Sports at St Francis

Year 5 – Sports

On Friday 7th February, Year 5 participated in an intra house football and cross country sporting event. All teams demonstrated good teamwork, communication and sportsmanship. This event would not have been possible without Jane Austen College, who organised, refereed and set up the morning for us. Everyone, including the teachers, really enjoyed the event. Well done to all of Year 5, and especially to Yellow House for being the overall winners!

Football Success For Year 4s – Winners Of The Norwich Schools Sports Partnership Development League

The Year 4 have played in three tournaments after school at the UEA.   Leading into the final match day, the year 4’s were top of the group by two points. The first of the matches was against West Earlham Primary which was a close game between the two sides. It took till the second half for the break through, which came from an amazing over-the-top ball which was played to Rylan who calmly finished.  However we were unable to hold on to the lead and conceded late on.   The final score 1-1. The second match was against Notre Dame Prep. This game was a good demonstration of great teamwork and footballing ability. The final score was 3-0  with goals coming from Rylan, Georgina and Blake. The final game was against Mulbarton Primary which was another close game.  Everyone worked hard for each other and got rewarded with a superb solo goal from Rylan to clinch the victory and the title.

Amazing performances from Mateo, Oscar, Blake, Tiago, Georgina, Leo, Jude, Joseph, Billy and Rylan for their participation in all three match days, and an incredible achievement to go undefeated throughout the whole process. I would like to also massive thank you to all parents for their help and support throughout the match days. 

Mr Palmer

More pictures can be seen using the link below. 

Cross Country and Tag Rugby Competitions – October 2019

Just before half term, 18 pupils from Year 2 upwards when to Earlham Park to participate in the Norfolk Schools Partnership Cross Country event.   They all had a great day and enjoyed considerable success.  In year 2,  Igor came 1st  and Isaac finished 2nd which is amazing.  Matilda, also in Year 2 came 1st in the girls competition and Primrose finished in the top 10.  Fabulous.  Florence in Year 3 came 1st and the other Year 3s, Ingrid, George and Hugo respectfully came in the top 20.  In Year 4 Leo came 2nd and Georgie and Killian finished in the top 10 and 20 respectively. In Year 5 Risard came 5th, Olivia 12thand Sophia and Tymoteusz both finished in the top 40.  In year 6 Kaiser, Adas and Isabella all came in the top 25.   A fabulous result by all.

In late October, 18 pupils went to the Schools Partnership Tag Rugby tournament at the Crusaders Club in Little Melton.   One team came second in the group which put them in the Cup tournament and finished 3rd in their group.  We await confirmation of their final place.  The other team finished 3rd in their group by try difference and finished top of their group in the Plate.  Again we await confirmation of their final place.    Incredibly well done all.   Mr Palmer was so pleased with the sportsmanship of all competitors in both tournaments.  

Year 5/6 Football Tournament Final (UEA)

On Tuesday 5th March, in the afternoon, our valiant footballers went to the UEA and competed against schools from Norwich.  They went all the way to the semi-finals with some tremendous playing.  Very well done Team St Francis.

County Cross Country Final at Holkham Hall

Well done to all for representing the School so well on a rather rainy Wednesday 6th March at Holkham Hall.  Particular congratulations to Sam in 6HW who finished in second position.

Sally Scott – GB Pole Vaulter – Sports for Schools

On Monday 4th March, Sally came into school all morning and spent 25 minutes with each year group leading circuit training. This enabled the children to gain sponsorship for raising money to support GB athletes and inspire the next generation along with raising money for playground equipment for our School.  There were a few notably good pole vaulters amongst our pupils!  Maybe a face for the future!

Sally also led an Assembly to inspire the children to persevere and follow any sporting aspirations they may have.

Girls Year 3 and 4 Football team

On Wednesday this team played in a tournament at the UEA.   Mr Lightfoot would like to say how impressed he was with this group of players. From the beginning to the end of the tournament, they were all happy and helped each other to develop their footballing talents. Their sense of school identity was amazing and every single player joined in the team huddle at the beginning and end of the matches.  Everyone shared responsibility and took turns from the first whistle to the end of the tournament.   They won matches with dignity and lost others with good-grace. The high standards the players set for themselves certainly paid off and other squads, quite rightly, said they were one of the best school teams in Norwich.  From Mr Lightfoot’s coaching perspective, they were very nearly the perfect team that he could wish for and he wishes he could bottle what they displayed and use it on all other football players.  Their resilience and a true team ethos shone through in spades….

Well done to Freya, Kornelia ,Rosavell, Martha, Kate, Alaena, Sophia and Georgie.

Rugby Tournament

Last week, on a cold November day, a year 5/6 tag rugby squad played in a tournament against a number of other schools.  One team finished third and the other team won the plate competition. Superb sportsmanship was exhibited by all.  To have a look at the photos or reports please go to

Easton Gymnastic Festival

On Wednesday some year 1 and 2 children represented  the school at the Gymnastic festival held at Easton Gymnastic Centre. They were wonderful and hopefully really enjoyed the afternoon.