A Global Development Day for Moyles Court Students

Key Stage 3 students at Moyles Court School had a day full of activities to support Fairtrade Fortnight (27th February – 12th March 2017). Year 7 and 8 students undertook a variety of activities and workshops designed to encourage an active and responsible attitude towards a range of global inequalities and development issues, such as poverty and interdependence.

Students were able to talk to a representative from Traidcraft to find out about the work that this organisation does to support producers in developing countries, and the difference we can make to their lives just by buying Fairtrade products.

A speaker from Oxfam talked about the work that this charity does to reduce poverty in so many countries, from providing emergency relief through to long-term aid projects to provide clean, safe water, education, improved healthcare, and much more.  Some students had a go at making clay pots or carving wooden spoons – helping them to realise the skill, patience and hard work that goes into producing objects that we take for granted every day, and how easy life is for us with the machines and so many gadgets to do the hard work for us.

Other students followed the story of cotton from seed to garment – a long process involving some very poor conditions, but which Fairtrade is improving. Students then decorated their own Fairtrade cotton bags to promote this worthy cause.

It was a different day for the Year 9 students who spent the day with Sunrise Bushcraft and found out just how hard life can be trying to survive without all of our modern conveniences. Preparing their own lunch involved making bread as well as gutting and filleting the fish that had been caught for them. They had to prepare and start a fire, gathering the correct types of sticks needed and using a variety of techniques to get the fire going, and keep it going!

In the afternoon, they tried their hand at shelter building—learning from their first attempt that it is important not to use dead or rotten wood as the weight of the other material on top will lead to it collapsing! Once covered thoroughly, these shelters can last for weeks. However, the students admitted they prefer their home comforts.

All of these activities were great fun for a day and the students left tired and muddy, but with an appreciation of how lucky they are. At the end of the school day students, staff and parents all celebrated Fairtrade Fortnight with some delicious cookies and cakes, baked by some of the students using Fairtrade ingredients.

Mrs Sam Benham, Head of Geography adds: “It was a fantastic day, enjoyed by all and the students now have a better understanding of life in other countries and the issues they face. With an appreciation of what we have, we can also make a difference to someone else’s life, just by going shopping. Moyles Court students will definitely be looking out for the Fairtrade logo!”

Y6/5 Rugby vs Leehurst Swan – 15th March 2017

On a glorious Spring afternoon, we were treated to a fabulous game of rugby at LHS. Our Y5/6 team started the game superbly, keeping possession of the ball well and going through a number of phases before Jack stormed over for the first try of the game. LHS equalised soon after, but the first third ended all square with both sides coming close to taking the lead.

In the second third, Moyles Court continued to press, with Tommy having a particularly strong game in midfield and consistently making inroads into the LHS defence. Rohan was leading the tackle count at this stage and it was a good break from him that enabled Sam to dart through the LHS defence to regain the lead. LHS responded well with a couple of good tries, but another try from Jack meant that Moyles Court finished the second third in a strong position and looking dangerous.

The final third was a scintillating contest, with Moyles Court desperately trying to turn some good possession into scores. However, it was LHS that secured the win with a couple of fine solo tries, but what a game and what a performance.


Tommy and Rohan. Tommy for his bulldozing runs and immense support play and Rohan for his phenomenal tackle count.

Y9/8/7 Rugby Match vs Yarrells School – 8th March

Match Report

In a closely contested match Yarrells took advantage of a sluggish start by Moyles Court and scored the first try. Yarrells continued to dominate early possession, but excellent tackling from Bobby and Harry kept the opposition at bay. However, after surviving the early pressure Max equilised with a well worked try from the scrum. This try gave Moyles Court a boost of confidence and they began to play with more spirit and togetherness and it wasn’t long before we took the lead with a try from Andy Warner. Although Yarrells soon levelled the score with a fine try of their own, Harry gave us the lead with another fine try. In the last few minutes of the game this lead was extended with another try from Andy.

Credit should go to the whole squad who all made a positive contribution to a well-deserved victory.

Man-of-the-Match: Andy

Y6/5 Rugby vs Leehurst Swan & Talbot House Schools – 8th March

Match Report

On a drizzly, damp afternoon the U11 rugby team entertained teams from Leehurst Swan and Talbot House in a thoroughly entertaining mini tournament. The opening match against Talbot House was a classic with great running rugby and resilient defence from both teams. Anthony continued his fine start to the season with a very well taken try, following some typically robust work in midfield from Jack. Talbot House hit back with two tries of their own, only for Sam to score a fine try in the corner to bring the scores level. With time running out for both teams, it was Talbot House who managed to conjure up a winning try, to bring a thoroughly competitive and entertaining match to an end.

The second match against Leehurst Swan B was another tense encounter with both teams defending brilliantly. Try scoring opportunities were kept to a minimum, but great work from Archie and Rohan nearly created the opening that Moyles Court were craving. Eventually LHS found a way through the Moyles Court defence and scored the only try of the game to sneak a fine win.

In the final game, Moyles Court competed valiantly against LHS A team, making them work hard for their opportunities. Finlay was having a great game in his first outing for the team and despite losing by three tries to nil, the performance was a very pleasing one.


Jack, for his persistence and great ball carrying skills that created plenty of try scoring opportunities.

Y6/5 Rugby Match vs Avondale School – 25th January

Match Report

The U11 rugby team came up against a very strong Avondale side this afternoon and despite the afternoon ending in defeat, there were plenty of positive signs from this emerging group of players. Jack led the team with his usual commitment and skill and there was always plenty of support from Tommy, Freddie and Archie in particular. Anthony was outstanding in defence in his first game for the team and Adam finished off a flowing passing move to break clear of the Avondale defence and score a well deserved try. Well played boys!

Man-of-the-Match: Anthony for his ferocious and consistent tackling in his first game for the school

Y4/3 Rugby Match vs The Park School – 25th January, 2017

Match Report

Moyles Court played two games against an A and B team from the Park. Both games were really exciting with the score staying within one try of each team until almost the end of both games. Both teams passed the ball around well, always supporting the ball carrier and we scored some very good tries. It would be impossible to pick out one player as this was such a great team effort and the sportsmanship displayed was a real credit to the players from Moyles Court. The results were a loss in the first game 8 -7, but the second game we won 9-8.

Man-of-the-Match: Harrison

Y6/5 Tag Rugby Match vs The Park School – Wednesday 18th January

Match Report

The U11 rugby team got their season underway with two very closely fought matches against The Park School. In the first match, the boys created some excellent passages of play to put the visitors under pressure and a number of good tries from Jack, Harrison, Tommy and Freddie kept the scores level. However, with time running out, The Park capitalised on a couple of mistakes from the home team to sneak home 14-12.

The second match was a similar story with Moyles Court always in the game. Good tries from Tommy and Freddie early on and with Jack always causing the visiting defence some problems, it was turning into a very entertaining and competitive match. However, the game was eventually won by The Park 11-6.

It was an impressive start to the new season and one that holds plenty of promise. Well played boys!

Men-of-the-Match: Jack and Freddie

Y6/5 Football Match vs Leehurst Swan – 7th December

Match Report

Our final match before the Christmas break was against a combative Leehurst Swan School. In a closely contested game Moyles Court, despite dominating the early possession went a goal down within the first 10 minutes.  However, it wasn’t long before Harrison scored an excellent goal from a shot that was well outside of the penalty area. For the remainder of the first half, chances went to both teams, but the score was 1 – 1 at half-time.

Again in the second half, Moyles Court dominated much of the possession but we were unable to take any of the goal scoring chances that came our way. In fact LHS had their own chances to win the game, but all their efforts were thwarted by some excellent defending by Anthony and some great goalkeeping from Lewis in goal. In the end, a 1- 1 draw was a fair result to both teams.

Man-of-the-Match: Anthony

Under 11 Netball vs Sopley Primary School – 23rd November

Match Report

Moyles Court and Talbot House girls were considerably taller and more experienced than the opposition. This was evident in the first quarter when the score was 5-0 to Moyles Court.  We continued to dominate in the second quarter with our shooters playing well and our defence keeping the ball away from Sopley’s attacking circle. So it was 10-0 to Moyles Court at half time.

Going into the second half we weakened our team by changing positions and hopefully showing good sportsmanship to a much weaker side.

The final score was 14-0 to Moyles Court.

After the match tea, Sopley stayed for a coaching session with some of the Moyles Court team.  The girls played in mixed teams and the aim was to gain experience.

Final Score: Moyles Court – 14  Sopley Primary – 0

Player of the Match: Amia and Isabella