18 Year 5 and 6 pupils have been regularly attending netball club since October and this year, for the first year, we entered the Bishop’s Stortford netball league. This has given many children the opportunity to play against other schools and get a feel for competitive sport.
Our first match was against Northgate who were an incredibly strong team with half of them playing for clubs outside of school. We took a little while to find our feet but really improved as the match went on with some excellent defending from Austin Osborne and Jessica Fitton.
Next, we were up against Furneux Pelham. This was a great match as both teams were very closely matched. The final score was 7-6 to Furneux Pelham, with them scoring on the last throw of the match. Our goal of the season was scored in this match by Carys Chappel who shot from the edge of the semi-circle against two strong defenders to score an equalising goal.
We played our first home match against St. Joseph’s; again a great match to watch as the teams were of a similar level. We took the lead early on with some super goals from Ben Warren but they caught up in in the third quarter. I was very proud of how St. Michael’s worked together as a team, kept their heads up and encouraged each other. The final score was an impressive 10-10.
Windhill have unfortunately pulled out of the the league, meaning we have just one game left to play, against St. Andrew’s. We have also entered into the High 5s netball tournament at Birchwood so watch this space to see how we get on!
16 Year 5 and Year 6 pupils (and my little Joe!) had the opportunity to take part in an athletics event at Birchwood on 26th Jan. Events included javelin, speed bounce, hurdle races, relays and many more! The children were a credit to our school in how they behaved and supported each other. They did really well as a team, holding third position for most of the afternoon. However, with some excellent speedy performances in the relays from some of the other schools, we slipped down to 5th position out of the 9 schools who competed on the day. The same competition had also been run the previous day with a different 9 primary schools and when all results were collated, Reedings were the overall winners and we came a very respectable 6th out of 18 schools – well done team!
This week at St Michaels we were very lucky to play host to the international triple jumper Daniel Lewis who has competed on both a national and international level for England and Jamaica (where his parents were born).
As part of an incentive run by the social network company, Schools for Sports, Daniel ran a fitness circuit which all pupils from Reception to Year 6 took part in. He then led an assembly where he described his journey through athletics from a London school boy to competing on the world’s athletics circuit. His main message to the pupils was to follow your dreams and to never give up even if that journey proves challenging at times. This is very much our ethos at St Michaels and as Mrs Dale pointed out in her thank you speech to Daniel, what we encourage all our pupils at St Michaels to strive for.
An added bonus for the event is that 60% of all the money we raise in sponsorship will go towards providing new PE equipment in school. Football goals and new mats for gymnastics are top of our list so watch this space for final figures on what we raise and don’t forget to collect the money and send it into school by next Tuesday 30th January.
Many thanks to all parents and members of staff for their support with this event.
Last term St Michael’s had the opportunity to take part in a Level 3 table tennis tournament through the Birchwood Sports Partnership. We first had to compete against Northgate School in a knock out competition at TBSHS to see who would qualify to go through to the tournament. Thanks to TBSHS for providing the venue and referees for us (pupils from their table tennis club).
Our Year 6 boys enjoyed the experience of intra school competition but unfortunately didn’t qualify to go through.
The Year 6 table tennis team (Ben, James, Austin and Max)
Last week, a team of Year 3 and 4s took part in a Rapid Fire Cricket tournament. This new and exciting game is the way children are now taught the initial skills of cricket. The children have really enjoyed learning the rules and strategies of the game and have developed their skills over the past few weeks.
The tournament was very successful, with our team coming third in round one and then going on to win in their group in the next round. The children worked really well as a team and were encouraging each other along the way! Well done team – a great achievement!
On 16th November, our basketball team played in a tournament at Birchwood School. They fought off tough competition in round one and kept their heads up after some debatable decisions to go on and win in their group. The group all received medals for their fantastic achievement and should be very proud of themselves for working so hard as a team and encouraging each other throughout.
Our first friendly football match of the season was a great success with both teams being well-matched in ability and skill. Our Year 6 boys played really well, taking possession of the ball from the off and maintaining this through the first and second half. Summercroft’s goal keeper did an impressive job of saving many attempted goals (as did Oscar in goal for us) however Max and Ben both finally broke through leading us to a 2-0 victory over the home side. Good sportsmanship and a real sense of team spirit was shown during the games and the team should be congratulated on that as much as their impressive win.
Once again we attended the BSP Cheerleading Competition last Friday in the Birchwood Sports Hall. As last year’s champions we felt the pressure was on! Once again the standard was very high and we were competing against five other local schools.
We took a squad of 17 girls from Years 4 to 6 and everyone performed to a really high level which was very impressive especially as some of our squad had only started the club this term.
Each squad performed a group routine of up to 3 minutes to music of their choice with the routines including at least one of the following:
- Low Level Stunt (with at least 2 bases, one spotter and one flyer)
- Gymnastics (e.g. this could be one child doing a cartwheel)
- Transition (moving between different formations)
- Synchronised dance movement
It was a fabulous high energy afternoon with Summercroft School taking the trophy this year.
Well done to everyone who took part and a big thank you to parents for providing lifts and coming along to support.
We have had a fantastic day today taking part in National Fitness Day. The day was kicked off with ‘#10TEN10’ – a country-wide Samba Challenge to get 10,000 schools taking part in 10minutes of exercise at 10am. The whole school took part in the hall including the teaching staff and everyone participated with great enthusiasm. See the photos attached.