Wednesday 21st March 2018 twelve year 5/6 pupils took part in the megafest tag rugby competition at Camp Hill rugby club. It was a whole day event in which the players were coached in the morning and then took part in a competition format in the afternoon.
Billesley acquitted themselves brilliantly finishing in 3rd place overall. Our children were a credit to the school and played with enthusiasm and respect throughout the day.
Thursday 1st March 2018 we were given a brilliant opportunity to take a group year 1 and 2 girls to participate in one of Judy Murray’s tennis she rallies. This is a program that focuses on getting girls engaged in sport through tennis.
We took 29 girls to Edgbaston Priory Tennis club where they did 2 hours of different tennis and coordination based activities. A variety of equipment meant that all the girls could access the skills in many different ways.
The girls were a credit to the school and enjoyed the whole afternoon immensely.
Our year 5&6 boys have become the first team to win the football Premier League Division in the history of Billesley Primary School! We won our area league from September-November which qualified us to play in the Premier League Division. Since January up until June we have been competing against some very tough schools who also won their area league so the standard was exceptionally high for school level football. The league was very tight with 3 schools that could potentially win the league if they won their last game, results went our way which meant if we beat Holy Souls in our last match we would be crowned champions!
We got off to a nervous start due to the importance of the match, after 10 minutes we began to get into our stride passing the ball around nicely and creating excellent opportunities to score. We hit the crossbar and was dominating the match when we got hit on the counter attack which lead to a corner being taken quickly, Holy Souls capitalised and scored from making it 1-0. We lifted ourselves back up and again started dominating, we managed to get a goal back before half time which set us up for a nervy second half. Both teams came out strong with Holy Souls having the better of the play hitting the post and creating ample opportunities to take the lead. We started to fight back and dictate the play again and with a few minutes to go we scored making in 2-1, a league winning result if it stayed that way. They guys were awesome, Mr Deakin on the side was a nervous wreck whilst the lads were cool, calm and collective. The final whistle went meaning we were CHAMPIONS for the very first time, words cannot describe how proud we are of the boys at Billesley for achievement such fantastic success. Well done guys, very well deserved!
For a second year running some of our amazing footballers have managed to qualify to play and represent South Birmingham district for the upcoming 2017/18 season. This year we had two boys representing the district, they had great success winning many county trophies and making it to the finals of the national championships. Unfortunately they lost to Middlesbrough in the final which would of allowed them to represent England at the New York games in the summer. This year we will have 5 boys representing both the district A and B team’s respectively. Great achievement, well done guys!
Yesterday we went to our annual Megafest tag rugby tournament day. Its a day we always look forward too as its jam packed full of fun, lots of brilliant coaching by professional coaches followed up by a jam packed afternoon full of tournaments and matches. The children loved the day, learning new skills and trying a new sport for the first time, they all worked really hard and represented our school amazingly well! We even got a mention off a professional Wasps rugby coach on how well behaved and our attitude to learning was, which is always great to here.
We entered the Maypole FC schools football tournament this year for the very first time, the standard was exceptionally high with 11 schools entering the competition from all different regions of Birmingham. We were split into groups with only 1st and 2nd place making their way into the semi-finals. We managed to win every game in our group which qualified us for the semi-finals, we went into the semi-finals very confident and played some amazing football at times creating over 10 good opportunities to score but the ball wouldn’t hit the back of the net. After the full time whistle had blown the score was still tied at 0-0 so we went straight into penalties, we lost the toss and had to shoot second. The scores were tied at 3 scored and one miss each, they scored making it 4-3 so we needed to score! Unfortunately we missed meaning we got knocked out in the semi-finals. The guys were gutted because we played so well not losing a match all tournament, losing on penalties felt so cruel, but thats sport! Nevertheless well done guys great effort!
Yesterday our Year 6 footballers played in their last ever football tournament for our school. It was a wet and windy afternoon with a massive 11 schools braving the weather to take part which was great to see. Our boys played with their Billesley heart on their sleeves for the very last time and managed to win the whole tournament convincingly. They didn’t lose one game, conceding only one goal and scoring 14 which was fantastic. The guys were ecstatic once the results were read out and everyone here at Billesley are immensely proud. I would like to thank the boys personally for all their efforts and wish them every success in the future! Thanks guys, Mr Deakin.
Following on from our success earlier in the day our year 5&6 athletes tried to replicate our year 3&4 athletes by competing in their own competition. Again they had to compete in track and field events with the team consisting of 9 boys and 9 girls. There were 8 teams that took part on the day with the winning school going onto represent South Birmingham at the school games finals in February. We competed brilliantly and again our attitudes and behaviour was fantastic, always encouraging each other and congratulating the other teams once the race/event was over which was nice to see. We finished in 4th place overall just missing out on a medal spot by 4 points which the children were massively disappointed by. Nevertheless is was a great competition and all involved had lots of fun!
Yesterday we took part in our first Athletics competition of the year, the competition was held at the Billesley Indoor tennis centre as it offers fantastic facilities. We were one of 8 schools to participate on the day with all teams consisting of 9 boys and 9 girls who competed in either a track, field or both track and field events. The standard of the competition was very high and the children on the day were second to none, their attitudes, behaviour and competitiveness saw them finish in first place by a massive 42 points! Well done to everyone involved, another competition won this year.
On Tuesday 22nd November we entered into our first gymnastics competition of the year, it was a mixed gender competition and we competed against 7 other schools from around the borough. The standard was extremely high with many young talented gymnast’s there who compete for clubs outside of school. The children had a floor routine and a vault each to learn before performing them on the night, each child performed to the best of their ability and worked so hard during the weeks before the competition to practice and perfect each part of their floor routine and vault. Overall we finished just outside the medals by 2 points, finishing fourth overall. A great effort by all, well done!