Emily Fox entered a competition called ‘WeMadeItUK’. This is a competition where students were invited to submit ideas for future technological devices. ‘My design was selected by George Freeman MP to represent Norfolk Constituency! I was one of the 30 Constituency Winners from a total of 360 entries in the country! I was invited to go a rewards ceremony at the Houses of Parliament where our MP, George Freeman, was one of the three MPs who were hosting the event.’ We were escorted to the Churchill Dining Room where the ceremony took place. It was here we met George Freeman, our MP, who had selected Emily’s entry as the Mid-Norfolk Winner, and chatted about Emily’s design. Mr Freeman followed this event up with a visit to Neatherd High School in February. Mr Freeman addressed the upper school in assembly, promoting STEM subjects and championing East Anglia as a county for future developments. Written by Emily Fox and Mr Chapman.
Dear Readers, After a challenging start to 2013 with snow and ice we have had a very busy term. Inside you will see highlights from the fantastic school production: Labyrinth. In Neatherd International News you will also see that the school now offers Latin classes which have been very enthusiastically received. There have been two very full and varied flexible learning days; so important to challenge students understanding using the teaching time in such different ways. The school’s reputation for STEM activities continues to strengthen (see inside for details). We also welcome our new Head of Society & Ethics, Mr Cannon, who has made a very positive impact already this year. We hope for summer-like weather after the Easter Holiday and wish our Year 11 students every success in their exams due in May and June. I wish you and your family a very good Easter holiday. Mr P Devonish, Headteacher.
Grammar Phobia! When people hear the word grammar, they normally do one of two things: 1) Block their ears and scream, ‘I just don’t get it!’ 2) Yawn and start thinking about dinner. The reason for this is because grammar is pointless, tedious and worthless. Or so people think. In actual fact, grammar is rather important. Grammar helps us know how and when to use words. It helps us know that the following sentence: I am really looking forward to eating that chocolate cake… is correct, but this sentence: I is well looking forward to eating that chocolate cake... is wrong. We all use grammar every day without even thinking about it. If we didn’t, we wouldn’t be able to communicate at all! The difficulty for most people is explaining the rules of grammar; that’s because it involves using words which aren’t in our everyday vocabulary. To understand grammar, you need to begin by getting to grips with word classes (nouns, verbs…). If you understand word classes, it will really help you with English and MFL. So here’s a crash course on the main word classes and how to spot them. Written by J-Ro.
On Tuesday 5 February four aspiring engineers, Harry Selwin, Tom Cappuccio, Joseph Playford and Ben Faircloth, woke way before dawn and undertook an epic journey down the A11 to City University London to compete in the regional finals for the F1 in Schools challenge. We are all former Neatherd students and current students of Dereham Sixth Form College and of the Neatherd STEM club. Between us we study A Level Maths, Physics, Electronics, Chemistry and Further Maths, but in our spare time since December 2012 we have designed and built a model F1 racing car to compete against other school teams in the F1 competition. At the competition we raced our car, presented our project, and had an engineering inspection on the car and a “pit” inspection of our team stand and portfolio. The aim of the competition was to build a racing car from balsa wood while keeping with strict rules and regulations, and race it down a 20m track in the fastest time. Teams had to be sponsored by companies to design and build the car, we were very grateful for the support from iSport International and Warren Services for their advice, expertise and help in building the car. Our best time in the race was 1.85 seconds, which was unfortunately on the slow side compared to other, more experienced teams. This was mainly due to the weight of the car and particularly the bearings we used, something many did not use. However our presentations and portfolio interviews went much better and we were praised for our professional attitude. Overall, we really enjoyed the day and learnt a lot from our experiences. We hope to take our new knowledge of the competition experience and of flaws in our car to enter next year’s competition with a head start, which means we will be once again be looking for sponsors. If anyone is interested or has useful information we would be delighted to hear from from you! Written by Ben, Harry, Tom and Joseph.
RS was by far my most favourite lesson at school, and it is a real privilege to get to teach it every day!
I specialise in Philosophy of Religion, Classical Greek Philosophy and Religious Language.
Mr Cannon is the new Head of Society and Ethics!
From September 2013, timetables will show Society and Ethics instead of RS and PSHE.
Interests outside school: I have a huge passion for music, and have been playing the drums and guitar for a number of years now.
The Friends of Neatherd were very sad that the Pre-Prom Shopathon had to be cancelled due to poor weather in January. However, we are delighted to announce that our next event will be a Quiz and Chips night on Friday 26 April. Parents, students and teachers are all welcome - more details will follow. All monies raised will go towards helping the school, so come along and pit your wits to help raise money for an excellent cause! Congratulations to all of the Win-Win prize winners: December: S Lloyd and T McDonnell, January: J Cunningham, A Matthews, T Carter and A Elliott. February: C Newey, S Pope and J Mann.
After winning the Eastern FIRST Lego League Regional Final, the Binary All Stars qualified for the FLL UK National. This meant that they had seven weeks to perfect and polish their robot and the accompanying project – however, the team decided to rebuild their robot entirely, so it was a rush to get things done! Along with 20 other teams, Emily Wolfenden and Toby Faircloth set off for Loughborough on the 26 January. The team got off to a shaky start only getting 165 points in the first round of the robot game (they calculated a maximum score of 320 points prior to the event), and unfortunately it was the best run of the day (subsequent runs came in at 145 and 100 points respectively). However, the “dynamic duo” (as they became known over the course of the day) had very successful core values, project and technical presentations, so spirits were still high. The team did not win any trophies this time around, but gained valuable experience from and met loads of other like-minded teams. Written by Toby and Emily.
The Mathematics department was successful in securing funding from the PTA for the purchase of 32 copies of Uncle Petros and Goldbach’s Conjecture, one of Mr Chapman’s favourite books! Uncle Petros is a family joke. An ageing recluse, he lives alone in a suburb of Athens, playing chess and tending to his garden. If you didn't know better, you'd surely think he was one of life's failures. But his young nephew suspects otherwise. For Uncle Petros, he discovers, was once a celebrated mathematician, brilliant and foolhardy enough to stake everything on solving a problem that had defied all attempts at proof for nearly three centuries - Goldbach's Conjecture. His quest brings him into contact with some of the century's greatest mathematicians, including the Indian prodigy Ramanujan and the young Alan Turing. But his struggle is lonely and single-minded, and by the end it has apparently destroyed his life. Until that is a final encounter with his nephew opens up to Petros, once more, the deep mysterious beauty of mathematics. Uncle Petros and Goldbach's Conjecture is an inspiring novel of intellectual adventure, proud genius, the exhilaration of pure mathematics - and the rivalry and antagonism which torment those who pursue impossible goals. We are very grateful to the PTA for giving us the opportunity to purchase books that are not part of the curriculum, but rather widen students’ exposure to mathematics. Written by Mr Chapman.
There’s lots of research that links attainment in school to reading. Students who read really do succeed. Reading helps: develop imagination, widen vocabulary, improve spelling and it makes writing more mature. Thursday 7 March was World Book Day and in school we had a variety of activities designed to get everyone enthused about reading. One thing that often prevents people from reading is choosing the right book. So if you’re unsure what to read next, take a look at our recommendations… Magyk (and sequels) by Angie Sage. Genre: fantasy adventure Septimus Heap has adventures in a magical kingdom. Only he has the power to deal with the Darke forces. Adventures of a Wimpy Werewolf by Tim Collins. Genre: humour Luke Thorpe is a fifteen year old wimp who is also a werewolf. Follow his hilarious and embarrassing voyage through his teenage years. Discover how he handles the problems and the vampires he meets. Foul Play by Tom Palmer. Genre: football mystery Danny is obsessed with two things: football and investigating crimes. Can he solve the mystery of the missing football star or is it all too much for him to handle? Girls in Tears by Jacqueline Wilson. Genre: life Told in the bright, sparky and totally realistic voice of Ellie, Girls in Love is a funny, frank and revealing look at their friendships, problems and heartaches that older fans of Jacqueline Wilson will adore. Gone Series by Michael Grant. Genre: Sci Fi No adults – just under 15s. Survival is the only goal and the children will do whatever it takes. Meanwhile, there is a mystery to solve regarding the wall encircling the town. A strange and distrubing set of popular books. Pirates by Celia Rees. Genre: adventure A slave girl and a lady end up as pirates in historical Caribbean seas. Follow their adventures. The Last Dragon Chronicles by Chris d’Lacey. Genre: fantasy A very popular series of magical adventures with dragons. Cherry Crush by Cathy Cassidy. Genre: romance Cherry moves to a new school and embarks on a new romance. But there are problems in store for her. Noughts & Crosses Trilogy by Malorie Blackman. Genre: racism/Life A romance between black and white teenagers causes problems The Revenge Files of Alistair Fury by Jamie Rix. Genre: humour How does Alistair (Alice) get revenge on his embarrassing family? Read his diary to discover the disastrous plans he hatches. Cherub Collection by Robert Muchamore. Genre: adventure / mystery Cherub has many James Bond-like adventures tracing criminals and bringing them to justice. Lots of spy action in this well-read series. Knife Series by R J Anderson. Genre: fantasy adventure A fairy story with attitude. Not your average fairy, this one.
Recently we were invited on a Media Studies and PE trip to the UEA in Norwich. When we arrived there was a short presentation by Simon Thomas who explained about the Sainsbury’s Junior Sport Games and also told us about how he became a presenter with Sky Sports News. We were then split up into different groups based around writing reports, spoken media, and photography. In these different groups we were spoken to by people who do these things as their jobs. There was a freelance photographer, EDP journalist and radio presenters from BBC Radio Norfolk. In these groups we learnt skills that these people use in their everyday lives, for example the journalist taught us how to write quickly using symbols and the photographer taught us how to sweep through a shot of someone moving and capture it to show that they were moving. We had an extremely interesting day at UEA and enjoyed getting to see a university in action! We spent the afternoon using our new skills to interview students completing the Junior Sports Games - we interviewed them, took photos and wrote a report. We are going to report on two other events throughout the year. We would like to thank Mrs Topping for organising the trip - we found it really interesting and enjoyable. Written by Ryan Watts, Natasha McClure, Kieran Rix, Dennis Raven and Rebecca Perkins, year 10.
Year 11 were given the opportunity to go on a rewards trip to Laser Quest recently to celebrate becoming Prefects and Team Leaders! We went after school and had to choose how to work in teams of ten. There were four teams in total and our team were to play the first game! Once the game began the adrenaline started pumping, and we were advised not to run but that soon went out the window! Rhys and I were on ‘The Red Team’, the other team were quite a challenge and they had one ace up their sleeves…this happened to be Ms Chilvers whose tactic was to keep pulling the trigger and stay on your back until you managed to lose her; this proved to be very effective for the other team! The scores were -200 points to the Red Team and 22 for the blue team!! The main cause for this score was because of Rhys’s score of -15000; at first we thought Rhys was just rubbish at Laser Quest! However, it was soon revealed that his gun was not working which caused the low score, so we let him off the hook!! The winners of our game played the winners of the second game. This time we smashed the other team with a score of 700 points to a measly 300. This time Rhys’s performance was much better, once he had a working gun and Ms Chilvers was nowhere to be seen! When the fun was over we got back on the coach and went to McDonald’s; with about 38 students and hungry teachers we formed a reasonably huge queue that left some people standing outside the doors! We both thoroughly enjoyed the trip and so did the rest who went on it. We would like to thank our teachers for taking us and look forward to another opportunity to go again! By Shane Dorrington and Rhys Lloyd.
Our second Flexible Learning Day took place in February. The focus was upon developing skills in a cross-curricular manner. The skills we focused on were teamwork, being good self-mangers, effective participators and creative thinkers. It was a really successful day with many parents and outside agencies involved. Year 7 East side of year 7 went on a cold and windy Geography trip to Wells and Overstrand. Ben Whitehair said, “We had a great day at Wells, it was good learning about sea defences and coastal erosion.” Meanwhile west side of year 7 spent the day designing their own ‘Olympics’ with the PE department. They had to create their own games, list of rules, then organise and run the Olympics with prizes and cups for the winners of events. ‘It was great - I liked working with my tutor group to design the activities,’ said Chelsea Barnett. Year 8 Year 8 west spent the day with the DT department exploring how to design land yachts using wind power. While year 8 east spent the day with the ICT dept exploring media and reporting on a range of news issues. ‘It was great fun being able to research and design a news story, and hear from Mr Clarke from the EDP who gave us advice!’ said Dan. Year 9 Year 9 spent the day with a variety of agencies including the Matthew Project, Victim Support, magistrates, police, fire brigade and a prison officer and prisoner! They were exploring crime and consequences through a series of scenarios. ‘It was really interesting to listen to the prisoner and the police; it really made me think about crime and making decisions,’ said Connor Woodbridge. Year 10 Year 10 spent the day exploring career options. Some of the year group visited the Sixth Form to experience a sample lesson and have a tour so that they could begin to think about post GCSE options. They also had a talk from a variety of visitors about careers options. Visitors included teachers, an army major, police, hairdressers and paramedics! ‘We had a fantastic day and it really made me think about what I want to do when I leave school!’ said a year 10 student. Year 11 Some of year 11 spent the day working on their RS and Ethics GCSE coursework. They explored such issues as matters of life and death by considering a series of dilemmas. They discussed, debated and explored Christian beliefs about life after death and non-religious views about life after death. ‘It was really useful for my RS GCSE,’ said Luke. The rest of year 11 spent the day with the English, Drama and History departments exploring Shakespeare and Elizabethan times for their English/ English Literature controlled assessment. They spent the day exploring stagecraft, historical context and a choice of plays. ‘It was really interesting and useful for my GCSE!’ said Lewis.
Our third Flexible Learning Day took place in March.The focus was upon developing skills in a cross-curricular manner. The skills we focused on were teamwork, being good self-mangers, effective participators and creative thinkers. It was a really successful day with many parents involved. Year 7 Year 7 spent the day with the MFL department exploring the Spanish culture! They participated in the paso doble, ate Tapas, cooked Spanish food and participated in a quiz! ‘I had a fantastic day! I loved eating the Spanish food although I didn’t like the olives very much!’ said one student. All students participated enthusisatically and used fantastic team worker skills throughout the day. Year 8 Year 8 went on a Geography field trip to Wroxham where they learnt about the Broads and threats/developments to the local environment. They went on a boat trip. ‘It was great fun!’ according to James who, ‘enjoyed the whole day.’ They got to interview members of the public and work in teams to achieve their goals. Year 9 Year 9 spent the day with the Creative Arts Department exploring global dimensions through the use of drama, dance, art, music and photography! ‘We got to try some of the option choices to see what we thought of them. I really liked the drama activity!’ said Douglas Brown. The photography group used Photoshop to explore graphics while the art group developed painting techniques, and the dance group spent the morning exploring varied methods to create a performance. Year 10 Year 10 spent the day working in tutor groups deciding who would be their Prefects! There was an inspirational speech by a member of the Light Dragoons who assisted in helping students to understand the application of leadership skills. This involved many scenarios being working through, examination of leadership qualities and a vote by both students and staff! At the end of the day students were presented with a tie if they had been successful at becoming a Prefect.
Year 11 Year 11 spent half of the the day working with Science developing their exam work and skills. They worked in their sets. ‘It was quite good and the science helped because it was essential for the exam!’ said one student. The other half day was spent working on study skills where they explored coping with stress, revision techniques, memory, and types of learning. They also examined revision websites to help with specific subjects. ‘It was really helpful,’ said Lawrence, ‘and I will be using it to help me revise.’
Scratch Programming (FLD2) The Gifted and Talented activity for FLD2 was a computer programming activity, in which selected students created animations in Scratch then captured these as video files to be shared with others!! Emily created an animation to help teach youngsters about staying safe online; an important message these days!
Tommy created a funny and slightly strange story, but it did have a good message about staying strong; don’t give up!
How did the day go? The focus, creativity and drive from the pupils was exceptional. To begin the day students learnt the skills of programming using Scratch. After seeing what was possible, students planned a story that had a moral, such as the importance of perseverance or the problems of stranger danger. Students spent the majority of the day programming their animations, which are superb talented.neatherd.org ……FLD2 Link on the left!
What skills will the student have used by the end of the day? Creative Thinking - students will have developed imaginative and complex stories. Mathematical concepts students will have used coordinates, variables & timings. Literacy - students will have used narration to enhance the story, but could also build conversation between characters. Digital Awareness - students will have combined text, images and sound to develop a digital fluency in the modern world.
Creative Writing with Year 7 (FLD3) On flexible learning day three, ten year sevens, recognised as being gifted and talented in English, met in DT4 for a day of creative writing. The day began by the group describing images they had been given, and it soon became very clear by their fantastic choice of words, that this was going to be a day to remember. After discussing our ‘post-apocalyptic’, ‘serene’ and ‘verdant’ scenes, the students were ready to create settings of their own. Settings quickly developed into characters, and then exciting narratives began to emerge, as did a wonderful sense of humour. The mere mention of the word ‘maggots’ sparked imagination and laughter, and so the first literary maggot heroes were born, with the ever-to-be-remembered catchphrase ‘Shuffle for your life!’. I must thank Daniel Allinson, Holly Elson, Abigail Foster, Emily Gibson, Ashley Golden, Lucie Gresham-Hill, Reece Johnosn, Dylan McDermott, Jack White and Evie Williamson for a truly inspiring day. Thanks also go to Mrs Gresham-Hill for coming in to help and experience the delight of creative writing at its best. Examples of their work can be found on the school website – it really is worth checking out! talented.neatherd.org – Follow the FLD3 link!
Neatherd High School’s recent production of Labyrinth was based on the 1980s film with David Bowie and the Muppets. The plot revolves around the exploits of Sarah (Hannah Ingham) as she tries to free her little brother Toby who has been captured by a bunch of hapless goblins led by Jareth, the charismatic Goblin King (Alex Grauwiler). On her quest, Sarah meets a range of oddly assorted characters such as Hoggle and his “dad”, (Peter Hill and Tyler Brooks), the blue worm (Emma Hill), Sir Didymus, the brave and valiant fox (Emily Nurse) and the Firies (Hope Patterson, Eve Shalom, Ellie Salisbury, Daniela Neckarova, Darcie-Mae Smith, Chloe Brown and Charlotte Reid). There were approximately 100 students in the show with all high school year groups represented. Miss Harris, who directed the play along with sixth former, Barney Cunningham, explained that the production evolved through improvisation based on the original film rather than being rehearsed from a published script. In this way, the cast members were able to contribute their own wacky ideas. This was obviously essential, as due to the extreme and bizarre nature of the film, where most of the characters are played by muppets rather than humans, some parts had to be altered considerably. Perhaps the biggest challenge faced was the creation of Ludo, a giant roaring monster who was presented as a huge puppet, built by DT’s Mr Wright. The puppet was operated by Matthew Lyon, Dom Scarff and Micka Singh, whose phenomenal strength and vocal power really brought the puppet to life and frightened a few small children in the audience! Eben Cunningham and Bryn Hughes brought the house down with their hilarious interpretation of the pair of door knockers, Herbert and Lemon. Without exception though, the entire cast worked together brilliantly as actors and dancers in this breath-taking production. The Drama department is extremely grateful for the support of parents and local businesses: Arnie’s Attic for the provision of some of the show’s stunning costumes and Knit-Wits for fabrics provided so that further costumes could be made in-house by the school’s talented team of designers and costumiers, also aided by the resourceful Emily Wolfenden whose ingenuity and versatility ensured that a number of last-minute props were ready on time.
The school’s School Nutrition Action Group (SNAG) recently met to continue with our thrust towards the Food For Life Partnership Gold Award. Tom Jones 10KWI was elected as SNAG Leader and was joined by all the other SNAG champions (too many to mention) each of whom have a specific role to play in the different FFLP aspects of gardening, cooking, environment, canteen and farm links. A Canteen Questionnaire Committee was set up, to work on finding out how we can improve your canteen and make it an even healthier and happier place. The Litter Taskforce are busy designing new anti-litter posters and we have also been planning two exciting new Food For Life Gold events, to be held later in the year. The first will be an Organic Cookery Master class and the second a Primary School Growing & Cooking Workshop. All SNAG members will also soon be receiving their specially designed FFLP ties! As well as all that, the Enviro Club have been busy building & installing nest boxes for the school’s populations of blue & great tits, as well as taking part in the RSPB Big Schools’ Birdwatch – the highlight of which was a fantastic sparrowhawk. On the growing front, the ‘To Bean or not to Bean’ whole school competition is well under way, with 60+ broad beans growing in pots around the school. Who will be the green-fingered winners this year? Gardening Club have been mega busy and we have greenhouses full of cabbage, sprouts, white sprouting broccoli, peas, chillies, tomatoes, herbs & nasturtiums being lovingly looked after. Don’t forget Gardening Club runs at Monday, Tuesday, Thursday & Friday lunchtimes + after school on Tuesdays, Enviro Club is at Wednesday lunchtimes and Cook Club on Tuesday after school. Get involved! Mr Clennell.
Recently Neatherd High School hosted its eighth Cook-Off: six teams each comprised of a teacher and a student. The theme this time round was ‘food for a healthy heart’, the idea being that hearts are a symbol of love, which is appropriate for Valentine’s Day. The judging panel consisted of Mr Clennell, Mr Humphreys, and Thomas Jones. They were harsh judges but stuck firmly to the criteria, marking for depth of flavour, presentation and technique, and healthy heart factor!
Miss Byford worked with Year 7 rookie Cameron Vincent to produce a fruit flan with a raspberry mojito. While Miss Martin went all-out to impress the judges with long-time young cook Charlotte Aldus. They prepared a very Greek meal of Sheftalia with hummus, tzatziki, gigantes plati, home-made pitta breads and a village salad. It was very healthy, as it contained no sugar, and no salt. Miss Barron made a simpler dish with the help of newcomer Megan Reid. They prepared a Caesar salad with home-made croutons, which were also heart shaped. Their dessert consisted of a home-made apple crumble with homemade vanilla custard. The apple crumble was sublime, with a perfect balance of apple and cinnamon. Miss Chilvers worked with Year 7 expert Bradley Aldus to prepare spicy vegetable enchiladas with a cheese topping. For dessert, they made pancakes, drizzled with honey. Their pancakes were cut, again, into heart shapes, to keep with the Valentine’s theme. Mrs Williams teamed up with Ellie Jackman and prepared baked salmon kebabs with a light salad and a delicious dip. The salmon was perfect; it simply fell off the skewer when bitten and the dip went with it perfectly. They made two desserts, frozen berry yoghurt and a banana crunch, which were both delightful. Mrs Hunt had two GCSE students as sous-chefs – Rebecca Perkins and Natasha McClure, both Year 10. They made a batch of parsnip cupcakes and a a carrot cake which were both healthy and local. st
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were Miss Martin and Charlotte Aldus, and in 3 were Miss Williams and Ellie Jackman.
On Friday 1 March three students, who had qualified in a Slalom Ski competition in November, took to the slopes again at Trowse Ski Club. Megan Lait, Yr 8, Georgia Ingham and Becky Swales, both in Yr 9, represented the West Norwich and Dereham Schools Sports Partnership. The girls had 30 minutes to practise and warm-up. They then completed the Slalom course three times and their two fastest times were then added together to give them their overall best time. This was then followed by a Partnership Relay Race in which our three girls competed with pupils from Taverham High School, and Reepham Sixth Form College, against other similarly made up Partnership teams from all over the County. All three girls did brilliantly; with Becky Swales coming third overall in the Key Stage 3 Girls timed Slalom! To top a great day off, the girls and the rest of their Partnership team raced their skis off – and won the group competition, coming first out of eight Partnership teams! Well done everyone and thank you to all parents who also came to watch this incredible event!
Recently ten of our Yr 7 students took part in a Sportshall Athletics competition at Hellesdon High School. Cameron Vincent, Alex Skinner, Miles Blake, Daniel Allinson, Dylan Collier, Chloe Mayes, Hannah Crowe, Hannah Cummings, Elsa Harrigan and Beverley Banthorpe did so well at this event they qualified to attend the 2013 Norfolk School Games at UEA Sportspark, which was held on Thursday 7 March. Here they came across some stiff competition from schools all over the th county. However, they did a sterling job, finishing a commendable 5 out of 8 teams. Cameron Vincent reported that, ‘We did lots of activities and the whole team were supporting each other really well! All in all we tried very hard and the whole team played well. We were slow at running but we had arms like catapults and jumps like kangaroos!’ A brilliant time was had by all, well done everyone!
This season has just got better and better for us. We played Yarmouth High School in the quarter finals of the County Cup at home. A very tough game for all but we eventually won 4-2! We managed to scrape through with goals from Harry Barnes, Alex Clements and a last minute strike from Owen Bradfield to make sure of the victory. Through to the semis! Well done to Josh for his first team debut! Next we played Wayland High School in the League and were comfortable winners. All played well with Owen, George and Sonny performing well in midfield once again, and Alfie, Tom and Ben all excellent in defence. So…the semi-final was against City Academy with their 6 Academy players and a striker recently bought by Norwich for £15,000! This was an outstanding performance by every single player of our team despite losing 7-2. Out team are excellent but what impressed me most about us was the commitment and energy we showed. Rob Ellis made some excellent saves and couldn’t do anything about any of their goals. Ben Cordle, Ryan Batson, Tom Mansfield and Lewis Jarrett were all brilliant in defence against a great attacking team. Alex Clements, Sonny Richmond, Owen Bradfield and Ryan Perring worked tirelessly in midfield with Harry Barnes and Micka Singh performing well up front. Subs were Dec Moore and George Broster who both worked very hard. We certainly gave them a good game with the second score being 2-2, goals from Alex and Micka topping off a great team performance. There is no shame in losing to this team in the Semi-finals of the County Cup. Well played everyone! Mr Hood.