary school teams in the whole of Somerset. Although results were mixed (1 win, 1 draw and 3 losses) the team demonstrated great determination, effort and teamwork. With each match, their performances improved and the team were extremely unlucky to lose one match with the last kick of the game! Congratulation to all the players for their attitude and effort throughout the day and a massive thank you to their coach, Mr Hill, for preparing the team so well for this high level competition.
The North Somerset Sportshall Athletics Event
22 boys and girls from Year 5 and 6 competed in this exciting event,(one of the largest of its kind in the country) with determination and great effort. Over 600 pupils from across North Somerset took part, creating an incredible atmosphere in which to compete across a range of events. The Golden Valley team produced consistently good performances, especially winning the final two heats of the morning in the 4 x 1 lap relays for boys and girls! A massive congratulations to all our athletes for their excellent attitude throughout the event and thanks to the parent helpers who assisted so ably in what is a very hectic atmosphere!
The North Somerset 'Dodecathlon' Event
Ten children from Years 3 and 4 took part in an exciting dodecathlon event this week. This unique competition consists of 12 different events, (including archery, kurling, speed stacking, short tennis and an agility race) with each child contributing to the overall team score. The GV team performed well, demonstrating great determination and perseverance throughout the morning. A huge congratulations to all the children for their super attitude and effort during the event.
North Somerset Primary Swimming Relays
A mixed team of nine children from years 4, 5 & 6 competed at the recent swimming gals organised by North Somerset PE Association. They produced some outstanding performances, with the best results ever for Golden Valley. Charlie Hoffmann and Holly Brown both won two golds and a silver medal whilst Finn Blundell took Bronze in his individual race. The team of Charlie Hoffmann, George Stuttard, Holly Brown and Ella Brown also won gold in the FC relay event. All swimmers competed well in their events and should be proud of their efforts.
Well done to Grace, Thomas, Jenny and Arthur as well as our medallists. A special thank you to Suzi Brown for her support with the team too.
Kurling and Boccia Tournament
Earlier this week, eight children from Year 5 & 6 took part in a special sports event at Nailsea School. This inclusive event provided an opportunity for those children who had not represented the school at a level 2 sporting event before to participate in a fun, non-competitive environment, playing games of kurling and boccia with teams from other local primary schools. Great fun was had by all and it was fantastic to see the progression of skills that everyone made throughout the afternoon. Well done to all the children who took part for showing such enthusiasm and fair-mindedness in the games.
North Somerset Football Finals
Playing with growing confidence in each game, Golden Valley boys reached the final of the tournament after three pool matches and a semi final match which they won 3-1. All members of the team made significant contributions to reaching the final, which was a closely fought contest, resulting in a 1-0 win for Locking Primary. Both teams go forward to represent North Somerset at the Level 3 tournament in Bridgwater in January. A huge congratulations to all the boys for their effort in reaching this stage and for showing such determination and teamwork in their matches. Many thanks to their coach, Mr Hill, for his hard work and encouragement.
Cluster Football Tournament at Nailsea School
Golden Valley fielded three teams (2 boys and 1 girls) at the local tournament today. In cool, blustery conditions, all players demonstrated a good attitude, determination and great football skills in their matches, trying their best against some tough opposition. The Team A boys team won their final so now progress to the next round of competition - congratulations and good luck! The boys B team and girls team were unable to progress further but should be commended on their effort and enthusiasm.
PE Association Primary Cross Country Races
35 children from Year 3-6 represented Golden Valley School this week in the cross country event at Bristol Grammar School Sportsground, Failand. In some extremely competitive and high quality racing, all demonstrated great determination and enthusiasm to perform their best. A massive congratulations to all who took part and a special mention to those who achieved a top 10 finish in their age category - Holly Brown (2nd), Lucy Pook (6th), Skye Hellier (6th) and Jack Riley (10th).
Pupils in Year 6 submitted poems for this year's Threshold Prize - a competition across Somerset, North Somerset and surrounding areas to find the best children's creative writing of poetry or short stories.
Five pupils at Golden Valley have had their poems selected for publication in this year's book 'Wild Horses and Bobbing Flowers', with three being invited to spend the day in Taunton to receive special prizes and take place in a drama workshop.
Well done to Mikey, Cameron and Alice....but also to Eva and Jess for having your poems published in the book as well.
Year 5 Boys Cricket Tournament
In dry but windy conditions, ten Year Five boys recently competed at the North Somerset PE Association Kwik Cricket Tournament at Weston Cricket Club. They showed great batting and bowling skills as well as excellent teamwork and team spirit in all their matches, improving as the tournament went on.
Year 6 Girls Kwik Cricket Tournament
In sunny weather, nine Year Six girls recently competed at the North Somerset PE Association Cricket Tournament at Grove Cricket Club. They showed good batting skills as well as excellent teamwork and team spirit in all their matches.
Year 6 Boys Cricket Tournament
In glorious, sunny weather, ten Year Six boys recently competed at the North Somerset PE Association Cricket Tournament at Grove Cricket Club. They showed great batting and bowling skills as well as excellent teamwork and team spirit in all their matches, improving as the tournament went on. A big thank you to Mr Hobbs for providing the boys with additional coaching on bowling technique and support throughout the day.
On Friday 4th March, fifteen children braved the icy weather to compete in the North Somerset Netball Finals.
We formed two teams, and the B team came overall third in the 'B Team' Tournament - you played brilliantly and did us proud!
The A team sailed through the first few games, scoring 4/2, 3/0, 5/1 and then 4/2 in the semi-finals. Unfortunately we were beaten in the finals by Portishead Primary, who played brilliantly. However, we were delighted to receive our silver medals and go through to the level 3 competition in April, competing against the best teams from Bath and North East Somerset, South Gloucestershire, Bristol and North Somerset.
Well done to all of you - I am a very proud coach!
On Wednesday 13th January, 25 children from Year 5&6 attended this event at Hutton Moor. This is a hugely popular event organised by the North Somerset PE Association with over 500 children competing during the day. The competition runs in two parts with track and field events alongside one another in the Sports Hall. Many of our children were competing in events they had not tried before. Once again the children were enthusiastic and determined and represented our school beautifully. There were some very close events and nail biting moments and it was super to see TEAM GV in their new kit (with thanks to the GVSA), supporting their peers compete. Although GV did not finish in the top 3, all participants should be very proud of themselves. With thanks to Mrs Pinkney and Mrs Jones for volunteering to join us for this event.
The North Somerset Dodecathlon Event
A group of nine children from Year 3 and 4 recently took part in the dodecathlon event at Hutton Moor Leisure Centre. This exciting tournament consists of 12 different activities including archery, curling, speed stacking, baton relays and target games. All the children competed with energy and enthusiasm, supporting each other well and working effectively as a team. Well done to all the children for a superb display of sporting excellence and a huge thank you to the adults who supported them.
On a very wet afternoon last week, three football teams (1 girls and two boys teams from Years 5 & 6) walked to Nailsea School to take part in the local Nailsea Cluster Football Tournament. They all played well in difficult conditions and enjoyed at least one win each. Special mention must go to the B Team who won three out of their four matches so came 2nd overall in their pool. The girls and Team A boys both came 3rd in their respective pools. Well done to all the players for putting in so much effort in their matches and a massive thank you to the parent helpers who assisted me so ably in such damp weather!
10 children from Years 3 & 4 recently competed in the inaugural North Somerset Dodecathlon Games at Hutton Moor. They competed in a range of twelve different sporting disciplines including archery, fencing, Kurling and baton relay. All the children showed excellent focus and perseverance , demonstrating the School Games values of honesty and determination throughout the competition. At the end of the competition, the team were awarded 2nd place overall (out of 22 teams) and were delighted to receive their silver medals! Congratulations to you all!
Many thanks to all the adult helpers who accompanied the children and to the North Somerset PE Association for organising the event.
Avon County High 5 Netball Tournament
The Golden Valley Netball Team performed amazingly well at the High 5 Netball finals on Thursday 16th May. The girls played beautifully and worked so well as a team. We won seven games out of nine and finished in third place overall, out of the 16 teams present.
The old 'Avon' region covers North Somerset, South Gloucestershire, Bath and North East Somerset and Bristol. Our achievement puts us in the top 1%, since over 300 schools could have entered the initial stages of the competition.
As always, our pupils represented us in style and played a fair, strong game. We are very proud of you all!
North Somerset Level 2 Tag Rugby Finals
Yesterday (Wednesday 11th March) 11 children from Years 3-6 travelled to the Hand Stadium in Clevedon for the Level 2 Tag Rugby competition. It was amazing to be one of 25 schools participating-so there were over 300 young participants in attendance. After a warm up and an event briefing we began our matches. There were 3 schools in our group; Trinity, Mead Vale and Golden Valley. Our first match was against Mead Vale, it was very close with a final result of 3-2 to Mead Vale. Next up we played Trinity, after a massive effort from all of our players we were defeated 5-1. The teams then congregated back together and 2 'School Games Values' wristbands were awarded within each team. The 'determination' wristband was awarded to Lewis and the Respect wristband was awarded to Dylan. Our squad then went into the final 16 for a knockout competition. We had an exciting and very close match with Herons Moor. Sadly we narrowly lost the match 4-2. A huge well done to all our players for fantastic effort and support of each other. The Golden Valley squad then showed a wonderful sense of community to support our local rivals Grove who were having lots of success in the tournament. Our support (and their very strong squad) carried them all the way through to the final during which Grove defeated St Martins in a very close and exciting match! A huge well done to all the Golden Valley team; Holly, Katie, Zara, Amy, Lewis, Harvey, Josh, Jake, Kieron, Henry and Dylan.
On Saturday, 7th March, 17 children from Golden Valley came along to Nailsea School to compete in the North Somerset Netball Tournament.
We took two teams, and all of the children played brilliantly, demonstrating excellent team spirit and sporting attitude. As always, the children showed a strong competitive nature, but an equally strong sense of fairness. Our B team played well against some tough competition, and should be very proud of their achievements.
Our A team sailed through the first stage of the competition, achieving scores of 8-0, 6-2, 9-0. In the quarter finals, we fought valiantly against a strong team from Fairfield, winning 8-5. The semi-final was an easier win, with a score of 6-0 and we then worked hard to beat Yeo Moor with a score of 7-2 in the finals.
The children were delighted with the result and are greatly looking forward to the next stage of the competition in April. Here, we will be playing against the best teams from North Somerset, Bath and North-East Somerset, Bristol and South Gloucestershire.
We wish them luck!
Primary Sportshall Athletics
Sorry for the delay! Our fabulous squad of athletes went to Hutton Moor Sports Centre for this event. They ran, they jumped, they threw and they whizzed through the relays. An absolutely fantastic event and a brilliant team effort. It was really lovely to see all the children supporting each other and showing exceptional determination. The final results were very close with just a few points separating 4th and 8th placings. Our Golden Valley team finished in 7th place overall. A huge well done to all children involved. Enjoy the photos!
Today, a group of nine children from Years 4, 5 & 6 went to Hutton Moor Leisure Centre to compete in the Primary Schools Swimming Relays event. All swimmers showed great technique and fantastic effort in their races and demonstrated super enthusiasm throughout the morning, cheering on their team-mates too. Congratulations to all swimmers on their performances and a special mention to Eddie who won his 25m butterfly heat and the 4 x 25m FC team of Eddie, Charlie, Rachel and Holly who comfortably won their heat.
Final results will be known next week .....
This afternoon we took 19 children from Years 3-6 to participate in this cluster tournament. The children were fantastic-with smiles, sporting attitudes and lots of effort! It was extremely muddy but lots of fun. Our Year 5/6 team played hard and finished 4th overall whilst our Year 3/4 team qualified for the cluster final and finished in 2nd place overall to our neighbours at St Francis. A huge well done to all our rugby players and well done for your lovely attitudes-you are a credit to Golden Valley. A big thank you also to Kingshill School for hosting and to Future Stars Coaching for this very well organised event. Enjoy the photos!
Avon County Netball Finals - Thursday 24th April 2014
The Golden Valley Netball Team represented the school in style today for the netball finals, coming in 6th, out of the 16 schools present. All attending teams had already achieved highly in their local area. In total, there are over 300 primary schools in the Avon region, and we are very proud to be in the top 2%.
A huge 'well done' to all of you!