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Updated: 19th February 2017
AUTUMN TERM I
The start of the new year has already brought around several sporting successes.
Clubs in Autumn Term included both Squad and Girls-only Football Club, Archery (Monday, with Blackburn Archery), Cross Country Club, Netball Club (kindly run by Mrs Walker) and Bounceball (KS2) and Street Dance through Sport-S-Cool.
In sporting competition, the football squad played several friendly games as well as a league match against St Thomas' in the newly reformed BPSSA leagues. A split squad was narrowly beaten (3-4) by a very strong Feniscowles team in the school's first fixture of the year, then had a hard fought 0-0 draw away at Cedars before beating (eventual Jubilee Shield Champions) St Pauls at home, 2-1. The first league match vs St Thomas' was a slightly more comfortable affair, with St Francis running out 7-1 winners to give them lots of optimism for the rest of the league campaign ahead in 2017.
The squad also qualified for the Jubilee Shield Finals night after an unbeaten effort in the group stages in October, winning all 4 games without conceding a goal. On Finals night itself, the team won it's qualifying group with several impressive wins against other strong sides - the only side to do so. Subsequently they went a goal ahead in their semi-final before conceding a late equaliser (and then being beaten on penalties) against Feniscowles in a game that could have gone either way. St Francis ran out comfortable winners in the 3rd/4th place match to finish 3rd, a year after being beaten finalists in 2015 - an impressive record given 25-30 schools enter the Jubilee Shield annually!
You can see (and buy!) some professional pictures of the Jubilee Shield from Kipax.com.
Another footballing success saw both Elliott and Lewis selected to represent Blackburn Primary Schools Football in cross-district competition - a phenomenal achievement for both!
In the first cross country race, St Francis had an incredible individual result, with Inez securing 8th position in the girls race. After race one, the girls team are in 14th place overall (out of 22 schools) and the boys managed 20th, giving St Francis an overall school placing of 18th and lots of opportunity to climb in the next event in March!
In Spring Term, several new clubs began, including KS1 Dogeball, Celebration of Dance, for our talented KS2 dancers (who perform at King George's Hall in March) and G&T Sports Development Club rub by Elite Sports Development. A new Year 2/3 Girls Football club, run by Fenny Reccers started after half term, along with a plethora of clubs starting up again after a short winter break.
Competition in 2017 kicked off with an incredible result at the Sports Hall Athletics for Year 5/6 pupils, where St Francis won the St Bedes Qualifier against traditional sporting powerhouses like Feniscowles, St Pauls, St Peters and St Edwards. This earned the school the chance to compete in the Borough finals (for the first time) later in January.
In the final, the team performed as well as our staff have ever witnessed, finishing a hugely impressive 5th place in Blackburn with Darwen, 2nd only to St Barnabas (4th overall - just a handful of points behind!) in schools with single-form entry.
Not to be outdone, the Year 3/4 team had their first athletics event in early February, travelling to Darwen Vale to face perennial athletics powerhouses like Avondale and Lower Darwen. Despite a dominant performance on the track, St Francis ultimately finished in 4th place, just a few points off a second place finish overall. An incredible achievement to round out St Francis' best overall sportshall athletics showing in the past decade!
Upcoming Spring Term events include the Girls Football Tournament, the mixed football leagues, the BwD Cross Country (Race 2 & 3), BwD Swimming Gala, the BwD Orienteering Competition and many more!