Sport at Littlegarth

Sport has a prominent position in the life of the school and we are fortunate to have excellent facilities to allow the children to enjoy a variety of activities. The Sports Hall was completed in 2006 and incorporates badminton, basketball, tennis and netball courts, as well as two lanes of cricket nets. We have rugby, soccer and hockey pitches on our games field; a floodlit all-weather surface allows for multi-sport practices. All year groups, from Reception to Year 6, are taught by P.E. specialists. Pre-Prep children are taught a variety of games skills, gymnastics and swimming. From Year 3 onwards, team sports become a central focus, with regular fixtures beginning in Year 4. We endeavour to give every child the opportunity to represent the school in a match each term.

Sports News – 19th May, 2017

UNDER 9 Cricket V Finbrough

A TEAM (WIN)          Littlegarth Score = 185                                                  Finbrough score = 137

The A team recorded their first win of the season this week with an impressive display against Finbrough School.  The boys clearly learnt from last week’s match and were both tighter in the field and more attacking with the bat.  Samuel Barker impressed in the B’s last week, so moved to the A’s. He continued his impressive form with a man of the match bowling performance, taking two wickets and only giving away four runs off twelve balls.  With the bat, Hayden Swampillai showed great form hitting two fours from six balls!

B TEAM (WIN)          Littlegarth Score = 240                                                  Finbrough score = 205

Another great team display continued the unbeaten run for the B team.  Harry Tucker looked to be in impressive form, taking two wickets and only giving away one run off two overs.  Henry Harrington matched this performance with the bat hitting the shot of the day, a four off of the last ball.

UNDER 9 Rounders V Finbrough

A TEAM (WIN 26-7): The Under 9 A team had an impressive start to their Rounders season with a win against Finbrough School.  Captained by Izzy Christey, the girls played with confidence and conviction, showing no signs of this being their first competitive game of the year.  We are all looking forward to the next game and seeing what the girls are capable of against Ipswich High School for Girls.

B TEAM (WIN 21.5-10):  The Under 9 B team also enjoyed the taste of victory with a win against Finbrough School and show real promise.  The girls batted and fielded with confidence and worked incredibly well as a team.  Their communication and encouragement towards each other certainly helped to make this a successful match.  We are certain that this will be evident in the game against Ipswich High School for Girls on Monday 22nd May.

UNDER 11 Rounders V Ipswich Prep

On Wednesday, all three of our Under 11 Rounders teams enjoyed a very active tournament against Ipswich Prep.  Five teams from Ipswich and three teams from Littlegarth were split between two pools.  There were impressive displays of tactical fielding and some very skilful hitting demonstrated by all teams.   Tensions were particularly high when the girls were playing against their own peers!!  At the end of the afternoon, Littlegarth finished at the top of the table and their win is a great reflection of their hard work.

Nayland Primary School

This week our closest geographical neighbours Nayland Primary School joined us for a morning of cricket.  Pupils from Years 5 and 6 were put through their paces with bat and ball.  They return next week for another session and a match.  It is hoped that there will be further opportunities in the future to work together on different activities.

Sports News – 12th May, 2017

A fantastic start to the season for all our teams.

What with the various year 5 and 6 residential trips and bank holidays, it has been a funny start to the cricket season.  Based on our opening performances however, it’s been well worth the wait.

UNDER 11 Cricket V Orwell Park

A TEAM (WIN)             Littlegarth Score = 105 for 6                                          Orwell Park score = 74 for 8

Led by new sports captain Felix Bond Roberts, the Under 11 A team opened with a great all round performance.  In the field seven different bowlers took a wicket each, with Thomas Bentley taking two.  With the bat, a top score of 28 from Samuel Windridge led to his retirement after amounting a 44 partnership with fellow batsman Solomon Belshaw.  With a variety of bowling and batting options, the team look set to have an exciting season.

B TEAM (WIN)          Littlegarth Score = 89 for 2                                               Orwell Park score = 88 for 5

Reaching the Orwell total with five overs to spare the B team looked strong both with the bat and ball.  Theo Gardner top scored with the bat at 18 and impressive bowling from all, gave the boys a win in this first match of the season.

C TEAM (WIN)           Littlegarth Score = 272                                                      Orwell Park score = 249

The C team game was scored using the pairs format; (where everyone bats, bowls and the team start on 100 runs, losing 5 if out). With this in mind, winning by 23 runs indicates a very tight and exciting match.  Sam Waugh top scored with the bat and Ed Eeles took the most wickets with three off his two overs.

D TEAM (WIN)           Littlegarth Score = 253                                                     Orwell Park score = 238

Another win from the D team, topped a highly enjoyable afternoon.  As with the C’s, the pairs system was adopted.  Harrison Oliver top scored and all impressed with the ball.

UNDER 9 Cricket V Holmwood House

A TEAM (Loss)          Littlegarth Score = 203                                                  Holmwood House score = 223

The A team were just 20 runs short when chasing the total set by Holmwood House. Even a six in the final over from Sam Finan was not enough to close the gap.  The boys should be pleased with a strong all round performance however and reflect on a good first outing.

B TEAM (WIN)          Littlegarth Score = 188                                                  Holmwood House score = 182

With six runs in it this was a very close and exciting game.  A strong bowling performance was matched by aggressive batting from the Littlegarth pupils with Toby Bryant top scoring.

C TEAM (WIN)           Littlegarth Score = 187                                                 Holmwood House score = 180

The C team were made up of year 4 and 3 students as a one off to open the season. Based on their joint performance there is clearly depth in the quality of cricket at Littlegarth.  All the boys played well and enjoyed the match taking wickets and scoring runs.  A special mention should go to Tait Ferguson however, who nearly broke the stumps with his first wicket!

Sports News – 12th March, 2017

Under 9 Rugby against St Joe’s

A team 35-20 Win:   Monday afternoon saw the under 9 A team put all their hard work on the training ground into practice.  The boys turned out their best performance of the season against a strong St Joe’s team.  Strong in defence and creative in attack, the boys came out on top in what was a great match.  Captain Harry Tucker commented; “It was a fast and physical game which we all really enjoyed”.

AN AFTERNOON OF RUGBY:  On Thursday afternoon, Holmwood House, St Margerets and Orwell Park joined us for an afternoon of rugby.   It is easy to forget that the boys are just 8 and 9 years old when you consider the standard of play and the crunching tackles being made!  The Littlegarth team have been on a real journey this year as for most rugby was a new sport to them six weeks ago.  Collectively they have made more progress than any other team in the school.   Although the boys did not win the overall event, their standard of play and work ethic was fantastic and bodes well for future success.

Year 5 and 6 Swimming Gala.

This is a big half term for house matches with cross country, football and netball still to come.   Tuesday saw our final inter house swimming gala, with the whole of year 5 and 6 taking to the pool. Like the previous week with years 3 and 4, pupils competed in backstroke, breaststroke and free style.  Another fantastic competition ended with Gainsbrough third, Constable second and Munnings finishing in first!

Under 11 Football against Holmwood House

What an afternoon of sport!  With six teams and over 100 pupils competing against our closest rivals, this epitomises the true ethos of school sport.  Competitive, skilful and inclusive, we were treated to a highly enjoyable and successful afternoon.

A team 1-1 Draw:   Another solid performance from the boys indicates the preparations for the ISA National finals in two weeks are going well.  A big positive to the match was also the return of Samuel Windridge.  Out with injury for most of the season, it was great to see him in a Littlegarth shirt again.

B team 3-1 Loss:   A bit like Arsenal this week, things looked to be going well for Littlegarth as they held a 1-0 lead with just minutes to go.  A late substation however from Holmwood House changed the game, as they went on to score three very late goals.  Although disappointed, the boys did themselves and the school proud as always.  Man of the match Finn Kearney commented; “That’s just football.  We need to learn from it and focus on our next match against St Margarets”.

C team 4-1 Win:   This was a highly competitive match with chances at either end.  Untimely a hat trick from man of the match Thomas Bentley was the difference.  His quick feet and sharp finishing was simply fantastic.

D team 6-1 Win:   This match was marked by the quality finishing of the Littlegarth team.  We have been working on shooting during lesson time over the past week and the six goal score line indicates the boys have learnt well.  The pick of the goals was a top corner finish from twenty yards out scored by Toby Clarke.

E team 2-0 Win:   Two goals from Jack Travers not only gave the E team another win, but also made him joint top goal scorer this season.  Great team spirit and hard work marked a very good performance.

F team 4-1 Win:   All the boys in the F team have played in different teams this season for Littlegarth, but this was their first match as a team in their own right.  Two goals from man of the match Hugh Macaulay epitomised the determination of the team.  A great performance all-round!

U11 B & C Netball V Framlingham.

U11B: (Win) Littlegarth: 16 – Framlingham : 1

U11C: (Win)  Littlegarth: 17 – Framlingham: 3

The U11 B and C Netball teams should be very proud of their achievements last Wednesday.  They played exceptionally well and scored many goals between the two teams during the afternoon.  At the start of the matches, the girls played in their usual positions and showed their real strength using some fantastic set plays not only down the court but in the shooting circles also.  The defence on both teams had a quiet start to the games but after the first quarter, the players rotated around positions so that they were not playing their position of strength.  Izzy Fatt and Amrit Sihra proved to be excellent shooters for the U11B team both of which usually play centre court positions.  Ella Bunting enjoyed playing goal shooter for the U11C team which is a completely different challenge to her usual defensive position!  A massive well done to all the girls that played in this successful afternoon of Netball.

U11A IAPS Regional Netball Qualifier

Challenging weather conditions faced our U11A Netball team last week at the IAPS qualifier.  Strong winds meant that they had to adapt their game to a short fast paced game using chest passes as opposed to their usual strong and accurate shoulder passes.  The shooters found it difficult to shoot as the wind would carry their shot!  Captained by Stephanie Gifford, the Littlegarth team however did not give up.  Winning their first match 4-2 gave them a great start to the tournament.  They went on to win 3 more matches, lose 3 and draw 1, placing them 4th in their pool.  Although they did not qualify for the next round, they should be very proud of their efforts as the standard was exceptionally high against some very big prep schools.  This challenge has hopefully given them a good taste of what the ISA National Netball Finals will be like on March 25th and we wish them much luck.

Under 9 Hockey Festival

The annual Littlegarth U9 Hockey Festival was a huge success with over 9 teams competing in two different pools (A and B pool).  The sun was shining and all the children had a fun filled afternoon of hockey.  It was such a pleasure to watch so many girls competing at such a high level for their age.  The A team matches were 7 minutes each way and the competition was tough.  The B team matches were 10 minutes one way and they played each other twice which meant they played 6 matches all together!

Our U9 C team coped very well in the tournament considering they had no goal keeper and had to play against B teams!  They finished joint 3rd in their pool alongside St Margaret’s.  Well done to the Littlegarth C team!  Finborough gained 18 points and were placed 2nd in the B pool with Littlegarth achieving 26 points, placing them 1st with 4 wins and 2 draw results.  Well done to the Littlegarth B team!

Our U9A team were very strong from the start of the tournament scoring a total of 11 goals. They won all of their matches and were placed 1st with a staggering 20 points.  In second place were Holmwood House with 14 points, 3rd were St Margaret’s with 12 points, 4th were The Abbey with 8 points and in 5th place were Finborough with 6 points.  Well done to the Littlegarth A team and a massive well done to all the children from all the schools that took part.

Sports News – 3rd March, 2017

Cross country

Following our ISA regional cross country success the school took teams from years 3 through to 6 to the Saint Felix School annual cross country event in Southwold.  We had not entered before and expectations were high. With over thirteen schools entering and pupils running in teams of four the competition was a very challenging test both physically and mentally.  As always our pupils shone and did the school proud with some fantastic results.

Year group Overall Position Year group Overall Position
Under 8 Girls 4th Under 8 Boys 2nd
Under 9 Girls 1st Under 9 Boys 2nd
Under 10 Girls 4th Under 10 Boys 4th
Under 11 Girls 3rd Under 11 Boys 1st

Year 3 and 4 Swimming Gala

Tuesday morning saw the first of our two swimming galas.  All the pupils from Year 3 and 4 took part in breast stroke, back stroke and free style.  It was a very exciting and tense event with all 80 pupils competing for their House. The overall winners of the event were Gainsborough with Munnings second and Constable third.  Next week it’s the turn of our Year 5 and year 6 pupils.  If this week is anything to go by, it should be one not to miss!

Under 9 Rugby against Ipswich Prep

U9 A: The Under 9 A team have had a very encouraging season to date. To the majority of the Year 4 boys Rugby is a new sport.  They continue to improve with every game but facing an Ipswich team that have had an unbeaten season Mondays match was set to be a challenging afternoon.  The match was a very physical affair from the off, with big tackles going in from both teams.  In the end Ipswich ran out 20-10 winners but the boys did themselves and the school proud.

U9 B:  What a match!  It’s often said in sport that the game could have gone either way, but in this context never a truer word was said.  A final score line of 50-45 to Ipswich underlines the attacking skills on show from both teams.  Captain Sam Finnin commented; “We loved it!  It was a hard game and we enjoyed every minute”.

Under 9 Hockey against Ipswich Prep

What a wet and windy afternoon of Hockey it was but all three teams showed real grit and determination against Ipswich Prep.

The U9 A team achieved an impressive 4-1 win in horrible conditions and yet again proved that this really is a team to watch in future years.  Their commitment to the game and effort in everything they do is something they should feel very proud of.

The U9 B team also had a successful match which became particularly exciting after the half time talk.  The girls achieved a 2-0 win against the opposition, thanks to Elspeth Robinson who had been brought up from the C team at the very last minute.  What a wonderful achievement for her! 

The U9 C: Due to lack of numbers in the Ipswich Prep teams, the Littlegarth C team found themselves up against the Ipswich Prep B team and were understandably nervous about this.  Their nerves then grew when Ipswich scored a goal in the first half of the game.  However, after a team chat at half time and some coaching tips to our girls in defence, Littlegarth came back fighting and equalised in the second half and managed to dominate the game, keeping the ball away from the opposition’s goal resulting in a 1-1 Draw:  A real nail-biter of a match with a great result! Well done Littlegarth.

Sports News – 24th February, 2017

Under 11 Football (Against Finborough School)

There is no doubt that the weather played a major factor in the matches this Wednesday.  Heavy rain, gale forced winds and water logged pitches made for an interesting afternoon.

Under 11 (A)  0-0 Draw:  The U11A team continue to make preparations for their ISA National final at the end of March.  Facing a Finbrough team who came fifth in the regional competition provided a good test of progress made.  The Littlegarth team have been taught to adopt a passing game for many years now .  The poor weather conditions however did not allow for our normal free flowing game.  Shot after shot    rattled the Finborough post but in the end the draw was the inevitable result.

Under 11 (B) 1-0 Win: A goal in the last two minutes of the game gave our U11 B team another great result.  It wasn’t the prettiest of games but effective.  The boys worked hard from start to finish in an attempt to apply the tactics worked on during lessons.  Man of the match Jack Travers commented; “It was a great game and we were pleased all our hard work paid off”.

Under 10 (A)  2-1 Loss: What a game!  The under 10A team had a ball cleared off the line, three shots hit the post and even two shots stopped on the goal line in a puddle!  In short, the boys played extremely well in a match that was dominated by the poor weather condition.  Some great goal keeping by Charlie Butcher and  fantastic runs from Finn Kearney were the highlights of a match that could of gone ether way.

Under 11 (B) 3-0 Loss: The under 11B game epitomises for me the core purpose of Physical Education.  Hard work, team cohesion, improving skill levels and sportsmanship were on show from both teams.  Although the boys were disappointed with the result, they should not be disappointed in their efforts.  Man of the match Daniel Parsons summed it up; “It was a fun and exciting game.  We all worked hard and are looking forward to the next match”.

We return to the training ground next week but the boys are back in action on the 8th of March against local rivals Holmwood House.

Hockey (Against Ipswich High School)

Monday was a spectacular afternoon of Hockey for our U9 teams who came away from the fixture against Ipswich High with 3 wins!  All three matches were played with enthusiasm and determination from the whistle and the results mean that  children, staff and parents all went home with smiles on their faces.  These young players really are coming forming strong bonds within their respective teams and they deserve the wins that they experienced this week.

Under 9 (A)  8-0 Win

Under 9 (B) 2-0 Win

Under 9 (C)  3-0 Win

Under 11 Netball (Against Finborough School

After meeting Finborough recently in a very tense match at the ISA Regional Netball Tournament (where Littlegarth beat Finborough to gain a place in the National finals), this match was always going to be a nail biter and it was clear that the girls were a little apprehensive as they went into their games.  Playing back to back matches in a sports hall (due to bad weather) was not ideal so to come away from the fixture with 1 win, 1 draw and 1 loss was something the Littlegarth teams should be proud of and it has certainly fired up the A team in preparation for the IAPS  tournament at Felsted next week.

Under 11 (A)  5-4 Loss

Under 11 (B) 3-3 Draw

Under 10 (A)  10-1 Win

Next weeks fixtures

27/02/17:  Under 9 Rugby v  Ipswich Prep (Away),  Under 9 Hockey v  Ipswich Prep (Away).

28/2/17:  Year3/4 Swimming Gala.

1/03/17: Under 11 Netball V Fram College (Home).

1/03/17: Under 9/10/11 Boys and Girls Cross Country competition. (Away)

2/03/17: Under 11 IAPS Netball.

Sports News – 3rd February, 2017 – A week of ISA Success!

Netball National finalists!!!

For the 4th consecutive year, the under 11 Netball team have became NATIONAL finalists. Losing their first group game against St Margaret’s 2-1 the girls were made to dig deep and went on to win their next three games. beating CIS 13-0, Finborough 5-4 and Heathcote 12-1.

This set up a semi-finial match against the current National Champions Ursuline.  After going 2-0 up, Ursuline fought back to eventually take the game 7-2.

Keeping their heads held high, the girls then met Alleyn Court in the 3rd/4th play off.  This was a winner takes all clash with the last spot in the National finals at stake.  The girls were unstoppable and won the game 11-0, securing 3rd place and the National final place.

The girls will now represent Littlegarth School at the ISA National Final at Oundle School on Saturday 25th March.

 Football National Finalists!!!!!

Littlegarth School had qualified for the ISA National  finals for the past eight years and I am pleased to announce that following a successful trip to Stoke College, they have made it nine years in a row!

Under 11 A: After victories against Sancton Wood,  St Jones, Trinity, Gosfield and a draw against   St Margarets, the team qualified with the most points moving into the knock out rounds.

Victory against Ursuline set up a semi-final against Alleyn Court.  A very close game with chances at either end, ended when a fantastic cross from Solomon Belshaw was turned into the net by an Alleyn Court defender.  The victory guaranteed a top two finish and a place at the National finals next month.   It was now onto the  final and Woodlands Hutton.  The Woodlands team had not conceded a goal all day and it was clear why as they adopting a very defensive strategy.   Littlegarth took the game to them and pressed hard for the break through.  Shots from Zak Troman and Robert Ryan were well saved and the game looked to be going into extra time when Woodlands secured a free kick on the edge of the Littlegath area.  A thunderous shot followed and the game ended in a 1-0 defeat.  Although disappointed not to have finished first, second place and a National final to look forward to is not a bad day’s work.

Under 11 B: Demonstrating our strength in depth, our under 11 B side also looked to qualify for the National finals.

Finishing joint second in the group stage of the competition, the team missed out on the knock out stage on goal difference.  Although disappointed, the boys did themselves and the school proud and with the majority of the team being in Year 5, they gained valuable experience which they can use next year!

U9 Rugby

The Under 9 A and B teams took on Finbrough School in their second competitive rugby matches of the season.  Controlling large parts of the game, the A team won thirty points to five!  Cool under pressure and strong in attack, the team are improving with every game. The B team just lost out but like their A counterparts, are improving with every game in both performance and understanding.

U9 Hockey

The girls like the boys, had a very successful afternoon with all three teams enjoying success!  The A team (captained by Lyla Belshaw) achieved an 11-1 win, the B team (captained by Evelyn Cook) achieved a 4-0 win and the C team (captained at the last minute by Phoebe Racher) managed to hold on to a 2-2 draw.  The girls played well and are now looking       forward to their rescheduled match against Ipswich High School on Monday February 20th.

Sports News – 27th January, 2017 – The Sporting Success Continues!

ISA Regional Under 9 Boys Cross Country Champions!

The under 9 boys cross country team were this week crowned Eastern Region  Cross country Champions 2017 for the first time!  The whole team performed extremely well and we are all very proud of their achievement.  Finley Ridgers, Henry Ruttland and Elliott Sadler finished in the top ten and as such join other runners in the National finials to be held in March in   Rugby.  Fingers crossed for further success.

Primary Leaders Award

This is a new initiative we have introduced for our year six  pupils.  Working with younger    children over the course of this and next term, year six are working towards a “Play Makers” award.  This is a nationally recognised qualification from Sports Leaders UK.  It recognises pupils’ organisation skills, leadership qualities, communication skills and ability to  improve physical skills.   We are always looking at new ways to improve the sporting opportunities for our pupils and hope to support the next generation of sports leaders.

Under 11 football

(Against: Colchester High School)

Under 11 (A)  3-1 Win

Preparations for next week’s ISA regional football qualifiers look good.  A close first half saw both teams go in at half time without scoring.  After some tactical changes the boys came out fighting after the break to score two early goals.  Some intelligent play and hard work put the match beyond reach with a third.  (Man of the match: Orlando Erith).

Under 11 (B) 8-0 Win

What a match! The Colchester High School goalkeeper had an incredible game, saving shot after shot but was finally beaten by some quick passing and movement off the ball.

Following that, the pace of Harry Law was too much for the High School defence to handle.  In all Harry scored four goals but it was the way the team performed and put theory into practice that impressed the most. (Man of the match: Captain Felix Bond-Roberts).

Under 11 (C)  6-0Win

Under the guidance of Mr T, our C team picked up where they left off last week.  The team are listening and applying the skills learnt in lessons to great effect in match situations. (Man of the match: Thomas Bentley).

Under 11 (D) 3-0Win

Another strong performance by our D team was only eclipsed by the spirit of the game.  The sportsmanship and atmosphere on the pitch was fantastic to see from both teams.   This was a great match with goals from Dan Parsons, Marco Gil-lubero and Jack Travers. (Man of the match:  (Adam Quayum).

Under 11 (E) 2-0 Win

A high intensity match saw two lovely goals from James Payne and William Sumner.  All the  boys worked hard for each other which played off with another great team  performance (Man of the match:  James Payne).

ISA National Swimming

Following on from becoming Regional Champions for an 8th consecutive year, pupils that won their races in the regional  competition qualified for the National finals event at the Olympic Pool, Stratford! An amazing experience for all was topped off with some fantastic results.  Congratulations to all that took part.

Sports News – 20th January, 2017 – Littlegarth Sports Teams have made a great start to 2017!

UNDER 9 RUGBY (Against: The Abbey)

Under 9 (A) 30-10 Win

This was the boys’ first competitive game and the signs are good for the future.  By the end of the second half the boys were looking to move the ball wide quickly and exploit gaps in the Abbey defence.  Explosive breaks from Finn Ridgers, Archie Ball and  Sammy Fountain gave the boys the edge but in all, it was a      fantastic team performance which was played with a great spirit.  

Under 9 (B) 30-25 Win

A win for the B team, gave Littlegarth a clean sweep of victories.  The explosive speed of Henry Stains stood out of what was a very impressive first outing for all.

UNDER 9 HOCKEY (Against: The Abbey)

Under 9 (A) 6-0 Win

A fantastic start to the season for our A team.  They worked very well together, communicating and passing wide, creating many opportunities on goal.  Megan Palmer and Lyla Belshaw scored some fantastic goals and Captain Imogen Taylor, covered the left hand side securing a goal from  a  re-bound. 

Under 9 (B) 4-1 Win

The B team played so well together.  Although they spent the first half “following the ball”, they worked as a team in the second half, passing wide and dribbling down the wing.  Well done to all the girls that scored.  Captain     Lauren Climpson was very impressed with her teams’ efforts.

Under 11 football (Against: The Abbey)

After the Christmas break this week we saw the first under 11 football action.  The boys took on the Abbey and unlike the rugby, both year 5 and 6 can combine and play together.  As you can imagine this made the competition for team selection very tough.  

Under 11 (A)  2-0 Win

A fantastic match saw the A team off to a good start to the season.  Under the guidance of new sports captain Solomon Belshaw, the team played some very exciting and expansive football. (Man of the match: Victor Whytock).

Under 11 (B) 1-0 Win

Our B team could quite easily be our A team.  Playing with great flair and determination the boys scored an early goal and although there could have been more resolute defence from the Abbey kept them out.  (Man of the match: Captain Orlando Erith).

Under 11 (C)  2-1Win

The boys took a while to settle but the signs look good for a    successful season. In his first game as Captain Guy Brown said, “we were pleased with the result, but even more pleased by the way we played”.  (Man of the match: Thomas Bentley).

Under 11 (D) 1-1 Draw

Penalties, goals and near chances, this game had it all, But it was also a story of missed opportunities.  The boys could have scored a number of goals but just couldn’t hit the target a second time.  With some work on the training pitch we could be in for a big score in our next game.  (Man of the match:  Jack Travers).

Under 11 (E) 2-2Draw

High energy and high drama saw this very competitive    contest end with honours shared.  The passing and movement off the ball was fantastic and demonstrated the depth of talent on show from both schools.  (Man of the match:  (William Sumer).

UNDER 11  Netball (Against Ipswich High School Girls)

It wasn’t quite the start to the Netball season that we had hoped for.  There is no question that the girls are full of potential but during the matches, things just didn’t click.  Unforced errors gave the advantage to a consistent Ipswich High School.  Sir Alex Ferguson once said “its not  about how the season starts but how it ends”.  With that in mind the focus from now on in is preparation for both the Regional/National ISA and IAPS competitions.

Harlequins Rugby Trip

Following an extremely successful Rugby season at Littlegarth, 39 of our pupils traveled to the Twickenham Stoop on Sunday the 27<sup>th</sup> of November for an incredible Rugby experience.   In the morning they had the opportunity to train with three of the Harlequins Coaches.  During the 2 hour training session the children focused on handling and contact skills.  A highlight of the session was the introduction of two first team players; Cameron Holenstein (Loose head prop) and Charlie Mulchrone (Scrum Half).  Both players took time to join in the training sessions with the children which was followed by a question and answer session.  It was a fantastic opportunity to not only develop their rugby skills but to understand what it takes to be a professional player.

Following the training it was off to the stadium for the big match between Harlequins and Bath.  Harlequins have been unbeaten all season at home and with Bath second in the Aviva premiership it was set to be an exciting game.  Before kick-off, the children got the opportunity to collect autographs from both teams and took time to take in the atmosphere.  At Half time Littlegarth pupils were taken onto the pitch for photos, before forming the half time guard of honour which you may have seen on BT or Sky Sports!

A 21-20 victory for Harlequins marked the end of an incredible day and a great way to end our season.  As always the Littlegarth children were a credit to the school and who knows, maybe one day we may have our very own Aviva premiership stars.


Sports News – 18th November, 2016 – Another great week!

The term is nearing its end but the sport doesn’t stop


This week our U9 teams travelled to Rushmere to play in a friendly tournament organised by Ipswich Prep.  The girls took on every position throughout the afternoon and each team won every match they played.  During the tournament the A team played 4 games and scored 15 goals, the B team played 3 games and scored 5 goals and the C team played 5 games and scored a whopping 19 goals and only 4 goals were conceded by the Littlegarth teams all afternoon.  It was a thoroughly enjoyable tournament … made all the more exciting by the hot chocolate and cookie awarded to each player.

Well done girls, you did yourselves and the school proud!


A special mention has to go to the U11 hockey teams who put up a good fight against Felsted Prep.  Playing against such a big school is always going to be a tough experience and with the games being played on astroturf, it was also a much faster game than our Littlegarth teams are used to.

Although the A, B and C teams all lost their matches, they did not lose their fighting spirit and they remained positive until the final whistle.  That takes real strength of character and for that we are all incredibly proud of them.


Under 10A:

Win 30-0 against Barnadiston Hall

Win 15-0 & 10-5 against Kings Ely

This week the Under 10A team travelled to  Barnardistion Hall to play in a triangular competition.  The team is growing in strength and can score tries from all over the pitch.  Tries from Samuel Newcomb, Liam Climpson, Harry Law, Joe Whittaker, Charlie Butcher and Finn Kearney represent the depth of  talent in the team.  The under 10’s have great potential for the future and are still on course for an unbeaten competitive season.

Under 11A:  Win 35-0 against Old Buckenham Hall

                      Win 20-0 against Framlingham College

                       Loss 10-5 against St John’s

This was the teams first run out since being crowned National Champions. After the efforts of last week this was always going to be a challenge with many of the boys carrying injuries from last week’s physical  encounter.  The team started slowly against St John’s Cambridge and quiet simply ran out of time in a very short match.  They soon found their rhythm however against Old Buckenham Hall and Framlingham College Prep.  With only two more fixtures to play this is proving to be an extremely successful season.

Under 11B:  Win 15-10 against Old Buckenham Hall

                       Win 15-10 against Framlingham College

                        Loss 15-0 against St John’s

The U11B team have played some very expansive and exciting rugby this season and did again today.  The pick of the tries came from Rufus Griffin who’s breakaway try followed a great miss pass from Captain Jacob Drew.

Next weeks fixtures

21/11/16: U9B Football tournament. Home. 2.00KO.

23/11/16: U11 A/B/C Hockey. Away. Ipswich Prep.  2.30KO.

23/11/16: U11A and U10A Rugby. Away Framlingham College. 2.30KO

27/11/16: Harlequins Trip!!!!!!!

Under 9A Football Tournament

The Under 9A team have been in fine form coming into this, our annual Littlegarth under 9 football tournament.  The team played some great football and moved the ball well and although the boys played their normal  free flowing game, tournament football is very  different to a normal match.  In truth, with ten minute games, they just ran out of time.

Finishing a very respectable 3rd against some tough competition we are very proud of all the boys.  With the season  ending soon, we look forward to an equally successful 2017/18 season!  Well done and once again thank you to all the boys for your hard work and also many thanks for the fantastic parental support.

Sports News – 11th November, 2016 – What a week!

The weather might be cold, but our teams are too hot to handle.


ISA East Anglian Junior Swimming Champions!

Littlegarth School has become the best ISA swimming school in East Anglian region as we were once again crowned ISA East Anglian Junior Champions for an 8th consecutive year last week.

Not only did the team take the overall title but once again we won both the boys and girls competitions!  Many of our swimmers qualified for the  National finials to be held in the Olympic Pool in the new year.  These include:

  • Year 4 girls relay team.
  • Year 5 boys relay team.
  • Year 6 girls relay team.
  • Lyla Belshaw: Year 4 back stroke.
  • Zak Troman: Year 5 breast stroke.
  • Aisha Parker: Year 6 butterfly.

Congratulations to all our swimmers!


National  Under 11 ISA Rugby Champions!

Littlegarth School has established itself as one of the best Rugby schools in the Country, when last week our Under 11 (Year 6) rugby team were crowned ISA National Rugby Champions 2016.

The school took on other independent schools from all over the country and were ranked top in qualification to the knock out stage of the competition. On our way to the final, the team did not concede and set up a deciding match against the second ranked team Rushmoor School, Bedford. In a very tense and physical contest it was Littlegarth that took the lead five minutes in.  A free flowing move was finished off in style by winger Tomas Raeckelboom. A resolute defence from Rushmoor School prevented Littlegarth adding to their lead but in the end one try was enough.  With this being the boys last year at Littlegarth, it was the perfect way to end an unbeaten Rugby Season to date.

Next weeks fixtures

14/11/16: U9 (A) football tournament. (Home)

14/11/16: U9 Netball tournament. (Away)

16/11/16: U11 (A/B)  U10 (A) Rugby. (Home)

16/11/16: U11 (A/B/C) (Away).


This week saw the teams face Finborough School.

Under 9(A)  Win 14–1:  This was a pleasure to watch.  The team moved the ball quickly and were clinical in the last third.  The girls been working hard on the training pitch and the hard work clearly paid of today.

Under 9(B)  Win  12-1:  This was another great performance by the girls.  Their movement off the ball was too much for the opposition to handle and in the end the score could have been much higher.

Under 9(C)  Win 11-1:  The Under 9 C team have made outstanding progress this year.  They totally understand the key principles of the game and have applied their knowledge to good effect once more.

Sports News – 4th November, 2016 – From Strength to Strength


St Margarets:  The last games of this half term saw the girls take on St Margarets on a very cold and windy  afternoon.

Under 9 A: 8-7 Loss:  This was a nail biting game that came down to the finial shot of the match! The game could of gone ether way but in the end the girls just ran out of time.

Under 9 B: 3-2 Win What a game. Resolute defence and quick passing saw the B team rack up another victory as their season goes from strength to strength.

Under 9 C: 12 –1 Win  The C team pass at speed, work hard for each other and are just unstoppable at the moment

The Abby 

Under 9 A:  15-1 Win What a performance!  All the hard work in lessons paid off today. Captain Molly Talbot led by example and player of the match Henrietta Stenning was inspirational.

Under 9 B: 4-1 Win A close contest saw the girls move the ball around the court with pace and accuracy. Congratulations to Krisha Donepudi was playing her first game having been moved up from the C team and put in a player of the match performance.

Under 9 C: 14-1 Win The C team have made the most progress this year of all the teams. Their winning run continues under the guidance of captain Evelyn Cook.


Ipswich High School: 

Under 9 A: 1-1 Draw:  This was a nail biting game.  Honours even was a fair reflection of the game.

Under 9 B: 1-0 Win The B team could of won by two or three but outstanding goal keeping kept the score to one.

Under 9 C:  1-0 Loss The C team worked hard from start to finish.  They continue to grow as a team but need to be more deadly in the last third.


South Lee School:  The last Wednesday of  this half term brought South Lee School to Littlegarth.

Under 10 A: 50-25 Win The under 10 A team continue to   improve every game.  The addition of Charlie Butcher and Ned Ferguson, gave the team different positional options and represents the depth of talent in this year group.

Under 11 A:  40-10 Win The unbeaten season continued with another great performance.  With Injuries during the game to Captin Sam Windridge and centre Robert Ryan, the team may of   faltered but the boys fighting spirit didn’t drop.  The pick of the tries came from an individual return kick run from Nickolas Allan.

Under 11 B:  40-30 Loss:  This is the boys only loss this year An understrength team put in a real fight but lacked the   creativity we have seen in previous matches this season.  With a full strength team expected for the next match I have no doubt they will get back to winning ways.

Colchester High School:

Under 11 A: 50-0Win For our last match before the National ISA Rugby finials this was the perfect preparation.  The boys scored 10 tries in the first half and controlled the game from start to finish.  (Things look good for the challenges of next week). Two extra matches!:   As a bonus, the under 11 B  and under 10 A  teams (against other year 5 students), played two additional 15 minute half’s against the visitors. Both were close  contests, with a training focus.  The U11 B team draw in a close contest and the under 10 A team won through a last minute try!


The Abby

Under 9 A: 3-0Win :  This was arguably the boys best game to date.  Scoring in the first minutes of the game the pick of the three goals came off the back of a twelve pass move. With Ridgers and Ball both sharing man of the match honours,  things look good, as we move towards our Littlegarth football tournament on the 14th of November.

Under 9 B: 1-0 Loss The B team put in a fantastic performance. With 90% possession and territory in the second half  they could of won the game by two or three.  However, resolute defending from The Abby stopped the boys from converting this into goals.  Joint man of the match Mott said “It was one of our best games and I’m sure we will win our next game”.

Next weeks Fixtures

9/11/16: ISA regional Swimming!

10/11/16: Under 11 A, ISA NationalRugby!

Sports News – 14th October, 2016
A week of home grown sport

Inter House Hockey

Under 11 Competition

11picture1The Inter House Hockey  tournament is always a closely fought battle and this year was no exception.

1st = Captained by Aisha Parker, the Constable team played impressive hockey all afternoon and didn’t concede a goal throughout the tournament to secure their win as 2016/17 winners.

2nd = Bella Garrard called upon fellow team mate Steph Gifford to help with the captaincy (as it was a little difficult to make herself heard from inside her goalkeepers helmet) and both girls guided their team to 2nd place … narrowly missing out on a win when a shot on goal was saved in the dying minutes of their last game.

3rd = If a team could win on perseverance  alone then this team would walk away as champions.  Their determination and team spirit (kept high by Yasmin Ridgers’ excellent captaining) was evident throughout the tournament.  They should be incredibly proud of themselves.

Inter House Rugby

This week saw the first 2016/17 Inter House  competition take place. With the RFU  regulation change the competition took a different  format this year.  Rather than there being an A and B competition combining both year 6 and year 5, this year there were separate year group competitions.  

Under 11 (Year 6) Competition

1st = Munnings: Captaining Munnings, Samuel Windridge continued to be an inspiration on and off the pitch as Munnings were unbeaten all afternoon and ran out winners!

2nd = Gainsborough: The fighting spirit of Captain Robert Ryan inspired Gainsborough to a close second place. Although the boys were disappointed not to win, they should be congratulated for their efforts all afternoon.

3rd =  Constable:  Not even the quick feet of Thomas Raeckelboom nor the silky skills of Captain Orlando Erith could help Constable to above 3rd place.

Under 10(Year 5) Competition

1st = Constable: A real team performance saw Constable play and win all six games.  The quick hands of Finn Kearney and quick feet of  Harry Law were too hot to handle.

2nd = Munnings: Munnings looked to follow the example set by their under 11 side but just couldn’t gel today even with some fantastic individual runs from Liam Climpson.

3rd = Gainsborough: Gainsborough demonstrated excellent spirit led by Charlie Butcher but just couldn’t finish off long periods of possession.

Next weeks fixtures

19/10/16: Year 6 A + B and Year 5 A Rugby V South Lee. (At home).

Parental Thank you: Thank you to all the parental support this week at the Inter House matches and to the FLS for putting on refreshments.

454picture2IAP’s HOCKEY

Last Friday saw our under 11 girls take on the best Hockey teams in the Eastern region as part of the IAPS Regional Hockey Tournament.  There is no doubt that the girls are one of the best teams in the area and after an impressive start to the season expectations were high.  The girls worked hard all day with impressive individual performances.  The other teams had clearly done their home work on us and closed down our normal free flowing game.  It was a frustrating afternoon for our attacking players, with shot after shot being saved by some inspired goal keeping from the opposition.

By mid afternoon it was clear that qualification to the Nationals was out of our grasp.  The girls did their best and although all involved were very disappointed we are very proud of them.  Usain Bolt said after losing his first race in 2016 before going onto win his record breaking Olympic gold’s;  “You are not defeated when you lose, you are defeated when you quit”.  Our under 11 girls are far from quitters  and  we are sure to bounce back  to winning ways against Ipswich High after half term.




This week saw the teams take on Orwell Park and the familiar face of Mr E! 

Under 11(A)  Win 25-20:  This was a truly physical encoupicture222nter from start to finish. Playing on very narrow pitches the boys were unable to play their normal expansive game.  Man of the match Solomon Belshaw led the line with a fantastic rucking display.  Unbeaten this season, the team are looking good for the National IAPS tournament on the 10th of November.

 Under 11(B) Win 70-10:  The return of Mr T to the coaching staff saw the team put in an inspired performance.  With Thomas Lilley scoring his first ever tries for the school and Aditya Mahshwar making some match winning tackles ,it looked more like a “dream team” not our B team!

Under 10(A)  Win 25-20: The  under 10 A team seem to be improving every game. Another physical encounter saw Orwell Park take a two try early lead.  This seemed to inspire the boys into action with some fantastic skills on display.  Some quick feet from Samuel Newcomb and two intercepted tries from Zak Troman ensured the teams winning streak continued.

Under 10(B)  Loss  30-20: The under 10 B team continue to grow week on week. The move of Ned Ferguson from scrum half to fly half improved the ball distribution out wide.  Some big tackles were made by all, the pick of which was made by Charlie Butcher!

Under 10(C)  Loss  25-0: Although the result was a loss, it is important to note the boys were taking on a combination of Orwell Parks C’s and B’s.  With this in mind the boys did themselves proud.  The match was end to end with a particular highlight being Handsana Gunasekera’s try saving tackle on the line!

We take a break next week for our inter house competitions.

Next weeks fixtures

12/10/16 – Year 5 and 6 Inter House Rugby and Hockey


After a weeks rest this week the teams faced Colchester High School.

Under 9(A)  Win 8-0:  This was a pleasure to watch.  The team moved the ball quickly and were clinical in the last third.  Mr F has been working hard on the training pitch and the hard work clearly paid of today.

Under 9(B)  Win 3-2:  This was an incredibly close game.  Both sides took the lead at one point in the match and with three minutes to go the score was tied.  A late break away and clinical finish from Elliot Sadler got the team back to winning ways!

Under 9(C)  Win 3-0:  Under the management of Mr H, the under 9 C team remain undefeated.  The move of Pashby, Mott and Bayley-Villar inspired a great team performance and continued the winning run!


Sports News – 7th October, 2016
Another winning week!

The weather might be changing, but the sporting success continues.


Under 11(A)  Draw 0-o

Under 11(B)  Loss 2-1

Under 11(C)  Loss 1-opicture1111

It is impossible to separate our hockey teams this week as all teams worked incredibly hard against some very tough competition.  Orwell Park is traditionally one of the more testing fixtures and so the girls knew they would have to put in a good performance if they were to challenge the opposition.  Some players were understandably daunted by the fixture and needed a bit of extra encouragement at halftime to keep their spirits up, but every girl from every team worked their little red and blue socks off and could not have made the PE Department (or the parents who were supporting from the side-lines) any prouder.

Huge thanks to Aisha, Emily and Helen for  captaining your teams so well.


Full report next week!


This week saw the teams take on Orwell Park and the familiar face of Mr E! 

Under 11(A)  Win 25-20:  This was a truly physical encoupicture222nter from start to finish. Playing on very narrow pitches the boys were unable to play their normal expansive game.  Man of the match Solomon Belshaw led the line with a fantastic rucking display.  Unbeaten this season, the team are looking good for the National IAPS tournament on the 10th of November.

 Under 11(B) Win 70-10:  The return of Mr T to the coaching staff saw the team put in an inspired performance.  With Thomas Lilley scoring his first ever tries for the school and Aditya Mahshwar making some match winning tackles ,it looked more like a “dream team” not our B team!

Under 10(A)  Win 25-20: The  under 10 A team seem to be improving every game. Another physical encounter saw Orwell Park take a two try early lead.  This seemed to inspire the boys into action with some fantastic skills on display.  Some quick feet from Samuel Newcomb and two intercepted tries from Zak Troman ensured the teams winning streak continued.

Under 10(B)  Loss  30-20: The under 10 B team continue to grow week on week. The move of Ned Ferguson from scrum half to fly half improved the ball distribution out wide.  Some big tackles were made by all, the pick of which was made by Charlie Butcher!

Under 10(C)  Loss  25-0: Although the result was a loss, it is important to note the boys were taking on a combination of Orwell Parks C’s and B’s.  With this in mind the boys did themselves proud.  The match was end to end with a particular highlight being Handsana Gunasekera’s try saving tackle on the line!

We take a break next week for our inter house competitions.

Next weeks fixtures

12/10/16 – Year 5 and 6 Inter House Rugby and Hockey


After a weeks rest this week the teams faced Colchester High School.

Under 9(A)  Win 8-0:  This was a pleasure to watch.  The team moved the ball quickly and were clinical in the last third.  Mr F has been working hard on the training pitch and the hard work clearly paid of today.

Under 9(B)  Win 3-2:  This was an incredibly close game.  Both sides took the lead at one point in the match and with three minutes to go the score was tied.  A late break away and clinical finish from Elliot Sadler got the team back to winning ways!

Under 9(C)  Win 3-0:  Under the management of Mr H, the under 9 C team remain undefeated.  The move of Pashby, Mott and Bayley-Villar inspired a great team performance and continued the winning run!


Sports News – 30th September, 2016
A winning week!

It has been a fantastic week for sport. Here are some of the highlights!

Under 9 Netball

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The Under 9 teams took on

Ipswich high school on Monday night and ran out  Winners in all three games!

U9A: 14-0 Win. (Saanvi Kumar, Captain)

U9B: 3-1 Win. (Evelyn Cook, Captain)

U9C: 9-1 Win.   (Jamie Wood, Captain)

With lots of goals scored and excellent team work, the girls are really beginning to understand their positions. 

Netball Tournament

On Wednesday, the Under 9 netball team went to Orwell Park to compete against 6 other schools in a highly competitive  tournament.  The girls, captained by Lyla Belshaw, started strongly and progressed through the afternoon without losing a game. Getting through to the final they beat South Lee 2-0 to come first overall in the tournament!

An incredible achievement for such young players! Well done girls we are hugely proud.


After our success against Finborough, Holmwood House was our next opponent. 

Under 11(A)  Win 40-5:  The team seem unstoppable at the moment! Captain Samuel Windridge led by example with the pick of the eight tries coming from scrum half Felix Bond Roberts.  Wpicture2hen asked about the game, man of the match Robert Ryan said “we work hard for each other”.  A great example of the Littlegarth way.

 Under 11(B) Win 30-15:  Two wins from two represents the depth in talent in our year 6 students.  Man of the match Marco Gil-Luberio explained how much the boys had enjoyed the game and are looking forward to taking their unbeaten record to Orwell next week!

Under 10(A)  Win 40-0: What a difference a week makes.  In this their first competitive match the team applied all their training to great effect.  Captain Zak Troman controlled the game from fly half. and as for man of the match Finn Kearney  we know he has a twin sister but it was like he had a twin brother on the pitch with him. He was everywhere! Making ground and match winning tackles!

Under 10(B)  Loss  35-10: A story of so near but so far.  The team are making great progress and at times played some lovely rugby but with a five try deficit at half time they just couldn’t fight back.  No individual stood out but their overall commitment, enjoyment and enthusiasm was a joy to watch.

Once again every boy in Year 5 and 6 took part in a match, continuing our drive to achieve sporting excellence with a sport for all approach.

Hockey Tournament

picture3The under 11 C and D teams attended the annual Orwell Park Hockey Tournament this week and played exceptionally well throughout the afternoon.  Both teams played within a pool of 5 schools and experienced significant wins as the matches went on.  It really came down to the wire towards the end of the afternoon with the final match being the decider as to where the girls would come in the tournament.  The C team, captained by Hannah Karlsson came first in their competition and the D team, captained by Amrit Sihra, were runners up in their side of the tournament. It really was a thrilling afternoon of hockey and all girls should feel incredibly proud of their achievements. Well done!



Next weeks fixtures

05/10/16 V Orwell (Away)

  • Rugby U11 A/B
  • Rugby U10 A/B
  • Netball U11 A/B/C


  • ISA Swimming 9/11/16
  • ISA Rugby 10/11/16