School Games News 


Harlescott Junior School is delighted to have become the first in the town to be awarded with gold standard in the Sainsbury’s School Games Mark. We have been recognised for the standard of our sports and P.E curriculum and clubs at the school. Our school reached gold standard across a number of criteria including the number of after school clubs available to pupils, intra house competitions and providing children opportunity to lead games and sports for other children. We took part in sports competitions in over nine different sports including cricket, basketball, cycling, as well as becoming the 2014/2015 junior netball league champions and Shropshire Severn Cup football team winners.


The Sainsbury's School Games Mark is a Government led awards scheme launched in 2012 to reward schools for their commitment to the development of competition across their school and into the community. Miss Rebecca Jones, PE coordinator at our school said of the achievement, “We are extremely happy and grateful to Denise Lee, our School Games Organiser for her support, to become the first school in Shrewsbury to be awarded gold status. The school offers children many opportunities to enjoy sports and games, and we strive to have opportunities for everyone at the school to become active and healthy citizens.”


Change 4 Life

The children have really enjoyed the Change 4 Life club and have now got some summer homework to complete. They have an activity pack, where they get stickers each time they do something active. Here are some quotes from the children who attended the club: 

"I really enjoyed the club. Last week we got to try some healthy foods. My favourite foods were the strawberries and hummus. The club was a good opportunity to get some exercise within school. Over the summer holidays, I want to do lots of different activities to get some exercise"  R  Evans Year 6.  

" I was one of the sports leaders, who helped out at the club. It was great to get to know younger children in the school and help them become more positive towards exercise.  I also enjoyed leading the games and activities which I learnt at the Leadership Academy with Mrs Kitcher, " C McKee Year 6 Leader. 

Year 5 Leaders

Some Year 5 pupils have been chosen to train as Sports Leaders. The children will be trained by ActivSports Mr Roberts and will lead the Level 1 Cricket competition at the end of the half term. Well Done and Good Luck!


The first group of Year 5 Sports leaders have completed their training and have led some activities for Year 3 pupils. The leaders did really well and enjoyed the experience.

Group 2

The second group of Year 5 Sports leaders have started their training with Mr Roberts. The children were very much looking forward to learning new skills. They will be able to put these into to practice over the next few weeks.

Young Leaders questionnaire scores





% Difference

Harry D




Ben D




Lucy S




Jess T W




Hannah B




Liam B




Kiera B




Josh M




Millie W




Callum B




Megan I




Chloe N







+13% (ave)

HJS Playground Leaders

Some Year 6 students have been chosen to become Playground Leaders. The children will be trained to deliver games to their peers during breaktimes and lunchtimes. They will be preparing the other children for up and coming School games competitions. The leaders will also be officiating the games and scoring where appropriate.

The playground leaders have started working with other pupils at breaktimes and lunchtimes. They have been introducing new games for the children and also officiating games of football and target-ball. They have been doing a great job. 

"Having the Leaders at Lunchtimes has been great, they have become very responsible" said Lunchtime supervisors.

HJS have introduced more playground leaders, 4 Year 4 and 4 more Year 6 pupils have been chosen. It has had a positive response from both pupils and staff. 

Well done Leaders and good luck to the new recruits!

Leadership Academy

Five children from HJS have been chosen to attend a Junior Leadership Academy. The children will work with Year 6 and Year 7 pupils to help develop their skills and gain knowledge and experience from each other. They will attend a “Leadership Club” where they will take part in fun activities to develop their self-confidence, communication and organisational skills. They will learn lots of new ideas for organising activities here at HJS. We are proud as a school to be chosen to take part.

Good Luck and have fun leaders!

Junior Leaders

Well done to Bethan H, Melissa C, Steven P, Jack P and Corey M, who have been training at the Leadership Academy and have passed their Change 4 Life Champion course. They have now been chosen to lead the Change 4 Life competition at the Shrewsbury School games day on 17th June. This is a great opportunity for the leaders to demonstrate their developed leadership skills at a high level. 

Children leading Warm Ups

Year 6 pupils have been enjoying leading the warm ups during their PE lessons with Mr Jones. The children have been working in small groups, they have been explaining and demonstrating the warm ups for the other children to take part in. 

Level 1 Rounders Competition

Mr Jones organised a Rounders competition on Tuesday 24th May. Classes 11, 12, 5 and 1 took part representing their houses in the tournament. It was a great competition and lots of rounders were scored. In Class 11 it was Adam's team who were the winners, in Class 12 it was a very tight game where Liam's team were eventual winners. In upper school, Kiera's team were the winners for Class 5 and Laura's team were winners for Class 1.

Overall Rounders scores were:

Lions - 18

Tigers - 18

Wolves - 24

Panthers - 24


Level 1 Cricket Competition

On Thursday 26th May classes 7 and 10 took part in a Level 1 Cricket Competition, organised by Mr Roberts and the Sports Leaders. These classes have been working with Mr Roberts for Summer 1.They represented their houses in the tournament. It was a great competition with lots of good fielding and batting. 


Lions: 57 points

Tigers: 32 points

Panthers: 31 points

Wolves: 57 points.

Level 1 Tennis Competition

Classes 2,3,4 and 6 were involved in an Intra-School  Tennis competition at school on Tuesday 22nd March. The classes were split into their houses and played doubles, with the first pair to win 2 games winning the match. All the children enjoyed the event and had great fun showing off their Tennis skills they had learnt over the past few weeks. Some Year 6 sports leaders were also umpiring the games and acting as ballboys/ballgirls. The leaders did a great job as they also gave the other children tips on serving and helping them get to grips with the scoring system.

The eventual winners of the competition were Lions.

Well done to everyone who took part!

Level 1 Football Tournament 

Class 4 took part in a Football Tournament on Monday 6th June with Mrs Owen. The class were split into four teams with Captains Harry, Lucy, Matthew and Sam taking the warm up ready for the games. They all enjoyed the competition and all had a chance to play a ‘real’ game of football. The scores were very close with goals in every game. The final results were:

Lucy’s Team – 1st place with 5 points

Sam’s Team – 2nd place with 4 points (2nd on goal difference)

Harry’s Team – 3rd place with 4 points

Matthew’s Team – 4th with 3 points

These places were then converted to House points: Lions 41, Panthers 20, Tigers 28 and Wolves 43.

Well done to all of Class 4 who took part you were great!


Level 2 School Games



Friday 17th June

Nine children from Year 3 and 4 represented HJS at the Kwik-Cricket Tournament, played at Shrewsbury Sports Village.

The children had a wonderful time displaying some useful Cricket skills. From the very first game, children were very determined to perform to their very best, illustrating some excellent approaches towards teamwork.

Many of the children excelled while they were fielding showing high levels of resilience to help them to be successful. Christopher, Taylor, Ben and Imogen took some amazing catches and made some great stops during the afternoon.

Riley played very well as wicket keeper, using the knowledge that he has learnt to help him, throughout the afternoon.

It was pleasing to see the children batting with confidence and authority. All of them did exceptionally well. Ellie, Fletcher, Daniel and Jacob managed to hit the ball great distances resulting in them achieving 4’s and 6’s.  

We played six matches in total, winning five. A magnificent achievement. At the end of the competition, HJS were level on points with two other teams at the top of the group. As a consequence, it was decided that the team which had scored the most runs during the afternoon would be deemed as the winners. This meant that HJS finished second overall.

Well done to all the children that took part, playing Cricket in the spirit of the game with great determination and effort.

Dodgeball Competition

On Thursday 16th June Mrs Thain took the Dodgeball team to the Sports Village for the Shrewsbury KS2 School Games Day. The team had a great afternoon playing Dodgeball and all thoroughly enjoyed themselves.

Well done to all of those who took part.

Team: Kye B, Laura B, Sam D, Ben D, Lucy S, Liam F, Oliver T, Megan I


Prestfelde School Rounders Tournament 2016 

The Rounders team took part in a tournament held at Prestfelde School. There were 19 schools involved and the HJS team played very well. They were placed in a group with Radbrook, St Giles and Shrewsbury Cathedral they did well in the group beating Shrewsbury Cathedrale 7-5, drawing with St Giles 5-5 and losing to a good Radbrook team 9-5. In the second round HJS fared even better playing Greenfields and winning 5 ½-4 ½ and beating Oakmeadow 7-3 and a very tight loss to Pontesbury 5-4 ½ . The whole team had a fantastic day out and did themselves proud making it a top 10 finish for HJS. There were some great performances with excellent hitting and super catches.

With a special mention to Gary, who was a super Captain and managed to score a fair few rounders too.

Well done team!!

Team: Gary C, Laura B, Bethan H, Amber D, Melissa C, William R, Lacey S, Alex G, Tyler H, Jack P, Noah P, Josh M. 


Cross Country

HJS took part in the Sainsbury School games Cross Country event on Friday 5th February at the Sports Village. 32 children from Year 5 and Year 6 represented the school and all did very well and enjoyed the afternoon.

Well done to all those children who took part!

Cross Country

The Year 3 and 4 Cross country competition was held at Mereside Primary School on Friday 29th January. 32 pupils from HJS took part and really enjoyed the event. Everyone did really well with special mentions to Lewis P who finished 4th in the boys Year 3 race and Leo S who managed 6th place in the boys Year 4 race. 

Well done to everyone who took part! 




On Wednesday 20th January a team of 16 Year 5 and 6 children went to the Athletics Competition at the Sports Village. The whole team did really well and showed great team work. However, some of the children actually won their events.

Bethan- 1st Place Chest Push

Laura- 1st place Vertical Jump

2x2 Relay Will and Jack

4x2 Relay Will, Jack, Steven and Tyler



HJS were involved in a Basketball Competition on Wednesday 2nd December at Sundorne Sports Hall. There were 3 teams who attended an A, B and C team. All the children enjoyed the tournament and all played very well. The B team won their league which was a great achievement.

Well done to all the children involved.



On Friday 13th November, a group of 5 children went to the School Games Sportsability event at Shrewsbury Sports Village. They took part in a number of different activities and thoroughly enjoyed the event. 

 Tag Rugby

A group of 10 children were chosen to represent HJS at a Tag Rugby competition held at the Grange school on Wednesday 11th November. All the children got to take part in the games and all enjoyed themselves. Well done! 


High 5 Netball

On Tuesday 20th October Mrs Jones and Miss Thelwell took two teams to the High 5 Netball Tournament at Shrewsbury High School. This was the girl’s first competitive tournament and the first time for most of the girls to play together in a team. The girls all gave their best and most importantly enjoyed the whole experience.

Well done girls!

Girls Football Tournament Under 10 (Years 4 & 5)

The under 10 girl’s football team were involved in a tournament at the Sports Village on Wednesday 18th November 2015. The girls played really well in all three games and sailed through to the next round to be played on 9th December. They played Grange Park and won 1-0 thanks to a Kaitlin goal, they then went on to win against St Peters of Wem 3-0 with Kaitlin scoring again and Ellie scoring 2 fabulous goals. In the last game they played Prees, who had a very good goalkeeper, again it was 1-0 to HJS and yet again the scorer was Kaitlin. A special mention to all the players who played their first ever game of competitive football, which was most of the team!  Well done girls you did the school and yourselves proud.

Team: Grace, Lucy, Carys, Kiera, Ellie, Kaitlin, Megan, Jess.

Boys U11 County Plate Round 3

HJS were involved in the 3rd round of the County plate competition on Wednesday 9th March. The boys played two matches, the first against St Georges was always going to be tough, but the boys battled through. They played well first half and were able to go in 0-0. The first real chance of the game fell to HJS early in the second half after a good run from Emilio but unfortunately they were unable to take it. St Georges then played some neat football to go 1-0 up. HJS pushed for the equaliser but it wasn’t to be and St Georges scored two more well worked goals. Next up were St Giles and with the boys raring to go there was only going to be one winner. After dominating large parts of the game HJS were rewarded with a goal from Will to seal the 1-0 win. It was then down to penalties to go through to the Semi Finals. After the first 3 penalties it was all square and down to sudden death. Unfortunately the luck was against the boys and the Baschurch keeper made a fine save to deny the boys a place in the Semi Final. It was a heart-breaking end to the competition but the boys should be proud of getting this far.

Special mention to both, Emilio and Sam Brown, who had both been poorly but gave everything for the team.

Well done boys!

Team: Sam B, Emilio WJ, Alex G, Jack P ©, Lewis H, Luke D, William R, Steven P, Ricky J

Boys Under 10 Tournament

The Year 5 boys were involved in a competition at the Sports Village on Wednesday 2nd December. They played very well during the tournament and were unfortunate to not go through to the next round. They first played Greenfields, who were a very good team, HJS dominated possession and had the best chances but a late breakaway Greenfields goal meant they lost 1-0. In the next game against Newtown the boys again played very well and scored early on when Jay cut inside and fired home. Newtown then got a goal back on the break before Callum scored the winner from a well worked short corner. In the last game verses Wilfred Owen the boys knew they had to win to go through to the next round. Unfortunately it wasn’t to be as Wilfred Owen scored a late winner even though HJS had played well creating lots of chances and enjoying good possession. It was a heart-breaking end to the competition.

A special mention goes to Jamie H, Josh M and Harry for their excellent attitude during the evening. Also Sam H who made some important saves.

Team: Sam H, Josh M, Harry, Luis, Mathew, Jamie H, Callum B, Jay, Jamie W.

Well done boys!

School Games Competitions

Children at HJS have participated in the following events:

  • High 5 Netball 20th October at Shrewsbury High School. 
  • Level 1 competition Tag Rugby Year 4 and 5 October 2015.
  • Level 1 Competition Cross Country 10th November.
  • Year 5/6 Tag Rugby 11th November at The Grange School. 
  • Sportsability competition 13th November at Sports Village.
  • Year 5/6 Basketball 2nd December at Sundorne Games Hall.  
  • Athletics Competition 20th January 2016 at Sports Village.
  • Cross Country Year 3 and Year 4 29th January at Mereside Primary School
  • Cross Country Year 5 and Year 6 5th February at Sports Village.
  • Level 1 gym competition Tuesday 9th February. 
  • Level 1 Tennis competition Tuesday 22nd March. 
  • Level 1 Rounders competition Tuesday 24th May.
  • Level 1 Cricket competition Thursday 26th May. 
  • Level 1 Football tournament Monday 6th June. 
  • Year 5/6 Rounders 10th June at Prestfelde.
  • Dodgeball 16th June at Sports Village  
  • Kwik Cricket 17th June at Sports Village 
  • Orienteering Thursday 14th July. 

House Results so far (from Level 1 competitions Tag Rugby, Cross Country, Gym, Tennis, Rounders, Cricket, Football and Orienteering).


Well Done to Lions who are in 1st Place 
















The points from Sports Day will then be added to these points to get an overall winner for 2015-2016. 

Girls Futsal Regional Finals

The Under 10 girls traveled to Birmingham on Saturday 4th June to represent Shropshire in the Regional finals of a National Futsal competition. The girls all played really well, they played 5 games, won 3 and lost 2. It was a fantastic achievement for the girls to get to the finals and they did themselves proud.

Well done to Grace T, Lucy S, Keira Brookes, Kaitlin Brookes, Ellie Burns and Megan I, you were fantastic!


Football Finals

The Boy's ‘B’ team took part in the final of the Kerrison Jones cup on Friday at the Greenhous Meadow the boys played really well but were unfortunately beaten on penalties by a good Mereside team.

The Girls U11 team were playing in the Girls Challenge Cup on Friday at The Greenhous Meadow and were also runners up as they played an excellent St Georges team.

It was the turn of the Girls U10 team on Saturday playing for the Girls County Shield but unfortunately they also lost to another excellent St Georges team.

A massive well done to all of those players who played, it was a real achievement to make it to the finals of these competitions and they should all be very proud of their efforts.


Girls U11 Challenge Cup

The HJS girls were involved in the Challenge cup competition on Wednesday 13th April at the Sports Village. The girls played 3 games in their group, first up were Rad brook, the girls played very well and scored early on through Kaitlin and it was Kaitlin who got the second too as HJS won 2-0. The second game was against St Giles, the girls did brilliantly and won 2-0 again with Kaitlin scoring two more. Next was Oakmeadow the girls again dominated but only managed the one goal with the Oakmeadow keeper making some good saves and Kiera hitting the post. So by winning the group HJS had made it to the Semi-Final. Their opponents were Meole Brace, the game started off quite tight but as it went on the girls found their rhythm and went 1-0 up thanks to another Kaitlin goal. In a very tense game HJS needed a second and it was Melissa who provided it with a great volley. HJS were eventual winners and were through to the final! The final will be played at the Greenhous Meadow on Friday 6th May at 4pm against St Georges.

Well done to all the girls who played, they all really deserved to go through to the final.

Team: Millie-Anne, Bethan©, Lacey, Ellie, Kiera, Kaitlin, Melissa, Louise, Yasmin

Shropshire Schools and Colleges FA National Youth Futsal 5 aside Tournament

The Under 10 girls took part in a Futsal Competition at the Sports Village on Monday 21st March. HJS were in a group with 4 other schools and won their group comfortably winning all their games. They played Prees first and won 4-0, then Condover and won 5-0, they beat Redhill 2-1 in a close match and finally won 5-0 against a very young Oakmeadow team. They were drawn to play Pontesbury in the Semi-Final and produced their finest display of the tournament, they were 7-0 winners and some of the football played was magnificent. So on to the final, with the other Semi-Final going to penalties it was a tense wait to see who they would play. Prees eventually beat Newport in sudden death, which meant HJS would face them again in the final. The final started slowly with both teams having chances before Ellie scored to make it 1-0 it was 2-0 soon after and even though Prees got one back to make it 2-1, HJS never looked back and scored two more goals to make the final score 4-1. HJS had won the cup!

The girls will now go on to represent Shropshire in the Futsal Regional Championships in May.

Well done girls!!

Team: Grace Taylor, Lucy Simmonds, Kiera Brookes ©, Kaitlin Brookes, Ellie Burns, Chloe Nicholas.

HJS in the Final!!!

U10 Girls County Shield

The under 10 girls were involved in the County Shield semi-finals on Wednesday 9th March. The girls played 5 matches knowing the top two would reach the final to be played at The Greenhous Meadow. In the first game they played St Peters of Wem , the girls played well and dominated large parts if the game. Ellie and Kaitlin both had chances before Megan won the game with a screamer of a shot into the top corner, her first ever goal! HJS went into the next game with confidence against a good St Georges side and went 1-0 up early on thanks to a Kaitlin goal. However, St Georges increased the pressure on the HJS and managed to score two goals which meant the team lost 2-1. In the next game against Greenfields the girls were flying and showed just how good they can be. They scored early after Kaitlin forced the GK into a mistake and then dominated with Ellie scoring 2 goals with outstanding finishes. Finally, it was Kiera’s turn to get on the scoresheet, scoring from the penalty spot after the Greenfields defender had handled in the box. Prees were the girl’s next opponents. HJS again created lots of chances for Ellie and Kaitlin and it was Kaitlin who won the game with a fine run and finish after her sister, Kiera, had put her through on goal. The final game was probably the most difficult, not knowing how the other teams had got on HJS did everything they could to win the game. Redhill had a couple of good players and were dangerous at times and it was them that scored first. HJS knew they had to score and after lots of pressure Kaitlin scored to make it 1-1. The girls then defended superbly and the game ended as a draw.

HJS had done enough to get themselves into the final! It was well deserved with some excellent performances throughout the whole competition.

Everyone can now look forward to the final which will be played on Saturday 7th May at The Greenhous Meadow.

Well done girls!!!

Team: Grace T, Lucy S, Carys B, Ellie B, Kiera B, Megan I, Kaitlin B, Yasmin SP and Jess TW.

Girls U11 County Plate - Semi Finals

The girls U11 team were involved in the Semi Final of the County Plate competition on Wednesday 2nd March. The girls played five matches overall in horrendous playing conditions again! St Peters of Wem, were their first opponents, a game which the girls dominated but unfortunately couldn’t score so it ended 0-0. In the second game they played a good Greenfields team and won 1-0 thanks to Melissa’s goal, HJS had other chances too with Kaitlin and Melissa again going close. Next up was St Lawrence, again HJS created all the chances with the St Lawrence keeper making some fine saves. However, luck was not on the girls side, with St Lawrence breaking away to make it 1-0 with their only attack of the game. With two games to go HJS knew they had to win both to stand a chance of making the final. It wasn’t to be, after coming up against a very good St Georges side in the fourth game and losing, they faced Newport, who were outstanding and will be worthy winners of the competition. The girls were devastated but they should all be proud of their performances and achievements throughout the competition, they reached the last 6 in the County!

Well done girls you’ve been magnificent!

Team: Millie-Anne B, Lacey S, Bethan H ©, Kiera B, Ellie B, Melissa C, Kaitlin B, Yasmin H

Girls Football Tournament - County Plate Under 11 Round 2

The HJS girls were involved in round 2 of the County Plate competition on Wednesday 27th January. The girls all played very well and managed to get through to the Semi-Final which will be held in March. Oxon were their first opponents, a game in which the girls dominated, HJS won the game thanks to an own goal. Many chances were created but the Oxon goalkeeper played very well and kept the score down to 1-0. In the second game they played a good Greenfields team and unfortunately lost 1-0 in a very tight game, they created good chances with the Greenfields keeper needing to make a number of saves. They went in to the final game against Oakmeadow knowing a win or draw would see them through to the Semi-Finals, they started off well, again creating lots of chances, with Melissa managing to finish to make it 1-0. Oakmeadow then scored a breakaway goal making it 1-1. HJS continued to make chances with Melissa, Kiera and Ellie all going close. Ellie then scored the winner with a great run and shot. So this meant HJS could celebrate, having made it to the Semi-Finals!

Well done girls good luck in the Semi-Final!!

Team : Millie-Anne B, Bethan H ©, Lacey S, Kiera B, Melissa C, Ellie B, Kaitlin B, Yasmin H.

Girls Football Tournament Under 10 (Years 4 & 5)

The under 10 girl’s football team were involved in Round 2 of the County Shield at the Sports Village on Wednesday 9th December. The girls played extremely well in all four games and will be playing in the Semi-Finals in March. They played Mereside first and won 3-0 with Ellie scoring two and Kaitlin also scoring. Next they played St Lawrence and again the score was 3-0 with goals from Kaitlin, Ellie and Kiera. The third game saw them play Greenfields, who were a stronger team, HJS were 2-0 winners with both goals coming from Kaitlin. In the last game they played Prees the score was 1-0 to HJS and yet again the scorer was Kaitlin. It was a great evening and the girls should be really proud of their achievements so far!

Well done girls! Good luck in the Semi Finals!

Players: Grace T, Yasmin SP, Lucy S, Carys B, Kiera, Ellie B, Kaitlin, Megan I, Jess TW.



Girls Under 11 Football Tournament

County Plate

The girls under 11 team played in the County cup competition on Wednesday 25th November. The girls were excellent and went through to the next round winning the group in the process. They played St Lawrence ‘A’ first and drew 0-0 then they played St Lawrence ‘B’ and won 4-0 with goals coming from Melissa 2, Ellie and Kaitlin. Next the girls took on Church Preen and managed another convincing 4-0 victory goals again coming from Melissa, Ellie and Kaitlin with Kiera also converting a penalty. They then went into the final game with Longden, HJS dominated again but were only able to score once due to excellent defending by the Longden team. The game ended 1-0 with Melissa again the scorer. It was a fantastic performance by the whole team during the tournament in terrible conditions! Well done girls on to the next round in January.

Team: Millie-Anne, Bethan ©, Lacey, Kiera, Melissa, Ellie, Kaitlin.