Members of Sharples Year 7 Good 2 Great group took part in an orienteering trip this week. It was a physically and mentally challenging experience that was thoroughly enjoyed by students. Pupils travelled to Moses Gate and completed various tasks with their peers using maps and compasses to navigate around the site. Well done to all that took part in what was a new experience for all.

The Year 9 cricket team have been training every day and couldn’t wait for their first game of the season on the new astro turf wicket at Sharples. The team were drawn against an experienced and talented Westhoughton team. Sharples won the toss and decided to bat first. Fayaz Alli started well and smashed a six before being caught out after another big shot. Decision making proved to be costly for the team and they stuttered to a total of 57 runs; Abdullah was fantastic and scored an impressive 26 runs against some excellent bowling. Despite fielding and bowling well, Sharples couldn’t prevent the opposition from reaching the target set with some overs to spare. The team will be back in action after half term and are already showing superb commitment.

The boxing squad travelled to Amir Khan’s gym again this week in an attempt to further improve their fitness levels using state of the art facilities. A mixture of boys and girls took part in a number of different circuits and some opted to step in the ring for some light sparring. Well done to the squad and we will be continuing after half term.

The Year 7 and 8 cricket team have impressed staff at the school with their performances during practise sessions at lunch time. They had their opportunity to compete in the Bolton Cup but had the difficult task of beating Little Lever in the first round. It was a good first performance and, in particular, the bowling and fielding was impressive. Phil Ufoma took 2 wickets but it wasn’t enough to progress through to the next round as Little Lever beat the target with 4 overs remaining.

Well done to Sharples’ Running Club who, on a Thursday night, have been clocking the miles up every week with with Mrs Heaton and Mr Hesford. The running club will resume after half term and everyone is welcome to join, all ages and abilities attend the session every week.