21.02.17 – Congratulations Finlay!
During the February half-term a member of our Yr9 community, Finlay, made the journey south to France accompanied by fellow members of the Black Widow Taekwondo Club (Normanton) to compete in the Cadets -49Kg class at the 4th Open International de Proville Taekwondo tournament.
Despite strong competition within what is one of the larger classes of the tournament, we’re extremely pleased to be able to announce that he won all his matches and in the final beat a member of the French National Team! He was then called back out to be presented with the coveted ‘Stand Out Fighter’ award. In total 624 fighters attended the Championships, providing representation from France, GB, Luxembourg, Tunisia, Belgium, Algeria, Senegal, Guinea, Yemen, and Germany. Finlay’s club, Black Widow Taekwondo were extremely pleased to be announced Best Overall Team.
I’m sure you’ll all join us in wishing Finlay a hearty congratulations on this superb achievement!
In a bid to do our bit and raise some money for Sport Relief the PE team pulled together to organise a whole host of events. These included a staff verses student’s bikeathon with the aim to keep the bikes running from 8.30am to 3pm but also added competition of who could accumulate the most mileage, with the staff just beating the students on that.
Secondly there was a triathlon which involved the students running a mile run around the cross country course, a 1200m/10 lap cycle of the redgra and finally half a mile/45 lengths in the pool! Fantastic effort by all however, first for the girls was Kiera Wearing (YR9) and first for the boys was Alex Townsend (YR8).
A football and Benchball tournament ran all week for different year groups with Bantalona winning for year 7 football, Bob Marleys Boys for year 8 football, Scoring for year 9 football and The Obertans for year 11 football. Team England took the victory for year 8 benchball.
Wheelchair basketball was a great event also offered. Zumbathon involved Mrs Firth continuously leading Zumba from the front to over 60 participants for 2 hours! A number of students also completed the sport relief mile in their PE lessons.
It was a great week of events concluded with a fantastic £1216.22 raised for a great charity! Thank you to everyone who got involved and either took part, donated or helped run any of the events it is much appreciated!
On Friday 7 October 2016, 22 students from the Swim Squad Team, Years 7-12 competed in the English Schools National Championship Relays. We had a fantastic evening and came away with 16 medals, 8 Gold and 8 Bronze! Everyone enjoyed themselves and the students were exemplary.
Well done to all the students who participated in the event.
Alex Townsend, Carys Rys, Oliver Nicholson, Daisy McGee, Sam Armstrong and James Tunnicliffe
Calum Broadbent, Charlotte Langley, Joshua Thackary, Alex Parkinson, Wiktoria Prusko, Isobelle Hill, Harrison Cooper, Marcus Trout, Jacob Thorpe, Adam Skitt, Katie Fagelman, Tom McGee, Beth Stevenson, Mya Dhesi, Natasha Hunter and Hannah Luty
Ossett Academy students attend the EOCT/ Schools Library Service, Wakefield Book Awards at Highfield School yesterday. Our students met Rachel Hamilton the winner of The Case of the Exploding Loo, Nigel Smith author of Nathalia Buttface and the Most Embarrassing Dad in the World and Craig Bradley “that Poet Bloke” in this fantastic event held at Highfield School yesterday. The Picture Book Award category was won by Poynter and Fletcher with the Dinosaur that Pooped the Past (from the group Busted). Sadly, they couldn’t be with us but they sent their apologies.
Students had a great opportunity to view presentations delivered by different schools, which included a pirate jingle, artwork and scenes acted out by fellow students across the Trust. A bookstall, the autograph tables and Craig Bradley all provided great entertainment once the winners were announced.
Eight Year 10 students took part in the ‘Maths Feast’ tournament at Horbury Academy yesterday arranged by the Further Maths Support Programme.
One of our teams came 1st place, joint with Outwood Grange Academy. The winning team was; Matthew Chilton, Lauren Redfearn, Jack Holt and James Drake. This team also won the Relay Round.
Our other team: Robert Hey, Bradley Scott, Imogen Hinchliffe and James Drake, won the Comprehension Round.
All 8 students were a credit to the academy. They showed both excellent team working skills and were praised by the staff from other schools who invigilated them.
- Equestrian Team win at NESA:
- Congratulations to Jack Parkinson-Blackburn who has been signed up by Birmingham Surestop Brummies Speedway for the 2016 season.
- Congratulations to Matthew Heighton who’s below photograph finalised him in the World Challenge 2016 calendar competition.
- Congratulations to Libby Deuchars who won gold at the Yorkshire Championships along with winning the Grade 2 Women’s pairs in Acrobatic Gymnastics.
- The Ossett Swim Squad competed in the English Schools Secondary Schools Swimming Relays on 17th October.
- Year 7/8 boys & girls teams both came 5th which was an amazing achievement as for most this was their first swimming gala.
- The year 9/10 girls swam in an extremely talented category. They came 3rd in their heats and finished 7th & 8th overall.
- Year 9/10 boys came 3rd in both their events coming away with two Bronze medals each and the Year 11 boys came 2nd and 3rd in their events receiving a Bronze and a Silver medal each.
- Madeline Flaherty (Y8) attended the awards ceremony for the John Betjeman Poetry Prize yesterday. We are delighted to advise that she came second – out of almost 3000 entries.
- Alexandra Askin attended Port Royal Equestrian Centre on Saturday 3rd October to compete in two NSEA Dressage Tests. Prelim 14 and Novice 27. Alex achieved a 3rd rosette and managed to beat a GB rider. The next day she attended Port Royal Summer Dressage Championships where Alex out performed expectations in both classes and came Champion twice.
- Madeline Flaherty, along with James Stafford and Matthew Roe entered the Betjeman Poetry Prize, a national poetry competition. All three were shortlisted for the prize, and we have recently received the fantastic news that Madeline’s poem is in the final six. Madeline has been invited to attend an awards ceremony in London on National Poetry Day, where she will find out where in the top six she comes and receive her prize.
- After 6 days of training over the summer with the Yorkshire Hockey Squad, Harry Gunning (year 11) has been selected to play for the Yorkshire Hockey Team (Under 17’s).
- Libby Deuchars (year 8) won Gold at Grade 2 women’s pairs in Acro Gymnastics.
- Jack Parkinson-Blackburn
- Jack Parkinson-Blackburn is the new 500cc British Under 16 Champion.