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The Big Knit

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Children from St Matthew’s Knitting Club attended a community event at Hope Church to knit squares for a blanket.

This blanket will be raffled locally and the money raised from the sale used to support Syrian refugees.

The girls really enjoyed contributing to this project; these are some of their comments:

It’s fun to be outside of school and getting ideas to look at other people’s knitting.

I have really super duper enjoyed knitting at the Big Knit. I am really grateful for being chosen to come. It has been a wonderful and unique experience.

I had a really nice experience at the Big Knit.

I had a really good experience at the Big Knit, everyone here was friendly.

I had a really great time, I would love to come back, thank you.

I really enjoyed the Big Knit. I had a very nice time knitting and I had a very nice experience. I would really, really love to come again, thank you so much.

The reason why I like knitting was because I have experienced many things and other talented women. Another reason why I love knitting is that you get to help other people as well.

Here are some photographs taken at The Big Knit:

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Remembrance Day

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Remembrance Day is an important date in the calendar when many people in Great Britain and around the world think of members of the armed services who have lost their lives in the First and Second World Wars and other conflicts that have happened at other times.

Children in Year 5 and 6 gathered together to think about the freedom we have in Great Britain and to reflect on the sacrifice made by so many to achieve this liberty.

The assembly was led by our Assistant Headteacher Mr Bell and featured traditional music of remembrance, including Nimrod by Edward Elgar and The Last Post.

Five girls who belong to local Girls Brigade and Brownie groups read poems and writing about remembrance.

Mrs Edwards, another Assistant Headteacher, talked to the children about the importance of remembering members of her own family and she brought in a World War One medal and other artifacts to share with the children.

Otter Class had made two remembrance wreaths, one a traditional red poppy wreath and the other a wreath of purple poppies to remember all the animals that are involved in conflict. This colour was also significant as we continue to remember a member of staff who died recently following a long illness. Purple was her favourite colour.

The two minutes’ silence was perfectly observed by everyone in the assembly and all other classes around the school stopped their morning activities and had a time of silence in their classrooms too.

At the end of the assembly the two wreaths were placed on our school’s original  foundation stone beneath the London Plane tree at the front of the school so that parents arriving to collect children at the end of the day would remember the significance of November 11th.

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Sport Report: Year 5 and 6 Indoor Cricket


On 9th November the St Matthew’s cricket team played their first indoor league match against SUNDON PARK PRIMARY SCHOOL.

Captain Saqib won the toss and chose to bowl first. Sundon Park scored 36 runs, losing 8 wickets. The Owls scored 71 runs for the loss of just 5 wickets which meant they won the game.

Bowling Summary:

Keira – 1 Wicket, 12 runs;
Ella – 1 wicket, 17 runs;
Merwa – 3 wickets, 9 runs;
Emily – 0 wickets, 10 runs;

Ahmed – 0 wickets, 13 runs;
Danyal – 0 wickets, 6 runs;
Shamil – 1 wicket, 8 runs;
Saqib – 2 wickets, 1 run.

Batting Summary:

Keira & Ella – scored 17 runs, losing 1 wicket;
Merwa & Emily – scored 33 runs and lost 1 wicket;
Ahmed & Danyal – scored 18 runs and lost 3 wickets;
Shamil & Saqib – scored 31 runs and lost 0 wickets.

Speaking after the match, Mr Horton said he was “very pleased with the attitude, effort and skill of the St Matthew’s Cricket Team, a really professional performance.”

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Special Awards – Friday 6 November 2015


We held our awards assemblies on Friday 6th November in which the following children were all rewarded for their good work and positive attitude during the previous week. They received their certificates and stickers with many parents joining us to celebrate the achievements.

specialawardsflower1 CHERRY  Sameer and Mahdiya for trying hard to complete their work in class to become independent learners.
 RABBIT  Akshita for making a fantastic start to Rabbit Class and Wiktoria for her independent writing about reptiles.
 SNOWDROP  Dylan for working hard and for always having a good attitude towards learning and Vivienne for always trying her best and working hard.
 WREN  Tyler for trying hard in all areas of learning and Yamin for fantastic work when doubling numbers!


 DAFFODIL  Julia for great efforts in her writing! Zain for trying really hard in his writing!
 PUFFIN  Karol for a great attitude and start to the week and Isa for being a good friend!
 SQUIRREL  Harry for having beautiful friendships with the other children in Squirrel Class and for trying his best in all his learning! Oscar for working really hard in all his learning! Oscar has really impressed the adults in Squirrel Class.
 SYCAMORE  David for working with a friend to create a simple sentence and Zuzanna for becoming more confident when answering questions on the carpet.


 BEECH  Antoni for an excellent piece of homework on shadows. Antoni made a fantastic shadow puppet display which showed a clear understanding of how shadows move and are made. Well done! Tyler for an excellent piece of historical report writing about the Stone Age. Tyler put in all the features of a report and added some excellent descriptive words in his writing. Keep up the good work, Tyler!
 DOLPHIN  Maryam for fantastic maths persevering with subtraction – well done! Daima for really good work on our class assembly as our music story teller. Good job.
 ROBIN  Maja for being a good role model, a hard worker and always participating in class discussions and Ronnie for being a lovely friend to all the children in the class and persevering in her maths.
 TULIP  Emaan for settling in so well to St Matthew’s! Lovely to have you in Tulip Class! Ahima for her listening skills in recorder lessons. Your concentration is lovely to see and I’m sure it is going to pay off Ahima. Keep it up!


Our Year 4 classes visited Cineworld at the Galaxy Centre on Friday morning, so they will receive their certificates next week.


 KINGFISHER  Aliza for always being organised and on task. A good role model. Ahmad for having a super attitude and always being organised and on task.
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 OTTER  Chantelle for her cheerfulness and enthusiasm in all activites and her commitment to our netball team and Ihtesham for his quiet and sensible behaviour in all activities.
 SNAPDRAGON  William for trying hard to improve his concentration in lessons and Anisah for being a very positive and friendly member of Snapdragon class.


 EAGLE  Viktor for settling in so well at St. Matthew’s and having such a positive attitude towards his learning and Freya for taking the opportunity to help others who struggle in a lesson and form a strong partnership.
 OAK  Nazifah for always doing the right thing! Teo for putting 100% into absolutely everything he does!
 ORCHID  Dee for excellent work on BIDMAS and Saifa for showing fantastic manners and confidence when directing adults on parents evening.
 WOLF  Raheem for huge improvements in his focus and effort and Casey for her outstanding performance in our class assembly.


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Sport Report: Y5 and 6 Girls Netball



On 4th November the netball girls played against WAULUD PRIMARY SCHOOL in their fourth league fixture. The Owls came into this game on the back of a great winning performance in their last match. The girls played really well, and took their chances to win the match comfortably 6-0.

The girls started the game positively with some good interceptions winning the ball back for our team. Up stepped our top goal scorer Jennifer to score the first goal of the game making the score 1-0.

Shortly after this Ella got herself into a great position under the hoop to score our 2nd goal of the game making the score 2-0 after the first quarter.

Humaira, playing her first game for the team, settled in really well making some good interceptions and making some good passes up the court. Another star from Year 5 during this match was Chelsey who marked well stopping the Waulud team from scoring and getting near our hoop.

There was no looking back for the girls after the 1st quarter as they continued to dominate the game and create lots of chances. Saifa, who looked like a natural throughout the game, showed good footwork and movement to get into space to receive a pass.

We scored again soon after with goals from Keira and Suni. In the final quarter we performed right to the end with Jennifer scoring two more goals to finish the game 6-0 to the Owls.

Interviews after the game:

Captain Keira had this to say:

Fantastic, our best game yet.

While Jennifer said:

We did some really good play, moving the ball up the court.

Team: Chelsey, Ella, Humaira, Jennifer, Keira, Saifa, Suni.

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Foundation Stage: Luton Veg Fest 2015


Children in our Foundation Stage classes proved to be excellent gardeners recently and came away with two certificates from the Luton Veg Fest. Over the past few weeks they have prepared the soil, planted seeds, watered the plants and carefully looked after their crops as they began to grow.

They took the best produce to the Luton Veg Fest and were rewarded with certificates in the Best Onions and Best Potatoes categories.

Well done to everyone who took part!

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