A massive well done to both of our Rucstall football teams who took part in the Basingstoke and District Football Tournements.
The Year 5 boys team did exceptionally well to get out of the group and even qualified for the Quarter Finals; unfortunately, they were beaten 1-0 by Castle Hill who scored in the last minute of extra-time!
The Year 5/6 girls team managed to go one step further than the boys. Not only did they get out of the group and qualify for the quarter finals, they went on and won the quarter finals too! Again though Rucstall were beaten and again by Castle Hill!!
Our Year 6 boys team take part in the same tournament tomorrow - we wish them luck and hopefully go one step further again!!
A steady start for Friday morning running club
It was great to see so many new faces at running club this morning; along with the familiar faces from last year! This morning 11 energetic children and 1 slightly tired old man turned up for the first running club of the year - running a total of 173 laps (40.4km). Based on the turn out and dedication shown already I think that over the year we may be able to run further than 1600km by the end of June!!
Running club is open to all children of any year group and starts at 8.00am - just remember to bring a spare pair of socks and trainers if the ground is wet!!
Friday Morning Running Club
No Mr Allen but still plenty of kilometres!
Over the past 4 weeks it has been great to see so many young faces at running club! In the last 4 weeks alone, the children who have attended running club had travelled a combined distance of 142 km! There have been plenty of children breaking their own PB's and it is great to see a lot more Year 1 and 2 children joining in.
Well done to Jared, Michael, Sam T, Max, Jamie, Maddie, Harry, Daniel, Deebisha, Patrick, Courtney, Rhys, Kian, Ellie, Isobel, Jayden, Joseph, Jaidyn, Lewis, Taylor, Sam H, Jackson, Robert, Troy, Toby, Freddie, Amber, Morgan, Sophie, Triny and Ryan for contributing to this total!
Hopefully we shall see you all next week!
Rucstall players all had exactly the same court time at the Basingstoke tournament, with one group of five playing the first half of games and the other five playing the second half. Although Rucstall only scored three baskets in total, the players' improvement in performance and game awareness was significant.
Rucstall finished third behind St Mary's and Merton.
Well done: Jack, Charlie, Sophie, Michael, Lennon, Sonny, Sam, Ellie, Trinny and Libby.
Rucstall's Year 4s start their swimming programme at Basingstoke Sports Centre on the first Thursday back after the Easter break. Look out for the letter containing information about this which will be sent out next week.
Young George showed his great dedication and love of sport, together with his healthy approach to life, by being the one and only runner at running club this morning.
I am sure that he would love to have more company - and not just his brother! - in the future, so if you would like to do your best and challenge yourself, join us on Friday mornings from 8.15 - 8.45 am on the infant playground. Trainers should be worn that might get dirty as we prefer to run on the school field.
Further information about a running challenge during the run-up to the Rio Olympics will follow shortly.
Rucstall's Year 3 tag rugby team got better and better during the tough tag rugby tournament at Daneshill Preparatory School.
Struggling a little in the group stage, the players kept trying their best and their efforts were justly rewarded with only narrow losses in the play-off stage. In reality, their performance in the last two games deserved at least two draws. The team has gained a lot of experience which should bear well for future matches.
Miss Robert's 'player of the tournament' was Jared for his playing skill, his reading of the game and his encouragement and organisation of others. However, as always, there were many Rucstall stars who have staked strong claims for a place in our Year 3/4 team.
A big thanks to Sonny's dad and Kyran's mum for their help with transport.
Well done: Ali, Blake, Gabriella, Jared, Josh, Katelyn, Kyran, Rhys and Sonny.
Six Rucstall pupils attended the Gold Sports Mark Celebration event to which only the Hampshire schools who have attained the highest award for PE and school sport provision were invited.
Being the first and only school in Basingstoke to have achieved this award, Rucstall had to represent the borough single-handedly.
Trinny, Libby, Patrick, Michael, Sam and Harry participated in a range of activities, including football skills, goal-building, kit design, tower challenge and stadium tour.
A big thanks to Mrs Hyland for helping with transport on the day.
Well done to the whole school community for helping Rucstall attain this award.
Three Rucstall pupils, who qualified at a local event, represented Basingstoke in the Hampshire Schools AA under 11 Schools Cross country Championships against teams from Southampton, Portsmouth, North East Hants, Perins SGN, Eastleigh & Winchester, and the New Forest.
Unfortunate, libby was unable to finish in the girls' event due to a leg injury sustained on the slippery course, Sam H finished the course in six minutes and twenty-four seconds, being placed 33rd out of 78 boys, just 4 seconds ahead of Sam T, who finished 35th. This meant they were 5th and 6th in the 12 person Basingstoke team, which meant they finished sixth overall out of eleven teams.
Well done to all three Rucstall stars!
Rucstall won one, drew one and lost one of their matches in their latest tag rugby Norman League fixture at Kings Furlong.
In their first game Rucstall came back from a try behind to defeat their hosts 2-1 with tries from Poppy and Ellie. They were then unlucky to only draw their next game against St Anne's 2-2 - Sonny and Ellie scoring the tries. In their final match, Rucstall were again unlucky, this time in suffering a 2-3 loss. Ellie (again!) scored the first try and Harry the second.
With more straight-line running and better back-up support play, Rucstall have the potential to give any team a good game.
Well done: Sonny (c), Josh, Ellie, Jordon, Kian, Michael, Harry, Milly and Poppy.
Our KS1 gymnastic team finished a super second in the annual Basingstoke gymnastic competition.
Selection was particularly difficult this year as so many of the squad performed so well during training. Freya, Jared, Ella and Lewis represented the school, with Summer-Mai, Ollie and Elisha pushing them hard and supporting them so well. The children had to perform two routines in front of judges from The Costello School.
Well done, everyone!
Play rugby at a local club – walkable from Black Dam!
If your child is interested in playing rugby outside of school hours, I can recommend that they try training locally with Chineham Rugby Club at Basingstoke Sports and Social Club, Fairfield Road (next to Fairfields School) on Sunday mornings from 10.00am – 11.00am. This is easily walkable from Black Dam. Children of all abilities from Year 1 to Year 6 are catered for. All coaches are qualified and DBS (CRB) checked. For more information contact Dan Waller on 07530985225 or Mr Allen at school.
Rucstall is developing sporting links with Chineham Rugby Club. Their chairman, David Floyd, has been in Rucstall for the past two years coaching classes within curriculum time. It would be great to forge even closer links whilst children have fun, great exercise and increase their skills.
Have a go!
Rucstall's Year 3/4 football team showed their 'never-give-up' attitude at the Football Festival held at Castle Field.
Despite failing to find the net in their first six games, every member of the team kept doing their best. The reward for this was a 1-0 victory in their final game, with Mackenzie getting the goal.
Mr Allen was extremely proud of all the players for representing Rucstall so well in terms of eff0rt and behaviour.
Well done: Blake, Bidhit, Max, Joshua, Mackenzie, Lewis, Hayden and Kyran.
With our Year 6s withdrawn from the squad due to a school trip, Rucstall's tag rugby team lined up for their first fixture against older opposition from the schools of Hatch Warren, King's Furlong and St John's.
They showed great spirit winning one, drawing one and losing one of their three fixtures, although they really deserved to win two out of the three.
An excellent start saw a faultless display as they overpowered King's Furlong 5-3 with tries from Harry, Sam, Bidhit 2 and Charlie.
Fielding three girls in every game and rotating the first runner responsibility, Rucstall continued their domination against Hatch Warren; however, too many handling errors prevented them from extending their early lead, with the game ending as a 1-1 draw (Charlie).
The final game started badly for Rucstall and, with St John's playing at a consistently high level, we lost 2-5 (Harry 2).
Overall, the positives outweighed the negatives with all players putting pressure on the Year 6s for a place in future league fixtures and tournaments later in the year.
Well done: Harry (c), Tia, Milly, Poppy, Jordon, Charlie, Bidhit and Sam.
Despite facing very strong opposition, Rucstall's table tennis players persisted in their contests and should be very proud of their efforts, especially as they only had one training session.
The girls fared best, reaching the semi-final stage where they came up against St Mary's A team, the eventual winners. They finished 4th overall, losing narrowly to St Bede's in the play-off game.
The boys battled hard but couldn't find a way into the semi-finals. A little more practice would definitely help prepare them better for the individual event in the new year.
A big well done to: Dan, Harry, Jake, Regan, Michael, Dylan, Fynley, Jack, Ellie, Milly, Poppy and Deebisha.
Rucstall Girls were not disgraced in going out of the Hampshire Cup to Prince's Mead in the first round.
The main difference between the two sides was the movement and speed in which Prince's Mead attacked the ball and tried to find space - proactive rather than reactive.
Tia made a number of fine stops and well-timed interventions in goal behind Libby, who was immense in defense, especially in the second half.
Sophie made some solid tackles and Trinny started to read the game well, chasing back and covering in defence.
Ellie played a captain's role in midfield, covering masses of ground and producing some excellent goal kicks, ably supported by Milly and Ashleigh who were willing runners.
Emily gave her all despite being hampered by a painful ankle, which took away much of our goal threat.
A great effort, against sporting opponents at a superb venue - the only negative was the final score.
Good luck to Prince's Mead in the next round from: Ellie, Emily, Tia, Libby, Ashleigh, Trinny, Sophie and Milly.
Rucstall surprised St John's, who had beaten them 4-0 only three days earlier, to draw 2-2 in the third-place playoff game in the Basingstoke 7-a-side finals.
Goals from Harry and Sam were the least Rucstall deserved as they dominated large parts of the game.
In the semi-final stage, Rucstall had gone down heavily to the eventual winners, The Priory, who will now represent Basingstoke in the county finals. Rucstall learned a lot from thee 7-1 defeat (Sam), defending much better against St John's.
The team richly deserved their bronze medals.
Team Rucstall: Sam (c), Martin, Dan, Josh, Harry, Charlie, Sonny and Sam.
Rucstall Girls failed to progress beyond the group stage in the Basingstoke 7-a-side football tournament at Oakley, despite drawing against their group's winning team, Bishopswood.
Failure to score saw them lose their final two games against Oakley and Great Binfields, although they did create chances against the latter who scored two breakaway goals.
Tia gave a great account of herself in goal, with Libby, Ellie and Emily defending gamefully. Ashleigh showed good energy and Trinny, Sophie, Elle, Milly and Poppy revealed glimpses of their potential.
More spacial awareness and impulsivity in challenging for the ball when not in possession will help relieve the pressure in future matches.
It was lovely seeing the team enjoy themselves and giving it a good go.
Team Rucstall: Libby, Ellie, Sophie, Emily, Ashleigh, Milly, Poppy, Trinity, Elle and Tia
Three wins and two defeats were enough for Rucstall to finish an excellent second out of six teams in one half of the Basingstoke 7-a-side football competition.
The team now joins St John's, who finished in a comfortable first place, and the top two teams from the other half of the competition at Oakley to play-off for the right to represent Basingstoke in the county finals.
Rucstall started the competition with a great 1-0 victory over St Mary's (Harry). Two heavy defeats against Fairfields and St John's followed, but the team rallied to win their last two games - 2-0 against King's Furlong (Harry, Josh) and 2-0 against Great Binfields (Sonny, Harry).
Another great performance in the rain!
Team Rucstall: Sam (c), Martin, Lennon, Dan, Josh, Sonny, Sam and Harry.
Despite some excellent performances throughout the team, Rucstall lost their Hampshire Cup first round tie against Prince's Mead (Winchester) 1 - 7 at Rucstall.
Sam made some brilliant saves and Sonny and Charlie broke up many attacks, but the speed in which Prince's Mead counter-attacked with numbers saw them race into an early three-nil lead.
It was not all one way, with Rucstall carving out a number of chances of their own. With Dan and Josh always giving a wide option in attack, Sam pulled a goal back. However, Rucstall found themselves 1-4 down at half time.
The first ten minutes of the second half saw Rucstall on top with Harry pulling the strings in midfield. However, the breakthrough in terms of a goal did not materialise and further counter-attacking goals against the team made the final score Rucstall 1 : 7 Prince's Mead.
Well done, Team Rucstall, for keeping going for fifty minutes on our large cup pitch:
Sam (c), Harry, Sam, Lennon, Josh, Dan, Sonny and Charlie.
Rucstall showed great spirit in fighting back to finish in second place in their group after a miserable 4-0 defeat against Marnel (the eventual tournament winners and, therefore, Basingstoke champions) in their first game. A thumping 5-1 victory against Hurstbourne Tarrant (Sam 3, Harry 2) was followed by a super 2-0 win over King's Furlong (Sam 2).
Dominating the first half of their quarter-final match against Bishopswood, Rucstall were unlucky to be only 1-0 up at the break (Harry). However, with chances at both ends, Bishopswood levelled to take the game into extra time.
Unfortunately, Rucstall lost a bit of concentration whilst their opponents raised their game, eventually winning by a flattering 4-1 scoreline.
The team should take heart from the periods in games when they were all on song, giving a great account of themselves despite the long grass and pouring rain.
Well done: Harry (c), Bidhit, Kian, Charlie, Martin, Sam and Reggie.
Many thanks to the adults who helped out with transport.
A great sporting achievement for Rucstall
Sainsbury’s School Games Mark – GOLD AWARD
Rucstall are the first school in Basingstoke to be awarded a Gold School Games Mark award, a scheme sponsored by Sainsbury’s and supported by the Department for Media and Sport, the British Paralymic Association, Sport England, Change4life and the Youth Sport Trust.
The award is given in recognition of the opportunities that pupils from Year 3 to Year 6 have in curriculum PE and competitive school sport.
Criteria for a Gold award:
• Providing all pupils with two hours of PE per week (within the curriculum) and have extra-curricular provision in addition to this
• Engaging at least 50% of pupils in extra-curricular sporting activity every week
• Offering talented young sports people specific support and opportunities to develop their sporting potential
• Providing both boys and girls with the opportunity to take part in the appropriate level of competition
• Promoting our sporting competition to parents through newsletters and regular match reports and competition results on the school website
• Engaging at least 20% of pupils in leading, managing and officiating physical activity
• Utilising sports coaches to support school sport
• Training wider school staff to support school sport and physical activity
• Having active links with at least six local sports clubs
• Having a system in place to track young people’s participation in the Sainbury’s School Games
• Providing opportunities which attract less-active young people to participate in physical activity
• Holding a School Games Day as the culmination of the year-round competition programme
• Arranging a calendar of competition that demonstrates opportunities for young people, including those with SEND
• Having a notice board promoting Sainsbury’s School Games activities
Come and look at our sports board in the community room and keep up-to-date with events, reports and clubs on the school website.
Click here for more information.