A beautiful day for our fixture against Swanbourne and the girls were very excited for our second game of the season. The first innings was a mixture of some excellent fielding but with a number of silly errors batting. Oluwadabira battled with her hay fever as bowler but her determination was admirable and she played a key role with some consistent bowling and speed to the ball when retrieving. Special praise must go to Emily Pugsley who took a fantastic catch and looked to stump her post as well. Our batting in the first innings unfortunately lacked concentration and many players were stumped out because of poor decision making. This is something to work on going forwards to the next game. The second innings fared better and although our batting was disappointing, our fielding remained consistent with very few half rounders given away. The final score finished as a loss for The Grove 16 and a half to 11 and a half.
The Grove: 11½
Swanbourne House: 16½
Players of the Match: Emily Pugsley & Oluwadabira Filani
The first rounders fixture of the season for the Under 8 team and the girls were very excited and nervous. We had a little bit of time to practice before Ashfold arrived and to go over some of the many rules of the game. Unfortunately, we lost the coin toss and Ashfold chose to field first for the first innings so the girls had to settle quickly into the batting order. Ashfold fielded very well and because The Grove didn’t really make much contact with the ball in bat they found it really hard to score. We scored a few half rounders from mis-fields and no-balls so ended the first innings with 3 and a half rounders. Ashfold were very confident in batting alongside a lack of concentration from The Grove leading to a good score of 6 and a half rounders after the first innings. The Grove improved into the second innings and actually scored more than Ashfold but with the gap created after the first innings the score ended with a very close 8-7 defeat.
A good start to the season. Well done.
The Grove: 7
Ashfold School: 8
Player of the Match: Oluwadabira Filani
The Under 9 Girls had their first Rounders Fixture of the season against Ashfold School at home. The girls were a little nervous as they had had very little practice of a full match due to the amount of rain we had in the previous weeks. They were also very excited also, as Rounders is an all around favourite with these girls. The girls started in the field, this was good as it got them used to the catching and they could see how good the other teams hitting was. There was some very accurate bowling from Alexa O'kane and some quick catching from Hannah Siddall on Backstop. It took a little while for the girls to get in their stride, but they soon were catching and making good decisions with the ball. Their batting was consistent, and the girls were very good at watching the ball, however, they did not take enough risks to take the half rounders we needed if we hit the ball. We relaxed more in the second innings, and we had some lovely accurate catching from Harini Sivavakesar on 4th to stop some rounders being scored. We were also more confident in our batting overall, with some better risk making from Hannah, who scored a rounder.
Altogether, the girls had a successful first match, and really enjoyed the afternoon.
The Grove: 4
Ashfold School: 8½
Player of the Match: Alexa O'Kane
The Grove U8's
It was a hot and sunny afternoon as we made our way to the field for our first cricket match of the Summer season.
Due to the very wet weather we have experienced recently, practice has been boggy to say the least. However, we were all in good spirits and ready for the match. Toby Coles was the team captain for the game and went forward for the toss of the coin, or in this case, guess which hand the grass was in. Ashfold won and decided to put us into bat. With some outstanding batting from all the team we totalled 52 runs. Our turn to field and Toby led the bowling for the first over, followed by the rest of the team, with everybody rotating round all the positions on the field. With only eight in the team, Toby bowled for the second time and made a great catch off his third ball.
Everyone played extremely well and after a close ten-over game, Ashfold pipped us by 10 runs.
The Grove: 52
Ashfold School: 62
Man of the Match: Oliver Whittam
The Grove U9's
The boys cricket season started well, with the boys in great spirits for their first fixture. The boys faced Ashfold School, for a home
fixture. The boys very kindly let Ashfold bat first. The boys started bowling well with some fantastic bowls. Particular mention needs to go to our cricket captain Advik and Gauthum, who bowled some terrific overs. The boys fielded well keeping Ashfold's score at 80 runs in total.
The boys then had the opportunity to bat which they had been looking forward to with avid anticipation. The boys started well scoring a few fours and doing well of some of the wide bowls as well. Throughout the first few overs the boys were level pegging or slightly behind on the score in comparison to Ashfold. With two overs to go, the boys were trailing by five runs. Everyone's heart was in their mouths as the boys came to three runs behind with one over to go. In the final over a wide ball and a desperate run by Keith enabled the boys to level the score before the game ended.
The final score was a tie with eighty runs scored by each team. The boys thanked Ashfold for a great match. Most of them then went straight to cricket club which was fantastic to see the level of enthusiasm the boys have for the sport. They cannot wait for their next match next week vs Quinton House.
The Grove: 80/0
Ashfold School 80/0
Man of the Match: Gautham Parthiban
Our trip to the ISA music festival was superb. Several independent schools, making up a total of around 200 children, gathered in the Union Chapel, Islington, to undertake a rehearsal and concert comprising of Vivaldi’s Gloria and Quoniam Tu Solus Sanctus, followed by nine songs, set to the poems of Enid Blyton. Both adults and children alike felt privileged to be conducted by the composer himself, Scott Stroman, who’s varied and intricate score had been prepared with children as his intended musicians. The vast choir, the participants of which ranged in age from 7 to 13 years old, was accompanied by a live band. The children were well-engaged from the outset, thanks to Scott’s clarity of explanation, copious offerings of funny moments and opportunities for us to make silly noises!
More important than any recount I could give, is the children’s recollection of the day. They have expressed how wonderful the whole experience was, in the form of ‘thank you’ letters, to Scott and his band.
‘Thank you for helping us to practise our Enid Blyton songs… as well as sharing with us the reason for writing all the songs’
Giovanna Opoku, Yew
‘It was really good to finally meet a real conductor and someone who writes songs. It felt like all of us were one big choir!’
Ewaoluwa Adekanmbi, Yew
‘My favourite song was ‘Bonfire Night’. I liked the way that it was non-stop’
Barnaby Davison, Aspen
‘Thank you Scott, for helping us to sing better. We promise we will use those exercises (pinky promise)!’
Oluwadabira Filani, Aspen
‘I loved all the passion that you taught us how to show when we are singing. It was amazing what we could do with our voices. You’ve taken my singing to the next level. You were very inspiring’
Ifeoluwa Adekanmbi, Aspen
‘I loved how you made everybody laugh and the crazy words too!’
Minnah Elakama, Aspen
‘You not only taught us to sing beautifully but you also showed me that it is not just about how high we sing, but also about the quality when we are singing’
Oyin Omotosho, Yew
‘I thought you and your band were fantastic, brilliant and magical. I was confident in myself and believed in myself and my school choir. I liked working with my school friends, we so wanted to make Mrs Berkin proud’
Toby Coles, Yew
‘My favourite song was ‘Frosty Morning’, it really warms your heart! It made me feel peaceful and happy! I am sure Enid Blyton would be very proud if she could hear us singing, don’t you think? Also, I should probably tell you that you are a great conductor and, most importantly, a funny person! You made us enjoy the festival even more!’
Gabriel Alvarez-Custodio, Yew
So, there we have it, a fantastic day enjoyed by all!
Mrs Hodges and Mrs Ramsay
Today, The Grove School welcomed an Islamic Visitor who gave a talk about Islam to Yew and Aspen and Acacia and Pine.
Yew and Aspen were introduced to the concept of Islam with Pilgrimages as a focus. She spoke about the five pillars of Islam, teaching the children the Arabic words for each pillar. The children sat beautifully and were well engaged throughout. There was a Qu’ran ( not sure how to spell this?!), along with prayer beads and prayer mats for the children to look at. The children asked some interesting and probing questions, sparking some super discussion. They were also treated to tasty dates and a very special, personal gift: A copy of their own name, written in Arabic, on gold paper.
Acacia and Pine explored the Holy Book called the Ku'ron and viewed the meaning of some passages linked to forgiveness, bullying and anger. Our children discussed these important topics and explored how the Ku'ron advises Muslim to behave. Through practical tasks involving group work, water and paper everyone gained a deeper understanding of this Holy Book.
Mrs Kenton & Ms Casiraghi
After a fairly quick minibus ride the children "decamped!" in the Roman part of St Albans! They started with a detailed look at a brilliantly designed and marvelously preserved Roman mosaic with floral pattern designs typical of the Roman "Verulamium" district style (near modern St Albans), and saw the remains of the underfloor heating or hypercaust system as well as visual displays of what it would have looked like in it's heyday, and they made careful notes and drawing for later use in school. This was followed by a guided tour of the nearby Roman theatre excavation with lots of detail added in and a review of the shops (bronzeworkers, wineshop and carpenters) that were adjacent. A careful tour of the Veralmium museum itself yielded lots of interesting information and really caught the children's imagination. This was followed, after lunch, with a very thorough and engaging artifact handling and dressing up session which raised loads of questions in the children's minds and made the accompanying question, answer and analysis work very fruitful with real thinking and cross checking of evidence from the totally engaged pupils! An outstanding trip and series of tours and workshops!
Yew and Aspen spring term trip was to Cadbury World and the morning finally arrived for the 25 very excited children and 3 members of staff. After a fairly traffic free journey the Cadbury sign was looming large ahead of us and we were all looking forward to our day ahead.
Our morning began with a self-guided tour which led the children through the history of chocolate from the Mayans to the beginnings of the factory built by John and Benjamin Cadbury. The children worked with a partner to find out lots of information which was good fun. We were led through lots of interactive and video areas where the children had opportunities to find out more about how our famous brands of chocolate were made. The final stop of the tour was, perhaps, the most exciting for the children with the tasting room where they all had some chocolate and the opportunity to watch a display of how chocolate used to be made and how it is made today. They were certainly quiet for this part of the day!
We left the tour and went for some lunch where the children had an opportunity to let off some steam in the adventure playground before our last part of the day within the 4D Cinema experience. This was lots of fun for everyone as we entered the world of chocolate! A great day was had by all and for some it was a very quiet journey back to school.
Our U9’s travelled to Beachborough to face both our hosts and Ashfold in what was to be a cracking afternoon of football. We started against Beachborough and whilst the game was end to end we sadly weren’t clinical enough in both penalty areas, allowing Beachborough to have too many shots on our goal whilst not finding the right pass or shot when attacking. A good finish from Keith Adeleye was our one high point in a frustrating defeat.
Keen to bounce back we faced Ashfold in the seconf match and sadly we weren’t to improve on our result. At times our defence in particular showed great resolve in blocking and clearing a number of attacks from our opposition but sadly we couldn’t hold on and suffered defeat bravely.
The Grove: 1
Beachborough School: 4
Man of the Match: Joseph Imonioro
The Grove: 0
Ashfold School: 3
Man of the Match: Isaac Okwuadigbo
On Tuesday 16th January, our Under 9s played their first Netball Fixture of the season away at Beachborough. We arrived in plenty of time, so we were able to do a very good warm up, it was very cold, with a bitter wind.
The girls started the first quarter with excellent confidence. With some lovely interceptions in the centre third, they managed to pass the ball and get it into their third. We had some excellent goes at at shooting, but we were unlucky. The team just needed to continue what they were doing, we were very dominant, which is what we did in the second quarter, and we were successful…. A goal scored by Hannah Siddall and helped by Arianna Vicielli-Fitch. This gave the team confidence for the second half.
The girls started the second half confidently, with some beautiful passes in the centre third from Sophie Hartley-Wiley and Alexa O’Kane, they were all over Beachborough. However, Beachborough had upped their game, and they were building in confidence by the minute. They had a few shots at goal, but with little success. Our defenders found their feet and managed to intercept and pass the ball well into the centre third. Towards the end of the third quarter, Hannah Siddall scored the second goal, we were winning 2-0. The team were getting tired now, and the cold, bitter wind was biting into their hands, they just had to spend the final quarter in possession and not give in. They worked extremely hard and won the match 2-0. Well Done Girls, our first match of the season a winner!
The Grove: 2
H Siddall (2)
Player of the Match: Alexa O’Kane