Netball Success 2019!
This year we trialled a weekly, early morning netball club for Year 5 and 6 pupils. Children who signed up were enthusiastic and committed, even during the very cold months! We worked on throwing and catching skills as well as court positions, game tactics and shooting practise and then entered the league in the Spring term to play against other schools.
All regular members of the club were involved in at least one match and we enjoyed a lot of success throughout the tournament; winning all of our matches bar one. As part of the High 5s netball that we play; each player must play in a different position in each quarter of the match and the Year 6 captain was responsible for ensuring this rotation of players was correct. The 'off - court' players also had to time the matches and keep score; checking with the other team at the end of the match that the same score had been recorded.
As the weeks went by, the team became more confident and the game play developed brilliantly. There was some excellent shooting from William and Samuel and Holly and James demonstrated some excellent defensive skills. Carys was fantastic at marking her player, as was Jessica and Hannah always managed to find excellent spaces to ensure the ball was being passed across the court. Carmen really developed her understanding of the game; reading situations and seeing where best to send the ball. All of the Year 6s were committed and co-operative and developed their team work skills, working well with the Year 5s to hopefully leave them in a good position to continue our netball success next year!
In our pool, we finished second out of six schools and once the winning schools from each pool had played against each other, the overall results showed that we had come a fantastic third out of 12 schools! I am very proud of the team and grateful for their dedication to attending the club. I also very much appreciated the support from parents; getting children to the club on time; co-operating with arrangements for matches; supporting the children in their games and to Mrs. Jones and Mrs. Broughton who helped with the club.
I look forward to our current Year 5 netballers returning to the club next year with a new wave of players and to Year 6, I hope you will continue with your sporting successes as you move on to your new schools!
Paralympic Visit 29th March 2019
We were very fortunate to have a visit from British Paralympic wheelchair racer Anne Wafula Strike. The children all took part in a fitness circuit led by Anne and another athlete who acted as a Sportivator for the afternoon.
Afterwards, Anne led our Friday Celebration Assembly, telling us about her life and what led her to becoming a top Paralympic athlete. She told us how she was born in Kenya and contracted polio at the age of two leaving her with partial paralysis. She arriving in the UK in April 2000 and was introduced to wheelchair racing in 2002 and in 2004 becoming the first Kenyan wheelchair racer to represent her country, competing in the 400m finals at the Paralympics in Athens. She became a member of Team GB in 2006 and now competes in the racing category as a British athlete.
She also carried the Olympic torch in 2012 which she brought in to show the children along with some of the 81 medals that she has won during her athletics career.
KAS Football League Match Away to Manor Fields Thursday 7th March
On a very cold, wet and windy afternoon last Thursday we took both the A and B teams to play against Manor Fields. They are a strong side but both teams played well and there were some great saves by both goal keepers. The B team drew their match 1:1 and the A team lost 7:1.
Birchwood Sports Hall Athletics Event
On Friday 18th January, some Year Six children enjoyed an afternoon of jumping, throwing and running at Birchwood High School.
The team are pictured here at the end of the afternoon looking very cheerful!
Well done team!
KAS Football League Match 28.2.19
BSP KS1 Gymnastics Competiton 2019
On Tuesday 23rd January, a team of pupils from Year 2 entered the annual BSP KS1 Gymnastics Competition held at Stortford Gymnastics. Having enjoyed a coaching session at the gym last week practising a range of skills including teddy bear rolls, pikes and vaulting, the children who were selected to represent the school in the competition practised hard for a week and were rewarded with fantastic results. We were placed first in both the bar and floor sections which meant we were awarded first place out of 8 schools who competed in the first session of the competition. A brilliant result! Many congratulations to those children who took part and we await the results of the second section which took place later that morning to see where we were placed overall in the competition. Fingers crossed!
Whatever the result, the children enjoyed a fantastic morning, improving their gymnastics skills and as always being great ambassadors for St Michael's School. Well done Jacob, Lara, Libby, Alexander, Ellie, Soname and Benjamin. Thanks also to all the parents and grandparents who helped with lifts and can along to support us.
KAS Football League 2018-19
This year we have entered into the Kitteridge All Sports Football League playing matches against lots of local schools. We are playing in a Silver and a Gold League so we are able to put together two mixed teams of pupils from Years 5 and 6. We have already played against Thorley Hill, St Joseph's, St Mary's Hatfield Broad Oak, Spellbrook and Little Hallingbury. Both teams have enjoyed the opportunity to represent our school and have had some wins, draws and loses too but all have been taken in the true spirit of good sportsmanship.
We were lucky enough to receive some free football coaching sessions for every class in the school through our membership of the Birchwood Sports Partnership from Gary Hart who is a coach for Bishop’s Stortford Community Football Club. As you can see from the photographs this was a great experience for all our pupils and lots of potential footballers for the school team were identified for the years to come!
BSP Tri Golf October 2018
On a glorious sunny afternoon in October a team of Year 4 pupils took part in the annual BSP Tri Golf competition. They had a great afternoon competing in a variety of activities putting their chipping and putting skills into action.
BSP Cheerleading Competition 2018
For a third year running the St Michael's Cheerleader Squad entered the BSP annual Cheerleading Competiton. The squad is made up of a range of pupils from Year 3 to 6 and they train weekly at the school club on a Friday lunchtime (details from the school office if your child is interested in joining).
The audience of friends and family were treated to a fabulous display of skills and talent by all the pupils, with some moves and lifts that Strictly Come Dancing competitors would be proud of! Although we didn't win the overall competition, Ruby Bentley from Year 5 was awarded with the Player of the Competition trophy. We are so proud of her and it was well deserved for her amazing chant leadership.