June 2019

4th June 2019

Coton Cricketers’ Successes in Slightly Soggy Conditions!

On Tuesday 4th June, a group of 10 children (Hannah, Shannon, Tilly, Owen, Joshua GW, Joel, Oscar, Dillon, William and Roscoe) represented Coton School in a Mixed Kwik Cricket Tournament at Histon recreation ground. The event had been organised by Matt Morley, from Cambridgeshire Cricket, who has been working with some of the children as part of their curricular PE lessons.

The children took to the pitch to play their first match in rather disappointing conditions considering the time of year, but their spirits were certainly not as damp as the officials, spectators and teaching staff supporting them! 

Despite some clear nerves, the team comfortably won their first match against Burrough Green. In their second match they met a very strong team from Hardwick who equalled us in the number of boundary shots they hit. It was a much tenser match and the outcome could not be called…..until the 7th over of our batting innings that is! Owen chose this moment to release his power with a bat, scoring not 1, not 2 not 3 but 4 (out of a possible 6) boundary shots netting a fantastic 24 runs. This settled the tension on the side lines and, despite a tightly bowled final over by Hardwick, we secured our second win.

In our final match any nerves that had been present in the earlier matches were dispelled and we settled into perhaps our best cricketing performance of the afternoon. Cottenham played valiantly but were unable to outperform our now fluid batsmen (and women) and Joel stole the show with a couple of direct bowls that sent the stumps flying.

Mrs Osborne, who accompanied the team on the day, reported that she was incredibly proud of the way the squad conducted themselves both on and off the pitch. There was great camaraderie amongst the team, respect and appreciation for excellence from individuals from all participating teams and a genuine commitment to performing to the best of their ability.

A big thank you to Mary Snaith who endured the cold and the rain  to support the children on the day and a special thank you to Jim Johnson who thought he was taking a well-deserved afternoon out of the office to enjoy watching and supporting the team. Alas not! Jim kindly volunteered (okay, maybe a little coercion from Mrs Osborne) to umpire all our matches in the absence of sports leaders. No mean feat but much appreciated.

Well done Coton cricketers!

Small school Quad Kids  athletics
On the afternoon of Thursday 6th June 2019 a group of 5 girls and 5 boys made up an athletics team to represent Coton C of E (VC) primary school. Each child had to do a 75m sprint, a 600m run, a howler throw and a standing long jump which makes up the 'quad' part of the event.
This is a popular event but children who participated last year knew that a tough afternoon lay ahead. Not all the events were favourites, it would be fair to say, but the children gave their all during the afternoon. After an afternoon of competition the results were announced. Coton team came a very credible 5th out of 18 teams. Well done Coton!
Year 4 Mini Olympics
On Tuesday 18th June, all the year 4 children walked their bicycles to the recreation ground before cycling to the Cambridge University athletics track on Wilberforce Road. For some children this was their first challenge as they had never cycled so far.
After locking up the bikes, the children has a quick snack and drink we were ready to begin. The event was opened by Claire McDonnell, the SPM, and Jade Windley, the former British number 3 tennis player, who gave an inspirational talk to the children. They were inspired to try their best. Jade spent the day moving round the event talking to the children. There were 1,600 children dressed in t shirts of blue, yellow, red or green and it was  a very colourful occasion. Each school had been allocated a country and some school had made banners and flags. As we had cycled, sadly there was no room for any other appendages!!
At the Mini Olympics the focus is not on competition but the children are encouraged to do their best and focus on their PB's, challenging themselves. They did 8 events oin the morning and 8 events after lunch.
The weather was good to us, although humid, but the predicted rain stayed away until we had returned to school.
A  more tired group of children cycled back to school but some adults we met were amazed that we had cycled. They said, "You are inspirational to the rest of us!"
So well done year 4's. It was a good day.
Year 5 Swimming Gala
On Friday 21st June 2019 14 year five children went off to the swimming pool at Comberton Village College to take part in the annual year 5 swimming gala.
The weather was kind to us, the sun shone, the pool looked inviting and everyone swam as best as they could. It was a lovely afternoon.
There were a variety of width and length races, including relays. Coton was the smallest school there but came in 4th place - only 1 point away from the 3rd position so it was a very close event.

Final results were:

 Jeavons Wood – 1st (82)

Hardwick and Cambourne – 2nd (58)

Bourn – 3rd (56)

Coton – 4th (55)

Haslingfield – 5th (50)

Barnabas Oley – 6th (40)