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Madagasca - Letters Across The World
Two years ago a member of staff asked if we’d be interested in seeing a very interesting film about young student teachers visiting Madagasca and then follow up with letters to the school children there. My last Year Group who are now working very hard on their GCSEs were keen to take up the offer.
A few months later, in perfect timing with Sir David Attenborough’s TV programme from Madagasca, a cascade of colourful and decorated letters arrived to almost all the pupils in the year. They got busy and wrote back with photos and we included some WBS info too.
It is painfully obvious how poor the school is – there is no Internet access and the very poorly paid teachers welcome the help sent by this charity, The Dodwell Trust to support their education. The visiting students from Nottingham University also provide practical help as on their last visit they helped re-build the hostel where they stay in the village. It’s a good job they are keen too as the journey by road looked excruciatingly uncomfortable, risky and VERY long – over 12 hours sometimes!
Now the baton has been passed on. Year 9 have also got in on the act and have responded with lots of lovely letters. What a wonderful thought that one day one of you might find yourself on that exciting trip..... take a cushion!
What have we learnt? They speak French and – that children’s names are extremely LONG like Randrianantenaina No name badges there then!
Thanks to everyone for your support. Let’s see if we can keep it up and pass it on.
After comfortably defeating Tuxford in the Quarter Final to make the Semi Final, an in form West Bridgford side travelled to George Spencer with big hopes of claiming a ticket to the U15 County Cricket Final.
George Spencer were put into bat by West Bridgford captain Saad Ashraf, and got off to a decent start for the first few overs. But following some quality bowling from the likes of Jacob Davies, Jai Jandu and Callum Dring, the top order were restricted to 5 runs per over with 3 wickets down after 8 overs.
Josh Magson, Callum Dring and Joe Blaney were introduced into the attack and, and together slowed the run rate considerably and began to get to work on the George Spencer middle order with a couple of brilliant ctaches talen by Callum Dring. Lloyd Marchant chipped in with an important wicket late on to put the squeeze on the lower order and restrict the home side to 88/8 from 20 wickets.
The target was set for West Bridgford at 89 to win, and Saad and Harry Simpson were sent in to open. The pair got off to a flying start and by 5 overs were on 32 without loss and considerably ahead of the run rate set. They both pulled out some very entertaining shots with some great Cricket, and easily finished with a 10 wicket win, with Saad finishing on a massive 71*, and Harry playing a notable innings of 15* too. The lads now progress into the Final at Hucknall CC on Wednesday 22nd against either South Wolds or Elis Guliford. Good luck!
Congratulations to The West Bridgford School’s U19 Football team who were last night crowned county champions in a tense, close-fought final at Burton Joyce Tuesday evening, where they defeated a previously unbeaten Arnold Hill side.
After a tense score-less first half, Arnold Hill took an early 2 goal advantage in the second. However, the team rallied together, along with some influential substitutions, they produced a remarkable 25 minutes of Football, scoring 4 times to win the match and lift the trophy for the first time in 10 years! The goals were scored by Jake Harrington, Ben Taylor, Captain Mark Bernhofen and a sweetly taken goal by Nitin Misra completed the amazing come-back.
This was just reward for an impressive year for the team, in which they have only lost one match, unluckily, in the national competition and a South Notts cup semi-final on penalties.
A huge well done to the boys for their commitment, endeavour and skill over the year.
On a day interrupted by the rainy weather , a strong West Bridgford Boys U15 Cricket side travelled to Tuxford to play in what was to be a reduced 12 overs game, in which West Bridgford were victorious and qualified for the Semi Finals with ease.
As West Bridford won the toss captain Saad Ashraf elected to send Tuxford into bat and chose to open the bowling attack with Jacob Davies and himself. After 4 overs, Tuxford had managed to score reasonable with no loss. This followed by some tight bowling from Jai Jandu and Lloyd Marchant, who finally broke the deadlock with a wicket, a well taken catch by Arran Atwal. As the innings progressed, an average Tuxford middle order were worn down by some accurate Bridgford bowling from Callum Dring, but it would be Joe Blaney who would steal the show with an incredible 5 wickets off of his 2 over spell as he demolished the Tuxford lower order respectively. After late wickets and a collapse of the lower order, Tuxford were in decline and set a score of 63 runs off a strong Bridgford bowling attack.
As Bridgford padded up, Harry Simpson and Jack Boothroyd opened the batting steadily and contributed well to the total. Raeis Essop and Saad Ashraf were steadily introduced into the order but as rain heavily delayed play, Tuxford awarded Bridgford a well-deserved victory as Bridgford’s run rate was far superior. West Bridgford were more than satisfied with their 2nd strong performance of the season as they beat Tuxford and prepare for their Semi Final clash with local rivals George Spencer!