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Wednesday 14th June - U10 Cricket v St.Francis

St.Francis opened the batting facing Oliver and Dylan in the first two overs. Both bowled extremely well but the batting team started off just as strong taking an early 4 and 6. Thomas and James bowled next setting up a great catch from Fionn who took the first out. Olivia stepped in to bowl next and bowled a fantastic wicket followed by an excellent over from Niamh. Fionn and Max delivered the last two overs finishing the innings 258-2.

Fionn and Oliver batted first for Gurnard and defended the stumps well. Fionn took two sixes back to back but was unfortunately out by a great catch from St.Francis. Dylan faced next alongside Thomas. Both batted well scoring a run each. St.Francis continued to bowl well as they bowled Niamh out. Whilst Olivia hit her first 6 quickly followed by her second. Niamh wasn't deterred and followed her out with a 4. Our final pair, Max and James, opening with another 4 from Max and 6 from James. Great batting from the team closed the innings 261-3.

Team: Max, Fionn, Thomas, James, Oliver, Olivia, Niamh, Dylan



Wednesday 7th June - Year 2 Triathlon

24 pupils from Year 2 competed in a Triathlon style event which involved a run, scoot and cycle. We welcomed Cowes, Northwood and Priory as teams of 6 raced around the playground and field to be the first across the finish line. Each team got to compete in two races as they followed a course in and out of cones before tagging their team mates. They then sprinted to the runners who made a dash the length of the field and bag to our waiting cyclists. The final stretch was a slalom of cones leading to a speedy cycle back. Well done to everyone who took part! 

Team: Bella M, Grace, Magenta, Eva, Chloe, Sienna, Bella P, Izzy, Flora, Lily, Lucy, Jemima, Teddy, Tom, Kye, Morgan, Edward, Finley, Oliver S, Jacob C, Izyah, Rupert, Max, Bob



Wednesday 7th June - Under 11 Boys' Cricket

This afternoon Gurnard welcomed Queensgate to our school for the quarter final of the Under 11 cricket. In very windy conditions Gurnard bowled first. Ethan bowled a tight over conceding just 5, the next over was more costly with Queensgate's batter finding the boundary on a few occasions. A brilliant bit of fielding from Hugo almost resulted in a catch, but stopped a certain boundary. The boys' next few overs were very tight, restricting Queensgate to only a few runs, but wickets were hard to come by. That was until Ethan came up with some brilliant fielding to force a run out. In the penultimate over, Noah took a great catch and bowled, and a great last over from Charlie, going for only 4 and including a run out, meant Queensgate finished on 249-3.

In response Hugo and Eijah got us off to a solid start, both running well with a couple of 4s from Hugo. That put us on 219. Next in were Reuben and Charlie. Another 10 runs were scored but with the loss of 1 wicket. Ben and Thomas were next, some more good running kept us on track, but a great catch by a Queensgate fielder meant we finished the next 2 overs on 233-2. That meant 16 was required from 2 excellent Queensgate bowlers. Noah and Ethan did well, running sensibility and keeping in touch. At the start of the final over Ethan smashed a huge 6 giving us hope, more good running meant we would need 6 off the last ball, unfortunately we were run out chasing the runs and fell just short. It was a very good performance by the boys, who stayed in touch with an excellent Queensgate side in a game that could have gone either way.

Team: Ethan, Eijah, Charlie, Thomas, Ben, Noah, Hugo, Reuben.


Thursday 25th May - Year 3 and 4 Quad Kids

This afternoon Gurnard welcomed schools from around the Cowes Cluster to our fields for the Year 3/4 quad kids athletics competition. Each athlete had to run 400m and 50m, do standing long jump and then throw the vortex. The performance in each event resulted in a score, and all were added together to get the scores for each team.

There were over 100 children taking part, including 6 teams from Gurnard. With different expectations on each athlete, some looking to compete at the top end of the scores, others aiming to complete each event in their first ever competition. We had 5 girls and 3 boys in the top 10, but as the teams were split, it meant Cowes won overall by 10 points. Special mention to Seb who was one of only 5 competitors to reach the National Bronze Level, finishing second in the boys competition, and Bertie, in his first competition finished 10th, excellent effort for a Year 3. Holly was 3rd overall in the girls competition. Special mentions to Chloe, in her first event who completed every event, and Logan, who saved his 400m run for the event. However it was a great effort by everyone, well done!

Special thanks must go to our fantastic sports leaders for their help scoring, timing and measuring. The event couldn't happen without them. Both sports coaches very proud of everyone involved.

Teams: Seb, Archie, Luca, Max, Nancy, Ava, Holly, Leia, Harrison, Rupert, Connor, Logan, Erin, Elizabeth, Nicky, Anya, Jonathan, Jacob, Charlie, Alexander, Thea, Cassidy, Katherine, Sophie, Rafferty, Cody, Jack, Ashton, Lilli, Chloe, Scarlett, Katie, Conrad, Owen, Bertie, William, Alfie, Lily, Maisie, Amelia, Jay, Rhys, Jimmy, Callum, Hope, Daisy, Eliza, Sonia 



Wednesday 24th May - Year 5 and 6 Quad Kids

This afternoon Gurnard welcomed 14 schools from around the Island to our fields for the second heat of the Year 5/6 quad kids athletics competition.

Each athlete had to run 600m and 75m, do standing long jump and then throw the vortex. The performance in each event resulted in a score, and all were added together to get the scores for each team. The best 2 schools from both events would then represent the island at the Hampshire games.

There were some fantastic performances, Joe getting the fastest time in the 600m in under 2minutes and Eijah throwing the vortex a whopping 38m. These results along with other good performances meant Eijah was the highest scoring boy, with Joe not far behind in 5th. This meant both achieved the National Gold Mark. National Silver Award for Fred in 10th and Noah 11th. There some great performances by the girls too, Eva throwing the vortex really well and Freya running a strong 600m. This coupled with Abi and Cadence finishing joint 13th out of the girls, gaining the Bronze National Level, meant we had done really well and managed to finish second overall, just 6 points off the lead. We now wait to find out of we make it through to Hampshire.

Team: Joe, Fred, Eijah, Noah, Freya, Abi, Eva, Cadence 




Thursday 18th May - Cowes Cluster Tennis Competition

This afternoon Gurnard took 3 teams to the annual Cowes Cluster Tennis competition. For some of the children it was their first time representing the school and their first tennis matches.

Everyone played 3 games each and all put in a great effort and made massive improvements as the tournament progressed. Despite some initial nerves everyone played really well and with a smile on their face, not letting the miserable weather get them down. Their were lots of match winning performances however we couldn't quite make it through to the Island finals. However, all the children were great ambassadors for the school.  Our thanks to Talia and her mum for helping with the scoring.

Teams: Max, Gracie, Sophie, Oliver.

           William, Owen, Cassidy, Rhianna.

           Charlie, Callum, Anya, Erin.




Wednesday 17th May - Cowes Cluster Girls' Tag Rugby

This afternoon Gurnard travelled to a very wet Wootton for the final of the Cowes Cluster Girls Tag Rugby competition. With Elize and Talia playing their first ever game, the girls knew it would be a difficult match against a good Wootton team, and so it proved. Wootton took no time to get going and raced into a strong lead, but the girls, led by Freya and Katie were starting to find their feet. Their defensive line got stronger, and with great tagging from Evie and Talia they stopped Wootton in their tracks. We pulled back a try through Freya, and with a bit more composure could have easily scored more.

In the second half Gurnard improved massively, scoring further tries through Ellie, Tilly, Katie and Elize. Although this wasn't enough to win the trophy the girls can be very proud of their efforts. Wootton were a fantastic side and their play was organised and effective, with brilliant passing and handling. But with 4 Year 5 girls in the side, with a bit of practice Gurnard could be a force to be reckoned with. Well done girls, two very proud, and very wet, sports coaches this afternoon.

Team: Freya, Elize, Katie, Tilly, Ellie, Evie, Talia.


Monday 15th May - Under 11 Boys' Cricket

This afternoon Gurnard hosted Shalfleet in the Under 11 cricket league. The format saw each team start on 200 and lose 5 runs for each wicket lost. In non-cricketing conditions Shalfleet won the toss and put Gurnard into bat. Ethan and Eijah opened and some careful runs saw them score regularly, but a great catch kept the score on 204 after their two overs. Next up were Hugo and Reuben. They added 14 to the total, with the help of a few sides and some good running. Charlie and Thomas were next, but good fielding from Shalfleet saw 2 catches and a run out.  This meant the runs the boys got were even more important, leaving us on 210. The final pair of Fred and Noah scored freely, but another great catch restricted us to 220-5. This would be a tough total to defend, and the boys would have to bowl and field very well.

First up was Ethan, his over was very good, a couple of wides but no other runs, as well as a wicket with his last delivery meant the score was 199-1 after 1 over. Next up was Thomas. He also bowled very well, conceding only 4 runs and also bowling out a Shalfleet batsman. He also got another wicket after Ethan took a very good catch. The score was now 191-3. Fred was the next bowler, and he continued the fine bowling from the team, conceding just 4 runs. This was backed up by a great over from Noah, meaning at the half way stage, Shalfleet had returned to their original 200 total, and had some work to do. Reuben was next and he kept the pressure on, conceding only 2 runs, and contributing to 2 run outs, thanks to good fielding by Charlie. This put the score back to 192-5. Hugo was next to bowl, and another tight over meant that Shalfleet could only move onto 198. Shalfleet's captain came to the crease next to face Eijah, but try as he might he couldn't hit Eijah's accurate bowling until the last ball, meaning his excellent over went for 1. With the score on 199 it would take a huge effort from Shalfleet in the last over. Charlie was bowling and despite Shalfleet scoring 7, including the first boundary of the game, a wicket with the last ball of another fantastic over, thanks to a great diving catch by Ethan meant the boys had prevailed.

A great performance in their first game might be enough to see the boys through to the 1/4 finals depending on the results of other games. The bowling was one of the best team performances I have seen, and the boys all showed great commitment and sportsmanship throughout.

Team: Ethan, Eijah, Reuben, Hugo, Fred, Noah, Charlie, Thomas.




Thursday 11th May 2017 - U9 and U11 Girls' Football

This afternoon Gurnard welcomed two girls' teams from Broadlea for some football friendlies. 

First the Under 9 team played. Gurnard now have so many girls playing football at this age that two teams played half each. The girls played some brilliant football, showing great positional sense and some excellent passing. In a short space of time the improvement of the girls has been incredible. Gracie and Sophie scored the goals in a 2-1 victory for Gurnard, and it looks like being an exciting season next year.

Team: Anya, Lola, Nancy, Katherine, Sophie, Ava, Elizabeth, Isobel, Gracie, Hope, Holly, Daisy, Ellie, Aisha, Maisie.

 The Under 11s then took to the pitch for their game. Again both sides played some excellent football. The girls showed how much they have progressed this season. For some of them never having played football before, they are now an accomplished team and hopefully the Year 6 girls can take their new found enjoyment to secondary school. The game finished up 2-0 thanks to 2 goals from Freya, and some excellent goalkeeping from Elize.

Team: Elize, Lucy, Jess, Eloise, Katie, Tilly, Ellie, Talia.



Wednesday 3rd May 2017 - Year 4 OAA Festival 

This afternoon a team of Year 4 pupils and 4 Year 6 sports leaders traveled to Lanesend for a festival of outdoor adventurous activities.

The format was the sports leaders from each of the participating schools set up 2 activities each, and the teams from each school moved round taking part in each adventure! There were no scores, and the emphasis was solely on teamwork and fun. The events were a map symbol relay, a river crossing game, a puzzle run, noughts and crosses, hoop games and suspension bridge.

It was the first time representing the school for most of the children and they all worked very well together and were great ambassadors for the school. The sport leaders showed great responsibility and leadership and ran their events very professionally. 

Team: Alfie, Bryce, Owen, William, Sam, Melodie, Rihanna, Rhiannon, Libby, Olivia.

Sports leaders: Fred, Thomas, Freya, Alex.



Wednesday 26th April 2017 - Year 5 and 6 Hockey Tournament

This afternoon Gurnard took a team to Smallbrook Stadium for a hockey tournament. The teams were split into two groups with the top 2 sides making the semi finals. We played 4 games, all were very tight. We managed 2 draws and suffered 2 defeats, this meant we were not able to progress to the semi finals. The team worked very hard and showed great enthusiasm for what was for many a new sport. A lot was learnt about the game, especially how hard it is to keep your feet out the way of the ball. All the children showed great sportsmanship and were a credit to the school.

Team: Isobel, Eleanor, Alex, Sophia, George, Noah, Hugo, Ruby.



Wednesday 5th April 2017 - Under 11 Boys Football

The last day of cup finals saw the Under 11 boys' football team visit Queensgate for the final of the league competition. The opposition were Carisbrooke who were going to be a tough nut to crack.

The game started brightly, Hayden having a good chance in the first few seconds. The boys stayed on the attack, Riley with some good probing passes. Eijah found himself in space on the left but couldn't convert a tricky opportunity. Carisbrooke gradually came back into the game, Oli working hard to keep the number 11 in check. Oscar and Noah were defending excellently as usual, Oscar winning some great challenges when Carisbrooke looked dangerous. The game was even now, Fred and Riley playing lots of good football but Hayden was a bit isolated up front. This didn't stop him working very hard and after a good ball from Fred Hayden forced the keeper into a save. At the other end Theo was alert and quickly off his line to gather a dangerous through ball, and a great tackle from Oscar gave Carisbrooke their first corner that was headed clear by Fred.

HT Gurnard 0-0 Carisbrooke 

The second half began similarly to the first, good play by Riley and Hayden almost got Fred clear, but the final ball was a bit heavy. Hugo was winning the ball and getting it forward quickly almost creating another chance for Hayden. At the back Ben made some good clearances as Carisbrooke pushed for the opener. A scramble in the box forced Theo into a brave save at the feet of the attacker, and from the corner he had to be alert to tip over. Hayden broke down the right and played a great ball into the middle, Fred just unable to get on the end of it. The boys now getting on top. Lewis freed Hayden down the right, he brilliantly beat two players, and this time Fred was waiting on the end of another great ball to tap home. Sensing a chance to kill the game the boys piled on the pressure, Lewis, working well on the right found Hayden who saw his shot saved by the keeper, Riley then tried his luck from distance, the keeper again equal to his shot. Back came Carisbrooke, Oscar with a brave header to deny a chance got a knock to the head, but battled on. Noah was keeping the Carisbrooke forwards under control, winning some good tackles, with Ben alongside him the defence stayed strong. Eijah returned and chased everything, stopping Carisbrooke having it all their own way, and the boys held on to take the title.

A great performance by all the boys, with some superb individual performances to boot. It was a fitting end to their time playing football at Gurnard and one of the best performances the boys have put in, against very good opposition. Having won 5 out of 6 possible trophies in their time at the school, these boys have certainly left a mark on Gurnard Primary School and should be very proud of themselves. It should also be noted that the parental support the boys receive is fantastic, it's been a pleasure to work with them, and hopefully they all keep playing!

Team: Theo, Noah, Oscar, Fred, Riley, Eijah, Oli, Hayden, Lewis, Ben, Hugo.


Our thanks to Marie for the fantastic photos!



Monday 3rd April - Inter Schools Dressage Competition

Well done to our Dressage Team who traveled to Little Kennerley Farm in Godshill with their ponies to take part in the primary inter schools competition.  Charlie won Prelim 7, Freya was third and Bertie just missed out on being placed in his class.  They represented the school with maturity and professionalism and Gurnard were second overall.

Team:  Charlie A, Freya B and Bertie A.



Monday 3rd April 2017 - Under 9s Boys Football Cup Final

Today it was the turn of the Under 9s to play their cup final. Again we travelled to Queensgate and our opposition was Barton. 

The game started in a cagey manner, neither side able to play much football, although the potential for a good game was clear. Seb and Archie P were defending well, winning tackles and releasing the ball quickly. Jay was seeing a lot of the ball, and playing some excellent passes into Gabriel and Archie B. Good runs from both created half chances, but we couldn't convert. Luca was winning some good tackles as Barton tried to press forward, but the game had very few chances. Barton continued to press, Jacob winning a good tackle on the edge of our box, but any more chances were quickly cut out by Charlie in goal. Back came Gurnard, Jimmy and Gabriel combining well to force successive corners, but each came to nothing as the half time whistle blew.

HT Gurnard 0-0 Barton 

The second half saw Seb move into midfield and his strong running put us on the front foot early as the game started to open up. Some good chances came and went before Jay made a great run down the left, and found Archie B with a good pass, Archie beat his man before firing into the bottom corner for the game's opening goal. Barton were not deterred and set about searching for an equaliser. Some good tackles from Archie P and Gabriel kept them at bay, but the pressure remained. Barton forced a string of corners, Gabriel heading clear at the near post. Good running from Jimmy eased the pressure as we sought a second goal to make it more comfortable. Barton were defending stoutly though, Luca with a chance just wide, and no goal came. As the final whistle approached the boys dig deep, defending well as a team, more Barton corners came to nothing and the final whistle was met by cheers from the boys. 

A very close game between two evenly matched teams. The boys showed great determination to bring the cup back to Gurnard. 

FT Gurnard 1-0 Barton 

Team: Charlie, Seb, Archie P, Jacob, Jimmy, Gabriel, Jay, Luca, Archie B


Friday 31st March 2017 - Under 10 Boys Football Cup Final

This afternoon Gurnard Under 10 boys travelled to Queensgate for the Great Save Cup Final. The boys were up against Broadlea, who had previously beaten them 3-0 in the league, so we knew it would be a tough game.

The opening exchanges were very even, both teams winning the ball, but unable to keep it. Joe and Conran were keeping Broadlea's dangerous forward under control, and Eddie was alert in goal scooping up through balls. With Dylan putting in some tough tackles and Oli, Charlie and Fionn all working really hard the game remained tight. Missing a presence up front Mason came on and occupied the defence and we started to look a bit more dangerous, Dylan having a chance saved by the keeper. From his long kick Broadlea took the lead, a brilliant lobbed goal gave Eddie no chance. Broadlea were creating a bit more pressure and Sam and Owen had to be alert to win good tackles. Joe also was winning good tackles and headers all over the pitch. Unfortunately just before half time Broadlea doubled their lead, with another great finish.

HT Gurnard 0-2 Broadlea 

The half time talk showed the boys still believed in themselves, and they started the second half with great tenacity. Charlie and Owen winning the ball back early, and starting attacks. Some brilliant play by Mason and Oli saw Oli through on goal, but the keeper made a good save. Any Broadlea attacks were stifled by Sam and Conran, and Dylan and Fionn were keeping them on the back foot, a last ditch tackle preventing Dylan a goal scoring opportunity. Then Owen and Oli played some good passes, forcing a corner, but still we couldn't find a goal our play deserved. At the other end Eddie had to be alert to cut out a through ball, and his handling under pressure always looked safe. Broadlea came back into the game, Joe, Sam and Conran making some vital blocks. The pressure told as Broadlea's impressive forward scored his hat trick and made the game safe.

The boys kept their heads up and battled to the end. Unfortunately it wasn't to be, but the improvement in this team through the year has been vast, and all the boys deserve great credit for their hard work and commitment. They were very sporting and a credit to the school, both coaches very proud indeed. Huge thanks to the great support the boys got from their families, I hope they are as proud as we are.

Team: Eddie, Joe, Conran, Owen, Sam, Fionn, Dylan, Charlie, Oli, Mason 


Wednesday 29th March 2017 - Year 3 and 4 Tag Rugby Festival

Gurnard took two teams to Lanesend for the annual Year 3/4 Tag Rugby Festival. In what was the first taste of rugby for many of the children, some great rugby was played in some very close games. The children played in great spirit, winning losing and drawing with grace. Mr Lines was very impressed with the future rugby stars.

Massive thanks to James, Seb and Conran for their help coaching, managing, time keeping and photo taking.

Teams: Lucas, Jonathan, Rupert, Nicky, Conrad, Rafferty, Robert, Charlie, Archie, Jacob, Evie, Lily, Ava, Nancy, Owen, Alexander.



Tuesday 28th March 2017 - Cowes Cluster Boys Tag Rugby Tournament

This afternoon Gurnard hosted Priory in the final of the Cowes Cluster Boys Tag Rugby Tournament. Priory had prevailed in an earlier meeting this year so the boys were expecting a tough game.

However, it was Gurnard who set the early running, after patiently waiting and defending well, with good tagging from Seb and Reuben in particular, a turnover in possession saw Fred break away to open the scoring. Fred then doubled the lead before Priory pulled one back. The boys then produced a great spell of rugby, great support play from Ben and Joe gave Fionn the chance to show his skills, this was followed up by 2 more tries from Fred to give us a commanding 5-1 half time lead.

The second half proved to be a closer affair, great skill and pace from Hugo got us the first try of the half, but back came Priory with a score of their own, Hugo again scored before 2 more Priory tries closed the gap. Undeterred the boys kept playing well, good defending by James and Joe keeping out Priory before Noah was freed to score in the corner. Back came Priory with a score of their own, before a great run by Conran was halted close to the line, Hugo then scored his 3rd try, another Priory score, Fred scored with a great run before Priory scored the last try of the game in the closing seconds.

This meant the final score was 10-7 to Gurnard. A very entertaining game with good support for both teams from watching parents. 

Team: Seb, Reuben, Fred, Ben, Joe, Fionn, Hugo, James, Noah, Conran.



Monday 27th March 2017 - Hampshire Sportshall Athletics Finals

Today Gurnard's Sportshall team travelled to Fleming Park Eastleigh for the Hampshire finals. The final pitted the winners and runners up from each of the regional competitions against each other, the climax of a competition involving over 500 schools.

The set up differed slightly to the Island finals, with each competitor taking part in 2 field events a run and a relay, and 32 competitors in each individual event.

The team performed amazingly, finishing in a fantastic 5th place. Obviously this involved some fantastic individual performances. In the running Cadence finished 6th in her one lap race, and in the boys Noah and Fionn were joint 6th. In the 2 lap Tilly was 8th, with Ezmae 9th in her 3 lap. In the boys 3 lap, Joe was 2nd, an outstanding performance from a Year 5 pupil. The boys 4x1 relay team of Ben, Joe, Fionn and Noah were 3rd and the girls' team of Abi, Cadence, Tilly and Freya were 6th.

In the field events there were more great performances, Aaliyah was 5th in the chest push, with Joe coming in 7th place. Fred was 3rd in the target throw, with Hugo 7th. Abi coming in 8th in the girls. There was a great result in the javelin where Noah did brilliantly and was first! In the girls long jump Ezmae and Cadence were 7th and 9th respectively, and in the boys speed bounce Fred was 6th and Fionn was 10th.

Overall this was a fantastic achievement by the while team who supported each other really well and were a credit to the school. In the previous years we have competed at this event, Gurnard have been 10th and 11th, so to finish 5th out of 500 schools, is an incredible effort.

Team: Joe, Fred, Fionn, Noah, Ben, Hugo, Cadence, Ezmae, Aaliyah, Tilly, Abi, Freya.



Wednesday 22nd March 2017 - U11 Boys Football League semi final

Under 11s make it 3 finals for Gurnard!
This afternoon Gurnard welcomed Broadlea to the school for the under 11 league semi final. Broadlea arrived with a good reputation and the boys were expecting a tough game. The game kicked off and Gurnard were quickly on the attack. However, nerves were showing in front of goal as a couple of good chances were rushed, and therefore missed. The boys were not deterred though, and kept pressing, a good shot from Hayden was saved by the keeper, but Oli was there to tick home the rebound. 1 nil up and the boys started to play with confidence, Fred and Riley dominating the midfield. It was from a great run and pull back by Riley, that Hayden scored the second, calmly slotting past the keeper. Broadlea continued to be dangerous, but Oscar and Noah were superb in defence, winning tackles, reading the game brilliantly and restarting attacks. Eijah was causing problems down the left wing, one run taking him past 4 players, but the finish eluded him for what would have been a goal of the season contender. Not long after though he did find the net, firing home at the far post after good work from Oli and Fred. Broadlea continued to push, but Theo was alert and quick off his line to prevent any clear cut opportunities.  HT Gurnard 3-0
At half time Lewis and Hugo entered the fray, Hugo immediately getting involved winning some strong tackles. The game continued in the same vein, Gurnard having pressure, Broadlea dangerous on the counter. Hayden was denied a second by a good save, from a one on one, however, shortly afterwards a similar opportunity was taken to make it 4-0. Broadlea didn't give up and were rewarded with a goal, after a goalmouth scramble went in off the post. The boys went straight back on the attack, Hugo with a strong tackle and through ball to Hayden who was denied a hat trick by a great save from the keeper. Fittingly the last word went to Gurnard as Lewis raced clear to score the 5th right on full time.
FT Gurnard 5-1 Broadlea.  The boys now meet Carisbrooke in the final in 2 weeks.
Team: Theo, Noah, Oscar, Oli, Fred, Riley, Eijah, Hayden, Hugo, Lewis 

Monday 13th March 2017 - Year 3 and 4 Sportshall Athletics

Gurnard took 2 teams to the Year 3/4 Sportshall competition at Cowes Enterprise College.  As with the previous Sportshall events, everyone took part in one field event and two runs.

Field events were first. In the javelin for the girls, Holly threw first and her best throw was nearly 10m. This looked like winning until Queensgate's girl threw over 10m to take first place. Anya managed to throw over 9m and secure 4th place, a great effort for someone in Year 3. In the boys, Charlie and Jacob were very closely matched, but it was Jacob who beat Charlie, throwing nearly 14m, however he was beaten into second, again by Queensgate, with Charlie taking 4th.

In the chest push Evie C took first place, with Daisy not far behind in 3rd. In the boys competition, Archie and Conrad were joint 4th with good throws. The speed bounce was another good event for Gurnard, Ava and Gabriel both winning their events with Evie P and Alex both 5th. In the long jump, Seb was first in the boys, with Rafferty 6th and in the girls Erin 3rd and Cassidy 5th. The triple jump saw another strong performance with Eliza first and Scarlett close behind in 3rd. In the boys Jay produced an amazing jump of 4.74 winning the event with Harrison in 7th. In the vertical jump, Jimmy and Bertie were 8th and 6th respectively and in the girls event Nancy gained another first place with Thea in 6th.

This all led into the running where some more good performances would be needed. All the girls ran brilliantly, the A team scoring 4 first places and a 3rd, and the B team managing 3rd twice, 4th, 5th and 6th. The boys A team almost matched them, with 3 first places, a 3rd and a 4th, the B team managing two 5th and a 6th amongst their results. There were some great runs from Year 3s in the event running up a year and showing great determination and commitment. Also late replacements Evie P and Conrad did really well in their first ever events. 

All of the children supported each other brilliantly and showed great sportsmanship towards all the other schools. All the performances in a very noisy Sportshall showed Gurnard's athletic future is in good hands, and the children deserve great credit.

Overall the A team were victorious with 288 points, and the B team were 5th with 188.

Big thanks to all the parents for their support, and especially Nancy's mum for helping with the scoring. 


Ava, Nancy, Cassidy, Daisy, Holly, Eliza, Seb, Archie, Gabriel, Jay, Jimmy, Charlie

Evie C, Evie P, Thea, Scarlett, Erin, Anya, Jacob, Conrad, Alex, Harrison, Bertie, Rafferty 

Friday 3rd March 2017 - Cross Country 

This afternoon Gurnard took a 36 strong team to Cowes Primary for the annual Cowes cluster cross country relays. We had 3 teams in each event, mixed, boys and girls with a wide range of abilities, ranging from experienced runners to first time competitors. The first event was the mixed race. Our teams were:

Jay, Holly, Seb and Eliza, 

Bertie, Harrison, Erin and Scarlett 

Charlie A, Evie, Charlie W and Sophie

All the teams did a great job, everyone completing the course and giving their best. The team of Jay, Holly, Seb and Eliza came in first and Holly completing the fasted lap of the race. The boys were next and in a very strong field the boys again showed up well, but missed out on the medals. However Archie P ran the fastest lap of both the race and the day, the only one home in under 2 minutes. Our teams were;

Archie P, Jimmy, Alex and Luca

Rupert, Rafferty, Cody and Connor 

Archie B, Freddie, Jack, Ashton

The final race was the girls race, again all the runners did a great job. The teams were;

Nancy, Cassidy, Thea and Ava,

Daisy, Aisha, Leia and Hope

Anya, Nicky, Maisie and Elizabeth 

Nancy, Cassidy, Thea and Ava were the first team home, with Ava running the fastest lap. Massive thanks to our year 5 and 6 children who marshalled and timed the event,without whom we wouldn't have been able to compete. All the children once again showed great team spirit and sportsmanship and their support of each other was fantastic. A credit to the school.



Wednesday 1st March 2017 - U11 Girls Football

We welcomed Brighstone after school today as the girls faced off in the league quarter finals. Gurnard kicked off the first half as Freya and Tilly took up positions upfront. Eloise and Katie held their own in midfield, whilst Izzy, Jess and Lucy protected Elize in goal. Brighstone had a great start dominating our half as they tucked away the first three goals. Gurnard kept their heads up and created a few chances before half time as Freya and Tilly pursued the ball down the pitch.
Second half brought more chances for both teams. Gurnards defence were on form clearing the ball and closing the gap between our midfield. However, Brighstone's combined strength and awareness on the pitch ultimately won them the game. A great team to go through to the next round but unfortunate for our girls as the drop out of the league. Well done and best of luck to all progressing teams.
FT: 7-0
Team: Freya, Tilly, Eloise, Katie, Izzy, Lucy, Jess and Elize



Friday 17th February 2017 - Island Cross Country Championship

This afternoon Gurnard took a 24 strong team to the Island Cross Country Championship. Each team of 6 raced together, scoring points for the position they finished in, with well over 100 in each race the competition was steep.

First up were the girls in year 3/4. Ava set off like lightening, and maintained her lead for most of the race, showing great stamina. Unfortunately she was just pipped into second place, but still a great achievement. Behind her both Cassidy and Nancy ran great races finishing 11th and 28th respectively. There was very little between the three other girls, with Eliza 58th, Leia 62nd and Evie 76th. A brilliant run from all the girls which saw them to a 4th place finish out of over 20 schools, unfortunately just outside the medals. With some accomplished runners in the field this was a testament to the natural ability of the team, and with more experience gained from future events, there are some real stars in the team. The boys had a tough act to follow, but they did it with aplomb. Archie and Seb running great races, to finish 3rd and 4th respectively, they were closely followed by Luca in 14th and Jay in 26th. With Jimmy in 49th and Alex, the only year 3 in the team in 51st, the boys posted an excellent score which saw them win their competition! The scores were then combined, and after a short wait our year 3/4 team were confirmed as overall winners!

The year 5/6 girls took to the field next, and again the competition was fierce. Abi was the first girl home for Gurnard, a great run, especially for a year 5, saw her finishing in 19th, Freya followed her home in 20th, with Ezmae not far behind in 29th. There was a bit of a gap to Tilly in 77th, with Cadence and Isabel also putting in great performances. The scores were added together and the girls had finished a respectable 7th out of over 20 teams. The final race was the year 5/6 boys. Last years boys winners Joe and Fred went head to head. Fred threw down the gauntlet to the field flying off the start line into a formidable lead. Joe picked off the rest of the runners with relative ease, but couldn't reign Fred in. Fred's fantastic run showed what an outstanding athlete he is, retaining the title of year 5/6 boys winner, with Joe in second place. Although no individual medals are given, it should be noted that Fred's win was the third time in a row a Gurnard pupil has crossed the line first. The depth in the running of the boys was shown as Eijah and Ben finished 14th and 15th respectively, with less than a second between them. They were followed by Eddie in 39th and Lewis, who showed great determination and resilience to finish 49th, despite still feeling the effects of the illness he'd had all week. The total meant the boys had retained the year 5/6 title for the third year, but the whole team just missed out on the trophy for the combined winners.

A great showing from all the children in a very strong field from across the island. But what shone through most was the fantastic team spirit and support they showed each other. All the children cheered each of the other teams on, regardless of the year group, really helping each other complete a tough course. They also supported the other schools and were a great credit to the school, making both sports coaches very proud indeed. 

Team: Ava, Cassidy, Nancy, Leia, Eliza, Evie, Seb, Archie, Jimmy, Luca, Jay, Alex, Abi, Ezmae, Freya, Tilly, Isabel, Cadence, Fred, Joe, Eddie, Ben, Eijah, Lewis 




Thursday 16th February 2017 - J Rock regional dance competition

After months of rehearsals, set building and costume making it all finally came together with an outstanding performance from Gurnard Primary School at the Junior Rock Challenge dance competition held at Southampton Guildhall.

80 children, aged from 8 to 11 years, wowed the audience with their composition ‘Game On’, choreographed by dance teacher Michelle Davis.  In their dance, the main character was transported back through time to a virtual world.  The only way to escape being stuck in the game forever was to win each level of the game.  The dance explored the importance of courage, daring, imagination and teamwork.

The judges commented on their impressive set and costumes, high standards of performance and well executed choreography.  Gurnard were thrilled to come away with third place overall.  They received an amazing total of 9 Awards of Excellence for choreography, stage use, drama, soundtrack, set design and function, costuming character, visual enhancement, entertainment and lighting.

This has been a phenomenal experience for all of the children taking part – they have worked incredibly hard and we couldn’t be more proud of them.  The atmosphere on the day was incredible and the children really enjoyed watching the performances of all of the other schools taking part.  We are also thrilled that the awards given recognised the work of our incredibly supportive parents.

Wednesday 15th February 2017 - Indoor Cricket Finals

This afternoon Gurnard's cricketers travelled to Medina College for the finals of the indoor cricket competition. The format was two group games followed by a play off. Gurnard joined Wootton and Shalfleet in group one. First up we played Shalfleet, good bowling from all the boys and excellent wicket keeping by Ben meant Shalfleet were kept to an achievable total. The boys then batted very sensibly, and ran out narrow winners. Next up we played Wootton who were an excellent side, despite some good catches and bowling again, this time we fell just short, this meant a 3rd/4th play off against Carisbrooke. They had some excellent cricketers, and despite their best efforts the boys couldn't get the win. The improvement shown throughout, especially in their awareness of the game, showed how far the boys have come, which bodes well for the summer of cricket ahead.

Team: Ben, Fionn, Hugo, Charlie, Thomas, Noah 

Tuesday 14th February 2017 - U9 Boys Football

This afternoon Gurnard travelled to Newchurch for the semi final of the Under 9 cup. A tough game was expected, and so it proved. The game started very evenly. Both teams working hard to earn the right to play their football. Newchurch earned some early corners, but the Boys defended them well. Newchurch remained in the ascendancy, Seb and Archie P defending excellently, reading the good passes from Newchurch well and intercepting most of them. Finally Newchurch had the first chance  and brought a save from Charlie. Gurnard were beginning to find their feet, and good play by Gabe gave Luca a chance that was well saved. Archie B then had a chance but was prevented by a good tackle, before Gabe shot just wide from a good pass by Archie B Pressure was building and both Jay and Archie B had shots blocked. Newchurch hit back, a brilliant pass set their forward clear but fortunately his shot hit the bar. Then late in the first half Gabe played a great pass to Jay who's rasping shot hit the post but Archie B was there to tap the rebound in.

HT Newchurch 0-1 Gurnard 

Gurnard started the first half on top and an early corner saw Gabe have a shot saved. Gurnard then produced some good chances, Jimmy unlucky not to finish when in the box, Archie B put a chance just wide before Gabe did the same. Jacob and Seb were defending well as Newchurch continued to push for an equaliser. Chances were now falling at both ends Archie B firing over from a good position. Back up the other end and Newchurch found an equaliser. A brilliant strike was well saved by Charlie but Newchurch were quickest to the rebound and the striker finished with aplomb. Back came Gurnard, Luca shooting just wide after a pass from Jimmy. Another chance saw Jay shoot wide as the game opened up. Newchurch pushed to take the lead Charlie making an excellent save, Gurnard came straight back up the other end, Archie B forcing a good save from the keeper, who then made a brave save at Gabe's feet. Back came Newchurch Charlie making another good save. With the game heading for extra time Gabe picked up the ball on the left, beat two Newchurch defenders and fired into the roof of the net. With seconds left to play Newchurch forced a corner after Gurnard didn't clear their lines, fortunately it came to nothing and the final whistle blew meaning the boys had made the final. A great effort by both in a very tight, competitive game, and both teams deserve great credit.

Team: Charlie, Archie P, Seb, Jacob, Jimmy, Luca, Gabe, Jay, Archie B

Friday 10th February 2017 - Archery

On Friday afternoon Gurnard took an intrepid team of archers to Queensgate for a festival of archery. The team of Oli, Hayden, Poppy, Elsie, Lucas and Taylor spent the afternoon learning skills and shooting arrows, the targets getting progressively further away. All the children had a great time and represented the school brilliantly.

Tuesday 7th February 2017 - Under 10s make the cup final!

This afternoon Gurnard travelled to Bembridge for the Under 10 cup semi final. The boys got off to a great start as Fionn scored in the opening minute. Clean passes between Oli, Dylan and Fionn put Gurnard 1-0 up. After a rocky start Bembridge found their feet in defence and put the pressure back on. Joe and Conran worked hard clearing the ball to protect Eddie in goal. Dylan breaks through and nets the second goal for Gurnard as the midfield continue to put the work in. Bembridge immediately fight back forcing Eddie to make two quick saves. Mason has a half chance but can't make it 3, Fionn also having a shot well saved by the Bembridge keeper. The danger isn't over yet though as our defence are continually tested by some good football by Bembridge however the whole team stand firm and get to half time. 

HT Bembridge 0-2 Gurnard 

Second half gets off to a competitive start as Bembridge take a long shot at goal and dominate possession. Chance after chance is created by Bembridge, who are unlucky not to score.  Joe and Owen making some superb tackles. Gurnard work hard not to concede with Sam throwing himself in the way of more than one Bembridge shot. Corner after corner is cleared by Eddie and the defence. Our first shot of the second half falls to Dylan who makes a great cross at goal that skims the crossbar. Shortly followed by Charlie who just misses from a turn at the top of the box. But it's Owen that finally scores with a powerful strike on target that deflects into the goal. Bembridge continue to attack, a great strike hitting the bar and Eddie gratefully grabbing the rebound. End to end now, Mason just beaten to the ball in the box and Fionn shoots wide after a great solo run. Bembridge back on the attack and almost constant pressure eventually pays off as Bembridge score a well deserved goal in the closing minutes firing into the top corner, almost impossible for Eddie to save. Unfaltering effort and commitment from Bembridge was matched by determination and resilience from Gurnard and as the final whistle blew Gurnard were in the final.

FT Bembridge 1-3 Gurnard

Great effort from the boys against a very talented Bembridge side meant lots of happy faces at the end, the boys now looking forward to finding out their opponents in the final.  

Team: Eddie, Joe, Conran, Sam, Owen, Oli, Charlie, Fionn, Dylan, Mason



Monday 6th February 2017 - Cowes Cluster Basketball Competition

This afternoon Gurnard took a team of Year 5/6 boys and girls to the Cowes Cluster Basketball Competition. The children played 5 games in all, with all of them showing great sportsmanship and behaviour throughout.

First up we played Cowes who defeated us by 6 baskets to nil, meaning a12-0 score line. Next up were eventual winners Northwood. Despite being close at the start, Eijah scoring our first basket, Northwood pulled away at the end winning 8-2. The team were showing improvement in their passing and urgency, starting to get to grips with the game. This showed in a 4-4 draw with Queensgate, Oli F and Eijah with the baskets. Next up was a narrow 4-0 defeat to Wootton, and in the final game against Lanesend, the team came from 6-2 down to draw 6-6, Eijah with 2 baskets and Eleanor with the equaliser.

It was a great effort by all the team, with many in their first competitive fixtures.

Team: Faith, Eleanor, Esme, Talia, Abi, Ben, Eijah, Oli F, Charlie, Oli Y






Wednesday 1st February 2017 – Girls Netball

This afternoon Gurnard took a team of 9 Year 5 and 6 girls to Haylands Primary School for a friendly netball match.  This match was to help the girls learn the game and progress their skills in a competitive environment.  The team started off moving the ball nicely, finding good space and making good interceptions.  Throughout the game the girls played well with some good quick passing.  The final score 11-7 to Gurnard.  It was a brilliant game from both teams who did really well.  Team: Tilly, Evie, Talia, Freya, Alex, Ruby, Ellie, Abi, Rachel




Friday 27th January 2017 - Trampolining 

Congratulations to Dahl Class who won the PE Kit reward this term. As their reward they got the opportunity to try trampolining, thanks to Mrs Tuck at Medina College. The class went along to try a new sport, learning how to bounce and land safely and even introduced a few gymnastic shapes. Everyone had a brilliant morning, with smiles all round, especially from Mrs Squibb who had a bounce too! Well done Dahl Class! Special thanks to Mrs Brown, a Wight Flyers coach, who also came along to help and support the class.

Thursday 26th January 2017 - Rugby Ready

On a bitterly cold afternoon in Ryde, 9 boys from Year 4 were invited to take part in a 'rugby ready' session at Ryde School. There, the boys were introduced to contact rugby with a selection of other primary schools. They were first coached about how to tackle safely along with the rules of the upcoming games. The boys then played several games against other schools, with some great tackles and tries shown by everyone. All the boys participated with great enthusiasm and sportsmanship throughout the event and were a credit to Gurnard.



Wednesday 25th January 2017 – Under 9 Girls Football

On a freezing Wednesday afternoon Gurnard Under 9 girls football travelled to Queensgate for their final league fixture. The girls started brightly, Katherine making some strong runs but no one could apply a finish. Queensgate too were attacking regularly and Ava, Lola and Isobel were on their toes to cut out any chances. Anya was winning some strong tackles in the midfield and along with Nancy was setting up more chances for Gurnard which couldn't be converted. After a good tackle by Holly, Anya broke free and played a great pass to Katherine who ran free to score the girls first ever goal. Back came Queensgate and Amelia made a good tackle, to prevent a chance. Strong work by Aisha and Daisy kept us on the front foot and at half time Gurnard had the lead.  HT Queensgate 0-1 Gurnard 

The second half started with Queensgate again on the attack, and Hope in goal made a couple of excellent saves to maintain our lead. Good running from Katherine and Aisha created chances to extend the lead, but Queensgate's keeper was equal to them. Queensgate continued to create chances and Ava and Lola kept them at bay with good tackles. However, the pressure finally paid and Queensgate got the equaliser. More chances came and went at both ends but no one could find a winner.

All the parents watching were thoroughly entertained by an exciting game, played in a great spirit by both teams.  Team: Hope, Lola, Ava, Isobel, Holly, Daisy, Aisha, Anya, Katherine, Nancy, Amelia.


Gymnastics Awards

Well done to the following children who have all achieved their British Gymnastics Pairs and Groups Bronze Award through our gymnastics club:

Tayla W; Rhiannon M-B; Esme F; Evie H; Eleanor M; Isobel F; Chloe S; Eva M; Rebecca C; Arabel C and Faith J.



Tuesday 24th January 2017 - Under 10 Boys Football

 This afternoon Gurnard took on Cowes in the quarter final of the Under 10 cup. Cowes were straight on the attack and Eddie in goal had to be alert to stop them taking an early lead. The boys had started a bit nervously and Joe and Conran had to be on their toes to prevent more Cowes’ attacks. However the pressure eventually paid off when Cowes took the lead with a good finish. That seemed to settle the boys down and they started to pass the ball a bit better. Sam was putting in some strong tackles and Fionn was starting to get on the ball. However the final ball was not quite there. The boys persevered and were rewarded when Fionn hammered an equaliser into the top corner, giving the keeper no chance. Gurnard were now on top, and were unlucky not to have the lead before half time, Oli having a shot blocked and Dylan hitting the post. Cowes also could have gone in ahead but shot wide with the last action of the first half.  HT Gurnard 1-1 Cowes

The second half started in the same fashion as the first, Cowes playing some good football and retaking the lead. Owen was now partnering Joe at the back and looking solid, winning tackles and using the ball well. Charlie was finding space on the right, and after a good run he freed Fionn to make it 2-2. Gurnard then had chances to win the game Toni shooting just wide and Dylan also going close. However no more goals meant extra time.  FT Gurnard 2-2 Cowes 

Etra time was very open, with Cowes pushing forward more players, and this suited Gurnard, who's defenders, be it Sam, Owen, Conran or Joe, all maintained their discipline. The open spaces were exploited by Fionn who used his pace to break through the Cowes high back line and put Gurnard into the lead for the first time and complete his hat trick. Toni was then put clear after more good play by Charlie and Oli and he scored to make it 4-2. The Cowes keeper made a good save from Dylan to keep Cowes in the game, but Gurnard weren't to be denied a fifth goal when Fionn again broke free to score his fourth of the game. Cowes kept battling and scored a consolation third goal when a long shot somehow found it's way in. However the boys weren't to be denied and the final whistle went to seal their place in the semi-finals. FT after extra time Gurnard 5-3 Cowes

Team: Joe, Conran, Eddie, Sam, Fionn, Oli, Dylan, Owen, Joe, Charlie, Toni


Monday 23rd January 2017 - Table Tennis Festival

This week Gurnard took a team of Year 6 children to the table tennis centre in Ryde for a festival of table tennis. The purpose was to introduce the children to a new sport and fun games to help improve their table tennis skills. Firstly, the team worked in pairs competing in short relay races using different ways of controlling the ball. First was balancing the ball, second it was bouncing the ball on the bat, and third bouncing it off the floor.

Pair one was Ruby and Elize, who showed good coordination in all three events. Pair two was Jack and Lucie, they worked really well together, helping each other all the way. The third pair of George T and Isabel did really well showing great skills, as did Joe and Ben who were pair four. The final pair of George M and Ulla also did a great job. Once the scores were added up Gurnard were in 2nd place.

Next up was a rally competition with the number of returns each pair achieved giving them a score. Each pair did really well with the pressure of everyone watching, Ben and Joe managing an impressive 14 returns.  After this round, Gurnard remained in second place, only 2 points behind first place.

Next was the chance to have a go at some games to practice their new found skills ready for the final test of the robot. The children did a great job on the robot, some great shots meant we had clawed back the 2 points and finished joint first. It was a brilliant experience for all the children who thoroughly enjoyed their afternoon.

Team:  Isabel, Ulla, Ruby, Elize, Lucie, Ben, Joe, George M, George T, Jack.



Wednesday 18th January 2017 - Under 10 Boys Football

Gurnard welcomed The Bay to our school for an Under 10 league fixture this afternoon. Kick off was delayed by bad traffic, which unfortunately meant we lost Toni, and after The Bay kicked off Gurnard were straight on the offensive with Dylan forcing a good save from the keeper, right on the line.  With the school's budget not yet stretching to goaline technology, the game carried on, and after Charlie had a shot blocked, Oli finally put it over the line. Gurnard continued on the offensive, Eddie having a shot well saved, and Charlie shooting just wide. James and Owen were kept on their toes in defence, making some good tackles and using the ball sensibly. The Bay did break through, but Bryson was quick to save with his feet. Good work in midfield by Eddie found Oli, who in turn passed to Dylan who made it 2-0. The game was still quite open, and Sam was working hard in the middle winning the ball back. From another good run by Charlie Gurnard had another chance, but Mason couldn't quite find the finish. The third goal eventually came when Dylan controlled a goal kick, and ran at the defence before finishing with aplomb. The Bay continued to play some good football and were rewarded with a goal when they ran clear and finished past Bryson.  HT Gurnard 3-1 The Bay 

Into the second half, and James, who had taken over in goal, had to be alert early on to make a good save. Some strong, fair tackles were going in on both sides now, and players were finding it hard to get time on the ball. More chances at both ends, Eddie using his pace to defend well, whilst Sam and Mason both went close. The fourth goal came when Charlie found space on the edge of the box and curled in a great finish just inside the post. James had to make a good save from a thunderous free kick, and The Bay's keeper showed good hands to stop an effort from Oli. With no further scoring the whistle blew on the first win of the season for the boys.  Team: Bryson, James, Owen, Charlie, Oli, Sam, Dylan, Mason, Eddie 


Tuesday 17th January 2017 – U11 Boys Football

This afternoon Gurnard took on Wootton in the quarter final of the Under 11 league. Wootton won the toss and opted to kick up the slope in the first half. An uncertain start presented Wootton with an early chance, but Theo was quick to clear. Not long after, Fred picked up the ball on the halfway line and ran at the Wootton defence, after beating two players, he fired into the bottom corner to give the boys the perfect start. More chances came, Riley and Hayden both going close. The boys weren't having all the play, and Theo made a sharp save from a Wootton attack. Ben and Oscar were defending well, but with gaps opening up, Gurnard doubled their lead when some great midfield play by Lewis set Fred free and he made it 2-0. Hayden and Oli were causing lots of problems down the flanks for Wootton, but the final ball was missing, either blocked or just eluding the target in the centre. But the boys preserved and were rewarded with a third goal, Lewis again the architect, finding Fred who when through on goal unselfishly passed to Hayden to make it 3. Gurnard were completely on top now, Hugo was winning midfield battles and setting up lots of attacks. On the edge of the box he found Eijah whose brilliant effort was tipped over by the Wootton keeper.  HT Gurnard 3-0 Wootton 

Into the second half and the boys continued to pass the ball well and attack Wootton at every opportunity. Noah on the right wing was finding space and playing some good football with Oscar and Riley in support. From one move Riley had a good effort saved, and not long after Hayden also had a chance saved. The fourth goal came when a through ball put Lewis clear, and he dummied the keeper and scored the goal his performance deserved. Wootton had committed more men forward and Hugo and Oscar had to be aware to stop them scoring. Theo was also on his toes, sweeping up on the edge of his box. Hayden made a great run down the left, and found Noah who put his effort just wide. Wootton to their credit didn't give up, and were rewarded with a consolation goal in the last minute, when their forward finished well when put clean through.

FT Gurnard 4-1 Wootton.  Overall a very good performance by the boys, who move on to the semi final with confidence.

Team: Theo, Ben, Oscar, Noah, Oli, Eijah, Hugo, Lewis, Riley, Hayden, Fred 


Friday 13th January 2017 - Under 11 Boys’ Football

This afternoon Gurnard took on Shalfleet in an Under 11 friendly match. It was the first taste of school football for many of the team, and there were lots of nervous smiles prior to kick off. Gurnard kicked off attacking down the hill and were quickly into their stride, Eijah causing lots of problems for Shalfleet down the left wing. Some early corners were won, and James, keen to get involved, put in some dangerous deliveries which were well defended. Hugo and Oscar were controlling the middle of the park, but no one could find the final ball to set Callum free up front. Shalfleet came more into the game, and Oli B and Charlie had to be alert at the back to stop their attacks. As the first half progressed, Shalfleet created some good chances, but found Theo in goal in excellent form. He dominated his area, communicating well with his defence. He also showed great handling and his distribution set Oli F and Eijah away on the counter attack. From one of those attacks Oscar found himself clear, but couldn't finish from a tight angle.  HT Gurnard 0-0 Shalfleet 

The second half was just as even, Gurnard started in the ascendancy, Hugo forcing the Shalfleet keeper into an excellent save. Shalfleet also continued to attack, with Theo making a great save from a one on one. Callum was now back in defence, working hard to win the ball back. Coupled with Ben, who was making some brilliant tackles, and quickly starting attacks, showing what an excellent defender he has become. One of those attacks set Eijah free, and when James passed to Oli F he made no mistake, firing across the keeper into the bottom corner to make it 1-0. The game was end to end and Theo had to be alert, making another save, before a tremendous drive from Oscar was tipped away by the Shalfleet keeper. Back came Shalfleet and Ben had to be at his best with a brilliant block tackle to prevent an equaliser. James then had another shot just wide after he was set free by Charlie after Oli B had won the ball. With seconds remaining Shalfleet broke clear, but Theo narrowed the angle well and the shot went over.  FT Gurnard 1-0

This was a brilliant game played in a very sporting manner by both teams. It was an entertaining watch for the big crowd of parents from both sides, and all the boys, especially the boys making their debuts, can be very proud of their efforts.

Team: Theo, Charlie, Oli B, James, Hugo, Oscar, Eijah, Callum, Ben, Oli F

Wednesday 11th January - Island Sportshall Athletics Finals

 This afternoon Gurnard took a team of Year 5 and 6 children to the Island Sportshall Athletics finals. After comfortably winning the Cowes cluster competition before Christmas the team was confident of doing well and maybe winning the competition for the first time ever for Gurnard.

The field events were first, Cadence and Ezmae secured first place in the vertical jump and long jump respectively, both setting a very high standard. Tilly jumped 5 metres for the first time to finish 6th in a tough triple jump competition. Aaliyah was 3rd in the chest push, with 4th place finishes for Abi in the speed bounce and Freya in the javelin. This was a brilliant start to the competition for the team, leaving the pressure on the boys to maintain it. The Boys did just as well, Fred and Noah winning speed bounce and javelin respectively. Hugo was second in the triple jump, with Ben also securing 2nd in vertical jump. Joe was 4th in the long jump and Fionn threw well to be 7th in the chest push.

These results put us in a good position moving into the running. There were some very close races especially in the girls’ events. Abi and Tilly were first in their 1x1 race, and also part of the winning 4x1 team, with Aaliyah and Cadence. Ezmae and Freya ran well to finish 4th in the 2x2 and 5th in the paarlauf. With Cadence and Aaliyah managing 3rd in their other event, the 2x1. The boys again showed the strength of their running winning 4 of the 5 races. Fred and Joe were just squeezed into 3rd in the 2x2, half a second behind the winners, but they won their next race, the paarlauf, with a great run. Fionn and Hugo won the 2x1, with Ben and Noah winning the 1x1. The boys then combined to win the last event, the 4x1, to leave us hoping for the best come the results.

When the results were read out Gurnard were victorious, and the team, along with reserves Eva and Eijah went up to receive their medals.  A great effort by all involved had given us a winning margin of over 100 points. We now go on to represent the Island at the Hampshire finals later in the year.

Team: Fred, Joe, Noah, Fionn, Hugo, Ben, Abi, Ezmae, Aaliyah, Tilly, Freya, Cadence.  Reserves: Eijah, Eva.


Thursday 10th January 2017 - Under 9 Boys Football

The Under 9 Boys Football team travelled to St. Francis today for the first fixture of 2017. The boys started in positive fashion attacking the St. Francis goal from the off. A good run by Gabe set up Jay whose shot was deflected for a corner. The boys stayed on the attack, and Gabe was brought down in the box. He picked himself up to take the penalty and make the score 1-0. Some brilliant pass and move football involving Jay, Luca and Gabe set up Jimmy, but his shot was blocked. Jay and Luca were working brilliantly together, combining well down the left to create more chances. The second goal came when the same two players combined yet again as Jay crossed for Luca to score with a great drive into the corner. Archie and Seb were looking solid in defence, and taking the chance to join the attacks where possible. Jimmy had another chance but it just wouldn't fall for him in the box, and the keeper saved. More good play and quick passing between Gabe and Luca set Jay up and his shot was cleared off the line. Late in the half, Charlie was forced into action in goal, making a good diving save after St. Francis broke clear.

HT St. Francis 0-2 Gurnard 

The second half kicked off in the same fashion, Gurnard on the attack early. Luca having an early shot saved by the keeper. Jacob had slotted in at the back, and broke up any early sights of goal for St. Francis. Seb and Archie had more attacking roles in the second half, and both had chances blocked or saved. Another chance was blocked by a St. Francis hand and Gabe scored his second penalty of the game. The boys continued to pass and move brilliantly, Jay and Luca combining well to give Jimmy another chance, again saved by the keeper. Gabe then went on a great run, beating 4 players and setting up Archie whose shot was saved. The team wasn't denied a fourth goal for long, Jacob winning the ball and passing to Gabe, who beat two players before firing past the keeper to complete his hat trick. There was still enough time for Luca to have a free kick tipped over the bar as the boys finished as strongly as they started. The final whistle soon followed giving the boys a well deserved win and a place in the semi finals.  HT St. Francis 0-4 Gurnard 

It was a really impressive performance by the boys, who played as a team, passing very well and creating plenty of chances. Tougher challenges await but the boys should face them with confidence - well played boys!

Team: Charlie, Archie, Seb, Jimmy, Gabe, Luca, Jay, Jacob.

Thursday 15th December 2016

U10 Boys' Football

Gurnard Under 10 boys travelled to Broadlea for the last fixture of 2016. Broadlea started the game but soon lost possession to Gurnard. Dylan took the first opportunity on goal, straight into the keepers hands but immediately put Broadlea under pressure. Broadlea pushed back into our half leaving Eddie in danger and scoring the first goal. Soon after Dylan made a blinding cross into the box but despite their efforts the boys couldn't finish it this time. Gurnard worked hard to keep possession, with Fionn making some strong runs in the Broadlea half,  but again they forced us back winning their first corner. Another great cross into the box forced Joe to make a brilliant header away from our top corner preventing another goal. 1-0 at half time.

The second half continued much the same as Joe and Owen defended hard. Oliver made a great run upfront but was denied by a chasing defender. Charlie, Sam and Mason put in the effort in midfield keeping the ball moving and creating chances. Conran came on at the back in place of Owen to support Eddie who did well to clear his lines. In the last minutes however, Broadlea scored two excellent goals finishing the game 3-0.

Team: Eddie, Fionn, Joe, Sam, Owen, Charlie, Mason, Conran, Dylan and Oliver

Wednesday 14th December 2016

Year 3 and 4 Boys' Football

This afternoon Gurnard took a team of Year 3 and 4 boys to Shalfleet for a friendly football match. For a lot of the boys it was their first time representing the school and they put up a great performance. Shalfleet had obviously played together before and were putting the boys under pressure. Robert made a string of brilliant saves in goal but couldn't prevent the Shalfleet team building up a commanding lead. The boys kept their heads up and battled throughout the second half with smiles on their faces until the end. Well played boys.

Team: Alfie, Logan, Ashton, Harrison, Callum, Robert, William and Sam

Tuesday 13th December 2016

Year 5 Girls' Netball

This afternoon Gurnard took a team of 5 Year 5 girls to Wootton for a friendly netball match. It was the first experience of competitive netball for some of the girls and they did really well learning the positions and the rules. As the game progressed the girls all improved massively, showing greater knowledge of the game and the skills involved. There was some brilliant shooting, passing and spacial awareness from all the girls. The game was played in a very sporting manner and was very close, finally finishing 7-6 to Gurnard.

Team: Tilly, Evie, Ruby, Abi, Caitlyn

Monday 12th December 2016

Sportshall Athletics

On Monday afternoon Gurnard sent two teams of athletes to Cowes Enterprise College for the annual Cowes Cluster Sportshall event. Over the last couple of years this has been an event in which our school has excelled. So there was expectation and confidence going into the competition, with the children determined to maintain our reputation, and maintain it they did!

The field events were the first challenge with the girls going before the boys. Everyone gave their all, and there were some brilliant performances across the board. In particular, Aaliyah winning the chest push, throwing not only further than all the girls, but all the boys too. Ezmae jumping an incredible 2.1m in standing long jump, again the furthest in the whole competition, real twin power! Tilly won the triple jump, followed by Phoebe in third, and with Cadence winning the vertical jump, this meant Gurnard had won 4 out of 6 field events. In the boys Noah smashed the javelin, with Eijah second, and Hugo and Hayden getting another 1-2 in the triple jump. There were also second places for Ben in vertical jump, Fred in speed bounce, with Jacob third, and another third for Joe in the long jump.

All of these plus the other great performances meant we were in a strong position going into the running. The children again excelled themselves in this. Brilliant determination and baton changes saw us score highly again. The girls A team winning 3 of the 5 events, and finishing third in the other 2, the B team second in 3 and third in another. Amazingly the boys A team won every race, with the B team finishing second in 3 races. All of this meant the children had surpassed expectations with the A team winning the event, followed by the B team in second. The school will now be represented at the Island finals in the new year, providing a greater challenge to their formidable talents.

As a footnote, the behaviour and sportsmanship shown throughout the competition was a credit to the school. The support that was shown to both our teams and the other schools was brilliant to see, and long may it continue. Goooo sports team!!

Gurnard A: Aaliyah, Ezmae, Freya, Tilly, Eva, Abi, Fred, Noah, Ben, Hugo, Joe, Fionn

Gurnard B: Phoebe, Sophia, Cadence, Eleanor, Ruby, Esme, George, Eijah, Eddie, Hayden, Oscar, Jacob

Friday 9th December 2016

Wheelchair Basketball

This afternoon 10 lucky Year 6 pupils got the chance to visit St George's school for a wheelchair basketball match. The children played half a match of wheelchair basketball and half a match of basketball. The matches were competitive and fun for all involved, with the children learning new skills, and showing great sportsmanship.
Team: George, Henry, Reuben, James, Ben, Ulla, Faith, Rosie, Eleanor, Lucie


Wednesday 7th December 2016

Under 10 Boys Football

Gurnard Under 10 Boys travelled to St Francis for their second league game of the season. St Francis having won all their games, Gurnard knowing it will be tough.

St.Francis start the game but Gurnard quickly take possession and immediately put the pressure on. Fionn makes a great run which shoots past the back line but follows it up with another paced attack on goal to make the score 1-0. St.Francis respond with a solid shot on target but Eddie was alert and made a great save. Joe, Owen and James worked at the back to keep the pressure of whilst Fionn took another opportunity to break away up front and power the ball past the keeper. Toni, Bryson and Sam worked hard in the middle to keep the game moving as half time sees Gurnard 2-0 up. 

Mason kicks off the second half and drives the ball forward. Owen, Conran and Mason work the ball to the oppositions box as Fionn takes a strike just off target. St.Francis take possession, putting the pressure firmly on Gurnard. Chance after chance comes and goes until an unlucky hand ball gives St.Francis a penalty. Slotted into the top right corner, the score allows St.Francis back into the game as it goes to 2-1. 5 minutes on the clock the game runs end to end, Bryson making a great tackle to stop another St Francis chance. Then three back to back corners fall in favour of St.Francis, but are well defended. St.Francis take a last minute goal from a throw in taking the score to 2-2. Eddie makes the last save of the game as he runs off his line to clear the ball and end the game as a draw.

A brilliant effort from the boys against an undefeated team, we were unlucky not to take the win, but the effort, sportsmanship and determination showed left Mr McCormack and Miss Wade-Smith very proud.

Gurnard 2-2 St.Francis

Team: Eddie, Mason, Fionn, Joe, Toni, Bryson, Conran, James, Sam, Owen 

Tuesday 6th December 2016

U11 Girls Football

Today the Under 11 girls travelled to Newchurch for the quarter final of the cup in what they knew would be a tough encounter. After a cagey start, a long throw from Newchurch produced the first opportunity but Aaliyah was equal to it. Talia was winning some good tackles in the middle and from one Freya couldn't get on the end of it. Unfortunately at the other end Newchurch were awarded a penalty which was well dispatched. The game was still fairly even, with Ezmae getting on the ball and getting forward. Jess, Lucy and Izzy were defending well, but Newchurch were continuing to look dangerous and scored again with a good finish into the bottom corner. They then scored a carbon copy to make it 3, and a slightly flattering 4th to make the half time score 4-0 to Newchurch.

The girls started the second half with plenty of running and enthusiasm, with Katie, Eloise and Elize working hard to get on the ball. However Newchurch had the first chance of the half, Aaliyah producing a great save. Newchurch made it 5 from the corner. The girls didn't give up and Ezmae kept working to win the ball, but Newchurch kept attacking, forcing Aaliyah into another great save. Another good move saw Newchurch score their 6th goal, before a brilliant block by Elize stopped a 7th. More good defending from Talia and Eloise kept them out, but after Aaliyah made another good save, Newchurch scored again. After a slick move Newchurch scored again, before Aaliyah made yet another save from a long shot. Newchurch maintained the pressure up until the end and scored again to make it 9. The girls didn't give up and forced a late corner but couldn't find a consolation goal and the game finished 9-0 to Newchurch.

Team: Aaliyah, Lucy, Izzy, Jess, Elize, Katie, Eloise, Ezmae, Freya, Talia

Monday 5th December 2016

U9 Girls' Football

Gurnard Under 9 Girls travelled to Wootton for their second league game.

Wootton started on the attack and Isobel immediately made 2 brilliant saves, however she was powerless to stop Wootton taking the lead with their next attempt. Katherine then set about restoring parity with a strong run. Strong defending from Ava and Lola kept Wootton's strong attackers at bay. Hope and Elizabeth were playing some good passes forward with Maisie and Katherine looking dangerous when given the chance to run. Katherine made another dangerous run and was just stopped by a foul on the edge of the box. From the resulting free kick Hope shot just wide. Wootton broke forward and from another brilliant save by Isobel, Wootton scored the rebound. More good tackling from Ava and Lola sent Nancy free, but good defending by Wootton stopped the attack. Another Wootton attack made it 3 despite a suspicion of handball. Katherine then had a good shot well saved by the keeper.

HT Wootton 3-0 Gurnard 

Wootton started the second half well but more brilliant defending by Ava and Lola kept them at bay. Isobel, now up front, was running hard, but Wootton's defence was standing strong. More pressure from Gurnard threatened to pull a goal back, but again the defence was strong.  From a break Hope in goal made a great save. Gurnard were giving as good as they got, showing good determination throughout, but the ball wouldn't run for them in the final third. Hope made another good save from a long shot, and then good play from Nancy almost saw us break through. More strong play saw Maisie unlucky with a shot. The girls continued to give their all in a much more even second half but couldn't quite find the net. 

FT Wootton 3-0 Gurnard 

Team: Isobel, Hope, Katherine, Ava, Lola, Maisie, Nancy, Elizabeth 

Wednesday 30th November 2016

Cricket Tournament


This afternoon Gurnard travelled to Medina College for an indoor cricket tournament involving Yarmouth, Shalfleet, Nine Acres and The Bay.

First up Gurnard played The Bay.  The boys batted first, all playing some good shots and posting a formidable score. When bowling the boys did a great job of keeping it tight.  Joe then took a great wicket and followed it up by bowling one in the next over.  Ben also took a stumping from Thomas's bowling. This ensured a comfortable win. Gurnard 275-0 Bay 237-3

Next we played Shalfleet.  Shalfleet opened the batting strongly scoring a few boundaries. However more good bowling coupled with a Charlie run out and catch meant a competitive target set by Shalfleet. The boys again batted well with Fionn hitting a couple of bowls but a couple of poor running decisions meant we couldn't quite match the Shalfleet total, falling short by 8 runs. Shalfleet 242-2 Gurnard 234-2

Finally we were up against Yarmouth.  Gurnard opened the batting, Noah and Joe both hitting some good shots. Fionn and Charlie were next, some excellent bowling from Yarmouth and a superb run out meant it was tough for runs, but the boys kept at it, making a few boundaries. Brilliant running and hitting from Ben and Thomas posted a competitive score. A run out with the first ball got us off to a good start, followed by some really tight bowling and another run out meant we were in with a chance and in the final over a catch by Ben and a wicket for Charlie meant it was a tight finish. However the boys prevailed to win their last match. Gurnard 256-1 Yarmouth 233-4

Tuesday 22nd November 2016

Under 11 Boys’ Football

Today the Under 11 Boys’ Football team welcomed Binstead to our school to play their final league fixture.

The boys knew a win would see them through to the next stage of the competition and set about achieving that with a positive start. Fred took the game to Binstead and had an early shot saved by the Binstead keeper. Next another run by Fred set up Hayden, who shot over when it looked easier to score. However from the next attack Fred did open the scoring when he slotted past the keeper. Binstead were playing positively though, and Theo had to be alert to make a good save and cut out a dangerous through ball. But Gurnard were playing with intent and quickly added 2 more goals through Riley and Hayden. Hugo was alert in defence, cutting out any dangerous moves, and with one he set Fred free for his second. Fred then reverted to defence, however it didn't stop him getting his hat trick when his controlled a long goal kick and ran half the length of the pitch before finishing.
HT Gurnard 5-0 Binstead

Plenty of changes at half time didn't stop the attacks, and Ethan got the first goal of the second half, calmly beating two defenders before finding the corner. Ben at the back was making good tackles and using the ball sensibly, and one brilliant move between Ben, Oli and Ethan almost resulted in another goal. It didn't take long for the next goal, Eijah with a good run and finish. He then scored the goal of the game, firing into the top corner from the edge of the box. Binstead battled valiantly, with their keeper making more saves, however after three in quick succession, from Ethan and Noah, Oscar tapped home from the fourth rebound. There was still time for Lewis to add a final goal after some more good passing. The boys played some excellent football and can look forward to the next stage with confidence.
FT Gurnard 10-0 Binstead

Team: Theo, Hugo, Oscar, Eijah, Riley, Hayden, Fred, Oli, Ben, Noah, Lewis, Ethan


Friday 18th November 2016

U9 Futsal Tornament

This afternoon Gurnard travelled to the Isle of Wight College Futsal Centre for an Under 9 tournament. 6 sides entered and it was a round robin format with the top two teams going through to the finals.  All games were 5 minutes long.

First up Gurnard played Queensgate.  An early Queensgate attack saw a good save from Jacob. However Gurnard went up the other end and Archie B scored. Queensgate equalised with a great strike into the top corner. More attacks followed in a fast and furious game, Archie and Jay going close with more good saves from Jacob. Archie P made some great blocks and the game finished in a fair 1-1 draw.

Next game saw us face The Bay.  Again a frenetic game saw chances at both ends, good tackling from Seb kept The Bay at bay. Archie B was showing more close skills, forcing The Bay's keeper into a good save. Gurnard took the lead when good skills from Gurnard freed Jay who fired home. Jacob made a brilliant save from a free kick. Unfortunately we couldn't hold on, and a great finish saw an equaliser for The Bay. There was still time for Jacob to make a brilliant save from a Jay backpass, and the game again finished 1-1

Next up was Newport.  Gurnard made an unlucky start when Jay scored an own goal. Good pressure saw us equalise after good skills from Luca who crossed for Jimmy who tapped home. The boys carried on playing great stuff, and went ahead when Luca again crossed this time for Archie B to finish. Unfortunately we couldn't hold on and Newport equalised with seconds left to mean the final score was 2-2.

Our penultimate game pitched us against Newchurch a scrappy game with few chances saw us defeated 1-0, despite working hard and not giving up.

Final game was against Shalfleet.  Gurnard played some brilliant football and eventually took the lead through Jimmy with his second goal of the tournament, and added to that when Archie B scored with the last kick of the game. All of those results meant we finished joint third overall and don't proceed to the final.  Well played everyone!

Team: Archie P, Archie B, Luca, Seb, Jacob, Jimmy and Jay



Wednesday 16th November 2016

U11 Girls’ Football

This afternoon Gurnard Under 11 girls travelled to Dover Park for their last league game. An early goal put Gurnard on the back foot, however the girls hit back and some strong runs from Ezmae and Freya almost found an equaliser. Talia was tackling hard and breaking up any Dover Park moves. Tilly, in her first game made some good runs, and almost set up Ezmae for a goal but the keeper saved. Katie was finding space on the wing, but was quickly crowded out. At the back Jess and Izzy were strong in the tackle an restricting Dover Park to very few chances. However, on a small pitch it didn't take much to break and a corner was well cleared by Talia. No further goals and the whistle blew for half time.

HT Dover Park 1-0 Gurnard 

A good ball from Aaliyah found Freya but the keeper again saved early in the second half. More pressure from Gurnard saw Aaliyah have good shot blocked, the resulting corner found Freya but she couldn't convert. More strong tackling from Talia again blunted Dover Park attacks. Eloise was on the wing created more chances, but Dover Park's goal was leading a charmed life. Another save by the keeper from Freya kept the lead intact. Gurnard were still playing brilliant football but were again crowded out but Dover Park. On the break Elize made a great save to stop keep it at 1, and then a long free kick from Aaliyah almost caught out the Dover Park keeper. Another corner found Aaliyah but again the keeper saved, then Aaliyah shot just wide as Gurnard piled on the pressure. That turned out to be the last chance for Gurnard and despite a great performance, unbelievably the game ended 1-0. The girls now have to wait to see if they make it through to the next phase.

FT Dover Park 1-0

Team: Aaliyah, Izzy, Jess, Ezmae, Elize, Talia, Eloise, Katie, Tilly, Freya


Tuesday 15th November 2016

U9 Girls’ Football

We are incredibly proud to announce the start of the first U9 Girls' football league. This is great news for Gurnard with so many girls now taking part in football, both in school and across the Island. 
The game started with a Gurnard kick off but possession was quickly regained by Nettlestone. A few early chances put the pressure on Maisie, Ava and Isobel at the back but along with Elizabeth they managed to hold off an attack on goal. Anya and Nancy worked hard in the middle chasing the ball down whilst Katherine and Hope took up positions at the front. 
Joanne and Daisy came on in the first and made a solid impact. As Daisy made some brilliant runs down the left wing making chances for the team. Unfortunately, the first goal came from the opposition as they snuck a ball round the post. 1-0 at half time. 
Joanne took up position in goal for the second half. Katherine and Nancy played extremely well up front working the ball up the pitch opening up chance after chance. Unfortunately, no goal for Gurnard despite their best efforts. Nettlestone netted the finisher ending the game 2-0. 
The result may not have been in our favour but the game was excellent! Both teams played their best football and for many their first game. Gurnard welcomes a new team in the U9 Girls and fingers crossed for more fun and games! Well done team! 
Team: Elizabeth, Maisie, Joanne, Nancy, Daisy, Ava, Katherine, Anya, Isobel, Hope

Tuesday 15th November 2016

U7 Boys’ Football

This afternoon Gurnard welcomed Nettlestone to our school for an U7 friendly. Due to the number of players Gurnard played two teams, both playing a 15 minute match against the same Nettlestone team.
After a quick warm up match between the two Gurnard teams, Gurnard Blues took to the pitch to take on Nettlestone. It proved to be a very tight game, with some good performances from all. Ashton scored 2 goals for Gurnard, but Nettlestone hit back with 2 of their own. Some promising performances, especially from some of the Year 1s playing their first school game, with everyone trying hard and playing in the right spirit.
Next up the Yellows took on Nettlestone, and another tight game ended in a 0-0 draw.  Again all the boys putting on a good performance and not being overawed by the occasion.  All three teams were a credit to their respective schools and showed great sportsmanship throughout, playing with smiles on their faces.
Teams: Rafe, Jack, Patrick, Josh, Jasper J, Jasper R, Ashton, Hugo, Archie, Leo, Riley, Alfie, Harry



Wednesday 9th November 2016

U11 Girls’ Football

This afternoon Queensgate U11 Girls travelled to Gurnard to play their second league game of the school year.  Queensgate kicked off the first half of what turned out to be a close and tense game. Izzy and Jess had to work hard from the start as two forward players put the pressure on early, whilst the rest of the team found their feet after the long break.  Queensgate stole an early goal, despite Elize's best efforts as she dove to the floor.  1-0 down the girls were determined not to give up. Moments before the half time whistle, new comer Freya showed great awareness, picking up a breakaway ball in the centre. She made an excellent run to the box, scoring in the bottom left corner.

1-1 going into the second half meant all was still to play for.  Aaliyah, Katie and Eloise dug deep to keep play moving, as the game went end to end.  Queensgate tried their best to score another but Elize wasn't letting anything past her.  Talia made all the difference in the second half as her impressive foot work and speed meant she was back defending and up front putting the pressure on.  The final goal of the game however, came only second after Ezmae stepped back onto the field as a substitute, making a speedy run down the left wing to score the winning goal. The game finished 2-1.

A brilliant performance from both teams. Well done girls!

Team:  Lucy, Izzy, Jess, Elize, Freya, Aaliyah, Katie, Eloise, Talia, Ezmae


Tuesday 8th November 2016

U11 Boys’ Football

The U11 Boys’ Football team made the long trek to Bembridge for their second league game of the season.  On a very tight pitch it was a cagey start, Ben and Lewis at the back winning good tackles but the boys found it tricky to get their passing going with space at a premium.  They eventually got the first goal when a Bembridge player handled in the box, and Ethan converted the penalty.  It didn't take long to add a second with Fred firing a great finish into the bottom left corner.  Then just before half time Oli set Ethan free and he scored his second. HT Bembridge 0-3 Gurnard 

Into the second half and the boys were on the front foot immediately.  A good cross from Oli and Fred headed just past the post.  At the other end Bembridge were still giving it their best shot, and Noah made a good save to preserve his clean sheet.  Shortly after, a great pass from Eijah found Fred whose ball across goal to Hayden was emphatically finished.  It was almost constant pressure now, Hugo notched his first goal of the season after more good work from Oli and Hayden.  Fred had another shot well saved before Hayden chipped his second over the keeper.  Fred wasn't to be denied again and got his second goal from another good strike.  There was still time for one more, Hayden's strike hit the crossbar and Oscar was on hand to head home the rebound.  FT Bembridge 0-8 Gurnard 

A good game from the boys who played some excellent football on a very small pitch.  The result leaves them in a strong position to qualify with one league game left.

Team: Ben, Lewis, Ethan, Fred, Oli, Noah, Eijah, Hayden, Hugo, Oscar.

Thursday 20th October 2016

Island Cross Country

On Thursday afternoon Gurnard took a 32 strong team to the Island cross country relay at Medina College. Each key stage 2 year group had a team of 4 boys and 4 girls.

First up were the Year 3 team. The boys' team of Archie, Alex, Bertie and Harrison ran a great race finishing second.  The girls of Maisie, Joanne, Amelia and Lola also ran brilliantly finishing 6th.

Next up were the Year 4s. The boys Jay, Archie, Gabe and Luca did superbly winning by a fair distance.  The girls Evie, Cassidy, Eliza and Ava also ran brilliantly coming in 4th.

Up next the Year 5s. The boys Oli, Fionn, Eddie and Dylan also won by a long way, with the girls Tilly, Abi, Ruby and Ellie running really well, missing out on first by a narrow margin.

The final race was the Year 6 team, boys being Fred, Ben, Hugo and Noah and the girls Ezmae, Aaliyah, Freya and Cadence. The boys again performing amazingly winning their race by a massive distance, the girls also running well to finish up 4th.

All the children involved were a credit to the school and it was noticed by many parents how well all the year groups supported each other. All the results were then added together and there was a nail biting wait to find out that we were crowned overall winners. A great effort by everyone involved. Well done.

Wednesday 19th October 2016

U10 Boys’ Football

The Under 10 Boys’ team welcomed Queensgate to Gurnard today for their first league game. In what was their first game together, it was an understandably cagey start. Joe and Conran started in defence, and intercepted any early Queensgate attacks. Dylan won a lot of tackles, and one put Fionn through, but unfortunately the returning Noah dived bravely at his feet. Charlie and Oli were trying hard to get free on the wings, showing good skills, but were matched by some strong defending. Queensgate took the lead when their forward got in behind the defence and calmly finished past Matthew. Eddie and Owen came on into defence and carried on the strong tackling, but Gurnard couldn't find the final ball to set Mason free up front. Queensgate made it 2 with another through ball, and the same striker ran free to finish.

At half time it was Gurnard 0 - Queensgate 2

At the start of the second half the boys were straight on the offensive, almost carving out a chance for Mason. Then Fionn went on a great run, and his shot, destined for the top corner was amazingly saved by Noah, one of the best saves ever seen at Gurnard. Eddie was marking the dangerous striker and he found it much harder to break free as the team found their feet and continued to work hard. On the one occasion he did find space, Matthew made a brilliant save of his own, palming the ball out of the bottom corner. To their credit the boys kept passing and kept their heads up, but were again denied by another fantastic save from Noah, this time from Fionn's header. A very even second half still had time for another save from Matthew, but unfortunately the team couldn't find the goals they needed.

Full time: Gurnard 0-2 Queensgate 

The boys should be very proud of their performance, they kept trying, didn't give up and accepted defeat graciously. If they carry on like this they won't have to wait long for a win.

Team: Matthew, Conran, Joe, Eddie, Charlie, Oli, Dylan, Owen, Fionn, Mason 

Thursday 13th October 2016

Year 3/4 Triathlon

This afternoon a team of Year 3/4 triathletes visited a very chilly Lanesend for a Sustrans event. For many of the children it was their first time in a sporting event. The girls were first up, with Scarlett and Aisha scooting. Both girls did a great scoot before handing over to Anya for the first leg of the run, she did really well, handing over to Thea, who ran brilliantly, closing the gap on first place. Next it was Ava, who did a great cycle, before handing over to Lily. After a tricky start, Lily rode superbly, especially considering she only started riding a bike in the summer holidays!

Then it was the boys turn. Cody and Connor scooted, doing really well with the twisting course, finishing well and running to hand over to Rafferty. He ran a great first leg, handing over to William, who did just as well! Then it was time for the cycle. Louis did a great job, then handed over to Owen, who on a rather large bike did a great job bringing the boys home. There was still time for a second race each, this time, Lily and Ava took on scooting duties, getting a great start, Anya and Thea again ran superbly, handing over to Aisha and Scarlett to finish off on the bikes. For the boys, it was the same order, except Owen decided to have a run, and Rafferty finished off the race with a great cycle.

Well done to all the children, some of whom overcame some pre-match nerves to do a great job. Mr McCormack and the watching Miss Hicks were very proud of all of you, especially those competing for the school for the first time and stepping out of your comfort zones.

Team: Lily, Aisha, Thea, Anya, Ava, Scarlett, Louis, William, Owen, Connor, Cody, Rafferty.



Friday 7th October 2016

U11 Boys' Football - Danone Cup Hampshire finals

Today Gurnard Under 11 boys set off to the mainland to represent the island in the Danone Cup Hampshire finals. The format was a round robin competition, with each team playing 7 games of 10 minutes.

Game 1 v Hatch Warren
Gurnard started off playing some good football, Fred had a good chance set up by Riley, quickly followed by a 1-2 between Eijah and Riley, Eijah crossing to Hayden who put it just wide. Ben and Oscar were defending well and not long after Fred hit the post with a good effort. Despite dominating the ball, we couldn't find a goal and the boys were thankful when Theo made a good save to keep the game goalless. 0-0

Game 2 v Merdon
Early chances for Merdon resulted in a good saves from Theo. Eijah made some good runs but was denied by some strong defending. However Merdon took the lead when a great free kick found the top corner. The boys kept playing, but found chances hard to create, and were finished when the same Merdon player rifled a drive into the top corner. 0-2

Game 3 v St Jude's
St Jude's started strongly, forcing an early goal after a good 1-2 in the box. The pressure was maintained, and Oscar and Ben were defending well, however St Jude's added their second soon after. The boys kept their heads up and Eijah was set through and finished well to put us back in the game, however it was short lived as St Jude's  added their third near the end. 1-3

Game 4 v Foundry Lane
An early chance for Fred went just wide, and the boys had some new found vigour, winning tackles and playing strongly in the face of some uncompromising tactics. Oli was working well on the right hand side, and Theo had come out on the field and was defending well. A great tackle from Lewis stopped a certain gaol, and Fred also made some good tackles in the middle. Noah, now in goal made a great double save, followed by another save from a long shot. 0-0

Game 5 v Fair Oak
Against what proved to be the winners, the boys starts off again playing some good football, however they were more than matched by Fair Oak who took the lead after a good header. They continued to press and scored a brilliant second after some great passing. Noah then made a good save to stop a third. The boys rallied, with Hugo running hard in the middle, but could not force their way back into the game. 0-2

Game 6 v Whiteley
Theo returned to goal and immediately saved well with his feet. The boys were under a fair bit of pressure, and Fred needed to head two corners clear in quick succession. The boys passed well, but were restricted to long shots, and needed another save from Theo to keep parity. Despite their best efforts, a header from a deep cross won it for Whiteley late on. 0-1

Game 7 v Purbrook
This time Riley took on goalkeeping duties, and immediately made a good save with his right leg. Not long after Purbrook took the lead, yet another header from a cross proving our undoing. However, heads didn't drop and a good run from Fred saw Eijah hit the post. Despite playing more good football, it just wouldn't drop for the boys and we the scoreline remained the same. 0-1

Overall the boys found the standard, and probably more so the size of their opponents, difficult to match. But they kept playing passing football and were unlucky not to register a win. However it was a good learning experience for the boys, who did themselves and the school proud.

Team: Theo, Noah, Ben, Oscar, Oli, Lewis, Eijah, Riley, Hugo, Fred, Hayden




Wednesday 5th October 2016

U11 Girls' Football

Gurnard travelled to St Blaisus on a sunny but windy afternoon for their first league match of the season. In St Blaisus first ever game, all the girls were keen to see what the opposition would be like. The girls got off to a flying start, Ezmae scoring twice in the first 2 minutes. Not to be out done, Aaliyah got in on the act to put the girls 3 up. Jess, Lucy and Izzy were keeping it tight at the back, and some good passing from Katie and Eloise put Talia through, and her shot fizzed just wide. Some strong play from Ezmae almost saw her claim a hat trick but it wasn't to be. However, shortly after Lucy put in a good free kick to make it 4-0. Just before half time, Elize had to be sharp off her line to stop a chance for St Blaisus.

HT St Blaisus 0-4 Gurnard

Aaliyah took over goalkeeping duties for the second half, and the girls got straight on the offensive again. Katie had a great shot that was handled in the box, and she stepped up to slam the penalty home, despite the best efforts of the keeper. Strong tackling in midfield from Eloise and Talia put Lucy through, but she couldn't capitalise. A great corner from Talia caused havoc in the box, but Gurnard couldn't find the finishing touch and the ball was cleared. Talia had a great shot saved by the keeper as the girls tried to get the 6th. In the last minute, St Blaisus scored a deserved consolation when their striker fired past Aaliyah.
FT St Blaisus 1-5 Gurnard.

Team: Elize, Lucy, Izzy, Jess, Tahlia, Eloise, Katie, Ezmae, Aaliyah



Monday 3rd October 2016 - Tag Rugby

Gurnard visited Queensgate Primary this afternoon to compete in a tag rugby tournament. Drawn in group B, we faced Northwood in our opening match. A wobbly start for the team saw Northwood score two early tries. However, both were disallowed and the game began to turn in our favour. Fred found his stride scoring his first tri after an assist from Hugo. It wasn't long before he had another under his belt and Gurnard found themselves 2-0 up at half time. Northwood, were determined to take control of the game and came back with an immediate tri to open the second half. Despite their best efforts it was not to be and Gurnard won 3-1 as Lewis set up the final tri of the game for Fred.

Quickly into the second match against Wootton as it looked to be yet another tough game. Gurnard knew they had to play their best and it showed as they opened up the field. Ben and Lewis found great space and both had opportunities to run the field. It paid off as Ben took is first tri of the game. However, Wootton managed to steal one back as they worked the ball across the tri line. Almost point for point throughout the first half, finishing 2-2 as Fionn scored his first of the tournament. The second half was touch and go as Wootton took the lead, until Fred sprinted into open space and scored in the final seconds of the match.

Joint top of the table with Wootton meant it was down to goal difference to determine a finalist. Unfortunately, Gurnard were just behind Wootton with 6 tries to their 10. Nevertheless, the team were able to play in the 3rd and 4th place playoff. Another impressive game, which cemented their final position as 3rd place overall. A great performance from all but unlucky not to have gone through to the final. Well played!

Team: Freya, Ezmae, Aaliyah, Fred, Hugo, Rueben, Ben, Lewis, Fionn and Joe

Thursday 29th September
Girls Danone Cup

Gurnard v Queensgate
Gurnard came into the final group stages on top as they prepared to face Queensgate and Broadlea. Gurnard kicked off against Queensgate holding possession throughout most of the first half. Aaliyah, Katie and Eloise all had great chances but could seal the deal leaving the score nil nil at half time. Queensgate put the pressure on in the second half as a loose ball opened up the field for a clear shot at goal. Elize, however, made a cracking save preventing Gurnard from conceding in the final minutes. A well matched game, ending nil nil.

Gurnard v Broadlea
In need of a goal, to prevent a battle for a semi final spot, meant Gurnard had to step up their game against Broadlea. The girls continued to play well despite being a player down but were yet again unable to score. Lucy, Izzy and Jess were on top form again as they cleared to goal line, maintaining Gurnard’s clean sheet. Nil nil yet again at final whistle saw Gurnard through to the semi final on points.

Gurnard v Newchurch

Through to the semi finals against Newchurch, the team knew they'd have a tough game ahead of them. However, with their heads up they played their best game yet. Aaliyah stepped into goal and immediately had to make a diving save as Newchurch powered the ball across the goal line. Elize and Talia showed impressive stamina in midfield dropping back to help the defence whilst supporting Katie and Eloise upfront. Despite their efforts Gurnard were yet again unable to score. With hopes of holding off Newchurch into extra time the girls pushed hard into the final minute, until a wide ball fell at the feet of a Newchurch striker. A well deserved goal and disappointing loss for the team. However, they did well to finish the game 1-0. Newchurch progressed into the final but what a close game it was as both teams’ keepers expressed how well each other had played.

Well played girls!

Team: Aaliyah, Talia, Katie, Eloise, Jess, Lucy, Izzy, Elize


Wednesday 28th September 2016

Danone Cup Island Finals

Gurnard V Barton
Gurnard kicked off the first half putting immediate pressure on Barton. Possession remained firmly in Gurnard’s favour leaving little chance for Barton's strikers. Fred played well taking both first half chances but couldn't find the finish. Good interplay between Oli and Riley, kept us on the offensive, and Ben, Noah and Oscar kept things tight at the back, but neither side could make a breakthrough. The second half kicked off nil-nil. Barton came back fighting as Theo had to make a quick save, punching the ball from the box. Gurnard once again took control as Fred made a left wing run, crossing the ball square to the goal ready for Hayden to tap in to the net. Barton continued to force Gurnard back as Theo made two final saves on the line to end the game 1-0.

Gurnard V Queensgate
50/50 possession as Queensgate kick off the second match. Brilliant chances at both ends makes for an exciting first half. A close call in the box forces Queensgate’s keeper to makes an excellent save against Riley's powerful shot. Meanwhile Theo is tested by their attacking players, diving for a shot across the ground. Goalless at half time as Gurnard kick off. Fred and Hayden take the first chance playing a brilliant one-two that slips just past the post. Queensgate respond immediately taking a 1-0 lead which despite the boys efforts they held onto until the final whistle, meaning Queensgate win 1-0.

Gurnard V Greenmount
The boys went into the last game with their heads up and took control from the beginning. Fred went down late in the first half after a foul and stepped up to take a free kick which rebounded from the keeper, straight to Riley's left foot. A blinding first goal of the game. 1-0 up and Gurnard found their stride as Ben and Oscar worked hard at the back not to concede. Fred wrapped the game up with another 2 goals from two great balls played from the wing into open space by Lewis and Hayden. The result meant the boys topped the group and played Brighstone in the semi final.

Semi final - Gurnard V Brighstone
The boys were fired up for a tough game, having faced Brighstone twice last season, they knew it would be tricky. However, they were straight into their stride, getting the ball forward and forcing the Brighstone keeper into early saves. The pressure eventually told when Fred fired in the opener, rifling his shot into the top corner. The score remained 1-0 until half time. Brighstone started the second half strongly and scored after a long throw was tapped in at the near post. However, the boys didn't panic and re-took the lead in the last minute, when Hayden controlled a high ball and calmly slotted past the keeper. The boys held on and faced Newchurch in the final. The boys were also commended by Brighstone for their sportsmanship, consoling the keeper after his excellent performance.

Final - Gurnard V Newchurch
The final was a tight affair, Riley forcing the Newchurch keeper into an early save. The boys had lots of pressure, but despite their best efforts couldn't find a finish. Oscar, Ben and Noah kept Newchurch at bay and they were restricted to very few chances. But despite dominating possession the two teams couldn't be split after normal or extra time and the final went to penalties.
Fred stepped up first and rammed his penalty so hard into the top corner he broke the goal! After some running repairs, Newchurch equalised, Hayden calmly slotted home his penalty, as did Newchurch. Next up was Riley, who fired into the top corner, putting the pressure back on Newchurch, the pressure told and Newchurch fired over. Next up was Oscar, who also scored, leaving Newchurch knowing they had to score, but Theo guessed right and pulled off a brilliant save, winning the cup for Gurnard.

The boys were a credit to the school, with both performance, sportsmanship and behaviour.  All that was left was for Ben to lift the cup and crown Gurnard champions, and we now move on to the Hampshire finals.

Team: Theo, Oscar, Ben, Noah, Oli, Lewis, Fred, Riley, Hayden.



Tuesday 27th September 2016
U11 Boys' Football 

This afternoon the Under 11 boys welcomed Holy Cross to Gurnard. In dreary conditions, Holy Cross kicked off and were soon on the defensive. Good wing play from Riley and Eijah set up some good chances, and one of those was converted by Ethan to open the scoring. Hugo and Oscar were dominating the midfield, and setting Eijah free who was showing good skills down the left. More good play led to Ethan's second goal after he showed good skill to beat a couple of Holy Cross defenders. Holy Cross had a few attacks, but Ben and Noah were alert to stop them and put Gurnard back on the front foot. A goal bound shot was blocked by a hand, and Ethan completed his hat trick from the penalty spot. There was still enough time for Eijah to volley just over after good work from Hayden and Riley.
At half time it was 3-0 to Gurnard.
In the second half Oli and Fred started brightly causing problems for Holy Cross down the left, and Fred soon made it 4 with a good finish. The boys were now pushing forward at every opportunity, and Theo had to play sweeper keeper, showing good concentration and positioning to break up a few Holy Cross counter attacks. Gurnard kept up the pressure and some good saves and wayward shooting prevented any more goals, until Eijah got a deserved goal to complete the scoring and round off a comfortable win for the boys.
Full time 5-0 to Gurnard.

Team: Riley, Eijah, Ethan, Hugo, Oscar, Ben, Noah, Hayden, Oli, Fred, Theo


Thanks to Marie for the photos

Monday 26th September 2016
U9 Boys' Football - Ray Southwell Cup

This afternoon the Under 9 boys took on Cowes in the preliminary round of the Ray Southwell Cup. The boys started strongly, a good run from Gabriel setting Archie B free to score the opening goal. The lead was doubled soon after when good play from Jay freed Gabriel who got his first goal with a smart finish. The team were now playing some really good passing football, cutting open Cowes at every opportunity. It wasn't long before Archie scored his second with a nice finish. Jimmy almost added the fourth after a lovely cross from Luca, but he couldn't quite connect. The fourth goal did come when Alexander fired home after a goalmouth scramble.  At half time it was 4-0 to Gurnard.

The second half was not so flowing, the boys trying to do a bit too much on their own, however it didn't stop the scoring Gabriel scoring his second before Archie grabbed his hat trick. Seb and Archie P were providing good cover and restarting attacks, and Gabriel was nearly everywhere on the pitch! Jacob took over in goal from Charlie for the last 5 minutes and made a good save as Cowes finally broke free, to keep the clean sheet intact. Gabriel completed the scoring by bagging his hat trick, to end a very satisfactory result for the team. Going forward if they can play as a team then there is a good chance they can progress to the latter stages of the cup. Well done boys! Final score 7-0 to Gurnard.

Team: Charlie, Archie P, Seb, Gabriel, Jay, Luca, Archie B, Jimmy, Jacob, Alexander

Thanks to Marie for the photos



Wednesday 21st September 2016
U11 Girls' Football - Danone Cup Qualifiers
Gurnard V Brighstone 
Gurnard kicks off the first half putting immediate pressure on Brighstone but their strong defence cleared any attempt on goal. Brighstone hit back with a clear run but Aaliyah came off her goal line to pick up the ball just in time. 0-0 at half time. The second half started off much the same with 50/50 possession. Two solid attempts by Brighstone made for a nervy 5 minutes but Izzy and Lucy defended well clearing anything that came their way. A final run from Aaliyah opened up a space to tuck the ball in behind the keeper. A close game and well deserved win for Gurnard.
Gurnard V Carisbrooke 
Elize took up her position as Goalkeeper for the second game, she was tested almost immediately. However, we were able to breathe early on as Aaliyah scored yet again goal taking us 1-0 up. Carisbrooke quickly equalised as an opening in our defence allowed a clear shot into the back of the net. This was soon followed by another as Carisbrooke took the lead. In the closing minutes the game become very tense as Ezmae, Eloise and Katie created chance after chance until finally another breakaway run allowed Aailyah to score her last goal of the tournament. The game ended 2-2 which meant Gurnard go through to the final due to goal difference.
An excellent performance from a new team this year with debut appearances from Lucy, Izzy, Jess, Tahlia and Elize. Welcome to the team girls and fingers crossed for another successful season. 



Wednesday 14th September 2016

Year 6 Boys' Football


The Year 6 boys took part in the first round of the Danone Cup this afternoon and welcomed Yarmouth and Northwood to our school.

The first fixture saw Northwood and Yarmouth play each other, with the latter prevailing 1-0.
Our first game saw us face Yarmouth.  It didn't start well, Yarmouth taking the lead when their forward latched onto a long clearance and fired past Noah, who had taken over goalkeeping duties due to Theo's injury.  The boys rallied and started playing some good passing football, and it didn't take long to find an equaliser, Riley finishing a good move involving Fred and Hayden.  The Yarmouth keeper then denied Riley a second, tipping over a fierce drive.  The keeper then denied Fred and Lewis before Fred deservedly put us in front.  The boys were now in total control and Hayden added a third just before half time.  At half time it was 3-1 to Gurnard.

The second half saw more of the same, and whenever Yarmouth got forward, Ben and Hugo were there to snuff out the attack and put us back on the front foot.  Some more good goalkeeping again thwarted Fred, but the keeper couldn't prevent Oli making it 4-1.  The boys could have added to the score, but some solid defending prevented any more goals.  Final score 4-1 to Gurnard.

Next up we faced Northwood, knowing that anything other than a heavy defeat would see us through.  The team started very quickly and it wasn't long before Hayden made it 1-0.  Once again the boys found the opposition keeper in fine form, keeping out efforts from Riley, Hugo and Oscar, but he could do nothing when Oli tapped home the rebound from another save.  At half time it was 2-0 to Gurnard.
The second half was a similar story, with Oscar, Hayden and Fred in particular being denied by good goalkeeping.  Ben showed good concentration, winning some good tackles and starting new attacks. Despite the pressure, there were no more goals, and the victory saw us through to the Island finals at Queensgate in two weeks time.  Final score 2-0 to Gurnard.  Well done boys!

Team: Noah, Hugo, Ben, Oscar, Fred, Oli, Hayden, Riley, Lewis



Welcome back to a new school year!



Wednesday 6th July 2016

KS1 Multi Skills Competition

This afternoon Gurnard welcomed 5 other schools to our fields for a KS1 multi-skills competition. The event comprised of 5 events, each event run by our sports leaders. The children were split into 5 groups and each group had a sports leader as a manager.

The managers took their teams round vortex throwing, kicking for accuracy, bean bag target throw, hoopla and an obstacle course. All the children performed brilliantly, taking good advice from their managers and earning plenty of stickers! There were some great displays of vortex, with many having to move back because they were throwing so far!

The afternoon was rounded off by a couple of relay races, with Gurnard Year 1s narrowly beating Lanesend in the first race, with the latter exacting revenge in the second. Great fun was had by all, and the sports leaders were a credit to the school, running the event admirably.

Gurnard Year 1 team: Grace, Mollie, Todun, Rosa, Magenta, Alfie, Elliott, Jasper, Rupert, Jos.
Gurnard Year 2 team: Ava, Lilli, Seren, Ellie, Ruby, Freddie, Ashton, Cody, Ruaridh, Harry.
Sports leaders: Jess, Lottie, Gabby, Holly, Nina, Fred, Hugo, Sam, Aaliyah, Ezmae, Cadence, Orla, Cam, Lewis, Oscar.


Tuesday 5th July 2016

Year 5 and 6 Triathlon

After a sports packed afternoon a team of boys and girls from Years 5 and 6 set off for Lanesend to take part in a triathlon event that was postponed last week.  The teams had to scoot, run and cycle round a course as fast as they could, using a snap wrist band as a baton.

First up the boys took on Holy Cross in their heat. Fin scooted first, darting through the course effortlessly, however the snap band change over slowed things down slightly, but no matter as George M set off and quickly caught up again. After George had scooted the boys ran to pass the band to George T who set off to try and catch up with the Holy Cross boy. George did really well, closing the gap and handing over to Gethin. A brilliant run from him meant a much smaller gap as Charlie took over for the first cycle leg, unfortunately the gap was maintained and despite Rylan's best effort the boys were defeated and therefore qualified for the third/fourth place race.

Up next were the girls, Georgia did the first scoot and the built up a slight lead as she handed over to Fina. She did a brilliant scoot, and it was almost neck and neck when they ran to hand over to Nina for the first leg, however a swift changeover from Holy Cross meant they had a slight lead.  Nina ran really well to keep just a small gap before handing over to Orla, Orla then set about dismantling that lead, she overtook early and ran superbly to give Gabby a good lead into the cycling. However, disaster struck as Gabby's chain fell off. Lily quickly took over as Gabby came back for a new bike. Lily closed the gap, and a swift change saw Gabby set off again with a slight lead. She maintained this and saw the girls home to qualify for the final.

The boys then took on Hunnyhill in a battle for third. This time George M went first and set off quickly, handing over to Fin in the lead and with a quick band change Fin extended that lead. The Hunnyhill runners were fast though, and George T and Gethin did brilliantly to keep in touch, and there was nothing in it as Rylan set off on his bike. A great ride and a speedy band change meant Charlie had a slight lead as he set off. The final lap was really close and tense, but Charlie held on and crossed the line just a couple of seconds ahead of his rival. A brilliant team effort from the boys to finish third!

Next up were the girls in the final, unfortunately Fina had a nosebleed meaning Georgia would have to scoot twice, to make it fair, they still had to do a band swap. Georgia somehow managed to stay in touch and handed over to Nina just slightly behind. Some great running meant the gap stayed almost the same as Nina passed the band to Orla. As usual, Orla ran a superb race, but her opponent matched her meaning Gabby took over on the bike with some ground to make up. But make up she did, a fantastic cycle, including removing the band with her teeth in the final straight meant she handed over to Lily in the lead, and with a lightning changeover Lily set off to win it for the girls, a strong cycle meant that despite the best efforts of Hunnyhill the girls held on and Lily crossed the line in first place to win it.

All the children represented the school in a superb manner, and how they found the energy to compete in the heat after such a busy sports day is unbelievable! Great effort by all who should be immensely proud of themselves as are Mr McCormack and Miss Wade-Smith.

Friday 1st July 2016

U9 Cricket Tournament

The sun returned, if only for a short while, as we took a team of 6 to Queensgate this afternoon. 14 Island schools came together to compete in the U9s tournament with the hopes of making it through to the final. 
Mr McCormack umpired our first match against Wootton, as Gurnard started off the batting. Our first pair Fionn and Oliver had a rusty start as Wootton took an immediate wicket but they did well to claw back the runs finishing their overs 11 runs up. Next in were Olivia and Niamh who carried on the teams, so far, solid running. Great calls from Olivia meant they retired with 231 runs. Dylan opened the final over with a brilliant four and Mathew's running meant Gurnard finished with 243 for 1. Gurnard bowled well despite the wind. A great performance saw very few runs from Wootton but a number of unfortunate wides meant they finished with 248 for 0. A close game that could have gone either way. 
Gurnard bowled first against Greenmount; an improved performance as we conceded less wides. Olivia took a fantastic wicket as Greenmount came out of their crease as she tucked in behind to take the stump. Dylan almost made the catch of the day as he caught a high ball with one hand only to see it bounce out as he went diving to the floor. An excellent effort from Gurnard and a final score of 241 for 1 for Greenmount. Olivia and Niamh went in to bat first scoring an excellent 9 runs but a well bowled wicket ended their overs with 204. Matt and Fionn took their places on the strip to face yet another impressive bowler. Despite their efforts the four wickets they conceded took the score down to 192. With a lot of work to do, Dylan and Oliver faced the last 12 balls. Amazing running from both boys and an excellent 4 and 6 from Dylan just wasn't enough to beat Greenmount. Gurnard finished with 197 for 8. 
Our final game of the day was the best we'd played all afternoon. Bowling and batting improved as Fionn hit a 6 and and Matt and Oliver both hit a 4. All the bowlers continued to bowl overarm and conceded even less wides than any other game. Even though this was their best performance Gurnard just couldn't beat Bembridge's exceptional bowling. The game finished 261 runs to our 226. 
Another great event with so many schools taking part. A brilliant afternoon for everyone and thoroughly enjoyed by our team.
Team: Olivia, Niamh, Oliver, Fionn, Matthew & Dylan

Tuesday 14th June 2016

Cowes Cluster Athletics

This morning the Year 5 and 6 athletics teams welcomed the other schools from the Cowes Cluster to Gurnard for the annual athletics competition. Always of a high standard the team knew it would be tough, but there were high hopes of achieving something special.

The format meant an A and B competition in 6 events, for the boys and girls of each year group.  Some great performances gave the following results.

Year 5 girls
75m     A Phoebe 2nd.    150m Aaliyah 3rd.             600m Ezmae 1st
           B Sophia 3rd.      Cadence 2nd.                   Freya 1st
Shot     A Ezmae 1st.       Long jump Cadence 3rd.    Vortex. Aaliyah 1st
           B  Freya 4th.       Phoebe 4th.                     Katie 1st
Relay 2nd.

There were some outstanding performances from Freya, who won the 600m, and Ezmae who won both the A 600m and the Shot, Phoebe and Cadence with superb sprints and Aaliyah and Katie both winning their vortex competitions.

Year 5 boys

75m A Noah 1st      150m Hugo 4th.                  600m Fred  1st
       B Ben 1st        Hayden 1st                            Lewis 1st
Shot    A Oscar 3rd       

Long jump Hugo 1st   

Vortex Noah 3rd

B  Theo 2nd            Henry 4th                Fred 2nd
Relay 1st

Winning races by Fred, Lewis, Hayden, Ben and Noah, along with a win in the long jump by Hugo and good performances by Theo and Oscar in the shot and Henry in the long jump, followed up by a relay win meant the Year 5 boys scored some valuable points.

Year 6 Girls

75m A Emmie 6th           150m Jess 2nd                600m Orla 1st
B Charlotte 3rd                Rosie 2nd                       Lottie 1st
Shot    A Holly 4th.        Long jump Emmie 7th        Vortex  Jess 3rd
B  Lottie 2nd                          Orla 2nd.                    Hattie 4th
Relay 4th

A brilliant first and second in the 600m by Orla and Lottie meant they both prevailed in their heats. They both followed it up with second place in their field events. Two second placed finishes in the 150m also added to the girls score.

Year 6 boys

75m A Charlie 5th       150m Toby 1st               600m Bobby 2nd
B Finn 2nd                Sam 2nd.                      Emile 3rd
Shot    A Cam 2nd      Long jump Emile 7th       Vortex  Toby 2nd
          B  Rylan 5th   Lucien 1st                      Sam 2nd
Relay 2nd

Some more great performances by Lucien winning the long jump and Toby first in the 150m, along with some great runs by Finn, Sam and Bobby scored more valuable points and with Toby, Sam and Cam second in their field events, it was going to be a very good score by the team.

When the results came in, the Year 5 boys and girls both won their competitions by a comfortable margin. The Year 6 competitions were closer, the girls pipped by Northwood by 3 points, but the boys prevailed beating Cowes by 2. All of this meant an overall victory for Gurnard for the first time.

Tuesday 14th June 2016

KS1 multi skills

This afternoon a team of Year 1 and 2 children travelled to Nettlestone for a multi skills festival.  The team took part in 5 different events, followed by some relay races. All the children did an obstacle course, a vortex target through and a hoop over a stick throw. They also did a bean bag aim and a ball in basket throw. All the children did brilliantly and earned plenty of stickers for their performances. They then showed that the future of Gurnard athletics team is in safe hands with some brilliant running.  The team showed great sportsmanship and behaviour and were a pleasure to take and a credit to the school and their parents, well done.

Team: Bella, Flora, Nicky, Lola, Lucy, Darcey, Bob, Rafferty, Jacob, Mackenzie, Morgan, Archie

Monday 13th June 2016

Sportshall Athletics

After a long wait, due to postponement and the possibility of not getting a ferry off the Island, the team finally made it to Eastleigh to take on 16 other schools at the Hampshire Sportshall Finals. Each competitor had to participate in a running event and two field events with the day divided into rounds to enable everyone to compete.

All the races proved tough for the boys and girls as times were down to the millisecond. However, Fred and Toby scored well in their 3 length race as Fred finished in 11th and Toby 3rd with a time of 40.6 seconds. Only 0.7 seconds off 2nd and 0.8 off first place. Unsurprisingly, the girls' heats were just as close but Emmie and Jess performed best in their 1 length race. Jess, finished 12th with a time of 14.3 and Emmie, finished 7th in 14 seconds exactly. Despite the tough competition both relay teams did amazingly, finishing in the top 10. With the best in Hampshire competing for top spot, it’s not hard to imagine how close every event was. Hugo, Hayden, Noah and Ben ran well with seamless baton changes crossing the line in 54.8, placing them 9th overall. Ezmae, Jess, Aaliyah and Emmie also ran well placing 5th with a time of 57 seconds only 3 seconds off 1st place. The last of the races was the 2x2 as Lottie and Orla, Fred and Toby teamed up. The girls had yet another tight race finishing in 11th, however, only 6 seconds behind first, with a time of 58.8. Fred and Toby ran their best race of the day taking 3rd place with 53.2 seconds but it couldn’t have been closer trailing times of 53 seconds in 2nd and 51.4 seconds for 1st.

On to the field events which included chest push, javelin, target throw, standing long jump, standing triple jump and speed bounce. After a quick practice each competitor went off to their relevant areas, facing 16 others in each heat and 32 participants in each event. In almost every event Gurnard finished in the top 20 which is a great achievement in itself. Noah’s best performance was in javelin throwing an impressive 16.30m followed by Jess in the girls' event throwing 12.5m. Ezmae finished joint 20th in chest push along with Aaliyah scoring 5.75m. Plus, Hayden jumped a brilliant, 1.72m landing him in 22nd place overall. Speed bounce was a very close event with all four of our entries finishing within only a few points of each other. Ben, in 24th, scored 46 followed by Fred in 9th scoring 52, very little between them. Aaliyah and Lottie were also close as Aaliyah placed 15th with 48 and Lottie in 6th overall scoring 55. Toby looked strong in the target throw as he scored highly in practice and didn’t disappoint coming in 12th with 5 points. For the girls Orla also scored well, 4 points, gaining her 10th place. However, Emmie blew her competition away scoring 6 points and 2nd place in target throw as well as an amazing 3rd place of 5.8m in the standing triple jump.

Well done to the entire team who managed to hold their own amongst a tough pool of competitors. Their commitment and focus on the day was impressive and both Miss.Wade-Smith and Mr.McCormack were proud to see you represent your school so well.

Team: Emmie, Jess, Ezmae, Aaliyah, Orla, Lottie, Ben, Hayden, Toby, Hugo, Fred & Noah.

Tuesday 7th June 2016

Years 5 and 6 Boys' Cricket

The Year 6 boys welcomed Wootton to Gurnard for the quarter final of the cricket competition. The boys fielded first and Tristen opened the bowling conceding only 4 runs. Next up was Henry who went for 9 meaning the score was 213-0 after 2 overs. Lucien consolidated the strong start going for only 5 runs and when Emile bowled he went for 10 leaving the score on 228. Next up were Sam and Toby who went for 6 and 9 respectively leaving Cam and Oli to finish up the bowling. They went for 8 and 12 leaving Wootton with a challenging score of 263-0.
Emile and Cam opened the batting and scored 16 from their 2 overs putting us slightly ahead of the required rate. Up next were Lucien and Tristen who kept the score moving along, but unfortunately a couple of wickets pushed us back to 213-2. Henry and Oli were next in and got us back on track scoring 16 without loss. This meant Sam and Toby required 34 from the last 2 overs. Some good shots put us in range but some brilliant catching from Wootton meant 3 wickets were lost going for the boundaries required. A great effort from the boys, who played really well and were unlucky to find some exceptional catching.

Friday 27th May 2016

U11 Girls' Football Festival

This Friday we took a team of Year 5/6 girls to the IOW Primary School Girls' Football Festival organised by The FA.

Greenmount Primary School hosted the event which consisted of three 6 a-side pitches with each game lasting 8 minutes. The ‘just for fun’ festival saw over 50 girls from across the Island take part in competitive football and even enabled teams from different cluster areas to play one another.

Gurnard played four games in total, facing Nettlestone B first.  Our first sub, Aaliyah, took to the side line as our starting 6 took up position on the pitch. Eager to get started the game got off to a flying start with some quick passing, dominating Nettlestone’s half. It wasn’t long before Orla tucked away her first goal between the keeper and near post. Nettlestone did their best to draw a goal back but Jess made some great saves to keep Gurnard’s clean sheet. It wasn’t long before Orla scored her second of the match, finishing the game 2-0.

Straight into the second match, Gurnard were up against The Bay. Another team they had not faced before but a welcomed challenge. A tough game with the score remaining 0-0 almost until the end but Orla, yet again, scored supported by a brilliant pass across the goal from Esmae.

Up next, Newchurch, a team the girls were looking forward to playing as they had faced them in the league. Stepping onto the pitch looking to improve upon their previous performance the girls were positive and made a smart decision to hold Holly and Gabby back in defence, supported by Aaliyah in goal. Although, just a friendly, their teamwork and desire to achieve was apparent as they worked together against a tough team. Newchurch put the pressure on early and took a quick goal but Gurnard remained determined and did not concede another. Jess, Orla and Esmae made several good shots on goal but couldn’t quite make it past the keeper. However, the game ended 0-1, an improved result for the girls.

Finally, Gurnard faced Carisbrooke and again played a brilliant game. More passing and great runs made plenty of opportunities. Aaliyah scored a superb goal from outside the box taking the score to 1-0. Eloise, making her football debut, found herself in prime position as the ball came across the goal but unfortunately couldn’t get behind the ball in time. Carisbrooke did their best to put on the pressure but couldn’t get past our keeper, Jess. The game ended 2-0 as Aaliyah successfully netted another shot.

What a brilliant end to the half term for all the girls who took part. It was lovely to see so many girls taking part in a football festival and, for some, trying something new. Well done to all the teams involved and the FA for organising the event. We look forward to many more like it.

Team: Holly, Gabby, Jess, Eloise, Orla, Esmae, Aaliyah

Wednesday 25th May 2016

U10s Boys' Cricket

The Under 10 boys travelled to St Francis to play them and Niton.

First up were St Francis and we were put into bat to face the formidable St Francis attack. First into bat were Thomas and Charlie. The bowling was good and with a wicket off the first ball it was going to be an uphill battle, and despite some good shots they finished their 2 overs with the score on 202-2. Fred and Noah were next in, and some good running and hitting including a 4 by Fred, moved the score on, only for it to be set back by the loss of 3 more wickets, leaving the score on 198-5. Ben and Reuben were the last pair, and their innings followed the same pattern, leaving our final score on 196-7.

The boys knew they would have to bowl well, and they started well with Charlie's over only going for 3. Thomas was next, and he bowled very well, but a couple of good shots from St Francis meant after 2 overs the score was 215 without loss. Ben and Reuben bowled well but some good batting from St Francis pushed the score onto 239. Up next was Noah, who conceded only 4 runs and took the only wicket of the innings. Last up was Fred, whose over went for 20 thanks to some big hits and a couple of overthrows. This meant that St Francis scored 258-1 and gained a deserved victory.

Next up for the boys were Niton. Hugo replaced Fred in the side and he took the first over. It was a good one, with just one 6 scored from it. Thomas took the second over and he also went for just 6. Ben and Reuben bowled the next two overs and they were impressive as well, leaving Niton on 230-0 after 4. Noah bowled the penultimate over, going for just 4 runs leaving Charlie to finish the innings.  He bowled superbly, taking a wicket thanks to a good catch by Noah, followed by a run out and ending with a caught and bowled. This meant Niton's innings finished on 221-3.

First into bat were Reuben and Ben, and they got us off to a good start thanks to some good running and a 4 from Reuben, taking the score to 220-0. Next in were Noah and Hugo, who batted well and both scored some 4s to take the score to 242-0. The final pair were Charlie and Thomas. In the first of their 2 overs Thomas scored a couple of 4s, and this was followed by a couple of 6s from Charlie in their second over. The boys managed to go the whole innings without conceding any runs and finished with a winning total of 265-0

The boys played well in both games, but found the holders St Francis a bit too good. However they are showing great improvement and should be proud of their efforts.

Tuesday 24th May 2016

U11 Girls' Cricket

On Tuesday Gurnard’s Girls’ Cricket Team took on Carisbrooke in the last group game, hoping to qualify for the quarter finals.

The girls lost the toss and were put into bat. Gabby and Elize opened up and after their 2 overs they got the score to 215, with some good, confident running between the wickets. Next up were Olivia and Niamh, and despite losing a wicket they moved the score onto 224. Lottie and Orla then went into bat and added 20 runs, giving us 244. The final pair of Jess and Holly added another 17, including a 4 from Jess to leave Gurnard with a total of 261-1.

It was then the girls’ turn to field. Orla opened the bowling, and only 2 wides meant only five runs conceded. Up next was Gabby who kept it even tighter, conceding only 3 runs. Niamh bowled next, and a brilliant over conceded only 2 runs, the over also contained 2 run outs thanks to good fielding from Jess and Holly. Next up was Lottie who conceded only 6 runs leaving Carisbrooke on 206 at the halfway stage, a little bit off the pace. Next up to bowl were Olivia and Elize, who bowled very well, conceding only 4 and 5 respectively. Carisbrooke were now on 215-2 with 2 overs remaining. Holly bowled the first, and with the third ball took a wicket thanks to a great catch by Olivia. The next ball some more good fielding meant another run out and Holly finished her over conceding only 2 runs. Jess bowled the final over, and despite a brilliant 4 from the Carisbrooke batter of the first ball, she conceded only 3 more runs, took a great catch and bowled off the last ball to mean Carisbrooke finished on 209-5.

A great performance from all the girls who now wait to see who they meet in the quarter finals.

Thursday 19th May 2016

Year 3 and 4 Tennis Competition

This afternoon some of our Year 3 and 4 children travelled to Queensgate to take part in the Cowes Cluster tennis competition. There were 2 teams of 4 consisting of 2 boys and 2 girls. The A team were Eddie, Tilly, Noah and Maddie, the B team were Archie, William, Poppy and Olivia.

Each player played 3 games and the scores went forward to make a team total. The A team finished third in their group, and the B team second in theirs. There was some superb tennis played, especially considering it is something they have not done a lot of.  All the children played the game in great spirit and were brilliant ambassadors for the school.

Big thanks to Mrs Chambers (Eddie's Mum) for umpiring on her birthday!



Wednesday 18th May 2016

Year 5 Boys' Cricket


Gurnard welcomed Carisbrooke this afternoon to play their first Year 5 cricket match, despite the rain.  Gurnard won the toss and decided, as a team, to bowl first.  Charlie opened up the bowling with an impressive over, conceding only 8 runs, followed by Reuben who conceded 7. Thomas bowled the third over taking a wicket on his last ball which took Carisbrooke's score to 218.  Hugo bowled another impressive over conceding 5 runs but an exception catch from Charlie, after quick reactions, as the ball bounced from Thomas' hands meant the score remained 218.  Riley bowled out the next batsman hitting the wickets on his last ball and Ben followed this by only conceding 6 runs.  Noah and Fred stepped up for the last two overs, facing Carisbrooke's best batsman as they took a final 23 runs.

Ben and Reuben were the first pair to bat for Gurnard.  Faced with a fast bowler the boys were forced to bat defensively and played smart scoring 4 quick runs.  Unfortunately, Carisbrooke were sharp catchers as Ben and Reuben were caught twice during their two overs.  Thomas and Riley were next in to bat and again had to face another strong bowler but held their own scoring a 4 and several good runs.  With the score at 209 Charlie and Hugo had some work to do and didn't disappoint hitting the first 6 of the match.  Great work from the pair took the score to 220.  Finally, Noah and Fred took up their positions on the strip for the final two overs. Still in with a chance they had to work hard, again forced to play defensively by Carisbrooke's quality bowling.  A few good calls from Fred clawed back another 6 runs but it wasn't enough to win the game.  

Carisbrooke: 243-3; Gurnard: 226-3

Well done to both teams but ultimately Carisbrooke's bowling put Gurnard on the back foot. Despite this the team played well and showed great skill and decision making during the game. Well done boys!

Tuesday 17th May 2016

U11 Girls' Cricket

This afternoon the Girls’ Cricket Team took on Lanesend in their first fixture of the season.

Jess lost the toss and we were put into bat.  Lottie and Jess opened and both scored a boundary before Lottie was bowled out leaving us with 211 from the first 2 overs.  Next in were Elize and Lucy who pushed the score onto 226.  Niamh and Olivia were up next and did very well with Niamh getting a 4 to help push the score onto 233.  The final pair of Holly and Gabby added 29 runs including two 4s and a 6 from Gabby, to make the final total a respectable 262-2.

Lottie opened the bowling, and despite conceding 10 runs, she bowled well and took a wicket thanks to a great catch from Jess.  Elize bowled next and conceded only 8 to leave Lanesend on 213.  Olivia and Niamh bowled the next 2 and did really well to only concede 13 runs between them.  Lucy was next and stuck to the task despite being up against a good batter, at the end of her over Lanesend required 21 from the final 3 overs.  2 brilliant overs, one from Holly and 1 from Gabby conceded only 9 runs, meaning Jess had to keep them under 17 in the last over.  A wicket from the first ball thanks to a good catch from Gabby was a great start, and despite a couple of nervy balls, she bowled out to leave Lanesend on 257-2.  A very close and exciting game, well played to the girls including 2 year 4s and 2 year 5s, who all persevered with over arm bowling and got a deserved win.  Special mention to Lottie who stepped in at 10 minutes notice and did brilliantly.

Well done girls!

Wednesday 11th May 2016

Year 5 and 6 Boys’ Cricket

This afternoon The year 6 boys travelled to Holy Cross for their second cricket match of the season.

Henry opened the bowling and bowled a good over for 9 runs and managed a run out too. The next two overs were bowled by Toby and Emile, both going for 10 runs, and Emile taking a wicket thanks to a good catch from Lucien. Lucien then took the ball for the next over and concede only 4 runs. Up next was Charlie who bowled brilliantly, taking two wickets, with a great catch from Emile, and conceding only 2 runs. Sam bowled the next over, conceded only 4 runs and took a wicket. The last 2 overs were bowled by Cam and Oli, both going for 5, with Oli taking the final wicket to leave Holy Cross with a total of 219-6.

Sam and Lucien opened the batting, and despite a couple of wickets, Lucien getting caught and Sam run out, they got us off to a steady start thanks to a good 4 from Sam and good running by both the boys getting the total to 206. Next up Charlie and Toby pushed the score onto 227 thanks to good decisive running from Toby and a boundary from Charlie. More good running and a 4 from Cam saw him and Emile push the score onto 245. This left Oli and Henry knowing they just needed to bat sensibly to seal the victory, and despite a run out, 4s from both the boys saw us finish on 266-3, sealing a comfortable win.

The boys now wait to see who they meet in the next round. Well done!

Thursday 5th May 2016

Year 5 and 6 Boys’ Cricket

This afternoon Gurnard took on Queensgate in the first cricket match of the season. The team fielded first, Tristen bowled first keeping it tight and getting a couple of wickets, this was followed up by another good over from Henry. The bowling was backed up by some brilliant catches from Toby, Emile, Tristen and Charlie, plus a brilliant run out by Sam kept the score down. Cam kept wicket well and conceded no byes. A very tight last over by Oliver meant Queensgate ended on 218-10

Toby and Charlie opened the batting and got us a good start, hitting a couple of fours. Henry and Oliver were next, and kept the team going in the right direction with some important runs. Tristen and Sam were the next pair and by the time they had finished we had a 15 run lead. Cam and Emile were the last pair, and despite some good bowling, managed to hit a couple of boundaries and saw us home with a total of 236-6.

Wednesday 4th May 2016

Year 5 and 6 Girls’ Tag Rugby

This afternoon our year 5/6 girls tag rugby team took on Wootton in the final of the Cowes Cluster tag rugby. They had qualified by defeating Cowes, and in what was only their second match knew Wootton would be a tough opponent.

The game started at a frenetic pace and Wootton raced into a 2-0 lead. The girls held their nerve though and started to come back into it, and pulled a try back to make it 2-1. Wootton made it 3–1, but the girls were starting to get some rhythm and by half time they had turned it round to lead 6-5 with good tries from Jess, Orla, Gabby and Lottie.

The second half was a much tighter affair, but the girls kept on working hard and were victorious 9-7. Well done to the team, brilliant effort by all the girls. Special thanks to Ben and Emile for doing a great job as touch judges.

Team: Gabby, Lottie, Orla, Holly, Jess, Katie, Freya, Ezmae, Aaliyah.

Sunday 1st May 2016

Isle of Wight Randonnee

Well done to Ewan C is Mexico Class. We were very impressed that he cycled 100km on a route around the Isle of Wight and was one of the youngest to take part.



Tuesday 26th April 2016

Year 3 and 4 Girls’ Football

For the first time this season Gurnard's Year 3 and 4 girls’ team got to play in an exciting friendly against Nettlestone. Nettlestone kicked off the first half but play remained fairly even throughout. However, it didn't take long for Gurnard to take the lead as Flo tapped in a blinding pass from Katherine across the box. Ava and Hope were a rock solid defence, as Ava cleared anything that came her way and Hope made some great saves. 

2-0 up at half time, Isobel kicked off the second half. Nettlestone put up a fight and scored 2 early goals, putting the pressure back on Gurnard. Despite their best efforts Gurnard couldn't claw it back ending the game 4-3 but what a close second half it was. The game could have gone either way and was certainly an enjoyable game to watch. 

The team were so excited to play and proved themselves to be a strong unit with huge potential. Hopefully, we'll be able to play more friendlies as parents, spectators and I were super proud of them all. Well done girls!

Team: Nancy, Katherine, Florence, Isobel, Hope and Ava.

Year 1 and 2 Boys’ Football

Tonight Gurnard's Key Stage 1  team played their first game against Nettlestone. A very even encounter went end to end, with Nettlestone equalising every time Gurnard got ahead. Archie scored 3 very good goals. Alex and Logan tried hard in midfield. Rhys and Rupert were tackling hard, but despite some good defending from Charles and goalkeeping from both Jonathan and Callum, Nettlestone managed to take the game 5-3. A very entertaining and enjoyable game, with some good play from the boys especially for their first game.  All bodes well for the future!

Team: Jonathan, Rupert, Charles, Archie, Callum, Alex, Logan, Rhys.

Friday 22nd April 2016

Inter School Dressage Competition

On Friday four pupils from Gurnard had an amazing opportunity to represent the school at a dressage competition.

Alex, Charlie, Olivia and Freya, along with their families, brought their ponies to Little Kennerly Farm, Godshill where they'd each compete in either a led or unled test. Each rider, once in the arena, must show the judge that they can perform a sequence of test instructions by guiding their pony to do what they want him or her to do. Riders are then scored on their execution of each instruction and given a final total, which also contributes to their team total. 

Alex, along with her pony Winston, took to the grass arena first, as they were led through their dressage test by Alex's mum. Winston, a stunning, black pony, has been with Alex's family for many years and did them proud as Alex rode extremely well. This was Alex's first competition but looked a natural as she completed her dressage test with a smile. 

Olivia looked calm and confident as she rode Milly in the unled competition. Following instructions, called from the arena edge, Olivia and Milly performed an impressive sequence of turns, trots and controlled transitions each with differing difficulty and complexity. Olivia showed great discipline and skill as she completed her test and I have no doubt will continue to be a talented rider. 

Charlie was up next with his pony Joe and again followed the dressage test instructions to demonstrate how well he and Joe could ride together. Charlie appeared comfortable as he smiled his way around the arena, despite the distractions of a number of other horses running nearby. Charlie's natural ability and humble confidence clearly had an effect on Joe as they completed the test with an impressive score. 

Finally, Freya and her pony Poppy took to the arena as the final rider of the team. Proving herself to be yet another talented rider as she kept her rhythm and tempo throughout her test. Poppy and Freya both appeared relaxed as they finished with a bow and smile for the judges. 

Alex, Olivia, Charlie and Freya all looked incredibly professional as they represented the school to a high standard finishing in fourth overall. Congratulations to Charlie, who took 1st Place in the Intro A Unled event! We are so pleased to have been able to take the opportunity to compete in this event and a special thank you to everyone's families who came to support and made the day possible. Here's hoping for more events like this one. Well done team!

Team: Alex C, Olivia B, Charlie A, Freya B

Thursday 21st April 2016

Outdoor Adventurous Activities Festival - Year 3/4
This afternoon 10 Year 3 and 4 pupils and 4 sports leaders travelled to Lanesend Primary to take part in an OAA festival. Sports leaders from Gurnard, Lanesend, Cowes and Queensgate organised, instructed and led groups of 5 pupils as they took part in different activities. Jess and Orla did a great job leading the map and key run whilst Nina and Emmie guided pupils round a blindfold, rope course. Some of the other events included the Hoop Game, Noughts and Crosses, Regal Relay and the Human Bridge which had students linking up in creative and fun ways. Teams had to use a combination of teamwork, communication, collaboration, co-ordination and concentration to complete all the activities. 
It goes without saying that the afternoon was a huge success due to the fantastic performances displayed by all the sports leaders. Leadership and maturity was displayed by every leader as each activity and the whole event ran smoothly due to their impressive performances. The groups were scored on Effort and Success out of 5 with Gurnard scoring the highest overall.  Well done to everyone that took part and helped make the afternoon a success.
Gurnard - 136
Lanesend - 126
Cowes - 122
Queensgate - 107
Team: Olivia, Sophie, Holly, Jacob T, Leo, Archie, Rachel, Niamh K-P, Florence, Daisy
Sports Leaders: Nina, Orla, Jess, Emmie

Thursday 21st April 2016

U9 Boys' Football

This week the Year 4s played their first game as just Year 4, with Conran and Joe playing their first football match for the school. The boys started off brightly putting Shalfleet under early pressure. Strong play from Dylan and Fionn causing a lot of problems, and from this Fionn opened the scoring with a tidy finish. Shalfleet were playing some good stuff, and Joe and Charlie had to be solid at the back, snuffing out any opportunities. Sebastien and Eddie were running hard in midfield and Conran making lots of good tackles and interceptions stopped Shalfleet getting a grip on the game. Strong runs from Oliver who looked to break forward at every opportunity, and from one of those runs Fionn was set free and made it 2-0 holding off a defender to finish. Mason and Noah came into the action and were immediately involved, Noah making some good tackles and Mason setting Dylan free to score the 3rd. Shalfleet went back on the offensive and a good save from Matthew stopped them pulling back a goal, however this was only temporary as right on half time they made it 3-1.

In the second half Noah took over in goal and Matthew went in defence, making some good strong tackles whenever Shalfleet looked dangerous. The boys stayed on the offensive and Fionn completed his hat trick with a far post tap in from a corner. Shalfleet kept playing football and Joe stayed alert at the back to stop any chances. Conran kept breaking up play in the middle and feeding the forwards and eventually the pressure told as Dylan made it 5-1 and completed the scoring.

A good performance from the boys who can look forward to next season with cautious optimism based on this performance.
Team: Matthew, Joe, Charlie, Conran, Fionn, Sebastien, Oliver, Dylan, Mason, Noah, Eddie.

Thursday 21st April 2016

U11 Boys' Football

In what could be their last ever football match for the school the Year 6 boys took on Shalfleet in a friendly at Gurnard. The match was an even contest with Bobby having the first chance, drawing the Shalfleet keeper into a fine save. Shalfleet then took the lead after some good build up play. Not to be deterred the boys hit back when Bobby notched an equaliser. Strong running from Charlie and Toby, with good midfield play from Freddie meant more chances were created by Gurnard But despite this the score remained 1-1 at half time.

In the second half Shalfleet put the boys under pressure but good defending from Finn, Lucien and Sam with strong midfield play from Emile kept them at bay. However they could not stop some testing shots that were superbly saved by Cam. Henry and Harry worked hard for the team and eventually the hard work paid off as Luke scored what turned out to be the winner.
A good performance from the boys, who can be proud of themselves this year.

MoM voted by the team: Sam
Team: Cam, Sam, Finn, Lucien, Henry, Harry, Freddie, Toby, Charlie, Luke, Emile, Bobby.

Thursday 14th April 2016

Cowes Sports Carousel

Last week 20 pupils from Gurnard, along with 5 other schools, visited Cowes Enterprise College to take part in a student organised sports event. Split into A and B teams the groups were assigned a CEC Sports Leader who then guided them round to numerous games and problem solving challenges. 

Gurnard A headed straight for the sports hall to play Hi5 Netball against Cowes A. A close game from the start as half time saw the score at 0-0 but unfortunately Cowes took the lead in the second half and went on to win. Meanwhile, Gurnard B won a close game of Benchball against Lanesend A, who pushed the team to their limit, ending in a one on one catch off. Other events included Uni Hock, Flicket and Problem solving Challenges. Both teams played extremely well as a team and even had to join forces with other schools in some events. 

Gurnard finished 3rd overall with only a few points between all the schools. A big thank you to the students of CEC who organised a thoroughly enjoyable event for our pupils. 

Team: Fina, Joshua, Finley, Charlie, Nina, Cameron, Holly, Freddie, Macy-Jo, Gracie, Rylan, Emile, Georgia, Lizzie, Jess, Gabby, Orla, Lottie, Tristen, Mia

Wednesday 13th April 2016

KS1 Football Tournament

This week Gurnard took a Key Stage 1 football team to Nettlestone for a football tournament. For all the children it was the first time representing the school, and they all did so with good behaviour and sportsmanship. Each team were allocated “managers” from Nettlestone.  Our managers Mia and Evie were a great help to our team and a credit to their school.  So, onto the football… 

The girls played the first half of each game and then the boys played the second half.

First up was Nettlestone. Some good play from Maisie and Lola meant we went close a couple of times. Erin and Scarlett defended well with Elizabeth making saves when required. As the game went on, Esra came on and made some good runs but the half ended 0-0.

The boys worked really hard, with Leo making some good saves. Despite only having one Year 2 player, they gave as good as they got with Harrison and Ashton making some strong tackles and Finley, Jacob and Archie all playing well to make sure the game finished in a 0-0 draw.

Next up were Newchurch who were a very strong side and despite the girls keeping it to 0-0, the boys were beaten 3-0 meaning the first defeat for the team.

Following a short break we were up next against Arreton. The girls started off well and after a good chance from Esra, Lola had the honour of scoring the first goal for the team. More good play from Elizabeth, Scarlett and Erin almost saw us score again. As the boys took over it was 1-0. Leo was again in goal and made some good saves, and despite good defending from Finley and Jacob, Arreton equalised to make the final score 1-1.

Next up were The Bay, who looked a big side and, as it transpired, had some Year 3 children. Despite this, the girls did well to keep it at 2-0, in part thanks to an amazing headed clearance from Maisie. The boys took over and some good goalkeeping from Ashton meant only 2 more goal were conceded to make the final score 4-0.

The final game saw us play Barton, and the girls dominated the game. They were unfortunate when both Lola and Scarlett had penalties saved.  We finally took the lead after Esra scored from a goalmouth scramble, although it was that much of a scramble it could have been Maisie! The boys took over at 1-0, and held on thanks to a great block from a free kick by Ashton. Unfortunately Barton equalised from a corner with the last chance of the game.

An overall finish of third was commendable, especially as our side had lots of Year 1s.  The children had a great time and it gave them a good taste of representing the school in what will hopefully be the first of many occasions.

Big thanks to all the parents for their support.

Team: Lola, Esra, Maisie, Scarlett, Erin, Elizabeth, Harrison, Ashton, Archie, Finley, Jacob, Leo.


Wednesday 23rd March 2016

U10 Boys win the double!

This afternoon Gurnard took on Brighstone in the Great Save cup final, attempting to win the double. Without Lewis and Ethan, Oli stepped into the squad after his impressive performance in the recent friendly. Gurnard started brightly and began to look dangerous with Hayden, Noah and Riley all going close. Brighstone were playing route 1 but Oscar and Ben were very solid at the back, protecting Theo, who unlike the previous final was rarely tested. From a corner Oli was unlucky his header didn't find the target, and for all the pressure and chances it looked like it might be one of those days. However, with half time approaching Riley hit an optimistic cross shot, that eluded everyone and sneaked in at the far post to give Gurnard a deserved half time lead.

At half time it was Gurnard 1-0 Brighstone

The second half followed much the same pattern, Fred going close from a through ball by Theo and then hitting the post with a great effort. Hayden was causing lots of problems getting in front of his man on numerous occasions. Hugo came into defence, and with the help of more superb defending from Oscar, kept Brighstone's danger men quiet. The cushion of a second goal came when Riley again found the bottom corner for his second of the match. Brighstone had nothing to lose, and put Gurnard under their first real pressure of the match, but Theo and the defence stood firm, and the final whistle blew for the boys to complete the double.

A great way to end a superb season for the boys who have played some brilliant football at times and thoroughly deserved the two trophies. The pressure is on for next season now!  Thanks again to Marie Sangha for the great photos!

Team: Theo, Oscar, Ben, Noah, Hugo, Oli, Fred, Riley, Hayden
Man of the Match: Oscar.

Tuesday 22nd March 2016

Tag Rugby Tournament

This afternoon Gurnard's Year 5/6 boys' tag rugby team played host to Lanesend and Cowes for the west side of the Cowes Cluster Rugby Tournament. With only two Year 6 boys it was always going to be a tough ask for the team to qualify. 
After Cowes had beaten Lanesend, we played our first game against Cowes. This turned out to be a great game of rugby, end to end with lots of great tries. Emile captained the team superbly and there were good tries from Fred, Sam and Emile himself. Lewis and Hugo also getting on the score sheet after some great team play. Unfortunately we fell just short losing 10-8.
The second game saw more good running from the boys, although with a bit less teamwork than the previous game. Noah and Fred found plenty of space on the wings, but often the boys decided to cut back inside. Reuben was seeing a lot of the ball and passing well, but again, the boys fell just short, this time 10-9. 

Overall there was some brilliant rugby played, and the boys have nothing to be ashamed of, as five of the team will be back next year.

Team: Emile, Sam, Hugo, Lewis, Reuben, Noah, Fred.



Friday 18th March 2016

U10 Boys' Football - Gurnard win the league! 

This afternoon the Year 5 boys team took on Queensgate in the league final. The boys knew it would be a tough game, but probably didn't realise how tough. Gurnard started on the offensive, and from an early free kick Riley rattled the post. The attacks continued and Hayden thought he had scored only for the keeper to scramble back and stop it on the line. A good effort from Fred went just wide, but Queensgate were now starting to find their feet, and Noah, Ben and Oscar had to be alert to stop them breaking through. The game now became end to end, and Theo had to be alert to save well on a couple of occasions. Hugo was working hard with Lewis and Ethan in the middle, but there was little time on the ball for anyone to put any good moves together as the first half came to a close.

At half time it was Queensgate 0-0 Gurnard

The second half started in much the same way, but Queensgate were starting to cause a few more problems and the defence were being stretched, but still making vital interceptions. However, Queensgate then broke through and Theo made a great save, tipping a fierce shot round the post. From the resulting corner, Gurnard broke and a quick move ended when Fred fired a shot into the bottom corner. The game opened up and Theo's handling had to be collecting high through balls with ease and starting off more attacks. Riley got the ball deep in Gurnard's half and ran past 5 challenges, but couldn't find the finish for what would have been goal of the season. Hayden and Fred had a chance each but were denied by some good goalkeeping and good defensive blocks. Ethan went into the back line to help maintain the lead and made some good tackles as the game came to it's end. At the final whistle the boys celebrated as they were crowned league champions. They now go onto the Cup Final against Brighstone, where they will try and win the double. Big thanks to all the parents for their fantastic support and to Marie and Sharon for the photos.

Team: Theo, Oscar, Ben, Noah, Lewis, Ethan, Fred, Riley, Hugo, Hayden
Man of the Match: Theo


Thursday 17th March 2016

U11 Girls' Tag Rugby


This afternoon Gurnard and Cowes went head to head in an all girl tag rugby game, playing two 15-minute halves. Gurnard took an early lead as Ezmae and Lottie both showed exceptional skills, looking for space to score. Jess and Aaliyah used their speed to make several, successful, breakaway sprints. However, Cowes consistently retaliated equalling our score leaving the game very close at half time.

Cowes came back stronger, equalling our score in the first few minutes but Gurnard were not to be beaten. Quick thinking and sharp hands brought a few close calls on the tri line returning the ball to Gurnard’s possession. With every opportunity came a sprint across the field and another tri, ending the game with Gurnard just ahead of Cowes.

Teams played extremely well despite many players on both sides not having played before. Well done to all the girls that came along, an enjoyable afternoon had by all.

Team: Freya B, Ezmae, Aaliyah, Holly, Gabby, Katie, Jess, Lottie and Orla.




Thursday 17th March 2016

Year 3 Futsal Tournament

This afternoon a team of Year 3 boys went to a Futsal tournament at the recently opened Futsal Centre in Newport. Futsal is very similar to normal football but played with a heavier ball to encourage skills and passing. There were 8 teams in 2 groups of 4, and games were 4 minutes long.

First up for Gurnard were Bembridge, and despite going a goal down early on the boys kept their heads and came back to win 2-1 with goals from Gabe and Jay.  Second up were Newchurch. Again the boys were a goal down and again they held their nerve to come back to win, this time 3-1 with 2 from Gabe and an own goal.  In the final group game we faced Niton, knowing avoiding defeat would see us into the semi finals. A very tight game saw us win through 1-0 with a goal from Jay.

In the semi finals we faced Newchurch, and despite playing well and creating some good chances, we went down 2-0 to 2 late goals to the side who would go on to win the tournament.  This meant we again played Niton in the third place play off. It was another tight game but it was settled by Archie, who had a great long range effort that hit the post, and he did extremely well to somehow be first to the rebound and tuck it home. There was no more scoring which meant we were 1-0 victors and finished third overall.

It was a good experience for the boys who will have learnt a lot about teamwork and sportsmanship today.
Team: Charlie, Seb, Archie, Jacob, Jimmy, Luca, Gabe, Jay.



Wednesday 16th March 2016

Year 3 and 4 Cross Country


This afternoon we took 24 runners along to Cowes Enterprise College to take part in the Year 3 and 4 Cross Country events. The course was set out around the grounds, following lead runners, as they guided teams in and out of the trees and over small hills before a sprint to the finish. Teams of four competed in relays, completing one lap each before tagging their teammate. Prizes were awarded for fastest lap and winning teams.

Up first were the mixed team who set off to a strong start as Maddie stuck with the pack for the first lap. Noah made up great time as he passed over to Abigail who quickly took the lead. Joe then stormed ahead finishing in good time, well ahead of second place. An impressive 1st for the mixed team, coupled with Joe winning fastest lap of the race with a time of 2:06.

Team: Maddie B, Noah B, Abigail J, Joe R.


The girls’ race soon followed, this time with two Gurnard teams. Katherine and Rebecca took on the first leg. Handing over to Evie and Thea, both were extremely nervous, having stepped up at the last minute but never the less showed great sporting spirit. Rhianna and Ruby completed lap three in great time giving both our fourth position runners a great start. Evie had a tough job after her brilliant effort at last weeks cross-country and didn’t disappoint making up good time to finish in a respectable 7th place. Meanwhile, Tilly just missed out on 3rd place with a photo finish sprint to the line.

Team A: Rebecca C, Evie H, Ruby R, Matilda M.

Team B: Katherine H, Thea, Rhianna, Evie C.


The final race of the day was the boys’ relay. Gurnard entered three teams, all of which got off to a great start. Unsurprisingly, a tight race between all schools but Gurnard A and B crept into the top 4 in laps two and three. Jimmy and Sebastian Y worked hard holding onto their position for the C team before handing over to Ben for the final lap. Gabe and Eddie came into the home straight in 1st and 2nd looking strong with less than as stride between them. A sprint to the finish saw Gabe just pip 1st place ahead of Eddie in 2nd.

Team A: Jacob H, Oliver Y, Dylan H, Eddie C.

Team B: Jay S, Sebastian C, Archie P, Gabriel W.

Team C: Jacob T, Jimmy W, Sebastian Y, Ben W.

Special mention and thanks to Orla, Nina and Emmie who came along and timed our teams. Their help and maturity was very much appreciated. Thanks to the many parents and Mrs Wall who came to watch and cheer Gurnard on.  




Wednesday 16th March 2016

U11 Boys' Football

This afternoon the Year 5 and 6 football teams took on two teams from Summerfields in some friendly matches. Each team played two twenty minute games against each Summerfields team.

In the Year 6 games the boys started their first game on the offensive and took the lead when Freddie, playing his first game set up Tristen. Freddie was at it again soon after, this time setting up Bobby who finished well. A third Freddie assist set up Charlie, who then added his second to make it 4-0. Bobby added another goal before Summerfields pulled one back to make the final score 5-1.  In their second game it was a much closer to start with, but Gurnard eventually took the lead through Toby. As the game opened up Bobby made it 2, and with the last kick of the game Charlie scored a wonderful goal into the top corner.
Team: Emile, Lucien, Sam, Harry, Freddie, Bobby, Charlie, Toby, Henry, Tristen
MoM voted by team: Freddie

The Year 5s won their first game 4-1, with 2 from Fred, and a goal apiece from Oscar and Hayden. The boys played some good passing football against two teams containing Year 6s. Oliver working hard for the team in his first game with Lewis and Ethan in midfield.  In the second game, it was 2-0, Theo going outfield and showing some good touches. Fred and Oscar scoring the goals that sealed the win
Team: Theo, Noah, Oscar, Oliver, Ethan, Lewis, Fred, Hayden, Hugo


A big thank you to Stephanie Mackrill for the photos!

Monday 14th March 2016

U11 Girls' Football semi-final

On Tuesday the Girls’ football team faced Newchurch in their semi-final. Anticipated as a close and exciting game, both teams started on the offensive with several early shots on target. However, Newchurch took an early lead scoring within the first 5 minutes, after a phenomenal run from the half way line. Undeterred, Gurnard made several good plays, creating opportunities for Ezmae and Aaliyah up front. Just before the half time whistle, Newchurch increased their lead to 2-0.

Whilst Newchurch dominated in the second half, Holly and Rosie once again proved to be a formidable defence, clearing corner after corner. Everyone dropped back to help, showing just how strong the Gurnard Girls’ team have become this season.  Unfortunately, we were unable to get past the oppositions defence and the final whistle meant that Newchurch would progress to the final.

Despite the loss the girls showed great determination and a true team spirit. They held their heads up and should be very proud of reaching the semi-final.

Team: Rosie, Holly, Jess, Ezmae, Aaliyah, Gabby, Katie, Orla.



Monday 14th March 2016

Year 3 and 4 Tag Rugby

This afternoon the Year 3/4 tag rugby team made the short trip to Lanesend for their first ever match. The match was very much about learning the game in a competitive environment. The mixed team started off strongly with some good running from Noah resulting in the first try. Some good tagging from Olivia stopped Lanesend in their tracks when they tried to attack. Dylan and Joe were causing lots of problems with their strong running and they, along with Noah, added a few more tries before half time. At half time the team decided to make sure everyone got more involved. Good handling and passing from Maddie and Ishbel, set James and Conrad away on good runs, and they showed lots of composure to set up and score more tries for the team. 
The final score was 12-4 to Gurnard, who now go on to play Wootton in the Cowes Cluster Final.  Considering it was the first game, the team played some brilliant rugby, with great passing and supporting of each other, all representing the school superbly, and were a pleasure to watch.
Team: Olivia, Maddie, Ishbel, Joe, Dylan, James, Conrad, Noah 


Friday 11th March 2016

Isle of Wight Primary School Cross Country Championships

The sun was out for a fantastic afternoon of cross-country at Northwood Show Grounds. We took a large team of 23 to compete in the four races. The Year 3/4 boys and girls competed in a 1.5km race taking them in and out of fields, through the forest and over hay bales before sprinting to the finish. The Year 5/6 races followed a very similar route, all be it a little muddier after the previous events, with an additional, gruelling run to the bottom of the field and back before completing their 2km course. In teams of six, each group tackled the course aiming for places as highly as possible. The top four finishing positions of each team were then added to give a total and their team position within the race.

The Year 3/4 girls had the tough task of racing first on an unknown course but nevertheless they had a fantastic race. Unfortunately, they did not place in the top three but were very close and look to be a strong team next year. Quickly followed the boys' race, which Gurnard dominated, with Joe taking 1st place across the line closely followed by Dylan and Oliver. Their team score was 27 which is excellent and proved too good to beat as they took 1st in the team competition.

The Year 5/6 races began with the girls' heat. Unfortunately, Lottie and Freya just missed this race as they were at a swimming competition for the school. However, the remainder of the team showed just how much talent we have within the school as Orla took 1st place. As a four the team scored 102 and secured 3rd place in the team competition. Finally, the boys along with Lottie and Freya set off in the final race of the day. Fred brought home the third 1st for Gurnard and Hugo, Noah and Lewis were close on his heels. An impressive performance from all the 5/6 boys gave us a total of 48 and 1st in the team competition. Lottie and Freya also placed highly; although they did not receive scores they certainly ran excellent races.

Overall, Newchurch scored the highest as a whole team and took home the trophy although Gurnard were a very close 2nd. An impressive performance from everyone who competed on the day and a huge amount of support between teams as everyone cheered and clapped in all the competitors.  We’re already looking forward to next year!

Team: Dylan H, Noah B, Joe R, Oliver Y, Eddie C, Abigail J, Matilda, Evie C, Maddie B, Ruby R, Rebecca C, Hugo D, Bobby M, Fred S, Noah S, George T, Lewis B, Nina N, Aaliyah S-M, Ezmae S-M, Lottie V, Orla G, Freya B.



Friday 11th March 2016

Hampshire Swimming Tournament

Early on Friday morning Gurnard swimming team set off for Waterlooville for the Hampshire Schools Primary Relays. It wasn't a good start as heavy fog delayed our departure, but we eventually made it with minutes to spare!  Three teams from Gurnard entered, and each took part in both a freestyle and a medley relay. Our teams have had different experiences of galas, for some it's a regular occurrence, for others it was the first time at an event like this. There were some brilliant performances, overcoming some nerves to compete, Eloise doing a brilliant backstroke leg, Holly in the butterfly, doing very well too. Cam did well to take part with his injury. There were also great efforts from Freya, Sophia, Ben and Jess. Overall the team of Bobby, Lottie, Emile and Harry finished 6th in both events, with a very good freestyle time bettering last year's entry. They now wait for the results of the other local events to see if Gurnard make regionals for the second year running. A big thank you to the parents who drove to the swimming.

Team: Lottie, Bobby, Harry, Emile, Holly, Ben, Sophia, Freya, Jess D, Eloise, Cam



Thursday 10th March 2016

U10 Boys' Football

This afternoon Gurnard took on Brighstone in the semi final of the league competition for the right to play Queensgate in the final.

There was a cagey opening to the match with a lot of Gurnard pressure, but no end product. The boys taking wrong options in good positions, and feeling the pressure of playing a good side. Despite this, good defending from Oscar and Noah meant Theo wasn't tested. The first chance came after good skill from Hayden drew a foul and the resulting free kick from Fred was tipped over by the Brighstone keeper. That seemed to relax the boys a bit, and after a couple more saves from the Brighstone keeper, Gurnard took the lead when Fred drove great shot into the bottom corner.
HT Gurnard 1-0 Brighstone

The second half started well for Gurnard, Riley working hard controlling the midfield against good Brighstone players, meant space for Lewis and Ethan to work the wings. After a couple of good saves from the keeper, Fred scored again, and this was quickly followed by the cushion of a third goal when Fred's cross was turned into his own net by a Brighstone defender. With nothing to lose the game opened up as Brighstone pushed forward, but every time they got through the defence, they were met with Theo in great form, tipping one long shot out of the top corner, and his positioning and handling was brilliant to hold everything that was thrown at him. Hugo's energy and constant pressure meant no Brighstone player had time on the ball, and although Gurnard created more chances the final whistle blew with no more goals. The boys toughest game of the season so far, and a well earned victory.

Thanks to all the parents once again for their excellent support. Final is at Queensgate on March 18th.
FT Gurnard 3-0 Brighstone

Team: Theo, Noah, Oscar, Fred, Riley, Ethan, Lewis, Hugo, Hayden.
MoM voted by team: Fred.


Tuesday 9th March 2016

Saints Foundation Tournament

On Tuesday Gurnard took two teams to the Saints Foundation six a side competition in Southampton. With 80 teams taking part from across Hampshire it was going to be a good test of the boys skills and attitude to see how far they could progress. 

The Year 6 team were first up and they played some great football and ran out 4-0 winners with goals from Toby 2, Henry and Bobby. The Year 5 teams first game was a tighter affair, but a goal from Fred was enough to seal a 1-0 win. The next game for the Year 5 team was not quite so tight, 4 goals from Riley and 1 each for Oscar and Hayden meant a 6-0 win was in the bag. The Year 6 team had another 4-0 win, Toby again scoring 2 with Henry and Charlie also finding the net. Year 5 then came up against a strong team called St Francis and despite playing some good football and some good saves from Theo were beaten 3-0. However they bounced back with a 1-0 win in their next game thanks to a goal from Fred. The Year 6 team won a tight game 3-1, with goals by Toby 2 and Tristen. In their next game they played Bartley juniors and a very close fought game ended with a 2-1 defeat, the goal coming from Tristen again. This meant both teams needed to win their last game to finish runners up and have a chance of getting through to the last 16. The Year 6 team went 1-0 up thanks to a goal from Charlie, and some brilliant defending, including one amazing block by Finn and some good goalkeeping by Emile meant that's how the game finished. The Year 5 game was also a tight affair, and 2 goals from Riley meant a 2-1 win. 
Both teams qualified as best runners up and ironically played the group winners from each other's group. On this occasion both Bartley and St Francis proved too strong for our boys, with both teams losing 3-0.  It was a great experience for the boys and no mean feat to make the last 16 of such a big tournament. We look forward to returning next year.
Teams: Year 5: Theo, Oscar, Noah, Ethan, Lewis, Riley, Fred, Hayden 
           Year 6: Emile, Finn, Sam, Henry, Charlie, Toby, Bobby, Tristen.

Friday 26th February 2016

Junior Rock Challenge at Southampton Guildhall


Published on the IslandEcho on 27th February 2016:

Gurnard Primary School travelled to Southampton to compete in Day Two of the 2016 Be Your Best Southampton J Rock today and won an array of awards of excellence.

Gurnard Primary School’s piece ‘The Faraway Tree’ took the audience on a journey of adventure and imagination with stunningly detailed hair and make-up designs complimented by shimmering costumes which transported the audience into a glittering fantasy world. Strong drama skills and characterisation captivated the audience in this magical performance.

The event, held at the O2 Guildhall Southampton, attracted a sell-out audience and was supported by PQA, Association of Chief Police Officers Criminal Records Office, Southampton City Council, Hampshire County Council, Hampshire Drug and Alcohol Action Team, Ian Wright Consulting, Radian, HC3S, Hampshire Healthy Schools and Zeamu Music.

Gurnard took home awards for Excellence for Set Design and Function, Excellence for Stage Crew, Excellence for Soundtrack, Excellence for Drama, Excellence for Visual Enhancement and Excellence for Entertainment.



Thursday 25th February 2016

Under 11s Girls' Football

An absolutely nail biting quarter-final this evening against Wootton. Both teams played exceptionally well, challenging one another throughout the first and second half. Despite Gurnard’s best efforts and several plays on goal we couldn’t beat Wootton’s excellent goalkeeper. The second half brought more opportunities but the score remained 0-0 thanks to Holly and Rosie’s brilliant defending.

Extra time was just as exciting as Gabby came within inches of the first goal and Ezmae, Aaliyah and Katie worked together in the box, creating opportunities. Jess and Orla continued to work hard in midfield but yet again the score remained 0-0

With the game still tied we went to penalties. Aaliyah, Jess, Ezmae, Holly and Gabby all stepped up. Wootton took the first kick scoring immediately to take the lead. Jess quickly equalized but it was short lived as Wootton scored their 5th and final penalty. Fortunately, Ezmae equalized yet again. The score now 2-2 we went to a one on one penalty shoot-out. As if we weren’t already on the edge of our seats both teams remained neck and neck for another 8 penalties including goals from Rosie, Jess and Aaliyah. The score now at 5-5, Katie stepped up to take her final penalty as players, coaches and parents held their breath… GOAL! Katie scored her first goal of the season and took Gurnard into the semi-final.

What an amazing game! Both teams were deserving of a win and played their absolute best. Thank you to Wootton for our toughest and most exciting game so far and WELL DONE to all the girls!

Team: Katie, Rosie, Holly, Gabby, Jess, Orla, Aaliyah, Ezmae

The team voted Katie as woman of the match.


Wednesday 24th February 2016

Under 11s Boys' Football

Last Wednesday the Under 11 Boys suffered a heartbreaking semi final defeat at Nettlestone, going out on penalties. There were very few chances in a tight game, Tristan and Lucien were strong in midfield, and Sam and Finn made some excellent blocks in defence. When they did get through, Emile, in goal for the injured Cam, made some very good blocks, and a very brave save, to keep Nettlestone at bay.  We had our chances too, Toby, Bobby and Charlie were breaking with pace, but found the Nettlestone defence and goalkeeper in good form. Normal time ended goalless so we went to extra time. Gurnard took the lead with a retaken penalty by Toby at the start of extra time and held the lead until the last seconds of the game when Nettlestone equalised with an excellent long range shot. When it came to the shootout, it started well as Emile saved their first penalty, however, the boys found the Nettlestone keeper in good form again and with only Tristen managing to score, the shootout was lost 2-1. Throughout the season the boys have shown great improvement as a team, and to come so close to the final and miss out was a bitter blow.  However the boys took defeat graciously and were a great credit to the school and their parents. Well done boys.

Wednesday 10th February 2016

Under 10s Boys' Football

This afternoon Gurnard took on Carisbrooke in the under 10 cup semi final. Missing Ben and Oscar through injury and illness respectively it was going to be a tough game. Lewis took over defensive duties, but from the start Gurnard were straight onto the attack forcing early corners that couldn't be converted. Carisbrooke looked dangerous on the break with a couple of strong players always likely to create chances and Theo made a good early save to keep it goalless. Ethan was causing problems for Carisbrooke down the right and Gurnard finally took the lead when a good cross was tapped in at the far post by Hayden. The pressure continued and Fred and Riley had good shots saved by the impressive Carisbrooke keeper. Noah and Hugo were defending strongly and keeping Gurnard on the attack. From another attack Hayden was felled in the box and got up to slot the penalty home. The cushion of the third goal came when Ethan tapped home a cross just before half time.
At half time it was Gurnard 3-0 Carisbrooke 
At the start of the second half more good defending from Noah and Lewis kept an improving Carisbrooke side out and on the occasions when they broke through Theo pulled off two brilliant saves. Gurnard got themselves back together and Fred hit the post with a good shot, before more excellent saves kept out Riley and Fred again. The fourth goal finally came when Hayden was once again in the right place at the right time to complete the scoring with his hat trick. The boys now go through to the final in March.
Full Time Gurnard 4-0 Carisbrooke 
Team: Theo, Noah, Lewis, Hugo, Fred, Riley, Ethan, Hayden.
Man of the match voted by the team: Ethan.

Monday 1st February 2016

Year 3 and 4 Sportshall Athlethics

This afternoon it was the turn of the Year 3 and 4 athletes to take on the Sportshall challenge.
First up was boys field events, some excellent performances included Ben and Jay first and second in the triple jump, both jumping over 5m. Fionn first in chest push, Jacob first in speed bounce, Eddie second in long jump, Joe second in vertical jump and Matthew first in javelin.
Then it was the girls turn, triple jump was again a good event, with Tilly and Ruby coming first and second respectively, Maddie winning the vertical jump and Rebecca winning the javelin. There were also third places for Abi in speed bounce and Evie C in vertical jump.

Next up was the relays. In the boys Joe and Eddie were first in the 2x2 and second in the paarlauf, Noah and Matthew fourth. Ben and Fionn were second in the 1x1 and Dylan and Oliver first in the 2x1, they then joined together to win the 4x1 in which Jay, Kaden, Jacob and Gabriel were third.

In the girls races Tilly and Abi were first in the 2x2 and the paarlauf and Eva, Evie C, Rebecca and Caitlin won the 4x1. There were also good runs from Esme and Ruby, Maddie, Evie H and Aisha.

A special thanks to Emmie, Jess, Orla and Nina, without their help in the scoring and timing the event would not have run as smoothly. Well done to all involved.

A team: Fionn, Joe, Ben, Oliver, Dylan, Eddie, Tilly, Eva, Evie C, Rebecca, Caitlin, Abi
B team: Matthew, Noah, Jacob, Kaden, Gabriel, Jay, Leia, Aisha, Esme, Ruby, Evie H, Maddie

Thanks again to Marie Sangha for the great photos!



Friday 29th January 2016

U11s Boys' Football

This evening a Year 5/6 team played a friendly against a newly formed Yarmouth team. The game started brightly and Yarmouth were first to threaten when they hit the post with a good shot, and Emile saved the rebound well. The game continued end to end with neither team able to capitalise on good possession. With Gurnard making lots of subs to keep everyone in the squad involved they were finding it hard to keep their rhythm, however we finally took the lead when Fred scored direct from a corner. That lead was doubled soon after when Charlie tapped home at the far post from another corner.
At half time it was Gurnard 2-0 Yarmouth

Fred took over goalkeeping duties for the second half, and was soon in action tipping a long range effort onto the post. Not long after Yarmouth pulled one back when Gurnard were found short of defenders and the Yarmouth forward gave Fred no chance. Some battling play in midfield saw Emile break through and restore the two goal advantage with a finish much better than his celebration! This did not deter Yarmouth who continued to play some good football and were rewarded when Lucien brought down their forward in the box. The penalty was drilled home with aplomb past third keeper of the night Hugo. There was still time for another Yarmouth chance which Theo headed over the bar to stop a certain equaliser.

Full time Gurnard 3-2 Yarmouth.  An excellently contested game between two good teams.
Team:  Emile, Oscar, Theo, Fred, Hayden, Luke, Charlie, Lucien, Noah, Lewis, Hugo, Harry
Man of the match voted by team: Hugo



Thursday 28th January 2016

U9s Boys' Football

This afternoon Gurnard took on Newport for the second time this season, this time in the cup quarter final. After being slightly flattered by a 4-1 win in the last game, the boys knew they would have to be at their best to advance. They had a bright start with Fred hitting the post inside the first minute. The boys kept the pressure up with midfield Hayden, Fred and Lewis pressurising Newport whenever they got the ball, and feeding Riley looking dangerous up front. The pressure finally told when Fred scored twice in quick succession. However the boys weren't having it all their own way, and strong defending from Oscar, Noah and Hugo kept them at bay, and the one time they did break through, Theo was quickly off his line to clear the danger. Ethan was causing problems for Newport down the right with some direct runs, and only some good saves from Newport's keeper kept the score at 2 at half time.
At half time it was Gurnard 2-0 Newport 
The second half started the same way and early on Hayden scored the goal of the game when he collected a goal kick on the half way line and fired it back past the keeper. However, Newport battled back, and after a spell of pressure Oscar deflected a shot into his own net giving Theo no chance. At 3-1 the next goal was vital, and after a good team move Hayden got it after a good team move. The boys then really pushed on, Hayden completed his hat trick after good work from Ethan. Riley scored 2 great goals and the scoring was completed by an own goal after good work from Oscar.
An excellent performance and result by the boys means they follow the under 11s by progressing to the semi finals.
Full time Gurnard 8-1 Newport 
Team: Theo, Oscar, Noah, Hugo, Lewis, Ethan, Fred, Hayden, Riley
Man of the match voted by the team: Hayden.

With thanks to Marie Sangha for the fantastic photos!



Monday 25th January 2016

Basketball Tournament

This afternoon Gurnard took a team over to Cowes Enterprise College to take part in a basketball tournament. Each game consisted of two 5 minute halves with the boys playing the first and the girls playing the second half. 
Gurnard took on Cowes and Wootton in their heat. Two very exciting games with both teams shooting several great baskets. Gracie played well in defence for the girls and Holly made an excellent basket in the final minutes of their second game. Bobby and Sam showed off their dribbling skills moving the ball around the court.
Both the girls and the boys played really well but unfortunately didn't progress into the next round. Nevertheless, everyone enjoyed themselves and expressed an interest to play again in the future. 
Team: Gracie, Macy, Holly, Katie, Cadence, Bobby, Sam, Rylan, Finley and Henry.



Friday 22nd January 2016

Year 5 and 6 Sportshall Athletics

This afternoon the Year 5 and 6 Sportshall Athletics team travelled to Medina College for the Island finals. The day didn't start well, losing Nina and Cam through illness. However, Aaliyah and Noah stepped in and confidence was still high of a good performance.

The field events were first up, and although everyone did their best, the standard was high and we were probably somewhere in the middle of the field before the running events. Fred finishing second in the speed bounce, Emmie first in vertical jump, Aaliyah second in chest push and Charlie 3rd in the long jump the pick of the results.

The girls started the running with Lottie and Orla in the 2x2 finishing 3rd in their very tight heat. Next up the boys 2x2 Fred and Hugo winning their heat and 3rd overall. In the 2x1 Aaliyah and Ezmae did brilliantly to not let some confusion by the judges get in the way of a strong 3rd overall finish, and Toby and Noah romped home in their heat and were first overall. In the 1x1 both Jess and Emmie and Ben and Charlie won their heats and were first and second overall. Finally the relays, Lottie and Orla 4th the paarlauf, with Toby and Fred 1st in theirs. Finally both the boys and the girls won their 4x1 heats finishing 2nd and 1st overall.

The team were well supported by Amber, and all of them, including Nina and Cam who were part of the team that got to the Island finals now have to wait to see what events will be at Hampshire, and work harder than before to make the team to represent the school there.  Well done!



Sunday 17th January 2016

British Synchronised Skating Championships

Last weekend Sophia E travelled to Nottingham to take part in the British Synchronised Skating Championships.

She said it was amazing to watch the teams progress through the categories and a fantastic result when Sophia and her team were awarded a bronze medal in the elementary category. The team achieved personal best scores coming third out of the eleven teams from all over the country.

Considering they have had no ice rink to practice on for the past two months, this was a massive achievement! Well done Sophia!


Monday 18th January 2016

U11s Boys' Football - Through to the semi-finals!

This evening the under 11s took on a highly fancied Dover Park in the quarter final of the league competition. On a chilly evening, Gurnard started well with Tristen and Emile quickly gaining control of the midfield. Working hard and constantly putting Dover Park under pressure whenever they got the ball, they stopped them playing the passing game they were used to. This allowed Toby, Bobby and Charlie to play some great football of their own, and one flowing move ended with Toby putting a great chance wide. Not deterred, the boys kept up the pressure, forcing some good saves from Dover Park's keeper, including one exceptional save tipping Toby's effort over the bar. Any chances to attack for Dover Park were mopped up by Finn and Sam at the back, leaving Cam with very little to do. However, as so often happens, failure to capitalise on chances looked to have cost us as Dover Park took the lead with a well taken goal, just before half time, and almost doubled their lead when they hit the post soon after.

At half time it was Gurnard 0-1 Dover Park

Bobby, Finn and Sam were replaced by Luke, Henry and Lucien at half time, and they slotted straight into the action continuing to press Dover Park, never giving them time on the ball. However, Dover Park were finding a bit more space and only a good save from Cam stopped it being 2-0. This seemed to give the boys hope, and Luke chased a lost cause to the corner, won the ball and fed Henry, who in turn found Toby to make it 1-1. The game opened up a bit and became more end to end. Cam made another good save and Henry missed a great chance after good work from Charlie. Tristen continued to win the battle in midfield and Emile and Lucien won some great tackles as time ticked on. Then came the defining moment, Luke was played through, and seeing the keeper off his line, managed to lob it over him into the net with a superb finish. Back came Dover Park, with gaps in both defences, the game was on a knife edge. Toby broke free of the midfield and fed Charlie, who played a good ball into the box which was put into his own net by a defender under pressure from Luke. The boys then held on for the remaining couple of minutes to seal an excellent win and progress to the semi, where they play Arreton or Nettlestone, in what will be another tough game.

Final score Gurnard 3-1 Dover Park
This was a brilliant performance by the boys who worked very hard throughout, never gave up and more than matched an excellent Dover Park team. Both teams played some excellent football in a very entertaining game, and should be very proud of themselves.

Team: Cam, Finn, Sam, Emile, Tristen, Toby, Charlie, Bobby, Luke, Henry, Lucien.
Man of the match voted by the team: Luke.



Friday 15th January 2016

Year 3 and 4 Boys' football

This evening Queensgate brought two teams to Gurnard for two Year 3 and 4 friendly matches.

In the first game, our predominantly Year 3 side took on a strong mixed Year 3 and 4 team from Queensgate, and an entertaining, end to end game saw Queensgate run out 5-3 winners. The boys put on an excellent show, working hard and playing some good attacking football. Two brilliant first half goals, one by Luca and one by Gabe, along with some superb saves by Charlie saw the half time score 2-2. In the second half Queensgate sped to a 5-2 lead, but another great goal by Luca made it 5-3, and only some good Queensgate goalkeeping stopped the team pulling back to a draw.

Team: Charlie W, Jacob, Alfie, Conrad, Oliver Y, Luca, Charlie S, Gabriel, Jimmy.

The second game was also a close affair, Queensgate went 1-0 up early, but were soon pegged back when Toni scored a well worked goal. Oliver made some good saves, and some good tackling by Owen and Ben P meant it was even-stevens at half time. Again early in the second half Queensgate took the lead, tapping in the rebound after another good save from Oliver.
But the boys showed good resilience to again equalise, this time through Owen. An end-to-end game finished with Gurnard on the attack, but neither team could find a winner.

Team: Oliver B, Toni, Ewan, Sam, Seb, Ben W, Ben P, Owen.

Both teams and both Queensgate teams showed excellent sportsmanship and ability in two very entertaining encounters enjoyed by the many spectators.


Thursday 14th January 2016

U11s Girls' Football

Our first game back after the Christmas holiday was away to Gatten and Lake. We took a team of players, who were looking very professional in their new kit.

Despite the long break between their last game, the whole team showed great improvement. Jess and Gabby represented the school in goal, support by Rosie and Holly. Together they were unbeatable and held off every chance Gatten and Lake took. The remainder of the team played really well, communicating and passing the ball up the field creating some brilliant chances on goal. As a result Gurnard played their best game yet against a tough team. Aaliyah scored an amazing hat trick, which combined with Jess and Ezmae's 2 goals each ended the game with a 7-0 win. 

Team: Rosie, Holly, Gabby, Jess, Orla, Katie, Aaliyah, Ezmae

The team voted Holly as woman of the match. Well done! 



Tuesday 5th January 2016


In the second part of the Scootability training, 26 pupils ventured out of school to practice the skills they had learnt. After recapping their first session, which included scooter maintenance and safety, they set off in groups to test each other's emergency stops. Our 'ambulance crew' lead the groups around the playground, crossing one another as if they were other pavement users and cars. Now, everyone was ready to head out around the local area. 
At the top of the drive, pupils walked and carried their scooters across the driveway, remembering to stop, look and listen. We then learnt about important things to look out for when riding such as pedestrians, car doors and driveways. Everyone got to practice scooting and stopping for driveways and each other, before returning to school.
A fantastic afternoon for all the pupils and lots of new and important skills learnt. 



Wednesday 9th December 2015

Under 11s Girls' Football

This afternoon the Gurnard Girls' team took on Barton in their final game before Christmas. The team welcomed back Orla after she missed last week's game due to illness and Jess led the team in their pre-game huddle. 
Both teams played really well in the first half with close calls on both ends of the pitch. Gabby handle the pressure in goal supported by Jess in defence. Aaliyah and Ezmae played upfront once again showing great team work and making several shots on goal. Although there were a number of chances the score remained 0-0 at half time.
Rosie took up her position in goal for the second half and once again was vital when Barton put the pressure on with several unlucky shots. Thankfully, Holly was back in defence ready to clear the ball with her powerful kick. The whole team showed a vast improvement after reflecting on last week's game, moving into spaces and passing the ball. In the final minutes Gurnard pulled together to make a fantastic play, passing the ball up the pitch and straight into the box where Aaliyah scored winning goal! 
Another really enjoyable game and a well deserved win to end the term! Final score 1-0 to Gurnard.
Team: Jess, Orla, Holly, Katie, Gabby, Rosie, Aaliyah, Ezmae

Tuesday 8th December 2015

Under 10s Boys' Football

Gurnard entertained Cowes in the first round of the Great Save Under 10 Cup.  Cowes had a weakened team and Gurnard looked to take advantage early on. Riley opened the scoring and Fred made it 2 soon after. Gurnard were completely dominating leaving Noah in goal almost redundant and Ben and Hugo having little to do at the back. Lewis and Ethan were causing lots of problems and it was 3 when Riley added his second. Theo made his return from injury and Hayden also came in and was soon in the action scoring the first of his 3 first half goals. There was also an own goal before half time.

With the score 7-0 at half time Cowes shored up their defence with a couple of extra players, making it difficult to add to the scoring. Although Hayden added his fourth, the boys found it tough to add to the tally, partly because a resilient defence and partly because understandably everyone wanted to score so our passing suffered somewhat.

Despite Cowes being obviously weakened the boys put on a good performance. They now progress to the quarter final after Christmas.  Final score Gurnard 8-0 Cowes.

Team: Noah, Ben, Hugo, Ethan, Lewis, Theo, Hayden, Riley, Fred


Monday 7th December 2015

Sportshall Athletics

Gurnard travelled to Cowes Enterprise College for the cluster Sportshall Challenge. Due to the number of athletes in the school we were able to field an A and B team.

The children had to compete in one field event and two relay races each. First up were the field events for the girls, both teams bringing home some points with impressive performances by Lottie in speed bounce, Emmie in vertical jump and Aaliyah in chest push.  When the boys took their turn at field events Hugo, Toby, Noah, Cam, Lucien and Charlie all scored good points for Gurnard.

After the field events had finished it was the relays. First up were the girls 1x1. Both Jess and Emmie and Phoebe and Hattie won their respective heats and were 1st and second overall. In the 1x2 Nina and Ezmae and Katie and Holly were both 2nd, and in the 2x2 Lottie and Orla were 3rd and Aaliyah and Freya won their heat but were 4th overall. Next up was the paarlauf, with 2 runners splitting 6 laps, where the same girls finished 3rd and 5th respectively. The final relay was the 4x1 relay. The 2 teams of Ezmae, Emmie, Jess and Nina, and Phoebe, Hattie, Katie and Holly both won their heats and were first and second respectively.

In the boys' relays Cam and Toby won the 1x2 with George and Lucien 7th in the 1x1. Charlie and Ben were 2nd with Hayden and Riley 4th. In the 2x2 Fred and Hugo and Noah and Emile were 2nd and 3rd respectively. In the 4x1 Charlie, Hugo, Ben and Cam were 2nd and Lucien, Hayden, Riley and George were 4th. In the paarlauf Toby and Fred were first with Noah and Emil
e were 4th.

It was a great effort and all the children worked really hard, after a tense wait the results revealed the A team were first and the B team finished 4th!  Special thanks to Holly for stepping in at the last minute and Lewis for supporting the team as a reserve.  The Island finals take place at Medina College on Friday 22nd January 2016 and the team will have lots of practice to do to try and reach the Hampshire finals for the second successive year.

A team: Emmie, Nina, Jess, Lottie, Orla, Ezmae, Toby, Fred, Hugo, Ben, Charlie, Cam
B team: Aaliyah, Holly, Hattie, Phoebe, Katie, Freya, Noah, Hayden, Lucien, Emile, Riley, George



Thursday 3rd December 2015

Under 11 Girls' Football

On Thursday, Gurnard Girls' Football Team faced Brighstone in a long awaited Cup game, previously postponed due to poor weather. The game kicked off at 3:30pm after a quick team talk from Jess, who took up a defensive roll in front of Gabby for the first half. Brighstone played well putting pressure on Gurnard with several shots on goal but the whole team worked hard not to concede any goals. Aaliyah and Ezmae worked together up front passing the ball and making plays on goal, but unfortunately they were unsuccessful and the score remained 0-0 at half time. 
Rosie took her place in goal for the second half as Gabby joined Holly and Katie in midfield. Both teams came back full of energy and determination which made for an intense and exciting 15 minutes. It wasn't until the final 5 minutes that Brighstone finally made a break on goal resulting in a fantastic save from Rosie. Unfortunately, they followed this with a well deserved shot into the bottom corner. Brighstone, now 1-0 up, dropped back as Jess made the last run at goal but was unable to score as the full time whistle blew. 
Overall, an extremely tough game for both teams and an unfortunate loss for the Girls' Team. However, they played extremely well and were unlucky not to score. Yet again, the team showed great sportsmanship and team work, they should be very proud of themselves.
Team: Ezmae, Aaliyah, Jess, Katie, Holly, Gabby, Rosie 


Tuesday 1st December 2015

Under 9s Boys' Football

This afternoon Gurnard welcomed Mr Collings and his Broadlea team to Gurnard in the second round of the Ray Southwell Cup. Broadlea looked a formidable opponent, and they took an early lead when some good build up play resulted in a good finish for 1-0. The boys started to find their feet and Luca was causing a few problems to the Broadlea defence with his excellent control and running. However, Broadlea kept pushing forward, and despite some valiant defending from Noah and Eddie, they made it 2-0. Dylan and Mason were working hard in the middle, and after some good pressure, Gurnard pulled one back through Fionn. Broadlea retaliated and Matthew made a good save, tipping over a long range shot destined for the top corner. Just before half time it was 3-1, leaving us a lot of work to do in the second half.  At Half Time it was 3-1 to Broadlea

Gurnard started the second half brightly and Jay forced a good save from the visiting keeper. Archie and Seb had come on and were playing some nice passes but the size and strength of the Broadlea side showed again when they made it 4-1, shooting past Eddie who had gone in goal. Credit to Gurnard who never gave up, and nearly pulled a goal back when Mason's effort was somehow cleared off the line. There was no more scoring, and the final whistle meant a 4-1 defeat.

The boys worked very hard and can take heart from their performance. Broadlea will be one of the favourites for the cup, and there was no shame in being beaten by them.

There will be more games for the Under 9s after Christmas with the aim to give all the boys at football club a few games.
Well done to Mr Collings and good luck in the next round.

Team: Matthew, Noah, Eddie, Dylan, Mason, Seb, Jay, Archie, Luca, Fionn

Monday 30th November 2015

Under 11s Boys' Football

This evening Gurnard travelled to Wootton, looking to avenge the 3-2 cup defeat earlier in the season. It would be a good marker as to the improvement of the team. Due to traffic problems kick off was delayed and windy, gloomy conditions meant it would be a tough game.

Gurnard started brightly forcing the Wootton keeper into an early save. The boys continued to dominate the game and went close on numerous occasions. Emile and Tristan were solid in the centre and Charlie and Henry were working the wings well offensively. A good run and shot by Emile forced a corner, and Toby's kick was headed into his own net by a Wootton defender. Sam and Finn were solid at the back meaning Cam was a virtual spectator for the first half.

Half time Wootton 0-1 Gurnard.

Second half saw Bobby and Lucien come on, and early in the second half Bobby doubled the lead and gave us some much need breathing space. Wootton were causing a few problems, but Sam and Lucien stood firm, and when called upon, Cam made a good save. Some good build up play by Charlie resulted in Bobby making it 3. The icing on the cake came with a brilliant goal involving some great passing by Toby and Tristan which Toby finished off brilliantly.

Full time Wootton 0-4 Gurnard.

A  superb team performance from the boys means we progress to the next stage and face Dover Park at home in the last 8.

Team: Cam, Finn, Sam, Lucien, Charlie, Henry, Tristan, Emile, Toby, Bobby.

Man of the Match selected by the team: Emile.


Friday 27th November 2015

Change 4 Life Dodgeball Festival

This afternoon a mixed team of 10 travelled to Medina College to take part in a Dodgeball Festival officiated by their students. Twenty schools across the island took part, coming together to create an enjoyable and friendly atmosphere. Gurnard faced Cowes, Lanesend, Northwood and Wooton in their first round. Every game was great fun and all the teams showed great spirit and honesty. Although there was no competitive scoring, the team worked together using tactics and communication to make every game a challenge for their competitors. We were very proud of the award stickers that they won for passion, self-belief and respect.  Well done to all that took part!
Team: Joe, Charlie, Ben, Sam, James, Georgia, Mia, Lily, Rachel, Niamh



Thursday 26th November 2015

Under 10s Boys' Football

Gurnard Under 10s went back into league action this evening against Newport.  Missing Theo through injury Noah took over in goal.

Gurnard started on the offensive and took an early lead through Fred. That lead was doubled not long after by Riley. Some good passing and wing play by Fred and Ethan kept us on top, and any signs of a Newport attack were expertly repelled by Oscar, Hugo and Ben. At half time it was 2-0 to Gurnard.
The second half started with Newport on the offensive, causing a few problems for the team, and their pressure paid off when they pulled a goal back.  More excellent defending by Ben, Hugo and Oscar kept it at 2-1, then a tactical change of Lewis up front and Hayden in midfield paid off when Lewis got the goal he has been threatening for weeks to make it 3-1. Noah then came outfield and Ethan went in goal, and the game was wrapped up when Fred got a fourth. 
A good performance from the team, with excellent defending and good passing movement from the forwards meant an excellent victory against a very good Newport team.  Full Time 4-1 to Gurnard.
Squad: Noah, Oscar, Ben, Hugo, Ethan, Lewis, Hayden, Riley, Fred.

With thanks to Marie Sangha for the fantastic photos!



Thursday 26th November 2015

Under 11s Girls' Football

Gurnard U11 Girls played Newport CE Primary this afternoon in an extremely close and exciting game. The first half saw both teams working hard and challenging one another defensively, however, Newport couldn't get past Katie and Holly as they effortlessly cleared the ball from our half. Ezmae took Gurnard into the lead just before the half time whistle with a fantastic goal supported by Aaliyah, Jess and Orla.

Undeterred, Newport came back strong in the second half making several attempts on goal, their determination should have been rewarded but they were unsuccessful. In the final minutes Ezmae scored again bringing the full time score to 2-0.

Gabby and Rosie showed great sportsmanship, volunteering to play in goal during the first and second half. Both did an amazing job and the whole team showed their gratitude giving them three cheers. As a team the girls played really well and showed initiative by organising themselves on and off the pitch, swapping subs and positions.  A great game for both teams, well done!

Team: Jess, Orla, Aaliyah, Ezmae, Katie, Rosie, Holly, Gabby


Thursday 26th November 2015


This afternoon the first group of our Year 5 pupils took part in a Level 1 Scootability course, learning scooter safety and maintenance. The course was led by our Sustrans Schools Officer, Nicky Metcalf, as part of our Active Travel Project. The pupils began by checking their safety equipment and learning how to properly maintain their scooters. Pupils helped one another identify what they could do to improve the safety of their scooters and how they could fix these problems.

With all the safety checks done they split off into pairs and practiced their breaking, balance and scooter wiggles, which had everyone laughing! The group also learnt how to do an emergency stop, which everyone understood was very important when riding around other pavement users. Fortunately, our 'pedestrians' were very polite and let everyone pass.

A brilliant and enjoyable afternoon with lots of new skills shared. Well done!



Friday 13th November 2015

Tag Rugby Island Finals

Gurnard travelled to Queensgate for the Tag Rugby Island finals. With the same squad that qualified winners from the cluster there was much confidence in the side. It turned out that confidence was misplaced. In blustery conditions the first game up was Nettlestone.
Similarly to the cluster meeting there was a lack of teamwork, however, with the standard now much higher, good individuals wouldn't carry us through. A 4-2 defeat burst our bubble somewhat, however there was no time to reflect as we were straight into our second game against a highly drilled Shalfleet side. We were no match for their team and were defeated 4-1. With a games gap to reflect, teamwork became the order of the day. We faced St Francis, and came out with a much improved performance and a 3-3 draw. Next up were a strong Newchurch team, and we were unlucky to lose 4-2.
The final group game pitched us against Nine Acres, who had only lost 1 game. An excellent team performance ended in a 5-1 victory that prevented us finishing bottom of our group. This meant we played Niton in a tenth place play off. Another good performance meant a 3-2 victory and we at least finished on a high. It was certainly a case of what might have been, but there is credit to the team for quickly learning the lessons of teamwork and finishing on a high.
Team: Emile, Toby, Orla, Sam, Hugo, Ben, Reuben, Riley, Lewis.
Player of the tournament: voted by team, and very well deserved, Sam.



Thursday 12th November 2015

Table Tennis


This afternoon Gurnard took a small group of Year 5 and 6 pupils to the Table Tennis Centre at Smallbrook. The event was a friendly festival to introduce table tennis. There was a competition element too with different skills introduced.
Firstly, in pairs, the children had to bounce the ball on the bat in relay races. Second event was balancing the ball on the bat. That was followed by bouncing the ball on the floor. This was followed by a rally competition over a net, but not using a table.  Finn and Freddie did particularly well scoring 15 - which turned out to be unbeatable! After all these events we were leading.
After this the tables were introduced and the children were shown the basics of returning a ball and also the rules and scoring. This all led up to the most fun bit - the robot!  The machine served you balls and you had to return them.  There was 1 point for hitting it and 2 for hitting it back onto the table. It was harder than it looked, but everyone did very well and we scored 100 points. 
This led to a nervous wait to see who had won and the competitive instincts were coming through! When the scores were read out it turned out we were first!  All the children had fun and represented the school well which was the most important thing (although winning was nice!!)
Team:  Macy-Jo, Gracie, Cadence, Ethan, Oscar, Josh, Cameron, Finn, Freddie and Rufus.

Wednesday 11th November 2015

U11s Boys Football


Gurnard made the short trip to Northwood for their second Under 11 league game of the season. The squad welcomed Lucien, but were missing Henry due to illness.  After an impeccably observed minute silence for Remembrance Day, the game got underway.
Gurnard started brightly and took the lead when Tristan powered home from the edge of the box. His central midfield partnership with Emile worked well allowing Toby and Charlie to attack down the wings. The second goal came when Toby headed home a brilliant corner from Bobby. With the defence of Sam, Finn and Lucien things were kept so tight that Cam barely had a touch.  At half time it was Northwood 0-2 Gurnard
The second half followed the pattern of the first, Toby making it 3 goals with a powerful effort from the edge of the box. Despite good play from Luke and Charlie, no more goals were scored and Gurnard ran out comfortable winners.  The team go to Wootton next for a tough final game knowing a win will see them through.
Squad:  Cam, Sam, Finn, Lucien, Tristan, Emile, Toby, Charlie, Bobby and Luke.
Man of the match voted by the team: Tristan.



Friday 23rd October 2015

U10s Boys Football

Gurnard entertained Queensgate in an Under 10 friendly on the last day of half term. The match was 8 a side, but with Theo injured Lewis volunteered to go in goal for the first half. Gurnard started on the offensive and Hayden tapped in the opening goal early on. Gurnard were completely on top and an own goal made it 2. Some good play and some good passing from the team kept the pressure on, and Riley made it 3 after beating two players and then the keeper. On occasion Gurnard were holding onto possession a bit too long when an easy pass was on, however that didn't stop Fred making it 4 just before half time. Lots of positional changes to keep everyone involved caused a few problems but it was an excellent first half performance, with Oscar and Hugo solid at the back and Ethan battling hard in the middle.
At half time it was Gurnard 4-0 Queensgate 

Riley took over in goal for the second half, and immediately had to be alert to keep out Queensgate's first chance of the game. Hayden then got his second goal to make it 5, and the Queensgate keeper making excellent saves to keep out Oscar more than once. Fred was playing well and using the ball very intelligently and he was rewarded with his second after excellent play on the wing from Noah. That was it for the scoring, mainly due to more excellent goalkeeping from the Queensgate number 1.

An excellent performance from the boys and they should be confident of performing well in their upcoming games after half term.

Final score Gurnard 6-0 Queensgate 

Tuesday 20th October 2015

U10s Boys Football

Gurnard's under 10's played their first game of the season away at Nine Acres this evening.  On a pitch that definitely needed a trim, Nine Acres kicked off, but Gurnard were immediately on the offensive, forcing an early save from the Nine Acres keeper. The pressure maintained and the lead soon came when Hayden curled a delightful finish in the bottom corner. Gurnard stayed on top and more saves followed from the Nine Acres goalkeeper, followed by Riley hitting the bar. Lewis was unlucky on more than one occasion finding the jeeps instead of the net. Just before half time Theo made his only save of note, catching a long range effort with ease. Ben, Hugo and Oscar had to be alert at the back with the score at 1-0 to keep a dangerous Nine Acres forward quiet.  At half time and it was 1-0 to Gurnard.
Second half and Gurnard remained on the attack with Fred, Ryan and Riley all coming close to extending the lead. The cushion of the second goal did come when, after good play from Ethan, Riley broke through to score. Looking comfortable and confident Gurnard added a third through Fred and ran out 3-0 winners. A good performance from the team with Ben, Hugo and Ethan doing particularly well in their first games.
Final score: Nine Acres 0-3 Gurnard
Squad: Theo, Ben, Hugo, Oscar, Ethan, Lewis, Riley, Fred, Hayden

With thanks to Marie Sangha for the fantastic photos!



Monday 19th October 2015

U11s Boys Football

Gurnard bowed out of the U11 cup at the first hurdle, despite a spirited display at Wootton. 
Wootton took the lead inside a minute when Gurnard were caught napping from the kick off and the Wootton forward blasted home when clean through against Cam. It got worse as a harsh pen was awarded against Finn, which was blasted home leaving Cam no chance. Gurnard gradually got back into it and it took a good save from Wootton's keeper to stop Toby halving the lead. At half time it was 2-0 to Wootton.
Second half and Gurnard came out with renewed energy and pulled a goal back through Bobby. Then Cam pulled off a great save, tipping away a shot destined for the top corner. Bobby then got his second and the equaliser after a couple of good saves from the Wootton keeper. Gurnard now on top and only some more saves stopped us taking the lead. The game evened out again and another good save from Cam kept it level. However Wootton broke clear and got what proved to be the winner with 3 minutes left. 
A good second half performance meant an even game with Wootton just nicking a very entertaining match with both keepers making good saves.  If we can start brightly we can be confident when we return to Wootton in the league after half term.
Man of the Match voted by the team - Cam

Friday 16th October 2015

U11s Boys Football

The fixtures keep coming thick and fast at Gurnard. This evening it was the turn of Year 6 boys to entertain Wroxall. With great parental support again, on a chilly evening, the boys took to the field in their first game. A prematch huddle seemed to inspire the boys and they got off to the best possible start as Toby scored within 2 minutes. Bobby and Toby looked lively up front and good passing football led to a second from Toby after a 4 minutes. With Tristan marshalling midfield well and Henry and Charlie working hard on the wings, it wasn't long before Charlie added the third. Sam and Luke came on and worked hard for the remainder of the half, but Wroxall pushed forward only to be repelled by Emile and Finn at the back. 
At half time it was 3-0. Second half and Wroxall continued to play some good football but the fourth goal for Gurnard soon came when Toby completed his hat trick with a cross that went past everyone and in at the back post. The final goal came from a corner when Bobby's corner was headed back by Finn and Luke smashed home. Wroxall didn't give up and a good save from keeper Cam maintained the clean sheet as the game came to a close.
Full time 5-0 to Gurnard.  An excellent team performance gives the side plenty of encouragement and confidence ahead of Monday's game at Wootton.
Man of the Match voted by the team - Bobby
Squad: Cameron, Finn, Emile, Tristan, Charlie, Toby, Sam, Luke and Henry.



Thursday 15th October 2015

U9s Boys Football

This evening Gurnard entertained Northwood Under 9s in a four team football tournament involving 3 Gurnard teams.

Gurnard Yellows played Gurnard Blues in the first game, whilst Gurnard Reds entertained Northwood.
The Yellows ran out 2-1 winners, whilst Northwood beat the Reds 4-0. Northwood then played the Blues, an entertaining game finishing 1-1, whilst the Reds beat the Yellows 4-0. Finally, a slightly altered Yellows also drew 1-1 with Northwood, whilst the Blues beat the Reds 6-0.
A very entertaining evening of football was very much enjoyed by the boys, who all performed in a very sporting manner, with some excellent play that bodes well for the future of Gurnard football. Thanks very much to Northwood, and hopefully this can lead to a tournament involving some more sides from the Cowes area.
Thanks very much to the excellent parents again for their support, a crowd so big that next time we might need a temporary stand and a tea hut!!!

Monday 12th October 2015

Tag Rugby

On Monday night the Year 5/6 Tag Rugby team headed to Queensgate for a Cowes Cluster Tag Rugby Festival. The squad of Toby, Emile, Reuben, Hugo, Ben VDH, Lewis, Orla, Riley and Sam H were confident, and certainly had the ability to do well, but the big question was could they work as a team? A full compliment of schools meant a tough competition would ensue, with the winners of each group contesting a final and both qualifying for the Island finals at Greenmount on Friday week.
First up for Gurnard were holders Northwood. The game started evenly going try for try, Gurnard spending a little too much time deciding who would kick off and who would run in between points. Despite not clicking as team we ran out 6-3 winners. After a quick team talk, where all agreed we were not working as a team or passing enough, we moved on to face Wootton. They were a decent side and heavily drilled from the sideline, were obviously going to be a big test. The game finished 3-3 and we moved onto our final group game knowing we would need a big win to secure a final place. Holy Cross had some very good players and it was very even early on, however, slowly starting to gel as a team we ran out 5-2 winners. It was enough to qualify for the final and it was no great surprise to find we faced Cowes. 
A quick team talk where all agreed without teamwork we would be trounced and it was onto the final. By far our best TEAM display saw us run out winners, with some brilliant passing moves and superb tries saw us run out 6-4 winners. Cowes were an excellent and sporting team and will be a formidable opponent in the finals next week. But if we work together anything is possible at the finals. There is deliberately no mention of who scored tries, as Hugo put it very well, no one will remember who scores next year, just if we get through. Hopefully some lessons were learned for next week. But overall the school was well represented and the team can be proud if there achievement.


Thursday 8th October 2015

Sustrans Triathlon

Two teams from Gurnard travelled to Hunnyhill Primary School along with teams from 7 other schools to compete in a Triathlon with a difference. Teams had to scoot their way through a slalom of cones, run a lap of the field and cycle in, out and under obstacles before crossing the line. 
Team A formed by Abigail J, Maddie Band Eddie C fought hard in their first round with a fantastic scoot by Maddie giving the team a strong start. Abigail set off on the next leg, overtaking our nearest competitor, which left Eddie on the tail of first place. An amazing team effort meant Team A won their heat and went through to the final round.
Team B formed by Fionn B, Joseph R and Eva M followed the success of Team A with another amazing win. A great start from Eva meant Joe had an almost unbeatable lead going into the run which he held as he passed over to Fionn. The pressure was on as all the cyclists were extremely strong but Fionn kept his cool taking Team B into the finals.
The final saw Gurnard Team A and B face Hunnyhill for the top three positions. The teams wished each other luck as the final got underway. With teams almost neck and neck throughout, it was Eddie who finally managed to break away taking first place for Team A. The battle for second and third was so tight, it was close to call but a deserved second to Hunnyhill meant Team B took third place. 
An impressive effort and a huge well done to the teams for their sportsmanship whilst at the event. Thank you to the parents who came along to watch and support our teams. A really enjoyable evening had by all!



Friday 2nd October 2015

U11 Girls Football

Gurnard U11s Girls hosted Queensgate on Friday evening with a strong squad of 8. Gurnard dominated the first half with several attacking plays putting pressure on Queensgate. The girls quickly took a 1-0 lead thanks to a superb goal from Orla. Although Queensgate fought back, a solid defence meant half time came with the score drawn at 1-1.

The second half saw Queensgate and Gurnard score in quick succession thanks to Esmae taking the score to 2-2.  Both teams worked hard throughout but an outstanding defensive performance from Holly and Katherine gave Aaliyah a break away shot at goal with less than 5 minutes on the clock. Finally, a tactical decision made by the team to draw back and defend their lead meant Gurnard finished 3-2 up at full time.

Both teams played well but a triumphant effort from the girls sees Gurnard take their first win of the season. 



Tuesday 22nd September 2015

Year 6 go sailing at UKSA

On Tuesday 22nd September, Gurnard Primary Year 6 had a day of super sailing at UKSA. They took a minibus to UKSA and got changed into the equipment including: wet suit, buoyancy aid or life jacket, helmet and a spray jacket. The instructors taught us how to sail the Wayfarers (the boats). We split into groups of four per boat. We walked down the slipway into the river to climb aboard the boats. When we finally got into the area and the ropes were untied, it started raining that was disappointing but when it stopped and the sun came out it was incredibly exciting.

Article written by Gabby and Fina



Monday 22nd September 2015

Tag Rugby Club

A good turn out for Tag Rugby despite biblical conditions! Everyone seemed to thoroughly enjoy it! Some very talented players bodes well for the upcoming Years 5 and 6 Cowes Cluster tournament. For Years 3 and 4 this will be a bit later in the year.  Should we encounter the same weather conditions again, a weatherproof jacket, studded footwear and kit that you don't mind getting a tad dirty is advisable!  See you all next week!

Thursday 17th September 2015

Under 11s Boys Football

On Thursday evening, Gurnard under 11s hosted the Cowes Area Danone Cup. It was a tough group containing Nine Acres and Northwood. 

Nine Acres beat Northwood 1-0 in the first game and then Gurnard took on Nine Acres. Despite keeper Theo hardly touching the ball in the first half, it was somehow goalless at half time. Gurnard dominated the second half with Toby and Riley going close. The game finished 0-0 so the boys went into the second game knowing a 2-0 win would get them to the Island Finals next week.

They started well, with Fred and Charlie causing problems for Northwood. Riley then burst through the middle and slotted home to make it 1-0 at half time. The pressure continued on the Northwood defence, and after some good teamwork Toby slotted home the second. Qualification was Gurnard’s with a very impressive performance from a squad containing six Year 5s in a Year 6 competition. And so on to the final........


Monday 21st September 2015

U11s Boys Football

Gurnard travelled to Queensgate for the Island finals of the Danone Cup. Missing two of last weeks squad Tristan stepped into the squad. 

Our group was Newchurch and Dover Park. First up was Newchurch and despite not playing with the fluency of last week, the team put in a good performance and won 1-0 thanks to a goal from Charlie.

The second game saw us face a very good Dover Park team and a solid defensive performance meant the game finished goalless and both teams made the semi finals. Gurnard faced Barton and started strongly forcing a couple of good saves from their keeper. Right on half time Barton broke and scored. Despite putting Barton under pressure we couldn't score the goal we needed and we bowed out. 
With playing 5 minutes each way it's a different game to the boys are used to, but throughout all the boys involved have represented the school well and we can look forward to an exciting season.