On Thursday 22nd June Woodcroft’s fantastic choir performed on the stage at the ArtsDepot Finchley. One the final night of the annual Barnet Music Festival our wonderful singers, lead my Miss Sherring, performed an outstanding version of ‘Rise’ from the Sydney Olympics. Take a look at their rehearsal below…
Woodcroft Dance Team Win ‘The Great Big Dance Off’ National Finals
On Monday 19th June, one of the hottest days of the year, Woodcroft Dance Team travelled to Oxford to take part in the Great Big Dance Off National Finals. Competing against thirty two other schools, all regional finalists, from across the country we came away with the coveted trophy and title – Great Big Dance Off National Champions 2017!
Woodcroft won the London Regional Dance Off back in February to earn their place in the national finals staged at The New Theatre, Oxford. The schools taking part had travelled from as far afield as Yorkshire and Lancashire to the north and the Kent coast in the south!
The Woodcroft dancers from years 4 to 6 performed a piece titled ‘What Shakes Us Won’t Break Us’ that was inspired by the Nepal earthquake of 2015. Feelings of sadness, anger and confusion were represented in a composition of contemporary movement; highlighting a tragedy that was close to the heart of our school community.
Throughout the year, the dance team have also been involved in charity fundraising. They have collected over £1300 in sponsorships donated to the British Red Cross, a charity that that has supported the recovery work following the tragic disaster.
Serena Williams, Woodcroft Choreographer, said,
“These talented children have worked so hard and I am extremely proud of their dedication, commitment and work ethic both in rehearsals and on stage.”
The professional judges at the finals agreed, awarding Woodcroft with a perfect score in each category; performance delivery, dance skill and originality!
Year 6 headed off this week on their annual Wildchild Adventure Camp to spend their nights under canvas and experience the great outdoors!
We had booked perfect weather so the sun was shining and the skies were clear blue. The first day was action packed with woodland scavenger hunts, survival skills lessons, shelter building, fire lighting, abseiling, archery, field games, tobogganing, camp fires, and much, much more. Take a look …
After an early start – Year 6 were all wide awake by sunrise at 5.00am – we had another amazing day filled with nature trails, forest tracking, team building, camp making, marshmallow toasting, field sports, and the biggest game of hide and seek we had ever played called ‘Sardines’. Take a look …
The final day of our Wildchild Adventure – so many memories…
Then the journey home, exhausted…
Thank you to Wildchild and our teachers; Miss Maynard, Mrs Hatch, Miss Stubbings and Mr Rees.
Congratulations Rylee – Muay Thai World Champion
Well done to Rylee (Y4) who travelled to Athens, Greece, over 1/2 term to represent England as part of the ISKA Muay Thai K1 squad. Muay Thai is a form of martial art combat.
On Wednesday 16th May Woodcroft sent a team of golfers to the Barnet Tri-Golf Championships staged at Allianz Park. After winning their group stage our squad of 10 went through the play-offs against the other group finalists. In a tense finale against Broadfields, The Hyde and Goldbeaters we emerged victorious and came away with the gold medals!
Tri-golf is a ‘mini’ version of golf for primary schools. It involves the use of adapted equipment for use in a variety of golf skill games that mix individual and team play. Tri-Golf is designed to provide an enjoyable introduction to the sport.
London Youth Games
Woodcroft will now represent Barnet at the London Youth Games in July. The games, held at The National Sports Centre in Crystal Palace, are open competitions enabling the most talented young people in each London borough to compete to become champions of London.
Woodcroft pupils took part in two fun festivals over the weekend…
Saturday 13th May – SMASHfestUK
Despite three unplanned venue changes due to circumstances outside of their control, the SMASHfest team pulled out all of the stops to ensure their volcano themed science festival was a success. Those that went along to The Grahame Park on Saturday were able to enjoy a wide range of fun activities and experiments. As part of the afternoon, Woodcroft Dance Club had been invited to perform their winning routine. Thank you to all of the pupils, parents and staff who supported us at this event.
Sunday 14th May – Barnet Unity Festival
Then on Sunday, Woodcroft were one of the performance acts on the main stage of The Barnet Unity of Faiths Festival held at Burnt Oak Leisure Centre. This event brought together all of the faiths and cultures that make up our wonderfully diverse locality. Both Woodcroft Choir and Dance Club’s performance wonderfully to the festival crowd. Well done to everyone who took part.
Well done to the Woodcroft Year 3 Football Team who took part in the Barnet Sport Borough Tournament on Friday 12th May. After some outstanding play they finished third in their group, narrowly missing out on a quarter final place by 1 point. All of the team played with energy and enthusiasm. Mr Patel and Mr Judd, our team coaches, were particularly impressed with their commitment to tackles.
Woodcroft Dance Team Winners
On Saturday 28th April Woodcroft Dance Team won the London junior heats of the British Red Cross sponsored competition Dance: Make Your Move that was staged at The Michael Crawford Theatre in Dulwich. Woodcroft’s dance was inspired by the Nepal earthquake tragedy and also received a special commendation from the judges for engaging with the audience. Woodcroft were also acknowledged as Platinum Fundraising Award winners on the night for raising over £1000 in support of The British Red Cross. Well done to the entire team for their wonderful performance and outstanding fundraising! Woodcroft will now take part in the national finals to be staged at the London 02 in July. Thank you to Miss Williams, Mrs Clarke, Mrs Hurley, Ms Vanner, Miss Blyth and the all of the staff and parents who supported the team.
Woodcroft Retain Barnet West League Championship
Woodcroft emerged victorious against The Orion in a hotly contested netball league play-off final. Both teams had won their respective league groups over the course of the season and came together on Wednesday 26th April to play for the Barnet West League Trophy. This was a repeat of last term’s netball cup tournament final between these two closely match teams. At the end of the first quarter The Orion held a narrow 2 – 3 lead. Woodcroft then had a excellent second quarter scoring 5 unanswered goals. Despite a close second half with some excellent play from both schools Woodcroft managed to hold onto their lead for an 11 – 5 final score; retaining the trophy that we won last year! Congratulations to the whole squad and their coaches, Mr Patel and Mr Judd.
Nursery, Reception and Year 1 excelled themselves on Thursday 30th March with an outstanding Easter Bonnet Parade. They were also joined by some of our younger representatives from Little Oaks, our Thursday Parent and Toddler Group. The time and effort that had been put into the bonnet creations on parade was astonishing. Well done to everyone who had helped make this event such a success.