Rotherham Schools Football Association Cup Finals - Sat 2nd April 2022

Rotherham Schools Football Association Cup Finals - Sat 2nd April 2022

After a two-year hiatus, the Rotherham Schools Football Association Cup Finals returned on Saturday 2nd April with six finals taking place at Wickersley after the Y11 Cup Final midweek at Parkgate FC. Conditions, after a cold week, were set fair for an exciting morning of football.

After a tight and reasonably quiet first half, the Y9 final turned into something from a movie script with an incredible ending leading to a penalty shoot-out. The game was 0-0 at half-time but after the break the game exploded into life with six goals (three in injury time), two hat-tricks and a sending off. Rawmarsh took the lead through Jack Woodcock, with Ryan Gambles equalising five minutes later only for Woodcock to score again shortly after to restore Rawmarsh’s lead. Wickersley’s Robson Woodcock was then sent off on the hour mark, swaying the game towards Rawmarsh with the clock ticking down. On 70 minutes Ryan Gambles popped up to equalise which triggering wild celebrations. From the kick-off an extraordinary goal was scored direct from the centre kick by Jack Woodcock once again leading to wild celebrations and putting Rawmarsh back on top with seconds remaining. Somehow, the 10 men of Wickersley once again equalised deep into injury time with Ryan Gables securing the second hat-trick of the tie with the final kick of the game. The game went to penalties and with three misses each, it went to sudden death with Wickersley eventually winning the shoot-out 4 – 3.

The Y8 final was the second tie to go to penalties, but this time Wickersley came out on the wrong side of the shoot-out with Wath running out winners. Wickersley held a 2-0 lead in the game with goals through Zack Lyne and Henry Sedgwick although Wath never looked out of the game and clicked into gear in the final quarter, scoring two excellent goals through Jacob Woodward and Max Sojka. Both teams missed penalties during the game, but Wath had the momentum going into the shoot-out and came through to claim the trophy.

Wath also came out on top in the Y10 final with a strong performance against Rawmarsh. Wath applied the early pressure but it was Rawmarsh who took the lead through Harry Emptage. Wath equalised through Ethan Hodkin who then went on to give Wath a 2-1 lead at half-time. Hodkin sealed the game in the second half through a penalty giving Wath their second trophy of the morning.

At Y7 Wickersley were confident going into the tie after their English School’s Cup run took them all the way to the semi-final. Aston were the opponents and they held strong in the first 15 minutes in a competitive start where they also nearly scored following a corner. Wickersley took the lead after 16 minutes through Jake Hall and this then opened the floodgates with goals in the first half following through Ashton Crofts, Bailey Miller and a brace from Oscar Wildman. In the second half Jack Calise rubber stamped the victory with a left foot strike from 25 yards with Wickersley also earning a second trophy.

In the senior games the 1st XI final placed Wath against Maltby, two strong teams running senior scholarship programmes. The rivals fought out a tight game with Maltby the narrow victors 1 – 0 with a goal courtesy of Ben Bradley. The 2nd XI final was a much more one-sided affair with Wath cruising to an 8-0 victory against Thomas Rotherham College 3rd XI, who had previously beaten the TRC 2nd XI to reach the final. The Wath goals were scored by Will Marshall (2), Alex Kent, an OG and a man of the match 4 goal performance from Owen Evans. 

Acknowledgements

A big thank you to all the players, parents and spectators for contributing towards a successful return to the RSFA this year. All 16 secondaries’ and TRC took part in the 7 different cup competitions during the 2021/22 season, which started back in September.

Thank you to Mick Bell and the Rotherham Referees’ Association for providing 18 officials for finals day and 3 officials in Wickersley’s 3 – 1 win over Aston in the standalone Y11 Cup Final which took place at Parkgate FC on Wednesday 30th March.

The WPT Media Team have played a massive part in the RSFA Competitions this year – designing a new logo, creating the professionally looking programmes and capturing the action as photographers on finals day. Thank you to Mr Gunn and his team for their above and beyond professional service. 

Y7 - Wickersley vs Aston

Y8 Wickersley vs Wath

Y10 Wath vs Rawmarsh

2nd XI TRC vs Wath

Aston Hall Visit Wickersley for Science Week

Aston Hall Visit Wickersley for Science Week

Yesterday Y5 students from Aston Hall Junior & Infant School visited Wickersley School & Sports College Science labs as part of Science Week. 

They made some indicator from red cabbage and then used it to test the acidity and alkalinity of household substances. 

They’ve also made some homemade indicator paper to use in their own school next week.

Well done to Aston Hall and Wickersley Sixth Form students!

WPT Introduces Uniform Bank Scheme

WPT Introduces Uniform Bank Scheme

At a time when a lot of families are tightening their belts, we’re aware that many could benefit from a little extra support when it comes to buying school uniforms and other essentials – such as coats and PE kits – that children need for school. That’s why we’ve decided to create a Trust-wide Uniform Bank of good quality, new and used items – providing a sustainable way to recycle and repurpose school uniforms.

This scheme also gives families – who have unwanted uniforms and items – the opportunity to make a difference to other children and help the environment by donating items and ultimately reducing the amount of waste that ends up in bins and landfill.

The bank will be located centrally at WPT’s Headquarters – where gathered items will be laundered, catalogued and stored – and families will be able to access it completely free of charge through the school and Trust website, where they can place item requests. 

Items include:

  • School jumpers
  • Polo shirts
  • Trousers
  • School approved trousers (secondary)
  • School approved skirts
  • Ties 
  • Gingham dresses
  • Coats
  • PE kits
  • Bags

The items will then be made collectable from school. However, due to our commitment to ensure that every family can easily access the bank – and do so without any stigma – we will also run community collection points and deliver items when necessary. 

The ’Big Collection’

Of course none of this would be possible without the help of our Trust communities and families – here’s where we’re asking for support.

Easily accessible collection bins will open at each of our schools during the last week before the Easter holidays (w/c 28th March for Gainsborough and w/c 4th April for Rotherham).

During the week, families will be able to bring or send items into school and simply place them into the bins – we’ll take care of the rest! Families who are physically unable to get donations to school can let us know on operations@wickersleypt.org and we can arrange to collect them.

Throughout the academic year, we will be running multiple drives to gather what families need at specific times. For example, before the weather turns cold in the autumn, we’ll look at sourcing winter coats.

We’re also approaching high street retailers and other companies to ask if they wish to be involved in this scheme by donating items or selling them to us at cost. We would welcome contact from anyone who’s involved in a business and would like to partner with us. Similarly, if anyone knows of anyone or a business who may be interested in getting involved, please point them in the right direction – operations@wickersleypt.org. The more items we gather, the better outcomes we can get for our Trust community. 

Items that we are unable to make use of will be passed on to charities for their use.

The Launch

We’re at the initial stages of the scheme and it’ll be a few months yet before we can start offering items out to families. Once we have sieved through and organised the donations, we will send every family the link to the webpage with instructions on how to request items. School staff will also know how to refer to the bank too. 

Enquiries 

For any enquiries about the Uniform Bank, please contact operations@wickersleypt.org.

Aston Hall and Rawmarsh Sandhill Represent WPT at the Greater Sheffield Bouldering Competition

Aston Hall and Rawmarsh Sandhill Represent WPT at the Greater Sheffield Bouldering Competition

On Friday 4th February, students from Aston Hall Junior & Infant School and Rawmarsh Sandhill Primary School competed in the Greater Sheffield Bouldering Competition at the Climbing Works in Sheffield.

Both schools qualified due to having the quickest five climbers in the ‘WPT Speed Climb’, which all eight Trust primary schools have taken part in during Term 1 and 2.

The two teams tackled a number of bouldering problems during the day, with the children having to use their heads to plot the best routes from the start hold to the finish hold. Each child got four attempts at each climb; 10 points were scored if they competed on try 1, 7 points on try 2, 5 points on try 3 and 3 points if they managed it on their final try. There was also a bonus hold on each climb, where the children would score an additional point for reaching if they didn’t manage to complete the climb.

Mr Walker and Mr Bloor were extremely impressed with both teams, who tackled all the problems in front of them with a real ‘never give up’ mentality.

Over 300 children will have taken part in the qualifying round between January and February half term, with the top 10 schools progressing through to the regional finals in March.

The results are in…

Over 80 Greater Sheffield primary school students attended the qualification rounds, with the top 9 schools qualifying for the finals below:

1st Hoyland Common Primary School
2nd Aston Hall Junior School
3rd Birdwell Primary School
4th Barlow C of E Primary
5th Rawmarsh Sandhill
6th Sitwell Junior School
7th Hoyland Springwood
8th Gorsey Brigg
9th Burton Road Primary School
 
The finals for Greater Sheffield Primary Schools will take place on the 30th March at 9:00-12:00pm. 
 
To finish 2nd and 5th is an amazing achievement, especially to say it was the first time our children had tackled bouldering problems (all the climbing they’re done with us at WPT they’ve had a harness on – this was all free climbing). We look forward to seeing how they get on in the finals at the end of March.
WPT Hosts Day 2 of U11 Sports Hall Athletics Heats

WPT Hosts Day 2 of U11 Sports Hall Athletics Heats

On Wednesday 2nd February, Wickersley Partnership Trust hosted Day 2 of the Rotherham School Games U11 Sports Hall Athletics event.

13 schools from across the region took part, taking the total number of participating schools to 28. 

Taking place across three separate heats, children competed in a range of athletics events which tested their speed, strength, skill and stamina.

Mr Sutherill, School Games Organisor, said: “It was great to see so many children engaged in competitive sport. For many the event will have been their first chance to represent their school in a  sports event, and all the children who attended showed an excellent attitude and high level of skill throughout. We saw some amazing races and field event performances – every child should be proud of their achievements.”

In total, 260 children attended Wednesday’s event meaning that – across the whole U11 Rotherham Sports Hall Athletics event – almost 600 children had the chance to compete. 

Congratulations to the overall winners, St Bede’s, who narrowly beat Listerdale and Swinton Queen into 2nd and 3rd place respectively, and will join Bramley Sunnyside in representing Rotherham in the South Yorkshire Finals in March.

Y9 Cross-Trust RE Drop Down Day

Y9 Cross-Trust RE Drop Down Day

All Y9 students across our secondary schools have recently taken part in a pilot project with The Faith and Belief Forum.

The Faith & Belief Forum is a group that was founded in 1997 as the Three Faiths Forum (focussing initially on bringing understanding between Jews, Christians & Muslims). Over the years the organisation’s work has expanded to include people of all faiths and beliefs, both religious and non-religious.

As part of the sessions students explored how to develop a safe space for active listening and effective dialogue to learn about different ideas and viewpoints. Students then joined a virtual interfaith panel in which two trained speakers from different faith and belief backgrounds shared their personal stories and answered student questions.  Across our five secondary schools the interfaith panels included the views of: Agnosticism, Christianity, Humanism, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism and the modern Pagan new religious movement (Asatru).

Wickersley Partnership Trust believes that young people should feel confident and able to communicate and collaborate with anyone, regardless of their faith, belief, culture or background. Therefore, we are committed to ensuring our curriculum enables students to develop the skills and attributes to play their full role in today’s diverse society. We are incredibly proud of the conduct students displayed during these sessions and look forward to collaborating with The Faith and Belief Forum again in the future.

Wickersley's Evie Thomson Ranks As National U17 No1 Female Runner

Wickersley's Evie Thomson Ranks As National U17 No1 Female Runner

Wickersley Y11 student, Evie Thomson, has been ranked by Run Britain as the National U17 Number 1 Female Runner.

There are 1000 runners ranked for her category, with 9000 total runners in the category, so an incredible achievement!

Evie was recognised in primary school for showing a lot of promise as a cross country runner and since then has gone from strength to strength due to her dedication and hard work. 

Having placed 1st in all recent races, Evie is also the reigning Yorkshire Champion and is working towards performing at the National Cross Country Championships in London at the end of February.

We are all extremely proud of Evie’s achievement so far and look forward to hearing about her upcoming performance in London. 

Congratulations, Evie, and good luck at the Nationals.

WPT Hosts First Full Day of U11 Sports Hall Athletics Heats

WPT Hosts First Full Day of U11 Sports Hall Athletics Heats

On Wednesday 26th January, WPT hosted the first full day of U11 Sports Hall Athletics heats in the Sports Hall at Cranworth Road.

15 schools were split across three separate heats throughout the day, all competing in a number of different track and field events including speed bounce, long jump and a variety of different sprint and relay races.

Mr Walker, School Games Organiser for the Wickersley area, said: “It was fantastic to have around 300 children from across the borough compete in the first primary Sports Hall Athletics competition for two years. The standard (and noise level!) was extremely high throughout the day, with all children competing with a smile on their faces.”

Congratulations to Bramley Sunnyside, who will go on to represent Rotherham at the South Yorkshire Finals in March. Another 14 schools will again compete across three heats on Wednesday 2nd February, to see who will join Bramley Sunnyside in qualifying for the South Yorkshire School Games.