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New year, new sports!


We have had a great start to the new year with our sports.  Our pupil voice team have got stuck in to delivering a new play time sporting challenge and are also going to be helping out the younger children at football club (starting Monday 14th January.)


We have also been very lucky to enlist the help of a professional running coach, Mr Bibby, who will be working with our cross country squad this term.  They will be working on the technique and their stamina throughout this term.



Year 5/6 gymnastics club is also underway and the team for this competition, later in the year, will be selected from the children who attend.  Our year 3/4 competition date has just been received and team selection for this will be made next week.


Our Boccia team have qualified for the BWD schools finals and Mrs Pratley will be escorting them to this event in a few weeks time.  Mrs Pratley will also be selecting a swimming squad for the gala at Darwen Leisure Centre, on the 15th March.


Exciting times for sport at St James'



Sports Photos and Reports


Gymnastic Competition - 13th February 2019


On Wednesday afternoon, Miss Kelly took 4 children to St Bedes for the Year 3/4 Gymnastics Competition.  She was very impressed with them and said they showed huge potential.  Although we didn’t manage a top 3 place the performances and commitment of the children was outstanding.  This, coupled with the amazing performances at J-Factor last night mean that our chances for medals at  future competitions look good!


Year 3-4 Sports Hall Athletics - February 2019


On Tuesday 5th February, a group of children from years 3 and 4

attended the Sports Hall Athletics Competition at Darwen Vale.

The children were all super excited and a little nervous.  There were 7 schools attending the event and the sports hall was packed!  Our team performed to the very best of their ability at all times and were super supportive of each other.

The competition was soon in full flow with events such as running, obstacle relays, over under relays, throwing and jumping.  We really could not have asked for any more from the team.

Although we finished in 7th place we were all very proud of the effort,

determination and sporting attitudes of the St James’ children.  Well done!



Boccia Report: Friday 1st February 2019

The Boccia team were invited to attend the County Finals after finishing the Primary Schools League in 3rd place.  The Finals took place on Friday at the Sports Hall attached to QEG’s, Lammack Road, Blackburn.  On a very snowy morning the team arrived at the venue, eager to get started.  Unfortunately the start was delayed due to others struggling with the weather conditions. The team used this time to get in some practise.


When one of the opposing teams arrived, St James’ Jets were shocked to say the least. Keira R summed up their reaction by stating “They’re teenagers, we’re playing against teenagers, they’re teenagers!”


In the league, St James’ Jets played, they were the only Primary school but they really tried to keep focused. Their first match resulted in a 14-0 win against Mayfield Allstars, their second against Moor Hey Strikers and third match against Coppice Dynamo’s was very close, but due to some clever last minute tactics lost 3-5 and 2-3 respectively.


Our result of 3rd in the league didn’t achieve a place in the Regional Finals this time so unfortunately this is where our campaign finishes for this year. Well done to the St James’ Jets – Keira R, Ellis C, Owen F and a special thank you to Mercedes H for stepping in at the last minute.



Swimming Report


Since the beginning of the school year 7 children from Year 2, 10 children from Year 4 and Year 5 have been attending Splash weekly for swimming lessons. All the children have shown great improvement, impressing both Mrs Robinson and Mrs Pratley.

Within these groups there were two children who stood out for their level of improvement. They are Charlotte and Gabriella from Year 4. Neither of these girls had ever been swimming before so had very little water confidence. Both girls have improved week on week resulting in distance certificates. Well done to you both and all the swimmers.


Dodgeball - 29th November


On Thursday evening, 6 children from year 6 took part in a Dodge Ball Festival at

St Bedes.  The sports hall was full of children and buzzing with excitement.

We played 6 matches in all winning 4 and losing 2.

The team performed really well and enjoyed the experience of taking part in a sporting event.


Well done to all involved.


Sports reports

Week Commencing 19.11.18


On Tuesday evening 8 girls from years 4, 5 and 6 went to play football at St Bedes. It was very cold and very wet!

The girls played really well and a huge thank you to Poppy for stepping in at the last minute to cover for one of the year 5 girls who was unwell. There was a super team spirit despite the cold and wet.

We Won 4 matches and drew 1 finishing with 10 points. This meant we had finished second on the night and qualified for the finals night.

Thank you to Daisy’s mum for help with transport and to Mrs Wilton and Joel for taking us.


On Wednesday afternoon, 16 year 5 and 6 boys attended a football tournament at Blackburn Rovers Indoor Centre.

Our two teams played a number of games throughout the afternoon and performed really well. Attitudes were good at all times and effort was brilliant.

Red team finished 3rd and yellow team finished 6th.

There were some outstanding performances from both our goal keepers along with some spectacular goals.

Well done everyone.


And finally, our KS2 children have been taking part in our first sporting challenge – speed bounce – over the last few weeks. Our winner was Millie from Year 6 with 76 bounces in 30 seconds! Next week’s challenge will be skipping – how many skips in 30 seconds. Well done to everyone who has taken part.


Reports by Pupil Voice Coordinators – Daisy, Tegan and Hsanat


Dodgeball report

Last night Mrs Wilton and Mrs Bryan took 6 girls and boys to a dodgeball festival.  They played 14 games, drew a couple and won the rest! 

Excellent sportsmanship was shown by all children taking part.

Well done!


Football – 8.11.18

Last night, 7 boys attended a football match and won 7 - 4! Jack was in goal and did some awesome saves. Louie and George both scored one goal each and Jude scored 5 goals. All together the team placed 7th in the league. Thank you Mrs Wilton, Joel and Mr T for taking us to Soccerdome.


The football team.


Football – 1.11.18 


On Thursday our football team – made up of all year 5 children played two more fixtures at DW.   

The children had not played together as a team before but were full of enthusiasm.  We arrived early and warmed up whilst waiting for the other teams to arrive. 

Our first match was against St Barnabas.  It was a very close match with some brilliant opportunities for both sides.  Unfortunately we lost to an unexpected shot from the half way line that took everyone by surprise! 

Our second match was against Avondale who are currently sitting very close to the top of the league.  We had a change of goalkeeper for this match and set off with the same enthusiasm as before.  The team tried really hard but Avondale were just too strong for our young, inexperienced team and we lost 5-1. 

One more match to go next week! 


Boccia Report


The Boccia Team (Keira R, Ellis C and Owen F) attended the first round Boccia tournament on Thursday 4th October. At this tournament they achieved  two wins out of the three games played, putting them in second place in league 6.

The team attended the second round on Thursday 18th October, feeling very confident. Their first match was cancelled as Wensleyfold School pulled out giving our team 6points. Our second match, lead to our 13 -2 win against Lammack School and our final match in league 6 was a 7 - 3 win against St. Mary and St. Joseph’s.

We then moved up to play in the Quarter Finals, we won 9 – 6 against St. Thomas’ resulting in a place in the Semi-Final. In the Semi-Final we lost 5 – 7 to St. Matthews. As one of the higher scoring runners – up we were put in to the play – off for third place against St. Barnabus and St. Pauls. The team took the defeat in the Semi-Final and put it to one side, not letting it affect their playing. They went on to win the third place with a score of 9 – 1, they were ecstatic with their win which they richly deserved after fantastic teamwork over both tournaments. Well done J



Cross Country Event 1 


Our first cross country race of the year took place at The Millennium Green, Hoddlesden on Tuesday.  Mrs Jacques and Mrs Wilton escorted 16 Ks2 children from school to the event. 

The course was as close to a real cross country course as the children will get and they were all super excited and ready to go. 

Our Year 3/4 children raced one lap of the course whilst the year 5/6 children had to run two laps.  All of the runners showed great determination and resilience during their races, with a number of them finishing in the top ten. 

A huge thank you to Tegan who stepped in at the last minute to fill one of the girls places. 

The next two races take place after Christmas and the children will no doubt continue to work hard in their 15 minute runs each day to build their stamina. 

Mrs Wilton/Mrs Jacques 


KS 1 Multi Skills Event 


On Friday 12th October, Mrs Wilton and Miss Pratt took 10 year 2 children to QEGs to take part in a multi skills festival with lots of other schools.  This was also the first outing for our new Sports Ambassadors, Jack and Hsanat, who would be required to help run the event. 

We arrived to a packed sports hall with an amazing array of equipment set up ready.  After a short briefing for the Sports Ambassadors, the children were told where to start from and were off!! 

Lots of fun was had, running, jumping, throwing, catching, crawling, balancing and the children even had their response times measured on a computerised, light up game. 

Our two older representatives led the younger children with enthusiasm and set a great example at all times even helping to clear up the equipment at the end of the event when the others had gone. 

Due to the amazing performance of all the children involved, Mr Mercer decided everyone deserved a medal!  It was a very enjoyable morning for all involved. 






















Netball Match Report – 9/10/18


On Tuesday the netball team played their final game at Darwen Vale.


We played St Joseph’s and although we had the vast majority of possession, the game resulted in a 0-0 draw. It was a great performance from the girls and Miss Bryan was extremely proud of them.


The girls passed the ball well and were really good at getting into a space to receive a pass. Daisy injured her fingers just a few minutes into the game and carried on like a trooper!

It was great to see lots of parents and

grandparents supporting us this week and a big shout out goes to Maddison’s grandad and

Daisy’s mum who have watched all of our

matches in the league!

Well done girls and thanks for your hard work this half term.


Miss Bryan x


Exciting football news …..

Following on from last week’s football game, 4 of our boys, Harry, Jack, Mason and Ace have been invited to attend trials for the Blackburn with Darwen Town Team

on 16th October!


A fantastic start to our year at St. James’!!!


Boccia Report - 4.10.18

We had the 1st round games of Boccia this week. Our amazing team—Owen, Ellis, Kiera won 2 games and lost one - what a super effort! Well done. Mrs Pratley.


Football Report - 4.10.18

The year 5/6 football team were in action at DW last night. Our first match was cancelled due to the other team not being able to attend - 3 points for us! Our second match was against St. Pauls and we played brilliantly (we were 4-0 up by half time!) The game finished at 5-1 to St. James’. What amazing performances, well done!

Mrs Wilton.


Badminton Report - 2.10.18

On Tuesday, Millie from Y6 & Mason from Y5, went with Mrs Robinson to a badminton festival. They had a great time, learning new skills and having fun. As it was a festival and not a competition, the matches were not competitive but if they were, we would definitely have won!

Mrs Robinson.


Netball Report- 2.10.18

On Tuesday, the netball team played two matches at Darwen Vale. We played St Pauls and Holy Trinity and they were both very tough sides to play. We lost both of our games but the team showed great spirit, never giving up! Next week is our last match in the league. Well done girls and thanks for all the effort you have put into playing

netball with very few practices. Miss Bryan.


Netball Report – 25.9.18

The netball team played two matches on Tuesday at Darwen Vale.

The girls were in great spirits and once again enjoyed the match experience.

We played Sudell first and unfortunately they beat us 2 – 0. We then went on to play St Peters and it was a great game to watch. We beat them 4 – 1 thanks to excellent team work and Daisy’s super shooting!  Well done girls and thanks to Mr T for coming to support us.

Daisy, Maddison, Porcha, Evie, Poppy, Precious, Hannah, Beth.


Football Report – 28.9.18

It’s been a tough start to this year’s football league, with only 1 win out of 4 games. We have faced some very strong opposition but continued to play with determination throughout.

A super team effort with some exceptional goal keeping from Jack!

Keep working hard.



Netball Match Report - 18.9.18


On Tuesday Miss Bryan took eight year fives and sixes to the first Netball league games at Darwen Vale.

The girls were very excited to represent the school and this showed throughout the games. We had only had two practices and most of the girls had never played in a netball match before. Once they realised that it’s not like basketball and you don’t bounce the ball we were away!

Our first game was against St James’ Darwen and we beat them 2-0. The girls were very enthusiastic and got stuck in! We had possession for the majority of the game and the smiles on the girl’s faces at the end were lovely to see.

Next, we played St Barnabus who beat us. The girls remained positive even though they were a very physical side and they had clearly been playing together for a long time.

The girls were a pleasure to take and we look forward to our three matches next Tuesday and another chance to represent the school again.

Well done to Porcha, Beth, Poppy Y, Evie S, Maddison, Daisy, Precious and Mercedes.

Miss B x



We believe that sport plays a vital role in the development of children. The values and attitudes that can be acquired through improving personal performance or working as part of a team are values for life. All our children have the opportunity to experience a wide range of sporting games and activities at individual and team level through our PE curriculum and extra-curricular clubs.