Start to the Tag-Rugby Season

Today 11 individuals from Y5 and Y6 represented SdS at the David Rose tournament at Franklin’s Gardens.

For many this was their first competitive match of tag-rugby and some hadn’t really played it before.

Considering all of this, they went out and played their socks off! Although we won two games and lost four, the team showed great determination throughout the afternoon; the team-spirit was extremely high; they evaluated their performances and made every minute count.

At the end of the day, we sat around and evaluated the tournament. The quality of positive praise and critiquing was great. We have a lot to work with and I can see great things happening!


Discussing the defensive line… Worked with water bottles!

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NTSSF Cricket Success

This afternoon we attended round 2 of the NTSSF cricket league.

In the first game we scored 289 runs to the opponents 204.

In the second game we scored 323 runs to the opponents 224.

Baring in mind you begin on 200, face 8 overs and lose 5 runs for every wicket lost… Both of our first two games scores were phenomenal!

The Semi-finals

We faced Boothville, who had beaten us in a previous tournament, and today the cricketing Gods were on our side!

With 4 more overs to face, Boothville needed 8 runs to secure victory. Our four final bowlers managed to contain Boothville to just 4 runs. We finished on 244 and Boothville on 239. We progressed to the final!

The Final

In the final we faced Lings. Many of the team feared the word “Lings” as they are a fantastic school who win lots.

After a very tight batting innings, Lings finished on 228. A respectable score considering it was a final!

Simon de Senlis stepped up; it couldn’t have been any closer. Archie struck four (FOUR) sixes consecutively; each to the same place. This gave us a comfortable lead.

George and Luke stepped up to finish the game. They both felt that we had the lead. Both of them played defensively all the way through the 12 balls and ensured neither of them were out. We went on to win 250-228!

Fantastic cricket from every one of the nine boys that went to the tournament. Everyone contributed in one way or another. Sixes were hit. Fours were hit. Balls were dropped. Balls were caught. Wickets hit and wicket stumped. Safety shots hit and balls missed. A truly sensational afternoon!

It couldn’t have been a better way for 8 of the 9 players to end their Simon de Senlis careers as they go on to bigger things at secondary school. Good luck!

Congratulations to all of the boys who took part in the whole tournament, including the first round.

What I loved the most about the whole afternoon and each game was that Simon de Senlis proved that cricket is a team game. Collaborating and motivating all of the way through. Well done Simon de Senlis!

The team:

Rohan – great bowling – preventing many many runs.

Tyla P – many runs for the team – very confident batting and bowling.

George K  – team talk talker.

Archie – 4 sixes in a row…

Myles – consistent high quality bowling and fielding. Next year, Myles.

Max – sensational fielding and bowling.

Thomas – composed wicket keeping all afternoon.

George B – great bowling – best progression!

Luke – great defensive batting – holding us in it.

Mr Prosser.

Some pictures:


Delivering the team talk.


The Team.


The captain enjoying himself…


Unique Team Talks.


Medals and Trophy.


The Team After Winning.

Tag-Rugby Success

This week I (Mr Prosser) had a very sad thought. Today was going to be the last time our current team would play together. As well as this, it could be the last time some of the team play rugby full-stop. However, hopefully the whole team will pursue their rugby playing…

After a very tough group with Lyncrest, Earl Spencer and Boothville, two of the teams drew on the same points score (SdS and Boothville). Through our points difference being higher, we went through as the group winners!

In the semi-finals we faced Weston Favell. After taking an early lead, the game evened itself out and ended 4-4. We went to extra-time… Try to us, try to them. The referee ordered “golden try”; we pushed on and squeezed a try to take us through to the grand final.

In the final we met Lings. After taking the lead 1-0, Lings quickly turned it around with some brilliant running play to 1-3. None of team looked dismayed by this and dug in their heels and pushed on to get the game back to 3-3. We very narrowly missed out on winning it 4-3 – very unlucky! We decided it would be fairest if Lings and Simon de Senlis took a share of the final prize. What I loved about this was that none of the children complained – they agreed it was the best decision!

Well done to the whole rugby team; you have played superbly all year! This afternoon in particular.

I do, in all honesty, hope that each of you continue playing rugby when you reach secondary school and beyond – either for your school or for a local club.

Well done to the team! All of you persevered, pushed, tackled and just quite frankly gave it your all!

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Also, thank you to all the parents who came to support the team. Simon de Senlis always bring great support! Great that you all get to witness your children being awesome.

Tag-Rugby County Finals 26/02/15

Yesterday we went to Kettering Rugby Club and played against the teams who had won their leagues (we won ours in November, at the Duston School).

Even though the weather was atrocious and running was a rather tricky task, the entire team played their socks off and worked extremely hard.

The second game was very different. Within a minute we were two tries up; we were playing the Simon de Senlis way! We continued to play superbly and went on to win 8-1! Winning 8-1 at a county-level final competition is extremely rare.

Our third game was again, a very tough one. The weather was still getting worse and the pitch was on the brink of collapse! Thomas slipped, slid and dived heroically to the fall, holding onto the ball still. A strange moment. The game was a true battle; we went on to win 2-1, it couldn’t have been any closer!

The weather by this stage was at its worst. Even seeing proved tricky at this point as the rain poured relentlessly. A game of ping-pong more than rugby; we scored, they scored. It continued in this fashion until ending at 4-4.

Next came lunch. We were uncertain at this point about our place within our group – definitely in the top 3 we had deduced… It turns out we came 2nd! We had to play Havelock Juniors for the 3rd place play-off.

This game was extremely hard, we took the lead early on but sadly could not keep up with the pace of the game. After a very tight first half of the game they took control of it and Havelock Juniors went on to win 5-2. The score definitely not a true reflection upon our performance within this game.

At this stage we could have gone home, however we elected to stay and congratulate those who had won, come 2nd and 3rd. Again, definitely the Simon de Senlis way! With over 230 teams entering the tournament from Northamptonshire, we came 4th out of all of them… Extremely good and all down to your hard work and determination!

Below are a couple of pictures of the team, and our score sheets (you can see how muddy it was).

A big well done and thank you to all those who participated – you were awesome. You demonstrated great sportsmanship, great skill and definitely a great desire. I do hope you all pursue rugby after your time at Simon de Senlis.

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Next Friday (6th March), we have a new tournament at Delapre Primary School. I can’t wait!

Interhouse Football

A brilliant afternoon once again!

The condition of the pitch was not ideal but the children ignored it and fought on through to produce some brilliant high quality football.

My highlights:

Dzesmina saving in the third place play-off.

Max’s goal in the final.

Mikey diving to get the ball ahead of Thomas.

Dan’s backpost smash to win the game.

Tilli’s goal.

Eliza’s last ditch defending.

William P’s fantastic slide tackling stopping anything.

Chopper stopping anything in her way to get that ball. (Lily J).

The team spirit from everyone…

Countless highlights from me! What were your highlights?

We began with each team sorting out a warm-up, doing tactics and practising ready for the competition to start.

First game:

Wizards 2:0 Knights

Tilli Warren and Thomas Curry.

Unicorns 1:0 Dragons

Evie Gribben.

Second game:

Wizards 0:1 Unicorns

Archie Chorlton

Dragons 1:0 Knights

Own goal

Third game:

Wizards 1:0 Dragons

Daniil Thompson

Unicorns 3:0 Knights

George B x2 and Archie Chorlton

These results left the third place play-off to be between the Knights and the Dragons, and the final to be between the Unicorns and the Wizards.

Third Place Play-off:

Courtney Davies scored a volley from a William Pickering shot that hit the post. Liam Mooney did fantastically to push the ball onto the post but Courtney did just better to get a toe to it! At the other end, Dzesmina played superbly to prevent the goals going in, a last-minute save particularly rememerable… A very close game.

Knights 1:0 Dragons

Courtney Davies.

The Final:

The Unicorns vs. the Wizards… The wizards took a very early lead through Thomas Curry and added to the lead moments later with a goal from Max Smith. Max scored possibly the goal of the tournament, as Thomas Curry fed him through with a superbly weighted through ball, first touch shot from Max straight into the bottom corner!

The remainder of the game saw Archie and George B rallying their team forward. Mikey Richey became a fabulous goalkeeper and saved a few closely. Archie Chorlton clawed a goal back but the game ended 2-1. The only game to end a score-draw!

Unicorns 1:2 Wizards

Archie Chorlton.      Max Smith and Thomas Curry.

Well done to everyone who got stuck in! Certainly looking forward to our next interhouse competition.

A great way to end the term. 

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Tag Rugby Success!

This afternoon/evening we had a tag rugby tournament at The Duston School. 15 schools played and it began with the group-stages.

In our group we had: Lyncrest, Millway and Rectory Farm.

Millway, the first game. Last year Millway beat us in the final of the same event, so we knew how good they were! We fought well and went on to win in the end. A very difficult start.

Rectory Farm, the second game. After watching Rectory Farm fall to Lyncrest, we felt a bit more confident. We scored a few early tries and went on to win 7-3.

Lyncrest, our final game. Coming into this match we knew that if we won, or even drew, we were through to the semi-finals (Millway beat Lyncrest!). We had our eyes set on victory! After a grueling ten minutes, we were relieved to hear the final whistle. 4-4 draw. A very well deserved draw. The work effort from every single member of the team from the start to the end was sensational.

Onto the semi-finals… 

As we sat in our rows receiving information on who was through, Kings Heath whispered to us that they hadn’t yet conceded a try! Our team gulped. Just our luck, the organisers announced we were to play Kings Heath.

We could see why they hadn’t yet conceded a try, a very well organised team with some brilliant rugby players. We battled back and forth, errors crept in from both sides and we did well to stay in the game. The final whistle blew. Once again, a 4-4 draw. The referee announced that we would have a final two minutes to play to decide who would be through to the final. The crowd was shaking… Mr Prosser nearly fainted! We battled on and on. A try! We played a final minute whilst 5-4 ahead, and then the whistle went; we were through to the final.

The final…

We faced All Saints in the final – a team we had no clue about. We went 1-0 down within the first minute and it looked bleak from the sidelines. The children didn’t feel like this and they attacked back at the opposition. Try after try. We battled on, runs from every player in the team, tags from every player in the team. Ensuring that we went on to win! The game ended… 5-3? 6-3? 5-4? It doesn’t matter… We were crowned winners!

A big thank you to the all of the parents that came on and supported our team – once again, definitely the most supported team there!

An even bigger thank you to the twelve superstars that played their hearts out today. Every single person contributed massively. At least half of you scored a try, all of you tagged someone, you all supported each other, you played as a team, You gave up an evening and you are no doubt very tired now.

The team:

  • Michael Richey – Mr Sportsmanship. Confessed to the referee when he made an error, fantastic moment… Referee hadn’t even noticed!
  • Parris Levy – getting that interception in our semi-final, ensured we didn’t lose! Without that interception, who knows what would have happened.
  • Tyla Pritchard – great vocals from Tyla… At times controversial, the poor referees.. but great running and tagging when needed! Always looking to take the team forward.
  • Dzesmina Vizgaudyte – running like a steam-train (a quick one), lots of vital runs gaining us many metres. You wouldn’t want Dzesmina running at you!
  • Julia Januszewska – enthusing the team forward, pushing forward constantly, a newcomer to the game… Looks like she’s been tag-rugbying for years!
  • George Beezhold – superb running from George. Pulled up to the team with small experience, brilliant.
  • George Kennedy – running like a gazelle, hopping between players. How many players did you make look silly?
  • Thomas Curry – the miniature rhino, powering forward, ducking, diving… Scoring literally when he wanted.
  • William Wright – diving everywhere, putting his body on the line to ensure his team got that tag!
  • William Pickering – most confident player at the tournament, running, tagging and leading with great tenacity.
  • Archie Chorlton – analysing his defending when needed, talking to his team-mates and looking for that pass!
  • Kasey Wright (C) – brilliant ability to read the game. Always in the space, always looking to gain an advantage. Leading the team with extreme confidence. Captain by name, captain by nature!

The main reason we won: we were a team. We didn’t rely on one person; we all put in the effort required (and more).

You’ve made your school and your parents very proud.

A very big thank you to all of you for that massive amount of effort.



The team before the tournament!

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Players – what was your favourite moment of the tournament? Who did you think played well?

Parents – who stood out for you? Why? 


Mr Prosser and Miss Bland. 

Year 6 Inter-House Tag-Rugby – a Fabulous Afternoon.

Our first afternoon of inter-house sport… What a fantastic afternoon we had!

All of the Year 6 staff were looking for the following skills this afternoon:

  • Cohesion (team work).
  • Leadership.
  • Fair play (sportsmanship).
  • Aptitude.
  • Passing.
  • Running with the ball.
  • Tactical awareness.
  • Spacial awareness.

If you noticed some of these skills from above with a specific player, please comment what and who 🙂

Or even better, if you noticed any other skill… Comment with what and who!

The Afternoon:

From the word go the staff were astounded by how well everyone managed to organise warm-ups in their teams. One team (the Dragons) even set some drills up and practised. Every team talked tactics, discussed who would play at the start and how systems would run.This all came from no input from the adults! We just watched in amazement.

We played a round-robin to begin with, each team played one another and then we calculated the results, below:

Team W D L F A P
Dragons 3 0 0 12 8 9
Knights 0 1 2 5 9 1
Unicorns 1 1 1 9 10 4
Wizards 1 0 2 10 9 3

Very close on the amount of tries conceded…

Next we had our third-place play-off.

The score was:

Wizards 3 : 2 Knights


Wizards: Thomas C (3)

Knights: William P (2)

The grand final: 

This match went to the wire… It was 4:4 after 10 minutes so extended it to the final try wins. The ball went back and forth, tiredness crept in and errors began to occur. One try scored by the Dragons… But the player went out of play just before scoring, so close! The game ended with a fantastic try from Archie Chorlton.


Dragons: George K (2) Kasey W (1) and Kansi C (1)

Unicorns: Mikey (2), Tianna (1), George B (1) and Archie (1).


Everybody was sensational. Considering many people hadn’t played tag-rugby before, you all picked the rules up quickly and got well stuck in. We had a range of try scorers across the afternoon which is lovely to see. At least fifteen different people scored tries, over a quarter of the children playing! Everybody was tagging and worked brilliantly as a team.

The fair play by everyone was great too. All children participated and managed to regulate substitutes to ensure that everybody got a fair amount of game time.

On Monday we are going to give out more awards for fair play, assists, tagger and for the effort put into the games. As for now, we know that:

Top try-scorer (girl): Joint winners… Kasey Wright and Tianna Makin 

Top try-scorer (boy): Thomas Curry

Well done to literally all  of you… You all participated and tried extremely hard at all times. Have a fabulous weekend, you deserve it!!

Some great action pictures below, thank you to the photographer… Mrs Chisholm. (78 photos in total… Shame all of them couldn’t fit on here!)


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