What a fantastic way to end the season. The children brought along an adult to play the tournament. There were grand parents, uncles and even Keith, the caretaker dragged along for some stiff competition. Many of the pupils took no prisoners and a few adults felt out of their depth.
Six rounds were held with points allocated for victories. Everyone wanted to win the chocolate and avoid the wooden spoons.
For the second year running Carmen and her Dad were victorious ( they really are formidable opponents- Keith could only manage one shot before he lost to them).
In second place Holly and her dad had to play a sudden death red-piece play-off. They defeated Sam and Grand-dad without Sam even having a shot.
'Shot of the evening' went to Callum with a planned five times round the table 'roller' into the bottom pocket. 'Sporting Behaviour' went to the Andrews- they never gave up and eventually won a game. The wooden spoons were keenly fought over and went to Charlie, Charlie and Kayleigh, who hopefully benefited from a stir- fry when they got home.
Many thanks for all who took part. Mr Smith and Mr Button
Last Friday, Rushmere welcomed the Northgate Carrom Team to a play a match.
The children had been looking forward to this fixture since before Christmas and were in a determined mood. The first five pairs set the tone of the evening by winning all the games and it didn't take long for Rushmere to have Northgate 'on the ropes'. By the end of the evening Rushmere had build a commanding lead. The final result was Northgate 7 Rushmere 43. The evening was carried out with true sporting behaviour and all players had a good time. Next year our Year 6 will become eligible to play for Northgate and the result could well be different- or so they think.
Many thanks for all who took part and the adult who arranged it. Mr Smith/ Mr Button
Last Friday a record thirty-nine players turned up. Sadly Mr Button was absent but Mrs White took his place. Charlie, Alex, Jasmine, Jayden Sam and Zaki all picked up extra points
The Leaders' Board looks like this. However it can all change really quickly. With a maximum of five points per game and up to two bonus points to be had, a possible seventeen points are available for each player, each week.
'Shot of the week' goes to Sam who was involved in a three person match, where the discs are stacked at the beginning. He managed to lodge the kicker under a stack of 18 pieces- quite remarkable! Zaki also entertained with an 'end to end' battering shot which impressed everyone.
There will be no club this Friday (9th Dec) because of the Christmas Fayre.
See you all on 16th December.
There are two 'Uke' Groups- one for the beginners and an advanced group. The 'beginners' are keen and enthusiastic and have worked hard on C, F, G7, Am chords . They have already learnt several 'rock n' roll' songs and are now focused on Christmas songs.
The advanced group know about fifteen chords including the infamous Bb, which is really tricky. Both groups will play in the Christmas Concert on 19th December which I am really looking forward to.
Another really enjoyable evening last Friday. The quality of the shots are improving and more children have mastered the basic finger technique. Many can use the thumb shot effectively and Marco is an expert with the power-shot. In the New Year we will pick a team to take on Northgate High School. They have a club and are looking for opponents.
Carmen has stretched her lead with Holly, Ben and Cameron in hot pursuit. Joel and Charlie picked up extra points for super shots and Emily bagged a couple of extras for quality play and sporting behaviour. Can't wait until next Friday.
Another good evening at the Carrom Club. There was some stiff competition amongst the players, with some remarkable shots. One piece was seen to roll around the board twice before pirouetting several times on the brink of a pocket, before deciding to go in. This provoked elation from one side and muted admiration from the other. Another piece flew off the board due to the raw power of the flick. This reminded me of the shot that resulted in Hamzah's mum having to duck swiftly to avoid being struck, at the Carrom Evening last year.
This week also saw the appearance a mum who arrived early and ended up playing a game. After some instruction from Mr Button she demonstrated real ability.
At the moment the leader board has Carmen and Cameron scrapping it out for first place.
Lucy, Zander, and Danny picked up the 'Player of the Match' points this week.
Mr Button, despite a much improved performance this week, has yet to score. Better luck next week!
French Club runs every Tuesday lunchtime and lots of enthusiastic year 4 linguists come to practice their French! These photos were both taken in Jigsaw Week, when we had lots of fun playing with all the French jigsaws. More photos to follow later in the term!
Yes-it's back- Carrom. When the light goes away and the footballers cannot see the ball, we move inside to play Carrom.
Carrom is a game that has been played throughout India and South East Asia but it has become increasingly popular throughout much of the rest of the world. We have been playing it here for the last three years. The children compete in a league in order to become club champion. Last year it was Sam Radley.
At the end of the season, there is a 'Carrom Evening' where the children bring along an adult and play as a pair. Last year's winning pair were Carmen and her Dad.
The children take the game very seriously. We set the hall up like an old fashioned whist drive and the children play three, fifteen minute games. They play to win but in a very sporting manner.
After the first session Cameron, Carmen and Holly have moved into an early lead. Alex, Charlie, Grace, Molly and Zoe picked up extra points for some great shots and sporting behaviour. Sadly this cannot be said of Mr Button- he introduced the game to Mrs Higgins, gloated over his own shots and was heard to chuckle at the quality of his opponents’. Needless to say his score at the end of the evening was zero.