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Muddy Challenge For Sport Relief

Today, we took part in the annual Muddy Challenge at Garden Fields. Over 120 children from years 3-6 attended this fun and very messy event in aid of Sport Relief. The children had a wonderful time and many of them had LOTS of fun sliding in the mud at the end - sorry parents! Many thanks to all the teachers and parents who helped and for all donations to the charity. Now time to hose down the children and look forward to next years event!


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Football match v Praewood

On Friday the B team played their last league game against Praewood B team at home.  We started off strongly and had a number of chances on goal, finally scoring one just before half time.  In the second half they came out stronger, but we quickly scored our second goal.  Almost immediately after they scored their first goal.  We held on until a moment when we lost our concentration and they were able to draw level.  The final score was 2-2.

Over the season the boys have developed as players and grown as a team.  Well done to all of them and thank you to all the parents who have helped with lifts and supported the team.

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Football Match v Praewood

The A team played their final league game against Praewood on Thursday. Their goalkeeper was kept busy with lots of shots on goal none of which went in during the first half.  In the second half we passed better and were eventually rewarded with a well taken goal.  The final score was 1-0 win to us.

In the league we have had an excellent run and finished joint 2nd with Fleetville.   Well done boys and thank you to all the parents who have helped with lifts and supported the boys during the season.

We now have the semi final of the City Cup, the final of the Penalty Shoot Out and the year 6 and year 5 tournaments before the season is finished!

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Cross Country Running

Our last meeting of the season took place on Thursday at Garden Fields School. Our five girls, as ever, were brilliant. Emily managed to finish just outside the medals in 4th and Katy came 6th.Every one of our girls finished higher than they had done before. Only three boys managed to compete in this race, due to illness, and they also did well.

Thank you for your support during the events and well done to all the children for representing the school so well. 

Swimming Gala

On Saturday a team of year 6 and year 5 children took part in the St Albans Swimming Gala.  They are always very exciting events and lots of fun.  There were three individual events for the girls and boys, backstroke, breaststroke and freestyle.  We won the boys' and girls' breaststroke races.  In the relay races we also did very well, coming 2nd in the girls' freestyle event.  Overall we came third, a fantastic result.

All the children swam brilliantly.  Thank you to the parents who supported them so loudly.

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Football games v St Columba's

A team

The A team travelled to Cotlandswick Leisure centre to play their match on a very small astroturf pitch.  It made the game very different to normal, with the ball travelling much quicker.  In the first half we dominated and were able to score 6 goals.  In the second half St Columba's closed the players down quicker, giving us less time on the ball.  They scored twice, but we were able to match that with another 2 goals of our own.  the final score was 8-2 to us.  A great result.  We now have one more league game to play next week.

B team

The B team were at home to St Columba's.  The team played well, but St Columba's went ahead by 2 goals, one due to an unfortunate deflection.  We were able to come back to level the score, only for St Columba's to score a third to win the game.  It was a close game which we were unlucky to lose. We have one more league game to play next week.

Netball Tournament (10.03.18) 


Last Saturday, two teams entered the large schools’ netball tournament at St Albans High School. Both A and B teams were placed in two mixed pools of other A and B teams. When we arrived, the weather was wet and cold, but our spirits were high!


A Team

We lost our first two matches, which affected our high spirits, but the team really turned it around! We went on to win the next three matches. This placed us third in our pool, not high enough to go to the semi final, but an excellent achievement!

Well done to all players!


B Team

Having won our first match, our high spirits were really soaring! Unfortunately we then played some really strong teams (mainly A teams!) and didn’t manage to continue the winning streak. We didn’t get through to the next round, but we were awarded the Fair Play trophy (joint with another school)

Well done B team for excellent play!


Mrs Williams and Mrs O’Malley are very proud of all the boys and girls who entered the tournament, well done all!


Thank you, as well, to the wonderful parents and families who came to support. 

Run a Mile Running Track  (update)

As you probably know we are now in the process of having the running track put in, which is very exciting.  However, the weather conditions have not made it easy!  In the first 2 weeks the workers had to contend with the freezing cold and snow and this week it has rained so much the ground is too wet to continue until next week.  I am sure it will be worth the wait.   Here are just a few pictures of the work so far.


School Games Quicksticks Hockey Tournament

Today 18 girls and boys from year 6 took part in the annual Hockey Tournament at Oaklands College.  We had 3 teams of 6 each competing in a pool of 11 teams.  Over the course of the morning each team played 10,  seven minute games of Quicksticks Hockey. These are fast games with four players on the pitch with no goalkeeper.  All the teams did really well and I was very proud of their team spirit and how they supported and encouraged each other.  All the children enjoyed what is an excellent event.


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League Games vs Fleetville and vs Wheatfields 

This week the girls had 2 matches on back to back days. The first was against Fleetville and despite the girls playing well and a woman of the match performance from Amelia in defence, we lost the game 2 - 0. The next day we played Wheatfields and put in an even stronger performance against a team that we had previously lost to 4-0. early in the game we conceded 2 early goals but the girls didn't let their heads drop and battled on pulling a goal back with a brilliant run and strike from Teagan. Unfortunately we missed a couple of other chances and were not able to get the draw losing 2-1 but the improvement in play from our last match was vast.

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League Game v Wheatfields

On Thursday the A team played a league game against Wheatfields.  We knew it would be a hard, close game and so it was.  There were chances at both ends, with goalkeepers making great saves.  In the first half after a series of fine passes we scored our first goal.  We held onto the lead going into the second half until they were able to score. However, we quickly came back to go ahead again and managed to maintain our lead until the final few seconds of the game when they equalised.  We had to settle for a draw, but the boys played extremely well and should be proud of themselves.


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Tag Rugby Tournament 


Last Thursday, at a very cold St Albans rugby club 30 of our finest rugby players from Years 5 and 6 took part in a tag rugby tournament. the 3 teams played in different pools and all performed exceptionally well, all teams won games but the A team went the whole competition unbeaten. Well done to the children and a big thank you to Mr Watson and Mr Cofone for helping coach two of the teams.



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League game v Fleetville

On Tuesday the B team played a league game against Fleetville on our home ground.  We started brightly with lots of forward moves and good defending and a couple of attempts at goal. Then against the play Fleetville managed to slot one in, to make it 1-0 to them at the end of the first half.   In the second half we continued to play well with some good passing, but Fleetville came out much stronger and quickly scored their second goal.  With some excellent saves from our goal keeper we kept the score 2-0 until the final whistle.

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Penalty Shoot Out

On a very cold Saturday a team of boys took part in the penalty shoot-out semi-final against Killigrew.  As usual the venue was St Albans City's home ground at Clarence Park.  At the start of the game the boys formed a guard of honour for the two teams and then enjoyed watching the first half.  During the break it was our turn to go onto the pitch and take part in the competition.  We had to take 10 penalties, including our goal keeper.  We started off well with a good lead and then our nerves got the better of us and Killigrew caught up. It came down to the final penalty which our goalkeeper managed to convert sending us through to the final on the 24th March.

A brilliant result boys, well done!  Thanks to the parents for coming to support.

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Our year six cross country team took part in another race on Tuesday. This time at St Columbas school. It was a cold, windy and very muddy course. Despite the conditions both teams did really well. There were several personal bests and all the children finished in the top half of the race.

Final positions were: Katy - 8th, Emily - 11th, Becky - 40th, Faith 64th and Abi 67th. Jake 20th, Harry 53rd, Joe 60th and Xavier 63rd. Thank you to the parents who helped with lifts.


Netball match 22.02.18


Today, we played our final league match against How Wood.


We had a great first quarter taking a 2-1 lead. All players kept a brilliant pace and worked hard against a strong opposition. How Wood played a great second quarter scoring 4 to our 1.


The final score was 8-3 to How Wood. A disappointing loss despite playing well, at great speed, for the full match.


Well done team BHJS!


We are very proud of how the netball teams have developed and improved since Christmas. They have shown determination and team work, and have improved their skills immensely. 


We look forward to the tournament in a few weeks and wish the teams every success.


(Keep up that break time practising in the mean time!)

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Netball Matches - 19.02.18


All members of netball club took part in matches against Colney Heath School today.


Our yellow team played a league match. They were evenly matched against a strong team! We took a quick lead, with a few consecutive goals, but Colney Heath were never far behind! The final score was 6 - 5 to us. Another great win, but a close call! 


Colney Heath chose Faith as player of the match. Well done Faith!

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The red team played a friendly match and showed excellent play and progress in their passing skills. All GA and GS players worked really well with their team mates (the practising at break time is paying off!). It was a great match and they won 6 - 2!


Colney Heath chose Amelia as player of the match. Well done Amelia!

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Netball Match - Home


On Thursday some of our Year 6 players, played against St Bernadette. It was a very fast paced game and St Bernadette had a very strong defence. However, we had possession for the majority of the match and, despite an excellent GD and GK, we managed to win 7-1. A fantastic result Year 6!


St Bernadette chose Milly as player of the match. Well done Milly!


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City Cup Football 

On Thursday the A team played against Fleetville in the City Cup competition quarter final.  It was a very close game, although we did have more chances on goal.  However, Fleetville scored very early on and we had to work hard to recover.  We were awarded a penalty which evened up the score and then we scored another great goal to make it 2-1 to us before the end of the first half.  In the second half we continued to play well and scored a third goal.  Fleetville kept battling and scored an amazing goal just before full time.  The final score was 3-2 to us.  This means we go through to the semi final, which is played on the same day as the finals at Colney Heath Football Club.   A fantastic result boys.

Sports Hall Athletics

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On Monday, 21 children from Year 6 took part in the Sports Hall Athletics Qualifiers. The children ran, threw and jumped their way through lots of events to gain points towards our total. We were up against 8 schools, with 8 more competing the next day, so we have our fingers crossed that we scored enough to advance to the finals later on this year.

League game v Garden Fields

On Friday the B team played a league game against Garden Fields.  The boys started off strongly and were quickly rewarded with a goal.  Garden Fields them came back, but our defence was very strong and made it difficult for them to get through.  We continued to pass well and scored another 2 goals before the end of the first half.   At the start of the second half we lost our concentration for a while and Garden Fields took advantage of that to score a goal. Our goal keeper then made a great save and through improving our play we scored another 2 goals.  The final score was 5-1 to us.  Well done boys

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Wix Cup v Wheatfields

On Monday the A team played in the Wix Cup Semi Final against Wheatfields.  The boys' knew this would be a tough game as Wheatfields had been unbeaten since the start of the season.  From the start we played good attacking football and were quickly awarded a penalty when one of their players handled the ball.  Being 1-0 up seemed to give us more confidence and we took the game to them.  By the end of the first half we were 4-0 up.  Wheatfields had a few chances on goal but these were dealt with well by the defence and our goal keeper.  We continued to press and scored another 2 goals.  The final result was 6-0 win to us.  This means the boys go through to the County final to represent St Albans.   Well done boys.


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Wix Cup Football match v Killigrew

On Tuesday the A team played Killigrew in the second round of the Wix Cup. We started strongly and soon scored our first goal. Then 2 more followed quite quickly while the defence worked hard to stop their attacking play.  Just before half time Killigrew scored.  In the second half they played with more confidence, but we were able to score two more goals before they replied two goals of their own.  In the final few minutes we scored our 6th goal, making the final score 6-3 to us.  This means we are through to the semi- finals of the Wix Cup competition.  Well done boys!

Football Match v Bowmans Green

On Thursday we played a friendly match against Bowmans Green.  The boys had not played as a team before so it took a little while for their confidence to grow.  Bowmans Green scored first but it wasn't long before we equalised.  The boys then started passing more accurately and moving forward as a team.  We scored another 3 goals and defended well, only allowing them to score once more.  The final score was a win to us 4-2.  The boys should be proud of themselves as they all played very well.


Football Match v Cunningham Hill

On Monday the A team played a match against Cunningham Hill in the City Cup.  The boys played brilliantly with lots of attacking play and great passing.  We were also strong defensively.  By the end of the first half we were 3-0 up.  In the second half Cunningham Hill came out strongly and immediately put pressure on our defence, but we were able to hold them off and scored another goal.  Just before the end of the game Cunningham Hill scored one back.  The final result was a win to us 4-1.  This means we go through to the next round of the City Cup, to be played next year.

Netball Match Home V Abbey


The A-team played their fourth game of the league today, against Abbey. It was a miserable evening and the court was wet and a little slippery. Abbey started off playing fast and had great, accurate passing. BHJS didn’t let this put them off. Riding high on last Friday’s win, the girls scored quickly, making it 1-0 to us. However, Abbey scored soon after making it 1-1. BHJS upped their speed but this meant some accuracy was lost in their passing. After a chat at half time, the girls went back fighting beating Abbey 2-1 in the end. A VERY competitive and fast paced match, in unpleasant weather conditions! 


Well done BHJS - an excellent win!


Abbey chose Emily as player of the match. Great playing Emily!

Netball Match Away V Aboyne Lodge


On Friday 17.11.17, our A Team played a league match against Aboyne Lodge. Our team were feeling apprehensive and needed lots of encouragement to start off with. They quickly got into their stride and scored the first goal of the match. Aboyne followed shortly after with a goal. In the second quarter we got our second goal, again followed by one from Aboyne. Luckily, in the final quarter of the match, BHJS upped their speed and accuracy, scoring another two goals. The final score was 4-2 to us. Well done girls! Our first win in this league! The Aboyne team chose Faith as player of the match - well done Faith for lots of enthusiasm, and great improvement this term!

Football Match v Wheatfields

On Tuesday the A team had a league game against top of the league Wheatfields, who are a strong and physical side. We started off strongly and had a few chances, but they scored first which seemed to effect our play and  they went on to score 2 more before the end of the first half. 

In the second half we played better and scored 2 goals to make it 3-2, but we weren't able to sustain the attack and they came back to score another goal.  The final result was 4-2 to them.

Football match v Bowmans Green

On Monday the B team played a friendly against Bowmans Green. It was a great game of football with both teams playing well. We made some good forward runs and defended strongly with a couple of good saves from our goalie, but it wasn't until later in the game that we finally managed to score our first goal. That seemed to give us more confidence and we went on to score another to two goals. In our excitement we did allow Bowmans Green to get one back.  The final score was a win to us, 3-1.  Well played boys.


Netball Matches away v Garden Fields 


Our A team played a league match against Garden Fields A team. Well done to the girls who kept up their spirirt and energy levels despite an extended match! We saw improved team work and great play, as well as some accurate scoring.


Well done A team! 

Our B team played a friendly game against a large Garden Fields squad, and all our girls played excellently! We saw improved footwork and accurate passing. 


Well done to Freya, who was noted by the Garden Fields coach as playing particularly well!

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B team football match v Fleetville

On Thursday our B team played a league game against Fleetville.  It was a great game and all the boys played the best football of the season so far.  Fleetville were able to score early on, but we kept it at 1-0 until half time.  With a few changes to our playing positions we came out strongly in the second half and scored a super equaliser.  We continued  with our positive play until, against the run of play, Fleetville scored  a second.  It remained 2-1 to Fleetville at the final whistle. 


Sports Event - what a day!!

Last week one of our children attended an amazing sports event. The morning was jammed packed with lots of exciting activities, including football, boccia, archery and cricket as well as parachute games.  By the end of the morning every one was very tired but agreed they had had lots of fun.

Skipping Workshops

On Monday and Tuesday all the children enjoyed skipping workshops.  During the workshops they had lots of fun learning some new skipping skills.  By the end of the sessions most children looked rather warm after good half hour work out with their rope.   Some of the children then had the opportunity to show case their skills during assembly.  The teachers were very impressed.

Skipping ropes can still be ordered from Mrs Astley at £4.



A team  football match v Fleetville

On Monday the boys' A team played a league game against Fleetville.  These are always very competitive games and closely matched.  From the beginning both teams fought hard and played well, although we did seem the more dominant.  Despite a few chances the score was 0-0 at the end of the first half. The second half continued in the same way with our boys having more chances on goal including a great header which hit the bar, but the final score remained 0-0.  


Girls League and City Cup Double Header vs Fleetville

Today, the girls played the rematch of the draw Cup match played back in October, this time at Fleetville. the girls dominated possession and territory throughout the first half but were unable to score. Early in the second half, Fleetville got a free Kick and managed to score from it leaving us 1-0 down with around 12 mins left. the girls pushed on hard having 6 or 7 god chances but we were unable to make any of them count as the time ran out. this does mean we are now out of the City Cup; however, we will have one final game against Fleetville in the spring to hopefully level the score one more.

Netball match away at St. Peter’s 


Bernards Heath travelled to St. Peter’s to play their first league match. Both teams started really well, passing was effective and there was some great teamwork. After some accurate shooting, the final score was 7-0 to St. Peter’s. Well done to Faith and Becky who played particularly well. 

Penalty Shoot Out v Margaret Wix

On Saturday some of a team of boys went to Clarence Park, home of St Albans City Football Club and took part in the first round of a penalty shootout competition against Margaret Wix.  At the start of the game the boys formed a guard of honour for St Albans City team and Welling United as they came onto the pitch.   At half time it was our turn to take to the pitch for the penalties.  We went first, scoring our first three goals for a good start, then our nerves got the better of us and we missed a couple  Our goal keeper was very solid and saved at least 5 of their shots.  The final score was 5-2 to us to put us through to the next round in February 2018

It was amazing to see so many children from the school supporting the boys and St Albans City.

Thank you!  Such a shame St Albans lost.





Girls Football A League v Wheatfields

On Thursday, the girls played their first league game of the season against Wheatfields, the game didn't start well as we conceded 2 quick goals at the start of the game but the girls battled back and had a number of their own chances in the first half. the game continued to be end to end and before the end of the first half Wheatfields had scored again. In the second half, we fought back well and had a number of chances ourselves including a screamer of a free kick which just went over the bar. Towards the end of the game Wheatfields were awarded a penalty which they score and the game ended in a 4 - 0 loss for our girls. The much improved performance in the second half gives us cause for optimism in the return fixture in the spring and roll on next week for our rematch with Fleetville.


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On Thursday the B team played a league game against St Columbus.  We played very well but St Columbus are a strong team and quickly scored a goal.  We managed to keep the score at 1-0 until half time.  In the second half St Columbus came out strongly and scored another 2 goals.  Despite our best efforts we were unable to find the goal, so the final score was 3-0 to them.  A special mention should go to our goal keeper who saved a mass of attempts on goal. Well done to all the boys.



Game On Club

Game On Club began today lead by the Sports Ambassadors 50 children from years 3 and 4 took part playing games including Shark Attack, Dishes and Domes, dodge ball and Monkey ball. All the children had a great time and we look forward to seeing them all again next Wednesday.

On the 9th of October our 10 Sports Ambassadors attended a course to become Bronze Sports Ambassadors and Healthy Activity Leaders. They had a great day learning how to lead and planning how they are going to inspire the rest of the school. They have already begun to use these skills and ones learnt at school to plan for Game On Club that they will run from next half term!


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Cross Country Running

On Tuesday 17th October eleven children from year six attended the second cross country running event of the year. Although the day had been fine it started to rain as the competitors started to arrive but fortunately the course did not become slippery and the children ran so fast they dodged most of the rain drops. The girls ran first and two of our children were in the leading group for much of the race before finishing a brilliant 4th and 5th. In the boys race many improved on their previous standings and our two front runners both achieved  top 20 places.

Well done to everyone for a fantastic race.

B Team v Praewood

On Thursday the boys  B team played a league game at home against Praewood.  The started off strongly but unfortunately conceded a penalty to go 1- 0 down.  The boys didn't let that get them down and continued to battle eventually scoring a goal themselves.  All the boys from the goalkeeper to the forwards played very well and we scored another 3 goals.  The final  result was a win to us, 4-1.

















A Team v St Bernadettes

On Monday the boys A team played St Bernadettes in the first round of the City Cup. This is a very competitive cup competition with the finalists playing at Clarence Park.  The boys started off with a few jitters and tense moments until finally from a corner we scored a goal.  St Bernadettes came back strongly and before the end of the first half had equalised.  During the second half the boys continued to battle hard against tough opposition.  With their determination we scored another 2 goals to finish the match 3-1 winners.  We now progress to the second round.


 A Team match v Praewood

On Friday the A team travelled to Praewood for their second league game.  Unfortunately, due to a traffic accident we didn't arrive until very late which meant we really didn't have time for a proper warm up. Praewood were able to take advantage of this and quickly scored.  As the game progressed we were more composed and with some great passing equalised and then scored another 2 in the first half.  In the second half despite some good attacks from Praewood and several shots on goal we were able to extend our lead to finish winners at 6-1.  The whole team played brilliantly.  Well done boys.

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The Girls Football team made a great start to their season yesterday.


First up was a very tough cup match against Fleetville school. the girls all played brilliantly and took the lead in the first half. in the second Fleetville played well and drew level making it 1 - 1 at full time. an extra 5 minutes were played to try and find a winner but the game ended 1-1.


the Replay has already been organised for after half term and we hope we can convert the resut into a win on that occasion. Well done girls for a great first game!

A team football match v St Columbus

The season for the A team started brilliantly yesterday in their first match against St Columbus.  We started strongly with a goal within the first few minutes.  By the end of the first half we were 3-0 up.

In the second half we continued to dominate and scored another 3 goals.  The final score was 6-0.

Well done boys.


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A team match v Park Street

On Monday the A team played in the first round of the Wix Cup against Park Street.  It was a very close match although we had more of the scoring chances.  We did score early on in the first half, but just before the end Park Street equalised.  During the second half we continued to battle and scored two more goals. We defended well and with a couple of great saves we kept the final score to a 3-1 win.  This means we go through to the second round.  Well done boys.

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B team match v Garden Fields

On Thursday the B team played their first league game against Garden Fields.  All the boys played very well with some great defending and attacking play.  The final score was 3-1 to us. A great start to the league.