The events in indoor athletics are a showcase for the year 7 pupils to show their speed, power and endurance. We entered two teams in the competition, and had some outstanding performers especially Prosper Keto in the Standing Long Jump, Denzelle Olopade in the Shot Putt and Clive Mbatika in the Sprint Races to name but a few. Both teams battled out with lots of other schools and after four hard weeks of races, throws, jumps and speed bounces. St. Aloysius first team won the gold medal. All boys involved should be proud of their efforts and hopefully as we now qualify for the London Semi Final, Which is set to take place in February 2014, hopefully we can continue our success there.
St Aloysius’ year 7 football team really impressed in what was their first tournament as a year group, held at the school fields it was their first chance to impress the manager and the opposition. And they didn’t disappoint.
We played six and won all six making us the overall champions of the tournament, we did this without conceding a single goal all afternoon, due to our outstanding defensive understanding of Samuel & James and the Goalkeeper Arthur. We beat the likes of Holloway, Hampstead and Central Foundation who like every year fielded some tough opposition for us.
Special mention must go to the other players such as Ellis, Ryan & Amauri who were all our joint top goal scorers. Blair, Jase and Joshua provided lots of energy and enthusiasm when they came on and lastly Denzelle who had an excellent tournament, unselfishly setting up a lot of chances for others.
Let hope this success continues throughout the year.
The Year 8’s had their tournament at Market Road. They returned as reigning champions and were keen to hold on to the title. We lots of new faces compared to last year’s tournament, with only 3 boys from last year making this years’ team.
We were put in to a group consisting of COALI, Hampstead and Haverstock, we played very well keeping a lot of the possession and converting our changes that we keep creating. Anthony and Samrai worked well on the wings crossing and shooting at every opportunity. Due to outstanding defensive pair of Aaron and Klein, We won the group and faced Regents High school in the Semi-Final.
The Semi was a tough game we dominated possession and limited their chances at goal, but could not find a way through. Arnold came off the bench and with his second touch found his passed two players to score the winner. In the final it was a repeat of last year, versus Holloway. We worked so well as a team, making sure we man marked their danger man out of the game then used our pace on the wings to counter attack, Arnold crossed in for Kristian to score the winner. Special mention goes out to Jason Da Silva for his defensive midfield role, which gave the rest of the team opportunity to break forward and also Luciano, Simon and William who had fine debuts for the school. Harry the goalkeeper was again happy as like the year 7’s we did all this without conceding a goal.
The BTEC SPORT 6th form group had an amazing experience at half term when they visited PSV Eindhoven and Ajax football clubs in Holland as part of a 3 day tour looking into coaching in other countries.
12 boys from the course attended to trip which gave them an insight into how the academies are set up, what the clubs look for and how they coach. It was a fabulous insight into the work at such famous clubs and gave the lads valuable experience and knowledge as they come to the end of their 2 year course in Sports Coaching and Development.
A whole day was spent with Rini Groot at PSV Eindhoven. We were given a guided tour of the facilities, attended coaching workshops and Rini gave us a talk on the scouting network operating at PSV. We also got to watch a session with the U19s being taken by Phillip Cocu, the new PSV manager who has 100 caps for Holland and over 200 appearances for Barcelona!
The following day we were hosted by Ajax of Amsterdam where we spent the day looking at their fantastic facilities at the training ground, having a workshop with their Academy manager, Heini Otto ( Middlesbrough 198-85) followed by a tour of the Amsterdam Arena. The boys even had time for a photo with Edwin Van Der Sar who popped in to the training ground to say hello!
Overall it was a great experience with the students and staff having learnt a lot about football in Holland. We are very grateful to Martin, Tony and James for organising such a wonderful trip to visit such famous football clubs.
St Aloysius College ended up winning the National u17's final!!! (Held at the Nottingham Wildcats Arena)
The semi final was against Itchen College which we won 71 to 59.
The final was against County Upper School which we won 85 to 63.
Most Valuable Player went to the captain of St Aloysius; Andrew Andreas. He scored 31 points in the final as well as being leading rebounder for the team. Benjamn Nkossi top scored with 32 ponts in the final.
The above photo is a team shot followed by Andrew receiving his MVP award with the coach Will Akuffo.
Team photo names from left to right... Will Akuffo, Andrew Andreas, Ngor Yel, Chan Yel, Samuel Laniyan, Alex Dos Santos, Temi Ologbonori, Benjamin Nkossi , James Akinyemi, Osa Ozigbo, Ngor Yel, Francis Anyaegbunam, Timothy Arneaud-Oliver.
Below is an article from the Sport Gazette
The PE Department were honoured to be chosen to be the 'Guard of Honour' for the Opening Ceremony for the London 2012 Olympic Games. The boys had a fantastic day, having a guided tour of the Olympic Park before the Games got underway, and then getting to meet the thousands of athletes from all the competiting nations as they made their way from the Athletes Village to the Olympic Stadium.
Their first experience of the Games was to be welcomed by the students from 250 schools with their banners from the country whom they were representing. Our banner for Tanzania was produced by Mr. Cosh and was a real 'star of the show'. The Tanzanian competitiors had a team photo infront of the banner and several other athletes from different countries had their photo taken alongside the banner. The experience will live long in the memory with the boys getting to see Tyson Gay, LeBron James, Usain Bolt and have their shirts signed by several athletes.
The staff and students of St Aloysius College worked very hard during the Lent Appeal and this year, as the result of the generous donation from St Aloysius, Peramiho Girls School has been able to start the building of a specialist sports playing area in the school.
We were united as part of the International Inspiration programme which was developed as part of the Legacy for the London 2012 Olympic Games. Mr Simon was fortunate to visit the school in November last year and we hosted the Headteacher, Ms Msabila and the Head of Sport, Mr Ngonyani for a week in December.
The pictures show the the teachers and students receiving the cheque and the start of the work on the field behing their school. We look forward to sharing more work and ideas with Peramiho not only in Sport but across other subjects also.
A new addition to the PE Department has been the new 6th form course delivered with the Arsenal Community Department. We are delivering a full time Level 3 BTEC course in Sports Development, Coaching and Fitness. We have 17 students on the course which sees them spending 2 days with Arsenal learning how to become successful coaches and the other 2.5 days are spent at school doing the theoretical units of the course. The course is being led by Mr. Simon and by Martin Davis at Arsenal FC.
If you would like any information regarding next year’s course please feel free to contact us in the PE Dept.
We are very fortunate to be the only school in the area to have their own school field, the only other grass pitch in the borough being the Emirates Stadium. This has undoubtedly been a significant factor in the schools success over the years as the boys are very fortunate to be able to have both lessons and games using such a facility.
We returned in the new school year with GCSE PE exam results of 85%. This is the highest in the borough of Islington and surpasses the previous record of 72%.
Students have a double lesson (100 minutes) every week. Groups are set by ability.
GCSE students have 3 extra lessons a week in which they study practical and theoretical elements of sport. We currently have classes in both years 10 and 11 who are following the OCR course.
Students participate in Football, Basketball, Fitness, Table Tennis, Hockey, Softball, Athletics and Badminton. We also have use of Coolhurst Lawn Tennis Club for Year 11 Games, which we use for both Squash and Tennis.
PE lessons are again taught in double lessons. (100) minutes. All lessons are taught by specialist PE staff.
The time allocated includes time for classes to walk to the school playing fields to do their lessons.
In addition to the games lessons, students in KS3 receive a 13-week block of gymnastic lessons as part of a carousel. This occurs in Years 7 & 8.
The national curriculum areas covered in KS3 include Games, Gymnastics and Athletics. The games covered include, football basketball, badminton, rugby, hockey, table tennis, volleyball, tennis and cricket.
The main highlights of the year are very impressive yet again in the PE Dept at St. Aloysius College.
The many highlights include the U17 Basketball winning the English Schools Basketball title in Nottingham, the school being chosen to be part of the International Inspiration programme with Peramiho Secondary school in Tanzania and also to be part of the Guard of Honour for the opening ceremony for the forthcoming Olympic Games.
Mr. Simon was very fortunate to spend a week in Tanzania in November, visiting the link school in Peramiho. He learnt a lot on his trip and had some fantastic cultural experiences. The programme is part of the Olympic pledge to get students from 20 countries involved in sport. It was interesting to meet such happy and vibrant communities and see how big a role sport can play in peoples’ lives.
The visit was reciprocated in December when two teachers, Ms Msabila, the Headmistress and Mr. Ngonyani, the teacher responsible for sport visited us for a week. We very fortunate to be able to show them the school and we also got a guided tour of the Olympic Park.
Our partnership with Arsenal community department continues to flourish. We have had 26 students studying Level 3 BTEC this year, and we have also been part of the Premier League 4 sport projects with Table Tennis and Badminton, the Gap Year and NCS projects.
The boys have had some fantastic opportunities on the course with Arsenal. As well as developing into very good coaches they have begun working in primary schools coaching, at soccer schools, on match days in the stadium shop and catering departments! They even did the Junior Gunners sleepover at the stadium for the end of season and had a session with Geoff the Chef where they learnt how to cook a meal as part of the nutrition unit of work. Even the fire brigade made that session!
As part of our Premier League 4Sport Programme with Arsenal FC, we hold Badminton sessions on Mondays after school. The boys are coached by Black Arrows Badminton Club till 6pm and on Fridays; the Gunners Table Tennis Club runs from 3.15 till 7pm, with the boys receiving excellent coaching from Steve Achillie. The boys have made fantastic progress this year, several of whom now play National league at weekends.
We welcomed a new member of staff, Mr. J. Fox, who joined us in September from Middlesex University having completed his PGCE in PE.
Unfortunately, we say goodbye to Mr. Erik Pretorius who is leaving us to return to his native Australia. He joined the PE Department in 2005 and has made a magnificent contribution to school sport at the school and in Islington generally. He has shown great dedication to the various teams he has taken over the years.
He will be replaced by Mr. Stewart Henderson, who joins us from Bromfords School in Wickford, Essex. The Basketball programme run by Will Akuffo and the Islington Panthers continues to go from strength to strength. For the boys to win the U17 English schools title was a remarkable achievement, coming 2 years after they won in 2010.
They have trained very hard as a group and their hard work really paid off with a convincing win in the final. The squad has stayed together in 6th form and we look forward to their progress again next year. The numbers are increasing at training all the time. The sessions include Breakfast clubs on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursdays along with sessions after school on the same days.
Year 9 was the stand out football team this season again repeating their feat of previous years of winning the Islington and Camden trophy and losing in the final of the Inner London Cup. This has occurred in each year of the school careers which is a great achievement in itself.
The sporting year was rounded off with the Islington Schools Sports evening at the Town Hall with the boys again doing exceedingly well.
Guysat Henriet was the KS3 Sportsman award for his performances in football and athletics at both school and county level. The year 9 football team won the KS3 team of the year for winning the Islington and Camden cup 3 years in a row and reaching the Inner London final 3 years in a row despite never winning the title.
The KS4 team of the year award went to the senior Badminton team as a reward for the successful season at county level and Filmon Russom rounded off the evening with the KS4 sportsman of the Year award for his efforts in football, athletics and cross country running.
There were special awards for our 3 year 11 footballers, Michael O’Donoghue, Tarik Moore-Azille and last year’s KS4 winner Bobson Bawling. The boys were unable to attend due to the fact that they have now started their football careers at Colchester FC, Coventry FC and Watford FC respectively.
The Inter boys performed well at Mile End coming second in the London round of the competition despite some very strong competition.
The junior boys fared less well with the lack of opportunity particularly hampering their progress. They did very well to finish second on the day but were a long way behind Bishop Challenor School.
Both teams failed to reach the regional finals so we will be working hard to improve on this next year.
Boys from St Aloysius dominated the yr 9 to yr 11 Islington team and earned medals at the London Championships this year held at Battersea Park. Myton Brown won a silver medal for the long jump. Cecil McCarthy won a gold medal in the hammer and Bobson Bawling won silver in the triple jump. Guysat Henriet performed very well in the junior boys 100 and 200m, just missing out for the final of the 200m. JJ Downey also did very well in shot put and with another year in this age group should do well next season.
In the Year 7 and 8 championships at Mile End, the Islington team was composed entirely of St Aloysius boys. Our best result came from Elizer in year 7 who won silver medals for both the hurdles and the high jump. One other student received a medal and that was JJ Downing in the shot put. His effort was enough for a bronze medal while his discus was enough to earn a 5th place in London.
There were other athletes who were close to the medals but came up just short. These include Aban who came 4th in the 800m, Philip who was 5th in the 800m, Victor with 5th in the hurdles and David Keto who came 5th in the 1500m. Special mention must be made of Ibakan who on his first athletics event for the school came 6th in London in the shot put. Well done!
The boys recorded victory for the 10th year in a row at new River stadium. Nearly all the boys came away with a medal, with a lot of gold on display. All year groups performed very well, with the outstanding performance coming in the Year 9 relay, team members Kai and Kane Knight, Guysat Henriet and Torian Lee bringing home the baton very quickly indeed!
The Year 7 team have been training 3-4 times every week with Coach Will. If they continue to dedicate themselves and train as often as they do, then they will certainly be a team to keep an eye on when they are eligible for the English Schools Basketball Competition.
There has not been a large amount of games for our year 7’s to play this year. This is mainly due to the fact that there is no national cup or local competition or them to enter. Despite this, some games have been organized for them to put into practice all of their training.
Their last game was against Highbury Grove School which took place in the second last week of school. They had some very good players, including a boy who was almost the same size as Deandre from our team! Highbury Grove got off to a good start whereas we were disorganised in our defence and offence. They ended the first quarter 7 to 2 up. We started the second quarter how we should have started the first and drew ahead quickly. By the end of the game, we were 11 points ahead with the score line on 33 to 22.
The year 7 team has some students who show promise for the future. James Mulholland has show huge improvements in his skill with the ball; while Deandre has a huge advantage considering his height is about 6’1 at year 7.
There is a group of committed and dedicated year 8’s who turn up week after week to train before and after school. The year 8’s face the same problem as the year 7's in that there is no local or national competition to enter. It is unlucky for them that next year the National Basketball League will create a division exclusively for the year 8’s as they will just miss out on this opportunity.
Despite the lack of competition, there are a core number or students who consistently turn up for training week after week. This dedication and commitment will hold them in good stead when they do enter the National League next year. Some of these players include Dwyton, Chiemeziem, Jesse and Samuel.
There are some newer faces that have been turning up regularly this year and have shown big improvements in their ability. In particular James has all the attributes of being a valuable addition to the school team. His skills are matched by his height which will be a valuable asset to the team.
The year 9 basketball team started the season with an easy win in the Islington Championships. The winners of this then qualified for the national rounds. Our first game was against Bridge Academy at home and ended up with a win.
Our second game was against Bishop Challenor who traditionally are strong in many different sports. They had two boys in their team who were 6’4 and two more who were over 6 feet. Luckily only one of them played for a club outside of school so had difficulty putting the ball in the ring. Timothy played a very good game scoring the majority of our points and we ended up winning by about 10 points.
Because we won the national round games, we went straight through to the County Championships, where the standard of play was outstanding. We played some hard running basketball, but what made the difference, was our solid man to man defence. In our pool stages, we faced and beat a very strong Lampton school which consisted mainly of players in the London team. To beat them was a satisfying experience; however, we somehow ended up losing in the semi final. The team we lost to ended up in the final and found themselves runners up to the Lampton team we beat earlier in the competition. It was a crazy end to an amazing run of games by our boys and we are very proud of them.
Year 11 It has been a difficult year to field a full team with the amount of revision classes and exams that the year 11’s faced this year. Despite this our team made it through the pool stages to the knockout rounds of the English Schools National Competition.
Our next game was at Home against Heathcote School. They had some good players in their team, but eventually, we ended up winning by a comfortable margin. Our next game against Harlington similarly was a deserved victory with very few players spare on the bench. Tiffen School away was next in line and was not as easy a game as the first. It was a tough game that ended in a narrow, but very satisfying victory.
The national final four in Nottingham was the prize for whoever won the next game. We came up against Greig city who managed to shut down our best player and overpowered us in the strength of their supporting players. Greig City ended up going on to win the national title, so all in all it is a pretty good achievement for our year 11’s.
We have had many of our year 11 basketball players from last year return to the St Aloysius as part of IC6. Our u17’s team had a tough draw against schools such as Stockwell Park, Bacons, Chadwell Heath and Harlington.
We won all of our games and therefore ended up topping our pool. The next phase of the competition progressed to a knockout format. The first school that we faced was a school called Rockeby. They were a decent side, but had some differences in ability between the starting five which could be exploited.
Our next game was against Greig City. Whoever won this game would progress to the National Final Fours. Greig City were a much tougher team. They had strength in not only their starting five, but also the bench. We were trading baskets with each other, and we took a slight lead by half time. Our defence was what won it in the end. Greig city had trouble getting into the key for the easy baskets. Forcing them to shoot from outside gave us more opportunities to get the rebound and score ourselves. St Aloysius ended up winning by about 12 points.
The National Final Fours saw us drawn against Itchen College in the first game. They were probably the strongest opposition we faced on the day. They had one player who was outstanding, and four players who were also very good. We made tough work of the first half trailing for most of it. We were making some uncharacteristic errors and needed a bit of time to warm up to game mode.
We make progress on Itchen slowly and steadily. By mid the second half, we had taken the lead, but had trouble extending it to a safe margin. Our breakthrough came when their key player got his fourth foul. When that happened, he had to back down on defence and gave up many more opportunities to score. When his fifth foul came, he was out of the game to secure our victory.
The final was against County Upper school. This school had more consistency in skill with all of their players, but lacked any truly exceptional players to dominate for them. They were about 10 points up at the end of the third quarter. In the fourth quarter, we drew away strongly.
They were not used to facing a team that played man on man defence. We isolated their main driving down the middle strategy, and played tight defence on their outside shooters to end the game with an 18 point margin victory.
This is the second time now that this team has won the National Final.
This could not be possible without the time and expertise from coach Will, and the hard work and dedication of all the players. They are Andrew (Team captain and national finals MVP), Benjamin, Ngor, Chan, Alex, Temi, Timothy, James, Samuel and Francis,Benjamin Nkossi has been chosen in the England u18 team. He has been a standout player this year and we wish him all the best in his future England prospects.
Our table tennis club is still going strong each and every Friday afternoon. We regularly get between 30-50 students to each of the session. The boys have been training hard all year and we have had some outstanding results.
In the Islington Championship, our first team ended up winning while our second team came third. All the boys played well, but in particular Romal did well, despite a surprise loss in his singles match to Holloway.
Fortunately, the match consisted of two singles matches as well as one doubles match so we ended up winning 2-1 in the final.
Unfortunately, with the breakup of the Islington School Sports Partnership, there was no KS4 table tennis competition. This is a great shame as we have many quality players in the upper age divisions. These players include students such as Ike, Brandon, Bartoz, Ade and Framboon,
Four students were selected to attend a very special table tennis event which took place at the Arsenal training grounds. Hugo, Marcus, Romal and Bartoz were chosen to attend and got to play against Fabianski, Sqillaci and Chamakh. They also got to spend time with these Arsenal players and were lucky enough to be interviewed by a reporter from Arsenal TV.
The Fred Perry Urban cup is in its second year of competition. Every football club in the premiership sent its best representatives down to London to compete in a one off tournament. St Aloysius gave 14 boys the opportunity to be an official on the day and take care of the smooth running of the games. Our students did us proud by being fair, consistent and professional. In addition, Arsenal ended up winning the competition for their first bit of silverware for the year.
We are lucky enough to continue to have Steve who is a national level table tennis coach come to school and train a selected group of pupils. With his expertise and their commitment, the student’s skills continue to improving at a rapid rate.
Steve has chosen Hassan and Hugo together with two students from other schools, and entered them in the National Table Tennis Cup C division. They played well over the course of the year and ended up winning first place in their first year of competitive play. Well done lads!
The Islington Tennis Championships was held at our school fields in late June and was hosted by the Coolhurst Tennis and Squash Club.
Unfortunately, the state of Islington sport is not as it should be. No other school in Islington entered this year which is a first for the tennis competition. Despite this, we had seven keen tennis players who turned up, so the competition continued as a singles based tournament.
In the year 7 and 8 combined team, Prem and Ade battled it out for third/fourth place with Prem ending with the bronze. The final was played between Jonas and Alfie.
Jonas is ranked 40th in England for his age division so the results of the competition were almost predetermined. Jonas ended up winning comfortably to take the gold medal. His ability in tennis comes from hours of training each week. We wish him every success in the future playing the sport that he loves.
The St Aloysius badminton team have been training every Monday from 3 till 6pm over the course of the year. We have been lucky enough to be visited by a national level coach, who has provided a range of hints and tips as well as some invaluable advice on technique.
The KS3 Islington badminton championships saw St Aloysius win the shield for the 6th year running. Our number 1 team of Victor Romal, Tunji, Kenny and Senai were too strong for the opposition and won comfortably. Particular mention must be made of Senai who was playing boys two years older than him.
By winning the Islington champs, they then qualified for the central London final. Our lads did very well in the pool stages and found themselves in the final. The end score was 5-0 in our favour. This is the third year in a row that we have won the Central London Final which is an achievement that the boys should be proud of. This is even more remarkable since half of our team are playing in their correct age division, and two played up from younger years.
The KS3 team went on to represent London in the South East of England Championship. The boys played their hearts out, but were beaten by teams whom consisted of County and players.
The KS4 Islington badminton competition saw St Aloysius dominate the field yet again. Both teams made it through to the finals, however, our number one team of Billy, Ade, David Onyekeba and David Fasuyi were too strong for Taylor, Raphael, Abbas and Cecil.
In the Central London Final, The KS4 team won all of their pool games and made it through to the final. In the final, they were the better team, but made some uncharacteristic mistakes and ended up losing two games by only two points.
Twelve of our junior badminton players were given the opportunity to get their young leaders certificate in badminton. This course was organised by Arsenal as part of the Premier League 4Sport project. The session was delivered on a Saturday in our sports hall, and by the Black Arrows badminton club.
We are lucky enough to have a student in our school who has been chosen to be the London Schools Ambassador for Badminton. His role is to promote badminton and encourage young students in London to take up the sport. If anyone is interested, please make sure you speak with Billy May during school time. Billy was also nominated for an Islington Community hero’s award in a recent awards ceremony at town hall. He was successful in the sports category and recognized for his contribution to sport by being presented with a free Olympic ticket.
The year 7 football trials were held at the start of the year and were as usual a highly competitive affair with a high standard of football being played out across the year group. In the end a squad of 25 was selected to train on Monday mornings before school, with the aim of being selected to represent the school in competitive fixtures.
The first fixture was a 7-aside tournament at Market Road against all the other schools in Camden and Islington. Considering this was very much a hastily put together side they performed admirably, playing attractive football and only losing one game to a very strong Highbury Grove side.
The Year 7 side were also entered into the Camden and Islington Cup and the Inner London Cup. In the former, the boys comprehensively defeated IAMS in the quarter finals with an exceptional team display; Aiden Mesias the standout performer. They were then very unluckily put out by Holloway in a tight semi final, with a late headed goal by the district striker.
In the highly competitive Inner London Cup, the boys again did themselves proud by playing mature passing football with real attacking flair. They beat Skinners and Globe Academy comfortably with goals coming from all over the pitch, notably a bicycle kick from Ryan Manzeke and a long distance drive from Daniel Ohiagbaji.
They were unfortunately put out of this Cup by Kingsdale Foundation in South London who used a more direct style of football to overwhelm the inexperience of the Year 7 team.
In all it was a very successful year for their development as a team and as individual players. It is an abrupt transition to 11-a-side football and one that requires time to settle in positions and roles.
I am confident as they play more in the coming years they will go from strength to strength as a team. This year there were 3 standout players from the squad. The first was Aiden Mesias, a very technically able and clever forward player. The second was the captain, Nyle Jones. Despite some initial resistance to playing at the back he has become an imposing centre half with the ability to pass out from the back. The third is Olaeken Ayeketi , a fearless left back who times his solid tackles to perfection.
The year 8 football team has enjoyed another season together and have certainly progressed from last year. The boys were entered into two cups this year, consisting of the Camden and Islington and the Inner London Cup.
This season the Year 8 football team were fortunate enough to get into the final of the Camden and Islington Cup, which was played at The Emirates stadium and this certainly proved to be the highlight of the year.
The match was played against a good Central Foundation side and the game ended in a draw with both schools sharing the trophy. St. Aloysius were able to bring along some of the Year 8 year group and the players put on a great performance for their supporters. Twice we led the
match through Elezier Kafuti’s brace, and probably should have won the game when we went 2-1 up, with just a few minutes to play. Unfortunately, a lapse in concentration cost us retaining the cup for the second year running.
The boys had another good run in the Inner London Cup, and made it through to the quarter finals and eventually got beaten to the eventual winners, Woolwich Polytechnic. On the route to this fixture the boys had enjoyed some fantastic performances and great results. Dylan Bollister captained the side admirably throughout the season and led through example on a number of occasions.
His partnership with Frankie Chandler flourished as the season progressed and they were well supported through the defensive duties of Henry White, Dujon Lecky and Kevin Ulrich. Emmanuel Yeboah was the stand out player of the season for the Year 8’s and has thrived in a position just behind the striker. His excellent control and vision on the ball was able to create space for others around him.
Dren Paloi, Sang-Pierre Gomez and Jendrik Loeschner were able to exploit his craft with their pace and power and scored freely between them throughout the season. We look forward to next season and hopefully we will be able to progress further in the Inner London Cup as well as the Camden and Islington Cup.
Year 9 had another outstanding year and was again the pick of the school sides. They won the Islington and Camden Cup for a third year in a row and again reached the final of the Inner London Trophy.
In the Islington and Camden cup we had an early scare against Haverstock School before running out comfortable winners which then gave us a tricky tie against last year’s finalists William Ellis. This proved to be a much closer affair than the final last year but we still managed to come away with a 5-3 victory. This put us in to the final against Holloway school and again the final proved to be a tough match though our determination and skill meant we won well; the score line was much closer than it suggests 6-2.
In the Inner London cup the highlight of the season has to be the defeat of Bishop Challenor in the quarter final. They had already reached the English Schools National final and we went to hackney Marshes and won comfortably 5-2. This was an outstanding achievement, with the lads keeping their cool under some pressure during the game.
We started slowly in the competition, narrowly winning 2-1 against Walworth School in Burgess Park, in a game which we should have won comfortably. We again made hard work of a 4-1 away against Chelsea Academy but then played well beating Ladywell Prendergast 5-1 at home. This set up the quarter final tie against Bishop Challenor.
In the semi final, it was a nail biting affair with Woolwich Polytechnic with us running out 1-0 winners. Reece O’Garro kept us in the game with some vital saves and Kane Knight was magnificent in defence and we were through to the final against Mossbourne. For the third year in a row we were on the losing side, with Kai Knight scoring a hat trick. We led 2-1 at half time on probably the hottest day of the year, but the size and power of the opposition told in the end.
Another great effort from Year 9 this year showing real determination and dedication. They are a great bunch on and off the field. Newcomer to the team this year Daniel Leonard was a great addition to the team and performed very well in every match. Likewise Kenny Kikamba who had a solid year partnering Kane in defence.
The Year 10’s had a disappointing season by their very high expectations that have been set since they joined the school. They were entered into two Cups, consisting of the Camden and Islington and the Inner London Cup, of which they were holders of both since Year 8.
They set off to a good start, winning away to Stoke Newington 4-2 in the Inner London Cup and beating their opposition in the first round of the Camden and Islington Gazette Cup. The boys were left bitterly disappointed as they crashed out of both cups in the next round of each of them. It was hard for them to come to terms with in regards to the Gazette Cup as it was their chance to play at The Emirates stadium, if they were to have reached the final.
This year group has many talented footballers, representing academies, and are clearly capable of performing better. They need to ensure that they maintain discipline and focus in order to bring back a winning mentality for their final year in school.
Year 11 rounded off what has been an excellent school career with the repeat of last year’s Islington and Camden final with us being on the losing end this year. We were actually 3-1 in front at one stage in the game, ending up losing by 7 goals to 5 in a free flowing game. The game featured 2 outstanding goals from Michael O’Donoghue which would grace any game of football.
We had overcome Holloway school and IAMS in the previous rounds to reach the final and we were disappointed not to repeat the success of the Emirates the previous season. We went out of the Inner London trophy at the Round 2 stage this season. We won comfortably in Round 1 against Holland Park School 9-3 then went away to Knights Academy and lost 3-2 in an all round poor display.
The boys have had an excellent school careers and Michael O’Donoghue (Colchester FC), Tarik Moore-Azille (Coventry FC) and Bobson Bawling (Watford FC) will pursue their footballing careers. We wish them all well; they have been very dedicated lads for the school team as have all the boys.
The events in indoor athletics are a showcase of speed, power, agility and endurance. We entered two teams in the competition, and despite some injuries to key athletes, St Aloysius won the gold medal for the first team, and fourth place for the second team. This is remarkable considering that on one of our competitions; the year 7 students did not have to come to school. On their day off, we still managed to field two teams who performed admirably.
The North London Final was again a great display from our team. They were chosen for their specialist ability to jump, run or throw far and they did this so well that they came first and secured a place in the County Championships. At this competition, the boys ended up in 5th place which is a good result considering the talent on display here.
The year 8 team again breezed through the Islington rounds and found themselves in the North London Final. Our track results were such that it looked like we may miss out on a medal on the day, but the lads managed to bring it around in the field and the relay. When the final results were tallied, we ended up coming second which put us through to the county championships with the year 7’s. The field was too strong at this competition, but we managed to come eight overall. Standout performances from Spencer, Sang Pierre, and Elizer were noted over the course of the year.
KS3 cricket is still in its development stages at St. Aloysius’ College with the boys participating in weekly training in cricket nets inside the gym hall to improve their knowledge of the game and refine their basic skills. Dreadful weather conditions meant that there were limited opportunities for fixtures this term and the boys entered the Camden and Islington annual cricket tournament with little real cricket experience. Despite this they performed admirably, finishing third.
The fielding performance in particular across the whole tournament was superb with great catches from Mario Marin-Bourquez and Nana Otto-prempah the standouts. There were also notable bowling displays from Jonathan Efrem and Alister Charles. The St. Aloysius’ Captain Prem Rupawala led the team by example with a dominant batting performance across the tournament, regularly smashing sixes and fours.
The cross country Islington Championships were a great success for St Aloysius. As usual they were held down at Finsbury Park and were divided up into three categories.
The Year 7’s won their competition with very strong runs from Jonas Salem, Girvane Bila, Samuel Akinyemi and Aidan Mesias. However, it must be mentioned that it is a team effort and the results are compiled together to provide the overall scores. All the boys that represented the school in this category played vital roles.
The Year 8 and 9’s ran in a combined race and again won their category convincingly. Stand out performers were Keon Evans, Guysat Henriet, Bassam Menhal, Elizier Kafuti and Ahmed Arusi. The cross country is always a test of character and the boys had to push themselves to the limit.
The senior boys’ race was represented by Filmon Russom, Randall Nekadio, Patrick Germaine, Jerome Williams, Christopher Mamwa and Josiah Narkwa. Unfortunately two of the runners were unable to complete the race in this category and consequently St Aloysius missed out on winning the seniors and the overall competition. Due to the boys’ efforts, some of the representatives from St Aloysius were selected to represent Islington in the London Schools Championships.
The year 9 rugby team attended the Grasshoppers 7s competition this year. The level of rugby was very high and the team needed to defend in unison to win the first game 10-0. Jim Downey was on hand to sneak over the line to win a very close second game 5-0. The team was marshalled by their captain Ayo Ayketi and Tunji Adeoba.
During the long breaks the team studied their next opponents to keep focused, which is something needed to help win 7’s competitions. However, the team was overcome 10-5 in the third game by a very fast Stoke Newington side. Again, Jim was leading the charge and his physicality along side Victor MacAuley’s and Brandon Rodas’s ‘never say die’ attitude kept the team in the game until 2 minutes from time. Despite the defeat the team played heroically in the last game but it sadly ended in a draw meaning the side did not progress to the next stage.
Nevertheless, the boy’s spirits were lifted in the clubhouse after the game. As the Twickenham Seven’s were on that coming weekend the international sides came down to show support to the schools. The pupils met the English squad and the Portuguese, who still remembered Cecs MacCarthy’s arm wrestling effort last year! However, it was the Fijian squad that left the most lasting effect on the pupils. After the Fijian’s made a presentation to the Grasshoppers Rugby Club they sang a traditional song that was both heart warming and inspirational. It left a profound effect on all the pupils and demonstrated how strong the rugby community really is.
At this year’s Swimming Gala at Holloway School the team came second. The year 7 team performed magnificently in the first year at the annual competition. Jonas Salem, Juan Morales and Richard Badr all performed greatly to the squad a solid start.
Jim Downey, Ross Kelly and Martin Cooke continued to rack up good results in the individual events despite swimming for the year above. Experienced campaigners Ayo Pacquette, Hok Wong along side new comer, Elie Badr dominated their events. As the relay events approached the points for 1st, 2nd and 3rd were in single figures. The boys gave everything, narrowly losing 1st spot to Highbury Grove but beat the home side, Holloway to take the silver medal.
This year marked the end of the two year b-tec sport level 2 course. Over the two years, thirteen students work tirelessly to meet deadlines for seven different units. Eleven students achieved the Diploma whilst two achieved the Extended Certificate. All reached their potential and some students have enrolled for the Level 3 course at St. Aloysius’ College next year.
To put into practise all the units the pupils have learned on the course they were tasked to organise and run a sports event. They chose to run a year 7 inter-form football competition. The result of their hard work and dedication was a day that both sets of students enjoyed. Marlon Boakye was the star of the show. His positive personality and voice of authority ensured the year 7’s behaved and listened to instructions. Yanick Mungu, Jason Otadende and Enyi Ozuruonye were excellent at coaching the younger pupils and ZephirinToualeu- Tientcheu and Oisin McKeown managed the day’s events to ensure a smooth running tournament.
Our PE exam results for 2012 were 86.6% which is a record. We aslo had 2 A*s for the first time so congratulations to Adelayo Oyejobi and Raphael Sanni.
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