For a long time now, sport has always had a large impact on the children at St Matthew’s, whether it is through their attendance at clubs, PE lessons or lunch time activities, there is always something for the children to take part in or try out for the first time.
In 2012, the Government launched the School Games Awards that gave schools an outline of what they should be working towards as well as awarding schools for their efforts to promote sport and competition to all of their children.
That year, we achieved the Silver award and from then on St Matthew’s has been a Gold school every year. This year, we were able to apply for the highest School Games Award of Platinum, due to the consistency of our previous Gold achievements.
We are very proud to announce that we have been informed that our application was successful and that we are now officially a Platinum School Games school, one of only a few schools in Luton to reach this goal.
Creating active opportunities for all of our children is important to us, and helping each child find a sport or activity that is right for them will hopefully help our children develop a real love of not only sport and competition, but also of being active and living a healthy lifestyle.
Thank you to all of the children, staff and community members who have helped us reach this award, and we look forward to continuing our efforts to create as many active opportunities for everyone within our St Matthew’s family!
Throughout last year at St Matthew’s, we have been working towards gaining our Modeshift STARS Bronze Award.
Modeshift STARS is the national schools awards scheme that has been established to recognise schools that have demonstrated excellence in supporting cycling, walking and other forms of sustainable travel.
The scheme encourages schools across the country to join in a major effort to increase levels of sustainable and active travel in order to improve the health and well-being of children and young people.
We are happy to announce that over the summer holidays we found out that we have reached our first target of becoming a Bronze Modeshift STARS school.
The school has been able to reach this goal through the work we have done with the children to promote cycling, scooting and walking to school, as well as linking this together with various theme weeks and topics such as our Road Safety Week.
As well as the promotion of sustainable travel the children have also taken part in awareness days for World Oceans Day, Road Safety Week and they have learnt about the benefits of active travel. All of these topics link in with Modeshift’s targets of creating a healthier world by making small active changes to our day.
Our aim is to continue to create opportunities for our children, staff and community to increase their understanding of the changes we can all make in our day to live a more sustainable lifestyle. Whether it be walking to school instead of driving, or using less single use plastic, we will continue to raise the profile of these subjects throughout the next academic year and hopefully reach our Silver award in the not too distant future.
We would like to thank all of the parents, children, staff members and members of the local community who have helped us reach this goal through their efforts to promote walking, scooting and cycling to school!