Summer building works

During the holidays our builders have begun work on improving the exterior of the Key Stage 2 building.

The canopies that are outside our main reception are being extended along the footpath past Elm Class and around the corner between Kingfisher Class and the Next Steps building and along past Otter, Snapdragon and Maple classes. This new canopy will provide shelter in both wet and sunny weather as well as creating a sheltered outside learning area.

As you can see from the photos below, there is still a lot of work to be done, and it will not be complete in time for the start of the new term on Monday 7th September. Consequently there will need to be temporary access arrangements for the classes affected by the works. We will publish details of these arrangements here on the website next week.

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Winners on the Wireless

Our award-winning film makers were invited to talk to Nick Coffer on BBC Three Counties Radio today all about their recent project.


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In case you didn’t hear the interview, it is available here.

And if you’ve still not seen the award-winning film, just click here.

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Staff vs Year 6 Football Match

The third annual Staff vs Year 6 Football Match took place on the last day of term. This year saw the staff team record their first ever win against the children with a score of 5:4 to the staff.

Add your own captions in the comments box for each photo.

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Year 6 Leavers’ Party

Photos from last night’s Leavers’ Party.

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Our website at was launched in May 2010 and our web counter has just registered one million hits on the site.

Thank you to everyone who has visited
in the past five years.

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Game, Set and Match

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For the first time in the history of St Matthew’s School, we were lucky to receive a selection of tickets courtesy of the All England Lawn Tennis Club for the Wimbledon Championships.

Eight children , accompanied by Mr Chaplen and Mr Green, went down to SW19 to spend the afternoon on Court No. 1 for the Men’s Quarter-final matches, including Roger Federer, Gilles Simon, Stanislaw Wawrinka and Richard Gasquet.

Here are some photos tweeted by Mr Chaplen during the day. The two girls from Otter Class took the class camera with them, so we hope to have a few more photos of this once-in-a-lifetime trip soon.

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Summer Reading Challenge 2015

Nicki Page, one of the Children’s Librarians at Luton Central Library, visited our school this week to talk to the children about this year’s Summer Reading Challenge.


Many children from St Matthew’s have taken part in the Summer Reading Challenge in the past and we hope that even more will join in this year.

Just to remind you, taking part in Record Breakers is free and the Challenge starts this Saturday 11th July and runs until the 5th September.

Children taking part will receive a pull-out poster full of record breaking facts and a stamp card. There are stickers for the first six books read, and children receive a certificate (for reading 6 books), zip tag (for reading 12) and a gold medal (for reading 18).

There are lots of Record Breakers events taking place in Luton Libraries over the summer, and if children join on the 11th July, there is a chance to join in a world record attempt for the greatest number of pledges to take part in a reading campaign.

Children can join at any local library, they just need to bring their library card or join the library for free if they haven’t got a card.

For more information about the Summer Reading Challenge, click here.

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Summer Newsletter

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A full-sized pdf version of this newsletter can be viewed and downloaded by clicking this link: Newsletter July 2015

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Year 6 Residential

A few weeks ago Year 6 spent three days living in a field. See what they got up to below!

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Family Centre: Big Toddle 2015


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