***Breaking news: Burbage are swimming gala champions!!!***

Congratulations to Burbage’s swimmers who retained their swimming gala trophy against some high-quality opposition on the afternoon of Friday 15th July. Going into the tournament, Burbage knew that – if they were to retain their title – they would have to be at their very best. Our swimmers gave everything they had in all of their races, recording at least one victory in every different stroke and each category [Y5 male/female, Y6 male/female]. Heading into the relays at the end there was nothing in it between Burbage, Buxton Juniors and Harpur Hill. Burbage finished strongly in these, buoyed on by some fantastic crowd support, recording two victories and two second places. There followed the agonising wait for the results to be announced, before it was confirmed that Burbage had won the title by a mere three points – proud captains Coralie and Josh stepping forward to receive the trophy.

A HUGE ‘well done’ to everybody who took part and a special mention to our Y6 competitors – not only have they won the very final Primary sports trophy they will compete in, but they have also become DOUBLE winners of the swimming gala trophy. A wonderful way to finish your school sports career – well done guys.

***Quadkids***

Well done to everybody who took part in the Quadkids tournament on Friday afternoon – Burbage broadening their horizons by competing in this tournament for the first time. Our children competed in a range of track and field events, working hard to earn points in the competition. Burbage finished fifth overall, with some notable individual performances putting a smile on the faces of our loyal spectators during the afternoon. Well done everybody.

***Kwik-Cricket***

A very good performance from our kwik-cricketers this afternoon, who came within two runs of making the regional finals for a third consecutive year. In difficult conditions, Burbage players put a good shift in with both bat and ball, winning one and losing two of their three games. Sadly for Burbage, the deciding match was the game which – though exceptionally close – Burbage fell just short in. Well done to everybody who took part though and our Y5 children will be back to compete in the tournament next year

***Tag Rugby***

A great performance from our tag rugby players in the rearranged tournament. Burbage finished third overall but won the trophy for the best team spirit on the day. Some very good individual performances were also noted and everybody had a good time, competing in some very close games.

***Netball***

Well done to both of our netball teams who participated in the ‘High Five’ tournament on the evening of Tuesday 12th April. Our A-Team won one, drew two and lost one of their four group games, finishing third in their league overall. This meant that they faced the third-placed team in the opposing league to decide who came fifth overall. A great game was settled by the narrowest of margins as our A-team emerged the winners. Our B-Team played well against some solid competition but unfortunately the results didn’t go their way. In the play-off of the fourth-placed teams in the league, Burbage dominated possession but were very unlucky to lose 1-0 against the run of play. Thanks to everybody who took part.

***Basketball tournament***

A very solid performance by our basketballers this afternoon after making the journey North to New Mills Leisure Centre. Burbage played four games in their league of five.

In game 1, Burbage were beaten 2-0 by a solid Hayfield side. Following some ‘faults and fixes’ Burbage came out for game 2 in much better spirits and were very unlucky to lose 1-0 to Dinting after having the majority of the possession in the game. Game 3 was similar for Burbage in terms of possession as they had the better of the play against Padfield but just could not quite find the centre of the basket, resulting in a 0-0 stalemate. Burbage did not want to leave the tournament without a win and/or basket and made sure that they got both in the last game against Taddington – putting in their best team performance and winning 1-0.

Burbage finished third overall in their league and second overall out of the larger schools who were in the tournament. Well done to everybody who played and a special thanks to those parents who helped with lifts.

***Indoor Athletics***

Well done to our twenty-two athletes who walked down to the Community School to compete in the annual indoor athletics tournament. Children competed in a range of field events first, including the long, triple and vertical jumps, the speed bounce, chest pass and javelin. After that our children competed in various relays, including the paarlauf, the sprint relays, the over/under relay and the obstacle relay. Everybody gave their best effort and Burbage finished a creditable fourth out of seven schools.

***Derby County Football tournament***

Well done to our seven footballers who made the long journey south on a cold January morning to take place in the annual Derby County Football tournament at the DW Soccordome.

Burbage were drawn in a league of five teams with Harpur Hill, Hilton, Heath and William Gilbert School. In Burbage’s first game the boys got out of the blocks quick against Hilton, winning 2-0. Following on from this shortly after, they repeated their success [and the scoreline] against William Gilbert School.

There then followed a considerable wait due to a log-jam of fixtures as Heath School had had some travel problems. By the time Burbage played their third game over an hour later, they were understandably a little rusty and lost 4-0 to Harpur. However, Burbage bounced back ij their final match against Heath, winning 5-0 and securing their place in the last 16 with a runners-up place in the league.

In their last 16 match Burbage played an exciting Melbourne side. Sadly, the difference between the two teams was a hotly-disputed penalty and this meant that it was the end of the road for Burbage in this year’s competition. However, a great time was had by everybody and the boys got chance to play several different schools from across the county.

Below is an extract and photo from the High Peak School Sport Winter Newsletter. It mentions our girls’ table-tennis success and also how Chinley boys [who knocked our boys out of the regional finals] showed that they were an exceptionally strong team by finishing runners-up in the County Finals.

Chinley BoysTable Tennis team came second in the
County finals at Springwell Community College on 1 December, after winning the High Peak Finals at New Mills School. Burbage Girls Table Tennis team also did a great job representing the High Peak at the County Finals after winning the High Peak Finals.

***County Table-Tennis***

On the afternoon of Tuesday 1st December, our four female table-tennis players made the long journey east to Staveley [near Chesterfield] to compete in the County table-tennis tournament, pitting themselves against the best of the other schools in the whole of Derbyshire.

The tournament was made up of a total of nine teams. Therefore teams were grouped into 3 mini-leagues of three, with the top team from each mini-league progressing to a final ‘ultra-league’of three where the overall winner would be decided. Burbage were drawn in the same league as Springfield [from Swadlincote] and Oakwood [from Derby]. Each of our four players would play TWO players from the opposing team in ‘best of three’ games during the match.

In Burbage’s first game we ran into some superb play from Springfield, with our girls doing very well to take many of their ‘best of 3’ games to a ‘decider’. However, Springfield ultimately proved a little too strong and ran out 7-1 winners, despite some gritty performances from our girls.

Not to be deterred however, Burbage remained completely fired up and ready for their next challenge – Oakwood. Despite Oakwood themselves having some very good players, Burbage dug deep and gave their best team performance of either the regional or county finals, running out 6-2 winners. To achieve such a result against County opposition was truly spectacular.

Having done their work in the league, Burbage now had a well deserved breather and watched Springfield beat Oakwood in the final league match. This meant that Springfield won the league [thereby being the team to progress to the next stage] with our girls coming a creditable second.

So our table-tennis adventure is finally at an end. What started at Lea Green as a mini-tournament to choose the teams [as none of our pupils had played to a great extent before] finished against some of the very best teams in the county. By finishing second in their league, Burbage established themselves as one of the TOP SIX of the SEVERAL HUNDRED Primary Schools in Derbyshire at girls’ table-tennis. The memory of our fantastic regional success will live on and the way that our girls gave up lots of their own lunchtimes to practice for the County tournament showed their enthusiasm and dedication.

Well done girls – you did the school proud.

***Table-Tennis***

The very next day after cross-country, eight of our Y6 pupils made the journey north to New Mills to take part in the regional table-tennis tournament. We had a team of 4 boys and a team of 4 girls who were playing in separate competitions.

Our boys team played very well but unfortunately were drawn against Chinley [who would eventually win the boys’ competition] in the first round, who had two players competing at national level. Whilst the boys put up a spirited showing, they were eventually knocked out. However, they were able to play some friendly matches against Hague Bar primary which were a lot closer in their outcome, with some of our boys emerging victorious.

In the girls’ tournament, our girls started their campaign against Hayfield. Each one of our girls won their matches to take us strongly through to the semi-finals. In this round we were to play Dinting. Whilst the competition was stronger at this stage, our girls were able to raise their game even further and – again – won all four of their games. This led to the girls reaching the final where they played Tintwhistle. Burbage won the first two games and lost the third – after these three games there was a total of only ONE point in it between the teams, meaning that it was a ‘winner takes all’ situation in the final game. Burbage’s final girl player held a calm and steady nerve under unbelievable pressure to emerge victorious and bring home the trophy.

So well done to both of our teams – and congratulations to our girls who now go forward to play in the COUNTY finals on Tuesday 1st December at Stavely.

***Cross-Country***

Well done to the twenty four children who braved truly shocking weather conditions at Harpur Hill Primary on Tuesday 17th November. Burbage finished 4th out of 8 schools overall. Some notable individual performances included one of our competitors winning the girls’ Y3/4 race and also having three of our boys finish in the top 7 of the boys’ Y3/4 race. Children did very well to stay on their feet and complete the circuit – refreshments at the end of the race were much appreciated.

***Hockey Tournament***

Well done to our eight hockey players [and two Sports Crew members] who made the trip down to the Community School on a bright but crisp autumn afternoon. Burbage finished third overall and gave a solid overall performance.

In our first game we came up against Harpur Hill. Both teams performed well but Harpur had the better of the play and ran out 2-0 winners. In game 2, Burbage raised their level and played an enthralling game against Buxton Junior School. Those watching sensed that a single goal would break the deadlock and Buxton Juniors managed to break Burbage’s defence just before half-time. The score stayed this way for the remainder of the match giving a 1-0 victory for Buxton Junior School. Determined not to leave the tournament without a goal, Burbage gave themselves a rousing team-talk before their final game against Peak Forest and ran out 4-0 winners with some lovely passing and finishing moves.

So whilst we couldn’t quite defend our title from last year, a good afternoon was had by all, and the entire tournament played in an excellent spirit with all teams giving ‘three cheers’ for each other at the end of each game.

A special mention should also be given to our only Year 6 female player who – by competing in this tournament – has played in the last FOUR annual school hockey tournaments, winning it twice.

***Sponsored swim***

A MASSIVE thanks to all of our children who made the twenty mile journey down the A6 to Matlock in order to take part in the sponsored swim at The Arc Leisure Centre. These children were all raising money for the British Heart Foundation and I was so proud watching you all complete your targeted amount of lengths – and in some cases swim well beyond your target! To my knowledge, Burbage were the ONLY school from the High Peak who entered this sponsored event, and after speaking to the officials who were there [and did a fantastic job of running it] I know they were extremely grateful for your support. Well done again to everybody who attended and I hope to see you there again next year! A special thanks too for all parents, grandparents and family friends who came to support our children – as always it is very much appreciated.

***Year 5/6 Football tournament***

On a morning more suited to a yachting tournament than football, 21 Burbage Year 5 and 6 footballers made the journey down to the Community School to play in the boys and girls’ tournaments.

In the boy’s tournament the teams were split into three leagues. Each league winner and the best-placed second team out of all of the leagues would make the semi-finals. Burbage’s A-team won their league after winning two and drawing one of their league games. Burbage’s B-team finished third in their league after drawing two and losing one of their league games. This meant that Burbage A made the semi-finals where – somewhat bizarrely – they had to play the team again who had finished runners-up to them in their own league. It was the type of game where one goal would always settle it, and Burbage sadly conceded near the end of their game, losing 1-0.

Meanwhile, the girls were putting on a spirited showing across on pitch 4. Many of our team played as year fives last year and did not enjoy the best of tournaments results-wise so were determined to improve on this today. They duly did so – cheered on by their manager Mrs Haselden – winning one, drawing one and losing two of their four games. Well done girls, your effort and work-rate were tremendous.

A big thanks to everybody who braved the shocking conditions to come and support us. A special thanks also to all of the pupils competing – despite the near monsoon-like conditions, there wasn’t a single complaint from you about the weather. At least the table-tennis tournament next month will be indoors!!!

***School sports crew***

Thanks to everybody in Y6 who has applied to be a member of Burbage’s first ever School Sports Crew. There have been some fantastic applications, meaning choosing just eight children will be extremely difficult! However, a final decision will be made by the end of the week.

*** Breaking news – Burbage Primary are local cross-country champions! ***

A huge thank you to everybody who turned up to either run or support us at the local cross-country tournament today [Monday 28th September 2015]. Over FIFTY of our Key Stage 2 pupils took part in the races which were staged at Buxton Junior School. Burbage had some high finishers in all of the four races [including four of our children receiving a special award for finishing in the top 3 of their specific race] but what was most pleasing was how everybody ran their race in a sporting manner and gave their very best, no matter where they finished. There were some tired but smiling faces at the finish line! Burbage has qualified for the REGIONAL competition in November, where the competition will be fiercer still. Well done everyone – it was a great way to end the day in the late afternoon sun.

Special thanks to Mr Steve Finney for both organising the tournament and running the ‘taster’ races at Burbage a couple of weeks ago – it was much appreciated.

***Thanks to everybody who has signed up to run in the Cross-Country so far – it looks like we may have our largest number of competitors EVER lining up at the start on September 28th! ***
*** Well done to all Key Stage 2 children who took part in the ‘taster’ cross-country races on the school field today [Friday 18th September] organised by Mr Finney. It was great to see so many runners – there were over a hundred of you!***

The cross-country tournament for all Key Stage 2 pupils is on Monday 28th September at Buxton Junior School. The starting time is 3:45.

Newsflash: Burbage are Year 3 and 4 boys’ football champions!

Well done to all of the Year 3 and 4 boys and girls who made the journey down to the Community School to represent Burbage in both the boys and girls’ football tournaments. A great afternoon was had by everybody.

In the boys’ tournament, Burbage got off to a quick start, beating Fairfield boys 2-0. In their second game the boys played just as well against Buxton Junior School but came up against some superb last-gasp defending which kept the score at 0-0. This meant that Burbage played their last match against Harpur Hill knowing it was effectively ‘winner takes all’ due to Harpur winning and drawing one of their games. Burbage played spectacularly from the first whistle of the match, chasing every single ball down and covering every metre of the pitch. In the final minute – just as it looked like the game was heading for a draw – Burbage found the back of the net to claim the trophy. Well done boys – you played brilliantly.

In the separate girls’ tournament our girls played two games against Buxton Juniors and Harpur Hill. The girls – all who had shown fantastic commitment to the school by volunteering to play at short notice – gave their very best effort, losing a tight first game 1-0. The improvement which our girls made during the game was noticeable and they grew in confidence as they got used to the game. In our second game – playing a very strong Harpur side – the girls lost 3-0 but did not give up at any stage. What was most pleasing was how the girls still walked off smiling and giving ‘three cheers’ for the opposition. There is a lot of potential in our girls’ team and we will get stronger with time! Well done everyone.

So after a few months without a trophy, Burbage have finished the year with two in the last six days. As these have been the first two sports tournaments Mrs Tomlinson has assisted at, some are saying that she MUST be a permanent member of our tournament squads next year!

Breaking News: we are Buxton Swimming Gala Champions!

A fantastic result for our swimming team on Friday 10th July. One year on from coming within a whisker of winning the trophy with purely a Year 5 team, many of these children were back as Year 6 [with some Year 5s with them as back-up!] to compete again, knowing it would be their last chance to win the trophy…

There was fantastic local representation at the tournament with no fewer than SEVEN local schools taking part. Our team competed in front crawl, back stroke and breast stroke races, with our two captains also specialising in the butterfly. Freestyle relays at the end gave a fantastic finish to the races.

Nerves were jangling as the results were read out in reverse order at the end of the tournament, however the celebrations began when the result was confirmed. Well done everybody – I have never seen such a finer group display of swimming from Key Stage 2 children.

A special mention to our two captains on the day: Our female captain represented us in the gala for the FOURTH time, after first going as a year 3, and has finally got her hands outright on the trophy. Our male captain was so focused and committed on winning that he was doing lengths in the pool at 7am that morning for his warm-up. Great captaincy from both of you guys – I am very proud of you!!

***Kwik-Cricket***

Well done to the nine Burbage children who took part in the local and regional kwik-cricket tournament. Whilst we couldn’t quite match the highs of last year in terms of winning the tournaments we gave a spirited defence of our titles.

In the local tournament – played on Friday 5th June – Burbage played two league games against other schools. Burbage employed their favoured tactics in batting first in both games to try and put pressure on the opposition and in these racked up impressive scores which were unable to be met by our opponents. Burbage emerged league winners and faced the other triumphant team in the final. This proved to be a ‘cat and mouse’ affair, with Burbage needing three to win in the last over for victory. With the penultimate ball this looked highly likely as it was dispatched mercilessly, only for a superb catch from the opposition to not only deny Burbage the boundary but also victory. Being runners-up however meant that Burbage qualified for the regional tournament on Thursday 11th June…

The day of the tournament promised – and delivered – gloriously hot sunshine, just like last year’s regional finals! The format was similar to the locals, with two leagues being played and the winners of each league playing each other in the final. From there, one team would go through to the county finals at Derby – Burbage being the team to do so last year. Burbage were drawn in the same league as Hayfield, New Mills and Padfield. In the first game, Burbage batted first and scored a battling 225 against some classy bowling. Hayfield squeezed past this with 231 to win by 6 runs despite some fantastic Burbage bowling at the death. Although disappointed, Burbage were fired up for the next game which proved to be arguably the game of the tournament. Burbage played some ‘;six and out’ cricket when batting with some huge shots and cheap wickets! This led to an eventual score of 236 which Mr Newton and Mr Williamson thought may be a little too close for comfort. It would prove closer than anybody could have expected….

New Mills set off scoring at a blistering pace scoring runs aplenty off our early bowling. This led to them briefly surpassing our score in the sixth over, before a couple of wickets [resulting in 5 runs being taken off the score each time] pegged them back, meaning they needed 7 runs to tie and 8 runs to win off the last over. Anybody who thinks cricket is boring only needed to watch that last over to know that it isn’t! It had everything – no balls, overthrows, boundaries, what seemed a clear run-out that wasn’t given and then a wicket with the penultimate ball when New Mills had passed Burbage’s score again. This meant that after the dust had settled and a lengthy discussion between the three scorers about the final outcome, New Mills had scored 235 meaning Burbage had won by a single run. The relief on Burbage faces was very clear! A special mention to the New Mills players who – after finding out that they had just lost by the narrowest of margins – still ran over to congratulate Burbage. This was sportsmanship at its very best and New Mills were worthy winners of the ‘sportsmanship trophy’ at the end of the afternoon.

By now, Burbage were getting into their stride and scored a solid 284 against Padfield in their final league game. Padfield responded with some solid batting of their own but could not quite match this total, scoring 245. There were mixed feelings for Burbage at the end of the game, as they heard that Hayfield had won their other two matches meaning Burbage were runners up in their league. It wasn’t all bad news however, as this meant that Burbage were able to play in a third-fourth place playoff against Chapel. Burbage were now firing on all cylinders and scored 273 when batting with boundaries aplenty. When fielding, Burbage were able to create a host of chances, limiting the opposition to a score of 224 meaning that Burbage finished a comfortable third overall.

So whilst we will not be gracing the cricket ground at Derby this year, our players can be proud of our achievements. Losing the opening game by just 6 runs to eventual regional winners Hayfield proved to be a better performance than what was perhaps considered at the time as this team went on to win their remaining games by very substantial margins. Special thanks to all parents and family who travelled to both tournaments to support us and helped to provide lifts etc – as always, it is very much appreciated. Thanks also to Mr Hill who wasn’t able to make it but had a big input into the selection and tactics of the squad, and also Mr Williamson who attended both tournaments with me at short notice.

Well done boys – you can be proud of all of your performances.