The Grove Junior School
Dark Lane
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May 17 2017

Sporting Events & Fixtures

Giuseppe Loporchio

Netball League Timetable 2019

Herts County Dance Festival 2017

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Herts Dance Festival 2017

Spring Term 2017

Football tournament match report

Tuesday 7th March

18 year 5 children attended the Saracens Tag rugby festival at Harpenden Rugby Club. Each team played four games and even though it was just for fun the children won all of their games and scored a huge number of well worked tries.

Autumn Term 2016

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Cross Country   10.11.16

On Thursday the 10th November 2016, a group of year 5 & 6 children went to represent the school at a cross country tournament.

First off the year 5 girls went and Charley came 2nd out of 50 other children.

Next was the year 5 boys’ race and George came 3rd out of 50.

Unfortunately, the rain clouds appeared just before the year 6 girl’s race began but we all pushed ourselves and improved our places from the year before.

Finally the sun came out for the Year 6 boys’ race and 3 of the team came in the top ten.

After all the races, we awaited the award ceremony, nervously anticipating the results. The final results were fantastic.

The Year 5 girls came second overall, the Year 5 boys came 1st and the Year 6 boys came 1st too.

We were over the moon and could not wait for the final award which was for the winning school. Overall the Grove came second, narrowly missing out on 1st place.

The experience was amazing yet tiring and slightly chilly!

Gunnersaurus, girls and football come to the Grove!

Tuesday 11th October saw the annual Harpenden Girls’ Primary Football Tournament held at the Grove school.  It was a lovely sunny afternoon and we were lucky enough for Gunnersaurus, the Arsenal mascot, to make an appearance and referee some of the games. The day got even better when the Arsenal ladies’ manager and international players Alex Scott and Emma Mitchell, arrived to answer questions and pose for photos. They were incredible role models and inspired many of the children.

There were some great games during the afternoon, with fantastic football being played, and good sportsmanship and respect on show.

High Beeches, The Grove, St. Nicholas and St. Dominic’s all made it through to the two nail-biting semi-finals that both went to penalties. The girls were amazing throughout the penalties with the Grove’s Ella saving 2 of the spot-kicks.

The Grove and St. Dominic’s contested a very tight final which was won with the very last kick of the game by St Dominic’s. The girls really enjoyed the day and can’t wait for next year’s event.


Please scroll down for match reports

Sports Review 2016

Friday 8th July – Sports Day

On a glorious Friday, 8th July 2016, the children at the Grove were gearing up for the culmination of sports week with the annual sports day. The children had already participated in inter house rounders tournaments throughout the week in which the points counted towards the trophy, and were ready for the final day of events.

In the morning, the children took part in a variety of activities, including table tennis, tri-golf, Zumba, speed stacking, lacrosse and many others. The picnic with the parents followed in which the children enjoyed being able to eat and share their lunch time with the parents in the sunshine. The afternoon then began with each year group having a jump activity, mental and social strategy, target and racing activity, encompassing the different elements an athlete needs to succeed.

Eventually, all the points were tallied and the winners were announced in assembly. The winners were ………… Neptune.

A huge thank you must go to the PE department and teachers for organising and running the events, the young sports leaders that supported over the week, the parents for their support in the afternoon and the children for their fantastic participation and attitude throughout the day. 

Mr Mortimer


Recent Sporting Events

Herts County Finals  – Quick Sticks

Tri-Golf success!

8 year 5 pupils competed in a Tri-Golf tournament at Roundwood Park Secondary School.  Ms Clifford accompanied the children and was both delighted and impressed with their standard of play and excellent sportsmanship.  All children performed fantastically well and and were crowned champions at the end of the tournament.  Well done!

Trigolf winners

Match Report Quicksticks tournament

Year 5 Boys v Crabtree   Year 5 Match Report

On the 29th April 2016, the Grove Junior School participated in a year 5 football match against Crabtree. We had good start and some good chances but couldn’t finish them off.  It was an even start and then their goalkeeper kicked the ball up field to their striker and he finished it off and it was 1-0 to Crabtree. At the end of the first half, even though we hit the crossbar twice we went into the break 1-0 down.

At the start of the second half Luke B scored a goal to level things. But we were eager to score another.  A few minutes later, William A put in a leg-breaking tackle and won the ball and then Dan scored a brilliant goal. Near the end of the game Will H scored a nice tap in. Dan then scored another and another one to secure his hat trick. To make his day even better Dan won Man Of The Match

We would like to thank Mr Berry , Mr Bolshaw and Mr Mortimer for organising the event and Mrs Harrison, Miss Tucker and Mrs Wilding for supporting us.

Girls Football v Crabtree

On Friday 22nd April 2016 year five and six football team played against Crabtree School.

Match 1

In the first half Crabtree’s defenders were really good so we could not score a goal. Our fabulous goal keeper Heather managed to save many goals.

Unfortunately Crabtree scored a goal so at the end of the first half it was 1-0 to Crabtree.

In the second half we managed to score a goal but it was super tuff to get past Crabtree’s amazing defenders. At the end of the match it was 1-1.

We shook hands and congratulated each other.

Match 2

The first half was very even and at half time the score was still 0-0. Holly tried to score but instead it hit the post.

In the second half, we were still playing really hard but, unfortunately our amazing goal keeper, Ella, tried to save the ball but it skimmed her hand and slotted into the back of the goal so it was 1-0 to them.

At the end of the game unfortunately for us it was 1-0 to Crabtree we all shook hands and went inside for refreshments.

Final football match of the season

Grove V Redbourn  

A team

On Thursday 17th of March, The Grove took part in a hard fought match against Redbourn Junior School. The Grove team’s hearts were pounding because if they won the match, they would have won the league as well as the tournament!

Although Redbourn started strong, we took the lead 1-0 after a suburb goal from Tom P.  Sam (our GK) had launched the ball from his area; the ball bounced once and Tom smashed the ball into the back of the net! At half time the score was 1-0 to Grove.

We began the second half strong, with Sam P laying the ball through to Archie who placed the ball in the bottom left hand corner of the net! 2-0.

Redbourn began to have a few more chances and Sam B was called into action on a few occasions but dealt with them all brilliantly as usual. Archie did a step over around a Redbourn player and swung the ball into the box. Tom P airshot the ball which hit the goalie, rebounded out, hit a Redbourn player and ended up in the back of their net! 3 – 0.

Well Done to Alex B for coming in to the A team squad from the B team due to a few injuries. He had a really good game.

When the final whistle blew, the whole team ran across the pitch and slid on their fronts! We were very happy! Everyone had played brilliantly throughout the season to help us win the double.

The A team would like to say a big Thank You to Mr Mortimer and Mr Berry for coaching us this season. Also thank you to all the staff who came out to support us for our last game!

B team Match Report

On Thursday 17th March 2016 The Grove Junior School B team had a match against Redbourn Junior School. The b team all played amazingly well. At kick off we were on the attack shooting many goals on target Red bourn’s keeper stayed strong and saved all the goals; then Redbourn came on the attack shooting a stunning goal ( it ripped the net.) the second  half begun and Grove made some changes which were: Luca V in goal and Ben K in defence. Straight away we were the attack but sadly we didn’t score any goals. Then Redbourn were given a penalty and smashed into the goal and scored. Then Eddie N scored an amazing goal after that. Luca saved many shots from the goal. Although we tried our hardest, sadly it wasn’t enough. We would like to thank Red bourn junior school for giving us a good match, Mr Berry for refereeing, Mr Mortimer for coaching us and all the teachers for supporting us.


On Tuesday 15th March nine Grove girls attended the Harpenden District Netball Rally, hosted by Roundwood Park School. There were fifteen teams involved in the tournament and Grove was drawn in Pool B. The team played seven pool games and the results were:

The Grove v St Dominics    5 – 4 win
The Grove v Beech Hyde    7 – 0 win
The Grove v Crabtree         2 – 2 draw
The Grove v St Helen’s       6 – 0 win
The Grove v Kimpton         3 – 0 win
The Grove v St Nicholas     4 – 1 win
The Grove v Redbourn       2 – 8 loss

After a tense wait for the results and only two teams progressing to the semi-finals from pool B, it went down to goal difference. Even though The Grove girls all played amazingly well and with great tenacity the whole way through a very frantic afternoon, we didn’t make the semi-final by three nets! Well done to all of the year six netballers this term for great team spirit, sportsmanship and determination.


Y6 B Team Match Report

On the 7th of March 2016, the Grove hosted Crabtree Junior School in a highly contested match. The game started with a grove kick off. We started off amazingly with some great passing play. Grove had several shots on goal forcing Crabtree’s keeper to make some good saves. Although we had some great play, Crabtree encouraged our keeper (Tom) to make some incredible saves! At the break it was 0-0.

As Crabtree kicked off, we looked to score a goal. With few minutes left, we had a great attack. Tom laid off a great ball to Oliver, who slotted the ball – with great power – into the top corner! While we went away with a win, Crabtree took away a (undeserved) defeat.

We would like to thank Mr Mortimer and Mr Berry for training us and organising the game.

By Alexander and Tom J.

Swimming Gala Report!

On the 27th February, Jamie, Kirsten, James and I (Freya) represented the Grove at the boy’s school in St Albans.  We all had lots of fun and we were quiet tired at the end of it!

Everyone did amazingly and swam their hardest.  There were lots of people from different schools.  James won some medals and so did I.  Overall I came second and everyone else was very, very, close.

We would like to say thank you to Mrs Hutson and Mrs Clarke for supporting us and coming to watch us!

Netball Report

On Thursday 25th of February 2016, the Grove netball team had a match against Red bourn Junior school.

Our amazing A team played extremely well which led to them winning! Our Goal Shooter (Heather) and Goal Attack (Ella Ma) both did fantastically well, scoring a total of 11 goals between them. The A team ended the match with a score of 11-9. Unfortunately, there was an injury right at the end of the match which resulted in Alyson spending many hours at A and E. We wish her a speedy recovery.

Next, the B team played their match. Although they had got cold waiting, they soon warmed up during the game. B team won 3-0 with Rachel  and Ella Mo scoring the goals.

We would like to thank : Mrs Hutson (for training us), Mr Mortimer (for supporting us) and all the parents for coming to watch. 

By Rachel L

County Cross Country Report

On Saturday 6th of February, 8 children represented The Grove Junior School at the County Cross Country Championships at Verulamium Park in St Albans. We pitched up and it was absolutely freezing; also incredibly muddy.

Finally after half an hour of waiting and warming up, the girls made their way to the start line. The Official gave us instructions before the starting horn set us off! The track was very muddy as many other people had run on the course before us. After approximately five minutes, all of the girls were coming down the hill and sprinting to the finish line. The mud was so thick, someone even lost their shoe! All of The Grove girls finished close together and tried their hardest.

After the girls had finished, the boys took their place at the start line.  All the parents and children cheered the boys on throughout their race. The boys also came round the difficult course, fighting their way up the hill against the howling wind and  managed to finish in the top 50. Archie did really well, came 8th and has qualified for the National Finals in Nottingham!

We would all like to thank Mrs Hutson for training us and Mr Mortimer for supporting us during the race.

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Netball Match Report

(Grove V St Helens)

On the 4th of February, The Grove played a home match against St Helens. Because St Helens didn’t have a B team, our normal B team played the BBs (Grove players).

Within the first couple of minutes, it was all very level. At half time, the score was 4-2 so it was all to play for. But then after half time, we were on a role. Our two strong shooters did an absolute fantastic job and the end result was 12-4!

The Bs and BBs also played brilliantly and scored many goals. They finished their match 4-2. Every single player made a fantastic effort and never gave up.

Special thanks to Mrs Hutson for organizing our match against St Helens and training us for the event.   


Grove Junior School v Woodend

On the 1st February, the Grove Junior School took 2 teams to play against Wood End. Unfortunately, the grass was extremely long and created a difficult playing condition.

On the first pitch, we weren’t at our best in the first half and went into the break one nil down. During the second half, we got our heads up and started playing properly. With five minutes to go, Archie whipped an amazing ball in and Tom slotted it in the bottom corner. In the aching seconds, the defenders were pushing up. Max delivered a ball in to Archie but unluckily it went wide. The game finished 1-1.

On the next pitch, the team tried their hardest from the beginning. As we went in to the break it was 0 – 0. As we took our positions for the second half we restarted the game. Soon after, Wood End got two lucky goals. Then, a player scored to make it 2-1. Unluckily, Wood End got two more goals against the run of play. Sadly, for us, we lost 4-1.

We would like to thank Mr Mortimer and Mr Berry for training us and organising the game.

Netball Match Report

On Thursday the 28th of January, The Grove had their first season netball match against Roundwood. We took our two A and B team.

The A team started off strongly and scored several goals (by Ella Ma and Heather B), in the first few minutes. Although Roundwood tried to score, our defence remained strong and thrashed them 13-0!

The B team had a fantastic match as well and scored loads of goals (by Rachel L and Ella M) We also won our match 13-1! Despite the bitter cold weather, we all carried on strongly and won our matches.

Every A and B team member played amazingly and tried their absolute best. We would like to thank Mrs Hutson for organizing our first match against Roundwood. Also Mrs Harrison and Mrs Hutson for training us.

By Alyson R 

Football Match Report 2

On Thursday 28th of January, St. Helens School came to the Grove to play a football match against two teams. 

On the first pitch, the boys found it was a difficult pitch to play on and they had to adapt. Although it wasn’t our greatest performance, we got away with a one nil victory. Their goalkeepers made some impressive saves to stop us to get a bigger margin of victory. It was a deserved clean sheet from our defence and goalkeeper.

On the other pitch, the boys started strongly with Sam P taking a brilliant shot that unfortunately hit the underside of the bar. St. Helens took the lead by going one nil up a few minutes later and they were two nil up. Later on in the game, Sam scored a well deserved goal.

We would like to thank Mr Mortimer and Mr Berry for their hard work.


Grove Junior School V Crabtree Junior School

Boys Football Match

On Friday 4th December, our Year Six football team played in a home match against Crabtree.  Two teams played on soggy pitches and in spitting rain.  They both did really well. Mr Mortimer’s team won 5 – 0 and the goals were scored by: Tom (2), Max (1), Ollie (1) and Archie (1).  Mr Berry’s team drew 3 all in a hard fought match.  The hat-trick hero for them Jordan.  Althugh Crabtree tried hard, they were unable to get a positive outcome on both pitches.  We woud like to say a special thank you to Mr Mortimer and Mr Berry for taking up their own time to run magnificent training sessions and organising the game.

Tom and Sam

Match Reports

On Thursday 3rd November 2015, our Year Six netball teams played St Hilda’s. Both teams played amazngly well and this is how it went.

The Grove B team scored a fantastic 9 goals and St Hilda’s scored 2 goals.  Goal Attack (Ella) scored 5 goals and Goal Shooter  (Rachel) scored 4 goals for our team!

In the A team’s match it was a lot harder.  St Hilda’s had a brilliant Goal Defence who unfortunately was the height of Mrs Harrison! St Hilda’s scored 8 goals in the first half even though our shooters tried their hardest tehy couldn’t penetrate the St Hilda’s defence.  The final score was 8-0 to St Hilda’s. Thank you to Mrs Harrison and Mrs Hutson for organising the game.

2015 Girls’ Football Tournament

Girls Football Team

Girls Football Team

A glorious afternoon of sunshine and football was enjoyed on Tuesday in Harpenden as the HDSA Girls Football Tournament took place.

The event only in it’s second year, was hosted at The Grove Junior School and saw fifteen teams of girls enjoy a festival of football competing for an impressive trophy.

Coaches from the FA and Harpenden Colts also attended the event and were impressed by the standard of play on display.

All teams received certifcates of participation, given to ensure that the day was about developing core skills and havign fun rather than making the event overly competitive.  It was a close run affair with the final eventually being contested between St Nicholas and Kimpton Primary Schools, leading to penalties.  The children persevered throughout, before Kimpton succeeded in the penallty shootout and claimed the silverware.

2015 Basketball Tournament

Basketball Team

In our first match we played Bowmansgreen and thrashed them 16 – 0. Then we lost our second match by only one basket against Killigrew.  Next we obliterated our next four opponents (Crabtree 8 – 0, Cunningham Hill 4 – 2, Mount Pleasant Lane 8 – 0, Breachwood Green 8 – 0).  Unfortunately due to the narrow loss to Killigrew we were worthy runners up in pool D.

Every member of the squad played magnificently and we all worked as a team.  We would really like to thank Mr Berry for his superb training sessions and Mrs Hutson for organising our participation in the event and the new kit.

Alyson R