Almond Hill achieved a Gold Mark for School Games in 2018/19 and 2019/20. The School Games Mark is a Government led awards scheme which launched in 2012 to reward schools for their commitment to the development of competition across their school and into the community.
Stevenage Sporting Futures Team
With the collaborative partnership of our school and Stevenage Sporting Futures Team we are able to offer the children a fully inclusive variety of sporting experiences, festivals and competitions, along with support and training for our staff. We are proud to be a Sports Premium Plus school of the Stevenage Sporting Futures Team.
Football Scores and Updates
Football trials for next season’s Stevenage District Football team is now complete. The organisers had to narrow down the squad from 60+ to the required squad number. We are incredibly proud to tell you that Adam and Guy (current year 4) have made it into the team! They will train with the District squad next season in preparation for the following year. Well done, boys!
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A huge well done to the boys’ football team who have WON the school league this season for Division 1. This is a huge achievement and one that we are very proud of! A big thank you to Mrs. George our parent volunteer who coaches and leads our football team.
Almond Hill vs Longmeadow
On Friday (10.2.23) the Year 6 boys football team took part in their 3rd cup game of the season. The final result was 3-1 to Longmeadow with a fantastic goal by Albie and an assist by Ralphie. All of the boys should be proud of their resilience, determination and sportsmanship demonstrated both on and off of the pitch.
Almond Hill vs Ashtree
Last Friday, we were host to a Year 6 boys match against Ashtree School. The sun was out and the local derby was all set to be a feisty game. We kicked off and made a strong start and within 7 minutes, Dylan scored to give us our first goal. 1-0. Super sub Ralphie came on a few minutes after and swiftly added himself to the scoresheet. 2-0. The game continued in Almond Hill’s favour throughout the first half with more goals from Louis, Albie and two more from Dylan. Half time 6-0. The half time team talk from Nicky was about giving it much of the same in the second half which the boys certainly did, despite an unfortunate missed penalty. Xavi and Hadley both putting in a decent shift across the pitch the opponents were left high and dry. Ashtree fought a brave fight and kept battling regardless of the score line. They had some good shots which were saved by our keeper Archie in his debut for the team. The second half saw Almond Hill’s tally increase by 4 more goals. Albie, Louis and Dylan all finding the back of the net again. The final goal came when Ralphie was awarded a penalty due to a handball in the area which was slotted home by William T. All in all, a fantastic victory for the Almond Hill boys – A huge well done to all and a big thank you to Nicky as ever.
Almond Hill vs Peatree
On Monday, the school football team won a whopping 5-1 against Peartree School. The opener came just shy of 15 minutes as Dylan played a pass through to Xavi, who pinged it into the top corner for 1-0. Soon after, Louis and Dylan combined for Louis’s first and second goal and a third assist. The halftime whistle is blown at 3-0. In the second half, Peartree attempted to fight back and scored a nice half volley, making a 3-1 score line. A goalkeeping mistake granted Louis his third goal after the ball was played to him by Albie. With around 10 minutes left to play, the crowd who stayed to support were still chanting, as Lewis scored his fourth of the day and Dylan got his fourth assist. It was a great team effort, with some excellent defending on display and a debut appearance from Adam
The football team played really well in the second part of the tournament on Friday 21st October and made it to the semi-finals. Although the better team in open play the goals just wouldn't come and unfortunately luck was not on our side so we lost on penalties. However, special shout out to the keeper Harrison who saved some penalties and scored one himself. Miss Simmons and Mrs Fordham really enjoyed watching them play and were especially proud of their sportmanship and camaraderie. We were less keen on the rain though!
On Monday, our football team did us extremely proud! The boys showed great determination, listened to the game tactics carefully and encouraged each other well. They were unbeaten in the tournament and will be taking part in the final on Friday 21st October! Well done boys!
Year 5 and 6 took park in The Stevenage Sporting Futures Cross Country event at Fairlands Valley on Thursday afternoon. Over 15 local primary schools took part and there were approximately 360 children who raced. Each school submitted a Year 5 girls’ and boys’ team and a year 6 boys’ and girls’ team of up to six runners in each category. There were approximately 90 children in each race and the nerves and adrenalin were definitely palatable in the air! Many AH family members attended to show their support for the children and their presence definitely spurred everyone on. Almond Hill's results were amazing! Out of the 15 participating schools, Almond Hill took home two team trophies: Year 5 girls' team and Y5 boys' team both placing first. The Y6 girls' team also placed an impressive second place. There were also some incredible individual wins; Arthur in 5W came joint first place in his race, Hettie in 5P came third place in her race and Teddy in 6C came in third also. These children all received individual medals. Eddie in 5S narrowly missed out on an individual medal in fourth place. Well done to all who attended - everyone gave it their all. There were many examples of great sportsmanship from the AH children and they certainly seized the challenge and opportunity to climb high. A proud day for the Almond Hill community.
Year 6 Sports Leadership Course
Our new Year 6 Sports Captains represented Almond Hill perfectly when attending a leadership course last Thursday. They are now confident in leading activities for groups of children across the school and are looking forward to becoming our first set of leaders here at Almond Hill.
Some children in Year 5 participated in a Rounders event at Thomas Alleynes yesterday. Almond Hill came 5th out of 12th schools and showed real determination and teamwork. Their first match of the day was against a school who had won a national competition the day before! Unfortunately, they lost this game but the team showed true resilience and Almond Hill spirit and went on to win their next 2 games! Well done!
Year 5 Girls’ Football at Giles
Our year 5 girls played amazingly last Friday. Almond Hill came 1st overall, winning our 1st, 2nd and 5th matches 1-0, drew 1-1 on the 3rd and won the 4th 2-0. Well done to Cleo who won a medal for player of the day. The girls even managed to have a dance off with the other two schools in between matches. Great team spirit!
Athletics at Ridlins Stadium
20 of our Almond Hill children went to an Athletics event on Thursday. They were all amazing and competed in either a running, jumping or throwing event as well as a relay. Throughout the day, they showed great sportsmanship and were cheering each other on loudly (louder than other schools). Layla (Year 4) came 1st and got a gold medal for her brilliant long jump and Kai (Year 4) got a bronze for his impressive Javelin throw. Hetty (Year 4) and the Year 4 relay team got into the finals and competed again in the afternoon. Hetty ran incredibly fast and came 1st winning a gold medal. The Year 4 relay team also ran very quickly. Harry G (Year 5) and Arthur (Year 4) also won gold medals for their very impressive long distance races. Scores were combined and the Year 4 team came 3rd overall and were all awarded another bronze medal! It was a fantastic day, and the children were extremely well-behaved representing the school brilliantly. We are very proud of you all, well done. June 2023
Year 4 and 5 Lacrosse Festival
All of the children had a great day at the lacrosse festival at Barnwell school. The year 4 children learned some new skills and had their own match while the year 5 children competed in a tournament with 5 other local schools. The year 5 children gave a valiant effort against some much more experienced teams but were commended for their great enthusiasm and were awarded the prize for best teamwork. Some lucky year 4 children had the opportunity to take part in the day. By all accounts it was fantastic! They got introduced to a new fun sport and they were allowed to play a short game against Fairlands School. They won the match and thoroughly enjoyed the challenge. Well done to all the children involved who were great ambassadors for Almond Hill. Click here for more photos.
Our year 4 girls did Almond Hill proud during their netball tournament at Giles school on Friday. They showed true sportsmanship and weren’t phased by their opponents size or ability, with some being in years 5 or 6!
They played amazingly well, worked as a team and gave it their all. They were praised by staff members for their determination, with Lois (40) getting special recognition as player of the day! Well done girls, you were fab!
Almond hill came in 4th place for the handball competition out of 8. Every child represented our school beautifully and the organiser even commented on how well they played.
Well done Almond Hill!!
On Thursday, Ummayyah, Mollie, Cleo, Aahana, Abbie, Victor, George, Alex, Deniz and Parker from Year 5, represented Almond Hill at the Year 5 and 6 Basketball competition at Barnwell School. The team played brilliantly, shot some great baskets and showed respect throughout. They were up against some hard competition but held their heads high. The team didn't come home with a medal but they were noticed by members of staff from Stevenage Sporting Futures for playing really well. Almond Hill should be very proud of them, well done 🙂
Last Monday, William, Faine, Lola, Ellie-Mae, Jacob and Ayo from Year 6 competed in a local school dodgeball tournament at Barnwell Upper School, ran by Stevenage Sporting Futures. The competition was really tough and despite some excellent play, (including amazing swerves and miraculous dodging!) we unfortunately did not come back with a medal. We did however show teamwork, courage, resilience and fair play and Almond Hill are very proud of how well they represented the school. Well done Year 6.