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Orchard School Bristol

OSB sporting reputation grows

Published on 24/11/17

We've been celebrating some fantastic sporting successes this term ... here are just some of them! 

Moving moment as Year 11 rugby pay tribute to Yazan

On the calendar, it was just another rugby match.

But our Y11 boys’ fixture against Redland Green this month was a poignant afternoon for all concerned as we remembered Yazan, who passed away in October and who was such a big part of this team.

Both teams stood in silence before the game, and the large turnout of spectators joined them to pay their respects … there was not a dry eye to be seen.

Rugby coach Mr Keeling said: “What an amazing event -  the way that both teams and all the spectators showed respect at the start. The game itself ended three tries each, a 15-15 draw – but it was all about the memory of a great young man, Yazan. He would have been proud.” 

Photos from the match can be viewed, here

The Redland Green game was one of several sporting fixtures since the start of the academic year which have shown our growing status in sport among Bristol schools.

Year 7 rugby festival

It was an excellent night of stand out performances as we hosted the Year 7 rugby festival in early November. 

There has been so much interest by the Year 7 students that we entered two teams ... both of which did us proud. 

OSB A team won every game they played, scoring a total of 15 tries and only conceding 1. 

OSB B team scored a number of tries in all matches but unfortunately, was not able to win a game. However, the boys really enjoyed the experience and there were smiles all round.

‚ÄčBrightstowe rugby tournament

It was a great night of rugby with our boys' teams winning all three games. An excellent start to the season! 

Held at Oasis Academy Brightstowe on October 12, we played three different schools.  We beat Fairfield 4 tries to 1, Cotham 3 tries to 0, and Oasis Academy Brightstowe 3 tries to 1. 

It was great to see Year 9 students Ashley Campfield and Kyle Wise play their first game of rugby for the school. 

We had tries from Toby, Callum, Lemuel and Kevin. 

Overall, a great night for the boys and happy to welcome so many new faces to Orchard school sport! 

Year 7 rugby

Another cracking success for our Year 7 rugby boys on Wednesday - 25-5 against Redland Green! MVP was awarded to Ryan for his fearless attacking, which scored us two fantastic tries!

Girls' netball

Our girls have also been showing their skills in the sporting arena this term, with our netball teams doing battle against city schools.

Girls' basketball

U16 girls won their first game against Fairfield, 23-8 with a great team made up exclusively of Year 11s.

U14 girls unfortunately lost their first game 12-16 in the last minute, with Fairfield scoring twice.

MVP for the U16s was Chelsea. MVP for the U14s was Azale. 



Basketball v St Bede’s

There were two brilliant matches against St Bede's Catholic College, with our senior team scooping an exciting last minute victory. 

The juniors worked really hard but were beat 34-11 against an impressive team. 

Special mention for Kevin Dos Santos who captained with an outstanding attitude and Year 7 Charlie Wenham - a real talent!  

The seniors seemed to be going the same way, and were 19-9 down at half time but with a change of tactics at half time, we came out as winners, scooping a tight 30-27 victory. 

Our team employed a strong press, led by the energetic Jamal, and the boys' improved speed started to have an effect. 

With three minutes to go, a lay up and free throw from Jamal put us in the lead for the first time. 

Basketball game v Fairfield

After a slow start in the first half, the Year 9 team looked like they were going to lose.  However, the boys then started to grow in confidence and with a fantastic finish, we won by one point ... 19-18.

The second game started very differently, we looked full of confidence and Miguel was dictating play.

We took an early lead and were cruising at half time.  However, Fairfield were inspired at the start of the second half and we started to give away a lot of fouls and panicked around the attacking key. 

Fairfield slowly pulled it back until, with one minute to go it was a one point match. Lewis Chant (captain's MVP) was thrown back on to organise the defence and the composure Nathan Herbert showed helped see the boys through to the final whistle. OSB won 23-22.

Modern Pentathlon

We have been taking part in a great Modern Pentathlon event, against other local schools, with our team being mostly girls. 

Inter house sports competitions

We have been holding a thrilling series of inter house sports competitions at OSB this year. Our first being cross country, the second being athletics.

Students have been competing in their house teams against each other in their year groups. 

Dunmore House are currently reigning champions having won both competitions.

We look forward to the next competition in the series... Dodgeball!