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Birchwood Games 2017

Following on from their sporting success in tag rugby and football, Year 4 had the fantastic opportunity to attend the Birchwood School Games.  This annual event gives children a chance to try a variety of sports such Danish Longball, Kwik cricket, cheerleading and even hip-hop dance! Everyone participated with enormous enthusiasm and several of the coaches commented on their great behaviour and sportsmanship. Once again we are proud to see St. Michael’s children showing how they are great ambassadors for our school! The photos give a taste of the excitement of the day.

Mrs Tozer

Nabikabala Charity Football Match 3.7.17 and 17.7.17

The Year 6 fundraising committee has organised a series of friendly football matches for pupils in KS2 to help raise money for the metal sheets for the roof at Nabikabala School. The players have been asked to give a donation of £2 to take part and the matches are being played at lunchtime on the 3rd July with the final on the 17th July. Mr Dale is kindly refereeing the matches and so far Team 1 and Team 2 have won their matches. Watch this space for further updates on the matches and to find out who the winning team is.

Mrs Hopkinson

BSP Football League Update

The Year 5 and 6 footballers are continuing to enjoy participating in the BSP league and have played two more matches since my last post.

We travelled to St Andrew’s in Much Hadham for a match on Wednesday 7th June. We were a Year 5 team as Year 6 were away on their PGL residential and as they were a team of Year 6 pupils we held our own and played really well, drawing the match 1:1.

On a blisteringly hot afternoon of Thursday 15th June, we hosted the match against High Wych. Once again we played to a high standard with several notable goals and goals saved by our keeper Oscar. Unfortunately, we were beaten in the last 5 minutes of the game taking the score to 3:2 to our opponents.

We are now looking forward to our next match against St Josephs and are hoping for a win this time!

Mrs Hopkinson


2017 BSP Tag Rugby Tournaments

Once again we participated in the BSP tag tournaments which have become a popular fixture in our school sporting calendar.

It was the turn for the Year 5 pupils on Thursday 8th June (accompanied by Mrs Wilson) to take part in what is now the biggest event organised by BSP with over 12 schools taking part.

Due to a new ruling by the RFU, this can longer be a competitive event but this did not diminish the excitement and level of play from the children.

On Thursday 15th June, it was the turn of the Year 4 pupils accompanied by Mrs Tozer. This is what Mrs Tozer said about the afternoon’s events:

We played three teams, Twickenham, Murrayfield and Millenium and each team won all of their matches.  I can not emphasise enough how great all the children were and how much we all enjoyed the sense of camaraderie and sporting endeavour.  They played well and to the best of each child’s potential.  Obviously it was great to win but the friendly nature of the festival meant that hopefully everyone enjoyed it as much as we did.  It was good to see two of our ‘old boys’ there refereeing (Freddie  and Luke ).

Year 4’s tournament

One of the Year 5 tag teams


Birchwood Sports Partnership Football League 18.5.17

This is the first year St Michael’s has participated in the BSP football league and we started off with a match last Thursday against Hillmead School at home.

The team was made up of pupils from Years 5 and 6 who had taken part in Tim Moylette’s football club in the Autumn term. They were very keen to get started despite the rain and although we weren’t the first team to score, we quickly caught up. There were some fantastic goals from both sides with a particularly notable goal from our goal keeper!

We eventually lost 5-6 but the match was very closely played and one of our goals was disallowed which would have made the result a draw.

The team played very well especially as this was their first match and should be very proud of this, hopefully going on to greater things in the next few matches coming up.

Mrs Hopkinson

The Daily Mile

Last term Year 2 started to take part in a new initiative that is being rolled out across schools in the UK called ‘The Daily Mile’ (TDM). It was started in 2015 by Elaine Wyllie who is a head teacher in Scotland. She was concerned by the lack of fitness of the pupils in her school but had a limited budget to try and improve this.

The idea is a very simple one that involves no special equipment, just a pair of trainers and an outside space to run around. Nine laps of both our playgrounds is the equivalent to a mile and this can be run, walked, hopped, skipped or any other form of travel! We don’t manage to do it every day but average at least 3 times a week and manage to fit it around our busy curriculum. There is a noticeable difference in the children’s levels of attention and attainment after TDM. They also really enjoy this activity and so far no one has refused to join in! The children can count their laps and keep a record of their daily totals to challenge themselves to improve their distances and eventually achieve that daily mile.

This is what the website says about The Daily Mile:

The aim of the Daily Mile is to improve the physical, emotional and social health and wellbeing of our children – regardless of age or personal circumstances.

The Daily Mile is successful because it is simple and free:

1   It takes place over just 15 minutes, with children averaging a mile each day.

2   Children run outside in the fresh air – and the weather is a benefit, not a barrier.

3   There’s no set up, tidy up, or equipment required.

4   Children run in their uniforms so no kit or changing time is needed.

5   It’s social, non-competitive and fun.

6   It’s fully inclusive; every child, whatever their circumstances, age or ability, succeeds at The Daily Mile.

Year 5 have since joined in the venture and it is hoped that by the start of the 2017-18 academic year, all classes will be giving it a go.

There are now over 2500 schools taking part in TDM across Europe and 1750 of these are in the UK.

See the photographs below to see what a fun, inclusive and beneficial initiative this is.

BSP Dance Workshop 27.4.17

Nine pupils from Year 1 and 2 took part in a dance workshop hosted by Birchwood School on the 27th April. The theme was ‘Animals’ and the pupils joined in with three other local schools to learn dance routines to songs from Disney films such as The Jungle Book, Beauty and the Beast and The Little Mermaid.

The children had a fantastic afternoon learning lots of new dance techniques and were great ambassadors for our school.

Mrs Hopkinson


BSP Level 3 Speed Stacking Competition

Well done to all the pupils in Year 4 who came first in the Birchwood Sports Partnership (BSP) Virtual Speed Stacking Competition.

We were able to take the eight pupils with the fastest times to represent  BSP at the  Level 3 Competition at Woodson Park on Tuesday 28th March. Although we didn’t win the overall competition, the team performed to a high level and enjoyed the experience of taking part in a Level 3 competition.

Thank you to all the parents who supported us by helping with transport to and from the event.  Thanks also to Mrs Pickering and Mrs Tozer for helping the pupils reach this level of the competition.

Mrs Hopkinson

Rising Stars Trampolining Day

On Friday 17th March, the PTA generously paid for a fun day of  trampolining for all the children to participate in.

Rising Stars (our sports coaching company)  set up two trampolining ‘beds’ in the school hall and each class from Nursery through to Year 6 took turns to have an introductory session. The instructors explained the need for safety whilst using the beds and then taught the children a series of different jumping and landing techniques before having some fun with games such as ‘toast’, ‘donut bouncing’ and ‘zombie’.

Thanks must go to our hardworking PTA for providing such a fantastic extra-curricular activity for the pupils. The children had a brilliant time and many have asked if we can run a club in school so watch this space.

Take a  look at the attached photos to see what a great experience it was.

Mrs Hopkinson


Football Coaching

This term Year 1 and Year 3 have been very fortunate to benefit from some extra football coaching through the Birchwood Sports Partnership programme. Both classes enjoyed 3 sessions with Gary, a local football coach, practising a range of skills and playing short matches. The weather did not always lend itself to outdoor activities (we experienced the full force of Storm Doris on one of the days!) but they managed to complete all the sessions with the class teachers reporting that the children really enjoyed this opportunity. As always with St Michael’s pupils, they participated fully and demonstrated a ‘Growth Mindset’ approach to the inclement February weather as you can see from the attached photographs.

Mrs Hopkinson