Second house football competition this week, with over 50 year 7 students attending. It was a very close competition from all 8 forms, with a 8 point difference from 1st to 8th place. As with the year 8's on Monday, two prizes were up for grabs - winning form and winning house.

Winning form - after a nerve wrecking penalty shoot out! was 7L Winning house - Tolkien Over all standings 1st - Tolkien - 33 points 2nd - Parkes and Lloyd - 28 points 4th - Walters - 25 points.

Thanks to Ella and Macey for Year 10 and 11 for referring. Thank you to the PE team and the staff who came to support.

Our year 9 boys fought tremendously to beat 8 other schools and be crowned as Birmingham Festival cup winners!

In the group stage we managed to scrape through by 1 win to help us reach the semi finals. We comfortably beat Small Heath in the semi’s which then we had to play Holy Trinity in the finals. Holy Trinity had the upper hand in this game as they beat us 1-0 during the group stage but the boys were ready for redemption! The final ended 0-0 so it went to penalties. Both teams scored fantastic penalties but all Luka take a bow! He saved 2 penalties and decided to step up to score the winning penalty to bring the trophy home. Phenomenal scenes tonight, couldn't help but join in on the celebrations. Please congratulate the boys on their fantastic win.

Last night saw the House football competition kick off for Year 8. It was a wonderful and exhilarating competition that heated up what was an extremely cold evening on the Astroturf. With the mixed teams taking to the competition in forms, and collectively as houses, we had two prizes: winning form and winning house (calculated from all goals scored).

Winning Form: 8D with a wonderful 10 goals scored – and some exceptional performances from the likes of Harry, David, Theo and Katie holding up the goal.

Overall, the winning house with the most goals were: 1st: Lloyd (12 goals), 2nd: Tolkien, 3rd: Walters, 4th: Parkes.

A massive thanks to the PE department for running this event – it was such a great atmosphere and the students loved it. Also, it was great to see the form tutors out supporting their form groups: the students were loving seeing their teachers watching them play.

The Year 10 boys had a cup fixture against Ark St Albans and what a game it was! The boys dominated the game in the first half and smashed the cross bar 3 times but nothing was going our way, first half ended 0-0. In the second half, the constant pressure and domination finally resulted in taking the lead by a wonderful cross from Yasin and great controlled header from Rehan straight into the top corner. The final 10 minutes was constant pressure from our opponents but the boys and more importantly Jake held his nerve in goal and made match winning saves which helped us achieve the win. The atmosphere was electric and the boys are delighted with their team efforts. Roll on the semi finals.

Yesterday marked the return of Mr Gordon holding a sports fixture post-covid. To say he has missed this side of the job is an understatement and the year 7 football team did us all proud! After 3 weeks of hard fought trials, this was the year 7 team’s first opportunity to play competitive football and it was round 1 of the cup! Win, we’re through to the next round, lose and only league title to play for. We entertained Tile Cross in a home fixture which saw Reagan make an early breakthrough following some patient possession and great team fluidity in the build up. 1-0 KESH. Shortly followed an equaliser with the Tile Cross goalkeeper sending a huge kick out of his hands, the huge bounce of the ball beating our defence, their striker through 1 on 1 with Uzair in goal, 1-1. Back three of Nicolae, Luke and captain, Teziah learned from this. Following lots of dominant play in the first half, Zavier scored a screamer from a corner, I doubt Aaron Ramsdale would have kept that out, his celebration was just as good! 2-1 KESH. Second half. Our secret weapon… Skye was getting comfortable and showed great passion and ability throughout. Starting the game in centre midfield, Mr Gordon changed her position to Striker… an unbelievable finish made it 3-1 KESH. With just a few minutes to spare Skye took another shot just outside the box taking a deflection and falling into the bottom left corner, it was arguably off target but the goal was never to be taken away from Skye. 4-1 KESH. Into the next round of the cup… who await? This team have huge potential and Mr Gordon is excited to see what they can achieve. Player of the match: Zavier.

The boys were very keen to impress and impress they did.

The mighty KESH boys took to the field again on a cold winters night to face local rivals Tile Cross in a cup and league game. Contrary to locality, the opposition were late arriving, possibly having heard about KESH’s recent performances. Naturally, this was but a mere blip for innately pragmatic, quick thinker and adaptable Mr. Hussain who took precious time out of his photography duties to get straight on the phone, and soon they arrived bright-eyed and bushy-tailed. Captain Ali won the coin toss and KESH took kick off; no change there, we always win. 1-0 in mind games. Not long after, we really were 1-0 up, with 2 more goals following on in quick succession and entering the break 3-0. The second half brought more positives for KESH, but for our visitors any initial optimism they had once felt was soon gone as one of the opposition players remarked, “what are you feeding them?” Yet, based on the result of the game and the sheer fact that the average height of our team is 4 feet 5 inches (and if anything is getting suspiciously smaller). In classic Mr. Majid fashion, the match concluded with a cross landing perfectly on his head and ending the game 6-0. If our attendance continues to grow, we will seriously have to consider ticketing and introducing a couple of stewards to calm the fans. All I would say is don’t ever stop believing, not in a small-town girl living in a lonely world, but in our year 8 football team. They are yet to let us down, and I have a sneaky suspicion that we could go all the way in this journey – to the cup final. Wonderful performances across the board as always, special shout out to our 2 men of the match, Mustafa and Shamas.

A huge win for our Year 8 football team! The boys were ahead 1-0 in the early minutes of the game until Waverley pulled it back to go 2-1 up. Ali managed to pull a goal back before half time to make it 2-2. During the break we decided to make few changes with Mustafa, Shamus and Jamie coming on and it paid off massively! Jamie won a penalty and unfortunately just missed the top corner, he was absolutely devastated. He kept working hard for the team and eventually managed to score to take the lead. Our star man and Man of the match Noah decided to have a crack at goal from 25 yards out and straight into the top corner, phenomenal scenes to end off a fantastic victory for KESH (4-2). Well done!

KESH student Kristian Jjingo was selected to represent North Midlands (Regional) following his representation for Greater Birmingham (County). The game was played at the home of Worcester Warriors, Sixways Stadium. He was part of the ‘Blue’ squad and started and got a full 80 minutes. He started at scrum half and managed to bag himself a try! The team won 35-20 against Oxfordshire. He also had the chance to show his ‘gas’ on the wing. He has been selected to play in their next game on Sunday 2nd February, also at Sixways. Kristian along with Vinnie Hylton (currently playing for Worcester Warriors Academy) are huge Rugby success stories here at KESH and are hoping to secure places post 16 at either Worcester or Wasps.

Well done.

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