Patana Primary FOBISSEA Team “Strike” Gold in Singapore
After starting this years FOBISSEA preparations in January our 36 children have certainly been on a long journey to make this years Friendly Games which were hosted by Tanglin Trust School in Singapore. Having a very competitive group trying out certainly helped the final team as they prepared alongside a very strong cohort. The final few weeks were certainly not ideal with many events cancelled on the run up to the Games leaving the boys in particular a little under cooked in Tee Ball where they had not been able to play a single competitive fixture.
Having not previously won any of the age group Tee Ball during at least the last 6 years we entered Day One and Tee Ball with a Patana steely streak to do our best as a team and work hard for each other. As the day unfolded all of our teams grew in confidence and as group toppers, entered the semi final stages of the competition. Three tremendous performances saw all teams’ progress to their respective finals and a guaranteed medal. The fact that all three then went on to win Gold and take the clean sweep was the stuff of legend. Credit must go to all those who have attended this years’ Tee ball ECAs as the competition that you have provided certainly prepared our teams well.
As Day Two arrived for the football all of the Patana children, parents and coaches walked a little taller after the thrilling exploits of the day before but there was still much work to be done. We are very lucky to have many very strong footballers have at Patana who certainly benefit from a whole range of community based as well as school based opportunities to develop their skills and games play. Confidence remained high as the morning progressed with all 6 of our teams marching into the semi finals once again. Special mention must go to our U’9 Girls who did so with victories of 8-0, 7-0 and 3-0 with some ruthless and clinical football. From the semi finals incredibly 5 of our teams progressed to the finals with only our U’10 girls missing out after a tense golden goal and then penalty loss to the eventual winners. What happened next was certainly up there with Cinderella in the Fairy Tale stakes as all 5 finalists went on to win their respective age groups which was truly amazing. As we headed back to the hotel we could reflect on a fabulous two days of competition where we had taken 66 of the 72 gold medals on offer and 8 out 9 of the Champion Trophies.
Day Three downed and promised to be the hardest yet with Athletics scheduled for the morning followed by Swimming in the afternoon all to be topped off by the Gala Dinner and Disco in the evening. Phew!
The Athletics started brightly with the boys on the track and the girls in field before swapping as the first part of the event passed. Once again it was a rare podium without a Patana student as everyone continued to give 100% for the cause, aided by all of the training and preparation back in Bangkok. Our throwing was particularly strong but well supported by our jumps and efforts on the track. A final tally of 34 Gold, 22 Silvers and 19 Bronze Medals certainly increased the weight of our luggage as well as more than one student’s self esteem. All of our children should be rightly proud of their athletics exploits but Angelina Siddons with 4 Gold and 2 Silver, Catherine Veasy with 4 Gold and 1 Silver, and Karatae Uahwatnasakul with 4 Gold and 1 Silver performed to our great satisfaction.
Our final event of the games was the swimming where many of our games players had been coaxed into the water to support our more regular swimmers. Unfortunately the event was regularly affected by thunder and lightning so that the programme was shortened somewhat. This certainly did not dampen our teams desire to swim their best when given the opportunity. No greater example of this was Albert Smutharaks who swam the 200 IM and had the slowest seed time who swam a legendary race roared on by the Patana supporters, gaining a Bronze Medal and knocking more than 30 seconds off of his personal best. In the shortened 44 race meet, we swam many gutsy races with a final tally of 2 Gold, 1 Silver, 6 Bronze and a tantalizingly close ten 4th place finishes. At this point Rhea Poonevala deserves a mention as she achieved the very rare feat of Gold medals across all 4 disciplines at the Games.
Amazingly the children still had energy for the Disco and had certainly earned their time to socialize with their many new friends from all of the other schools. A fabulous group of students, parents and coaches helped to make this a truly memorable experience with a special thanks to all those who played their part by trying out in Term 2.
For those who may be thinking about trying out next year, we would certainly welcome you when our selection process begins in Term 2. I would recommend that anyone interested does join our football ECA in Term 1 and gets in the pool to practice their swimming now but these are by no means compulsory.
Congratulations and well done one and all!
Mr. Andrew Tatam
Head of Primary Physical Education
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Interclass Football 2010
Key Stage 2 Interclass Footballers Turn On The Sizzle And Style At Their 2010 Tournaments
Key Stage 2 classes have just completed their two hours of football fun in the sun. On Monday 30th June, Year 5 and 6 classes divided themselves into girls, boys and mixed teams and played at least 4 matches to see who would enjoy the title of champions. The students demonstrated some of the great passing, tackling and shooting skills they have been learning in their PE lessons and from the many outside of school opportunities available to them. Alas there can only be 1 winner in events such as these but all of our children were encouraged to do their best and to enjoy the event regardless of where they may have finished. They certainly did just that and great sportsmanship was on display on all of the 6 pitches with everyone trying their best. The final results were:-
Year 5: boys – 5B; mixed – 5R; girls – 5M; overall champions – 5M
Year 6: boys – 6H; mixed – 6H; girls – 6P; overall champions – 6H
Tuesday 1st June saw Year 3 compete in their very first Interclass Football competition. There were some classy players and the future of football at Patana looks bright. The students learnt many lessons, especially those of teamwork, positional play and using space. The year 4 competition was very, very close with great depth of talent especially in the girls competition which went down to a nail biting penalty shootout with 4M just edging out 4E. The results were:
Year 3: boys – 3S; mixed – 3R; girls – 3C; overall champions – 3R
Year 4: boys – 4E; mixed – 4M; girls – 4M; overall champions – 4E
Once again all of our Year 3 and 4 students deserve much praise for their sportsmanship on and off the field as well as showing off their footballing talents and potential. Well done!
The PE department would like to thank all the parents and fellow colleagues for their support and help in refereeing. Finally we would once again like to thank all the students for your energy, good sportsmanship and great football.
Next up is Interclass Basketball in Term 1 next year so practise shooting those hoops!
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Swimming Galas K2, Year 1 and 2
K2 and Key Stage 1 Take the Plunge!
Following the original cancellation of our annual Y1 and Year 2 swimming gala’s they were rescheduled for the following week when the weather threatened to overtime our plans again. Fortunately our K2’s had managed to have their gala on the original date and the weather gave up us just a big enough gap to proceed so that all of our young swimmers got the opportunity to take the plunge.
The K2 swimming gala is always one of my favourite events of the year as it is such a fun, simple yet challenging event where all of the children are active and mostly in the water. The classes arrive at the 25 m pool in groups of 2 or 3 classes and are split into 4 groups who all rotate around 4 exciting activities as diverse as “the stepping stones” and “stroke technique” across the width of the pool.
Our Year 1 and Year 2 galas tend to be far noisier affairs with groups of 3 or 4 classes at a time cheering for their class mates to swim their best. Individual events range from the Doggy Paddle to the Butterfly and are supplemented by many team relays from the Sea Horse to the Life Jacket race. The final events are the ever popular Treasure Hunt where the girls followed by the boys of the class compete to gather as many floating and sinking objects as fast as they can to gain the most items of Treasure.
It was certainly a great pleasure to see how confident our young swimmers are in the water and to watch and cheer their excited and enthusiastic displays. A big thank you to our swim team for their work throughout the year in preparing and encouraging the children and to all of the parents who came to lend their support. Well done to all of our young swimmers for their fantastic efforts during their events too.
A special mention also to Mrs. McLaughlin who was on the microphone for all six of our gala’s who will be sorely missed but fondly remembered at next years events.
Remember to keep swimming during the holidays everyone!
Mr. Andrew Tatam
Head of the Primary Physical Education
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Keepy Uppy Stars Demonstrate Their Skill in World Cup Assembly
Key Stage Two students had their PE and Sports Assembly today and were dazzled by the individual performances of Keepy Uppy and a class dance by Year 1B.
In keeping with the World Cup fever that is gripping the world at the moment, the PE staff chose a World Cup theme for the assembly. Each class represented a different country and nominated one child to enter the keepy Uppy competition. The honour was taken very seriously and throughout the week students and some staff had been seen practising in various parts of the school. It was a close competition with Chile coming out on top (congratulations Taneli 5M, 75 Keepy Uppies).
Congratulations must also go to the dancers in Year 1B who put on a magnificent performance with their Cheerleader dance.
Finally, well done to all those students who have helped make this a fantastic and enjoyable sporting year!!
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