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- Welcome to the first St Matthew’s Sports Blog post of this year, this blog will include a summary of lots of the active challenges and events we have been getting up to this term. One of our first jobs in September was to choose and train our first round of Yr6 PE Apprentices, after taking part in a practical interview where the children ran some fun activities for a yr2 class, 25 children were selected to become this year’s PE apprentices. They have been doing a great job working at lunch times with the yr1 and 2’s on the KS1 playground. As well as assisting the PE team with other jobs and activities. In September we also started our morning and after school clubs, with over 100 children actively involved each day in our clubs it has been a great start to the year. We have been careful to set up our club to ensure they meet the needs of every child, whether that is a club to turn up and play with their friends, or a club to train for a specific event, there is a club for everyone. We have also been able to continue our Thursday night Community Table Tennis club which is keeping consistent numbers each week, however we are always looking for more children and families to come down and join us. Also look out for our Thursday night Street Dance club for children in Yrs4-6 that will be officially starting in January after a successful trial this term. We have been involved in many School Games event already this year with lots of children getting the chance to experience success in their event:. Festivals included: Yr5&6 Hockey Yr5&6 Tag Rugby Yr5&6 Basketball Competitions included: Boys’ Football league Girls’ Netball league Indoor Cricket League 5&6 Girls’ football tournament – Plate Winners 5&6 Boys’ football tournament Yr1&2 Sports Hall Athletics Yr3&4 Sports Hall Athletics – 4th place in Zone Yr5&6 Sports Hall Athletics – Zone Champions Yr5&6 Table Tennis – Boys Champions (5th place in County Finals) We have also ran our own in-house festivals that included all 120 yr4 children taking part in a tag rugby event at the park, as well as lunch time competitions for both hockey and basketball to name a few. We have also hosted a number of schools in some inter-school friendlies in cricket, football and netball. One of our main focuses during November was Road Safety Week, in the lead up to our theme week I asked the yr4&5 classes to design a road safety banner, the winning banners would be made in to real banners to be put up around the school gates. The children came up with some amazing drawings, and the winners were announced on our Bright Day and the winning children were able to get their photos taken with the banners once they had been placed up around the perimeter of the school. We have had lots of great feedback from parents and members of the public regarding the banners, and we hope they can do their bit to promote road safety in High Town. Some of the other key features of our Road Safety Week where our Yr1 scooter training day with Richard Noon from Sustrans, our team of JRSO’s who were out every morning promoting active school runs, speed awareness and parking around the school. This was backed up with visits from the Beds & Luton Fire brigade and the 3 Police Community Support Officers who spoke to the children during some of our assemblies. We were also lucky enough to have the chance for a group of yr4 pupils to take part in a week of ‘Learn to Ride’ cycle sessions. At the start of the week none of the children were able to ride their bikes, by the end of the week every child who took part was able to ride independently! So a big thank you goes out to Oliver from Luton Borough Council cycle training team for his efforts helping the children gain that important life skill. This has been a very busy and very successful half term for sport and activity at St Matthew’s, our aims are always to promote sport and activity for all of the children, not just in a competitive environment, but in a way that allows as many children to have fun being active as possible! Check back in for weekly blog posts starting in Spring Term. Merry Christmas and we hope you have a Happy New Year from the St Matthew’s PE TeamAdvertisements
- The 5th Annual Staff vs Year 6 Football MatchThe school year came to an end with our traditional spectacular exhibition of sporting excellence and splendid endeavour, namely the Staff vs Year 6 football match. Photos of the event capturing the atmosphere and the action can be seen below.