Good News – Friday 27 February 2015

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The following children all received one of our Good News postcards on Friday. This means that they will be receiving a Special Award for their work, attitude or behaviour during next week’s Celebration Assemblies on Friday 6th March.

Parents, carers, grandparents and other family members are warmly invited to attend the Celebration Assembly to see their child receiving their certificate and finding out just what was noticed by their teacher when they were selected for the award. Afterwards the children and their adults will have the opportunity for a special family photograph to be taken to keep as a souvenir of the child’s achievement.

Birds Mammals
Wren Class:
Yatharth & Hannah
Rabbit Class:
Amira & Lucas
Puffin Class:
Ola & Eden
Squirrel Class:
Joano & Musa
Robin Class:
Naelle & Luke
Dolphin Class:
Nicola & Kian
Goldfinch Class:
Elize & Izabela
Badger Class:
Chantelle & Yamikani
Kingfisher Class:
Filip & Liam
Otter Class:
Sofia & Mohammad
Eagle Class:
Cory & Carina
Wolf Class:
Anisha & Thailon
Birds and Mammals Celebration Assemblies are at 9.05am
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Flowers Trees
Snowdrop Class:
Oliwier & Maira
Cherry Class:
Magda & Nikkia
Daffodil Class:
Lauren & Shamam
Sycamore Class:
Amina & Preetesh
Tulip Class:
Nathaniel & Lucas
Beech Class:
Aaliyah & Areeba
Bluebell Class:
Sawani & Adam
Elm Class:
Niaz & Nikola
Snapdragon Class:
Evie & Annlee
Maple Class:
Abigail & Sebastian
Orchid Class:
Cameron & Ellie-May
Oak Class:
Ali & Patrycja
Flowers and Trees Celebration Assemblies are at 10.00am
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We look forward to welcoming you
to our Celebration Assemblies.

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Special Awards – Friday 27 February 2015

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The following children were all noticed for their good work and positive attitude during the week before the half term break and they received their certificates and stickers on Friday 27 February.


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 CHERRY  — Alex for trying trying hard in class to make good choices and his focus and learning levels have all improved. Sarah for good behaviour and always making good choices.
 RABBIT  — Sefa for writing a fantastic story about the Three Little Pigs and Maja G for always giving 100% effort in all areas of learning.
 SNOWDROP  — Arian for fantastic progress in reading and Trinity for trying her best in writing.
 WREN  — Anais for working really hard to exchange when subtracting. Tymon for writing a brilliant story about ‘The Three Little Pigs’.


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 DAFFODIL  — Charlie for using great directional language in maths! Daisy for writing a great character description of Little Moon!
 PUFFIN  — Akifah for excellent effort in her writing of Little Moon. Well done! Jawad for super descriptive writing and wonderful opinion given. Keep it up!
 SQUIRREL  — Tomasz for his amazing effort he puts in with his homework every week! Areej for her improved attitude to learning and trying her best in all areas of learning.
 SYCAMORE  — Carla for settling well into Sycamore class and Husain for great effort in trying to improve his writing


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 BEECH  — Carlotta for her constant effort, enthusiasm and improvement and Hibat for her badminton skills in PE
 DOLPHIN  — Ella for a fantastic song about a leader that has inspired the way she lives. Anisa for her skills when chopping vegetables to make a soup.
 ROBIN  — Shay for being a great classroom monitor and helping out. Gelmis for working hard in reading and moving up a book band.
 TULIP  — Humaira for her clear loud voice in our class assembly and Mamoonah for her convincing acting skills in our class assembly


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 BADGER  — awaiting information
 BLUEBELL  — Sawani for her fantastic story writing. Adam for his positive attitude towards all his learning.
 ELM  awaiting information
 GOLDFINCH  David and Deborah for their fantastic efforts with their story writing.


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 KINGFISHER  — Rayan for attempting challenging activities with perseverance. Corey for striving to succeed in writing and presenting his work neatly.
 MAPLE  — Arnis for his excellent behaviour and attitude during our trip to the Science Museum in London. Rehan for showing excellent manners on the train during our trip to the London Science Museum. 
 OTTER  — Maysa for her contributions to our computing lessons on programming and coding.
 SNAPDRAGON  awaiting information


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 EAGLE  — Jack W for understanding level 6 shape work this week! Jakub for being a role model to others within the class with excellent focus and concentration.
 OAK  — Asia being a very enthusiastic mathematician and Wiktoria for working really hard in PE
 ORCHID  awaiting information
 WOLF  — Atifah for her excellent effort in maths. Rhian for trying really hard to improve her writing skills.

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Sport Report: Y5/6 Badminton

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St Matthew’s sports teams have been having a fantastic year so far, and yesterday was no different. Three boys pairs and three girls pairs were taking part in the Luton Schools Badminton Competition held at Inspire Luton Sports Village. The children have been practising very hard over the last half term in PE and badminton club to ready themselves for the event, and the practice paid off for two teams in particular.   

The event started with the group stages, from 38 boys teams and 32 girls teams the children played between 3 and 4 games knowing that they need to top their group to make it through to the quarter-finals.

The teams of Ellie-May and Ella, Datchi and Nadeem each won one game in their very tough group stages, they all showed a great work ethic and determination in every game.

Josh and Cory started strongly with two wins in a row before they came up against a very strong team from Bushmead who beat the boys in a close game and eventually went on to win their group.  

The last boys team of Shakeel and Lemar had an unbeaten run through the group stages that put them through as group winners. In the quarter-finals the boys beat Foxdell and set up a game against Bramingham. The game was very tight and after two games the match was tied; it went on to an extra set of games and the boys from St Matthew’s ended up on top and earned their place in the tournament’s final match.

In one of the closest sporting games we have witnessed the boys each played their part well in their respective matches against Barnfield Moorlands very talented team, the game went down to the wire ending St Matthew’s 8 – 9 Barnfield Moorlands leaving the boys in a very respectable second place.

The two remaining girls teams of Emily and Rosetta and Aysha and Yumna had unbeaten group stages that saw them both through to the knock-out stages. In an unfortunate twist the girls’ teams ended up facing off against each other in the quarter finals, the game was won by Emily and Rosetta. However had the teams not met at this stage, Aysha and Yumna had the ability to get further in the competition against different opposition.

Emily and Rosetta then went on to see off Bushmead in the semi-final followed by Farley in the final to crown themselves queens of the court and bring home another trophy to St Matthew’s. Both girls played some fantastic badminton, Emily only dropped four points in the whole tournament, with two of those in the game against Aysha from the other St Matthew’s girls’ team.

Teams and results

Girls

Emily & Rosetta – overall girls’ competition champions  

Aysha & Yumna – group winners, knocked out in the quarterfinals

Ellie May & Ella – one win in the group stages

Boys

Shakeel & Lemar – runners-up overall in the boy’s competition

Josh & Cory – two wins in the group stage

Nadeem & Datchi – one win in the group stage

A big well done to all the boys and girls who represented St Matthew’s in the tournament yesterday.

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Three Peaks Challenge

threepeakschallengeOver the weekend of the 23-25th May 2015 Mr Chaplen, Mr Kane, Miss Matthews, Mr Campbell and Mr Horton will be undertaking the Three Peaks Challenge in order to raise money for shoes for Luton’s school children through a local charity called the Level Trust.

The Three Peaks Challenge is exactly what it says on the tin. The team will be climbing up and down Britain’s three highest mountains, Ben Nevis in Scotland, Scafell Pike in England and Snowdon in Wales. The catch is that they will be walking up and down them all within 24 hours with very limited sleep.

Why are they doing this?

25% of children in Luton live in houses affected by poverty, making the challenge the team will be undertaking seem like a small one in relation to the lives these children live. Living in poverty often means going without the things they need to thrive in life, such as a pair of school shoes. Thousands of children in Luton wear poorly fitting or damaged shoes to school, simply because their families cannot afford to replace them. Wearing poor footwear can cause all sorts of health problems for children, both in the short term and in the long term, not to mention the effect on their self-esteem.

Over the next four months we will be holding various fund raising events and activities in school in order for the group to reach their target of £3000! The funds that you help us raise will help the Level Trust to provide children affected by poverty in Luton with a pair of school shoes over the academic year of 2015/16.

For more information on the Level Trust and what they do, you can visit their website http://www.leveltrust.org/.

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If you would like to donate any money or services to be auctioned off to show your support in their event please ask to speak to Mr Chaplen at the school office. Please also visit the MyDonate fundraising page here: http://bit.ly/stmatts3peaks

Watch this space for more information on our fundraising efforts and our totalizer that will be coming soon!

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PHOTO GALLERY: Year 5 visit to the Science Museum

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PHOTO GALLERY: Y6 football match at Kenilworth Road

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St Matt’s footballers play in front of 10,000!

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On Friday 30th January, the Year 6 football team played in the Football League Kinder Kids Cup. Every football team in the football league held a tournament for the local schools to compete in to represent the local football club (Luton Town FC). The winner of the tournament would play the final at Kenilworth Road the following day at half time in front of over 10,000 football fans in the Luton Town vs Cambridge United match.

St Matthew’s played a round robin of three matches against Ramridge Primary School and Ferrars Junior School. The team with the most points would qualify for the final at Kenilworth Road.

The boys kicked off their first match against Ferrars with a convincing 2-1 victory with both goals coming from Dimitrius with Shakeel providing both assists from long shots that the goalkeeper couldn’t handle.

The next match saw the boys defeated by Ramridge 2-0 in a game the boys where worked their socks off and deserved at least one goal.

It was time to play Ferrars again where the boys held their heads up high and played for the 100% record against them. Lots of shots at goal and plenty of passing a moving saw the St Matthew’s win 1-0 courtesy of a fine placed shot from the captain, Shakeel.

With Ramridge, unbeaten so far, it was the our turn to play them again. A defeat would see Ramridge firmly in the hot seat for the final. The boys played solidly, with great saves from Aman in goal. Defence was strong, playing safe and making great tackles. With neither team able to break the deadlock the match result was 0-0. St Matthew’s could have done with a win but a draw still made it mathematically possible.

Without a break, the St Matthew’s boys were straight back on to play against Ferrars for the last time. They started very confidently with lots of positive play coming from the boys. Josh, playing up front, pounced on a rebound shot saved by the keeper to put the boys 1-0 early on in the game. They looked comfortable in the lead and were pressing into the final third. Ferrars caught St Matthew’s on the counter attack and shot at goal where Aman made a fantastic save. Without delay, Aman found Josh up top, who collected the ball, took it round the defender where he was then met by the goalkeeper rushing out from his area. Josh very skilfully knocked the ball over the keeper’s head,running on to the ball and chesting it down in the goal. Josh has played in the school football team since he was in year 5 but had previously struggled to find the net. His confidence was sky-high after scoring not just his first ever goal for St Matthew’s but his second in the same game. With minutes left of the game, the match was all but won, a win that would put pressure on Ramridge and almost guarantee qualification to Kenilworth Road. But … concentration for the boys went and Ferrars pulled a goal back. The boys had to play defensively as Ferrars began to consistently attack. Within the dying seconds Ferrars equalised and the game was drawn.

At this point in time, St Matthew’s and Ramridge had 8 points each, however Ramridge had a game in hand and still had to play St Matthew’s. The boys needed Ramridge to draw against Ferrars. St Matthew’s boys nervously watched on, in what was a very tense game. The boys couldn’t believe it, the final whistle went and it was a draw. This meant the final match between Ramridge and St Matthew’s was all or nothing. Ramridge only had to avoid defeat to secure a place in the final.

Before the match our joint captains, Shakeel and Theo, called the squad in for a huddle and an inspirational team talk. The boys looked raring to go and knew what was at stake. The game kicked off, a lot of passing and moving from Ramridge and a few shots that Aman grasped firmly. Lemar played the ball forward to Dimitirus who just missed the target. With only two minutes left, it was still 0-0, not a result St Matthew’s wanted. Arnis entered the field of play and instantly caused stress to the Ramridge defence, earning his team a corner. Everyone pushed up to try and grab a goal. Shakeel played the ball in low and hard where Dimitrius poked his foot out and the ball strolled into the back of the net … 1-0 to the boys. Shakeel and Dimitruis ran to congratulate each other with what were the biggest smiles they had on their face all day. Mr Dymock, Mr Chaplen and Mr Horton reminded the boys to keep their heads in the game as it was not over. About 45 seconds on the clock and Ramridge were pressing. A very nervy 45 seconds that felt like 45 minutes. The whistle went and the boys couldn’t believe it. They were going to Kenilworth Road.

On the day of the match, the excitement was high for the boys. Upon arriving at the stadium and seeing how many fans were inside made the moment even more surreal. The boys watched what was a very exciting first half with Luton Town going 3-0 up and all the goals being scored just in front of them.

The half time whistle went and it was time for the boys to enter the field of play. The boys walked very professionally in a line towards the halfway line where they would be playing against Arnold Middle School from Barton. Although the boys lost 2-0, they all played tremendously and made everyone very proud of them.

Just before the start of the second half, the boys did a lap of honour and walked around the edge of the pitch waving to the applauding crowd.

They got back in their seats and watched the second half where Cambridge clawed 2 goals back in the game with the end result being 3-2.

Not only did the boys play at Kenilworth Road, but they also met two Luton Town Footballers; Mark Cullen and Paul Benson as well as the Luton mascot, Harry the Hatter.

The boys thoroughly enjoyed their day out which they very much deserved and although they didn’t win, they couldn’t have made their teachers any prouder.

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Team: Addam, Aman, Arnis, Cory, Dimitrius, Josh, Lemar, Shakeel (capt), Theo (capt)

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Non-Uniform Day to support World Cancer Day 2015

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We will be supporting this event at St Matthew’s Primary School with a non-uniform day. Children may come to school on Wednesday 4th February in their own choice of clothes in return a donation to support charities that work to fight cancer.

Kingfisher and Otter classes are going to the Science Museum on this day, and must wear their school uniform in order to represent the school in the best possible way. Children in these two classes will have their own non-uniform day on Friday 6th February.

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Sport Report

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Forget Frank Lampard’s return to Stamford Bridge with Manchester City against Chelsea. Forget Leicester City aiming to the double over Manchester United at Old Trafford. Forget Serena Williams going for her nineteenth grand slam title in Melbourne. Forget Andy Murray against Novak Djokovic in the Australian Open tennis final.

This weekend’s highlight sporting event has to be the final of the Bedfordshire Schools Football Tournament between St Matthew’s Primary School and Arnold Middle School.

After successfully negotiating their way through the qualifying rounds and narrowly beating Ramridge Primary School — the only team to inflict defeat on the team this year — in the semi-final, our team have won the right to play on the pitch at Kenilworth Road in front of a 10,000 sell-out crowd during the half-time break of the Luton Town v Cambridge United match this afternoon.

Watch this space!

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Sadly, our team were beaten 2-0 in the final, but everyone had a thoroughly enjoyable afternoon.

Come back soon for a full report and photos.

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NSPCC Share Aware

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We are asking our parents and carers to take a few moments to look at this NSPCC leaflet called Share Aware. It is a very important piece of information on helping you to keep your child safe online.

At St Matthew’s Primary School we are very careful about how we use the Internet as a learning tool in class with the children and we regularly teach the children about the importance of Internet safety when they are online at home and at school.

Children often know more about using the Internet than their parents do. The Share Aware leaflet from the NSPCC gives clear information and simple ideas to help families use the Internet safely.

Click here to see the full-sized pages of the leaflet or download the leaflet for printing.

If you want more information, the address of the NSPCC Share Aware website is http://www.nspcc.org.uk/. If you want to discuss any of this further with someone in school, you could talk your child’s class teacher or one of our Family Workers or Miss Gonsalves, our Safeguarding Officer.

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