Gaelic Football Tournament 2011
Gaelic Footballers Feel at Home in Unseasonal Bangkok Weather
Our Gaelic Footballers braved the weather last week for the annual St. Patricks Day Gaelic Football Tournament at Shrewsbury School. This is a relatively new fixture on the calendar and it was great to see how popular it has become with 4 schools participating this year.
The boys trained hard for the event under the close guidance of our parent coach Mr John Moore and it was clear to see that this had paid off. The boys were on fine form and won all their games. Patana retained the Sister Louise Trophy for a second year.
Well done to all the boys who took part and thank you to all those parents who came along to support (it was freezing!).
I’m already looking forward to next year’s event.
Mr Chris Meller
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Primary Record Breakers 2011
Primary Record Breakers Do Just That!
On Saturday 12th March I was delighted to finally welcome all of those children from Y4, 5 and 6 to a full and unaffected Primary Record Breakers. This was the first one in 4 years not to have been cancelled or to have had at least one age group unable to attend due to various circumstances outside of our control.
The weather was humid but overcast and the 80 children who had answered the call to get times, heights and distances measured over 8 athletic events, were ready. The afternoon began on the track with 60m heats followed by the finals. Great times were posted across the age groups with an amazing 5 out of 6 new sprint records being set. Next was the 600m for Year4 and 800m for Year 5 and 6 with another 2 out of the 6 school records being broken. The event was certainly living up to its name and we were running out of Record Breaker Medals! The children then moved on to their Field Event rotations where they tried all 6 of the field events over 3 hours of hard work and friendly competition. The events mirror those competed in at the Primary FOBISSEA Games and were High Jump, Long Jump, 3 Springs Jump, Tee ball Throw, Quoit Throw and Basketball Chest Pass. Many of these events act as technical stepping stones towards the future event of Javelin, Discus, Shot Putt and the Triple Jump without adding too much strain onto young and developing bodies. A further II Records were broken in the field events setting an amazing final total of 18 new records for this years’ event.
A huge thank you to all of the children who took part and the parents who supported during a very enjoyable afternoon of athletics
The event itself would not have been possible without the many staff and parent volunteers and also a group from Chulalongkorn University who offered their generous services on the day.
Next up is Interclass Tee Ball for everyone in Years 3 to 6 and BISAC Tee Ball (7th May) for those invited from our ever popular Tee Ball ECA.
Head of Primary Physical Education.
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Under 9 Football Invitational Tournament
Patana Under 9’s back up our BISAC Success at our annual Invitational Tournament 2011
Our very own Patana Under 9 Invitational Football tournament certainly lived up to my expectations as one of my favourite events of the year as 16 teams from across Bangkok and even as far as Rayong, joined us on our back fields for a morning of festival atmosphere football. For many of our own Patana children this was their first opportunity to wear the school colours and I was delighted to be able to enter 4 boys and 2 girls’ teams to enjoy the experience. A huge thank you to all of the children who played with such sportsmanship and determination and to the many parents who supported all of the teams involved. Thank you also to the Coaches for all of their efforts and positive guidance of their teams on the day. Please read below for some brief reports from our teams about their day.
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Patana Tigers (Boys) – Group A
The young Tigers were looking to claim their third trophy of the season, having won the Phuket Under 9 tournament in November and, more recently, the Bowl competition at the Under 11 BISAC tournament last month.
They were given a stern reminder that victory would not come easy by an uncompromising Shrewsbury team in their first group match. In spite of taking an early lead, they were made to fight every inch of the way for their 2-0 victory with the Shrewsbury team going close on more than one occasion. Subsequent victories against Bromsgrove 3-1; St Andrews, Rayong 4-0 and, with their best performance of the morning against Harrow, also 4-0, meant that they would again be meeting Shrewsbury in the final.
In spite of early pressure from the Tigers, Shrewsbury went into the lead with a breakaway goal. However, the Tigers were determined not to lose their unbeaten record and totally outplayed Shrewsbury for the rest of the game to run out 4-1 winners. The football that the team played in their last two matches was a joy to watch and was thoroughly enjoyed by the large crowd of home supporters.
The Tigers can certainly be proud of their achievements this season.
Patana Tigers (Girls)
It was a hot, humid day last Saturday but the Tiger girls didn’t let that or the opposition faze them as they prepared for the competition. Many of the girls had competed previously in the tournament as Year 3’s and were looking forward to it. The format of the tournament was a round robin with the top two pool teams playing in a final.
The first match of the day was against the Patana Black team. It is always hard playing your friends but the team were determined and through patience and persistence finished the match 2-0 which was a great start. Next up was Shrewsbury, who played an attacking game. Our girls however had the edge with their speed and slotted a lovely goal to win 1-0. St. Andrews Rayong were our opponents in the third round and for the first time we found ourselves behind 0-1. The girls knew that the match was not yet lost and dug in deep to find an equaliser. We were also awarded a penalty kick which found the back of the net and secured a 2-1 victory. Our last team were traditionally our toughest footballing rivals Harrow. This was a gutsy game from both sides, with hard tackles, quick breaks and many chances. However neither team could capitalise and it ended a goalless draw.
Patana Tigers had finished the pool in first position and were set to meet Harrow once again in the final. We knew it would be a hard match and the girls would have to take their chances when offered. It was hot, everybody was a bit weary but 100% energy for 12 minutes was all that was asked of them and the girls didn’t disappoint. A few minutes into the game with the Tigers pressing forward they scored a delightful goal. The game went back and forth from here with the Tigers unable to score again but the girls did a fantastic job in defence ensuring our lead was secure. When the referee blew the whistle for full time there was relief, joy and many smiles on players, coaches and parents faces alike.
I would like to congratulate all the girls who took part for playing hard, determined, skilful football and the spirit of good sportsmanship was always a pleasure to see.
Patana Orange (Boys) – Pool B
Our Patana Orange team knew that they would have a challenging day on Saturday as they were up against some difficult teams in their pool. The boys had trained hard for the tournament and were certainly looking forward to the competition. The day started well and in their first game they fought hard and gained a well deserved draw against Shrewsbury Blue, however everyone knew that the Patana Black team were next. The boys rose to the occasion and, thanks to some awesome goalkeeping from Gilly, fought back an onslaught from the Black team and managed to hold them to a 0-0 draw, something no other team was able to do on the day.
The boys knew that if they were to win any medals they needed to win some games and get some valuable points. Tactics needed to change and the team pushed forward in their next two games, unfortunately this left them exposed at the back and they lost both games 2-0. The team continued to work hard and were finally rewarded in the last game with a 2-1 win against Shrewsbury White. It had been a fantastic day of football and the boys were exhausted. Well done everyone and thanks to all those parents who came along to support!
Mr. Chris Meller
Patana Black (Girls)
Our Patana Black girls team was a mix of Year 3 and 4 girls who have attended our Year 3 and 4 Football ECA during Term 1 or 2 or who had been identified in their PE lessons as girls that we would like to see more of. The challenge was daunting as they would be playing against all of the other schools only teams but they were ready to give it a go and do their best. The first game was against our very own Patana Tigers which was lost 0-2 but provided lots of areas to work on for the next match. The second game was against another strong team in the form of Harrow which was lost 0-1 but with lots of things to be pleased about as the team began to gel and find their team spirit. The final 2 games with Shrewsbury and St Andrews ended with 0-0 draws but the girls should be justifiably proud of their performances and improvement as the day progressed. They certainly got better and better the more they played and I hope that some of those invited can join our Thursday ECA in Term 3 to continue that progress. Well Done Patana Black!
Patana Year 3 Boys – Pool B
The Year 3 boys certainly did themselves proud on Saturday 5th March at the U9s Football Tournament, coming an impressive 2nd place out of 6 teams in Pool B, being pipped to first place by just a single point. Apart from their opening 3-0 defeat to the Patana Black team where they were finding their feet they certainly grew in confidence as they won all of their remaining matches 2-1, 2-0, 6-0 and 2-0. They showed real flair and determination in their football alongside sportsmanship throughout the whole tournament and will be a force to be reckoned with come next year and beyond as they move through the school. Year 3 boys, you were superstars!
Patana Black (Boys) – Pool B
The Patana Black football boys team certainly enjoyed their second tournament this year having already played in the U’11 BISAC tournament with some great results. It was a nice sunny morning and they were excited and ready to take on all the other football teams in their Pool. The team started very well with a settling 3-0 victory which they followed up with results of 0-0, 4-0 and 3-0 all the way to their final match with a fantastic 5-0 victory against Harrow. They played a total of 5 games with 4 wins and a draw to show for a very pleasing day at the office! Great goals and great defending highlighted a great team performance and a well deserved winners trophy for Patana Black in Pool B. Well done, boys!
Mr. Chris Trendall
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FOBISSEA Swim Time Trials
FOBISSEA Trialists are 'Swimming in The Rain'
Yet again the weather tried to put a stop to our FOBISSEA swimming time trials as the clouds and thunder were constantly overhead. Fortunately we just escaped and the students were able to get on with their second time trial. Everyone was in fine form and there were some fantastic performances, it certainly looked like everyone has been working hard on their strokes and most were improving their times. Well done everyone!
Only one week to go to selection so keep up the good work. See you all at Record Breakers on Saturday.
The Primary PE Team
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Foundation and Key Stage 1 Sports Days 2011
Patana’s Youngest Athletes Run, Jump and Throw Their Way to Success
Last week saw our Key Stage 1 and Foundation Stage Sports Days on the Primary Back Fields. This is one of our favourite weeks in the PE department as it’s always a joy to see so many enthusiastic and happy young faces performing in such a variety of fun and athletic events. This is especially true for our K1 students as this was their first ever sports day.
Each event has a wide variety of activities as varied as the Hockey Dribble Challenge, Javelin Throw, Three Spring Jump and the Obstacle Course. It certainly is an exhausting morning as they are given six minutes at each station. Our Key Stage 1 students were first up on the Wednesday morning and this year saw the introduction of a new event, the Three Spring Jump. This wasn’t to prove a problem and each class put in a fantastic performance with some amazing jumping on display. In fact all of the students were looking very confident as they moved around the field, the hard work they had been putting into their PE lessons had clearly payed off. Even though the weather was very kind to us it was still very hot and the students looked exhausted by the end and certainly appreciated their surprise ice cream.
Miss Betsy and Miss Fiona write regarding our Foundation Stage Sports Day
Foundation Stage Sports Day had it all, great activities, great weather and great athletes! For our K1 children it was the very first sports day of their school life. K2 children had experienced the fun of sports day last year and displayed confidence and energy whilst completing the challenging stations. The day was arranged in a circuit with students rotating around activities that saw them display their speed, strength, jumping, throwing and even pedalling skills! We were very pleased to see all the happy and enthusiastic little faces (and big smiles on the parents’ faces) as they all tried their best on the 8 different activities and 3 relaxing water stations. A great big thank you to the PE team, swim team, class teachers and assistants in helping with the running of the day.
As always our parents showed up in large and encouraging numbers. In many cases they were as enthusiastic as the children, cheering them on and in some cases having a go (it was noted that we have some very talented parent Javelin throwers).
A big thank you to all the PE/Swimming staff, class teachers, support staff, parents and of courses the stars of the show the students who helped to make the Sports Days such an enjoyable and successful event. A final and well deserved thank you must go to the Year 6 students who helped out so enthusiastically at each event and acted as great role models.
Our younger students have done us proud once again! Keep up the good work.
Mrs Patcharee and Mr Chris
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Foundation Stage http://www.patana.ac.th/Primary/viewGallery.asp?hGalleryID=1159
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