World Cup fever hits OLSJ

Everyone here at OLSJ is hugely excited about the football World Cup this year, hosted by Russia and begins on Thursday the 14th of June.

The whole school is taking part in a sweepstake, with the 32 competing nations divided equally amongst the 16 classes. Each class were given the opportunity to select their countries at random, and the class with the winning nation will receive a prize before the end of the summer term.

Genisis – Morocco and Mexico
Joshua – Belgium and England

Ruth – Poland and Sweden
Samuel – Panama and Russia

Year 1:
Ezra – Tunisia and Saudi Arabia
Tobit – Peru and Costa Rica

Year 2:
Esther – Argentina and Iceland
Judith – Portugal and Senegal

Year 3:
Job – Japan and Iran
Isaiah – Denmark and France

Year 4:
Daniel – Australia and Nigeria
Jeremiah – Brazil and Colombia

Year 5:
Jonah – South Korea and Egypt
Amos – Spain and Uruguay

Year 6:
Malachi – Germany and Croatia
Zechariah – Serbia and Switzerland


The Animal XI

Year 4 were set a challenge to create a football team, from animals. The challenge was to think of which attributes make a good footballer? And which positions suit which players best? Do defenders need to be fast? or strong? or both? Does it help if you’re taller?

In their groups, they started by making notes on the back of the cards, writing down whether the animals were fast or slow, strong or weak, tall or short, large or slim as well as any other information, such as being able to jump high or change direction quickly.

Another thing year 4 had to consider was their compatibility. would all these animals be able to work together? and is it important that every player can cooperate and work as part of team? They quickly identified 3 pairs of animals that are predator and prey. The fox<rabbit, the cheetah<gazelle and the lion<zebra.

Take a look at the pictures below of all the animals they were allowed to choose from and their final animal XI.
Do you think you could pick a better animal XI?



A star in the making

Over the past year, Yiannis has developed a real passion for table tennis and has dedicated a vast amount of time practicing. Yiannis plays at every opportunity, during breakfast club, after school care and even attends training sessions for a club outside of school.

Yiannis spends the majority of his time training and competing with children in the under 15’s category, however, he also trains once a week with the under 18’s.

Keep working hard Yiannis, you’re doing fantastic!!


ITTF Table Tennis World Cup

On Thursday the 22nd of February, 10 children from year 6 went on a trip to the Copper Box Arena in the Olympic Park at Stratford to watch the opening day of the ITTF Table Tennis World Cup.

Teams from all over the world such as England, USA, Australia, Korea, China, Germany and any more, all competing to be world champions at the end of the tournament.

The level of competition was absolutely brilliant and it was fantastic to see some of the huge stars in table tennis, such as current world number 1, Dimitrij Ovtcharov. Another name worth mentioning, is Tomokazu Harimoto from Japan, who is just 14 years old and competing in a world cup.

Our children were given the opportunity to show some of their own table tennis skills on some of the practice tables and put on a real display of skill. OLSJ set a record of 22 consecutive shots during a round the table game, a score which saw them beat several secondary schools too.

Some children were even lucky enough to meet some of the stars from the England Ladies team.

A fantastic day all round, thoroughly enjoyable and a huge thank you to Mr Bond for organising the trip and getting the tickets.

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Girls football

The OLSJ girls football team returned to the West Ham United Foundation site in Beckton for the second phase of the Premier League Primary Stars tournament, which is a national competition.

Having won the previous round, OLSJ were invited back with winners and runners-up from tournaments hosted by the West Ham United Foundation across east London and Essex.

The tournament last Tuesday (20th February) was of an exceptionally high standard, with all teams showing they were worthy of a place at this tournament.

Our girls were absolutely brilliant throughout, with fantastic skills, great work rate and an amazing team spirit. Despite playing so well, we were very unfortunate not to get the results we needed to progress to the next stage of the competition.

I am very proud of all the girls who took part, they have been fantastic throughout both tournaments and they should be proud of themselves. They are the first OLSJ team to reach this stage of Premier League Primary Stars tournament.

Well done girls!!


On Saturday the 27th of February, I was lucky enough to be invited to watch these footballing superstars in an inclusive football tournament. The tournament was hosted by the West Ham United Foundation in Beckton.
It was a thoroughly enjoyable tournament to watch with all teams playing to the best of their ability.
These boys regularly attend training sessions to develop their skills, agility, balance, co-ordination, speed and awareness.
It is brilliant to see children being active and engaging in sport outside of school.

Well done boys, I am really proud of you.


Girls Football

On Thursday the 1st of February 2018, the OLSJ girls football team took part in the Premier League Primary Stars tournament at the 1st stage of the competition. This stage of the competition is hosted and organised by the West Ham United Foundation in Beckton.

Thursday was a busy afternoon with 20+ schools in attendance from Tower Hamlets, Newham and Essex, competing for places in the next round of the competition. All schools were divided into smaller groups and qualifying in a league format.

OLSJ played 4 games on the day and were absolutely fantastic during every minute of every game, securing qualification to the next stage of the competition, boasting a perfect record of 4 games, 4 wins, 4 goals and 4 clean sheets.

We are all very proud of what the girls managed to achieve, being the first OLSJ team to reach the second stage of this competition, and are looking forward to the next phase of the contest, later this month.

Well done girls!!!

West Ham United Stadium Tour

On Thursday the 7th of December, 10 very, very lucky students were offered the trip of a life time, to visit London’s iconic Olympic Stadium in the heart of the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in Stratford.

The tour consisted of a walk around the executive suites and VIP areas, the media interview rooms, the home dressing room, through the tunnel and pitch side. The children throughly enjoyed a behind the scenes walk around the stadium, listening keenly to all the information and facts from our expert tour guide.

The largest surprise came at the end of the tour when our children had their photos taken, and some special guests came out to see them. 3 players from the West Ham United team. Edimilson Fernandes, Angelo Ogbonna and Pablo Zabaleta. Naturally, our children were stunned and full of excitement on meeting the trio of stars. Our children were also very lucky to be presented with a West Ham goody bag filled with gifts such as a snow globe, scarf, soft ball, board game and many more!

We can’t thank West Ham enough for such an amazing afternoon, thoroughly enjoyed by the children and staff that were lucky enough to go on the tour.


Year 6 football

Last week, 8 boys from year 6 represented OLSJ at the 1st stage of the Premier League Primary Stars tournament, the first opportunity to use our brand new kit, supplied by the Premier League as part of our link to the West Ham United Foundation. Also a huge thank you to the West Ham United Foundation for the brand new Nike, Premier League Footballs.

Our boys started off in tremendous form with a 4-0 win in the opening game, followed by 0-0 and 1-1 draws against very tough opposition. We lost our final group game 2-1 with a very late goal.

All of our boys played fantastic throughout their four games, however, were unfortunate not to progress into the next stage of the competition, narrowly missing out on qualification by just 1 goal.

The OLSJ team had the best defensive record in our group, conceding on 3 goals, and kept 2 clean sheets, the only team on the night to do so.

Well done to all who took part in the tournament, we are all very proud of your efforts.

OLSJ Sports Person of the Year 2017

After an exceptionally successful year at OLSJ in terms of sport, the 2017 sports person of the year has been chosen.

With so many children constantly delivering high standards of sport during PE lessons throughout the year, with excellent presentation of their PE kit, excellent and regular attendance in after school clubs and fantastic levels of achievement by our amazing sports teams in borough competitions. It was certainly a difficult choice, with so many nominee’s to consider.

OLSJ’s first ever girls football team managed to reach the semi final of their first tournament without conceding a goal, before losing the semi final on penalties. Excellent performances from every girl who attended and represented our school.

Our year 5 boys football team, after winning their cluster qualifying tournament (without conceding a single goal), played against the other top sides in the borough finals and lost to the eventual winners in the quarter final, meaning we are one of the top 8 football teams in all of tower hamlets, leaving us all feeling very proud.

Our first hockey tournament of the year, attended by 48 teams, a massive tournament organised by the tower hamlets youth foundation. OLSJ topped their group by winning every game, no goals conceded and scoring freely. After winning the quarter final, we stumbled to a 2-1 defeat in the semi final, a huge achievement.

OLSJ attended our local hockey cluster qualifying tournament with three teams, all three teams played really well and two teams met each other in the semi finals. Our winning side went on to win the cluster and qualify for the borough finals competition. 7 teams attended the borough finals including OLSJ, and with 1 loss 3 draws and 2 wins, we finished 3rd. The 3rd best team in all of tower hamlets, and unbeaten in games against the winners and runners up. Our hockey team have played exceptionally well throughout the year and achieved massive amounts of success.

Sports day this year, a huge success, the highest points tally ever at an OLSJ sports day. Well done to all who took part, you were all brilliant, and thank you to all who came to watch, support and cheer for everyone. I hope you all enjoyed it as much as I did.

OLSJ took 9 children to the tower hamlets swimming gala with amazing results. We had 6 heat winners, including 3 finalists who finished 5th, 4th and 3rd. Well done to all of you.

With so many sporting achievements this year, deciding the winner of this award was no easy task. However, this child has made immense improvements during PE throughout the year, learning new skills, developing existing skills as well as improving their attitude towards sportsmanship, fair play and understanding tactics in games. This child has extended their hard work into after school sports clubs which has helped their development. This child is so passionate and enthusiastic about sport and has been an absolute pleasure to teach this year. Congratulations, and keep up the hard work next year!