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  1. Boundary Oak School celebrates a successful first year of GCSEs as pupils perform well above the national average.

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    Pupils, parents and staff at Boundary Oak School were today celebrating their first year of GCSE results.

    The independent school, located in Fareham (Hampshire), achieved a 90.4% pass rate across all subjects with an incredible 16 subjects, including English and Maths, achieving a 100% pass rate.

    At the top end, nine subjects had 30% or more pupils achieving Grade 7 (previously Grade A) or above, with 38% of Maths pupils gaining a Grade 7 and above and 25% of English pupils. The new level 9 grade, which only the top 3% of pupils in the country are awarded, was prevalent in several subjects, Maths in particular, where an outstanding 23% of pupils achieved a grade 9.

    As well as success in the core subjects and humanities, the creative arts departments are also celebrating with 63% of pupils achieving a grade 8 or above in Music and 100% of pupils achieving a grade 7 or above in Art.

    Headmaster James Polansky congratulated the pupils on their achievements. He said: “My staff and I are extremely proud of our pupils’ performance and we would like to congratulate them all on their achievements. We are proud to offer a broad and enriching curriculum at Boundary Oak and I am absolutely delighted that our results include a 100% pass rate across 16 different subjects, including English and Maths. This is a tremendous validation of our schools’ aim and ethos.

    The unerring dedication of our teachers, be it planning, mentoring, intervention and support, enables our pupils to reach their potential, while growing into well rounded individuals, fully prepared for the next stage of their academic career.

    As our pioneering year group, it has been an honour to be part of these pupils’ journeys. They have shown great resilience and determination, that has not only allowed them to achieve academically but to grow as individuals, gain in confidence, realise the importance of a positive attitude and work ethic, while raising the bar for each other as they faced their challenges. I’m incredibly excited for them and their future successes.”

    Boundary Oak School prides itself on its ethos of fostering an enjoyment of learning and promoting a growth mindset and these results are testament to that.  

  2. Match Reports

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    Girls Hockey

    Date: Wednesday 6 February 2019

    Team and Opponent: U13 Hockey v Sherfield

    Result: A Team drew B team lost

    Most Valuable Players: Venisita, Caitlin, Daisy, Grace

    Travelling to Sherfield, a challenge was certainly ahead on their brand new astro, which would prove to provide a slower surface than we were used to. Playing 7-a-side matches on a half pitch was great and allowed every player a full match and plenty of space. There were many positives to take from both A and B matches, and as we develop to having GKs too, there is no doubt this will have huge positive influence in the future. Well done to all fourteen players and particularly those selected as the opposition’s MVP and Coach’s MVP this week.


    Team U11

    Result: Won

    Goals scored by: Amelia (2) Ramona (1) Cadence (1)

    Man of the Match: Cadence & Ramona

    Report: The U11 girls played 5 aside against Churchers. They demonstrated excellent control of the ball and passing across the pitch. Cadence and Imogen displayed some excellent skills throughout the game using the reverse stick to control more difficult passes. Imogen and Melody worked as a great team in defence and continuously performed accurate tackling and clearing of the ball. Izzy played superbly in mid field, switching between attack and defence effortlessly. Amelia remained disciplined in attack to ensure she was in effective space to receive the pass and finished with scoring two goals. Ramona and Izzy worked tirelessly in attack to both score a goal, Ramona having several attempts and never giving up.


    Boys Rugby

    Team: U11 Lions and Tigers

    Score: Lions Lost & Tigers Lost

    Report: U11 Lions all played very well and are progressing with every match. However, a very strong Churchers team showed them how far they have to go and what hard work in training can produce.

    U11 Tigers played an outstanding match. They started the game with real power and determination and scored a couple of tries without reply. The passing and link up play was a real highlight for Mr C and it showed just how hard the boys have been training. Unfortunately, the team were unable to maintain this high tempo game and although they stayed in the match they lost in last minute. A great performance and they should all be very proud.

    Man of the Match: Radoslav, for dominant running with the ball and putting 100% effort in to his tackling.

    The U11 Tigers came up against a strong Churchers side this week, but they were undaunted with the team quickly putting on several tries from Yohan and Radoslav. Boundary Oak went in to half time 3 tries to 1. Boundary Oak completely rucked Churchers off the ball and were able to turnover the ball on multiple occasions. However Churchers number of players and their fitness allowed them to continue to attack BO’s defence after we started to tire. This lead to several tries being scored against us in the dying phases of the game. However a massive effort from all involved as the team continues to grow in its confidence and ability.


  3. Match Reports

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    Team: U11 Hockey v St Edmunds 23.01.19

    Score: Won

    Man Of the Match: Violet

    Report: Great first game of Hockey for the U11s and a chance to gel as a team. It was Francesca’s first game as Captain and she did a great job at leading a warm up and communicating to the team from mid field. Isla had a great game in both mid field and defence with some great tackles, interceptions and clearing of the ball. Violet was awarded players player for some excellent ball handling skills, showing control on the ball and great work ethic throughout the game playing in all positions.


    Team: U16 Netball v Ballard 22.10.19

    Score: Lost

    Man Of the Match: Kate

    Report Despite the goal line, the team showed great enthusiasm and team spirit as they worked relentlessly throughout the court. Lily did a great job of Captain and remained enthusiastic and motivating. Tina had an amazing game, she showed great progress and consistency. Her work in the circle as GS was excellent and effort in centre. Kate received players player for some excellent defending winning countless interceptions, having never played before she worked tirelessly to help her team. The team displayed some great promise considering they have not played together before and some players are new to the game of netball.

    Goals came from on Eleanor and Molly who worked well in the attacking circle and scored two great goals.


    Team: Boys Netball v Meon Cross 21.01.19

    Score: Won

    Report: Isaac played well and had a great last quarter making several interceptions and consistently put pressure on the shooters when playing GK. James read the game well, shot well and consistently worked hard. James also held his player well whilst playing GS, but was not always utilised or an ineffective pass was used. Magnus showed great footwork and control, however I didn’t feel he had a chance to show his full potential but he did work hard.


    Team: U14s Rugby v Ballards

    Score: Lost

    Man Of the Match: James

    Report: In cold wet conditions Ballard quickly took the initiative through some aggressive direct running and made full advantage of their physical presence. However, after an initial slow start Boundary Oak began to structure attacks through Charlie and galloping runs from James. Hard tackling from both sides and slippery conditions ensured a lot of handling errors, but there were some stunning runs notably from Miguel and a memorable team effort resulting in Connor scoring a try in the corner.


    Team: U13s Rugby v Ballard

    Score: Won

    Man of the Match: Ben

    Report: In cold conditions it was a scrappy game with lots of handling errors on both sides however it was Boundary Oak who managed the conditions the best. An excellent move in the backs when James dummied Ben to hit Oscar coming of his wing to power though a hole they created in the defence. Ben was outstanding in defence leading the line up every time, enabling us to dominate in defence and attack.


    Team: U11s Rugby v Aldro and St Edmunds

    Report: On Wednesday the U11 lions played a triangular against Aldro and St Edmunds. After a slow start, against an excellent Aldro team, the boys found their feet and produced a more competitive second half. Our second game was against St Edmunds and the team really did build upon their improved confidence and willingness to have a go. After a tight first half the team cut loose in the second half and scored 4 very well worked tries. Overall an excellent afternoon of rugby.


    Team: U11 Rugby Tigers vs Beadales

    Score: Lost

    Man of the Match: Freddie

    Report: The boys played well for their second game. Brave defending especially from Freddie and Oliver. A great try from Louis from the wing and Raddi scoring some great tries though the middle. The boys started passing well as team, especially in the second half, well done boys.


    Team: U9 Lions Rugby vs St Edmunds

    Score: Drew

    Man of the Match: William

    Report: It was a fantastic game. The boys played well, especially some brave defending from the whole team, we started to improve are running in the second quarter by going forward with the ball. Great tries from Thomas, William, Ted, Freddie and Matthew. The whole team played really well and should be proud of themselves. All of the boys received a Show Up for their efforts!


    Team: U8’s tag Rugby vs St Edmund

    Score: Lost

    Man of the Match: John

    Report: The U8 Lions lost in a closely fought match against St Edmunds. Man of the Match goes to John  for leading and Captaining the team well and also for scoring himself.







  4. Match Reports

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    Team: U13A Hockey (16/1/19) v Dunhurst

    Score: Lost

    Man of the Match: Venisita, for great work ethic and brilliant interceptions! Also Grace for consistent hard work on the pitch.

    Report: Fresh from winning the Hampshire tournament that morning, Dunhurst provided far stronger opposition than Boundary Oak could field. Two half pitch matches at 6-a-side and 5-a-side were perfect to allow time on the ball. With us featuring some players completely new to hockey alongside our recreational and stronger girls, we put up a good fight and learned a lot on the way, but could not match the strength and talent of the other team. Despite that it was a great fixture, albeit the poor weather, and everyone enjoyed the experience, showing improvement throughout the duration.


    Team: U11 lions

    Score: Drew

    Man of the Match: Lauren

    Report: Excellent start to the Hockey term. Very balanced game, worked well together as a team, utilising space to carry the ball to the goal. Attacked the goal really well with Orla, Paida and Lilya working well together up front and some excellent defensive skills from Lauren, Emma and Pippa.



    Team: U8 Tigers Rugby Vs Ryde

    Score: Won

    Man of the Match: Toby

    Report: For their first game, they worked well together and gave great support to each other. Great attacking from Toby and Beau scoring a couple of tries in the game. Really good speed on the wing from John and great defending from Rueben and John. Great passing from Joseph and James by looking into space. All the players played well, looking forward for the rest of the season.


    Team: U8 Bears Rugby Vs Ryde

    Score: Lost

    Man of the Match: Isaac

    Report: The boys played well for their first game and made some great attacking opportunities, with Tommy nearly scoring on the try line. Isaac had a really good game, especially his defending, well done boys.


    Team: U10 Rugby vs Princes Mead

    Score: Lost

    Man of the Match: Max

    Report: The boys played well for their first game, brave defending especially from Thomas, Bradley and Max. Princes Mead were stronger but we made them work for their tries. Well done for all of the boys, especially Thomas and Finley, for their first game for Boundary Oak. The U11 team travelled to Princes Mead to play 2 fixtures against their very well organised and drilled team. Although the result sadly did not go our way, the level of effort and determination on display was absolutely fantastic – even if the weather wasn’t. Very well played everyone and with a large dose of confidence and some hard sessions of training, there is no doubt we shall soon record our first victory.


    Team: U13 Rugby vs Mayville

    Score: Won

    Man of the Match: Oliver

    Report: From the outset Boundary Oak looked the stronger of the two teams making significant inroad every time we got the ball. Some great handling and offloading for a number of tries Charlie, James, Oscar and Henry were constant threats. Body position and number at the ruck is an area for development.


    Team U14/15s Rugby v St Edmunds

    Score: Drew

    Man of the Match: Charlie

    Report: During a competitive game some crunching tackles by Boundary Oak gained an early advantage causing a turnover and a quick try for Charlie. St Edmunds got back into the game due to some lapses in defence contraction, but two crash ball tries by Orion put Boundary Oak ahead. With a small advantage we held on only to be thwarted by a St Edmunds try, well into injury time, which created a draw.

    The U16 rugby team travelled away to St Edmunds on Tuesday arriving with the usual level of good humour and trepidation. Having been dispatched to the far corner of the school grounds onto a postage stamp pitch we finally felt that our luck might be in and we were right. Straight from the start Boundary Oak were on the attack and playing with a level of confidence and skill that could only have come from the coaching of Mr B. A debut try from James and a thunderous run from Captain Miller allowed us to win a hard fought and well played game.



  5. Match Report: U15 Netball against Hampshire Collegiate School

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    On the 20th of February the Year 9 and 10 girls travelled to Hampshire Collegiate School to play netball.

    In the first quarter we passed the ball really well, but only managed to score one goal to their four. However, we started to catch up in the second quarter. Sunny and Eva defended brilliantly, intercepting many passes and moving the ball onto Scarlett who fed the ball into our shooters. Jess and Yasmin really got going in the second quarter scoring several goals. They were amazing!

    Crystal came on at WD (wing defence) in the third quarter and made some excellent interceptions. Megan, Tina, and Libby made valuable contributions, successfully rotating round various positions. This was very helpful as they could try positions that were new to them.

    In the last quarter and we had a change of positions. Laura moved to Goal Attack and scored some goals from quite far out to bring the final score to 11-8. HCS may have won but we got stronger as the match went on, so well done to everyone!

    Laura M-P (Year 9)

  6. Match Report: Boundary Oak’s Rugby Sevens Tournament

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    Boundary Oak School hosted our annual U11 Rugby Sevens tournament, where local schools gather for a friendly rugby tournament and the chance to win the tournament cup, shield, plate, and bowl. This match report was written by George L and Charlie H:

    The first match was Boundary Oak vs Churchers and within the first minute we had scored a try. It continued to be a close game through to the finish with try after try scored, but the score just turned to Churchers’ favour.

    “At the start they were very good, we just wanted to work on keeping it going.” Mr Mathias.

    In the second game, Boundary Oak played Dorset House. Off the first play Sebastian B made a stunning run but unfortunately it ended in a tackle. Then Jago L ran through their line to score a try. Despite this try Boundary Oak still lost to the team that went on to the competition for the cup.

    The final match for Boundary Oak in this pool was against Great Ballard. Boundary Oak proved to be very good at holding up Great Ballard: at one point in the game we held them up for about two minutes. Despite this we still lost with a close scoreline.

    Amazingly, Boundary Oak then went on to the competition for the bowl!

    The first bowl match was played against HCS. The match began by Henry T making an impressive run to get well into their half, but they managed to defend and mount a counter attack. Tau M then made a magnificent tackle to stop a try being scored. Sadly, the match wasn’t in our favour. HCS was our toughest game yet.

    After a two-match gap, Boundary Oaks’ next game was against Sherborne House. Soon after the kick, we made an impressive run which helped William M score a try. After that, Tau and Sebastian worked together to score another remarkable try. It was an extremely close game with a final score of 2-3. “Our best match!” said Mr Mathias.

    Our last game of the tournament was against Meoncross. It was very even until William McI made a wonderful run from the halfway point to secure a try. As Meoncross went on the counter attack, Henry P made a cracking tackle to save us from conceding. With tries from Henry and Sebastian, we pulled a victory out the bag to finish the tournament on a high note.

    Everyone gave their best efforts to make the school proud.

    A big well done to the Boundary Oak U11 Rugby team! You can take a look at photos from the tournament here.

  7. Boundary Oak Pupils commended for Youth Speaks win

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    This year, Boundary Oak entered a team of senior school pupils into the Rotary Club’s ‘Youth Speaks’ competition for the first time and were delighted to win the first round!

    The team consisted of Joshua C (Chairperson), Lauren C (Vote of Thanks) and Shahryar K (Main Speaker). Joshua introduced the proceedings and kept the team on track and organised. He was confident and clear, starting the talk in a very professional manner. Shahryar had the daunting task of speaking for six minutes on a subject of his choice. Shahryar chose a topic close to Boundary Oak’s heart – growth mindset – and spoke engagingly and fluently for the full allotted time, before answering questions from the audience. Lauren summed up the speech and thanked everyone needed, as well as commenting on Shahryar’s answering of the question. She was clear and calm, providing a perfect ending to the team’s admirable performance.

    The competition has been taking place for decades, both in the UK and abroad. In Fareham the competition is very well established, with some local schools entering multiple teams. We competed against three other teams, speaking on topics such as ‘Make up: friend or foe?’ and ‘Can we make a sustainable difference to the Earth’s future?’

    The team will now progress to the district heats, where they will compete against the other winners from local towns.

  8. My Work Experience at Elemental Cars

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    Last week we arranged for our Head boy James H, in Year 9 to spend the day at Elemental Cars where he not only got to experience something that he is passionate about but also gained some invaluable work experience. Read his blog spot and hear all about how he got on…

    On Monday the 25th of February I went to elemental cars, a company that makes performance track cars that are road legal. When I arrived my expectations were blown out of proportion when I saw the amazing car that I would be working with! It had no body parts on wings just the chassis with many of the interior parts already installed and ready to use. Fantastic! I spent a large amount of the day working on the cars body and the rest of the day looking at how they design the aero model and how they have made such a compact machine.

    It was an amazing day and I am very grateful to the school and elemental cars for such a brilliant opportunity and experience!

    Take a look at the finished product on our Flickr album –
    Work Experience at Elemental Cars


  9. Teacher Feature: Dr Sarah Silvester

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    At Boundary Oak School we are very proud of our exceptional teachers and staff. Throughout the school, from Pre-School through to our GCSE subject specialists in the Senior School, our award-winning staff are largely to thank for the fantastic success of our school and its pupils.

    We felt it was therefore imperative that you get to know them all a bit better! We begin our first ‘Teacher Feature’ getting to know Head of Science and Year 8 Form tutor, Dr Sarah Silvester.

    Boundary Oak School Teaching Staff

    Dr Sarah Silvester
    Head of Science




    • PhD in the classifications of Dothistroma septosporum. MSc and DIC applied Biology – Imperial College London
    • Head of Chemistry at The Petersfield School
    • Keen sportswoman – represented both County and Universities at both swimming and hockey
    • Expert horsewoman and advanced snow boarder
    • Committed member and mentor in the Young Farmers Club
    • Passionate about travel, food and farming
    • Duke of Edinburgh Silver Award Assessor
    • Wife of a dairy farmer and mum to a 2 year-old daughter

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