PPS took part in the Elite Cross Country event at Towneley Park on Tuesday 20th February. Padiham had a very successful competition as well as looking good for the future. The team consisted of 2 year 3 children, 2 year 4s, a year 5 and 4 year 6s. Five boys and four girls represented the school at the race with Padiham taking 2nd overall in the Boys standings and 16th in the girls. A 5th, 6th, 16th and 21st placed finish in the boys team and a 10th in the girls were excellent results for the school. The whole team did extremely well in the race and represented Padiham Primary School to the highest standard at the event. Well done!
Year 3/4 Gymnastics Competition
On Tuesday 20th February, Tia, Jacob, Freddie, Melanie and Lola took part in a Gymnastics competition which was held at the Best Centre in Burnley.
Each individual child had to present a floor routine and a vault routine in front of other schools. The children were excited as well as nervous as this was their first time they had experienced anything like this. The children had practised really hard and represented the school to the highest possible standard.
Level 3 Bikeability Training
Some of the year 6 children had the opportunity to complete their Level 3 Bikeability training last week, which involved challenging roads and traffic situations and allowed them to plan and make independent journeys on busier roads.
Our Bikeability trained cyclists received a badge and a certificate of recognition to show their level of competence on their bikes. Here they are celebrating their huge achievement of being Level 3 Bikeability qualified.
Tag Rugby CVL 2 - 21st Nov
Padiham went into the second event in Tag Rugby this year having made a decent start in the first. A few changes in the team proved to be the added cutting edge to the team. Tiegan came into the team on the recommendation from BFC coach Miss Costello. She had impressed in training with her excellent determination and intensity. With PPS only taking 3 girls to the competition, they were required to play every minute of every game. They showed no signs of fading throughout the event. A great start to the event saw Padiham win their first game comfortably. The weather was not on our side with the rain battering us all night. Padiham were lucky enough to stay on the same pitch for each of their games and weren’t given a break. This was a real test of the fitness and mental strength for the whole team. Padiham won another 2 matches so that made it 3 out of 3. Tiegan and Ruby were playing in a sweeper style role, covering behind the main line if that was penetrated. This was key to PPS making tackles and regaining possession. Oxborough was sensational in her attempts at taking tags and this was then capped off in the third game when she was passed the ball and turned on her engine to charge for the try line. She was not going to be stopped and the desire she showed when running with the ball was clear for all to see. She evaded any tackles that came at her with her power and speed. TRY! She slammed the ball onto the try line and got her reward. The whole team dug in in the fourth game after and early setback. The opposition maintained a 2 try cushion for much of the game but Connor Bryan showed Olympic level speed when he sprinted to the try line to get a try back. This would put him well into the teens for number of tries scored on the night. Mckenzie Bleasedale then received the ball and seemed to dance through the opposition defence with world-class footwork. He made it to the try line and levelled the game. Padiham almost had a chance to win the game but Connor just ran off the pitch as he had lost traction in the wet conditions. The game finished 5-5 and Padiham had their unbeaten record firmly in place for this event. Well done to the whole team!
BFC U11s Tournament - 16th Nov
Padiham entered this year’s competition off the back of making the final last year. We were drawn into a group with St Mary Magdalene’s, St Augustines, Rose Wood and last year’s winners Briercliffe. Padiham started well in the first match against Rose Wood taking an early lead. A counter attack from the opposition led to an equaliser against the run of play, but Padiham were not to be disheartened by this and managed to grab another goal to regain the lead. The short games of only 8 minutes meant that we had to work fast to win games. The first game concluded with Padiham leading 2-1. A short break after this and then we were back on against St Mary Mags. We had played this team in a friendly earlier in the year so we knew what we were up against. A solid performance from the whole team ensured that Padiham ran out as 2-0 winners. A long break of over half an hour after this game meant that going into our third group match, we were slightly off the pace but soon grew into the game. Another solid performance against St Augustines meant Padiham’s unbeaten run remained intact. The final game was against Briercliffe. The opposition started quickly and grabbed an early goal to take the lead. Padiham responded with wave after wave of attack but the final product was not there. Briercliffe caught another lucky break and grabbed a second. Time ran out too soon for PPS who lost their final group game which left them in second place. However, the good run of results the preceded this defeat meant that Padiham went through as best runners up. They would then take part in a semi-final clash against St John’s Padiham. PPS attacked for the whole 8 minutes but couldn’t put the ball in the net. The game finished 0-0 and with no extra-time the game went to a penalty shootout. Five penalties for each team would be the deciding factor in this match. Padiham would be defeated in the shootout by 4 goals to 2. An unlucky way to go out of the competition with PPS just struggling to score goals. The team represented the school to the highest standard and showed excellent respect and sportsmanship throughout the competition.
Year 5/6 Netball Tournament vs St Mary Magdalene's and St Augustine's - 14th Nov
Padiham’s first match was against a strong side, St Mary Magdalene’s. St Mary Mag’s took the first centre pass and had numerous chances to score but both sides failed to get the ball in the net in the first third. After a quick team talk the second third saw Padiham scoring their first goal of the match, leading 1-0, but St Mary Mag’s quickly came back with an equaliser of 1-1. The final third secured the win for Padiham with a 2-1 defeat, which lifted the children’s spirits ready for the next game against St Augustine’s.
Year 1/2 Sportshall Athletics - 14th Nov
Eight year 1 and 2 children took part in a sportshall athletics event on Tuesday 14th November. Each child represented PPS in a throwing event, a jumping event and a running event. Each child performed exceptionally well in each event and put in all of their effort. We managed to finish 4th out of 6 schools by only 2 points. We had some bad luck in the final team hurdles relay where Joey lost a pump in his lap and Lincoln fell on a hurdle. Despite these setbacks, both boys got themselves straight back and showed excellent resilience by finishing the race. We almost gained the lost time back and finished only a few seconds behind the nearest team. Well done to all of the children that took part.
Year 5/6 Netball vs Lowerhouse - 8th Nov
Team Captain, McKenzie Bleasdale, stepped up and took charge of the Netball team by assigning the children their Netball positions. Lowerhouse won the toss and chose to take the first centre pass. Padiham had a strong first half and were in the lead with an impressive score of 5-0. Lowerhouse came back fighting in the second half and managed to score four goals, one after the other. Padiham worked tirelessly to secure the win with a marvellous final score of 7-4.
The Lowerhouse Netball team chose Preston as their POTM.
Year 5/6 Sportshall Athletics - 7th November
There were a variety of events the children took part in during this competition. Jumping, throwing and running were the three types with different kinds for each. The team performed quite well in the throwing and jumping events but the running from both boys and girls was excellent. The girls came second in several races with the boys winning 2 of theirs. Bret fell during the 2x1 lap but excellently got up and finished the race. The team relays were a chance for the boys and girls to come together and combine their speed. Unfortunately, several drops of the baton proved costly for PPS and they failed to win this final race. Our final position was 6th out of 8. Well done!
Four of our students arrived at Prairie Sports Village full of excitement of what was in store for them. They had never experienced something like this before – the Change4Life Festival is about encouraging children to take part in sports and physical activities than they do at the moment.
The event was hosted by Burnley School Sports Partnership, and around 20 primary schools attended the fun packed festival. There were several events for the children to take part in, which were archery, mini-golf, football and athletics. Our children began the day by taking part in the archery session – none of them had taken part in this sport before, but after 30 minutes, you would think they were seasoned professionals!
We moved onto mini-golf, which all of the children were excited about – it was fantastic to see all of the children trying their best and encouraging each other on the tricky and windy courses. The children all had smiles on their faces, which brought the sunshine out on a cold October morning.
The third sporting activity for PPS was football. Every child was giving 100% effort to help their team keep the ball. After 20 minutes they came off the pitch red faced and most definitely out of breath, yet again with a huge smile on their faces.
We finished off by taking part in an intense athletics session – the activity was really challenging as it included running, throwing and jumping. The PPS children listened intently to instructions about the activities and again were incredibly enthusiastic during the entire event.
Well done to all of the children who represented our school, showing exemplary behaviour and outstanding enthusiasm. After speaking to the children about their thoughts on the day at Chnage4Life Festival, they all said that they want to take part in more sports and physical activities; we may have some upcoming contenders for our sports teams!
Tag Rugby CVL
On Tuesday 17th October, Padiham took part in a Tag Rugby competiton. Padiham were drawn into a group with St Mary Magdalene’s, Whittlefield and Rose Wood. The first game was against Rose Wood. Padiham had a bright start scoring early on but Rose Wood replied with a try for themselves. With the games only being 7 minutes long, time was short and Padiham played some excellent rugby to get a draw of 3-3 for the opener. The second game was against St Mary Magdalene’s and Padiham took an early lead again. They began to settle in to the competition and put together an exceptional piece of play where every member of the Padiham team had received and then passed the ball on, where it then came to Connor who took the ball to the try line to cap of the move with a try. This game also ended in a draw. The final game was against perhaps the strongest team PPS would face in their group, Whittlefield. After seeing their other two games they looked like a strong side. PPS would need to put a lot of hard work in for the final game of the event in order to get a result. Padiham wanted the win. It was 3-3 with not long to go and Whittlefield had possession. The wind made it difficult to catch the tags and tackle the other team but as they attacked, Padiham swarmed the opposition and took a plethora of tags to regain possession and then score a try in the closing stages of the match. The game finished 4-3 and the excessive effort that the whole team had put in in the final game paid off. The team represented the school to the highest standard by showing great effort and determination, excellent respect and sportsmanship towards the other teams and referee, and played with a smile on their faces. Well done!
Year 5/6 A Team vs Whittlefield
Padiham continued their fine form this year with yet another victory over Whittlefield. The first half saw some good football being played by PPS, this led to them taking a 3-0 lead into half time. However, Whittlefield had several chances but Connor, in the Padiham goal, kept them out. The defence put in a strong display as well with many of the passes in the final third being cut out and converted into an explosive counter attack. After the half time team talk and a few changes Padiham showed real intent early in the second half with several early goals. The work ethic after the break was exceptional, it seemed as though the first half hadn’t taken anything out of the tank. The intensity was maintained for the rest of the game. The whole team had settled in to the game and began to play some scintillating football. One counter attack led to a scrappy goal for Whittlefield, which was extremely unlucky for Connor, as he also saved a penalty, along with a string of sensational saves. A final score of 7-1 meant Padiham had another solid victory under their belt.
Six children from class 4G were chosen to represent the school in an Orienteering event at Towneley Park. They all had a wonderful morning and each brought back certificates for our school for taking part. Well done!
National Fitness Day
Last Wednesday, the whole school celebrated National Fitness Day. The children took part in tough physical circuit sessions and were then treated to a special assembly at the end of the day. We were extremely lucky to have Burnley Football Club coach Paige Costello to lead each fitness session, which included press ups, planks and squats. The assembly that followed was kindly led by Paige, which was all about healthy eating and exercising.
Six children from class 4G took part in an Orienteering event at Towneley Park. They all had a wonderful morning and each brought back certificates for our school for taking part. Well done!
Young Ambassador Training
On the evening of Wednesday 27th September, our two selected Sporting Young Ambassadors for our school, Nathan Lonsdale and Lillie Doogan, attended a training evening with other Young Ambassadors from different schools at Prairie Sports Village.
The classroom based training was led by former Olympian Craig Heap, who helped the Young Ambassadors to reflect on what our school does for sport and what changes can be made to make our school even better.
There were lots of group discussions between the children and some very good suggestions were made. Our Young Ambassadors showed exemplary behaviour throughout the event, proving that they will be excellent Young Ambassadors for the school.
Thank you to Lillie and Nathan for giving up their time after school to be there for our school. We would like to thank parents for also giving up their time to bring their children to the event, it was really appreciated.
Year 5/6 Boys Football B Team vs St Mary Magdalene's
Due to the high number of Year 5/6 boys that possess passion and talent in football, Mr Chambers decided that a B team friendly was needed for different players to showcase their skills. The B team consisted of players who were pushing for a place in the A team with the Hartley Cup fast approaching. A solid 2-0 victory on home soil meant that Mr Chambers and Mr Monk will have a tough task on their hands selecting the next team to play in the final friendly before the Cup.
Mr Mook took charge of the team for this match and selected a strong side to start the match. The message was clear to the team that if they performed well enough then they would be in contention for the A team. A solid performance all round led to the victory as well as keeping a clean sheet. Mr Monk was pleased with his side's overall performance, but insisted that there was still work to be done.
Thank you to Tanisha for refereeing the game exceptionally well.
Year 5/6 Boys Football vs St Mary Magdalene's
Padiham Primary Boy's Football team kicked off their year with a friendly at home against St Mary Magdalene's. A slow start for PPS led to two goals being conceded from set-pieces which left us 2 goals down. An immediate response from the home team led to a more positive performance up until half-time. Padiham had scored 3 before the break which left them in the lead at the half by three goals to two. After some words at half-time from Mr Chambers, Padiham began to play some excellent football and completely took over the game in all areas. More goals followed as Padiham took a firm hold on the game. Three more after half-time meant that Padiham won 6-2.
An excellent start to the year for the team but Mr Chambers has made it clear that the hard work must continue as they prepare for the Hartley Cup. Well done to the team!
Final Score: PPS 6-2 SMM
Padiham were invited to take part in a balloon tennis competition at Shuttleworth College on 19th September. Four children from year 1 were chosen to represent the school at the event and they couldn't have done a better job. All four children gave their all at the competition as well as showing excellent support for their teammates and great sportsmanship towards the opponents. Joey was singled out by the organisers as a standout supporter for his team as he didn't stop shouting from the sidelines in support. The whole team played extremely well, especially considering they had minimal practice. Well done to all the children who took part in the event.
A group of year 5 and 6 children have been selected for this year's Sports Crew. They will be running activities at lunch time on the astro-turf for infant children. All children can join in with these activities and we encourage all children to try the activities out.
The new after-school clubs have started this week with plenty of children having signed up to join. The year 1/2 Gymnastics club is now full so no more children will be able to attend this club. All other clubs still have available spaces for children to join, ask at the school office for a new letter if required. The link at the top of the page will take you to the timetable for you to read. This half-term, the clubs will finish at 4:30pm so please make sure your child knows who is picking them up, or if they are walking home.
New School Year
Welcome back to all children this year at Padiham Primary School. We are looking forward to another successful year of sport at PPS. We have a new addition to the team in Miss Mckenna as well as welcoming back Miss Starkie. The new after school clubs will be starting the week beginning Monday 11th September so make sure you return your letter as soon as possible to ensure you book your place in the clubs. Padiham Primary were Netball and Girls' Football champions of Burnley last year as well as finalists in the BFC In The Community Football Tournament. We are hoping to continue that success this year with more competition victories.
Rounders Grand Slam
The rounders team managed to win the Shuttleworth Cluster Rounders competition which is yet more success for PPS in sport this year. Mr Chambers selected a team from a huge pool of worthy players that have impressed this year. Padiham managed to in 3 matches and lost only 1 game by half a rounder. The top 3 teams were tied with 3 wins and 1 loss. This meant that the deciding factor was points scored over the tournament. Padiham's superior points total of 16 was one and a half clear of second placed Wellfield and 2 clear of Padiham Green. This means that Padiham now progress through to the borough final which will be played at Prairie Sports Village against other winners of their respective clusters. Well done to the rounders team!
Padiham Primary added to this years success by winning the Burnley Netball finals. A sensational string of performances brought a slew of victories. The team worked extremely hard in training at school and it paid off. This tournament as the finals so it showcased the best teams in the area. Padiham qualified for this tournament by being the best runners-up. They were going to grasp this chance at glory with both hands as they were a force to be reckoned with. The first 3 games were against Cliviger, Barden and St John's. Padiham won all 3 games to go through to the next round against Wellfield. This match ended as a draw so had to be replayed in order to find a winner. After some motivating words from Miss Chapman and Miss Purtill, the team took their game to the next level and ran out winners to go through to the final against Holy Trinity. One game away from the trophy and a place in the Lancashire School Games. Padiham weren't going to let their performances drop for the last game. The consistency throughout the tournament turned out to be the winning ingredient as Padiham ran out overall winners by beating Holy Trinity. The sheer desire to win from the whole team ensured that they would be victorious. The team should be extremely proud of the achievement and now must get back on the training pitch to prepare for the Finals in Blackpool. Well done to the whole team and thank you to all parents who have assisted us this year, it is greatly appreciated and the success for the team could not have been achieved without your help. Well done!
Twice in a Row!
The Padiham Primary School girls' football team played in the Burnley schools final on Tuesday 23rd May at Turf Moor. This was the second appearance for the team in 2 years. Last year, a tight game saw Padiham take home the trophy with a 1-0 victory. History repeated itself but this time in an emphatic fashion. Three of the current team took part in last years' final and this provided an experience edge over our opposition, St Mary Magdalene's. An excellent performance from the entire team ensured that Padiham would be winners once again with the final score being 4-0. Some excellent counter-attacking play saw the team catch out the opposition several times and allowed us to score several goals. The defending was excellent throughout the game and the clean sheet reflected that with the goalkeeper making some solid saves to frustrate the opposition.
At the final whistle, the girls celebrated with each other after an excellent win, but they did not forget the sportsmanship that they all have and shook hands and gave positive comments to all of the other players. St Mary Magdalene's put up an incredible fight against PPS and made it very difficult for us for large parts of the game. They also showed excellent sportsmanship during the ceremony after the game to give Padiham a round of applause upon being handed the trophy. PPS also clapped for the opposition as they made their way over to the crowd who also applauded both teams regardless of who they were supporting.
The PPS girls represented the school to the highest standard and not only showed that they possess extreme quality on the pitch, but their gentle nature and kindness off it was also clear to see. Thank you to all parents who have helped us out this year with each tournament, the team couldn't have been as successful as they have without you. Also, we would like to the Burnley FC in the Community for holding several coaching sessions at our school, Burnley FC for the use of their stadium, and the girls themselves for their commitment to the team throughout the year.
Padiham have now progressed through to the Lancashire School Games Festival in Blackpool for the second year in a row to represent Team Burnley. Well done girls!
(Thank you to Mark Mccinnes for the excellent photos below).
Year 3/4 Tennis
Padiham Primary hosted this years year 3/4 tennis competition on our astro-turf. It was an excellent occasion with 5 other schools taking part in the event. The home team had the advantage of playing on the astro-turf they use daily and this served them well. Each player did extremely well and won their fair share of games. In the end, Padiham finished 5th place, but all 4 children in the team represented the school to an exceptional standard. The other schools taking part were very impressed with our facility and loved their time spent at school. Well done to the team. Thank you to all the schools for attending.
After winning the previous tournament, the Girls' football team took part in the semi-finals for the third year in a row. It was another chance for the team to showcase their skills against other top teams from the area. After winning the first 2 games Padiham hit a stumbling block. A tight game saw PPS fall short and lose 1-0. That was the final game of the group stage and only the winners of the groups progressed, as well as the best runner-up. Padiham scraped through as the best runners up and had a chance to redeem themselves. The semi-final was tough but Padiham showed their true character and ran out 2-0 winners. The final date is yet to be announced but the team is already training hard for the tie.
The PPS Girls' Football team took part in the first tournament this year against other schools from the local area. Padiham entered the competition as reigning champions after last year's victory. After a big portion of the team left at the end of last year to move on to high school, Padiham had a new look squad with some different children getting the chance to play for the school. A solid string of performances from the team saw us finish 1st and qualify for the next stage of the competition against 5 other schools from Burnley and Padiham. The team represented the school in an excellent manner and they can be extremely proud of their performances. The teamwork, determination and passion shown by all was excellent, keep it up girls! Well done!
After progressing through to the Burnley final, PPS came up against Briercliffe. Padiham made an excellent start to the game and took a 2 goal lead into half-time. Padiham's play was excellent throughout the first half and they took full advantage of the chances they created. Early into the second half Briercliffe managed to pull a goal back to make it 2-1. Padiham were caught on the break again and Briercliffe equalised. Padiham needed another goal. We continued to attack but to no avail and Briercliffe managed to snatch another 2 goals to make it 2-4. Padiham pushed on to try and get back into the game. We managed to grab one goal back but time was up soon after the restart and Padiham had been closely beaten 4-3. Padiham played some exceptional football and it was tough to take for the team to fall at the final hurdle. The whole team represented the school to the highest standard on and off the field with great sportsmanship as well as all the hard work they had put in that day as well as the days building up to the game. The team can be extremely proud of their achievement and hold their heads high. Well done!
The year 5 and 6 Boys football team managed to win a tournament at the Prairie Sports Village on Thursday 17th November. The victory means that Padiham will play in the final against another Burnley based school. The winner will then progress to the regional competition to represent Burnley. The boys played extremely well and thoroughly deserved the victory. Well done!
We had 30 pupils who worked hard at the training and achieved Level 2. They had lots of fun especially as the weather was so beautiful. We had lots of smiley happy children and trainers enjoying the two day course. Aswell as having lots of fun they learnt how to ride their cycles safely and how to look after their bikes so they are always road worthy. A big well done to all pupils who took part
Netball vs Wellfield
Padiham played in their first netball game of the year on Monday 26th September against Wellfield. The game was against 2016 county champions Wellfield. Padiham played exceptionally well and managed to win comfortably 6-2. Below is a match report written by Netball captain Abi:
On Monday 26th September, Padiham Primary School's year 5/6 netball team played a match against Wellfield. Every player on each team played their hardest. We managed to beat Wellfield 6-2 with almost every player scoring. Frankie Brown marked the centre amazingly – almost never letting her receive the ball. The player of the match was Nathan, who never stopped running. The whole team worked very hard for each other . Everybody who came to watch supported us brilliantly, thank you to them. Well done to Frankie, Tyler, Nathan, Loulou, Renel and myself. Thank you to Mr Leyland for training us.