Sports News – December 2017

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 Year 6 PE Apprentices. After taking part in a practical interview where the children ran some fun activities for a Year 2 class, 25 children were selected to become this year’s PE Apprentices. They have been doing a great job working at lunchtimes with the Year 1 and 2 children on the KS1 playground. They also assist the PE team with other jobs and activities.

In September we also started our morning and after school clubs. With over one hundred 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 clubs 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 something 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 and join us.

Look out also for our Thursday night Street Dance Club for children in Years 4-6 that will be officially starting in January after a successful trial this term.

We have been involved in many School Games events already this year with lots of children getting the chance to experience success in their event.

Festivals included

  • Year 5 & 6 Hockey
  • Year 5 & 6 Tag Rugby
  • Year 5 & 6 Basketball

Competitions included

  • Boys’ Football league
  • Girls’ Netball league
  • Indoor Cricket League
  • Years 5 & 6 Girls’ football tournament – Plate Winners
  • Years 5 & 6 Boys’ football tournament
  • Year 1 & 2 Sports Hall Athletics
  • Year 3 & 4 Sports Hall Athletics – 4th place in Zone
  • Year 5 & 6 Sports Hall Athletics – Zone Champions
  • Year 5 & 6 Table Tennis – Boys Champions (5th place in County Finals)

We have also run our own in-house festivals that included all 120 Year 4 children taking part in a Tag Rugby event at the park, as well as lunchtime 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 Year 4 and 5 classes to design a road safety banner. The winning banners would be made into 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 with the winning children 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 were our Year 1 scooter training day with Richard Noon from Sustrans. Our team of Junior Road Safety Officers were out every morning promoting active school runs, speed awareness and safe parking around the school. This was backed up with visits from the Bedfordshire & Luton Fire Service and the three 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 Year 4 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, but 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 the Spring Term.

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from the St Matthew’s PE Team.

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