The School Games Mark Silver Award
We are absolutely delighted to have just been awarded the School Games Mark Silver Award for the 2016-17 year. The School Games Mark is a Government led award scheme launched in 2012, facilitated by the Youth Sport Trust, to reward schools for their commitment to the development of competition across their school and into the community. We are delighted to have been recognised for our success.
As part of our application, we were asked to fulfil criteria in the areas of participation, competition, workforce and clubs, and we are pleased that the hard work of everyone at our school has been rewarded this year. Well done to all the children and staff.
Grass Track Cycling Qualifier
On Tuesday 19th September 2017, eight of our Year 5 and 6s went to Penryn College to take part in the Peninsula Area Grass Track Cycling Qualifier. It was a fantastic afternoon’s cycling and the children all had a good time. In the end we came 5th. Well done to all of the cyclists and a huge thank you to Mrs Glanville and Mr Sims for taking the children to Penryn.
Girls’ Football Festival
On Friday 29th September 2017, ten Year 5 girls went to Penair for a girl’s football festival. They had a great time and enjoyed practising their football skills.
Thank you to Mr Sims and Mrs Glanville for taking the children.
Year 3/4 Badminton Festival
On Friday 6th October 2017, 12 of our Year 4s went to Richard Lander School to take part in a badminton festival and qualifier for the Cornwall School Games. We had two teams of 6, Team Archbishop and Team Benson. Both teams took part in a range of games, activities and challenges involving skills linked to badminton. Both teams did really well! Team Archbishop came 5th out of 11 schools and managed to qualify for the Peninsula finals as the second placed Penair feeder school. Team Benson also did well to finish 7th. A huge thank you to Mrs Glanville and Mrs Nolan for taking the children to Richard Lander.
Well done to the boys and thank you to Mr Thomas, Mrs Glanville, Mrs Phillips and all of our kind parents for helping to take the children to Truro College.
Truro Schools Gymnastics Competition
On Friday 24th November 2017, 8 of our gymnasts went to Aspire Gymnastics Academy to take part in the Truro Primary Schools Gymnastics Competition. It was an excellent afternoon's gymnastics and all of the children did incredibly well. Our club gymnasts’ team came second overall and our school gymnasts’ team came first overall in their category! 6 of our 8 gymnasts have also qualified for the next round in February.
Well done to all of the children and a huge thank you to Mrs Lyndon for coaching the girls. Thank you also to all of the parents who helped walk them to the competition.
KS2 Sportshall Athletics - Cornwall School Games Qualifier
On Friday 1st December Mrs Williams took 18 Y3 & 4 athletes, followed by 18 Y5 & 6 athletes to Penair School to compete in this exciting Cornwall School Games Qualifier. The children really enjoyed the range of disciplines which included relays, sprints, throwing and jumping. They displayed superb sportsmanship in a very tense and highly exhilarating event.
The Y3/4 team managed to finish 1st overall. The scores were as follows:
1st Archbishop Benson 342 points
2nd Bosvigo 338 points
3rd Devoran 296
The Y5/6 team also came 1st in their afternoon session. The scores were as follows:
1st Archbishop Benson 340 points
2nd Bosvigo 324 points
3rd Devoran 314 points
Their behaviour and team spirit was excellent and they did themselves and the school proud. Well done to both teams!
All 36 athletes will now go onto represent the Truro area Primary Schools Sportshall Athletics at Penryn College in the New Year.
Mrs J Williams (Athletics teacher)
School cross-country races
On Monday 4th December 2017, this year’s Key Stage 2 cross-country races and Christmas fun run took place. It was a fantastic, fun and well contested afternoon of cross-country running. The house cup was the most closely competed in recent memory, with all four house separated by just a few points. In the end, Grindal were victorious. Well done to all of the children and a huge thank you to Mrs Williams for all of her hard work organising the event. Thank you also to all of our parent and staff helpers and supporters. Special mention must go to our fabulous hares, Mrs Bullen and Mrs Harrold.
On Friday 12th January, 14 of our Year 6 children went to Penair School for a basketball competition. Our A team played well and won their group. This meant a final play-off with Devoran, the other top team in the Penair Cluster, for a place in the Peninsula finals. Unfortunately, we lost this 3-1. Our B team also did really well, winning two games, drawing one and losing three. Well done to all of the players and a big thank you to Mr Thomas Jnr and Mrs Glanville for taking the children to Penair.
Netball League Matches
Well done to our Year 6 netball team who had a great start to the league season on Monday 15th January 2018, beating Kea School 15-1 and Threemilestone School 16-0 . A huge thank you to Mrs Olds and Mrs Hirst for all of their hard work coaching the players and taking them to the matches.
KS2 Sports Hall Athletics Semi-finals (Cornwall School Games)
On Tuesday 23rd January 2018, 36 children, from years 3 to 6, took part in this exciting event held at Penryn College. They showed great skills, determination and teamwork, participating in running, throwing and jumping events. They were up against some tough competition from other primary schools in the mid Cornwall area.
The final results for the year 3 & 4 event was:
1st Archbishop Benson - 348 points
2nd Threemilestone - 318 points
3rd Constantine - 266 points
The final results for the year 5 & 6 event was:
1st Mount Hawke - 346 points
2nd Treworgie - 274 points
3rd Archbishop Benson - 264 points
The top two schools from each age group will go through to the Cornwall School Games county finals on 20th April (well done to the year 3 & 4 team).
I would like to say a giant well done to all the athletes. I am very proud of their hard work and amazing performances. They enjoyed their day and were a real credit to Archbishop Benson. Finally, a huge thank you to all the parents and carers that came to support us.
Mrs J Williams (Athletics teacher)
Gymnastics Peninsula Finals
Yesterday, we took two teams to the Peninsula gymnastics finals at Penryn Gymnastics Centre. The competition was tough, but all the gymnasts performed extremely well and were fantastic representatives for our school. Although we did not place as teams, Keby Bland placed 5th for our school team and Maisy Polkinghorne placed 4th for our club team. The gymnasts thoroughly enjoyed the competition and even got to learn and practise new skills with some of the coaches that were there! We can’t wait to compete again next year!
Truro Area Cross Country Races at Penair School
On Friday 2nd February 48 athletes from years 4, 5 and 6 took part in the Truro Area cross country races at Penair School. We were very fortunate with the weather and the sun shone nearly all afternoon. The children ran extremely well in very muddy conditions. They all showed great determination and dedication. Consequently, all the hard work and training has paid off, with 22 runners now qualifying for the Peninsula Semi Finals on 20th February at Pool Secondary School, at 4pm. This is the most that have ever qualified for the next round.
There were medals for those individuals that came 1st, 2nd and 3rd in their races. There were awarded to:
Lara H gold
Saffron J bronze
Myles R gold
Charlie M silver
Hurley O bronze
Maisy P gold
Izzy B silver
Phoebe G bronze
Jack B silver
Tarran C bronze
Olivia G gold
Lewis T bronze
There was also a team competition element for the six races, amongst the five Truro primacy schools that entered, in which we were placed:
1st in Year 4 girls
1st in Year 4 boys
1st Year 5 girls
1st Year 5 boys
1st Year 6 girls
Joint 1st Year 6 boys (with Devoran)
What fantastic results!
I would like to say a huge well done to all those that competed and thank you to all the family members that came to support for the afternoon.
Mrs J Williams (Running teacher)
Year 4 Football Tournament
On Tuesday 6th February 2018, ten of our Year 4 boys went to Truro Prep School for a football tournament. The boys did really well, winning all four of their games. They scored loads of goals and didn’t concede once all afternoon. Well done to all of the players and a huge thank you to all of our kind parents for braving the cold to support them and take them to Truro Prep.
Penair Primary Schools Netball Competition
On Friday 23rd February 2018, our Year 6 netballers went to Penair to take part in the Penair Cluster netball competition. Some great netball was played in bitterly cold winds! Our A team won the Penair competition with 1 draw and 5 wins. They now go on to the Peninsula finals at Penryn. The B team, playing their first matches of the season, won 1 game, drew 1 and lost 4 games finishing 4th overall for Penair cluster.
Individual medal winners were:
Year 3 & 4 girls
1st Lara H
2nd Saffron J
3rd Emma H
Year 3 & 4 boys
1st Myles R
2nd Alfie T
3rd Tom R
A huge thank you to all the runners and to their families for their fantastic support.
Mrs J Williams
Cross Country county semi finals
Well done to the 22 children who represented the Penair Cluster at the Peninsula Cross Country races held at Pool School on Tuesday 7th March 2018. We managed to dodge the showers and all the children ran extremely well on a very flat and fast course.
Twelve children now go on to represent the Peninsula Area on Thursday 15th March at 2.30pm.
The results for these children were:
1 Lara H
6 Saffron J
14 Amelie G
1 Myles R
4 Tom R
8 Alfie T
10 Charlie M
14 William S
4 Maisy P
10 Olivia G
13 Xanthe K
8 Lewis T
Thank you to all the parents that helped transport the children to this event.
We wish the runners all the best for the county finals.
Mrs J Williams (cross country teacher)
Last Thursday (16th March 2018) 12 pupils attended the County Cross Country Finals, held at Newquay Sports Centre, in very gruelling conditions. The weather was particularly cold with heavy rain showers and the ground was the muddiest that we have ever known. The children ran amazing well and were representing the Peninsula Area. Unfortunately the runners were not given place cards as they crossed the finish line, so we do not yet have the results of all the Archbishop Benson athletes.
Below are the children that competed and the positions that we can confirm:
Lara H 3rd
Saffron Jenkins 14th
Amelie G 34th
Myles R 3rd
Alfie Tai 17th
Tom Robilliard 26th
William Stewart 42nd
Maisy P 8th
Lewis T 9th
Overall the Peninsula teams came 3rd in the y4 boys and year 4 girls. They also came 1st in the y5 girls and y6 boys.
I would like to say a huge well done to all the runners and thank you to all the family members who came to support. This is the most children we have ever taken to the county finals and I am so pleased with their perseverance, team spirit and support for each other.
That brings us to the end of the cross country season and we now look forward to athletics, in the summer term – hopefully with some warmer weather.
Mrs J Williams (Running teacher)
Truro Schools Girls Football Tournament
On Friday 23rd March, our two girls football teams went to Richard Lander to take part in the Truro schools girls football tournament. It was a great afternoon’s football in the pouring rain! Both of our teams did exceptionally well. Our A team won the whole tournament, beating St Marys in the final, and our B team came 3rd. Mr Sims was incredibly proud and impressed with the girls’ attitude and determination. Congratulations to all of the girls and thank you to Mr Sims, Mrs Fleet and Mrs Glanville.
Rugby with Cornish Pirates
On Sunday 25th March, our Year 6 rugby team enjoyed being part of Cornish Pirates’ rugby match against London Scottish. It was a fantastic day out for all of us and an amazing experience for the children. We witnessed an excellent game of rugby and a Pirates’ win filled with lots of tries. We were part of the guard of honour at the beginning of the game and Florrie and Joe were mascots, running out onto the pitch with the players. Perhaps the highlight was when we played an exhibition game of tag rugby on the pitch at half time. The children all did extremely well! Thank you so much to all of the parents for bringing their children to Penzance and helping to make it such a special day.
On Wednesday 18th April 2018, our Tri-Golf team took part in the Peninsula qualifier for the Cornwall School Games at Truro Golf Club. The children did brilliantly and came 2nd overall. They now qualify for the Cornwall School Games on June 29th at Penryn College. Well done to all of our golfers and thank you to Mr Thomas and Mrs Glanville for taking the children.
On Thursday 19th April 2018, our girls football team went to Mount Hawke Academy to play a County Shield football match. The girls did really well but, in the end, lost 2-1. Well done to all of the girls and thank you to Mr Sims and Mrs Glanville for taking them to Mount Hawke.
Cornwall School Games Biathlon
Huge congratulations to Maisy P who won gold in the Year 5 Biathlon at the Cornwall School Games this morning! She is now County Champion! What an absolutely fantastic achievement!
Truro Schools Touch Rugby Competition
On Friday 4th May, our touch rugby team went to Penair School to play in the Truro primary schools competition. They played really well, winning 4 games and drawing one and winning the Penair Cluster competition. The team now qualify for the Peninsula finals on 22nd May at Redruth RFC. Well done to all of the players and thank you to Mr Thomas and Mrs Glanville for coaching and taking them.
Rosewarne Shield East Cornwall Final
On Thursday 10th May, our boys’ football team travelled to Grampound Road Primary School for the East Cornwall Final of the Rosewarne Shield County Cup Competition. We were up against Newquay Junior School and it was an absolutely fantastic match. Our boys saved one of their best performances of the whole season for when it mattered. We started well and took the lead with a great goal from Alfie T. We continued creating chances but couldn’t convert them and went in at half time 1-0 up. Newquay equalised with a deflection before we went back on the offensive and eventually scored a brilliant team goal, which was finished superbly by Sid. However, Newquay equalised again before full time to make it 2-2. After ten minutes of extra time, it went to the dreaded penalty shoot-out. After a series of high quality spot kicks from both teams, we narrowly lost 5-4. Well done to the players for a great team performance and a huge thankyou to all of our amazing parents who helped take and support the boys.
Truro Primary Schools Netball league
It's official! After a prolonged netball season due to the weather, all the remaining league matches have now been played and the team have been crowned Truro league winners 2018. The team played some amazing netball throughout the season winning all of their matches against Kea, Bosvigo, Devoran, Threemilestone, St Agnes and Mount Hawke. Congratulations to Gracie, Ellie, Jake, Ella, Silvenna, Olivia, Ellie-Maeve and Bradley.
A huge, huge thank you to Mrs Olds and Mrs Hirst for all of their hard work with the netball team over the last two years. It has really paid off and the children have loved it! It is greatly appreciated here at school.
Cornwall School Games Qualifier - QUAD KIDS
Well done to the children that entered the Quad Kids event at Carn Brea on Friday 11th May. Eight children from years 3 &4 competed. Every child had to enter four events: long jump, throw, sprint and long distance. They really enjoyed these activities and I am very proud of their effort and team work skills. The children dominated many of the events, particularly the track disciplines, they were extremely focused and behaved modestly, a real credit to ABB. We find out next week whether we qualify for the Cornwall School Games on 29th July. Thank you to all the parent support, particularly Mr and Mrs Robilliard who travelled down with us in the minibus.
Inter-house netball competition
Year 6 house netball matches took place yesterday afternoon in glorious weather. The first round matches saw Beckett take on Islip who ended up winning 7-2 and Tenison taking on Grindal. Despite Grindal's great defending, Tenison eventually won the match 12-0.
Beckett then won against Grindal 4-1 with the final game being played between Islip and Tenison. This was a very close game but ended win a win for Tenison 3-1.
Final placing were
4th Grindal gaining 10 house points
3rd Beckett gaining 20 house points
2nd Islip gaining 30 house points
1st Tennison 40 house points
Congratulations to Tenison and all the teams who took part. There were some great teamwork and skills on display.
Thanks to Matt and Mark Thomas for helping, Mrs Osborne for providing the much needed ice lollies and all the parents to came to support.Mrs Olds and Mrs Hirst
Staff v Children Netball Matches
On Friday 18th May 2018, the staff were challenged to play two netball matches against our successful Year 6 A and B netball teams. It was a lovely, fun afternoon. The staff didn’t really all know the rules but managed to edge the games mainly due to their massive height advantage! It finished with a water fight, which the children did manage to win!
The games were followed by a fantastic end of season presentation. It was a fabulous end to the season! Thank you to all of the players who took part, to Mrs Olds and Mrs Hirst for organising and refereeing and to all of the parents for coming to support.
Touch Rugby Peninsula Finals
On Tuesday 22nd May, our touch rugby team went to Redruth Rugby Club for the Peninsula Finals. It was a fantastic day’s rugby and the whole team did so well. In our group, we won one and drew one of our three games. Unfortunately, we just lost out on winning the group and qualifying on tries scored. However, this meant that we qualified for the plate competition. We then won our quarter-final and semi-final and were into the plate final! We were up against St Uny and it was a close game. It went to extra time and then to a sudden death try. Tom H then managed to score at the death to win the plate for Benson!
This marked the end of an excellent rugby season. We won the Truro Primary Schools competition, played at half-time of the Cornish Pirates v London Scottish game and then finished with Tuesday’s success in the plate. We were also unbeaten for the whole season- winning 10 and drawing 2 of our twelve games played.
Well done to all of the players and thank you to Mr Thomas, Mrs Glanville and all of our fabulous parents who came to support.
Cornwall School Games Qualifier - QUAD KIDS Year 5/6
Well done to the children that entered the Quad Kids event at Carn Brea on Wednesday 23rd May. Eight children from years 5 and 6 competed and each had to enter four events: long jump, throwing, sprint and long distance. They really enjoyed these activities, giving 100% effort and the weather was on our side with clear skies and no wind.
We will find out if the year 3/4 and the year 5/6 teams have qualified for the Cornwall School Games Finals, in the next few days.
Also, thank you to all the parents that came to support.
Mrs J Williams (Athletics teacher)
On Friday 25th May 2018, our two Year 6 handball teams went to Richard Lander School to take part in the Truro Primary Schools handball competition. The children had a great time and all did really well. One of our teams got to the semi -finals where they lost to eventual winners, Mount Hawke. Well done to all of the players and thank you to Mr Sims and Mrs Glanville for taking the children to Richard Lander.
On Friday 25th May, three of our cricket teams went to Truro Cricket Club for the qualifying competition to get to the Year 6 Cricket County finals. It was a great day’s cricket and all of our players and teams did extremely well. Our boys’ A team won all of their group games against Truro Prep, Pennoweth and Kea to qualify for the County Final. Our girls came second to also qualify for the finals and our boys’ B team missed out on qualifying but played brilliantly. Well done to all of the players! We also looked amazing in our brand new cricket shirts! Thank you so much to Mrs Olds, FABB and Mr Sims for sourcing, funding and sorting out the printing of the shirts.
Year 3 & 4 Tennis Competition
Winners! On Thursday 7th June 2018, our Year 3/4 tennis team won the Peninsula Tennis competition to qualify for the Cornwall School Games on 29th June. They all played brilliantly, winning every match! Well done to the players and thank you to our very own Judy Murray, Mrs Glanville, for taking them.
On Friday 8th June, 20 of our Year 5 children went to Penair School for Sports Leader training. They are did fantastically well and really enjoyed the day. We look forward to them using their skills next year.
Year 5&6 Tennis Competition
Well done to our Year 5 tennis team who went to Truro Tennis Club to compete in the Peninsula competition on Thursday 14th June. The children did really well and played some excellent tennis. They came second in their group and third overall. A huge thank you to Mrs Nolan and Mr Baldwin for kindly taking them.
Year 4 Tennis Festival at Penair
On Friday 15th June, 15 of our Year 4 children went to Penair School for a tennis festival. They all did really well and had a great time. Well done to all of the children and thank you to Mrs Anderson for accompanying them and Mrs Williams for dropping them off and collecting them in the minibus.
Year 5 Cricket Competition
On Friday 22nd June, our Year 5 cricket team went to Grampound Road Cricket Club for a cricket competition and to try and qualify for the county finals. It was a fantastic day’s cricket and all of the boys played brilliantly! We won all four of our games to qualify for the County finals on Friday 6th July at Roche Cricket Club. The final game was an exciting 233-228 runs win against Truro Prep School to secure our qualification. Well done to all of the boys and a huge thank you to Mrs Glanville, Mr Davis and all of our amazing parents for taking the boys to Grampound. Special thanks goes to Mrs Hill for scoring!
Girls Cricket County Finals
On Monday 25th June, our amazing girls cricket team went to Mount Ambrose Cricket Club for the county finals. They did absolutely brilliantly and played some superb cricket. They came 2nd in the whole of Cornwall, winning all of their games except for one, which they lost by just 1 run! Well done to the girls and a huge thank you to Mr Thomas, Mr Sims and Mrs Simpson for taking the children.
Penair Sports Festival for Key Stage 2
A huge well done to the 23 children that represented our school at the Penair Primary Sports festival on Friday 22nd June. The children were either part of the quad kids team for year 3 & 4 or year 5 & 6, or were in the climbing team or the problem solving group. They really enjoyed their afternoon and met with other children from the Penair Primary feeder schools.
The problem solving event was non-competitive and the climbing group came 3rd overall.
Both of the quad kids teams, won their events, partaking in a sprint, long distance run, jump and a throw. A special mention must also go to Lara H, Tom R and his brother Harry R for winning gold medals as individuals in the quad kids.
Thank you to all the parents and carers that helped with transport and supported the children.
Mrs J Williams (athletics teacher)
Cornwall School Games
On Friday 29th June, 50 of our children went to Penryn College and the surrounding areas for this year’s Cornwall School Games finals day. They had worked hard throughout the year to qualify for this fantastic event and were up against the very best in the county. It was an absolutely superb day of sport and an amazing experience for the children. It all kicked off with an impressive opening ceremony before the children went to their respective locations to compete. The children all enjoyed themselves and did incredibly well!
Our golf team won gold to be crowned the top team in Cornwall for the second year running. Our Year 5 & 6 QuadKids athletics team won silver, as did our Year 3&4 tennis team. Our Year 2 & 3 girls football team and our Year 5 & 6 gymnastics team also both won bronze medals. Our Year 4 & 5 girls football team were 4th in the county and our Year 3 & 4 dance team were 6th.
After the final result for the year came in yesterday, we have ended up 2nd out of all of the primary schools in Cornwall in the School Games medal table. We have won the same number of medals and actually more golds than winners Mount Hawke but miss out on top spot by just one point! We also finished second in the county in the Helen Glover Primary Champions Race. What a fantastic achievement!
I would like to take this opportunity to say a massive thank you to everyone who has made this fantastic year of sport possible. Our amazing staff and parents have given up so much time and energy running clubs and taking the children to countless events throughout the year. Here’s to 2018-2019!
County Athletics Finals
A huge well done to the 22 children that represented the school on Wednesday 4th July at the County Athletics finals at Par running track. The children took part in sprints, long distance, relays, jumping and throwing events and thoroughly enjoyed their day. For some children this was the first time that they had ever experienced running on an athletics track and they all did really well (after lots of training at school this term).
There were also some medals winners.
Gold medals were awarded to:
Myah R -50m
Harry R - 150m
Brennan O - 600m
Myles R - 600m
Emma H - 600m
Lara H 600m
Laura B - vortex throw
Maisy P - speed bounce
Harry R - long jump
Silver medals were awarded to:
Tarran C - 150m
Maisy P - 800m
Tom R- 60m
Bronze medal awarded to:
Hugo M - 50m
Our Year 3 & 4 boys shuttle relay team also won gold medals and the Year 3 & 4 girls team won bronze medals.
So a massive 25 medals in total.
I am very proud of all the athletes today and what a great way to finish our athletics season.
As always, thank you to all the parents, grandparents and family members that came to support us.
Mrs J Williams (Athletics teacher)