Beechwood Primary School

Sports Blog – 3 February 2017

It has been a busy couple of weeks on the sports field with a range of sports being played. For the first time we have seen the start of an all girls Tag Rugby League, a Beechwood initiative. For a brief summary of all events played recently, see below.

Monday 16th January – Boccia + New Age Curling. Good success in Boccia coming in 1st place, meaning we go to the level 3 competition at Bradfield College in March. We finished 2nd in NAC, so across the board we did extremely well in an enjoyable tournament. Special mention needs to be paid the five children taking part Mark Smith, Xander Wallis, Grace Casey, Tia Price & Jose Rose. Well done!

Tuesday 17th January – Girls Development Tag Rugby League (round 1 and 2). We performed well in the first round coming second in the table behind Holy Trinity (on points difference), however came unstuck this Tuesday: winning 2, losing 2 and drawing 1, allowing Coombes and Holy Trinity to gain first and second place.

Wednesday 18th January – St Joseph’s V Beechwood (Hockey) – Won 5-1. An excellent effort from all the squad with goals from Kielen Sampson (2), Bethany Rooke (1) and Josh Long (2). We played a really smart and confident game, allowing little time for St Joes to reshape and attack. There was strong defence from Ronak Punia and Tushar Kakar as well as excellent breaks from Kielen and Bethany. We are turning into a very good squad for the future.

Thursday 19th January – Forest Walk, The Chilterns. Second walk done wither side of Christmas and it was a more intense and vigorous walk attending by 17 pupils. Covering distance of around seven miles over difficult terrain the children did extremely well to cover this in 3 ½ hours. More walks to come in Summer Term.

Tuesday 24th January – Beechwood B team Rugby Tournament – Beechwood won the Championship with 4 wins (22 points) and the best try difference (+11). Closely behind were Rivermead with 20 pts after winning three matches and drawing 1. Bonus points proved crucial as both top two teams breached that 4 try limit six times earning 6 bonus points each.

Thursday 26th January – TVRL Race 3 @ Braywick Sports Ground, Maidenhead. Coming into the race we were positioned 8th in division one and needed a healthy score to remain above the Coombes and Burford. The race itself saw approximately 1100 competitors take part over four races (the biggest race by far that I have seen). This is a sign that competition is getting more popular amongst state and private schools. The 3/4 girls did the best on the day with Anya Lees finishing 16th and Lilly Hall finishing well in the top 50 in a group of over 200. The 5/6 boys also faired well against good opposition (Polehampton, St Pauls) with Alex Calutas finishing in the top 50 and Spencer Pengraeve had a storming run finishing 10th out of approximately 250 competitors. We are now in 6th place going into the penultimate race at Lightwater with a strong chance of remaining in Division 1 next year.

Friday 27th January – Beechwood v Dolphin (3/4 Rugby + Netball). A great afternoon saw us winning every game in rugby, but losing in Netball to a well drilled side. There were good performances from Josh Davie-Cuthbert, Sebastian McNeill, Ethan Hine and one try from young gun Josh Rose (year 2).

Wednesday 1st February –  Beechwood v St Josephs – Hockey: Lost 3-5. Fielding a different team than two weeks ago with a few year 4’s playing the contest was evenly matched against a mainly year 5 team. St. Joe’s scored early on, then Beechwood and again led to a 2-2 stalemate at half time. Two early goals against us led to a 2-4 deficit and a final goal with 5 minutes to go sealed the loss with a consolation goal coming from Liam Stiff being scored with two minutes to go. Excellent games from Liam, Bethany Rooke, Ronak Punia and improving games from Sian and Lauren Watkins and Spencer Pengreave.

Sports Blog – 12 December 2016

Monday 5th December – Sportshall Athletics: More to follow…

Tuesday 6th December – Tag Rugby, Beechwood (B) v Aldryngton: Score 10 – 12 to Aldryngton. A good fast paced handling game was seen on Tuesday from both sides. Aldryngtons first game of the season saw them do really well in attack, with some good handling from two particularly tall/bulky players. The game was guilty of playing laterally too frequently with most tries being scored on the wings. Beechwood fielded players who haven’t played that much rugby this season and initially we were slow to warm up but good leadership from Marni Stack and control of passing from Katie Sollit calmed the game, which led to an improved 2nd and last third. There was good running from Ryley ward and Bethany Rooke and good handling from Rohan Dehi. On another day with a better controlled start we would have won the game by a healthy margin.

Thursday 8th December – Forest Walk, Mednenham: It was a really exciting and informative walk with lots of pupils (non-sporty, SEN) being treated to see local wildlife, namely the groups of deer being seen in various places on the walk. Also seeing the grounds where the RAF trained during wartime was very interesting and hit home with many of the pupils. All pupils kept a really good pace whilst walking and behaved, in the most part, well and represented their school in a great fashion, even when we were herded over the styles by two local horses. A good location to continue walking in that the pupils really enjoy to go on.

Friday 9th December – Football, Hawthorns v Beechwood (B): Score 2-5 to Hawthorns. An excellent 2nd half in the main kept us in the game on Friday with four goals being scored against in the first half. The boys were guilty of starting slow, out of position and showed signs of reverting back to playground football, but with coaching they put into practice better control of the ball, special awareness of attacking play and finished of the attempts on goal better in the second half. Two excellent finishes by MOM Ryley Ward saw him make excellent runs towards the opposition’s goals, beautifully assisted by Josh Long. Good defending and man marking in second half again by Dylan Cassling and Liam Stiff saw very little attack from Hawthorns and Jake Rose played superbly in goal taking command in again a strong second period of play. With a better start and shape the game may have ended differently and a repeat fixture would rectify this. Well done to the B team.

Sports Blog – 5 December 2016

Information on last week’s sport as follows:

Wednesday 30th November – Beechwood v Oakland’s (Hockey): A good afternoon in cold weather at Beechwood, however unfortunately losing both games on the night to a strong Oakland’s team. The A team lost their game 2-0 with good performances by all the team with very little errors being shown in an end to end game. The B team lost 7-0 to a very strong, well-coached Yr.5 team whereas by comparison we fielded a mixture of year, 3, 4 and 5 pupils. We hope to be playing a return fixture in the new year where we will field two stronger teams.

Thursday 1st December: Beechwood V St Nicholas (Year 5/6 Netball):  Playing against new opposition this year the netball teams….

Friday 2nd December: Six Nations Rugby  Beechwood gained 2nd place in the overall league table this year, an improvement on last year’s 4th position. This will mean we will still play the likes of the Coombes and Rivermead again next term as well as playing new competition against the likes of the Colleton and old foes Oakland’s over the next two rounds set for Spring. On the day Beechwood won three games, lost one and drew one game, finishing on a total score of 45 points. The standard and pace of the rugby being shown on froday was really good to see and the level and expectations for teams is plane to see. A good tournament and day all round.

Fixtures this week:

(Monday 5th) Sportshall Athletics.

(Tuesday 6th) Rugby v Aldryngton

(Thursday 8th) Forest Walk – Medenham Forest, Chilterns.

(Friday 9th) Year 5/6 Football v Hawthorns.

Reports to come on these events.

Sports Blog – 21 November 2016

Year 5/6 Football (friendly) St Dominic’s V Beechwood: We played our first game on Woodford Park 4G Sports Pitch with our B team football squad. It was an entertaining afternoon utilising players who have not played a lot of football, but ended on a 1-0 loss at the end of the game. Playing on a really nice pitch under floodlights made the game enjoyable and the boys really dug deep and played as a team, which is good to see. Future games will be played on this pitch over the year to make use of such good facility. Well done to the B team boys, special mention to Josh Long and Dylan Cassling for excellent defending and goalkeeping.

Year 5/6 football (League) Beechwood V Rivermead: Lost 3-0. We played our last league game for this season and played a good first half, but tiredness and concentration led to three goals coming in the second half. The boys have played a lot of football this term and  tried their best to get results and play as a team, which I think they have got. A few football fixtures are coming next term and with more practice I’m sure the team will get better.

Year 5/6 Football (A, B, C teams) Dolphin School V Beechwood: We were welcomed to a really entertaining afternoon at Dolphin with teas and refreshments after the game. Our A team lost on the day 5-1 to a good dolphin side. A few lapses in defence and passing accuracy let us down, but we played well as a team and in set positions. Our B team won 3-1, with goals from Lewis Fappiano, Josh Long and Jake Rose. A really good game to watch with lots of attack and communication from the boys to lead to an enjoyable win. The best game however on the day was the C team: with MOM Oliver Giles leading exceptionally to a 4-2 win…

X-Country: Black Park: A good afternoon at Slough recording a lower combined score than the previous race. We are currently in 7thposition in Division 1 with only around 100 points between 5th and 6th position. A good finish in the remaing races after Christmas should secure our place in Division 1 for next year.

In2Hockey Tournament – Sonning Hockey Club: We had an excellent night at Sonning, despite the cold. We won our first game (Early St Peters) 3-1, 2nd Game (Shinfield) lost 1-0, 3rd game (Finchampstead) won 2-0, 4th (Lambs Lane ) won 3-0 and drew our last game against Farley Hill 0-0 making us runners up for the group playing old adversaries Hawkedon in the semi-final. We did lose the semi 3-1 by a good Hawkedon side (returning Champions), but will have to go back at a later date to play for final and 3/4th position as time didn’t permit any other games on the night. Great perfomances from Kielan Sampson, Bethany Rooke, Tushar Kakar and Ronak Punia.

Fixtures this week:

Six nations Rugby at Churchend

Sports Blog – 8 November 2016

Information on last week’s sport as follows:

Year 5/6 Football (league): St Dominic’s V Beechwood – Tuesday 1st November. 8-0 loss on the day with more work to be done on passing, holding the ball, team spirit and cohesion as a team. We held St Doms to a 2-0 lead at half time, but with a healthy bench of all year 6 boys being replaced at half time led to a further 6 goals being scored against us. Spirited goalkeeping from Edson Corser secured him the Man of the Match on the day, but more work needed going forward.

Beechwood V Southlake (A + B) teams – Thursday 3rd November. Southlake travelled to Beechwood on Thursday last 03.11.16 and put up a spirited performance losing 12 tries ( 60pts) to 8 tries ( 40pts), Southlake also fielded a B and C team – well done! Good competition for forthcoming Six Nations Rugby Programme.

Year 5/6 Football (league): Woodley C of E V Beechwood – Friday 4th November. A better performance this time round for our 5/6 boys with a 3-0 loss on the day. The boys kept real shape, passed effectively and showed more team morale and spirit. An early goal from set piece from Woodley and a loose goal just before half time led to ultimately their win, but we managed better defence in the second half with a late goal only being scored from a lapse of concentration at the back. With a third league game this week agansit High wood, momentum could be on our side and leed to a more attack minded game.

Year 3/4 Sportshall Athletics: Monday 7th November: A Good afternoon spent at Bulmershe LC for the annual Sportshall Athletics run By Sainsbury’s School Sport where 18 boys and girls took part in both track and field events, overseen by year 9 Bulmershe students. Strong running in particular from our 4×1 relay teams (Maddison Knight-Reed, Poppy Christian, Emilija Zelenka, Jessica Richardson & Ruben Punia, Jerome McIntrye, Josh Davey-Cuthbert and Isaac Jenner) led to us winning our heat and good performances in speed jump, standing jump and chest push led to a good scoring afternoon. We wait to see how were faired in the event overall to determine next round in Spring Term.

Fixtures this week:

  • Beechwood V Highwood (Football: League)
  • Year 5/6 Rugby: Beechwood V Meadowvale
  • Year 5/6 Netball: Beechwood V Aldryngton
  • Six nations Rugby at Winnersh.

Sports Blog – 21 October 2016

Wednesday 19th October – Yr 5/6 Hockey: Beechwood V Crosfields: We were very much welcomed to Crosfields in our first ever Hockey. With a not a full squad we ended the game on a 2-1 win. Scorers were Kielen Sampson and Isla Williams. Slightly worrying start with most attack coming from Crosfields, but we kept shape and counter attacked really well as well as tracking back for defence. A few unforced errors with footwork and tackling but set piece work (e.g. short corners, etc.) was brilliantly executed. The pupils enjoyed the afternoon and were treated to match tea’s. More fixtures to come against Crosfield’s in Spring Term.

Wednesday 19th October – Reading Bluecoats District Rugby Tournament: After a long three group stage matches we made it through to the semi-finals against Rivermead, spirits were high and Beechwood showed excellent team work. Captain Cameron Oakley kept the team going leading by example. Nearly all team members scored or assisted over the six rounds of the competition. In the Final we were starting to get tired, however we didn’t let this stop us and narrowly missing the win by a 5-6 loss. It was a good enchmark tournament showing a bright season of rugby to come. Overall couldn’t ask for more effort and well done to all the team.

Thursday 20th October – Division 1: Thames Valley Cross Country League Race: Yr. 3/4 girls finished the strongest, with 4 of our girls finishing in the top 50. Strong individuals such as Spencer Pengreave, Alex Calutas, Jaiden Bayliss, Anya Lees and Freya Hill showed positive attitudes, fitness and experience in achieving top scores. Strong competition from Polehampton, Oakland’s and improved running from the Coombes makes for an exciting season ahead and with further scheduled practice our squad performance will improve greatly. It was a great start to the season and we look forward to every race now, as too do the Beechwood pupils.

Sainsbury’s School Games Football Tournament

It was a good performance from our 3/4 footballers this week at Woodford Park for this year’s Sainsbury’s School Games tournament.

We were missing regular players, due to illness, which did result in two losses and one win.

However we did show improvement each game we played and our first game against Farley Hill was a little rushed with no time to warm up and discuss game play. Farley Hill were the strongest side on the day, but we did improve against Nine Mile Ride having more shots on goal by Alex Calutas and Josh Long, but conceding an early goal from one of NMR’s only two attempts. Our last game against Aldryngton we won convincingly 4-0 with goals from Alex Calutas (3) and Josh Long (1) scoring a well worked goal.

There were really good performances all round with Kielan Sampson playing well in goal; Bethany Rooke, Isla Williams and Ruben Punia playing well in defence and an excellent dribbling and evasion skills being shown by Alex and Josh.

Well done everyone!!!

Team: Alexander Calutas, Kielan Sampson, Bethany Rooke, Isla Williams, Luke Mortimore, Ruben Punia & Josh Long

Year 5/6 Fotball V St Dominic’s

Beechwood 0 V St Dominic’s 4

Beechwood played in an enthralling match on Friday despite the scoreline. St Dominic’s scored two goals in each half with players playing regularly for local teams. There were stand out performances from Harjodh Roy and Alex Caswell in defence and excellent attacking from Josh Baldwin with four shots on goal with one shot hitting the cross bar. There was also very good interplay passing from Dylan McKellar and Jayden Elliot and overall the game was an enthralling one to watch, displaying greater skills than in the previous two rounds. Highwood travel to Beechwood this Friday and I have no doubt that if we perform as well as we did against St Dominic’s we should record our first of the season. Well done boys!!


1.       Jake Rose

2.       Janis Zelenka

3.       Oliver Long

4.       Josh Baldwin

5.       Dylan McKellar

6.       Alex Caswell

7.       Riley ward

8.       Jayden Elliot

9.       Lewis Fappiano

10.     Harjodh Roy

Year 3/4 Tag Rugby Festival

A shaky start to the season for this year’s 3/4’s at Reading rugby club on Wednesday 7th October.

Overall we won 2 games (against Tonga 5-2, William Allen scoring 3 tries and Argentina), drew one game and lost one game against Canada (5-2).

Our attack and handling was good with only one forward pass seen in all four games, but we need to stretch our team across the pitch and pass more regularly to create space for attacking runs.

I was impressed with all of the team that played; especially to our year 3’s, with special mention to Jerome McIntyre who played his first match for the school and played well. Well done!!!

Year 3&4 Football at The Dolphin School

Last Friday afternoon (18 September) Miss Rowse and Mr Davies took the year 3 and year 4 football team to The Dolphin School for the first match of the season. They year 3 boys started the season off with a bang winning 10-0. For these boys it was their first time representing Beechwood.

The team included the following boys:

Jerome Mcintyre, Luke Mortimore, Ryan Coll, Isaac Jenner, Ruben Punia, Joshua Davey-Cuphbert & John Lees

For the year 4 boys they drew 2 all playing a strong second half. Kieran Downs had a very good game scoring one of the goals and always being there to support as well as Alexander Calutas reading the game well from the back of the pitch  offering support throughout the match.

The year 4 team included the following boys:

Joshua Long, Ojash Jaiswal, Jahrell Mcintyre, James Moss, Kielan Sampson, Liam Stiff, Kieran Downes & Alexander Calutas

Football Versus The Dolphin School (Years 3&4)

Table Tennis League – Beechwood, Radstock & Southlake

First round was Beechwood versus South Lake playing best of three games per match. South Lake had good ability players winning each one of their matches bar one with Jack Green winning his game match by 2 games to 1. Second round was played with winners of first round playing Radstock (Radstock only having 5 seads to play). South Lake again won most of their matches and progressed on to final play-off round as to did Beechwood (Jack Green) where he played a play off match against Souht Lake (1) with South Lake wining 2 games to 1. Losers of the first round played both Radstock and South Lake losing players in deciding play off round.

Overall winning team was South Lake recording 16 winning matches with Beechwood scoring 5 matches won and Radstock 4 matches. All players played continually (3 or 4 matches per player) and scorers from all schools were excellent and reliable throughout the competition. All players showed real improvement from first league competition with Jack Green, Ruben Callutas, Morgan Hill, Ben Howells, Oliver Long and Rahul Nayak showing good ability and hard work.

Well done to everyone who took part!

B team Tag Rugby Festival

Beechwood B team Tag Rugby Festival – Tuesday 27th January 2015

Beechwood had a fantastic turnout for our B team festival yesterday, hosting 10 teams; Beechwood (1, 2 & 3), Southlake (1, 2 & 3), Oldfield, Aldryngton, The Coombes and Farley Hill. We had Forest School boys refereeing the games who did a brilliant job allowing the games to flow very nicely and communicating well with a good understanding of the rules.

Rugby Festival - January 2015 (152)There were some strong performances throughout the tournament With Beechwood 2nd team winning all 4 of their games in group 1 with Yussef Aziz scoring some great tries and Aldryngton winning all 4 in group 2. After the group stages we went straight onto the semi’s, the first semi was Aldryngton v The Coombes which was an incredibly tight game played to a very good standard in the end there was only one try in it with Aldryngton sneaking it 8-7. The second semi was Beechwood v Oldfield, this game was not as close and Oldfield won quite convincingly with some fantastic runs through the middle, excellent support play and capitalising on the space out on the wings. The game finished 8-5 to Oldfield.

This set up for a great final between Aldryngton and Oldfield who had already met in the group stages, it was a very physical match and there were a number of players in both sides who looked like they had experience of playing rugby out of school. In the end Aldryngton finished the competition unbeaten winning the final 7-5. Beechwood 2nd team and The Coombes also played a third and fourth place final which was another very close affair which the Coombes winning 8-7. Overall the tournament ran smoothly and all the teams got at least 5 games which was great to see.

See all the results below:

Round 1
Southlake C 4 The Coombes 8
Farley Hill  2 Beechwood B 6
Oldfield 4 Southlake A 1
Aldryngton 7 Southlake B 4


Round 2
Beechwood A 4 Farley Hill 4
Beechwood B  4  Southlake C 3
Beechwood C 2 Aldryngton 6
Southlake B 3 Oldfield  6


Round 3
Beechwood B 8 The Coombes 3
Beechwood A 8 Southlake C 2
Southlake  B  5 Southlake A 3
Beechwood C 3  Oldfield 4


Round 4
Southlake C 5 Farley Hill 4
The Coombes 8 Beechwood  A 3
Oldfield 3 Aldryngton 7
Southlake A 2 Beechwood C 8


Round 5
Beechwood A 2 Beechwood B 5
Farley Hill 0 The Coombes 6
Beechwood C 6 Southlake  B 2
Aldyngton 6 Southlake A 2


Pool 1 Played Won Drawn Lost Points For Against Difference
Beechwood B 4 4 0 0 12 23 10 +13
The Coombes 4 3 0 1 9 25 15 +10
Beechwood A 4 1 1 2 4 17 19 -2
Southlake C 4 1 0 3 3 14 24 -10
Farley Hill 4 0 1 3 1 10 21 -11


Pool 2 Played Won Drawn Lost Points For Against Difference
Aldryngton 4 4 0 0 12 26 11 +15
Oldfield 4 3 0 1 9 17 14 +3
Beechwood C 4 2 0 2 6 19 14 +5
Southlake B 4 1 0 3 3 14 22 -8

Knock out Phase

Semi Finals
Aldryngton 8 The Coombes 7
Beechwood B 5 Oldfield 8
3rd Place Final
Beechwood B 7 The Coombes 8
Aldryngton 7 Oldfield 5

Other games: Southlake B 4 v Southlake C 1, South Lake A 4 v Farley Hill 5 and Beechwood A 3 v Beechwood C 6

Tag Rugby matches versus Rivermead – Tuesday 3 February 2015

Beechwood A 7 v Rivermead B 4

Beechwood A 5 v Rivermead A 4

A team: Jayden, Dylan, Ronak, Cameron, William, Kielan, Joshau, Kiera, Eliasabet, Rylie and Alex

Beechwood B 4 v Rivermead A 8

Beechwood B 5 v Rivermead B 5

B team: Jake, Tusha, Oliver, Ojash, Kieran, Liam, James, Nina, Sophie, Dylan and Abhigyan

Hockey versus Radstock – Tuesday 3 February 2015

On Tuesday afternoon Beechwood fielded two teams to play against Radstock Primary. Radstock were a team that Beechwood defeated in the group stages of the tournament in October, however this was not the case in our fixture last week with the ‘A team’ losing 7-1 and the ‘B team’ Drawing 6-6. It was apparent that the ‘A team’ needed management, as Mr Boseley was away umpiring the B team’s game.

The highlight of the fixture was the appearance of Leo French who was ‘assistant manager’ and it was fantastic to see him getting involved in sport. He listened and learnt about tactics and participated in the team talk, he clearly got lots out of the occasion.

On the pitch for the ‘B team’ our defence clearly had weakness, however the attacking options were impressing with Ollie Long scoring 4 of the 6 goals. It was interesting to see children who were debutants for the team and the year 6s seemed to settle well into the team, it was apparent that they have learnt lots through their roller hockey.

After speaking to the ‘A team’ captain, Jack felt that we lacked shape, and couldn’t keep hold of the ball which resulted in such a score line. The next game will be crucial, if we are to do well in the upcoming tournament.

‘A Team’ – 7-1 Loss (Scorer: Jack Green)

‘B Team’ – 6-6 Draw (Scorers: Ollie Long 4, Alex Routledge 1, Malik Djotni 1)

Football: Beechwood lose to Sonning

Both of our Football teams were well beaten by Sonning on an infamous night in mid January. Sonning thrashed our sides 12-0 and 12-5 which is unprecedented in Beechwood’s annals of sporting history.