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7 Woodbridge school riders qualified for the NSEA Championships, including two individuals and two teams.  The age range of riders was from 10 to 18 years old.

The first day saw the youngest team member, Ada Marson age 10, take part in the JwS 70cms Final. This was her first time competing at the Finals, and she produced a confident clear round, taking all the short routes. She scored 3rd highest on Style marks, but finished 11th overall out of 55 individuals competing. She was the youngest in the top 12 riders.

The second day saw the most action for the Woodbridge Teams with the Dressage Team of James Brown, Tabitha Wilson-Smith, Lydia Sida-Page and Francesca Aitchison competing as well as the 80cms showjumping team of Rowena Wilson-Smith, Tabitha Wilson-Smith, Francesca Aitchison and Fleur Ludgrove.

The day started with the Showjumping team. The course was in the outdoor International Arena and consisted of a relatively straight forward first part, with a jump off course offering the option to take tight lines and go for a fast time. With 50 Teams contesting,  it was all or nothing  to have a chance of a place. Sadly, other than Fleur Ludgrove who produced a good clear and a fast jump off time, the rest of the team had a fence down resulting on a team score of 8 penalties and no placing.

The Dressage team however had a truly successful day. Two riders took their tests in the morning; Tabitha and Lydia rode Prelim tests and scored individual placings of 2nd and 8th places respectively, leaving the team in 2nd place after the first round. Then the final two riders, James and Francesca, took Novice tests in the afternoon to produce the final scores for the results.
James performed exceptionally well and took 1st place in his arena, whilst Francesca was also placed 8th in her arena.

This resulted in a fantastic result of the Team taking 2nd Place at the Championships.

The final day saw James Brown contesting his individual qualification in the JwS 1.10m competition.
He produced a good round with one fence down; but with only one clear round out of 22 competitors this was a superb result. He finished up taking an individual 7th Place in this Championship – another good result for James.

Woodbridge School also was awarded a Training Voucher for coming 2nd in the Regional Points League 2015-2016

The school had a range of riders from Grass Roots rider Eve Marson (8yrs, Yr 4) to Senior Dressage Team riders present to collect the Award,  representing all those that have gained points in Regional Points accumulating competitions against other schools in the Eastern Region (Suffolk, Essex, Cambs, Norfolk). This is based on Team points won and includes Grass Roots through to Open classes.

A great team spirit existed across all the ages with everyone supporting each other.

Team members:-
James Brown riding iL Darco G –   2nd Team Dressage , 7th JwS Individual 1.10m
Rowena Wilson-Smith riding Autumn Gold – Team 80cms SJ
Lydia Sida-Page riding OK Mister – 2nd Team Dressage
Tabitha Wilson-Smith riding Ruby Queen of Diamonds – 2nd Team Dressage & Team 80cms SJFrancesca Aitchison riding Wix Spring Realm   – 2nd Team Dressage, 8th individual Dressage & Team 80cms SJ
Fleur Ludgrove riding Otter – Team 80cms JS
Ada Marson riding Rolly Rascal – 11th JwS Individual 70cms

An article in the EADT on Thursday 20 October about Oliver Juszt who has been selected to play at the HiPAC after an impressive performance at a regional tournament.

Position: 3rd Place
The U16 Hockey team did themselves and the school very proud at the recent U16 County Cup. With the school not running an U16 team for regular fixtures during the term, the squad was made up of Y10s, usually playing for the U15A team and Y11s playing in either the 1st or 2nd senior teams. With only limited sessions to prepare as a team, the players were very focused to make sure they gelled, and had the key tactical and structural things right as a group.

The evening started on a high as the motivated team took on Framlingham College to won against their more favoured opponents. Woodbridge defended with all they had and made sure they built fast counterattacks, one of which stunned the opposition as the ball ended in the back of their goal. A big onslaught of attacks followed but the Woodbridge defence stood firm giving Woodbridge a 1-0 win!

The team could not quite get their concentration and efforts up to the same level for the next match against Ipswich School. Lack of experience, slow decision making and lapses in concentration resulted in Ipswich School having 3 uncontested attempts at goal and they made no mistake. Unfortunately these three moments decided a game in which otherwise Woodbridge wasn’t outplayed by any stretch.  But it is the score line that counts and Ipswich were deserved winners, 0-3.

Woodbridge started slowly against St Joseph’s but found their stride after about ten minutes. For the second half of the match it was all Woodbridge but we were just unable to score. The St Joseph’s goalkeeper managed to stop the final effort every time as Woodbridge did everything right apart from score. 0-0 was the final score.

The last match of the evening was against Ipswich High. Woodbridge spent much of this game in their own half, unable to build quality attacks reliably. As legs and minds fatigued, players opted to run with the ball rather than pass, resulting in too many turnovers of possession.  Issy Cory made key saves to keep Woodbridge in a match that by the final few minutes our girls were dominating. This last period of possession and sustained pressure on the Ipswich High D was however not enough and again the teams had to settle for a 0-0 draw.

Woodbridge thoroughly deserved their 3rd place in this event and will look back thinking “perhaps we could have even gone one better”… But that is sport, and our girls were magnificent, and showed great sportsmanship on the night.

There were outstanding performances from a number of players:  Eleanor Berridge and Maud Peel in defence showed composure, speed and good decision making; Harriet Petley was influential in the midfield and was one of the outstanding players of all the teams; Maddie Craig ran miles on the night, winning the ball in the press and building attack after attack, using her speed to good effect; and Issy Cory played well in goal and made some telling saves.

Thanks to Sophie Little who was an excellent team manager and supporter for the evening..

Finished 3rd to secure qualification to County round

V RHS Lost 6-8
V Ipswich School Won 16-0
V Kesgrave Won 12-1
V East Bergholt Won 8-1
V Ipswich High Lost 8-14

We had a great afternoon with a new squad and notably Joanne Garnett playing in the year above her own, and in a number of different positions.  They all played brilliantly in the rain and sunshine!

We lost the first match in a close fought game in which we actually had the lead but they came back at us strongly in the last two minutes, unfortunately.  Against Ipswich School we were totally dominant and enjoyed getting a win under our belts.  Against Kesgrave we knew that goals mattered and so kept fighting until the last whistle and proved that we have great versatility as we moved people around positions.  East Bergholt were strong but our movement around the court outwitted them and we came away with another victory.

Ipswich High was always going to be a tough match and they have great experience and skill in their team, but we held our own and succeeded in gaining half of their score.  Throughout the afternoon Chloe Outen played brilliantly in the centre of the court, linking our attack and defence well.  Mollie Biddle never gave up, Flora Johnston and Georgia Harrold played well as WA and Lily Proudfoot, Louise Farthing fought for everything in the defence and Eleanor Berridge had a stormer as GK, coming from nowhere in some situations.  Katy Garnett and Jemima Hill shot very well and moved the ball around the circle brilliantly.

Save the date for the County Round: 12th November, at Rushmere!

Woodbridge and Abbey pupils achieved extraordinary results in this year’s Suffolk Festival of Performing Arts, almost seeming to sweep the board at times.  Meanwhile there are almost too many highlights to select by way of an appetite-raiser, but I will have a go by congratulating in particular those who took first places, cups and trophies (many of them more than one!): Lily Cook, William Cook, Tom Evans, Amber Franklin, Oliver Laxton, Christopher Long, Chloe Macmillan, Caitlyn Maggs, Sophia Mattar, Imogen Melrose, James Phelan, Sasha Reid, Evelyn Saunders (overall most promising speech performer), Alexander Sharratt (overall senior speech champion), Alice Sharratt (overall junior speech champion),  and Sebastian Ward.

John Brett’s article in the EADT Business Section covers the importance of introducing entrepreneurship into the school curriculum and why it is so important to use business education to encourage children to think outside the box and to bring to life and nurture hidden skills and talents.

The first round of the ESAA Cross Country Competition was held at Farlingaye on Friday 7 October and we were lucky enough to have a full quota of runners for each age group.

The Inter boys were up first – a great race, where Nathan Goddard was in the lead (by quite a few metres) the whole way. The boys all ran superbly and finished with 37 points: Nathan Goddard 1st, George Rufford 6th, Alex Evans Lombe 13th, Daniel Davies 17th, Tom Harrington 20th and Nathaniel Gunn 25th.

Next up was the Junior girls. Unfortunately, we had an illness in the morning so we competed with 5 runners. The girls knew they had to work hard in order to gain a place in the next round so gave everything they had. They eventually ended up scoring 18 points: Bea Thomas 3rd, Molly Marshall 4th, Amy Goddard 5th, Cecily Royal-Dawson 6th and Anna Jackson 21st.

Junior boys were next to compete and were all up for the challenge.  All 5 boys came in the top 10, scoring 16 points, which is phenomenal. Charlie Turner ran excellently and managed to fight for 1st place against Kit Evans Lombe.

The last race of the day was the Inter girls. We were fortunate enough to have a full team –with Harriet Petley stepping in at the last minute and Sarah Barker fighting her way through illness, and the girls ran another superb race. Amy Graham held her own and gained 2nd place, closely followed by Sarah Barker. The girls scored 23 points: Milly Buckingham 8th, Sophie Graham 9th, Victoria Burrows 12th and Harriet Petley 33rd.

Huge congratulations to all teams as all four qualified for the Regional finals on Saturday 12 November at Lincroft School, Bedford.

Every single runner should be extremely proud of their achievements – a number of them have worked so hard,  training throughout the summer. Again, a massive big thank you to Mr Goddard who without his help and support, these students would not be able to achieve what they do. Thank you to all the parents for their support too.

Thursday 6 October 2016: National Poetry Day and this year’s theme was Messages. The concept and function of messages had been the subject of much exploration, experimentation and discussion on Open Day in an interactive poetry taster session, and for National Poetry Day itself we widened the notion and almost literally spread the words in the Tuckwell Room at an Open Mic over lunchtime, bringing messages and poems of all sorts to the captive diners.
Some students had brought poems with them, while others dipped into the extensive choice available on the table beside the mic. Pupils from Queens House gave heartwarming performances, and Years 7 and 8 were clamouring to be first up, many of them going three or even four times as they became braver. In an atmosphere of community, respect and encouragement more and more students stepped up, Year 10 and Year 12 particularly well represented, and there was a wonderful array of self-penned efforts, poems in translation, comedy and philosophy as well as the classics we English teachers know and love so well. It’s always a pleasure to see the ‘have-a-go attitude’ of students and staff alike and I would like to extend my personal, poet’s thanks to all those of you who helped to make our day just a little bit different, and a little bit special. The passion for poetry at Woodbridge School is growing!


Score: Won 2-0

The girls first team set off early on Saturday morning to play Wymondham. The journey was well worth it as the team delivered an outstanding performance, outplaying their opponents for most of the game, winning 2-0.

Woodbridge started strong and soon had their first chance at goal when Laura Graham passed a ball across to India Lawson on the left side of the D. India’s first time effort went just wide with the goalie stranded. Soon after this another shot at goal resulted in Maddie Craig having a pin ball battle with the Wymondham goalkeeper, three sharp attempts at goal being well saved. The pressure was building but Woodbridge nearly got outdone by a quick counter attack when a player was unmarked in the D. Sophie Little made a telling save to deal with this situation and kept the score level. Shortly after Laura Graham and India Lawson were again influential in build-up play, feeding the ball to Victoria Williams, who made no mistake and slotted the deserved goal.

After half time Woodbridge continue to dominate and were patient in their play around the attacking D. A great team goal resulted with Alice McLeod-Scott, Georgia Harrold, Mollie Biddle and Laura Graham all being involved. Maddie Craig was the final piece of the puzzle and played the ball perfectly past the left foot of the goalie.

As time went on the pace of the game started to take its toll.  The team managed to get through this period, not allowing Wymondham to convert the chances they were now getting.

The final whistle went with Woodbridge 1st team deserving winners by two goals to nil.

Each player had a role to play and it was a complete team performance. Tildy Paul’s distribution out the back helped Woodbridge get pass the first line of defence time after time. Mollie Biddle was impressive at centre back, winning 50/50 balls and dominating the middle of the pitch. Georgina Warren played excellent and was well supported by Alice McLeod-Scott. Maddie Craig grew into her role in the team and worked tirelessly. But ultimately the player of the match award goes to India Lawson for great work in both attack and defence.



Score: Won 3-1

The Junior 1st team started their season on a high, beating Norwich School U13A 3-1. Woodbridge dominated the first ten minutes of the match, with the Year 8s, Clara Simpson, Olivia Buchanan, Jessica Elmer, Molly Marshall and Ella Walker making their experience count.  Woodbridge scored first through Bea Thomas after building pressure and attack after attack.  Two more great goals were scored by Clara Simpson and Olivia Buchanan.  Molly Marshall and Ella Walker were solid in defence and Molly managed to react quickly to stop shots at goal when Norwich found themselves unmarked in the D.  Elsa Trevor-Pallares made her debut as goalkeeper and made a couple of telling saves before Norwich School got one goal back from a penalty corner.  Woodbridge had to consolidate their defensive efforts  during the last 5 minutes to make sure they maintained their lead.  This was a great way to start the season and hopefully a sign of many more good performances to come. Player of the match was Clara Simpson for a mature performance –  communicating well, distributing well and making good decisions.