Festivals and Tournaments
We are delighted to announce that our school and children have been recognised for their involvement in School Games. To reach level 3 in a tournament is a real achievement.
The school has been awarded the School Games Silver Award
Netball League: Sandal Castle V Dane Royd
As our netball league fixtures continue, every point counts as the fight for the top spot heats up. We travelled to Dane Royd this week; demonstrating some excellent communication skills as well as showcasing our improvement on spacing and movement of the ball up and down the court. Our excellent shooting ability also shone through as we drew 4 -4
All of the team were superb: fantastic interceptions were witnessed as well as excellent attacking skills and a varied selection of passes. A fantastic team effort – well done!
Elite Summer Dance Festival - Castleford Civic Centre
We attended another fantastic Elite Dance Festival with our Year 3 and 4 children. They’d had worked incredibly hard to learn, practise and refine a dance, which they then had performed on the day at the festival. Throughout the morning, the children attended a number of different dance workshops, which was then used to form a dance including all seven schools that were in attendance. The afternoon was the competition. Each of the seven schools performed their dance on stage, in from of expert judges; they found it incredibly difficult to judge due to the high level of skill on show. Our children’s performance was fantastic – they smiled, worked together to stay in time and showcased their strong ability to follow and deliver a highly skilled routine. With only 1 point between first and second place, it was an extremely close festival which saw us finishing in second place - a brilliant achievement!
Pyramid Tennis Tournament at KHS
We attended a hard fought and competitive tennis tournament last week in the blistering heat. All the competitors on display didn’t waiver under the hot sun and produced a string of brilliant performances. Many fine tennis skills were showcased by all schools and the standard of rallies on show were a pleasure to watch, providing much excitement and entertainment. Our Sandal Castle team were placed 4th but had a number of incredibly close matches; only decided by a mere couple of points. We thoroughly enjoyed the experience, having learned a lot about our tennis skills in the process and appreciating the athleticism and level of skill that professional tennis players possess.
Football League - Sandal Castle V Mackie Hill
The football team made their way down to Kettlethorpe High School on a sweltering day, hoping to pick up 3 points against Mackie Hill. Our team made a bright start, dominating possession and settling into the game. The team were playing with confidence and making a number of impressive passing combinations with good runs being made behind, stretching Mackie Hill and testing their resolve. We eventually got the breakthrough and added a couple more goals before half time, with their keeper making some impressive saves also. After the break, we continued to dominate and further added to our tally, showing powerful running with the ball and finishing with deadly precision. The game finished 10-0 to us, which is an impressive results but it was even greater to see that the spirit the game was played in was celebrated by both sides.
Elite Dance Festival 9th February 2018On Friday 9th February, we attended the Elite Kids Coaching Dance festival in Airedale. Our group consisted of year 5 and 6 children, who worked brilliantly together as a team to rehearse and refine key parts of our dance, before finally performing it in front of a judging panel, consisting of dance experts. This was a nerve-wracking experience, but all of our children were professional, mature and skilful in their approach and final performance. The children had taken part in a number of dance workshops in the morning, working with children from other schools across Wakefield. After a fun-packed day of dance, the results were announced, which saw us become the ‘Elite Dance Festival Champions 2018.’ A fantastic achievement: well done!
Performance Video to follow...
'They did themselves and your school proud!'
Elite Kids Coaching
West Yorkshire Games Cross Country Event - 7th February 2018
Congratulations to Evie who has made it through to represent Wakefield in the West Yorkshire Games. This will be in the individual event for Year 4 girls.
It’s at Temple Newsam on Thursday 8th March.
Good Luck Evie!!
West Yorkshire Sport Teacher Conference - 22 nd January 2018
On Monday 22nd January, our amazing Year 5 and 6 dancers were invited to perform at the Wakefield PE Conference, at Waterton Park Hotel. This was an extra special performance, as they were specifically chosen out of a large number of schools to perform and only had two practises to learn a highly-skilled, complicated dance. All of the children were absolutely amazing and performed brilliantly in front of primary and secondary teachers, head teachers, sports people and members of sporting organisations. All of whom, commented on how fantastic the dancing was from all children involved! A very proud moment – well done!
Host School Events
We are proud to host a number of festivals and tournaments throughout the year on behalf of the Kettlethorpe cluster of schools.
Football League Fixture 4 – Sandal Castle V Mackie Hill
Sandal Castle 8 - 0 Mackie Hill
We signed off the first half of the season with an impressive victory against a well organised team. Mackie Hill made it tough for us in the first 10 minutes but our team didn’t panic, we continued passing the ball and looking for gaps in their defence. The game was played in great- spirit and Sandal were delighted to go into the mid-season break on the back of an accomplished performance. Well done for a fantastic start to the football league! We are continuing to work hard in our ‘off season’, preparing for our huge first fixture back in March against St James.
Year 3 and 4 Benchball Tournament – Kettlethorpe High School
Our Year 3/4 Benchball team travelled down to Kettlethorpe to compete against the other schools in our pyramid. We went there incredibly confident in our abilities and fully believed we could do well. Indeed, we won the first match 8-2! The victories just kept on coming, in fact we won all five of our fixtures and were crowned the Benchball champions 2017. Every single player in our team was superb, displaying great passing and catching skills alongside wonderful determination and courage. The whole team were excellent and thoroughly deserved to bring home another trophy for Sandal Castle!
Eliite Functional Fitness Festival 3rd November
As part of our on going partnership with Elite Kids Coaching, we were invited along to their first festival of the year: Functional Fitness. Our Year 6 team were put through their paces in a series of activities including bear crawls; cross country running; tyre flipping; obstacle courses; wall climbing; and push ups amongst others. It was an exhausting day and our team were outstanding in the afternoon where they won every event they entered! This saw us shoot up the final leader board and were awarded with an impressive and hard-earned third place against a number of fierce competitors. The children had a fantastic day and came back thoroughly enthused; determined to receive a first place spot at the next tournament.
Netball League Fixture 3 - 3rd November 2017
Sandal Castle V Dane Royd
Sandal Castle 9 - 1 Dane Royd
WOW! What a performance! This was the most skilful game out of all three matches so far. The team
worked together confidently to move the ball up and down the court; finding spaces effectively; and
communicating well with each other. We came up against a strong Dane Royd team, who defended and
attacked well in the first two sections of the game, having a 1-0 lead. However, we kept our composure
and continued to move the ball with speed and attacked, which resulted in us to scoring nine goals in a
row during the final three sections of the game. It was an amazing effort from the whole team but the
player who was awarded our ‘Player of the Match’ for her outstanding effort and improvement in
confidence, was Ayesha. We are all incredibly proud of each and every member of the team and with an
upcoming break-in-play all they can do is improve. It’s very exciting to see where this team can go!
We will now have a ‘break’ in our netball fixtures but they will continue again in March. Netball after
school club will continue on a weekly basis during this ‘break’.
Football League Fixture 3 - 2nd November 2017
Sandal Castle V Dane Royd
Sandal Castle 4 - 1 Dane Royd
What a game and what a result for Sandal Castle this Thursday! We came up against a strong Dane Royd
side. Our team played with flair and finesse and were not afraid of making a strong tackle! We dominated
the midfield with intricate passing, using the ball well and finding space on the wings. As the game was
tight at half time (we were winning 2-1), we spoke of the importance of effort and continuing to apply
ourselves, so as to not let the lead slip. We were solid in defence and scored two great goalsfrom excellent
through balls. It was an all-round top performance and we look forward to facing Sandal Magna next.
Y5/6 Indoor Athletics 18th October 2017
We competed against all five other schools in our pyramid this week at the indoor athletics event held at Kettlethorpe. We took a large squad of boys and girls who competed in both track and field events. The afternoon was fiercely competitive and every child present was showing real determination to do well for their team. Our team excelled on both the track and field, winning many events and consistently placing in the top three. We had a nervous wait to hear the results, especially after rumours of some disqualifications from some of the races but we were thrilled to hear our name read out last. We are the Kettlethorpe pyramid champions! We now get to compete against all the other regional winners to see who will be crowned the champions of Wakefield at an event later in the year.
Football League Fixture 2 – Hendal V Sandal Castle - 5th October 2017
On Thursday 5th October, our Year 5 / 6 football team played against Hendal Primary. This was our first victory of the year. The team used their defensive skills to a very high standard, resulting in a 2 - 0 lead to Sandal at half time. In the second half, Hendal came back fighting and scored their only goal of the game but we became even stronger in defence which resulted in a 2-1 Victory for us. Mrs Parish's ‘Players of the match’ went to Josh and Max. Both boys showed magnificent determination and sportsmanship! A brilliant team and a very well deserved win, well done boys!
Y5/6 Netball Match - September 2017
On Thursday, Sandal Castle played their first ever Netball match. We played against St. James –a well-established team. As a new team for the new league, our children were very enthusiastic and excited to play. After just 10 minutes St. James took the lead. As the game continued, Sandal Castle applied their defending and intercepting skills learnt in training. The team worked well together and their attacking skills shone through, giving the Goal Shooter and Goal Attack opportunity to take a shots at goal. The children worked extremely well as a team with constant support and encouragement given to each other throughout the match. Player of the match from Mrs Parish goes to Madeline who gave 100% determination, made good interceptions and constant encouragement to the rest of the team. Well done Sandal Castle…Bring on the next match!
Cross Country Event - September 2017
7 of our Year KS2 children attended Kettlethorpe High School on Wednesday for a cross country event. Our children were wonderful ambassadors for Sandal Castle as their behaviour was impeccable. Congratulations to the team as we came 2nd overall. Well done to all involved
Football League News - September 2017
Our first match of the Football League was played yesterday against St James. We were unfortunate to lose that game 3 – 1 as our team played brilliantly! With the score at 2 – 0 in the second half, Jacob scored a fabulous goal - the ball finishing in the bottom right hand corner - giving us a fighting chance. However St James scored a breakaway goal to seal their victory. Better luck at the next match!!
Cross Country Success - July 2017
I wanted to thank you for bringing your cross country team to yesterday’s event. It was good to see your runners performing so well. Libby and Hayley paced their race really well and fully deserved their podium finishes, but for me, the star performance of the day had to be Matthew’s amazing run. When he set off at such a breakneck pace, my instant reaction was ‘he’s going to die before he reaches the 200m point.’ But fair play, he maintained his pace and was fantastic (especially running in tracksuit bottoms and such a hot day- brilliant!) He also seemed a smashing young man (he even thanked me for cheering him each time that he passed).
Aden Ball, Ackworth
Year 3 Tag Rugby at Wakefield Trinity - July 2017Year 3
On Monday 3rd July, 6 year 3 children attended the Sky Try Rugby Festival held at Wakefield Wildcats.
The team won all 3 of their games against some very competitive teams, showing determination, enthusiasm and outstanding sportsmanship. Fantastic!
On Tuesday 4th July, 6 children from year 4 attended the Sky Try Rugby Festival held at Wakefield Wildcats.
Their excellent team work, resilience and communication skills enabled them to go on and win all 3 of their games. Brilliant!
Year 2 Leeds United Training at Mackie Hill School - July 2017
The girls really enjoyed themselves on Tuesday and worked really well as a team. The skills they have been able to develop over the past six weeks - based on the coaching they have received from Leeds United - has been fantastic. They have successfully applied these in the games; showing great determination to succeed.
Well done girls - we are very proud of your fantastic attitude and approach to the games.
Year 3/4 Cricket - July 2017
We hosted a Year 3 and 4 cricket tournament with great success here at Sandal, in no small part thanks to the terrific job our Year 5 and 6 sports leaders did umpiring the event. They were calm and assured throughout, making sure that the games were being played fairly, consistently applying the rules and offering support where required.
As for the competitors, Sandal were up against Hendal and Dane Royd who provided stiff competition. There were great skills on show including fantastic batting displays, efficient fielding and lots of fast running between the wickets. Most importantly, the tournament was played with great sportsmanship and all competitors did themselves credit.
We are pleased to announce that Sandal were the team that came out on top. All of the team were fantastic, when pushed, Alfie was selected as our player of the tournament. Mainly for his fantastic batting and pulling off some truly wonderful catches in the field.
Year 6 Football - July 2017
We hosted the Sandal Castle Year 6 Football League for the second year running. Hendal, Dane Royd and Mackie Hill were in attendance for a fantastic day that was played in great spirit. The competition was fierce and the skills on display were, at times, something to behold.
Again, our wonderful Year 5 sports leaders helped referee the event. They may have a new-found respect for match officials, especially the line judges. After running up and down tracking the ball, Leah exclaimed “This is tiring!” Maybe our sports leaders won’t be so quick to question the referee’s decision in future!
Sandal Castle won the tournament last year and we are proud to announce that our fantastic team managed to retain the trophy. Every single one of our team was exceptional. We were solid in defence and some of the attacking play was mesmerising. Szymon in particular was picked out as our player of the tournament as the Year 6 team capped of their last ever tournament for Sandal as champions.
Year 5 and 6 Cricket Festival 2017 - Match Report
A scorcher of a day and a scorching performance to match! Our Year 5 and 6 cricket team gave a strong showing at the local pyramid tournament down at Pledwick Cricket Ground and finished with a brilliant second place. Matty picked up our player of the tournament award for exhibiting an array of batting shots alongside his trustworthy bowling and strong leadership. Indeed, the whole team were excellent and just lost out to the eventual, very capable and deserved winners, Dane Royd.
Year 5 and 6 Girls Football Tournament 2017 - Match Report
Our Year 5 and 6 girls football team visited the Outwood Grange Academy and managed to earn themselves a fantastic second placed finish! Mr Jones’s player of the tournament was Libby, she gave a commanding performance in the middle of the park, breaking up play in defence and taking the ball forward into dangerous positions. Another special mention to Leah who managed to bag herself a brace in one game! Indeed all of the team played brilliantly and were very unlucky to concede against the eventual winners. A wonderful showing by all, they should be very proud.
Year 1 and Multi-skills Festival 2017 - Event report
We recently hosted a Year 1 and 2 multi skills festival here
at Sandal where nearby schools came along to compete for the honour of being
crowned the Kettlethorpe Pyramid Champions. Lots of skills were on display
throughout the afternoon with every team earning hundreds of points to provide
a very tight competition. The children performed a range of activities
including shooting a football, egg and spoon relays and long jumping to name a
few. Our wonderful Year 5 Sports Leaders helped run the event, taking each team
around the course and helping demonstrate what they had to do and offering much
encouragement whilst collecting the all-important scores. After counting and
double-checking, it was revealed that Sandal Castle were the winners! A huge
congratulations to the team and Marcus, who was announced our player of the
Due to extensive grounds, our PE faculty decided to establish the Sandal Castle Primary Football league, inviting local schools within the district to regular matches. This has now evolved from the initial football league to now having a extensive range of sporting leagues and competitions hosted and organised by ourselves.
Here is an example of our league fixtures
We celebrate all the children who take part in our festivals and tournaments - each player receives a participation certificate like the one below
Any player who has demonstrated outstanding sportsmanship and effort can be considered to receive the Player of the Match award
Here are a couple of reports of these events written by Miss Lauren Whitehead - PE Faculty Leader
During the Summer term, year 3 and 4 children from across the Pyramid have taken part in the Sandal Castle Primary School Football League. The fixtures took place on Thursday evenings all term. The matches were refereed by our year 6 sports leaders. The children from all schools were supported and encouraged brilliantly by parents and carers for every fixture and every child was a credit to their school. Excellent footballing skills were demonstrated along with brilliant sportsmanship.
Well done to all schools and a HUGE congratulations to Sandal Castle Primary School who finished top of the league on goal difference.
Our lovely year 5 girls played netball on 15th June against St James Academy in a friendly match. This was the first time the girls had played in a competitive match and they were absolutely amazing. They developed their confidence, key skills and understanding of the rules. Thank you to parents and carers for their fantastic suport.
Well done girls - Great things to come!
Rugby Event at Wakefield Wildcats
During the holidays, year 3 and 4 children took part in a touch rugby match at the Wakefield Wildcats v Hull KR game during half time. We played with great skill beating Mackie Hill 8-1 and 11-2. The children were lucky enough to be the Wildcats mascots on the night and made their TV debut on Sky Sports!
All the children were seen with huge smiles and represented the school and themselves exceptionally well. What brilliant role models! We could not be more proud!
Week ending 21st October 2016
Lots of sporting action this week at Sandal Castle! On Tuesday our magnificent Year 2, 3 and 4 children took part in a local rugby tournament organised by Wakefield Trinity and hosted at Crigglestone All Blacks. It was a wonderful effort from all schools as the children got stuck in to play rugby in the cold, wet and windy conditions without losing any enthusiasm. You can read more about it on the Wakefield website…
If your child loves rugby or is keen to learn more, we urge you to go down to your local rugby club and give it a go! Crigglestone All Blacks are always keen to take on more youngsters, here’s how to get in touch…
Thursday saw us enter two teams in the Year 5 and 6 football tournament at Kettlethorpe. With 6 teams in total we gave a fantastic effort finishing fourth and second. Everyone played brilliantly and contributed to the team effort whilst having fun taking on our local rivals. Notably, Ellis received the award for ‘Best Goalkeeper’ whilst Szymon’s skill and awareness and Ben’s defensive solidity shone through to earn them Mr Jones and Miss Whitehead’s players of the tournament. Tyler was particularly impressed by Stefan’s wonder goal that helped us earn a hard-fought 2-0 victory, ‘I couldn’t believe it, he scored it from defense! It must have been 25 yards out!’ he exclaimed. A fantastic effort by everyone, well done Sandal Castle!
Thursday 26th January 2017
An amazing sporting start to 2017, as our Year 5 and 6 children competed in a Basketball Tournament at Kettlethorpe High School. A fantastic effort, great teamwork and skill saw us finish in second place. Everyone had great fun and showed determination to succeed. Tyler was presented with our player of the tournament award due to his keen eye for shooting successful baskets! Nayaab, Zahra and Josh showed great movement, passing and defending skills. An excellent effort from all children. Well done!
Tuesday 4th April 2017
Sandal Castle to represent Wakefield at the West Yorkshire Games!
District Football @ Outwood Grange Academy
'A beautiful evening turned into a fantastic football tournament between the eight finalist from their district competition. Players showed some outstanding skills with quick passing, great shooting and lots of movement. Final winners were Sandal Castle who go on to represent Wakefield in the West Yorkshire Games' taken from wakefieldschoolsports.com
Here Mr Jones is giving our team the winning formula pep talk!