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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World Record Tag Rugby Event


On June 10th a group of ten Year 4 children from St Matthew’s travelled to Luton Rugby Club to take part in a World Record Attempt.

The record was for ‘the most people to play Tag Rugby at one time’. The original record was set at 336 people playing the sport.  Our children helped England Rugby reach their target and set a new record of a whopping 437 children playing the sport at one time.

Why did they do this?

Screenshot 2015-06-25 17.51.00The event marked one hundred days till the start of the Rugby World Cup which England is lucky enough to host after the summer. Luton Rugby Club was home for the day to children from forty different schools and clubs all taking part in the event that included matches against other schools as well as being a part of the World Record attempt. The children got to meet England Ladies rugby star and World Cup Champion Maggie Alphonsi who was on hand to help out and talk to the children about her experiences within the sport.

Well done to everyone involved, and be sure to buy your copy of the Guinness Book of Records to see the new record!

World Record Holders: AmziEshanulJamiaJohn, Julia, OpeyemiRazvan, Romeo and Sarah

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Euro Deaf 2015 Update – Semi-Final News


The campaign by Team GB to win the European Deaf Football Championships has sadly come to an end with a semi-final defeat to the team from Turkey.

Despite being 2-1 ahead at half-time, the Great Britain team could not compete with a second-half fightback by the Turkish side who scored two goals to win the match 3-2 with a 90th minute winning goal.

Further details will be published when they are available from the Euro Deaf 2015 website.

Congratulations to our assistant site agent Sam Halfpenny and the rest of the GB team on reaching the last four of the competition.

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Euro Deaf 2015 Update

The Great Britain team played their Euro Deaf 2015 quarter-final match against Sweden on Sunday and despite trailing by two goals to one in the second half, they picked up their game and came out winners with a 4-2 victory.


There was much celebrating among the supporters and players as Great Britain booked a place in the semi-finals.

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Well done to Sam and the rest of the GB team who now go on to play against Turkey in the first semi-final on Wednesday.

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Euro Deaf 2015

Our assistant caretaker, Sam Halfpenny, is currently away in Germany representing the country as part of the Great Britain Deaf Football team in the European Deaf Football Championships.


The European Deaf Football Championships, or Euro Deaf 2015, are taking place in Hanover in Germany and the GB team have had an excellent start to the tournament by coming top of their group.

Their tough first match was against the reigning champions, Russia. The match ended in a 2-2 draw. Sam came on as a defensive substitute in the 79th minute of the game. An inquiry after the match revealed that Russia had fielded an ineligible player and they had to forfeit the game which handed the three points to the GB team.


In their second group game, Team GB met Denmark and again earned three points with a 1-0 victory. In this game, Sam was in the starting line-up and played the full match.


The final group game took place today and saw the Great Britain team beat the Czech Republic with a convincing 3-0 win.

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The Great Britain team celebrate winning their group and look forward to their quarter-final match against Sweden.


They now go through to the knockout stages full of confidence after topping their group with a 100% record.

We will bring you further news of the tournament and how Sam and the rest of the team are doing in the next few days.

You can get full details of the tournament, including more photos and videos, at the Euro Deaf 2015 website.

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The Bravest Mouse


Full House Theatre Company visited today and presented The Bravest Mouse, described as “a poignant and moving story of Timble, a little mouse who stows away in a soldier’s back pack and finds himself in the terrible trenches of World War One”.

Live action and puppetry combined to tell the story in a remarkable way, and taught our Year 3, 4, 5 and 6 children about the First World War, which was taking place exactly one hundred years ago.

Here are some photos taken during the performance which the children were all enthralled by.

Thank you to Full House Theatre Company for visiting us today.

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Year 3 Devastatingly Deadly Disasters!

In the spring term, year 3 created websites to show what they had learnt during their “Devastatingly Deadly Disasters” topic. All of their efforts culminated in the children running a cyber cafe for the parents to visit.

Take a look at the pictures below and click the links to see their work!

Dolphin Class
Robin Class
Beech Class
Tulip Class


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St. Matthew’s at Luton Carnival

During half term, 15 of our pupils from years 5 & 6 joined the procession through the packed streets of Luton for its 39th annual Carnival. It was a fantastic day and not only did we make it on to the EVENING NEWS, we also received a prize for 3rd best school at the event! Pretty impressive given that we didn’t know there was a competition!

Below is a film and some pictures from the day.

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